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

The UK's largest ever seizure of a Class A drug has been made. Along with the cocaine, a total of 100,000 euros (£87,300), two firearms, a silencer, ecstasy and what else was seized?

Cocaine from Britain's largest ever cocaine seizure
  1. Two Harley Davidson motorcycles
  2. Rare animal furs
  3. £50,000 in UK government bonds

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Magician Paul Daniels was reportedly injured in a pizza-throwing accident. Which puppet is alleged to have thrown it?

Paul Daniels
  1. Sooty
  2. Sweep
  3. Soo

3.) Multiple Choice Question

British bargain shopping chain Poundland is to branch out into Ireland and mainland Europe, only with a new name. What will its non-UK shops be called?

  1. Super Savers
  2. Euroland
  3. Dealz

4.) Multiple Choice Question

East Wick, Sweetwater, Pudding Mill. What are they?

  1. Code names of military operations in Afghanistan
    Soldier in Afghanistan
  2. Names of neighbourhoods to be built on the 2012 Olympic site
    2012 logo
  3. Newly-discovered rejected names for Coronation Street
    Coronation Street grab

5.) Multiple Choice Question

German priests are flocking to sign up to a new ranking website. But which of these are they NOT ranked on?

  1. Looks
  2. Performance during church services
  3. How up to date they are


This week, University Challenge presenter Jeremy Paxman was accused of mistakenly deeming an answer incorrect. The flag opposite was used by the East India Company but, as suggested by the contestant, was also a flag used in the newly-formed United States.

East India Dock flag

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which two countries could this flag represent?

Flag that could be one of a number of countries
  1. Switzerland and Austria
  2. Poland and Latvia
  3. Monaco and Indonesia

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The first three reels of Alfred Hitchcock's film The White Shadow, dating from 1923, have been discovered. It is thought to be his earliest surviving work but how old was he when he worked on it?

Still from Hitchcock film
  1. 18
  2. 24
  3. 31


  1. It was two Harley Davidson motorcycles. The drugs had a street value of over £300m.
  2. It was Sooty. After being hit, Daniels visited a village hospital on his way home. He says he was not seriously hurt.
  3. It's Dealz, which came out top during customer research - ahead of Euroland.
  4. They are names of three of the five housing developments to be built on the 2012 Olympics site - the other two are Chobham Manor and Marshgate Wharf.
  5. Looks are not included in the rating system. Around 8,000 clerics have signed up to be ranked on factors such as performance in services, youth projects, credibility and whether they're in touch with modern life.
  6. It is Monaco and Indonesia, though the flags are not technically identical - the design is the same but the ratios of the flags are different. It is also very similar to the flag of Hesse, a German state, though again, the ratio is different. The Polish flag is the inverse of this design.
  7. It was 24. Three further reels are still missing. Hitchcock was the writer, assistant director, editor and production designer on the drama, which starred Clive Brook and Betty Compson.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Downhill

4 - 6 : Shadow of a Doubt

7 - 7 : The Man Who Knew Too Much

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