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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

"Frog juice" harvested from the waxy monkey tree frog has been found to have been illegally used for which of the following?

Waxy tree frog
  1. To enhance sporting performance
  2. Beauty treatments
  3. Sex stimulants

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The average weight of an adult human is 137lb (62kg) according to a survey of "fattest nations". Micronesia and Tonga took the top two spots, but which country in Europe was highest ranked?

Weight
  1. Estonia
  2. Greece
  3. Malta

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The UK Government is considering scrapping GCSEs for England and returning to O-level-style exams. What did the "O" stand for?

Sitting exams
  1. Organisational
  2. Ordinary
  3. Official
  4. Optional

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Outfits to be worn by Team GB's athletes at the opening ceremony at the Olympics have been a closely guarded secret. But, according to reports, some athletes have expressed concerns they may look like...

  1. Butlins Redcoats
    Redcoat
  2. Elvis impersonators
    Impersonator
  3. Circus clowns
    Clown

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Hopefully rhinestones will be kept to a minimum.

Impersonate

5.) Missing Word Question

Black bears show * skills

  1. counting
  2. courting
  3. crooning

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Why has Tobermory distillery on the island of Mull temporarily ceased production of their world-famous whisky for the first time in nearly two decades?

Tobermory
  1. Lack of grain
  2. Not enough of the right kind of water
  3. Flooding

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Which film has the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano endorsed as a "modern classic" this week?

Newspaper
  1. The Godfather
  2. The Life of Brian
  3. The Blues Brothers

Answers

  1. It's to enhance performance of horses. According to reports, a number of trainers of race horses in the US have been giving their horses a powerful performance-enhancing potion - dermorphin - drawn from the backs of the South American frog.
  2. It was Malta. Estonia was one of the lowest-ranked in the survey, while Greece weighed in at number 12. The UK was ranked 10th, while the US came third, according to the report by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
  3. It's "Ordinary" - as opposed to "A" - "Advanced" - level. GCSEs replaced O-levels and CSEs (Certificates of Secondary Education) in the mid-1980s.
  4. It's Elvis impersonators. According to reports, jackets for the opening ceremony are understood to be white with gold "accents".
  5. It's counting. Three captive bears took a series of number-based tests on a touch-screen computer, research published in the journal Animal Behaviour showed.
  6. There isn't enough of the right kind of water. The loch the distillery uses for water has dried up because of lack of rain. Master blender Iam MacMillan said: "The purity of the water we use is critical to the quality of our whisky."
  7. It was the comedy The Blues Brothers. On the 30th anniversary of the film's release the paper praises the film as an "incredibly shrewd" work which is "rich with ideas".

Your Score

0 - 2 : Boom Boom

3 - 5 : I'm Walkin'

6 - 7 : Let the Good Times Roll

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