Quiz of the week's news


It's the Magazine's 7 days, 7 questions quiz - an opportunity to prove to yourself and others that you are a news oracle. Failing that, you can always claim to have had better things to do during the past week than swot up on current affairs.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Prince Philip turned 90 this week. He has a reputation for plain speaking, but which of these DIDN'T he say?

Prince Philip
  1. To a foreign worker in the UK: "I hope you have a permit to work over here."
  2. About a 14-year-old boy on a visit to a youth club: "He looks as if he is on drugs."

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Actor and singer Roy Skelton, best known for voicing Zippy in the popular children's programme Rainbow, died this week. But which of the following characters didn't he voice?

Cast of Rainbow
  1. Rainbow's George
  2. Daleks
  3. An ewok

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Two new elements were added to the periodic table this week. Element 116 lasts for milliseconds before it decays into element 114. This, in turn, lasts for half a second before becoming what?

Periodic table
  1. Actinium
  2. Copernicium
  3. Dubnium
  4. Erbium

4.) Missing Word Question

* sacked for underwear pose

  1. Police officer
  2. Royal butler
  3. Mascot

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"It was a bit of a mistake." Who said?

  1. Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on booking the Wombles for this year's festival
    The Wombles
  2. Exam boss on several wrong questions being included in school exam papers
  3. Banned Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir on playing for a village team in Surrey
    Mohammad Amir

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The European Court of Justice has reprimanded France for not doing enough to care for its dwindling population of wild what?

  1. Salmon
  2. Boar
    Wild Boar
  3. Hamster

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Fifa boss Sepp Blatter has set up a "council of wisdom" to help restore the organisation's image after he was re-elected last week. Who did Mr Blatter say had been asked to join as an adviser?

Sepp Blatter
  1. Placido Domingo
  2. Diego Maradona
  3. Cheryl Cole


  1. It's the working permit line. Prince Charles actually said this at Glastonbury last year when introduced to Australian Nick Wardle, who was working at the festival. Prince Philip said the drug comment in 2002 while on a visit to the Bangladesh Youth Club in London.
  2. It's ewok. Roy Skelton voiced George and Zippy from Rainbow, brought Dr Who's arch-enemies to life for nearly 20 years from the late 1960s, and also provided voices for the Cybermen.
  3. It's copernicium, which joined the periodic table in 2009. The two new elements were added after a three-year review by the governing bodies of chemistry and physics. They have temporarily been named ununquadium and ununhexium, but final names are yet to be decided.
  4. It's mascot. The woman who dresses as Donny Dog for Doncaster Rovers was sacked after posing in her underwear in a national newspaper. The club later offered her her job back.
  5. It's Eavis, who this week said he was annoyed about the booking. He said: "I've got about 25 stages and managers and bookers for each of the stages. I can't control every single one of them." Wombles band creator Mike Batt said Eavis "probably doesn't realise what a fantastic live act the Wombles are".
  6. It's hamster. The court found that France had allowed unsuitable crops and unchecked urbanisation to destroy nearly 1,000 hamster burrows between 2001 and 2007.
  7. It's Placido Domingo. It was reported that the Spanish opera singer has been invited along with 88-year-old former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and ex-Holland international Johan Cruyff.

Your Score

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4 - 6 : Two tenors

7 - 7 : Fifty quid

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