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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists have identified what they think is the most unpleasant sound in the world. What is it?

Woman covering her ears
  1. Fingernails on a blackboard
  2. Knife on a glass bottle
  3. Polystyrene rubbing together
  4. Someone else's baby screaming

2.) Multiple Choice Question

According to reports, which leader starts his day with a breakfast of oatmeal, raw quail eggs, cottage cheese and a drink whose ingredients include beet juice and horseradish?

  1. Vladimir Putin
    Vladimir Putin
  2. Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel
  3. Hugo Chavez
    Hugo Chavez

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A woman in France was handed a 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros (9.4qn) bill. What she being charged for?

  1. Wine
  2. Telephone calls
  3. Legal costs

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What, this week, lasted 100 minutes?

Alarm clock
  1. David Cameron's Conservative party conference speech
  2. A walk by the "Naked Rambler" from a Scottish prison to the English border
  3. Glastonbury festival ticket sales

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A sensory impediment is hampering Scotch whisky, an expert in the drink warned. Which one?

  1. The taste of seaweed
  2. The smell of rotten eggs
  3. The colour of vomit

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Bishop of Chelmsford criticised a chocolate manufacturer for protecting its copyright - over what?

  1. The word "divine"
  2. The shape of a star
  3. The colour purple

7.) Missing Word Question

Bedford couple unwittingly grow *

  1. cannabis
  2. beanstalk
  3. penicillin


  1. It's a knife on a glass bottle. Researchers at Newcastle University found unpleasant noises provoked a stronger response from the brain than pleasant ones such as bubbling water.
  2. It's Vladimir Putin. Reporters from Russia's NTV network were allowed to follow his morning routine.
  3. It's telephone calls. Solenne San Jose, from Pessac outside Bordeaux, was invoiced the sum - equivelant to nearly 6,000 times France's annual economic output - by Bouygues Telecom. The company have admitted they made a mistake.
  4. It's Glastonbury festival ticket sales. Cameron's speech took 50 minutes. "Naked Rambler" Stephen Gough crossed into England on Tuesday four days after his release from HMP Edinburgh.
  5. It's the smell of rotten eggs. Respected whisky writer Jim Murray said sulphur used to kill bacteria in wooden casks was marring Scotland's best-known export.
  6. It's the colour purple. Cadbury was criticised by the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell after a fairtrade chocolate company redesigned its purple advent box on its lawyers' advice. Cadbury said it was "not seeking to be precious about the colour purple" but was protecting its trademark from other chocolate firms.
  7. It's cannabis. This was the story of the elderly couple who bought a plant at a car boot sale, which grew into what local police described as the biggest cannabis plant they had ever seen.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Bulb

4 - 6 : Shoot

7 - 7 : Shrub

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