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

Chancellor George Osborne invoked which Ford model car in his Budget speech?

Four Ford cars
  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. Four

2.) Multiple Choice Question

"I accept some criticisms of the series." Whose mea culpa this week?

  1. Fern Britton on This Morning
    Fern Britton
  2. Brian Cox on Wonders of the Universe
    Brian Cox
  3. Christine Bleakley on Daybreak
    Christine Bleakley

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The world's most famous polar bear, Knut, died this week at Berlin Zoo. Who appeared with Knut on the front of Vanity Fair in the US?

  1. Mike Tyson
    Mike Tyson
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio
    Leonardo DiCaprio
  3. Britney Spears
    Britney Spears

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A statue of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is to be erected in London. Months after becoming the first person in space 50 years ago, he was greeted like a hero in the UK. He visited the capital and which other city?

Yuri Gagarin
  1. Manchester
  2. Liverpool


While in London, he had lunch with the Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace. This picture shows Gagarin with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan on the steps of Admiralty House.

Yuri Gagarin in London

5.) Missing Word Question

Warning over * 'apocalypse'

  1. nuclear
  2. booze
  3. obesity

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Artist Grayson Perry has been elected to the Royal Academy, a rare honour. The Turner Prize winner is commonly dressed as his alter ego. Her name?

Grayson Perry
  1. Phillippa
  2. Flo
  3. Claire

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A sequel to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is to be written, but the old racing car is to be replaced by what?

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  1. A VW camper van
  2. An electric car
  3. A Harley Davidson


And this is how the new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been imagined. It is the work of Joe Berger, who will be illustrating the new books. The tale features a family who add an old racing car engine to their van, with strange results.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2011-style


  1. It's number four, which is a Ford Focus. In announcing a cut in fuel duty, Mr Osborne said the cost of filling a Focus had risen by £10. One paper dubbed it the "Ford Focus Budget". Picture one is a Mondeo, two is a Ka and three a Fiesta.
  2. It's Brian Cox, who rejected some complaints but said that scenes of him standing on a mountaintop while a helicopter circled him would not be repeated. Britton is about to launch a new Channel 4 show, while Bleakley said filming Daybreak had put holiday plans on hold.
  3. It's DiCaprio. A photo of Knut was placed on a shot of DiCaprio in Iceland, in May 2007. Two months earlier Knut had graced the German Vanity Fair alone.
  4. It's Manchester, where he was the guest of the British Foundry Workers' Union and was presented with a gold medal.
  5. It's booze. Scotland's head of the prosecution service warned of an "apocalypse" of alcohol-fuelled crime unless the country's hard-drinking culture was curbed.
  6. It's Claire. Phillippa is the name of his wife and they have a daughter called Flo. This photo was at Buckingham Palace in 2004.
  7. It's a VW camper van. Novelist and screen writer Frank Cottrell Boyce was asked by the family of original creator Ian Fleming to pen a sequel.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Baron Bomburst

4 - 6 : Caractacus Potts

7 - 7 : Truly Scrumptious

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