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.

Number 7

1.) Multiple Choice Question

A young competitor has been kicked out of the US national Scrabble competition for hiding two blank tiles. What's the word score for cheat, if you were only taking the values on the tiles?

Scrabble tiles
  1. 8
  2. 10
  3. 12

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The president of which of the following sent a congratulatory message in a press release to long-distance runner Mo Farah?

Mo Farah
  1. Somaliland Republic
  2. Somalia Republic
  3. Puntland

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The start of the grouse shooting season, often referred to as The Glorious Twelfth, was put back a day. Why?

Gearing up for grouse shooting
  1. Because a red sky the night before is considered unlucky
  2. It coincided with the final Olympic day
  3. Because 12 August fell on a Sunday

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following is being commemorated in this photo taken on 15 August?

  1. 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death
  2. 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death
  3. 40th anniversary of the first episode of comedy show M.A.S.H

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Belarus shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk was one of eight athletes to be excluded from the 2012 Olympics for failing drug tests. Which of the following sports emerged with a clean record this year?

  1. Judo
  2. Greco-Roman wrestling
  3. Artistic gymnastics
  4. Hurdling

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Three cities from one country have made it into the top five of The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual "liveability" rankings. Which country?

  1. Canada
  2. Australia
  3. Netherlands

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The Dandy will cease printing in December, but its publisher says it will get "a new lease of life" online. How did it gets its name?

Desperate Dan
  1. From the combined initials of its founders
  2. From the association of the word with a flash person
  3. After the first editor's dog


  1. It's 10 - C3, H4, E1, A1, T1. The youngster lost his bid to become national champion after trying to conceal the blank tiles by dropping them on the floor.
  2. It was Somaliland. Farah was born in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, but has strong family links with Somaliland - which broke away from Somalia in 1991. Though not internationally recognised, Somaliland has a working political system and government institutions.
  3. It's because it fell on a Sunday. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland it is an offence to shoot grouse on a Sunday. In Scotland, where there are many grouse moors - there are no statutory restrictions.
  4. It's the 35th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Fans took part in a candlelit vigil this week.
  5. It's wrestling. The seven other excluded athletes were an Albanian weightlifter, an Uzbek artistic gymnast, a Russian sprint cyclist, a Colombian 400m runner, an American judoka, an Italian race walker and a Syrian hurdler.
  6. It's Canada, with Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary in the top five. The ranking scores each city from 0-100 on 30 factors spread across five areas: stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
  7. It's from the association of the word Dandy with a flash fellow, according to publisher DC Thomson.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Desperate Dan

4 - 6 : Beryl the Peril

7 - 7 : Korky the Cat

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