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Quiz of the week's news


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


Whose smile, immortalised in a new waxwork? Have a good hard look at the picture, then click NEXT for four options.

Waxwork smile - Cavendish photo

1.) Multiple Choice Question

It's been likened to all these men, but is it...

Blair, Obama, Simpson and Jackson
  1. Tony Blair
  2. Barack Obama
  3. OJ Simpson
  4. Joe Jackson


It's Barack Obama, the latest tourist draw added to the Lancashire seaside town. Click NEXT to continue.

Obama - Cavendish photo


But wait, there's more. The French have joined in the fun, with their own Obama waxwork, pictured here alongside a wax Sarkozy. Click NEXT to continue.

Obama and Sarkozy waxwork

2.) Multiple Choice Question

After stepping on to the Moon for the first time 40 years ago, how long did Armstrong and Aldrin spend outside the landing module walking about and collecting rocks?

On the Moon
  1. 97 minutes
  2. Two hours and 31 minutes
  3. Three hours and 14 minutes
  4. Five hours and two minutes

3.) Missing Word Question

* warning over tomato plants

  1. Asthma
  2. Asbo
  3. Aphid

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"It's chicken feed," says Boris Johnson of his £250,000 salary to write a weekly newspaper column. How many 5kg bags of ACTUAL chicken-feed could he buy with that?

  1. About 82,100
  2. About 68,300
  3. About 41,600

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"Laddish" - one assessment of Gordon Brown's administration by his female colleagues this week. And also what?

Ed Balls and Gordon Brown
  1. "Prudent"
  2. "Pusillanimous"
  3. "Presbyterian"
  4. "Puerile"

6.) Multiple Choice Question

$23,148,855,308,184,500 - a US shopper was erroneously charged this for a pack of cigarettes. How much did his bank charge in overdraft fees?

  1. $15
  2. $150
  3. $1,500
  4. 15% of the transaction

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, the weird animal question. New research shows cats use a special purr to wangle food from their owners. It incorporates a whiney cry, which has the same frequency as what?

Toy cat that purrs
  1. Fingernails on blackboard
  2. Door squeaking
  3. Kitten mewing
  4. Baby crying


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 FOX OR A DOG. Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. It's Barack Obama at Louis Tussaud's Waxworks in Blackpool. Click NEXT to see the waxwork in its full glory.
  2. They spent two and a half hours pottering about. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent a total of 21 hours on the Moon, including a seven-hour rest.
  3. It's "Asbo" - a Welsh grandmother growing two tomato plants in the entrance foyer of her council flat has been given a warning about her "anti-social behaviour".
  4. Boris Johnson could, if he wished, buy about 41,666 5kg bags at £6 each from a major pet supplies firm.
  5. It's Presbyterian. Patricia Hewitt says he fosters a "laddish" culture in his inner circle, adding that "He's Presbyterian, he's very, very serious..." to explain why she thinks he seems less comfortable around women.
  6. Josh Muszynski says he was charged $15 for being $23 quadrillion overdrawn. That's 2,000 times the US national debt. The transaction has since been corrected, and the $15 fee refunded.
  7. It's a similar frequency to a baby's cry, embedded in a lower frequency contented purr, says a researcher at the University of Sussex; a researcher who is woken every morning by her own cat.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Mee-OW

4 - 6 : Feline fine

7 - 7 : Purr-fect

Click here to enter the Weekly Bonus question.

For a complete archive of past quizzes and our weekly news quiz, 7 days 7 questions, visit the Magazine page and scroll down. You can also do this quiz on your mobile device.

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