Quiz of the week's news

News quiz

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

Jeans firm Wrangler has launched a pair of trousers that it claims will do what?

Generic jeans
  1. Moisturise your legs
  2. Aid weight loss
  3. Improve dancing

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The Queen was showered with gifts during her Jubilee year. Which of these was NOT a present?

The Queen
  1. A pot of jam
  2. Lego sculpture of Tower Bridge
  3. Crown-shaped dog bed
  4. Buckingham Palace jelly model

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Breakfast television in the UK began 30 years ago. Who was the first guest on the BBC's Breakfast Time programme.

Breakfast TV team
  1. Entertainer Harry Secombe
  2. Comedian Spike Milligan
  3. Actor Roger Moore

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The French press reported this week that five pilgrims had got seriously lost on their way to Lourdes and ended up where?

Lourdes shop
  1. Leuhan, Brittany - 510 miles away
  2. Leuven, Belgium - 720 miles away
  3. Lord's Cricket Ground - 790 miles away

5.) Multiple Choice Question

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has not asked a question in court for seven years, broke his silence this week. What did he say?

Clarence Thomas
  1. Yes, that's correct
  2. Well, he did not
  3. Objection overruled

6.) Missing Word Question

Chimps reveal origins of *

  1. sharing
  2. lying
  3. football

7.) Multiple Choice Question

An unnamed Australian prospector dug up a giant gold nugget weighing 5.5kg (194oz). What does he plan to do with it?

Gold nuggets
  1. Melt into bars and sell
  2. Sell nugget intact to collector
  3. Turn into medallion


  1. Wrangler claims to have created the first moisturising jeans. The effect lasts 15 days before a top-up spray is required.
  2. She did not receive a jelly Buckingham Palace. Other genuine gifts included 78 pictures of herself, adoption rights to an elephant and 19 jigsaw puzzles.
  3. Former Goon Harry Secombe was the first guest. Selina Scott and Nick Ross were the presenters.
  4. The tourists arrived in Brittany. It's not clear whether GPS was to blame, although Leuhan does have a church called Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes.
  5. He said "well, he did not" according to court transcripts, during a joke about lawyers who studied at Harvard and Yale. Thomas has said he prefers to listen in court.
  6. It was sharing. The chimps played a game where they divided a portion of banana slices, watched by scientists.
  7. The man plans to sell the nugget intact to a museum or a collector. Its value has been estimated at more than A$300,000 (197,000, US$315,000).

Your Score

0 - 3 : Fool's gold

4 - 6 : Gold-plated

7 - 7 : Gold standard

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