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

Chocolate company Rowntree's was founded in the UK 150 years ago this week. Kit Kat, which was originally named Chocolate Crisp, was believed to have been renamed in honour of...

Kit Kat
  1. A military victory in Africa
  2. A political club
  3. The nickname of one of Queen Victoria's children

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The Duchess of Cambridge's outfits have cost around £35,000 so far this year, it was revealed this week. But who pays for her working wardrobe?

Duchess of Cambridge
  1. The Prince of Wales
  2. The Order of the Garter
  3. The Privy Council

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists have offered £1,000 for a convincing explanation for the phenomenon dubbed the Mpemba Effect. What is it?

  1. Why no two snowflakes have exactly the same shape
  2. Why people get pins and needles
  3. Why hot water can freeze more quickly than cold

4.) Multiple Choice Question

US basketball star Anthony Davis has trademarked catchphrases related to which part of his body?

Anthony Davis
  1. Eyebrows
  2. Nose
  3. Feet


Davis was the US college player of the year after leading Kentucky to a national championship, and he could play in the Olympics. He says he has no immediate plans to shave his single brow.

Anthony Davis

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Lonesome George, the last Pinta giant tortoise, has died and his kind is now extinct. Which of the following was declared extinct in 2011?

  1. The Western Black Rhino
  2. Sumatran Tiger
  3. Mekong Giant Catfish

6.) Multiple Choice Question

When Harry Met Sally screenwriter Nora Ephron died this week. The film's most memorable quote: "I'll have what she's having" - delivered after the infamous fake orgasm scene - was said by whom?

When Harry Met Sally
  1. Meg Ryan's sister
  2. Director Rob Reiner's mother
  3. An unknown extra

7.) Missing Word Question

Rare * -shaped cloud in Japan

  1. car
  2. broom
  3. hat


  1. It was a political club - the Kit-Cat (sometimes Kit-Kat) Club, an 18th Century English club aligned with the Whig party. According to the website of Nestle (which took over Rowntree's in 1988): "The building had very low ceilings, it could accommodate only paintings which were wide but not too high. In the art world, such paintings became known as 'kitkats'."
  2. It's the Prince of Wales, who also picks up the tab for work-related clothes worn by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
  3. It's hot water freezing more quickly than cold. Although it has been known about for a long time, it is only in more recent years that it has been known by this name. Mpemba was a student in Tanzania, who observed the phenomenon during a cookery class in 1963. He later pursued it with a visiting academic.
  4. It's his eyebrows, which meet in the middle, a feature which his supporters make much of. In response, Davis has trademarked "fear the brow" and "raise the brow". Another basketball player, Jeremy Lin, trademarked the word "Linsanity".
  5. It's the Western Black Rhino. It was declared extinct in the Red List, which is drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  6. It was Rob Reiner's mother. According to Ephron, the line was suggested by Billy Crystal.
  7. It's hat. The cloud appeared near Mount Fuji after a strong typhoon swept through Japan. The formation is called "tsurushi-gumo" which means hanging cloud.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Wispy

3 - 5 : Billowing

6 - 7 : On cloud nine

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