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.

The number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

What did Norway blame defeat in Olympic cross-country skiing events at Sochi on?

Sad Norwegian skier
  1. Wrong jumpsuits
  2. Wrong poles
  3. Wrong wax

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which company scored a notable social media own goal this week with the hashtag #PricelessSurprises ahead of the Brit Awards?

One Direction at the Brits
  1. Mastercard
  2. Royal Mail
  3. Amazon

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Authorities in Jerusalem are DNA testing dogs. Why?

Dog in Israel
  1. To deal with fouling
  2. Avoid inbreeding
  3. To return strays to owners

4.) Missing Word Question

Charles joins in Saudi * dance

  1. sword
  2. fire
  3. belly

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Barack Obama has apologised to a professor of an academic subject he slighted in a speech on jobs. Which one?

Barack Obama
  1. Media studies
  2. Egyptology
  3. Art history

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Who took over presenting NBC's Tonight show, filling the shoes of the departing Jay Leno?

Jay Leno
  1. Jimmy Kimmel
  2. Jimmy Fallon
  3. Jimmy Wales

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Cambridgeshire Fire Service has a new policy where it will refuse to rescue people stuck in lifts until they have been trapped for how long?

  1. Three hours
  2. Six hours
  3. 24 hours


  1. It was the wrong wax. Head wax technician Knut Nystad said the team had been denied the most up-to-date waxing products, prompting a Swedish victory.
  2. It was Mastercard. Journalists accused the firm's PR company of asking them to send prepared tweets as a condition of tickets to the awards ceremony. The hashtag was promptly hijacked on Twitter.
  3. It was the fouling. The city wants to track down the owners of animals behind the mess.
  4. It was the sword dance, with Prince Charles donning a dagger and bullet bandolier for the ceremony. The sword was adorned with gold.
  5. It was art history. In a speech at a General Electric plant, Obama said people could earn more money in manufacturing than they would by studying the subject. He later said sorry and stressed he was making an off-the-cuff remark about the jobs market.
  6. It was former Saturday Night Live star Jimmy Fallon. His debut was watched by 11.3m people.
  7. It's three hours. The fire brigade says it is called out to too many incidents and believes that property owners should already have a plan to free people from lifts. It will now charge for callouts where there is no danger.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Car park

4 - 6 : Going up

7 - 7 : Top floor

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