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

The Boring 2012 Conference celebrates all things mundane. Which of these subjects is NOT a lecture at the event?

  1. Self-service checkouts
  2. Microfluidics 2.0
  3. Auto-Sensory Meridian Response videos
  4. Toast

2.) Missing Word Question

Thief steals Tower of London *

  1. keys
  2. ravens
  3. door knocker

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Drivers in the San Francisco Bay area are experimenting with a new form of fuel. What is its unusual ingredient?

petrol pump
  1. Chocolate
  2. Algae
  3. Poo

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"Omnishambles", coined by writers of political satire The Thick of It, has been named UK word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary. But which of these words or phrases was NOT shortlisted?

Malcolm Tucker
  1. Mummy porn
  2. Eurogeddon
  3. Gif

5.) Multiple Choice Question

There's been a flurry of petitions by citizens in Texas who want their state to secede from the US after President Obama's election. But which Texan city is trying to secede from Texas?

Obama and Biden
  1. Austin
  2. Dallas
  3. Houston

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A man in England has been granted the first licence to sell what?

seaweed, conkers, tree moss
  1. Seaweed
  2. Conkers
  3. Tree moss

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Burger King Japan has a special offer to celebrate five years since reopening in the country. What is it offering anyone ordering a "black burger meal deal" between 17 and 21 November?

  1. Free video game content
  2. Endless burgers and fries for 30 minutes
  3. A night's accommodation in Tokyo


  1. It's Microfluidics 2.0. That conference (its full title is Capillary Based Microfluidics for Bioanalysis), which focuses on low cost diagnostics and medical devices is in Boston, US. The annual Boring event was originally set up as a joke in 2010.
  2. It's keys. The intruder managed to get past the first gate with a stolen set of keys, which could also open a restaurant, conference rooms and an internal lock to the drawbridges. The Tower, which houses the Crown Jewels, is guarded by the Yeoman Warders or Beefeaters.
  3. It's algae. The fuel, known as Biodiesel B20, is made from 20% algae and 80% petroleum. A Canadian company is pioneering poo-powered vehicles, and in the UK, the University of Warwick has track-tested a Formula 3 racing car powered by chocolate.
  4. It's Gif. Short for graphics interchange format, Gif has been around since the 80s but was this year's US champion because it gained traction as a verb, not just a noun. YOLO, an acronym of the phrase "you only live once" made both editions.
  5. It's Austin - a person called Caleb M wants Austin to secede and form its own US state, should Texas ever secede from the US. The petition must gain 25,000 signatures by 12 December to receive a presidential response.
  6. It's seaweed. Tree moss has been in the news for featuring on a new list of ingredients which may cause allergies and perfumes such as Chanel No 5 contain traces of it.
  7. It's endless burgers and fries for 30 minutes. The offer has strict rules, such as only being available after 1400, and states that those caught sharing will be charged for all the food.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Cold fries

4 - 6 : Melting sundae

7 - 7 : Hot off the grill

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