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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Heathrow Airport has been ordered by an official to stop doing what?

  1. Keeping loose change left behind at security checkpoints
  2. Patting down elderly passengers
  3. Handing out leaflets acknowledging delays

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The first 100 albums in legendary broadcaster John Peel's record collection have gone online. They are being released alphabetically and musos have made much of the fact that the list included only the second album of which band?

John Peel
  1. A-ha
  2. Abba
  3. Aerosmith

3.) Missing Word Question

Iceman's * is world's oldest

  1. painting
  2. language
  3. blood

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Details about the "Juice" mission were released this week. What does it relate to?

  1. Tests being carried out on engine technology designed to lift a spaceplane into orbit
  2. The extraction of precious metals and rare minerals from asteroids
  3. Exploration of Jupiter's moons

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Edvard Munch's The Scream has become the most expensive artwork sold at auction after fetching $119.9m (£74m). The previous record was for which of the following?

  1. Francis Bacon: Triptych
  2. Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust
  3. Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Dr Paul Gachet


Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust was painted in 1932. This work has been publicly displayed only once since 1951.


6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Royal Mint in Wales opened its doors to journalists to see thousands of Olympic and Paralympic medals being made. Gold medals contain some gold but are 92% made of...

Gold medals
  1. Copper
  2. Silver
  3. Bronze

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The tourist board in which nation has reported a "surge" of interest from British holidaymakers after it was depicted in a particular cinematic film?

  1. Yemen - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  2. Jamaica - Marley
  3. Pilau - Journey to the Mysterious Island


  1. Heathrow was criticised by a top border official for handing out leaflets to passengers acknowledging the "very long delays" at immigration.
  2. It was A-ha's Scoundrel Days. The list included Abba's Voulez Vous, which was the band's sixth album. An Arts Council-funded website aims to give listeners a taste of one of the greatest contemporary record collections in the world.
  3. It's blood. Traces have been discovered around the arrow wound of Otzi the Iceman, whose frozen body was found in the Italian Alps in 1991, some 5,300 years after he died. One scientist said that up until now, there had been uncertainty about how long blood could survive.
  4. It's the mission to explore Jupiter's moons. The Jupiter Icy Moons Explore mission (Juice) will be run by the European Space Agency, which wants to investigate the possibility of "waterworlds" that may harbour life.
  5. It was Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust, which sold for $106.5m (£65.8m) in 2010.
  6. It's silver. They also consist of 1.34% gold and the rest is copper. The International Olympic Committee requires at least 6g of gold per medal.
  7. It's Yemen. A report in the Telegraph quoted tourism officials saying that they had had to warn people that the country did not have a salmon fishing industry.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Last plaice

4 - 6 : Going swimmingly

7 - 7 : Codfather

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