Quiz of the week's news

7 days 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.

Graphic of a seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

HMV announced it will close 60 stores this week after bad Christmas sales. It's famous for its dog and gramophone logo - what the name of the pooch?

HMV logo of dog and gramophone
  1. Francis
  2. Master
  3. Nipper

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is to be republished in the US with some words changed, including "injun", which becomes what?

  1. Indian
  2. Native American
  3. Indigenous person

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Thousands of birds rained down on a small town in the US state of Arkansas earlier this week, baffling scientists. What explanation was later given?

A blackbird
  1. Fireworks
  2. Military tests
  3. Poisoning

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Andy Warhol's portrait of Chairman Mao, owned by the late Dennis Hopper, is to be auctioned. Warhol annotated the two bullet holes made by Hopper, writing "bullet hole" on one. And the other?

Mao Zedong by Andy Warhol
  1. Near miss
  2. Warning shot

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Beers could soon be sold in two-third pints, due to legal changes announced this week. The name of the new measure is what?

A glass of beer
  1. Middy
  2. Schooner
  3. Stein

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Why was the acronym SATTC in the news this week?

  1. Archers storyline to "shake Ambridge to the core"
    Archers map
  2. New Starbucks slogan "Stop and Taste The Coffee"
    Starbucks logo
  3. Ashes hero "Super Al, the titanic cricketer"
    Alastair Cook

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Three famous birthdays on consecutive days this weekend. Who has the most candles?

  1. Joely Richardson
    Joely Richardson
  2. Nick Clegg
    Nick Clegg
  3. R Kelly
    R Kelly


  1. It's Nipper. Artist Francis Barraud painted his dog peering into an Edison phonograph in 1889. The picture, called His Master's Voice, was bought by the newly formed Gramophone Company on condition Barraud replace the phonograph with a gramophone and horn. The company later changed its name to His Master's Voice, then HMV. Nipper is buried in Kingston-upon-Thames.
  2. It's Indian. Twain scholar Alan Gribben said he decided to reissue the 19th Century classic because offensive words had made it hard to teach in schools. Racially insulting words were also amended, from "nigger" to "slave" and from "half-breed" to "half-blood".
  3. It was the New Year's Eve fireworks, say scientists. Since then, however, there have been other mass bird deaths in other US states and in Sweden, so the plot thickens.
  4. It's "warning shot". The second hole is on the shoulder, and the first is above the eye. Both were put there by Hopper's gun. The portrait is expected to fetch up to £30,000 at Christie's in New York.
  5. It is, as all Australians well know, a schooner. A middy is a half-pint in some states down under, although also known as a pot. A stein is a beer tankard, German in origin, often about a litre in size.
  6. It's the Archers plot, which producers of the Radio 4 soap had promised would rock the fictional village. Some of the show's sturdier fans complained they were not shaken enough. Starbucks changed its logo, while Alastair Cook became the poster boy for England's victorious Ashes tour.
  7. It's actress Joely Richardson, who will be 46 on Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is 44 today (Friday) and he's a day older than US singer R Kelly. Many happy returns!

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