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

Scientists have announced the discovery of a new bird-like species of dinosaur, Anzu wyliei. What has it been dubbed?

New dinosaur
  1. Chicken from Hell
  2. Ostrich from Hell
  3. Emu from Hell

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Fans of Aberdeen FC have propelled a Human League song into the downloads chart by using the tune for a chant called Peter Pawlett Baby. Which hit?

Human League
  1. Don't You Want Me
  2. Love Action
  3. Together in Electric Dreams

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The UK has scrapped an 80-year-old law that demanded homeowners notify the authorities if they found what on their land?

  1. Ragwort
  2. Japanese knotweed
  3. Grey squirrels

4.) Missing Word Question

Gut bacteria turn * 'healthy'

  1. beefburgers
  2. sherry
  3. chocolate

5.) Multiple Choice Question

UK Chancellor George Osborne announced a new institute to research big data. Who will it be named after?

  1. Tim Berners-Lee
    Tim Berners-Lee
  2. Alan Turing
    Alan Turing
  3. Ada Lovelace
    Ada Lovelace

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Three policemen guarding the Pakistani prime minister's house have reportedly been suspended after what event occurred?

Nawaz Sharif
  1. Cat ate peacock
  2. Cat bit prime minister
  3. Cat fight that kept prime minister awake

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The Cubestormer III robot smashed which Guinness World Record?

  1. Solving Rubik's Cube
  2. Completing Candy Crush Saga
  3. Simultaneous games of chess


  1. It's the Chicken from Hell. The species was identified from bones found in North and South Dakota in the US.
  2. It's Don't You Want Me. The chant honours midfielder Peter Pawlett.
  3. It's grey squirrels. Up to now, homeowners not reporting the animals faced a fine of 5. But with three million in the UK, the law had fallen into obscurity.
  4. It was dark chocolate. Gut microbes such as Bifidobacterium feast on the chocolate and release beneficial polyphenolic compounds.
  5. It was Alan Turing. Osborne noted that Turing had been persecuted for his sexuality but was now being honoured for his wartime code-breaking work.
  6. It was the peacock, supposedly part devoured by a cat. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's farmhouse is located in Raiwind, on the outskirts of Lahore.
  7. It was the Rubik's Cube. It did it in an impressive 3.253 seconds.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Moving the stickers

4 - 6 : Puzzled

7 - 7 : Cubed

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