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

"Selfie" was named the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year for 2013. Which of the following did NOT make the shortlist?

  1. Bitcoin
  2. Bedroom tax
  3. Binge-watch
  4. Big-up

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The UK's largest casino is hiring a team of dwarfs. What will be their role?

  1. Waiters
  2. Bouncers
  3. Card dealers

3.) Multiple Choice Question

An artist in Cornwall "miraculously" avoided injury when two farmyard animals crashed through her roof. What were they?

Roof with hole
  1. Sheep
  2. Cows
  3. Goats

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Plans for a remake of which classic film were dealt a blow this week?

  1. Miracle on 34th Street
  2. Scrooged
  3. It's A Wonderful Life

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Polish performance artist Anastasia IV has set a new world record by pulling a 2.5-tonne hearse with what?

  1. Her hair
  2. Her tongue
  3. Her index finger
  4. Her ankle

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which household item has been banned in Vancouver?

Row of houses
  1. Doorknobs
  2. Dimmer switches
  3. Dishwashers

7.) Missing Word Question

Let pigs eat * , campaigners say

  1. swill
  2. truffles
  3. cake


  1. It's big-up. Other words and phrases on the shortlist included olinguito (a small furry mammal), showrooming (viewing a product in a shop before buying it online) and twerk (a provocative dance, popularised by Miley Cyrus).
  2. It's bouncers - or, as London's Hippodrome Casino calls them, "door dwarfs".
  3. It's cows. The animals fell through a skylight after breaking through fencing in a field that overlooks the building.
  4. A mooted remake of It's A Wonderful Life was dealt a blow when Paramount Pictures, which owns the rights to the 1946 classic, said it would fight the plans.
  5. It's her hair. She pulled the funeral vehicle 65ft (20m) down Shaftesbury Avenue in London for just over a minute using her locks, which she says are insured for 1m.
  6. It's doorknobs. The city's building code will require all new housing to be built with door handles starting in March. Authorities say doorknobs are more difficult for elderly or infirm people to use.
  7. It's swill. UK restrictions were introduced in 2001 after a costly foot-and-mouth disease outbreak that was widely blamed on infected swill.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Sick

4 - 6 : In the middle

7 - 7 : Flying

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