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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which popular children's toy range did a Polish priest warn could "destroy" children's souls and "lead them to the dark side"?

  1. Barbie
  2. Lego
    Lego figure
  3. My Little Pony
    My Little Pony

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following news stories was NOT an April Fool's Day prank?

April fools
  1. Brittany traditionalists upset by multiple cheek-kissing
  2. Independent Scotland to drive on the right
  3. Square eggs laid by hens at Suffolk farm

3.) Multiple Choice Question

How did comedian Jason Manford apologise to an audience for arriving on stage 40 minutes late?

Jason Manford
  1. Paid their bus fare home
  2. Took them for a curry
  3. Bought a round of drinks

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What killed skeletons unearthed by engineers during London Crossrail excavations, according to forensic scientists?

Skull excavated by Crossrail workers
  1. The Black Death
  2. Great Fire of London
  3. Cholera

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Two paintings worth 10.6m euros (8.8m) that were stolen in 1970 were found to be hanging in which unlikely location?

Recovered stolen paintings
  1. A Belgian police station's canteen
  2. A German school's art classroom
  3. An Italian factory worker's kitchen

6.) Missing Word Question

US Navy tests * fire-fighters

  1. child
  2. monkey
  3. robot

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A mathematician unveiled the formula Ln + Wn + In + Ah + 0.5(Tf + Ts). What does it set out to explain?

Maths equation
  1. Grand National winners
  2. Total animals on Noah's Ark
  3. Dinosaur chase speeds


  1. It's Lego. Father Slawomir Kostrzewa said the Danish firm's Monster Fighters and Zombie series was "about darkness and the world of death".
  2. Bretons - who usually greet others with just a single kiss - really are complaining about the spread of multiple cheek-kissing, the Times reported. The Guardian's story about Scots driving on the right and the Daily Express's tale about square eggs at "Flair Loop" farm were hoaxes.
  3. He bought them a round of drinks. The bar bill at the Engine Shed in Lincoln came to 3,530. But he told the crowd: "Don't be ordering doubles."
  4. It was the Black Death. The skeletons' teeth contained DNA from the plague bacterium Yersinia pestis and their graves have been dated to 1348-50.
  5. It was an Italian factory worker's kitchen. The paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard, which were stolen from a collector's London home, were bought by an unsuspecting Fiat worker for 45,000 Italian lire (23 euros; 19) in 1975.
  6. It's robot. The Shipboard Autonomous Fire-fighting Robot (SAFFiR), which is designed to withstand intense heat, is due to be tested this summer.
  7. It's winners of the Grand National horse race. A Cambridge University maths graduate arrived at the formula by looking at the names and ages of previous winners.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Carthorse

4 - 6 : Pony

7 - 7 : Thoroughbred

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