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

Police officers in Alhambra, California, pursued what in a low-speed chase?

Police car
  1. Mobility scooter
  2. Snail
  3. Tortoise


The escaped giant tortoise, named Clark, was recaptured following a brief chase. It took two officers to manoeuvre the 150lb (70kg) reptile into a police car. Clark was taken to an animal rescue centre, where his owners later claimed him.

Clark the tortoise with a police car

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which country announced plans to switch terrestrial broadcasting from analogue to digital within two years?

  1. Japan
  2. Mongolia
  3. South Korea

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Passengers on a flight from Brussels to Stockholm were not given their bags on landing - because the baggage was infested with what?

  1. Ants
  2. Fleas
  3. Maggots

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What large creature has been spotted in the Adriatic Sea for the first time since World War Two?

Adriatic coast of Italy
  1. Blue whale
  2. Great white shark
  3. Giant jellyfish
  4. Albatross

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Police raided a village pub in Herefordshire searching for a stolen Holy Grail relic. What did they find instead?

Sign for Monty Python's Spamalot outside the Palace Theatre on Cambridge Circus in London
  1. A salad bowl
  2. A tea cup
  3. A water jug

6.) Missing Word Question

Ant nests 'have * '

  1. parties
  2. personality
  3. antflaps

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A German teenager tried to drain a fishing pond by hooking up hoses and pumps to a toilet. Why did he want to empty it?

Man and child fishing at pond
  1. Dropped his phone
  2. Impress his girlfriend
  3. Vendetta with fishermen
  4. Problems flushing toilet


  1. It was a tortoise.
  2. It's Mongolia. Announcing plans to switch off the analogue signal by 2016, head of the official broadcast authority, Tsagaan-Ovgoniy Jadambaa, said it had taken Japan and South Korea five years to make the transition.
  3. It was maggots. The flight's operator, Brussels Airlines, said the infestation was due to one passenger packing rotten food. Passengers were told their luggage would be flown back to Belgium to be destroyed or sanitised.
  4. It's the giant jellyfish. The Drymonema dalmatinum, which can grow to more than 3ft in diameter and is fuchsia in colour, was photographed by amateur divers off the coast of Italy.
  5. It's the salad bowl. A team of officers searched the Crown Inn in Lea for the Nanteos Cup - reputed to have been brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea. But the only item found resembling the relic was a bowl for serving salad to customers.
  6. Ant colonies have their own personalities, which are shaped by the environment, a US study suggests. Colonies of several hundred ants show consistent differences in the way they behave, just like individual people do.
  7. It's dropped his phone. "I knew the phone was probably dead but wanted to get the data card back," the teenager told the media. He has been ordered to pay for the damage to the angling club's toilet and refilling the pond. He did not find his phone.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Down the pan

4 - 6 : Join the queue

7 - 7 : On the throne

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