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

Bookshop chain Waterstone's is dropping its apostrophe and reverting to its original logo in a serif font. Which of the following really does have an apostrophe in its signage?

  1. Sainsbury's
  2. Marks and Spencer's
  3. Tesco's

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which piece of fruit became the focus of a legal challenge over copyright in New York this week?

  1. Banana
  2. Blackberry
  3. Orange

3.) Missing Word Question

Bond villains blamed for * bad image

  1. white cats'
  2. nuclear's
  3. lasers'

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona launched a mock bid for the French presidency in a stunt designed to highlight what?

Eric Cantona
  1. Overfishing
  2. Lack of investment in sport
  3. Lack of affordable housing

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Members of the Scottish Parliament are discussing plans for an independence referendum to take place in the autumn of 2014. A significant anniversary of which battle would the vote coincide with?

  1. Culloden
  2. Bannockburn
  3. Bothwell Bridge

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A frog measuring 7.7mm has been discovered in Papua New Guinea, claiming the record as the smallest adult vertebrate in the world by a few millimetres. Which of the following previously had the honour?

Tiny frog
  1. A bumblebee bat
  2. An Indonesian fish
  3. A Mexican salamander

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Astronomers looking for the true colour of our galaxy the Milky Way have revealed that it is...

Milky Way
  1. Pure white
  2. Eggy yellow
  3. Cappuccino


  1. It's Sainsbury's. The correct spelling of the other two is Marks and Spencer (or M&S) and Tesco. Waterstone's says it's phasing the apostrophe out because it's no longer practical in the age of email and the internet.
  2. It's a banana - specifically the one that features on the 1967 album cover by the Velvet Underground. Former band members are suing the Andy Warhol Foundation, which has licensed the image to Apple. Legal papers filed in Manhattan state that the artwork, which was never officially copyrighted, "became a symbol, truly an icon, of the Velvet Underground" for some 25 years.
  3. It's nuclear's. Prof David Phillips, president of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said that Dr No, with his personal nuclear reactor, helped to create a "remorselessly grim" reputation for atomic energy. He was speaking ahead of the film's 50th anniversary.
  4. It's affordable housing. The French newspaper Liberation released a letter on its website suggesting Cantona wanted to run for president. But in a subsequent interview with Cantona, the paper revealed it was a ploy to get people to sign a petition on the lack of low-cost housing for the charitable Abbe Pierre Foundation.
  5. It's Bannockburn - the 700th anniversary. The battle, on 24 June 1314, saw a Scottish victory over the English.
  6. It was an Indonesian fish known as paedocypris progenetica. Adult Paedocypris progenetica, which dwell in Indonesian swamps and streams, measure 7.9 - 10.3mm long. Male anglerfish of the species Photocorynus spiniceps are just over 6mm long. But they spend their lives fused to the much larger (50mm long) females, so whether they should count in this contest would be disputed, say experts.
  7. It's pure white. "The best description I can give would be that if you looked at new spring snow, which has a fine grain size, about an hour after dawn or an hour before sunset, you'd see the same spectrum of light that an alien astronomer in another galaxy would see looking at the Milky Way," Prof Jeffrey Newman of the University of Pittsburgh told the BBC.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Solar System

4 - 6 : Galaxy

7 - 7 : Universe

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