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

William Boyd's new James Bond book Solo has been launched. But what has the author tinkered with?

William Boyd
  1. Traditional recipe for vodka martini
  2. Bond's smoking habits
  3. Bond's appetite for seduction

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Where is this controversial statue of Michael Jackson, which has stood at Fulham Football Club's stadium for the past two years, going?

Jackson statue
  1. On tour
  2. To be fixed after a leg was hacked off
  3. Back to former club owner Mohamed Al Fayed

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The non-official celebration "Arthur's Day" ran into trouble this week. Who is it commemorating?

  1. Arthur Guinness
  2. King Arthur
  3. J Arthur Rank

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What was stolen from the stage during a Willie Nelson gig outside New York, sparking a hunt and offer of reward?

Willie Nelson
  1. A porcelain skull
  2. Nelson's cap
  3. A stuffed armadillo

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Some of Europe's key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, according to a new report. Of those surveyed, which is still declining?

  1. Iberian lynx
  2. European bison
  3. White-tailed eagle

6.) Missing Word Question

Sri Lanka holds seven * eaters

  1. gold
  2. snake
  3. speed

7.) Multiple Choice Question

US Republican Senator Ted Cruz spoke for 21 hours to stop the Senate from funding a health care overhaul known as "Obamacare". What did he read from as a time-filler?

Ted Cruz
  1. Jack London's White Fang
  2. Dr Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham
  3. Herman Melville's Moby Dick


  1. It's the martini - Boyd has included his own recipe rather than using the one laid down by Ian Fleming 60 years ago.
  2. It's being returned to Mohamed Al Fayed, who was close to Jackson. Some Fulham fans opposed the statue that was erected in 2011. The club was sold in the summer and the new owner decided to take the statue down.
  3. It's Arthur Guinness. Diageo, which owns Guinness, launched the push to celebrate Ireland's most famous drink in 2009. But there has been a surge in protests against the drive. One minister said: "Diageo has invented Arthur's Day as a pseudo-national holiday for the purposes of marketing its products."
  4. It was a mounted armadillo, believed to belong to a member of Nelson's crew. A post on Nelson's Facebook page asks for help tracking the critter down. A comment reads: "We hang armadillo thieves in Texas."
  5. It was the Iberian lynx. There are thought to be fewer than 300 left in the wild - mostly in Spain.
  6. It's gold. They were arrested at the country's main international airport after security checks showed they had swallowed pieces of gold. It is believed they were trying to smuggle the precious metal into India to avoid import duties.
  7. It was Dr Seuss. Cruz included it as a bedtime story for his children. Addressing them directly on TV, he added afterwards, "Brush your teeth, say your prayers, and daddy's going to be home soon."

Your Score

0 - 3 : Rotten eggs

4 - 6 : Scrambled eggs

7 - 7 : Good egg

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