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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

At his Sunday mass in Rome, the Pope blessed an unlikely group of people gathered outside the Vatican. Who were they?

  1. Bakers
  2. Bikers
  3. Bankers

2.) Multiple Choice Question

In mayoral elections in Veracruz, Mexico, campaigners are backing an unusual candidate. Which species is it?

  1. Dog
  2. Cat
  3. Donkey
  4. Chicken

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A Division Six cricket match in Wales had to be abandoned after the Crymych team took offence. What were they cross about?

  1. Being told not to speak Welsh
  2. Jelly beans behind wicket
  3. Stale cucumber sandwiches
  4. Topless spectators

4.) Missing Word Question

* 'to blame for the menopause'

  1. Men
  2. Dinosaurs
  3. Feminists
  4. Doctors

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Barack Obama reportedly called Chancellor George Osborne by the wrong name three times at the G8 summit. Which name did he use?

George Osborne
  1. John Osborne
  2. Jamie Osborne
  3. Jeffrey Osborne

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Britain's Girl Guides have dropped a reference to God - among other things - in their pledge. But which of the following do they promise to serve?

International Girl Guides
  1. Queen
  2. Country
  3. School

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Officials at Lewes Prison have cut prisoners' fresh fruit ration. What is the problem they want to prevent?

  1. Apple throwing contests
  2. Smoking banana skins
  3. Fruit-fermented alcohol


  1. It's bikers. They were celebrating the 110th anniversary of Harley Davidson. The Pope blessed the bikers without referring to them directly. He accepted two white Harleys for the Vatican police force.
  2. It's cat. Sergio Chamorro, owner of Morris the cat, said: "Tired of voting for rats? Vote for a cat." The Facebook page has over 130,000 "likes" far more than official candidates. It prompted a dog, donkey and chicken to "stand" in other areas of Mexico.
  3. It's being told not to speak Welsh. Players from the English-speaking Lamphey team reportedly feared that Crymych batsmen were using Welsh to gain the upper hand. Jelly beans caused a row at a Test match between England and India in 2007.
  4. It's men. Evolutionary geneticists at Canada's McMaster University say men's tendency to choose younger mates meant that fertility became pointless for older women. Other scientists says they've got cause and effect the wrong way round.
  5. It's Jeffrey. The Sun reported that Obama had mixed him up with one of his favourite R&B singers, Jeffrey Osborne, whose hits include the 1982 ballad On the Wings of Love.
  6. It's the Queen. Country was dropped in favour of community. The reference to God was replaced by a call to "be true to myself and develop my beliefs" in the new pledge.
  7. It's alcohol. Prison officials said they had to act after an increase in the amount of hooch circulating. Five-litre cleaning containers used to make the hooch were moved away from inmates.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Sour grapes

3 - 5 : Not so Golden Delicious

6 - 7 : Top banana

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