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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Street slang has been added to the "official" Scrabble word list. Which of the following, according to the OED, cropped up first in the printed English language?

  1. Innit - a form of isn't it
  2. Thang - often used instead of thing
  3. Gak - another word for cocaine

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Who is Mrs E Adams?

  1. The pseudonym of a celebrity who has taken out a super-injunction
  2. False name used by Duchess of Cambridge when arranging her honeymoon
  3. A "computer-generated name" from Downing Street

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Fill in the gap: "If you can leave without buying a _____, you'll have resisted one of the most keenly honed marketing machines in the country."

Edingburgh Castle, skull, Westbourne Grove street sign and Stonehenge
  1. Replica Edinburgh castle
  2. Shakespeare novelty pencil (at Stratford-upon-Avon)
  3. Notting Hill street sign
  4. Stonehenge tea towel

4.) Missing Word Question

Burglars break into Derbyshire *

  1. Prison
  2. Police HQ
  3. Court cell

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The gates to Strawberry Field have been replaced with replicas to prevent further damage by Beatles fans. But what is Strawberry Field?

Strawberry Field gates
  1. A strawberry farm
  2. A playground
  3. Salvation Army children's home

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The UK is to expand its diplomatic presence in emerging countries such as China and India as well as establishing new embassies. In which of the following will a full embassy be set up?

William Hague
  1. Yemen
  2. The Palestinian territories
  3. Somalia

7.) Multiple Choice Question

On 12 May, Queen Elizabeth II reached a milestone, overtaking the length of reign of which previous monarch?

  1. Henry III
  2. George III
  3. Victoria


  1. It's thang, which according to the OED first appeared in print in W Hogue's Back Yonder in 1932. Innit was first found in print in 1959. Other words that have made it into Collins' list of Official Scrabble Words include grrl, Wiki and MySpace.
  2. It's a "computer-generated name" from Downing Street. A government official admitted this week that false names are used on letters to MPs and members of the public.
  3. It's "Shakespeare novelty pencil". So said Lonely Planet about the playwright's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. It described London's Notting Hill as shabby as well as chic, Edinburgh Castle as atmospheric but expensive, and Stonehenge as mystical despite the traffic and the crowds.
  4. It's prison. Intruders broke through the perimeter fence at HMP Sudbury and made off with tools from a workshop.
  5. It's a children's home in Liverpool, near where John Lennon grew up. The song was inspired by his memories of playing in its garden. A Lennon memorial in Central Park - opposite the apartment building where he died - is also called Strawberry Fields in honour of the same song.
  6. It's Somalia. Plans include sending ambassadors to new posts in El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, South Sudan - and when it is judged safe - Somalia and Madagascar.
  7. It was George III, a king remembered partly for the "madness" that overtook him in later years. This week, Queen Elizabeth II became the country's second-longest serving monarch, behind Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Minor royal

3 - 5 : Second-in-line

6 - 7 : On the throne

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