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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

A new Kanye West product, priced at $120 (80), sold out within hours of going on sale. What was it?

Kanye West
  1. Flavoured water
  2. Sparkling wine
  3. White T-shirt
  4. Cashmere socks

2.) Multiple Choice Question

New technology has made public toilets unpleasant environments, especially for older people, researchers say. What is causing the problem?

Toilet sign
  1. Digital ads above urinals
  2. Super-fast hand dryers
  3. Automatic toilet flushes

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The jury in the George Zimmerman case had its extra-curricular activities restricted. Which of the following did not have to be vetted by the court?

Trayvon protestors
  1. Dinner menu
  2. Cinema trips
  3. Family phone calls

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Catholics may be able to earn "indulgences" partly by following the Pope's Twitter feed, it's been reported. For which of these activities are indulgences not granted?

Pope Francis
  1. Climbing Santa Scala on knees
  2. Watching Pope's TV Mass
  3. Pilgrimage to Lourdes

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Pleasure boats have been criticised for upsetting a rare marine ecosystem at Studland Bay, Dorset. Which creature has been driven off?

Studland Bay
  1. Spiny seahorse
  2. Bottlenose dolphin
  3. Hammerhead shark

6.) Missing Word Question

"World's oldest * " discovered in Scottish field

  1. diary
  2. birthday card
  3. calendar

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Former England cricket captain David Gower has spoken out in favour of the countryside. Which minority did he say were misunderstood?

David Gower
  1. Gamekeepers
  2. Morris dancers
  3. Cricket scorers


  1. It's the T-shirt. The plain white garment is a collaboration between French label APC and the rapper. His fashion line also includes 175 jeans and 184 hoodies.
  2. It's super-fast dryers. Researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London, say the dryers have the same effect on the eardrum as road drills. Hearing aid users and dementia sufferers were particularly affected.
  3. It's the evening meal. The six women on the jury went to see two films - World War Z and the Lone Ranger - that were vetted in advance. Phone calls were allowed but monitored by deputies.
  4. It's TV Mass. An indulgence is traditionally said to lessen punishment for penitent sinners in the afterlife. Any beneficiary has to have confessed and be "truly penitent and contrite".
  5. It's spiny seahorse. Boat anchors are said to churn up the eel-grass beds that provide the perfect breeding ground for the endangered creature.
  6. It's calendar. Excavations of a field at Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire, found a series of 12 pits thought to be 10,000 years old. They appear to mimic the phases of the Moon and track lunar months.
  7. It's Morris dancers. Gower, who owns an estate in Hampshire, says city dwellers misunderstand rural Britain. They are "allergic to grass and find it hard to understand where Morris dancing came from", he said.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Bowled

3 - 5 : Not out

6 - 7 : Six!

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