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Quiz of the week's news


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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Who is this?

Who is this?
  1. Boy George
  2. Gary Glitter
  3. Peter Gabriel


That's Peter Gabriel, left, who shared the Polar Music Prize this week with Venezuelan composer Jose Antonio Abreu. Centre is Boy George now, and right, before he went into prison. Click NEXT to continue.

Peter Gabriel and Boy George, before and after prison

2.) Multiple Choice Question

When Stephen Fry said real political errors of judgement involved the loss of life, rather than "the removal of wisteria", to which MP's expenses claim was he referring?

  1. Alan Duncan
  2. Margaret Beckett
  3. David Cameron

3.) Multiple Choice Question

And another question on THE big story of the week. "I can't comment further as I'm off to a seminar on Cleaning and Maintaining your Moat." An MP from which constituency, responding to the exposé?

Castle with moat
  1. Wiltshire North
  2. Aberdeenshire
  3. Grimsby
  4. Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Prince Charles has apologised 25 years after calling the National Gallery extension a "carbuncle" - now the insult of choice for modern architecture. But to which building was it applied 175 years ago?

Castle, castle, bridge
  1. Buckingham Palace (left)
  2. Edinburgh Castle (middle)
  3. Clifton Suspension Bridge (right)


In 1825 work began on transforming Buckingham House into a royal palace. The Times disliked the design, describing new wings as "not unlike so many carbuncles on the proboscis of a bloated visage". Architect John Nash was sacked, the wings demolished. Click NEXT to continue.

Buckingham House

5.) Missing Word Question

Kangaroo survives *

  1. arrow in head
  2. rip tide
  3. cull

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A Polish priest has written a sex manual entitled Sex As You Don't Know It: For Married Couples Who Love God. What's the Polish word for sex?

Couple at a wedding
  1. szex
  2. seks
  3. geslacht
  4. cekc

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, 13 May marked the birthdays of Selina Scott, Zoe Wanamaker and Rosie Boycott. But who is the eldest?

  1. TV presenter Selina Scott
    Selina Scott
  2. Actress Zoe Wanamaker
    Actress Zoe Wanamaker
  3. Journalist Rosie Boycott
    Journalist Rosie Boycott


Now, before you get your results, the Magazine has pleasure in announcing 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 "ONE POUND OVER". Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. It's singer Boy George, released from prison on Monday, four months into a 15-month sentence. He appeared to have lost considerable weight.
  2. It's Mr Cameron's, which the Tory leader says he will repay the £680. Mr Duncan is paying back nearly £5,000 for other gardening costs. And Mrs Beckett attempted to claim £600 for hanging baskets.
  3. It's Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell, Lab. His letter to the Daily Telegraph rebuts questions over his expenses, saying he paid for security shutters himself and, despite being listed as claiming for ginger crinkles and Branston pickle, "I have not so far traced empty containers of either".
  4. It was the work-in-progress that was to become London's Buckingham Palace, lambasted in a Times leader in 1827. Click NEXT for more info.
  5. It's "arrow in head" - the roo is being cared for at Melbourne Zoo. Meanwhile, a surfer rescued a drowning kangeroo caught in a rip tide on the Gold Coast. And the courts have suspended a cull of 7,000 kangaroos near Canberra.
  6. It's "seks" - also used by the Dutch, who use "geslacht" for gender. The act itself is "szex" in Hungarian, and "cekc" in Serbian. Father Ksawery Knotz's book advocates "saucy, surprising and fantasy-packed" love-making. And is selling fast.
  7. Oldest at 60 is Zoe Wanamaker, who plays Madame Hooch in the Harry Potter franchise. Selina and Rosie are both 58.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Nul points

4 - 6 : Making Your Mind Up

7 - 7 : Johnny Logan

Click here to enter the Weekly Bonus question.

For a complete archive of past quizzes and our weekly news quiz, 7 days 7 questions, visit the Magazine page and scroll down. You can also do this quiz on your mobile device.

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