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Quiz of the week's news

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It's the Magazine's 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has stayed lodged in the old grey matter.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

More famous on TV - the official explanation why Farrah Fawcett didn't make the In Memoriam tribute at the Oscars. So who WASN'T included?

Those who died recently
  1. Natasha Richardson
  2. Brittany Murphy
  3. Ricardo Montalban
  4. Michael Jackson

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The composer Elgar's face has adorned £20 notes since 1999, but these will be withdrawn on 30 June. Who is on the newer £20s?

£20 note
  1. Philanthropist Elizabeth Fry
  2. Evolution's Charles Darwin
  3. Economist Adam Smith
  4. Railway engineer James Watt


One of the old Edward Elgar notes being withdrawn from a cash machine. Changing the face on the flip-side to the monarch's is a way of paying tribute to a notable figure, and indicates updated security features. Click NEXT to continue.

Adam Smith banknote

3.) Missing Word Question

Ancient * yields its DNA

  1. eggshell
  2. fossil
  3. dinosaur

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Mexican Carlos Slim has been judged the world's richest man by Forbes magazine - the first non-American to hold the title in 16 years. So from where did the 1994 richest man hail?

Carlos Slim
  1. Brunei
  2. Japan
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Monaco


Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, top left, was removed from the Forbes rich list in 2007. Bill Gates, top right, was richest last year and is now second. The Duke of Westminster, bottom left, is the richest UK citizen and Brazilian mining billionaire Eike Batista was the biggest gainer adding $19.5bn in a year.

Rich men

5.) Multiple Choice Question

India plans to reserve a third of all seats in its parliament and state legislatures for women. Which country has the highest proportion of women MPs?

Supporters of the bill in India
  1. Rwanda
  2. Sweden
  3. New Zealand
  4. UK

6.) Multiple Choice Question

David Beckham wearing a significant green and gold scarf after his team, AC Milan, lost 4-0 to Manchester United on Wednesday evening. Who is he supporting?

David Beckham
  1. Brazil
  2. Norwich City
  3. Newton Heath
  4. The Springboks

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Andrew Lloyd Webber turned up en famille for the opening of his new musical, Love Never Dies. In which musical has the title track already been heard?

Lloyd Webber family
  1. Phantom of the Opera
  2. The Beautiful Game
  3. Sunset Boulevard


Now, before you get your results, it's the Weekly Bonus Question. Each Friday we will give an answer and ask you to suggest what the question might have been. This week's answer is "7lb DOUBLE GLOUCESTER". Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. It's Ricardo Montalban who died January 2009, and was in last year's In Memoriam. Jackson was included, say organisers, because his concert rehearsals were turned into a film after his death. About 100 names were reportedly considered, of which 33 made the final segment.
  2. It's Smith, on notes issued since 2007. There are about 1.5bn £20 notes in circulation, of which 150m are Elgar notes. Fry is on £5 notes, and Darwin on £10s. Watt and co-inventor of the steam engine Matthew Boulton will be on £50 notes to be issued this year.
  3. It's eggshell. Researchers found shells needed a different method to extract DNA from old bones, and set to work on the eggshells of various extinct species including the "elephant bird" that died out 1,000 years ago.
  4. It's Japan - the billionaire who topped the 1994 survey was property tycoon Yoshiaki Tsutsumi.
  5. It's Rwanda, where 56.3% of MPs are women. Second is Sweden (46.4%), then South Africa (44.5%) and Cuba (43.2%). The UK is in 62nd place, with 19.5% women MPs, and India in 99th place with 10.8%.
  6. It's Newton Heath - the team that eventually became Manchester United. The green and gold colours have been adopted by an increasingly vocal group of United fans who oppose the club's current ownership.
  7. It's The Beautiful Game - Lord Lloyd-Webber's musical about football which premiered in 2000.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Processed slice entombed in plastic

4 - 6 : Mild Cheddar

7 - 7 : Stinking Bishop, Gromit!

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