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

The 11th stage of the Tour de France started with Britain's Bradley Wiggins holding the overall lead in the yellow jersey. From which of the following is its colour derived?

Bradley Wiggins
  1. The first race sponsor
  2. The national flag of the first winner
  3. A public competition

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Fears have been raised of an outbreak of public order offences - including slow handclapping - at which of the following venues?

hands clapping
  1. Airports
  2. Banks
  3. Olympic parks and stadiums

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Declassified documents from the Ministry of Defence show that staff believed aliens could visit Earth for "military reconnaissance", "scientific" research and which of the following?

Flying saucer
  1. Galactic domination
  2. Food
  3. Tourism

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The Rolling Stones played their first gig at the Marquee club in London 50 years ago this week. What were they officially billed as?

Rolling Stones
  1. Mick Jagger and the Rollin' Stones
  2. The Keith Richards' five
  3. The Nanker Phelge band

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A video post on YouTube showed McDonald's top chef Dan Coudreaut spilling the beans on the fast food chain's secret burger sauce. He revealed that the colour came from which ingredient?

Big Mac
  1. Paprika
  2. Ketchup
  3. Cochineal

6.) Missing Word Question

Torch security team tackle *

  1. fox
  2. streaker
  3. cyclist

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Who said: "I was always the shy one."

  1. BBC Radio 1's departing Chris Moyles
    Chris Moyles
  2. Actor Ernest Borgnine, who died this week
    Ernest Borgnine
  3. Billionaire Gina Rinehart
    Gina Rinehart


Borgnine won a new generation of fans in later life as the voice of Mermaid Man in the TV series SpongeBob SquarePants. He received a lifetime achievement award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2011.

Ernest Borgnine


  1. It's because the pages of the race sponsor's magazine, L'Auto, were yellow. It is unclear when it was first introduced, so the official date of 1919 is widely used.
  2. It's airports. It was reported that extra security had been drafted into airport arrival halls after immigration officers at Heathrow claimed they had been subjected to verbal abuse from passengers and slow handclapping by those frustrated at the delays.
  3. It was tourism. After a lengthy investigation into UFO sightings in the 1990s, one report concluded: "There has been no apparently hostile intent and other possibilities are: a) military reconnaissance; b) scientific; c) tourism."
  4. It was Mick Jagger and the Rollin' Stones. They were paid 30 guineas and played to a crowd of about 110 people. The pseudonym Nanker Phelge was used between 1963 and 1965 for several Rolling Stones group compositions.
  5. It's paprika. So McDonald's secret sauce is not so secret any more. The aim of the video was to show how a Big Mac could be made at home with standard shop-bought ingredients.
  6. It's cyclist. The security officers accompanying the Olympic torch hauled a young cyclist to the ground in Suffolk.
  7. It's Borgnine, who discussed his shyness after his Oscar-winning performance as Marty in 1955. Moyles left Radio 1 after eight years as breakfast show host. Rinehart was also in the news, reducing her stake in Australian media group Fairfax.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Bad Day at Black Rock

4 - 6 : Poseidon Adventure

7 - 7 : The Greatest

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