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

This unsolvable maths puzzle was printed as part of a government job ad in Australia - it was supposed to have a phone number hidden in it. What was the job?

Maths ad
  1. Astronaut
  2. Primary school maths teacher
  3. Air force engineer

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What was Roger Federer ordered to take off earlier this week because of Wimbledon's dress code?

  1. Jewellery
  2. Sweatband
  3. Trainers


An All England Club spokesman told the BBC that a number of players had been spoken to about their attire in round one.

Federer's orange soles

3.) Multiple Choice Question

What did the US government get wrong in documents seeking the arrest of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to Hong Kong officials?

  1. His job
  2. His age
  3. His full name

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists have deciphered the complete genome of which extinct prehistoric animal that roamed the Yukon Territory of Canada more than 700,000 years ago?

Ancient bone
  1. Polar bear
  2. Horse
  3. Wolf

5.) Missing Word Question

Plants do * scientists say

  1. chores
  2. maths
  3. jigs

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A marathon speech in the US by a Texas Democrat has blocked an anti-abortion bill. This process is called a filibuster. The name is derived from a Dutch word, meaning what?

Wendy Davis
  1. "Pirate"
  2. "Besiege, attack with an army"
  3. "To blow, on a trumpet"

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A driver in the US state of Indiana who hit two pedestrians in a car park has told police that the accident was caused because they were distracted by what?

  1. A UFO
  2. A spider
  3. Ice cubes falling on their lap
    Ice cube


  1. It's engineer with the Royal Australian Air Force. It was reported this week that the puzzle doesn't produce the intended phone number because of errors.
  2. It was his trainers, which had orange soles. Federer competed in the first round wearing them, but he was ordered to change them after they were judged to have broken Wimbledon's all-white dress code.
  3. It was his full name. Officials said Hong Kong immigration records listed Snowden's middle name as Joseph, but the US government used the name James in some documents and referred to him only as Edward J Snowden in others.
  4. It's a horse, with DNA taken from a bone. This predates all previous ancient DNA sequences by more than 500,000 years and suggests that the ancestor of all equines existed around four million years ago.
  5. It's maths. Research suggests that plants have a built-in capacity to do maths, which helps them regulate food reserves at night.
  6. It's "pirate" - or "vrijbuiter". Senator Wendy Davis spoke for more than 10 hours to block a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  7. It's a spider, according to reports quoting the local sheriff's department. In early June, a driver in Arkansas also claimed a spider was responsible for an accident, while near Falmouth, UK, a woman said she veered into oncoming traffic because she was scared by a spider.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Creepy

3 - 5 : Crawly

6 - 7 : Daddy long-legs

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