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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Australia's foreign minister got in a spot of bother at a US airport over a suspicious item in his luggage. What was he attempting to bring into the country?

Kevin Rudd
  1. Meat pie
  2. Vegemite
  3. Lamington cakes


Mr Rudd is not Vegemite's only high-profile defender. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard also took a jar to the US in March and got Barack Obama to try it. His verdict was less than enthusiastic - "a quasi-vegetable by-product paste that you smear all over your toast".


2.) Missing Word Question

Light shed on deep-sea squid *

  1. sex
  2. diet
  3. ancestors

3.) Multiple Choice Question

London Fashion Week was officially opened by Boris Johnson. But how was the capital's mayor ranked by GQ magazine in the stylishness stakes?

Boris Johnson at the launch of London Fashion Week
  1. Second best-dressed man in Britain
  2. Fourth worst-dressed man in Britain
  3. Best haircut in Britain

4.) Multiple Choice Question

US rockers REM are splitting up after 31 years, sparking headlines such as "Out of Time" and "End of the World". What was the band originally called?

REM in 1995
  1. Twisted Wives
  2. Twisted Minds
  3. Twisted Kites

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists are calling for the new edition of the Times Atlas of the World to be pulped after it incorrectly claimed Greenland had been significantly shrunk by the effects of climate change. But which of these is Greenland?

Country profiles
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which British comedian has recreated Demi Moore's famous naked pregnancy pose for an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery?

  1. Ricky Gervais
    Ricky Gervais
  2. Peter Kay
    Peter Kay
  3. Johnny Vegas
    Johnny Vegas


Vegas was photographed, mimicking Moore's 1991 naked-while-pregnant pose by Annie Leibovitz for the cover of Vanity Fair, by Karl J Kaul. The exhibition features 50 photographic portraits of comedians, including Spike Milligan, Tony Hancock, Jimmy Carr and Ricky Gervais.

Johnny Vegas

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A Dublin music shop has banned customers from playing which artist's songs on its keyboards?

  1. Bryan Adams
    Bryan Adams
  2. Adele
  3. Justin Bieber


  1. It's Vegemite. Kevin Rudd explained that he put the savoury paste on his toast for breakfast, and with help from local diplomats it was allowed through.
  2. It's sex. Scientists have gained a rare glimpse into the romantic life of the mysterious deep-sea squid. US researchers have found that this rarely seen creature will often engage in same-sex mating.
  3. It's fourth worst-dressed man in Britain. According to one reporter covering the event, Mr Johnson "did not appear to have taken advantage of the nearby VIP blow-dry bar".
  4. It's Twisted Kites. The group - singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry - played their first gig in a church on 5 April 1980. Berry quit the band in 1997.
  5. It's B. Without actually admitting they got it wrong, publishers HarperCollins have offered to produce a new, revised map, on a separate sheet that can be slotted into the existing atlas.
  6. It's Vegas. The picture is part of a display charting 70 years of British comedy heroes at the London gallery.
  7. It's Adele. Staff were so tired of hearing people playing her hit song, Someone Like You, they put a sign up banning her songs. Michael Nyman and Fur Elise also made the list.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Out of tune

4 - 6 : Middle C

7 - 7 : High note

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