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

The schooner is now legal in British pubs. The Australian measure is two-thirds the size of a traditional pint. But which of these measures is bigger than a schooner?

  1. Gill
  2. Quart
  3. Flanker

2.) Multiple Choice Question

An LS Lowry painting was put up for sale for the first time this week and is expected to fetch £6m. The artwork of London's Piccadilly Circus features ads for several companies. Which of these is not in it?

LS Lowry
  1. Max Factor
  2. Cadbury's Milk Tray
  3. Wrigley's
  4. They all are


The 1960 artwork also shows the fountain topped by Eros in a different spot to its present location. It is among a collection of 14 which belonged to the late Lord Forte and are being sold by Christie's.

Lowry's painting of London's Piccadilly Circus

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The tiny South Pacific island of Tuvalu has declared a state of emergency because it's running out of drinking water. But what does the island have in abundance that is highly prized?

  1. Stamps
  2. Shark fishing licences
  3. Rare yellow coconuts


Tuvalu has no natural water supplies apart from rain and it has not rained properly for six months. Meteorologists have forecast this will continue until December. Emergency supplies have been flown in by the New Zealand air force.


4.) Multiple Choice Question

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died this week. He has often referred to the fact that he was a college dropout, quitting his degree course after one term. He did, however, continue to take classes at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. What in?

Steve Jobs
  1. Calligraphy
  2. Ceramics
  3. Cake decoration

5.) Missing Word Question

Fly's * song turns on immunity

  1. sexy
  2. soothing
  3. scary

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Three out of the top 10 universities in the world are in the UK, according to the latest world rankings. But an American university tops the list. Which one?

  1. Caltech
  2. Harvard
  3. MIT
  4. Stanford

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Finally, Primal Scream got angry about their song Rocks being used by Theresa May at the Tory Conference - only it wasn't. Which song did she play?

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie
  1. You've Got the Love - Florence and the Machine
  2. Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols
  3. All These Things That I've Done - The Killers


Tory leader David Cameron played All These Things That I've Done by The Killers during his conference speech and Labour leader Ed Miliband used Florence and the Machine's version of You've Got the Love.

David Cameron


  1. It's a quart, which is two pints (1.1 litres). A gill is a quarter of a pint (142ml). A flanker is made up. Britain's strict laws on measurements in pubs were relaxed last weekend. The government hopes the new-size glass will curb excessive drinking.
  2. It's Cadbury's Milk Tray.
  3. It's stamps, which are popular with philatelists around the world because of their designs and a main way the island makes money. The other two main ways the island makes an income are from coconut products and tuna fishing licences.
  4. It was calligraphy. Jobs has said the calligraphy came back to him when the first Macintosh computer was being designed. He described it as the first computer with beautiful typography.
  5. It's sexy. A study has shown female flies' immune genes are turned on by the males' mating song.
  6. It's Caltech - the California Institute of Technology. Harvard comes second in the rankings, produced by the Times Higher Education magazine. Stanford is third and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is seventh. Oxford is the top UK university at fourth, while Cambridge is sixth and Imperial College eighth.
  7. It's Bohemian Like You by The Dandy Warhols. Reports on Twitter that the home secretary left the stage to Rocks prompted the band to issue a statement saying they were "totally disgusted". The reports were wrong.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Flop

4 - 6 : Mid-chart

7 - 7 : Hit

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