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

Plans to raise a plinth below Glasgow's Duke of Wellington statue, which revellers regularly adorn with traffic cones, were dropped. How much does removing each cone cost?

Duke of Wellington statue in Glasgow
  1. 10
  2. 100
  3. 1,000
  4. 10,000

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Broadcaster David Dimbleby, 75, made headlines by getting a tattoo of a scorpion on his back. What was wrong with it?

David Dimbleby getting a tattoo
  1. Wrongly shaped sting
  2. Too few legs
  3. Wrong colour


Dimbleby's tattoo has six legs while scorpions actually have eight. But the broadcaster insisted he would not change it.

David Dimbleby's scorpion tattoo

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Russian officials have been told not to use the phrases: "Now let's talks about some details," "Better reasons are required" and "So what do we do now?" What are they associated with?

Stack of paper
  1. Prostitution
  2. Drugs
  3. Bribery

4.) Multiple Choice Question

German engineers are working on a German-only internet, using cables and computer servers entirely within Germany, following outrage about US eavesdropping. What has the project been dubbed?

Angela Merkel with a phone
  1. Internetz
  2. Deutche Web
  3. Ubernet

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A producer in Surrey says it has harvested the UK's first commercially grown what?

Truffle, paprika, saffron, grapes
  1. Truffles
  2. Paprika
  3. Saffron
  4. Sauvignon blanc

6.) Multiple Choice Question

This week Bob Dylan was awarded the highest honour of a nation. Which one?

Bob Dylan
  1. UK honorary knighthood
  2. French Legion of Honour
  3. Jamaican Order of National Hero

7.) Missing Word Question

Row over US ' * backpack'

  1. cockroach
  2. baby
  3. gold


  1. Glasgow City Council estimated that it cost 100 a time, leading to an annual bill of 10,000.
  2. It's too few legs.
  3. It's bribery. A note from the Murmansk regional justice ministry also orders bureaucrats not to complain about low salaries in front of members of the public or mention they would like to go on holiday.
  4. It's internetz - a combination of the German words for internet and network. The project is being led by a team at Deutsche Telekom.
  5. It's sauvignon blanc. The grapes originate in Bordeaux in France, but Denbies say it has grown them successfully in England for the first time.
  6. It's the French Legion of Honour, an award established by Napoleon. Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti said Dylan was a hero for young people hungry for justice and independence.
  7. A US company has been accused of cruelty after developing an "electronic backpack" that fits onto a cockroach, allowing its movements to be controlled by a mobile phone app.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Blood on the Tracks

4 - 6 : Oh Mercy

7 - 7 : Freewheelin'

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