Quiz of the week's news

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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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Tennis fans heading to Wimbledon were this week warned not to bring their own...

Andy Murray
  1. Strawberries
  2. Thermos flasks
  3. Wine bottles

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The annual World's Ugliest Dog competition was held this week in Petaluma, California. Who was the winner?

Ugly dogs
  1. Sweet Pea Rambo
  2. Quasi Modo
  3. Yoda
  4. Peanut

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The clock on the building that houses the Bolivian congress has undergone a revamp. Which unusual design feature does it have?

Bolivian flag
  1. Has only 10 hours
  2. Goes backwards
  3. Big and little hands switched around

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Its hands turn left and the numbers have been inverted to go from one to 12 anti-clockwise. Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca called it the "clock of the south". He said it showed Bolivians could question established norms.

Clock in Bolivia

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A Chinese Communist Party official was reportedly sacked for accepting what?

Chinese Communist Party mural
  1. A piggyback ride
  2. Google Glass frames
  3. Tickets to the Glastonbury festival

5.) Multiple Choice Question

To help detect marijuana farms, police in 17 forces across England and Wales handed out cannabis-scented what?

Cannabis plant
  1. Air freshener
  2. Perfume
  3. Scratch and sniff cards

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Analysis of the oldest reported trace of human faeces has added weight to the view that Neanderthals ate what?

Model of neanderthal man
  1. Bread
  2. Refined sugar
  3. Vegetables

7.) Missing Word Question

Vampire bats lose * taste

  1. bitter
  2. salty
  3. sweet

Answers

  1. It was Thermos flasks. The Independent newspaper reported that the ban on the containers, first brought in last year, was now being "rigorously enforced" for "security reasons".
  2. It was Peanut, suspected to be a cross between a chihuahua and a shih tzu, who won the $1,500 (880) first prize.
  3. It goes backwards.
  4. It was a piggyback ride. The official, who was visiting a flood-hit village, accepted it to avoid getting his shoes wet, according to reports. But local authorities thought the "inappropriate act" would "tarnish the image of party officials", state news agencies said.
  5. It was scratch and sniff cards. Officers hope informing the public about what the plants smell like means they can alert police to illicit farms. But they insist the cards do not contain any active elements of the plant.
  6. Found at a dig in Spain, the ancient excrement showed chemical traces of both meat and plant digestion. An earlier view of these early humans as purely meat-eating has already been partially discredited by plant remains found in their caves and teeth.
  7. Vampire bats' strict blood diet has made them lose much of their ability to taste bitter flavours, a study has found.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Bat out of hell

4 - 6 : Playing a straight bat

7 - 7 : Not batting an eyelid

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