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What are the Queen’s favourite tipples?

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Drinks at the palace The Queen was reported to have given up regular drinking. What do we know about her…

Are people still wearing masks?

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Wrong place, wrong time The name of the village of Nelson, north of Cardiff, was described as ‘problematic’ in an…

Where in the world will you find the cheapest petrol?

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Whole-life sentences How many prisoners are serving whole-life sentences? — There are currently 74 prisoners in prison with whole-life tariffs;…

Which James Bond film made the most money?

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Scummy idea Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner called Tories ‘scum’ in a speech to activists at her party’s conference. The…

Which countries have the highest energy bills?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Seeds of change The Chelsea Flower Show opened in autumn for the first time, delayed thanks to the pandemic. The…

Has it really got harder to see a GP in person?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Floating vote Voters in St Petersburg were presented with three candidates all calling themselves Boris Vishnevsky, with two believed to…

Pet project: how many dogs and cats are there in Britain?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Escape velocity The evacuation of Afghanistan was likened to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. What were the…

Is Brexit really to blame for the shortage of lorry drivers?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Birth of the Paralympics While Athens can claim to be the home city of the Olympic Games, the Paralympics can…

Where did the Taliban come from?

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Student takeover Where did the Taliban come from? — The word ‘Taliban’ means simply ‘students’ in Pashtun. They were originally…

How many alpacas are there in Britain?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Woolly thinking There were protests in Whitehall to save Geronimo, an alpaca due to be put down after testing positive…

Which industries have the most workers still furloughed?

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Happy valet Police Scotland dropped what they said was a randomly generated codeword — ‘Bunter’ — for the security operation…

Is rain getting heavier?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Reinventing the wheels Skateboarding made its debut at the Olympics. Who invented the skateboard? — There are many reports of…

What’s changed since the last Tokyo Olympics?

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Waiting Games What did Japan, and the world, look like the last time Tokyo held the Olympics in 1964? —…

How much does a holiday in space cost you?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Space cadets Richard Branson joined a test flight on his Virgin Galactic craft to the edge of space, to promote…

Who was the first to wear a face mask?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Mask crusader Who first wore a medical face mask? — The beaked outfits worn by plague doctors aside, the first…

How many people are self-isolating when they’re told to?

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Isolated cases Large numbers of people are still being ordered to self-isolate in spite of having been vaccinated — 137,560…

How many countries have royal yachts?

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Royal waves Does any other country have a royal yacht? — The Queen of Denmark uses HDMY Dannebrog, a 260ft…

Has Covid turned us into a nation of cyclists?

19 June 2021 9:00 am

On this day Would 19 July make a suitable ‘freedom day’ (assuming Covid restrictions are lifted even then)? There is…

How many Lilibets are there in the world?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Rare Lili Other than the new royal baby, is there anyone in the world formally called Lilibet? — There are…

Have tennis players always been expected to give interviews?

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Game, set, chat Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open after being fined $15,000 for failing to…

How safe are cable cars?

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Marrying in office It was announced Boris Johnson will marry his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, next year. This will be only…

Is hugging healthy?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Call to arms Is hugging important to health? A study by Carnegie Mellon University and published in the journal Psychological…

How does the ‘red wall’ story end?

15 May 2021 9:00 am

At Redwall Abbey Does fiction provide any guide as to the ultimate fate of Labour’s Red Wall? — Redwall Abbey…

Which prime minister spent the most on their Downing Street flat?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Flat spin Which prime minister spent the most on their Downing Street flat, according to figures reported over the years?…

Who gave Abba ‘nul points’ in 1974?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Falling from grace Six Premier League football clubs had announced their intention to join a European Super League, from which…