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.

number 7

1.) Multiple Choice Question

A UK prisoner has won the right to have what in his cell?

Ronnie Barker in Porridge
  1. A flask of hot tea
  2. Conjugal visits
  3. A potted plant

2.) Multiple Choice Question

British rock band Def Leppard threatened to do what as a result of a dispute with their record label?

Phill Collen
  1. Retire from music
  2. Re-record their own greatest hits
  3. Cover Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde in its entirety

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Prince William has been installed to the Order of the Thistle. Which is the only order of chivalry in the UK - with the motto, Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shame on him who thinks this evil) - that ranks higher?

Prince William
  1. Order of the Garter
  2. Order of the Bath
  3. The Royal Victorian Order
  4. Order of the British Empire

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A belated "happy 4th of July" to all Americans. What happened to the Declaration of Independence on this date in 1776?

Celebrations in Washington DC
  1. It was voted on
  2. It was approved
  3. It was signed


The statement, penned by Thomas Jefferson, eloquently articulated grievances against King George III and asserted "certain unalienable rights". Among them, famously, are "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

Thomas Jefferson

5.) Multiple Choice Question

As Oscar Pistorius gets the go-ahead to run on his carbon fibre prosthetic legs in the Olympics, in which sport did an athlete with a disability first compete in at both Olympics and Paralympics?

Oscar Pistorius
  1. Archery
  2. Rowing
  3. Swimming

6.) Missing Word Question

No charges for * photo leak

  1. nude
  2. Tulisa
  3. Rihanna

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists say they have found a subatomic particle resembling the Higgs boson. The key phrase "five sigma" was used. What does it specifically refer to?

  1. Dark matter
  2. Mass
  3. Levels of certainty


  1. It's a flask of hot tea to have in the cell overnight. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman said the prisoner deserved "decent treatment". Porridge's Fletcher, played by Ronnie Barker (pictured), would be proud.
  2. It's re-record their own greatest hits. The group are in dispute with Universal Music over download royalties. Simply Red and Squeeze have already "updated" their back catalogue for similar reasons.
  3. It's Order of the Garter. The Order of the Thistle is the highest honour in Scotland. There are 16 knights plus the monarch in an order thought to be founded in 1687 by James VII of Scotland (James II of England and Ireland).
  4. It was approved by the Continental Congress, which represented the 13 colonies, two days after the vote. Four weeks later on 2 August it was signed.
  5. It's archery. Neroli Fairhall from New Zealand broke new ground for disabled competitors when she competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in a wheelchair. She was also a gold medallist at the Paralympics.
  6. It's Rihanna. Two police officers in the US who allegedly leaked a photo of Rihanna after she was assaulted will not face criminal charges, officials have said.
  7. It's levels of certainty. Particle physics has an accepted definition for a discovery - a "five-sigma" level of certainty. The benchmark is about a one in 3.5 million chance of a fluke.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Scatterbrain

3 - 5 : Brain ache

6 - 7 : Brainy

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