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.

Graphic of the number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

"It was good while it lasted". In the news this week, why?

  1. Words to be inscribed on Jimmy Savile's headstone
    Jimmy Savile
  2. Silvio Berlusconi on his time in power
    Silvio Berlusconi
  3. Duchess of Cornwall on a henna tattoo she got in Zanzibar
    Duchess of Cornwall

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A cleaner in Germany damaged an art installation worth $1m (£624,000) after mistaking it for an eyesore that needed a good scrub. Which one of these is a detail from the work in question?

Artworks in galleries
  1. Wheel
  2. Stairs
  3. Tray


The overzealous cleaner at Dortmund's Museum Ostwall tried to scrub away a deliberate patina on Martin Kippenberger's When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling. It was meant to look like a puddle beneath a rubber trough placed under a stacked tower of wooden slats. The installation remains on display.

Martin Kippenberger's When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling

3.) Missing Word Question

He Whom the * Love

  1. Teeth
  2. Rains
  3. Cows


The title was bestowed on Charles by Maasai elders in the Tanzanian village of Majengo. In the local language the title is Oloishiru Ingishu. Chiefs' wives also honoured the Duchess of Cornwall with the name Koto Engera - Mother of the Children. The royal couple are on a tour of the country.

Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles with a Maasai ribe in Tanzania

4.) Multiple Choice Question

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order cutting down on "swag". What is it?

President Obama
  1. Staff smartphones
  2. White House trinkets
  3. Employee chauffeurs

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The full route the Olympic Torch relay will take was revealed this week. It will pass through 1,018 places when it is carried around the UK in 2012. But where will it go up in a hot air balloon?

Olympic torch
  1. Eden Project in Cornwall
  2. Needles in the Isle of Wight
  3. Windermere in Lake District

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Academy Awards has been looking for a new host after Eddie Murphy pulled out of February's ceremony. Comedians have dominated Oscar hosting. After Bob Hope, who has hosted the most?

  1. Billy Crystal
    Billy Crystal
  2. Whoopi Goldberg
    Whoopi Goldberg
  3. Johnny Carson
    Johnny Carson


Eddie Murphy resigned after his friend Brett Ratner quit as the ceremony's producer. It was hoped Murphy would pep up the Oscars after the widely condemned 2011 ceremony, hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

Eddie Murphy

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Morrissey is allowing John Lewis to use a cover of Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want on its Christmas TV advert. Which other song by the Smiths did it use in an earlier campaign?

  1. This Charming Man
  2. How Soon Is Now?
  3. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out


  1. It's Jimmy Savile's headstone. The Duchess of Cornwall, whose henna tattoo smudged in the heat, said: "It's ruining my tattoo - I'm so cross." Berlusconi is expected to resign "within days".
  2. It's the tray. The wheel is from Bill Woodrow's artwork Humpty Dumpty - expletive in the middle deleted. It is part of the new Wonderland exhibition at the Tate Galley in Liverpool. The stairs are actual stairs in the Tate Modern in London.
  3. It's cows. The title can also be translated as The Helper of Cows. In full it is "he whom the cows love so much they call for him when they are in times of distress".
  4. It's the trinkets - the branded mugs, T-shirts and key rings given away as promotional gifts. Government departments have also been told to cut down on the issuing of electronic items.
  5. It's at the Eden Project in Cornwall. It will go on a chairlift at the Needles and on a steamer across Windermere. During the 10-week relay, the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers and will travel about 8,000 miles. It will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population, say organisers.
  6. It's Billy Crystal, with eight. As Murphy's replacement, that will soon be nine. Carson hosted five and Goldberg four. Hope has the record, 19.
  7. It's This Charming Man. A small section of the song was used in an advertising campaign earlier this year. Slow Moving Millie, a relatively unknown musician and actor whose real name is Amelia Warner, will perform the track in the new advert.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Panic

4 - 6 : There is a Light...

7 - 7 : Sheila Take a Bow

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