Quiz of the week's news


It's the Magazine's 7 days 7 questions quiz - a chance to find out how much news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has stayed lodged in the old grey matter.

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Do you know who this is? Three drinkers in central London didn't recognise artist Damien Hirst, so to prove he really was the former Young Turk of British art, he sketched a doodle of them that was this week put up for auction. So our first question is...

Damien Hirst

1.) Multiple Choice Question

...who was Damien Hirst mistaken for by the trio?

Hirst lookalikes (clockwise) - Hestor Blumenthal, Bob Crow, Keith Allen and Dennis Wise
  1. Chef Heston Blumenthal
  2. Ex-footballer Dennis Wise
  3. Union boss Bob Crow
  4. Actor Keith Allen

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Chile's President, Sebastian Pinera, came to the UK this week and gave Prime Minister David Cameron a rock from the San Jose mine. He didn't leave empty-handed, but with 33 what?

Mr Pinera and Mr Cameron
  1. Robinson Crusoe novels
  2. Bottles of beer
  3. Birmingham City football shirts


Mr Pinera was presented with the Birmingham City football shirt by the team's Chilean player Jean Beausejour, during a visit to the 2012 Olympic Park.

Mr Pinera and Jean Beausejour

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Whose actions were described as "impulsive" this week?

  1. Wantaway footballer Wayne Rooney
    Wayne Rooney
  2. MP Nadine Dorries, who admitted faking her blog
    Nadine Dorries
  3. Cat bin woman Mary Bale, fined £250
    Mary Bale

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The original model upon which Nelson's Column was based has been put up for auction. It measures 4ft 6ins, but how tall is the actual monument?

Nelson's Column
  1. 169ft 3ins
  2. 185ft 3ins
  3. 200ft 3ins

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Bank of England governor Mervyn King said in 2008 the NICE - non-inflationary consistently expansionary - decade was behind us. We are now facing a SOBER decade, but what does that stand for?

  1. Securitisation of banking earns recovery
  2. Savings, orderly budgets, and equitable rebalancing
  3. Spending omissions bringing efficiency rewards
  4. Slow onward business-engendered recovery

6.) Multiple Choice Question

What was "a gap in carrier strike" referring to?

  1. Retirement of Harrier jets
  2. Entente in French protests
    Riot officer
  3. New offer to British Airways staff
    British Airways plane

7.) Missing Word Question

Striker told to * with captain

  1. live
  2. play
  3. agree


  1. It's Dennis Wise. The doodle of the three men fetched £260 at auction.
  2. The UK prime minister gave Mr Pinera 33 bottles of British beer and pint glasses, along with one early edition of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, which was inspired by a Scottish castaway on a Pacific island off Chile.
  3. It's Mary Bale, as described by district judge Caroline Goulborn. Bale was caught on CCTV dumping Lola in a wheelie bin. Rooney refused a new contract at Man Utd, while Ms Dorries was criticised by MPs after saying 70% of her blog was fiction.
  4. It's 169ft 3ins from the bottom of the pedestal to the top of Nelson's hat. Built in 1843, it was intended to be 200ft but was always thought to be 185ft. Its actual height was only revealed in 2006, using a laser. In a separate development, a survey of children revealed many thought Lord Nelson was a French football captain.
  5. It's "savings, orderly budgets, and equitable rebalancing".
  6. It was the Harrier jets. Responding to Labour leader Ed Miliband in the Commons, Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I accept there is a gap in carrier strike. The alternative would be to keep the Harrier but not the Tornado." Meanwhile union Unite said it would put BA's new proposals to members, and pension protests in France continued.
  7. It's live. Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll appeared in court charged with assault, and was granted bail on condition he lives with club captain Kevin Nolan.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Carol Drinkwater

4 - 6 : Carole King

7 - 7 : Carol Vorderman

And if want a light-hearted analysis of the spending review, there's BBC Comedy's take on it. For past quizzes including our weekly news quiz, 7 days 7 questions, expand the grey drop-down below - also available on the Magazine page (and scroll down). You can also do this quiz on your mobile device.

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