Weekly world news quiz

Quiz of the week's quiz

It's the World News 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much global news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has lodged in the old grey matter.

The Earth

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Alone again. Hugh Hefner has been dumped days before his wedding. And his ex is the cover star on this month's Playboy magazine. Fill in the gap in its headline "America's _______ - Introducing Mrs Crystal Hefner".

Hugh Hefner in his dressing gown
  1. Princess
  2. Bunny
  3. Star

2.) Multiple Choice Question

"I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign." Said who?

  1. Chechen football boss Ramzan Kadyrov - also the country's leader - on the team's losing streak under manager Ruud Gullit
    Ruud Gullit
  2. Commentator on Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, reshuffling his cabinet as anti-austerity riots rock Athens
    Greek PM
  3. Barack Obama, about Congressman Weiner's internet sex scandal
    Congressman Weiner

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Thousands of Sarah Palin's e-mails have been released. Which variation on a favourite turn of phrase did she use when congratulated on being chosen to run for vice-president in 2008?

Palin e-mail
  1. "Flippin' a"
  2. "Can you flippinbelieveit?"
  3. "Unflippinbelievable"

4.) Missing Word Question

Twin peaks up for sale in *

  1. Washington
  2. Andes
  3. Austria

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"Is this an act of war, gentlemen?" Said who?

Bachmann, Senate website and Spider-man's upside-down kiss
  1. Michele Bachmann during Monday's Republican TV debate
  2. Computer hackers who broke into the US Senate website
  3. Bono, to critics who panned the Spider-Man musical, for which he wrote the score

6.) Multiple Choice Question

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - newlyweds William and Kate - tour Canada and the US soon, they will take which ONE of these aides?

Kate and William (in shadow)
  1. Stylist
  2. Speechwriter
  3. Hairdresser

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, it's 100 years since the birth of Thomas the Tank Engine's creator, the Rev Wilbert Awdry. What was the original title of his series?

Thomas the Tank Engine
  1. The Little Engines That Could
  2. The Railway Series
  3. All Aboard on the Island of Sodor


  1. The magazine headline is "America's Princess". Crystal Harris, 25, would have been the 85-year-old's third wife. He announced the break-up on Twitter on Wednesday, saying "The wedding is off. Crystal has had a change of heart."
  2. It was Barack Obama. Congressman Weiner took the hint and resigned, after initially vowing to seek treatment and keep his job. Meanwhile, Ruud Gullit was sacked after his team Terek Grozny lost a game which his boss said he had to win or be fired.
  3. She replied "Can you flippinbelieveit?". But when commenting on something bad, her preferred exclamation was "unflippinbelievable". She also used "flippin a" and "flippin unbelievable".
  4. It's Austria - but the federal real estate company has since put on hold its plans to sell off two peaks in eastern Tyrol after an avalanche of complaints.
  5. It's the computer hackers, Lulz Security, who said this as they claimed responsibility for a hack on the Senate site. It's a jab at the Pentagon's proposal to treat some cyber attacks as acts of war.
  6. Kate's personal hairdresser will travel with them, but no stylist or speechwriter - she will be seen but not heard. They will have a wardrobe assistant for costume changes.
  7. It was The Railway Series. The first book was The Three Railway Engines, about Edward, Gordon and Henry; the second was titled Thomas the Tank Engine - who went on to be a global publishing, TV and merchandising sensation.

Your Score

0 - 2 : I can't

3 - 5 : I think I can

6 - 7 : I know I can

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