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.) Question 1

Pope Benedict XVI's new Twitter account is @pontifex, which means pontiff or...?

Pope Benedict XVI
  1. "father of hearts"
  2. "builder of bridges"
  3. "sender of messages"

2.) Question 2

Actor Gerard Depardieu moved 800m (875 yards) across the French border to avoid tax. To which country?

Gerard Depardieu
  1. Luxembourg
  2. Monaco
  3. Belgium

3.) Question 3

Several African news sites were taken in by a spoof story about Mike Tyson having a sex change. What name did it say the boxer was now known by?

Mike Tyson
  1. The Iron Lady
  2. Thunder Thighs
  3. Michelle

4.) Question 4

Pictures of a monkey wandering around a Toronto Ikea store in a sheepskin coat went viral. How did he end up in the store?

Darwin the monkey
  1. Owner brought him to work
  2. Escaped from owner's car
  3. Official Ikea mascot in Toronto

5.) Question 5

Why did Italian football fan Arrigo Brovedani make headlines at a Sampdoria v Udinese match?

Arrigo Brovedani
  1. He was the only away fan
  2. He was arrested for streaking
  3. He gave the half-time team talk

6.) Question 6

US researchers have named a prehistoric lizard "Obamadon gracilis". Why?

  1. In honour of president Obama's toothy grin
  2. It was found on the day Obama was re-elected
  3. Another fossil was named "Romneyus dentes"

7.) Question 7

A Thai elephant sanctuary is producing coffee from its herd's dung. What is it called?

  1. Jumbo's Choice
  2. Black Ivory
  3. Jungle Velvet


  1. The first tweet from @pontifex, meaning builder of bridges, was: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart."
  2. It was Belgium. Nechin, in Belgium, is home to 2,800 French citizens. Next year the top rate of income tax in France will be 75%.
  3. The Newsbiscuit spoof said the boxer was now called Michelle. Tyson was forced to issue a statement saying he was still a man.
  4. Darwin escaped from owner Yasmin Nakhuda's car. She is now considering legal action to get him back from an animal sanctuary.
  5. Most Udinese fans could not be bothered to make the 600-mile round trip. Brovedani, already in Genoa, was all on his own.
  6. Scientists combined the Latin "Obamadon" for "Obama's teeth" and "gracilis," which means slender.
  7. Supposedly smooth-tasting Black Ivory coffee costs 312 per pound, making it among the most expensive coffees in the world.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Dumbo

4 - 6 : Not irrelephant

7 - 7 : Trunk with success

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