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

What is this symbol?

  1. Replacement for the word "the"
  2. New chemical element
  3. A baby's name

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Whose doodle-strewn manuscript has the University of Reading paid 962,500 ($1.4m) for?

  1. Samuel Beckett
  2. Ted Hughes
  3. John Lennon

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A mystery animal was killed by a car in the Netherlands. It is thought to be the first what to be discovered in the country for more than a century?

  1. Red squirrel
  2. Bear
  3. Wolf

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Author Vikram Seth is apparently in trouble over an uncompleted sequel to his 1993 novel A Suitable Boy. Which sequel was published more than 30 years after the original?

Vikram Seth
  1. Little Men (Little Women)
  2. Closing Time (Catch-22)
  3. A Starlight Barking (The Hundred and One Dalmatians)

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The Railway Children has prompted its first complaint to the British Board of Film Classification, 42 years after it was released. But which film generated the most public feedback to the censor in 2012?

Railway children
  1. Les Miserables
  2. The Woman in Black
  3. The Hunger Games

6.) Multiple Choice Question

His name was Louis and he sadly passed away at the ripe old age of 37 at his zoo home this week. But what did he star in?

  1. PG Tips tea adverts
  2. Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes
  3. Ed

7.) Multiple Choice Question

President Obama told a child this week that broccoli was his favourite food. But which president famously banned it from Air Force One (and the White House for that matter)?

  1. George Bush senior
  2. Ronald Reagan
  3. Bill Clinton


  1. It's a character to replace "the". Australian Paul Mathis designed it to enable fast typing, and is now lobbying Apple to promote his app. It happens to resemble a character in the Serbian alphabet. (Picture taken from promotional video.)
  2. It's Samuel Beckett's Murphy, which was written in 1935-36. The six exercise books contain the heavily reworked text of the novel as well as notes, doodles and sketches of figures including James Joyce and Charlie Chaplin.
  3. It's a wolf. Remains of an animal hit by a car last week were analysed by scientists who said it was most likely a wolf. Scientists have been investigating whether the wolf had been a member of a pack in neighbouring Germany.
  4. It's Closing Time, the sequel to the 1961 satire Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, which takes place in New York City in the 1990s. Seth has reportedly missed the deadline set by his publishers for A Suitable Girl.
  5. It was The Woman in Black. A total of 134 cinemagoers complained to the BBFC that the film was "too dark and unsettling" for a 12A certificate. The Hunger Games generated 43 complaints about its violence and theme. Concern was raised that children might be encouraged to play on railway tracks as a result of seeing The Railway Children.
  6. It's PG Tips. Louis and his partner played Tour de France cyclists, removal men trying to get a piano downstairs and housewives doing the ironing.
  7. It was George Bush senior. "I do not like broccoli," the president said in 1990. "And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm president of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."

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