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

A red squirrel has been hailed as a supermum after giving birth to her 48th baby in seven years. What are young squirrels called?

Young squirrels
  1. Cubs
  2. Kittens
  3. Infants
  4. Drays

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A scientist in Australia has finally witnessed a drop of pitch falling, as part of an experiment on the viscosity of the substance started in 1927. The last time the liquid dropped in 1988 the scientist missed it - why?

Scientist in white coat
  1. Making cup of tea
  2. Fallen asleep
  3. Children visiting lab

3.) Multiple Choice Question

An online training video for people wanting to help organise the Tour de France in Yorkshire this summer has raised eyebrows. What did it ask them to refrain from doing?

Cyclists in Yorkshire
  1. Holding umbrellas
  2. Wearing Lycra
  3. Offering refreshments
  4. Calling people darling

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What did the Polish prime minister do that became an internet hit this week?

Donald Tusk
  1. Sang Beatles song
  2. Taxi driver for a day
  3. Head tennis with Messi

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Mars, which owns Maltesers, has filed a lawsuit against US confectionery firm Hershey over its rival Malteser product. Why?

Maltesers packets
  1. Ingredients list
  2. Spelling
  3. Colour of packaging
  4. Chocolate circumference

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The actor playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones is to be interviewed about the role. Who will be the interrogator?

Jon Snow actor from Game of Thrones
  1. Peter Snow
  2. Jon Snow
  3. Dan Snow

7.) Missing Word Question

Mystery of 'ocean * ' solved

  1. birth
  2. euphoria
  3. quacks


  1. It's kittens. They can also be referred to as pups or kits. A dray is the collective word for a group of squirrels.
  2. It's the cup of tea. Physicist John Mainstone devoted 50 years to the experiment. But he missed all three drops during his custodianship - the last time by popping out for five minutes to make a cup of tea.
  3. It's saying "darling". The training video told locals to avoid "love", "darling" and "mate". It explained: "They may sound friendly to you, but they could offend some people."
  4. It's the Beatles song. A clip of him singing Hey Jude in his office was put on YouTube captioned: "The song selection is not random :) All will become clear on Tuesday." It turned out to be the soundtrack to his party political broadcast.
  5. It's packaging. Both malt ball products are sold in red packets. Hershey has owned Malteser since 1998. Mars has sold its 75-year-old Maltesers brand in red since 1978, although it has never registered a trademark.
  6. It's Jon Snow. The Channel Four news anchor says he hasn't watched the show but is aware of his namesake. "It has been arranged for me to interview him soon," he told a newspaper.
  7. It's quacks. The noise - nicknamed "the bio-duck" - can be heard during winter and spring in the Southern Ocean. Acoustic recorders have discovered that the sound is the underwater chatter of the Antarctic minke whale.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Wail

4 - 6 : Common dolphin

7 - 7 : Blue whale

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