Topical Quiz

Quiz based on stuff that’s been in the news this week. I used it on my live radio show on 5 Towns Radio (www.5townsradio.co.uk) tonight. The contestant this week got absolutely none of them correct – nil pwon. See if you can do better …

  1. Which eighteen year old British women’s tennis player made it to the semi-finals of the US Open this week?
  2. Which of the following didn’t make it onto the Royal Mail’s new issue of 18 stamps featuring DC Comics heroes and villains – Spider-Man or Wonder Woman?
  3. Who officially became Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian as of this week?
  4. A rare birth took place at a Sri Lankan animal reserve where were twins were born – but which animal species are they? (Giraffe, Hippo, Elephant or Lion)
  5. Which country announced that they were limiting the gaming time for children to 1 hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays?
  6. Which artist just broke the record for the most monthly listens on Spotify? (BeyoncΓ©, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Arianna Grande)
  7. Cristiano Ronaldo just returned to Manchester United from Juventus and then broke the men’s international scoring record. Who had previously held it? (Edinson Cavani, of Uruguay, Ali Daei, of Iran, Soh Chin Ann, of Malaysia)
  8. Pigeons have been in the headlines. But what were they being blamed for?
  9. Kim Kardashian set tongues wagging by attending a “listening party” for the new album, Donda, by her soon-to-be-ex-husband Kanye West, by wearing what?
  10. After his first-round loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas (left) in tennis’s US Open, Andy Murray criticised his opponent for taking too long to do what? (take his first serve, talk to his coach, go to the toilet)
  11. Neil Fachie won a gold medal for Great Britain at the Paralympics. What did his wife Lora do an hour after Neil won his medal?
  12. New figures show that the number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatment has risen to a new record high. What is the estimated number? 5.6 million, 560 thousand or 56 thousand.
  13. Which major fast food chain have just announced that they will be trialling a Vegan Burger in selected outlets at the end of this month?

Answers

  1. Emma Raducanu (RadooKaanoo)
  2. Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
  3. Sarah Storey (Swimming and Cycling)
  4. Elephant (The male twins were born in Sri Lankan orphanage which is the first time in 80 years)
  5. China (China brought in the law. The country already had strict limits on how long under-18s could access online games. In 2019, children were restricted to playing games for up to three hours during holiday periods or 1.5 hours on other days)
  6. Justin Bieber (The pop star had a massive 83.3 million streams over the last month, breaking a new record for the highest number of monthly listeners, ever! The record was previously held by Ariana Grande)
  7. It’s Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006
  8. It’s the broadband outages. Prof Alan Woodward, a beta-tester for the new service provided by entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites, said it had mostly been working well. However, he noticed outages “some [lasting] a second, others longer”, which he put down to “pesky pigeons” sitting on the satellite dish on his kitchen roof.
  9. A wedding dress (Kardashian, who has filed for divorce, prompted speculation of a reconciliation by appearing in the Balenciaga gown during the song No Child Left Behind)
  10. It was using the toilet. After Tsitsipas stopped play for an eight-minute comfort break during their match, Murray pithily commented it took twice as long for the Greek to go the bathroom as it took US billionaire Jeff Bezos to reach space.
  11. She also won a gold medal for Great Britain at the Paralympics.
  12. The number of people waiting for hospital treatment in England has hit a record high of 5.61 million, as the NHS struggles to clear the growing backlog of care caused by Covid-19.
  13. McDonald’s has said it is to start selling a vegan burger in the UK and Ireland after years of research to perfect it. The McPlant burger will be trialled in 10 Coventry restaurants from late September and go national next year.

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