Quiz of the week's news

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.

Number 7

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Nadine Dorries is in the jungle for ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! She's the first sitting MP to appear on a reality TV show - true or false?

Nadien Dorries
  1. True
  2. False - Lembit Opik was first
  3. False - George Galloway was first
  4. False - Robert Kilroy-Silk was first

2.) Multiple Choice Question

In which of the following did Donald Trump encourage a revolution?

Donald Trump
  1. US
  2. Iran
  3. Scotland
  4. Venezuela

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Sir Ian McKellen has chided the NZ Prime Minister John Key for joking about a "gay red top". Key says he wasn't being homophobic - how did he define his use of the word?

Key, McKellen
  1. To mean "lame"
  2. To mean "bright"
  3. To mean "weird"

4.) Missing Word Question

Cockatoo shows * making skills

  1. peace
  2. tool
  3. decision

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The "elixir of life" is said to have been invented by scientists in Kazakhstan. What is it based on?

Woman in a laboratory
  1. The honey bee secretion royal jelly
  2. A yogurt drink
  3. Walnuts

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following has just topped a chart of the biggest-selling UK singles of the last 60 years?

  1. Sir Elton John's Candle in the Wind tribute to Diana
  2. Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  3. She Loves You by the Beatles

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Actor Brian Cobby, who was immortalised as the voice of BT's speaking clock, died this week. Which of the following did he claim to have provided the memorable voiceover for?

Brian Cobby
  1. "Dinner service... fondue set... cuddly toy!"
  2. "Thunderbirds are go"
  3. "Ho, Ho, Ho (Green Giant)"


  1. It's false. Galloway was Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow when he appeared in 2006 edition of Celebrity Big Brother. Robert Kilroy-Silk was an independent MEP during his jungle stint in 2008, but Opik was an ex-MP by the time he appeared in 2010's I'm a Celebrity.
  2. It was the US. In a Twitter tirade posted after President Barack Obama's re-election, Trump declared "our nation is a once great nation divided" and "the world is laughing at us". He encouraged a "revolution in this country". He subsequently deleted some of the tweets.
  3. Key said he meant "weird" (the OED's definitions include "bright" and slang for "lame"). Sir Ian - Gandalf in the Tolkien franchise filmed in NZ - was unimpressed, saying "careless talk damages lives". In response, New Zealanders have organised Gay Red Shirt Day on Friday.
  4. It's tool. Researchers were surprised to find a captive-bred Goffin's cockatoo spontaneously making and using "tools" to reach food.
  5. It's a yogurt drink. Researchers in Kazakhstan are reported to have spent two years and millions of pounds trying to come up with an elixir to prolong the life of their leader, President Nazarbayev, after he set them the challenge in 2010.
  6. It's the Candle in the Wind tribute, which sold 4.9m copies, according to the Official Charts Company. Relax, at No 7 sold 2m copies, while She Loves You has sold 1.9m.
  7. It was the "Five, four, three, two, one, Thunderbirds are go," for the opening sequence of the TV series. However, this has been disputed, with fans saying that it was voiced by Jeff Tracy actor Peter Dyneley.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Bottom of the chart

4 - 6 : In at No 2

7 - 7 : Top of the Pops

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