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.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Thursday was Groundhog Day across the US and Canada. According to legend if the furry critter sees his shadow it means six more weeks of winter. Its origins lie in settlers from where?

  1. Italy
  2. Germany
  3. Ireland

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Police officers guarding Queen Elizabeth II refer to her using cockney rhyming slang, it was revealed this week. What do they call her?

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

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Who this week did NOT request extra personal security?

  1. Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, after losing to Barcelona
    Jose Mourinho
  2. Mitt Romney, after winning the Florida Republican primary
    Mitt Romney
  3. French presidential front-runner Francois Hollande, who had a bag of flour thrown at him
    Francois Hollande


Mr Romney joked that the glitter attack in Minnesota 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

4.) Missing Word Question

Spider * trick boosts paternity

  1. feet
  2. web
  3. sex

5.) Multiple Choice Question

By 2060, about 40% of Japan's population will be in retirement, the government has said. The current population is 128m. What will it be in 2060?

Elderly in Japan
  1. 137m
  2. 109m
  3. 87m

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following is getting its first British ambassador for 21 years?

Union flag
  1. Somalia
  2. Libya
  3. Kosovo

7.) Multiple Choice Question

One of the world's longest running radio shows, Desert Island Discs on BBC's Radio 4, celebrated its 70th birthday. What was the most requested piece of music?

Desert island
  1. Beethoven's Ninth
  2. Edith Piaf's Je Ne Regrette Rien
  3. The Beatles' Hey Jude


  1. It's Germany - linked to the celebration of 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.
  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 Mourinho. Hollande hired more bodyguards after the flour incident. On the same day that Romney's campaign adviser said the Secret Service would provide security for the former Massachusetts governor, he was "glitterbombed" by a protester.
  4. It's sex. According to a new study, male spiders break off the entire sex organ while it is still in the female, allowing it to keep injecting sperm long after they have scuttled away.
  5. It's 87m. Japan's population is expected to shrink by one third over that period.
  6. It's Somalia. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived in the capital, Mogadishu, amid tight security on Thursday and appointed Matt Baugh as the senior UK Somalia representative.
  7. It's Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, also known as Ode to Joy, which has been requested 97 times. All the top requested pieces were classical. Piaf was the most requested non-classical piece.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Rien

4 - 6 : Regrette

7 - 7 : Joy

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