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 man was rescued from the River Thames after falling in. What had he been doing?

A lifeboat on the Thames
  1. Sleeping
  2. Fishing
  3. Abseiling
  4. Dancing

2.) Missing Word Question

Camouflage sheet inspired by *

  1. orange peel
  2. octopus
  3. flowers

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The long-held idea that Christopher Columbus and the Europeans brought tuberculosis to the Americas has been thrown into doubt. What are scientists now blaming?

Christopher Columbus landing in America. Artwork by D Puebla
  1. Cabbages
  2. Seals
  3. Rain water
  4. Milk


When the Europeans arrived in the New World, they brought with them a deadly wave of diseases. But new research suggests that tuberculosis was brought over earlier by seals who picked up the disease and carried it across the ocean.

Two seals swimming

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The world's most pierced man was refused entry to Dubai. Why?

Rolf Buchholz, the world's most pierced man
  1. Airport staff worried he was practising black magic
  2. It's against UAE law to modify your body
  3. Automated metal detectors wouldn't let him through

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Fans of Dutch football club PSV Eindhoven have made a protest against the introduction of what at their home ground?

A PSV supporter holding a flag
  1. Sushi
  2. Wi-fi
  3. Fast-track queuing

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A clock tower war memorial in Staffordshire has been silenced. Why?

The top of the clock tower
  1. So people in a nearby hotel can have a lie in
  2. It was disturbing nesting birds
  3. Vandals stole the bell

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Bakery Greggs asked Google to change a fake version of their company logo that was appearing on searches. What did Greggs offer Google in return?

A Greggs bakery
  1. A tray of doughnuts
  2. One million dollars
  3. Three years of free sandwiches


The Greggs logo had the words "Always Fresh. Always Tasty", changed to something more offensive. Google responded with: "Throw in a sausage roll and we'll get it done ASAP. #FixGreggs". The banter continued for much of the afternoon and has been dubbed a marketing masterclass.

Greggs' doughnut Twitter picture


  1. He was asleep. Lifeboat helmsman Kevin Maynard said: "He had lain down on the embankment wall and must have fallen asleep because the next thing he knew, he was falling through the air."
  2. It's an octopus. Based on the camouflage abilities of octopuses, engineers in the US have built a flexible material that changes colour to match its surroundings.
  3. It's seals.
  4. It was the magic. Rolf Buchholz, who has 453 piercings and two horn implants on his forehead, told the BBC that airport staff said they feared he might be practising "black magic".
  5. It was wi-fi - the fans say that that too many spectators are becoming distracted by their phones rather than watching the game.
  6. Managers at a new Premier Inn in Leek asked for the chimes of the Nicholson War Memorial to be restricted to stop guests being disturbed.
  7. It was a tray of doughnuts. Greggs tweeted a picture of the doughnuts saying, "fix it and they're yours!!! #FixGreggs".

Your Score

0 - 3 : Half-baked

4 - 6 : Sponge cake

7 - 7 : Rising to challenge

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