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

Astonomers say they have identified the colour of the dark side of the Moon. What hue do they think it appears?

  1. Turquoise
  2. Puce
  3. Canary yellow

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What did US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) give his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Paris?

John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov
  1. Bottle of Heinz ketchup
  2. Two Idaho potatoes
  3. Boston Red Sox cap

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Officers from the UK's intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 will gain new dispensation to break the law, the government has said. What will they be given licence to do?

Daniel Craig
  1. Kill
  2. Carry a Walther PPK
  3. Break the speed limit

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following foodstuffs was NOT awarded protected status by the European Commission this week?

  1. Anglesey sea salt
  2. Newcastle Brown Ale
    Newcastle Brown Ale
  3. West Country beef and lamb

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Guenter Zettl, who entered a West German radio station's quiz in 1969, has at last received his winner's prize. Which song did he correctly identify?

Record player
  1. Painter Man by The Creation
  2. Walk Away Renee by The Left Banke
  3. Time of the Season by The Zombies

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Where did talks aimed at brokering a ceasefire in South Sudan take place?

Summit room
  1. An ice rink
  2. A nightclub dance floor
  3. A velodrome

7.) Missing Word Question

Flirting monkeys * their mates

  1. punch
  2. scare
  3. stone


  1. Light reflected back from the dark side of the Moon appears turquoise, according to a team of researchers at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.
  2. It was two Idaho potatoes. Former Massachusetts senator Mr Kerry - whose wife inherited the Heinz canned food and ketchup fortune - said Mr Lavrov had mentioned Idaho's most famous export the last time the pair met.
  3. MI5 and MI6 officers currently have to abide by the rules of the road even if national security is threatened. But they will be given the same exemptions as police vehicles, ambulances and fire engines, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill announced
  4. Anglesey sea salt was given Protected Designation of Origin status and West Country beef and lamb was given Protected Geographical Indication status. The manufacturers of Newcastle Brown Ale surrendered its protected status in 2009 when production moved to Yorkshire.
  5. It was Painter Man by The Creation. The Stasi intercepted the postcard East German Zettl sent to enter the competition, but this week the station Europawelle Saar awarded him a copy of the single.
  6. Government and rebel negotiating teams moved to the dance floor of a top nightclub in Addis Ababa after the hotel room the teams had been using was booked by a Japanese delegation.
  7. Female capuchin monkeys were captured by film-makers for the BBC/Discovery Channel co-production series Wild Brazil throwing stones at potential mates as a form of flirtation.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Howler

4 - 6 : Monkey business

7 - 7 : Great ape

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