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.

Graphic of the number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Comedy writer David Croft died this week. Which of these catchphrases is NOT from a comedy he wrote?

  1. "I'm free"
    John Inman as Mr Humphries
  2. "Ooh Betty"
    Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer
  3. "Hi-de-hi"
    Ruth Madoc as Gladys Pugh

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Ed Miliband said "believe" 17 times in his leader's speech to the Labour Party Conference. Is this more or less than Gordon Brown's use of the same word in his last conference speech as leader?

Labour leader Ed Miliband
  1. More than Gordon
  2. Same
  3. Less than Gordon

3.) Multiple Choice Question

"I'm not a bad guy." Who said this?

  1. Carlos Tevez, the Manchester City player who reportedly refused to play in a match
    Carlos Tevez
  2. Alessio Rastani, trader who said he "dreamed" of another recession
    Alessio Rastani
  3. Alan Graham, the Bangor farmer who told singing star Rihanna to get off his land
    Alan Graham


Singer Rihanna upset farmer Alan Graham with her racy outfit. He agreed to let her film her new video in his field but changed his mind after seeing her dressed in a bikini and little else. "I thought it was inappropriate. I requested them to stop and they did," he said.

Rihanna in Northern Ireland

4.) Missing Word Question

Mystery of * found in field in Yorkshire

  1. satellite
  2. diamonds
  3. whale


The whale became trapped in the mud flats last Friday. Conservationists said the 10m female was most likely a sei whale, a species rarely seen near the British coast.

Whale in the Humber

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"I'm sure all Saudi women will be so happy, I know I am." So tweeted a Saudi princess this week. What had pleased her?

Saudi women
  1. The country's women getting the vote
  2. Reprieve for a woman sentenced to 10 lashes for defying the kingdom's ban on women driving

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Fewer people define themselves as heterosexual, according to new statistics on sexuality. But which area is home to the largest bisexual community?

Holding hands
  1. South-west England
  2. London
  3. North-west of England

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, Heidi, the cross-eyed critter whose wonky gaze won hearts across the world, has died. What type of creature was she?

  1. Guinea pig
  2. Opossum
  3. Wombat


  1. It's "Ooh Betty" from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, written by Raymond Allen. "I'm free" is from Are You Being Served? and "Hi-de-hi" from the show with the same name - both co-written by Croft, whose CV also includes Dad's Army and 'Allo 'Allo.
  2. It's higher - much higher. Brown only said "believe" twice in 2009, according to the Guardian. Miliband's speech on Tuesday attacked "predatory" firms and a "fast-buck" culture that had crippled the economy. His performance got mixed reviews.
  3. It was Rastani, who caused a stir when he said he dreamed of making money from another recession during a BBC interview. Tevez reportedly refused to come on as a sub during a Champions League match - he said it was a "misunderstanding".
  4. It's "whale". It is thought a high tide deposited the creature on a salt marsh near the Humber Estuary.
  5. It was the reprieve for the female driver. Princess Ameerah al-Taweel tweeted her thanks to King Abdullah for overturning the sentence. It is the only country which bans women - including foreigners - from driving. Earlier in the week, the king also announced women would be able to vote from the 2015 elections.
  6. It's the South West, where 0.9% call themselves bisexual, according to the annual Integrated Household Survey, published by the Office for National Statistics. In London 0.7% do and in Northern Ireland it's 0.2%. In the UK as a whole, it's 0.5%.
  7. She's a Virginia Opossum, a marsupial native to North America. Her death was announced by Leipzig Zoo in Germany on Wednesday. Heidi became an internet darling after appearing in the German tabloid Bild.

Your Score

0 - 3 : We're all doomed

4 - 6 : Don't panic

7 - 7 : You've all done very well

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