Quiz of the week's news

7 days 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

Police in Newquay, Cornwall, say they will be confiscating certain items this summer in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour. Which of these is not on their list?

Policeman in Newquay
  1. Sexually explicit inflatables
  2. Clothes with offensive slogans
  3. Sex toys
  4. Novelty handcuffs

2.) Multiple Choice Question

"I hadn't planned on doing it... it was just, yeah, sort of off the cuff." Said who?

Duke of Cambridge, Wimbledon queue and Andy Murray
  1. A Murray fan who queued for 75 hours for a ticket
  2. Andy Murray bowing to the Royal Box
  3. Prince William, joining a Mexican wave

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A handbag belonging to the former British Prime Minister Lady Thatcher has fetched £25,000 ($40,000) at a charity auction in London. Who bought it?

Thatcher's handbag
  1. A man said to be a fan
  2. The Ronald Reagan museum
  3. A Russian oligarch

4.) Multiple Choice Question

After a mini-heatwave, thunderstorms struck the South East of England on Tuesday. Which of these was not struck by a bolt out of the blue?

  1. Gatwick Airport control tower
  2. Southern Railway train services
  3. Television coverage of Wimbledon

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Californian firemen created a video-cutie when they filmed the rescue of a four-week-old kitten from a metal pipe. But what did they name the animal?

Rescued kitten
  1. Piper
  2. Squeezy
  3. Metallica

6.) Multiple Choice Question

And sticking to the theme of animal names, Blue Peter has made its final broadcast from London ahead of its move to Salford. Which of the show's pets featured in a pop song?

  1. Jason the Siamese
    Jason the Siamese cat
  2. George the tortoise
    George the tortoise
  3. Shep the Border Collie
    Shep the Border Collie

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Which age group did figures reveal this week is driving most of Facebook's growth in the UK?

Computer keyboard
  1. Under 18s
  2. 30 to 40-year-olds
  3. Over-50s


  1. It's novelty handcuffs. The crackdown is because residents are worried that the behaviour of drunken revellers in Newquay is forcing families away from the town centre.
  2. It was Andy Murray. The player said he had only been told by a reporter that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were attending when he came off the practice courts. But he wasn't entirely convinced.
  3. It's the man believed to be a fan. The black glossy leather bag was owned by Lady Thatcher for more than 30 years and was on her arm during Cold War-era negotiations with the former American president, Ronald Reagan, and the then leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.
  4. Air passengers at the West Sussex airport faced delays, as did passengers on several rail lines, including the Southern London to Brighton route. The roof over Wimbledon's centre court did spring a leak but there was no lightning.
  5. Piper was freed with the help of a mechanical cutter and has been adopted by a local television station employee. Although the firefighters have visiting rights.
  6. John Noakes' catchphrase "get down Shep" was incorporated into a pop song of the same name by The Barron Knights in 1978, reaching number 44 in the charts.
  7. It's the over-50s. According to research by Nielsen, in the last year the number of over-50s using the site has increased by 84%.

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