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Quiz of the week's news


Welcome to 7 days 7 questions - the Magazine's quiz of the week's news. If this isn't enough brain exercise, there's also our Daily Mini-Quiz, every weekday on the Magazine home page.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Who inspired Coldplay's new album title Viva la Vida (translation: long live life)?

Clockwise from top left: Ricky Martin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Frida Kahlo and Gwyneth Paltrow
  1. Ricky Martin
  2. Gwyneth Paltrow
  3. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  4. Frida Kahlo

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Prince Charles opened his Highgrove shop in Tetbury for local organic produce. In the Somerfield supermarket opposite, a bunch of leeks cost £1.01. How much at Highgrove?

Highgrove condiments
  1. £1.35
  2. £1.61
  3. £1.96

3.) Multiple Choice Question

What was the difference between what Heather Mills estimated she and her daughter needed to cover living costs, and what the judge awarded?

Heather Mills outside court
  1. £2.65m a year
  2. £2.85m a year
  3. £3.05m a year

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Anthony Minghella had a prolific scriptwriting career before finding stardom as a film director. Which of the following shows did he NOT pen?

Anthony Minghella
  1. Inspector Morse
  2. The Muppets
  3. Grange Hill

5.) Missing Word Question

Virtual world for virtually *

  1. dying
  2. bankrupt
  3. Irish

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which British football club was indirectly affected by the collapse of US bank Bear Stearns?

Trader in New York
  1. Tottenham Hotspur
  2. QPR
  3. Chelsea

7.) Birthday question

In the next seven days, there will be birthday cakes in the households of the following people. Who will have the most candles?

  1. William Shatner
    William Shatner
  2. Michael Heseltine
    Lord Heseltine
  3. Montserrat Caballe
    Montserrat Caballe


  1. It's Frida Kahlo. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says he saw the phrase on a painting by the Mexican artist. Martin conceded 'everyone thinks it comes from Ricky Martin'.
  2. It's £1.35. Not a bad deal when you consider it's locally sourced. No such bargains in the gardening gloves section - a pair will set you back £30.
  3. £2.65m is correct. Mills wanted £3.25m a year, including £500,000 a year for holidays and £627,000 a year for charity commitments, but Mr Justice Bennett said £600,000 would be adequate.
  4. The answer is The Muppets. However he did write The Storyteller for children's television in 1988, which used puppets from Jim Henson's Muppet workshop.
  5. It's Irish. Tourism Ireland held a virtual St Patrick's Day parade on Sunday in the internet world of Second Life (SL). Festivities included a treasure hunt around recreated landmarks like Trinity College and the Guinness Brewery.
  6. It's Spurs. Joe Lewis, a major investor at Tottenham, reportedly lost £1.2bn as second largest shareholder at the bank. QPR and Chelsea also have billionaire backers, Bernie Ecclestone and Roman Abramovich respectively.
  7. It's William Shatner, who will be 77 on Saturday. It is also the birthday of his most famous incarnation, Captain James T Kirk, who it is widely thought was born in 2233. Lord Heseltine is 75 today (Friday) and Ms Caballe will be 75 on Wednesday.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Black hole

3 - 5 : Star

6 - 7 : Intergalactic

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