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How well have you been following the news? Check out these questions below. How many can you get right?

1 The first cover of Charlie Hebdo after January’s massacre at the magazine was a cartoon of Muhammad holding a “Je suis Charlie” placard – but what was the coverline?

2 Who, where or what this year was Synaspismos tis Rizospastikis Aristeras better known as?

3 Which singer, who died in January, had in 1977 been the crux of a bitter husband-and-wife argument in a Play for Today?

4 A French court refused to allow misguided parents to name their child after which jar-based spread? Its inventor also died this year, aged 89, and sun shining through an empty jar of this was blamed for a fire in Twickenham that killed a Jack Russell called Chilli.

5 Gauguin’s masterpiece, Nafea Faa Ipoipo, was sold for £197m, the highest for any painting, to a museum in Qatar. What does the title translate as?
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Answers 1-5

1 ‘Tout est pardonné’
2 Far-left Greek party Syriza
3 Demis Roussos
4 Nutella
5 When Will You Marry?

 

 

6 The Queen named a 3,600- passenger P&O ship Britannia, breaking a bottle of wine on the bow. Wine from where?

7 And which country overtook France to have the largest area of vineyards after Spain?

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‘Where shall we go dancing tonight?’ by Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari – an exhibit at Museion Bozen-Bolzano in Italy. Photograph: Courtesy of the Artist
8 What happened next? (see picture)

 

 

9 Public Health England wrote to supermarkets warning them to keep daffodils well away from “produce areas” in case customers mistook them for what?

10 We all know about Richard III and Leicester – but the bones of which other long-lost bod were identified at the Convent of the Discalced Trinitarians in Madrid?

Answers 6-10

6 Sussex
7 China
8 An Italian art installation meant to represent the hedonism of the 1980s was mistaken by cleaners for the remnants of a party, and unceremoniously tidied into bin bags
9 Onions
10 Cervantes

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