Quiz of the week's news

News quiz

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.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

A study by the European Union into housing costs revealed which country to have the most expensive housing?

  1. Greece
  2. Denmark
  3. UK

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The UK Army has stepped in after security firm G4S failed to recruit enough guards for the Olympic Games. Is the total workforce of the company more or less than the number of active armed forces personnel?

Army at London 2012
  1. Less
  2. Same
  3. More

3.) Missing Word Question

Dumpling squid slowed down by *

  1. sex
  2. pollution
  3. seaweed

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A few of the Olympic uniforms have been raising eyebrows. Which caused a senior politician to suggest: "I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them."

  1. US
    US uniform
  2. Spain
    Spain uniform
  3. Russia
    Russia uniform

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A study in scientific journal Nature says surplus carbon in the atmosphere could be transferred to the ocean floor. How?

CO2 campaigners
  1. Stimulating algae that sinks when it dies
  2. Separating CO2 from air and burying it
  3. Growing dense timber that can be anchored

6.) Multiple Choice Question

French researchers found birds use smell to do what?

  1. Build a nest
  2. Find their way home
  3. Avoid inbreeding

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The plug was pulled on Bruce Springsteen when his Hyde Park concert in London overran to 22:40 BST. Which headline act in the park on another night finished the latest?

Bruce Springsteen
  1. Soundgarden
  2. Madonna
  3. Paul Simon


  1. It's Denmark, where 22% of people are "overburdened" by housing costs, which means they are spending more than 40% of their income on costs such as rent and mortgage payments. The report placed Greece second (18%) and UK third (16.5%).
  2. It's more. There are more than 625,000 staff at G4S, three times as many as the British Armed Forces. Or to put it another way, that's roughly the size of the military in Turkey.
  3. It's sex. Promiscuous dumpling squid take 30 minutes to return to normal swimming speed after mating, said scientists in Australia.
  4. It's the US uniform, designed by Ralph Lauren, made in China. The remarks were made by Harry Reid, Senate majority leader, who added: "If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that's what they should wear."
  5. It's the algae. The authors say more research is needed before the approach could be put to use, and cutting carbon emissions should be the priority.
  6. It's avoid inbreeding. In a "recognition test", European storm petrels avoided the scent of a relative in favour of an unrelated bird, to prevent what the study called "accidental inbreeding".
  7. It's Madonna, who finished at a respectable 22:28. Soundgarden ended at 22:24 and Simon at 22:12. Fans of Springsteen were incensed when concert organisers cut the power during his encore with guest Sir Paul McCartney.

Your Score

0 - 3 : I'm Goin' Down

4 - 6 : One Step Up

7 - 7 : Dancing in the Dark

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