Quiz of the week's news

7 days 7 questions

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


1.) Multiple Choice Question

According to an extensive survey of race, religion and sexuality by the Office for National Statistics, which of the following groups is the largest in the UK?

Crowd of people
  1. Hindus
  2. Mixed race
  3. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Contrary to expectations, the Commonwealth Games in Delhi are due to open on Sunday. There are 71 teams taking part, but which is the smallest?

Preparing for the Games
  1. Jersey (island nation in the Channel)
  2. Nauru (island nation in South Pacific)
  3. Botswana (republic in sub-Saharan Africa)

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Which outfit was described as looking like "a walking mid-life crisis"?

  1. The US Ryder Cup team's blazer and flares combo
    US Ryder Cup team
  2. David Miliband's "quitting front-line politics" shirt
    David Miliband and wife Louise
  3. Russell Brand's stag party ensemble
    Russell Brand

4.) Missing Word Question

Ancient giant * unearthed

  1. penguin
  2. pyramid
  3. squid

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Who was referred to as "brilliant comrade"?

  1. Labour's newly anointed leader Ed (rhymes with "red") Miliband
    Ed Miliband
  2. Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, despite his party losing seats in parliamentary election
    Hugo Chavez
  3. North Korea's tipped leader-to-be Kim Jong-un
    Kim Jong-un


North Korea - the land that wheeled suitcases forgot. Here, delegates arrive for the North Korean Workers' Party which annointed Kim Jong-un.


6.) Multiple Choice Question

Back to Ed Miliband. Which song welcomed him on stage for his first conference speech as leader?

Ed and David Miliband
  1. A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
  2. Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
  3. Moving On Up - M People

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, RIP Tony Curtis, who died on Thursday aged 85. A seemingly coded exchange in one of his films - not pictured - revolves around a preference for oysters. Which film?

Tony Curtis in Vegas with showgirls
  1. Some Like It Hot
  2. Spartacus
  3. The Boston Strangler
  4. Monte Carlo or Bust


  1. It's lesbian, gay and bisexual people - who together account for 1.5% of the UK population, much lower than the oft-quoted 6%. However, some have cast doubt on the figure. Hindus account for 1.4%; mixed race for 1.2%.
  2. It's Botswana, with "fewer than five athletes and officials", says the official website. Nauru, the world's smallest island nation, is attending, and teams are also going from Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.
  3. It's the casual shirt David Miliband wore shortly before going public with his decision - a fashion judgement made by an unnamed colleague in the Daily Telegraph. Meanwhile, the US Ryder Cup team's blazer and flares combo was pilloried; and Russell Brand dandied up as usual at his stag do at Stringfellows.
  4. It's penguin - full headline "Ancient giant penguin unearthed in Peru". The bird lived 36 million years ago.
  5. It's Kim Jong-un. He has been given the title of Brilliant Comrade, and follows his father, the Dear Leader, and his grandfather, the Great Leader.
  6. It's A-Punk by Vampire Weekend. He walked off to Use Somebody by Kings of Leon. Gordon Brown left the stage to Moving On Up by M People at last year's conference.
  7. It's in Spartacus. Curtis played a handsome bath slave, and Laurence Olivier's lascivious Roman senator asks if perhaps he preferred "snails" to "oysters".

Your Score

0 - 3 : And so's my wife!

4 - 6 : No, I'm Spartacus!

7 - 7 : I'm Spartacus!

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