Illustration: May Moorwood

Weekly puzzles for your perusal! This week, test your current affairs knowledge with the weekly News Quiz, stretch your vocab with the Word Jumble, and see if you can figure out the Number Challenge. Answers below!

News Quiz

1 A new film directed by Autumn de Wilde was released last week, based on which comedy of manners by Jane Austen?

2 In November a contestant on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire was stumped by this question, can you answer it: NR Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, is the father-in-law of which British MP?

3 What is the stage name of British rapper Tyron Kaymone Frampton, who attracted controversy with his behaviour at the 2020 NME awards?

4 Can you name the former Manchester United goalkeeper and survivor of the 1958 Muchich air disaster, who died this week aged 87? He famously pulled Bobby Charlton and several others from the wreckage of the plane.

5 Name the US Democratic presidential candidate, based on an extract from their Twitter bio:

a Loves ice cream, aviators & @Amtrak

b U.S. Senator, former teacher, and candidate for president

c Running for president to rally Americans together to meet our urgent challenges

6 Complete the sequence: Atiyah, Brendan, Ciara, ..?

7 The lawn of which Cambridge college has been torn up by Extinction Rebellion protestors this week, citing its investment in fossil fuels amongst other reasons?

8 Captain Rosie Wild has become the first woman to pass the gruelling entry test for which British Army regiment? The test includes a 20-mile endurance march and a boxing contest.

Word Jumble

How many words can you make from the letters below? They all have to contain the bold letter. One 13 letter word can be made using all the letters, can you find it?

Number Challenge

The Sunday papers this week reported on an apparent plan by Number 10 to “force the BBC to sell off the vast majority” of its radio stations. If you add together the numbers in all of the BBC’s numbered radio stations (for instance Radio 2, and including digital only channels), what is the total?


News Quiz

1 Emma

2 Rishi Sunak, appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle last week

3 slowthai

4 Harry Gregg

5 a Joe Biden b Elizabeth Warren c Pete Buttigieg

6 Dennis (UK named storms for 2020)

7 Trinity College

8 Parachute Regiment

Word Jumble

The 13 letter word is RUBBERNECKERS

Number Challenge 31 (BBC Radio 1 + 1 Xtra + 2 + 3 + 4 + 4 Extra + 5 Live + 5 Live Sports Extra + 6 Music)