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

The village of Dull, Perthshire, and Boring, a town in the US state of Oregon, have agreed a "pairing" arrangement. Which group suggested the link?

Road sign near Dull, Perthshire
  1. Boring Amateur Dramatics Society
  2. Dull Athletic FC
  3. Boring Baptist Church
  4. Dull Women's Book Club

2.) Multiple Choice Question

When Tyler Sullivan, 11, missed school, a note excusing his absence was written by a VIP. Which one?

  1. Barack Obama
    Barack Obama
  2. Prince Charles
    Prince Charles
  3. Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel


Tyler's father took the boy to his work in Minnesota to hear Obama give a speech. After meeting the youngster, the president wrote a note to his teacher: "Please excuse Tyler. He was with me. Barack Obama, the president."

Barack Obama with 11-year-old Tyler Sullivan

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The United Nations General Assembly was recreated in Australia this week - each country represented by a dog. To which breed did they all belong?

  1. Labrador
  2. West Highland terrier
  3. Alsatian
  4. Dachshund


The canine conference, titled Dachshund UN, took place in Sydney, organised by performance artist Bennett Miller. It was billed as "a meditation on the utopian aspirations of the United Nations".

Daschund UN

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What did Starbucks do to offend its Irish customers?

Starbucks branch
  1. Launch a Guinness-flavoured Frappuccino
  2. Put Dublin in the wrong place on a map
  3. Ask why they were proud to be British

5.) Missing Word Question

Tsunami * washes up in Oregon

  1. house
  2. ship
  3. dock

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Cardiff City have changed their shirts from blue to red. The club also has a new crest. What is its motto?

New Cardiff City home and away strips
  1. The Dragons
  2. Fire & Passion
  3. The Bluebirds

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A new ultra-thin glass has been unveiled by developers. It has been dubbed Willow Glass, but why?

Willow tree
  1. It has "weep holes" for condensation
  2. It can wrap around things
  3. It has a green tinge


The flexible, ultra-thin glass could be used for smartphones and non-flat display screens, say manufacturers Corning.

Willow glass


  1. It's Dull Women's Book Club. The Boring Community Planning Council voted in favour of a "declaration of pairing" after being approached by the book group.
  2. It's Barack Obama.
  3. It's dachshund.
  4. It's ask why they were proud to be British. The coffee chain mistakenly tweeted the question to its Irish rather than its UK followers as part of a Diamond Jubilee promotion.
  5. It's dock. The 165-tonne structure made of concrete, metal and tyres, and studded with starfish and barnacles, travelled 8,000km (5,000 miles) from Japan to a beach south-west of Portland, Oregon.
  6. It's Fire & Passion - replacing the legend The Bluebirds. The crest also now features a dragon. The move, which follows discussions between the club's directors and Malaysian investors, has been opposed by some supporters.
  7. It can wrap around devices.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Weeping willow

4 - 6 : Little acorn

7 - 7 : Mighty oak

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