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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

A guest beer called Top Totty was this week banned from bars at which place?

Top Totty
  1. Twickenham rugby stadium
  2. The Royal Opera House
  3. The Houses of Parliament

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Police officers guarding Queen Elizabeth II use Cockney rhyming slang when referring to her, it was revealed this week. What do they call her?

The Queen
  1. The sardine
  2. The baked bean
  3. The windscreen

3.) Multiple Choice Question

One of the world's longest running radio shows, Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4, celebrated its 70th birthday. Among its nearly 3,000 guests, what has been the most popular musical choice?

Desert Island
  1. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
  2. Je Ne Regrette Rien
  3. Yesterday

4.) Missing Word Question

Spider * trick boosts paternity

  1. feet
  2. web
  3. sex

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Former banker Fred Goodwin was stripped of his knighthood this week. The following have also had their honours annulled - but which one had it taken away because of fraud charges?

  1. Lester Piggott
  2. "Prince" Naseem Hamed
  3. Anthony Blunt

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Who was "glitterbombed" by a protester this week?

  1. Mitt Romney, after winning the Florida Republican primary
  2. Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, after losing to Barcelona
  3. French presidential front-runner Francois Hollande, at a campaign event


Mr Romney joked that the glitter attack was a celebration of his win. Republican rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have previously been targeted, for their stance on gay rights.

Mitt Romney

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Thursday was Groundhog Day across the US and Canada. According to legend, if the furry critter sees its shadow six more weeks of winter are in the offing. Its origins lie in settlers from which country?

  1. Italy
  2. Germany
  3. Ireland


  1. It's the Houses of Parliament. According to reports, the ale was taken off sale after a complaint from shadow equalities minister Kate Green.
  2. It's the baked bean. The revelation was made by Andrew Marr, who spent months with the monarch and her entourage for a BBC documentary.
  3. It's Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Je Ne Regrette Rien by Edith Piaf has been the most frequently chosen non-classical tune.
  4. It's sex. According to a new study, male spiders break off their entire sex organ while it is still in the female to improve the chances of successful reproduction.
  5. It's fomer jockey Lester Piggott. In the 1980s, he was stripped of his OBE after serving time in jail for tax fraud. Prince Naseem, the former world boxing champion, lost his MBE after serving time for dangerous driving, and Anthony Blunt was stripped of his knighthood after being revealed as a spy.
  6. It was Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor, who coasted to victory in Florida ahead of Newt Gingrich, was "glitterbombed" later by a protester in Minnesota. Hollande was "flour-bombed" by a protester.
  7. It's Germany - linked to the celebration of the Christian festival Candlemas. According to German legend, if the sun comes out on Candlemas, the hedgehog will see its shadow and there will be six more weeks of winter - if not, spring will come early.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Hogwash

4 - 6 : Hodge-podge

7 - 7 : Whole hog

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