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Quiz of the week's news

7 days 7 questions

It's the Magazine's 7 days 7 questions weekly 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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Sarah Palin is stepping down as governor of Alaska at the end of the month. She used a sporting analogy to explain her resignation. Which sport?

Sarah Palin
  1. Hockey
  2. Hunting
  3. Fishing
  4. Basketball

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Roger Federer is once again champion after a five-set epic final at Wimbledon. It set a new record for singles finals at SW19 - for what?

  1. Longest match
  2. Most games played in a set
  3. Driest Wimbledon fortnight

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Who currently holds more nuclear warheads - Russia or the US?

Presidents Obama and Medvedev
  1. Russia
  2. US
  3. Both the same

4.) Missing Word Question

Sarah Brown's * offensive

  1. lasagne
  2. charm
  3. tweet

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Protester Stuart Holmes clambered on to the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square before the first "living statue" took her place. He wants to ban tobacco, and what?

Plinth protest
  1. Smoking around children
  2. Smoking on screen
  3. Smoking in the street


Mr Holmes, of Manchester, has been protesting against smoking in films for 26 years. He was given a round of applause by the spectators when he relinquished his position. Click NEXT to continue.

His sign

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Jarvis Cocker famously protested against Michael Jackson at the Brits. Asked on Question Time if the late King of Pop was a genius, what did Cocker reply?

Jarvis Cocker
  1. "He invented the moonwalk, didn't he?"
  2. "He wrote Off The Wall, didn't he?"
  3. "Have you SEEN Thriller?"

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A drug derived from the soil on Easter Island could help slow the ageing process. It's called rapamycin, named after...

Easter Island figures
  1. Latin name for the bacteria it's made from
  2. Scientist who discovered it
  3. Polynesian name for Easter Island


Now, before you get your results, the Magazine has pleasure in announcing the Weekly Bonus Question. Each Friday we will give an answer and ask you to suggest what the question might have been. This week's answer is A SINGLE PENNY FROM 1982. Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. She used a basketball analogy. "A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket - and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can WIN."
  2. The 30-game fifth set - which Federer eventually won 16-14 - set the record for the most games played in a set in a singles final. The match itself lasted four hours and 16 minutes - about half an hour shorter than last year's final.
  3. It's Russia, which has 2,790 operational warheads, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, and the US has 2,200. Under a joint understanding signed this week, both countries will cut that by about a third within seven years.
  4. It's "lasagne". In an effort to improve relations with his ministers, Mr Brown is reportedly hosting friendly chats over home-cooked meals.
  5. The fourth plinth protester is against smoking in films. Click NEXT to see his placard.
  6. Cocker said: "He invented the moonwalk, didn't he?" when asked "Do you think he was a genius?" Meanwhile, a public memorial service was held in Los Angeles for Michael Jackson on Tuesday.
  7. Rapamycin is taken from Easter Island's Polynesian name - Rapa Nui.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Miss Wasilla

4 - 6 : Miss Congeniality

7 - 7 : Miss Universe

Click here to enter the Weekly Bonus question.

Alexander Armstrong

Fans of the 7 days 7 questions quiz may like to know there is now a short, web-only version of Have I Got News For You, hosted by Alexander Armstrong, on the BBC Comedy page .

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