Quiz of the week's news

News quiz

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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Hugh Grant secretly taped a tabloid journalist-turned-publican during a chat about phone hacking. The ex-hack sold his own story to the Mail. The headline?

Hugh Grant
  1. Hugh Grant's 'midlife crisis car' broke down outside my pub
  2. Hugh Grant racks up bar tab worth £5.45... but leaves without paying
  3. Hugh Grant: 'Arrested with a hooker and the public still came to my films'

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Rupert Murdoch's News of the World has apologised to eight phone-hacking victims. Some, like Sienna Miller, are household names. But what about Nicola Phillips - who she?

Actress Sienna Miller
  1. Ex-aide to John Prescott
  2. Max Clifford's ex-assistant
  3. Lawyer acting for PFA
  4. Former MP

3.) Multiple Choice Question

There's been a surprise fall in inflation to 4%. But has pay kept pace with price rises? New figures show the average UK pay packet has risen by how much in the past year?

Shopper browsing fruit and veg
  1. 1%
  2. 1.6%
  3. 2%
  4. 2.3%

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"I was in the foyer having a water and a chat." Who?

  1. Gillian Duffy, on how she came to handbag Nick Clegg when he was in Rochdale for a factory visit
    Rochdale pensioner Gillian Duffy
  2. Andrew Lansley, arriving for his "listening seminar" at the nurses' conference
  3. Chris Evans, late for his Radio 5 live show
    Chris Evans

5.) Missing Word Question

* giants in price-fixing fine

  1. Petrol
  2. Chocolate
  3. Soap

6.) Multiple Choice Question

On Monday France's ban on wearing face-covering garments - such as the burka or niqab - in public came into force. Which one of these is NOT exempt?

Woman looking at the work Burka by US artist Robert Longo
  1. Motorcycle helmets
  2. Face-masks for health reasons
  3. Sikh turbans
  4. Supersize sunglasses

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, a birthday question (of sorts). The Dulux dog turns 50 after first appearing in TV ads in 1961. Name of the first dog?

Dulux dog with champagne bottles, 1972
  1. Pickle
  2. Digby
  3. Dash
  4. Duke


  1. It's the bar tab. Grant popped into Paul McMullan's Dover pub to continue a chat about the dark arts of tabloid journalism started at Christmas when his sports car broke down in Kent. The actor told him the public didn't care about his private life: "I was arrested with a hooker and they still came to my films." The resulting expose in the New Statesman was headlined: 'The bugger, bugged'.
  2. Publicist Nicola Phillips worked for PR guru Max Clifford. Also on the list of eight are Joan Hammell, former aide to John Prescott, and ex-minister Tessa Jowell. And PFA (Professional Footballers Association) lawyer John Hewison is reported to have reached a settlement for breach of privacy.
  3. Average pay has risen 2% in the past year, says the Office for National Statistics. But many prices - food and fuel, for example - have outstripped this.
  4. It was Chris Evans, who arrived 25 minutes late for his show about the Masters golf on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley reversed his decision not to attend the Royal College of Nursing conference - at which he received a vote of no confidence - but only met selected delegates.
  5. It's soap, as in washing powder. Unilever and Procter & Gamble have been fined 315m euros (£280m, $456m) for fixing prices of Omo, Surf, Tide and Persil in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands between 2002 and 2005.
  6. It's Sikh turbans - but these were banned from French schools in 2004 under a separate law. Exempt from the new face-covering law are motorcycle helmets, face-masks for health reasons, sunglasses and carnival masks.
  7. The first was Dash, pictured at his retirement party in 1972. Digby took over, and starred in a film with Spike Milligan. In the 1980s it was Duke, and Pickle for part of the 90s. Ads featuring the sheepdog first ran in 1961 - in black and white - and last appeared in 2003. There was a Facebook campaign for the dog's return, orchestrated by a media company.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Slap-dash

4 - 6 : Dashboard

7 - 7 : Cut a dash

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