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Quiz of the week's news

7 days 7 questions

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.

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In honour of the co-creator of Trivial Pursuit, Chris Haney (pictured, left), who has died aged 59, this week's 7 days 7 questions quiz will follow the subject categories of the original, classic, Genus edition.

Chris Haney and Scott Abbott


Vanity Fair is to publish love letters from Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor. Which of the following is NOT a pet name used by one or other?

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
  1. My Lumps
  2. Schnookums
  3. Twit Twaddle
  4. Twitch


"There's nobody who wants this over more than I do. I want my life back" - said who?

Test tubes and pipette
  1. Spokesman for ill-fated Large Hadron Collider which suffered a power cut
  2. Astronaut embarking on 520-day mock mission to Mars
  3. BP chief Tony Hayward, on Deepwater Horizon oil spill


Picking up an award at the Hay Festival of Literature, author Ian McEwan said he was surprised there weren't more novels about what?

Ian McEwan
  1. The War on Terror
  2. Climate change
  3. The fall of New Labour


The city of Ashdod is in which country?

  1. Afghanistan - the location of the loya jirga peace conference
  2. Israel - where Gaza aid flotilla activists were taken
  3. Zimbabwe - where Brazil played the Zimbabwe Warriors in a World Cup warm-up


Which of the following was the world's biggest oil spill to date?

Oil spill of Gulf of Mexico
  1. Torrey Canyon tanker runs aground off Cornwall (1967)
  2. Exxon Valdez tanker breaks up off Alaska (1989)
  3. Iraqi forces empty several tankers off the coast of Kuwait (1991)


What's the sporting significance of 736?

World cup replicas
  1. The combined total of players in all World Cup squads
  2. The number of official World Cup footballs ordered for the tournament
  3. The combined age of England's World Cup squad - the oldest in the tournament


I bought new * they're blue

  1. socks
  2. underwear
  3. knickers


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 "THE MACHINES MAY SWITCH THEMSELVES OFF". Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. It's Schnookums. Dame Elizabeth, 78, is keeping only one letter private, which the actor wrote days before he died, asking her for another chance.
  2. It's Tony Hayward of BP. He later apologised, saying: "I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment." The Mars500 project, in which six men embark on a mock voyage to the Red Planet, began on Thursday. The power cut to the LHC was probably caused by storms.
  3. It's climate change. McEwan received the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for his new novel Solar - about a scientist who sets out to save the world from environmental apocalypse.
  4. It's Israel, where Ashdod is the fifth largest city. Nearly 700 people were held there after Israeli defence forces halted a flotilla trying to take 10,000 tonnes of aid to Gaza.
  5. Iraq was trying to slow the invasion of US troops. Up to 500 million tonnes of oil created a four-inch-thick slick covering 4,000 sq miles of sea.
  6. It's the combined total of players in all 32 squads.
  7. It's underwear. Germany was the clear winner of this year's contest - beating Turkey into second place by 76 points. The UK's Josh Dubovie came last.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Joshing aside

4 - 6 : Hello Oslo... er, hello...

7 - 7 : Walking on Sunshine

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