Quiz of the week's news

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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

It's official, it was a rubbish summer. Met Office figures released this week show it was the worst for 18 years. How many officially hot days were recorded?

People under umbrellas
  1. Two
  2. Six
  3. Nine

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Puppy Alfie hit the headlines this week when he was snatched by two thieves on a motorbike. What breed of dog is he?

Dog bowl
  1. Cocker spaniel
  2. English Springer spaniel
  3. Cavalier King Charles spaniel

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Minister Andrew Mitchell accidentally revealed details of a confidential government document when he was pictured holding the memo as he left Downing Street. What is his job?

 Andrew Mitchell
  1. Defence secretary
  2. Foreign secretary
  3. Minister without portfolio
  4. International development secretary

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"Looking for tears? Not going to happen." Who said this?

  1. Sally Bercow, wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow, after being kicked off Celebrity Big Brother
    Sally Bercow
  2. Usain Bolt after being disqualified from the 100m final at the World Athletics Championships
    Usain Bolt
  3. Spokeswoman for travellers from Dale Farm after losing their battle to stay on the illegal site
    Dale Farm

5.) Missing Word Question

* joke is Edinburgh Fringe funniest

  1. Madonna
  2. Password
  3. BBC

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Melbourne claimed the title of the world's most liveable city in the latest Economist Intelligence Unit's survey. Which European city came second?

Children looking at Melbourne from Eureka Tower
  1. Helsinki
  2. Copenhagen
  3. Vienna

7.) Multiple Choice Question

News that Beyonce is pregnant set a new record for the highest number of tweets posted per second. What event set the previous record?

Beyonce
  1. Men's World Cup final 2010
  2. New Year's Eve in Japan 2010
  3. Women's World Cup final 2011

Answers

  1. It's two, according to the Met Office. An official hot day is when temperatures reach 30C plus. Both days were recorded in Gravesend, Kent.
  2. Alfie is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. The 16-week-old pedigree puppy, worth £450, was returned to his owners days later. A couple realised the dog they had bought was Alfie after seeing the story in the newspapers.
  3. It's international development secretary. The briefing document "welcomed" the departure of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. It said the UK should "publicly and privately" approve his decision not to seek a third term in 2014. In response, Foreign Secretary William Hague said the memo was "pretty low level".
  4. It's Usain Bolt. He fell foul of new regulations where athletes are disqualified for one false start. Bercow was the first person to be evicted from Celebrity Big Brother. Families from the Dale Farm site in Essex lost a last-ditch attempt at the High Court to stop their eviction.
  5. It's password. Comedian Nick Helm won the award for the best joke of the Edinburgh Fringe with: "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."
  6. It's Vienna. Helsinki - which came seventh - was the only other European city in a top 10 dominated by Australian and Canadian cities. The top-ranked US city was Honolulu, which came 26th. (London was 53rd.)
  7. The women's 2011 final previously held the record for the highest number of tweets posted a second. Before that it was New Year's Eve 2010 in Japan.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Deja vu

4 - 6 : Survivor

7 - 7 : Irreplaceable

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