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

Councillors in which genteel Scottish town complained after its name was used for that of a violent area in the game Grand Theft Auto 5?

Grand Theft Auto
  1. Hawick
  2. Jedburgh
  3. Galashiels

2.) Multiple Choice Question

In the list of searched-for stars who might harm your computer, Lily Collins was top. There was only one man on the list. Who was it?

  1. Zac Efron
  2. John Hamm
  3. Johnny Depp

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The British have at least 50 words for the remote control, from "switcher" to "thingee", says a survey, citing "doo-daa" as one of the more popular. But the OED spells that differently. How?

  1. Do-dah
  2. Doodah
  3. Doo-da
  4. Doo-dar

4.) Multiple Choice Question

In the US, a woman has won a battle to have her full name put on her driving licence. What was wrong with the name?

Driving licence
  1. It contained a number
  2. It was too long
  3. It was considered a swear word

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Graffitti on a wall in Northern Ireland said "join the IRA" before it was amended with spray-paint. What was it changed to?

IRA mural
  1. Join the library
  2. Join the Pirate Party
  3. Join the irate


This photograph of the edited graffiti was tweeted by teacher and writer Brian McGilloway.


6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Costa Condordia has been raised using a process called "parbuckling". Which of the following best describes a "parbuckle"?

  1. 18th Century term for pumping water
  2. 19th Century term for rolling
  3. 19th Century term for lifting barrels in a sling

7.) Missing Word Question

Wedding * falls asleep on the job

  1. pony
  2. dove
  3. owl


  1. It's Hawick. A local councillor has said he is "absolutely disgusted" at the use of the town's name for a "druggie hipster" district in the Grand Theft Auto 5. The game's developers Rockstar North, based in Edinburgh, often incorporate Scottish place names.
  2. It's Mad Men star John Hamm. McAfee annually releases rankings of celebrities whose popularity is used to lure fans into downloading viruses and other malicious software.
  3. It's doodah. Other entries include "the zapper", "the thing" and "the wand", according to a survey by NetVoucherCodes.co.uk.
  4. It was too long. Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele won a battle to have her full name put on her licence. Her name contains 35 letters and 19 syllables and would not fit on the documentation.
  5. It's join the library. The graffiti was sprayed on a small building in Strabane, Co Tyrone.
  6. It's a 19th Century term for lifting barrels in a sling. The OED cites the Manual of Seamanship for Boys: "A parbuckle... is used for hauling up or lowering down a cask... where there is no crane or tackle."
  7. It's owl. A wedding service was delayed when a ring-bearing owl fell asleep in the church roof.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Twit

4 - 6 : Woo

7 - 7 : Hoot

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