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

Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery collection fetched a record-setting $115m (£74m) at auction in New York this week. Among personal items up for sale was a print signed: "To my true love Elizabeth. I love you forever". Who was it from?

Taylor auction
  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Richard Burton
  3. Elton John

2.) Missing Word Question

Hairy limbs keep * at bay

  1. bed bugs
  2. body odour
  3. itching

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Google has revealed some of the most popular search terms in the UK over the past year. The list of "fastest-rising searches" was topped by the Royal Wedding. What was second?

  1. Arab Spring
  2. iPhone 5
  3. Twilight

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Sir Graham Watson MEP has challenged an EU Commissioner - via Twitter - to a what-eating competition?

  1. Pie
    pork pie
  2. Potato
  3. Prune

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists say they've found signs of the fabled Higgs boson. Higgs is a British theoretical physicist (pictured). Where did the word "boson" come from?

  1. A nautical term
  2. Another physicist's name
  3. A unit of measurement

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Time Person of the Year has been revealed to be "the protester". Who was second?

  1. US Navy's William McRaven
  2. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei
  3. Duchess of Cambridge, nee Kate Middleton

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest has failed in her attempt to make a comeback in the annual song-fest. She was hoping to represent the same country she sang for in 1956 - which one?

  1. Switzerland
  2. Ireland
  3. Luxembourg


  1. It was Michael Jackson. With regards to the jewellery, everything from her famous 33-carat diamond ring, a gift from Burton, to her charm bracelets sold for many times their estimates.
  2. It's bed bugs. Hungry bugs placed on shaved arms were more likely to try to feed compared with those on unshaved arms, the journal Biology Letters reported this week.
  3. It was the iPhone 5, an object that didn't actually exist. After a long wait, Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S.
  4. It's prune - after the EU rejected claims prunes have a laxative effect. The European Food Safety Agency is investigating the health claims on food products.
  5. It's from the name of another physicist. Satyendra Nath Bose was an Indian physicist who collaborated with Albert Einstein.
  6. It was Admiral Bill McRaven, who masterminded the raid on Bin Laden's compound by Seal Team Six, the elite commandos of the US Navy. Weiwei and the duchess were on the shortlist.
  7. It's Switzerland. Lys Assia, 87, was hoping to become the oldest singer to take part in the contest that she previously won with the song Refrain. According to reports, her latest song lacked "modern elements".

Your Score

0 - 2 : Nul points

3 - 4 : Runner up

5 - 7 : On song

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