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

Irish runner Richard Donovan became the only man to run seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days. What helped him through the final leg in Sydney?

  1. A burger
  2. A cigarette
  3. A beer

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A British cat became an overnight sensation on Twitter. Why?

  1. It invaded the Liverpool FC football pitch
  2. It was found to be descended from Charles Dickens's cat
  3. It was reported to be six feet tall

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Actor Liam Neeson has drawn the ire of animal rights group Peta, after discussing the making of his latest film The Grey, which features wolves. What did he say he did while filming in Canada?

Liam Neeson
  1. Ate wolf stew
  2. Helped trap a wolf
  3. Wore a wolf-skin jacket

4.) Missing Word Question

'More pupils not * trained'

  1. Twitter
  2. iPad
  3. toilet

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Which city is marking the death of Clash frontman Joe Strummer by naming a street after him?

The Clash
  1. Managua, Nicaragua
  2. Granada, Spain
  3. Marrakesh, Morocco

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Who left their job this week, citing "interference"?

  1. Greek deputy labour minister Yiannis Koutsoukos
    Greece flag
  2. England football manager Fabio Capello
    Fabio Capello
  3. Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists have evolved a new theory to explain why zebras have black and white stripes. What is it?

  1. They regulate temperature
  2. They deter flies
  3. They confuse predators


  1. It was beer. Donovan said that he was "absolutely wrecked" by a combination of a lack of sleep, running and travelling through different time zones and temperatures. He had one bottle of Heineken during the race "for some carbs" and one at the end.
  2. It was the cat that wandered onto the Anfield pitch when Liverpool played Tottenham. Twitter accounts @AnfieldCat and @liverpoolfccat gained thousands of followers. Meanwhile, video apparently showing a massive cat roaming the Stroud Valleys has sparked interest from big cat hunters. And events have been held to mark 200 years since Dickens's birth.
  3. It's the wolf stew. At a press conference, Neeson suggested he and some other members of the cast had eaten wolf stew to get into character. Peta is calling for a boycott of the film.
  4. It's toilet trained. A survey of UK teachers suggests many primary school staff are noticing a rise in the number of children wetting or soiling themselves.
  5. It's Granada, after a campaign by Spanish fans, according to the Times newspaper. Strummer, who was 50 when he died, visited the city a number of times. The city's name features in the band's song Spanish Bombs.
  6. It's Capello. He said the Football Association had undermined him by stripping the captaincy from John Terry. "I cannot permit interference from the FA in my work," said the Italian. Koutsoukos quit over the austerity measures accepted by party leaders. Nasheed said he was forced to resign at gunpoint.
  7. It's that they deter blood-sucking flies. But the researchers in Hungary and Sweden said this was likely to be only one factor and it did not exclude long-held theories about temperature and predators.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Black day

4 - 6 : Grey area

7 - 7 : Bright spark

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