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

A painting of three Elizabethan children and their pet could be the earliest portrait of a guinea pig. A bird believed to be a goldfinch is also being held in the painting. What were they often used to symbolise?

  1. Wealth
  2. Christianity
  3. Youth

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released the first official photos of their son, Prince George. They were taken by the duchess's father, Michael Middleton. Who took the first official snaps of William?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George
  1. Lord Snowdon
  2. Norman Parkinson
  3. Lord Lichfield
  4. Prince Andrew

3.) Missing Word Question

Forty * found in Canada motel

  1. mannequins
  2. grenades
  3. pythons

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Skegness has been named the most deprived seaside area in England in a study by the Office for National Statistics. What is the Lincolnshire resort famous for?

  1. First Butlin's holiday camp
  2. World's longest pleasure pier
  3. Both of the above

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Before pulling out because of injury, Maria Sharapova was reportedly planning to change her name during the US Open for commercial reasons to what?

Maria Sharapova
  1. Maria Sugarpova
  2. Maria Sonypova
  3. Maria VW Sharanpova

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A woman in Liverpool this month dislocated her jaw doing what?

  1. Eating triple-decker burger
  2. Cheering at football
  3. Singing karaoke
  4. Blowing out candles on a birthday cake

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Tourism bosses in Australia got in trouble after doing what with Photoshop to a picture of a kangaroo?

  1. Replacing head with Kevin Rudd's
  2. Changing colour
  3. Pixelating genitals


  1. They were often used at the time to symbolise Christianity. Goldfinches were popular pets because of their beautiful plumage, but in portraits they often had religious overtones because the birds were used in depictions of the infant Christ. The privately owned portrait - which has not been seen in public before - was painted by an unknown Anglo-Dutch artist around 1580.
  2. It's Lord Snowdon. He took the photographs in 1982. Prince Andrew took the first official portrait of Prince Edward's daughter Lady Louise Wessex in 2004.
  3. It's pythons. Canadian animal welfare officers rescued the snakes from plastic storage bins in a motel room. They ranged from 30cm (1ft) to 137cm (4ft 6in) long and were said to be in a "distressed" state.
  4. It is famous for being the home of the first Butlin's holiday camp. Southend-on-Sea in Essex has the world's longest pleasure pier, at 1.33 miles (2.1km).
  5. It's Maria Sugarpova. The tennis star has a confectionery range of that name.
  6. It was the burger. The woman suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and has joints that are both hyper-flexible and unstable.
  7. It was pixelating the genitals. Facebook users were angered by the move, alleging excessive prudishness, but officials noted that it was a joke.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Hopping mad

3 - 5 : Jumped-up

6 - 7 : Bouncing off the walls

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