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 public swimming pool in Queensland, Australia, had to be evacuated after which creatures were spotted in the water?

Woman in swimming pool
  1. Crocodiles
  2. Sharks
  3. Water pythons
  4. Kangaroos

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Polar conditions have gripped large parts of North America. Which of these towns was the coldest place in the United States?

Woman skiing to work in Detroit
  1. Normal, Illinois
  2. Hell, Michigan
  3. Embarrass, Minnesota
  4. Chicken, Alaska

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Brazilian scientists have named a newly discovered sea slug after which character in Game of Thrones?

Sea slug
  1. Joffrey Baratheon
  2. Daenerys Targaryen
  3. Tyrion Lannister

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Following on from the Bric nations comes a new acronym - the Mint countries. But what country does the I in Mint represent?

Mint sweets and fresh mint leaves
  1. Ireland
  2. India
  3. Iran
  4. Indonesia

5.) Multiple Choice Question

References to Voldemort have triggered a diplomatic incident. Which two countries accused each other of behaving like the Harry Potter villain?

Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  1. Turkey and Syria
  2. China and Japan
  3. Argentina and Britain
  4. North and South Korea

6.) Missing Word Question

Stone Age hunters' rotten *

  1. teeth
  2. feet
  3. manners

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Tourist chiefs in the UK have published a guide for dealing with foreigners, which has been likened to Fawlty Towers. What did it say people from Hong Kong were scared of?

Basil, his wife and Manuel at reception desk at Fawlty Towers
  1. Mice
  2. Flashing smoke alarms
  3. Ghosts
  4. Room 19


  1. It's crocodiles. The pool in Mount Isa was closed after nine baby crocodiles were found in or around the pool. They were later released back into the wild.
  2. It's Embarrass. The township of just over 600 people plunged to -37C (-35F). With wind chill, it felt as low as -43C. Hell, Michigan, got down to -13C.
  3. It's Daenerys. Scientists at Universidade Federal do Ceará named it Tritonia khaleesi. Khaleesi means wife of the Dothraki king, whom Daenerys Targaryen - played by Emilia Clarke - is married to.
  4. It's Indonesia. The Mint acronym was coined by economist Jim O'Neill to represent emerging economic powerhouses. It also includes Mexico, Nigeria and Turkey. Bric stands for Brazil, Russia, India and China.
  5. It's China and Japan. Diplomats in both countries invoked the fictional character after a visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to the Yasukuni Shrine, which honours Japan's war dead, upset China.
  6. It's teeth. Researchers have found 13,700-year-old evidence of tooth decay in what is now Morocco.
  7. It's ghosts. The Visit Britain publication advises against putting people from Hong Kong in historic houses or four-poster beds because they may fear "a ghostly encounter".

Your Score

0 - 3 : Camp site

4 - 6 : Room only

7 - 7 : Presidential suite

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