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

Nigel Richards of New Zealand was crowned World Scrabble Champion of 2011. The word "tirls" was used in the final round of the championship. It's from the verb "tirl" - what does it mean?

  1. To complain or grumble
  2. To sing or trill
  3. To shake or vibrate
  4. To thrill or excite

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Wootton Bassett is now Royal Wootton Bassett, the first town to have the "royal" prefix in more than 100 years. Which town was the last to get it?

Wootton Bassett
  1. Tunbridge Wells
  2. Leamington Spa
  3. Windsor

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Ice Cream Sandwich was in the news this week - in association with which of the following news stories?

ice cream
  1. New computer software
  2. Porn hack on Sesame Street YouTube channel
  3. Government health guidelines

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Lord Wolfson. the chief executive of Next, is offering a £250,000 prize for the best plan to do what?

  1. Manage one or more countries abandoning the euro
  2. Build the first DIY geostationary satellite
  3. Achieve 100% literacy in schools

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The long-awaited European satellite navigation system, Galileo, has finally been launched into space. Why was it delayed?

  1. Leaky valve
  2. Faulty clock
  3. Overheating

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A new global retail theft barometer has been released, identifying the top stolen grocery items from shops around the world. Which of the following items are most likely to be stolen in the UK?

  1. Tinned food
  2. Fresh meat
  3. Instant noodles

7.) Missing Word Question

Senate blocks school * limit

  1. potato
  2. pupil
  3. age


  1. It's shake or vibrate. During the event, which was held in Poland, two competitors in one of the earlier rounds were asked to empty their pockets when a "G" went missin.
  2. It was last conferred on Tunbridge Wells in 1909. Leamington Spa was given the title in 1838. Windsor - the borough, rather than the town - was granted royal status in the 13th Century.
  3. It was the new computer software. The latest version of Google's Android operating system was named Ice Cream Sandwich after previous versions also named after foods, such as Gingerbread and Honeycomb.
  4. It's manage one or more countries abandoning the euro. The offer is described as the second biggest cash prize to be awarded to an academic economist after the Nobel Prize. Lord Wolfson said he believed there was a "real possibility" the European single currency could collapse.
  5. It was a leaking valve detected during the fuelling of the rocket. When lift-off does happen, two satellites will be placed in a 23,222km-high orbit.
  6. It's fresh meat, according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer. Items most likely to be stolen in America are chocolate and sweets, while in southern Europe it's cheese, such as Parmesan.
  7. It's potato. The Obama administration proposed limiting potatoes in school lunches but the US Senate intervened.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Mashed

4 - 6 : Chipper

7 - 7 : Spudulike

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