Quiz of the week's news


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.

Number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

A giant yellow duck has deflated in Hong Kong harbour. What else has hampered its world tour?

Giant duck deflating in Hong Kong harbour
  1. It was stabbed dozens of times in Belgium
  2. UK officials refused it a health and safety certificate
  3. Cigarette butts caused a slow puncture in Japan

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What featured beer, six steaks, prawns, a birthday cake and 57 cans of whipped cream?

  1. Astronaut Chris Hadfield's "welcome home" party
  2. An alleged supermarket thief's midnight feast
  3. Chris Huhne's first day out of prison

3.) Missing Word Question

Ancient * found in Canadian mine

  1. bones
  2. water
  3. meteorite

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The head of the religious police in Saudi Arabia has said a person doing what "has lost this world and his afterlife"?

  1. Tweeting
  2. Wearing shorts
    Man wearing shorts
  3. Listening to Justin Bieber
    Justin Bieber

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"The two rival groups were spoken to and advised to keep out of each other's way." Who?

Couple sitting with the backs to each other
  1. Scientologists and a conservation group
  2. Rival Dr Who and Star Wars fans
  3. A Labour peer and extension-building neighbours

6.) Multiple Choice Question

It costs 7.50 in Egypt and 18 on the Gaza Strip. What is it?

Fishing on the shore in Gaza
  1. Taking a family to see the film The Croods
  2. A day's car parking in the centre of town
  3. A Kentucky Fried Chicken family meal

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A man from Georgia has put a closely guarded, secret recipe for a popular product on eBay. He says he found it in a box of papers bought at an auction. What's it for?

  1. Colonel Sanders's Original KFC Fried Chicken
  2. Coca-Cola
  3. Melton Mowbray pork pie


  1. It was stabbed 42 times in Belgium. Local people subsequently came together to protect it at night. The owners say it has been deflated in Hong Kong for maintenance work.
  2. It's an alleged supermarket thief's midnight feast. Trevor Runyon is said to have been found sleeping off the meal in a ValuMarket in Kentucky, US. Following his release, former cabinet minister Chris Huhne had a full English breakfast at a motorway cafe, with artist Grayson Perry.
  3. It's water. The water, more than a billion years old, pours out of boreholes in a copper and zinc mine under northern Ontario, Canada. Scientists are testing it for signs of life.
  4. It's using Twitter. Sheikh Abdul-Latif al-Sheikh strongly criticised the rising number of users in the country.
  5. It's rival Dr Who and Star Wars fans. They were spoken to by Norwich police after falling out at a sci-fi convention. A conservation group says it is worried about the traffic impact of a new Scientology centre in Birmingham. And Labour peer Lord Mitchell has fallen out with neighbours over a basement extension.
  6. It's a Kentucky Fried Chicken family meal. A delivery firm has set up to take the meals through tunnels under the tightly controlled border. "Sometimes Hamas checks meals, sometimes the taxi picking up Sinai orders is late," a spokesman said.
  7. It's Coca-Cola. The company, which traces the origins of the drink to a 19th century patent medicine, says its formula of natural ingredients is a closely-held trade secret, kept in a vault at its World of Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Not the real thing

4 - 6 : Finger Lickin'

7 - 7 : Good til the last drop

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