Quiz of the week's news

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

Branston has been sold to a Japanese company. Which ONE of these is a Japanese pickle?

Branston Pickle
  1. Kimchi
  2. Umeboshi
  3. Chow-chow

2.) Multiple Choice Question

It was revealed this week that the Foreign Office spent 10,000 re-stuffing an antique anaconda nicknamed Albert. But who gave the 20-ft snake as a gift?

Albert the stuffed anaconda
  1. A Guyanese bishop
  2. Theodore Roosevelt
  3. A Peruvian ambassador

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A sniffer dog that works the slums of Rio has become a folk hero in Brazil. Why?

Brazilian police in a Rio favela
  1. It saved a baby from eating cocaine
  2. Drug bosses have issued a "death order" against it
  3. It sniffed out cancer in three policemen

4.) Multiple Choice Question

President Putin will start using a new mode of transport for his official business. What is it?

Vladimir Putin
  1. A motorbike
  2. A customised state train
  3. Taxis
  4. A Zil limousine

5.) Missing Word Question

* trapped in crisp packet

  1. Hedgehog
  2. Finger
  3. Kitten

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The remains of a homing pigeon with a WWII-era coded message on its leg has been found in a Surrey chimney. True or false - nearby codebreaking HQ Bletchley Park had an MI6 pigeon loft.

Homing pigeon from WWII
  1. True
  2. False

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Pippa Middleton has a new book of party advice. Which is NOT a genuine Pippa tip?

Pippa Middleton
  1. Make ice by filling trays with water
  2. Clear clutter from the space you're entertaining in
  3. In a sack race, the first person to cross the finish line is declared the winner
  4. All are in her book


  1. It's umeboshi, or pickled plums. Kimchi is a vegetable pickle from South Korea and chow-chow is a vegetable pickle popular in Nova Scotia and the southern United States.
  2. It was given by a Guyanese bishop. A Foreign Office spokesman justified the expense thus: "As a gift to the FCO, Albert is therefore regarded as an FCO asset. As such, the FCO is obliged to maintain its assets, and the work on Albert was essential maintenance."
  3. It's the death order. Police say a Brazilian gang issued the threat after the five-year-old Labrador, called Boss, sniffed out more than 660lb of cannabis hidden inside a false wall. Boss is now being protected by nine policemen.
  4. It's a Zil limousine. Putin is trading in his Mercedes Benz for a Russian-made Zil limousine, which was once a symbol of Soviet era power and used by Soviet leaders Nikita Krushchev, Leonid Breznev and Mikhail Gorbachev. The specially-made Zil took six years to complete.
  5. It's hedgehog. The animal got stuck after it crawled into an empty wrapper in Weston-super-Mare - its rescue took three-and-a-half hours and involved six people. The hedgehog has now been named Crispian.
  6. It's true. Bletchley Park had a classified MI6 pigeon loft. Carrier pigeons were transported to neighbouring airbases and occupied France, returning to the codebreaking centre under their own steam with messages from the Resistance.
  7. All three are from her book Celebrate, which has been widely parodied for the obviousness of her advice. At the time of writing, Celebrate was the 98th best-selling book on Amazon.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Kindling

4 - 6 : Discount bin

7 - 7 : Best-seller

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