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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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which is the odd one out?

Odd one out
  1. Guy Ritchie
  2. A duck house
  3. Katie Price
  4. Alistair Darling


Campaign group Vote for a Change created a replica of Sir Peter Viggers' duck house - which he had claimed on MP expenses - and floated it down the Thames (left). It was later set light to, a little, and extinguished (right).

Duck house

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What's the significance of Brumplum?

  1. Internet bank that will be hived off from Northern Rock for private sale
    Northern Rock
  2. Codename of mercenary Simon Mann in Equatorial Guinea coup plot
    Simon Mann
  3. Tweeter who "convinced" Stephen Fry to briefly quit Twitter
    Stephen Fry

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Professor David Nutt was sacked as head of the government's Drugs Misuse Advisory Council after highlighting the risks of equasy. What's equasy?

Prof David Nutt
  1. Equine addiction syndrome
  2. A natural form of ecstasy
  3. Equating soft drugs with alcohol

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Renowned French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, who has died at 100, was a leading exponent of structuralism. Which of the following is a suitable definition?

  1. Understanding the nature of complex things by reducing them to the interactions of their parts
  2. Each human individual is unique as distinguished from abstract universal human qualities
  3. To see something you have to put it in a system of other things that define it


M Levi-Strauss applied the structural approach pioneered by linguistics to anthropology, arguing that family relations and belief systems are best analysed as complex sets of interrelated parts. Obvious really.

Claude Levi-Strauss

5.) Multiple Choice Question

X Factor twins John and Edward Grimes - Jedward - have divided audiences. But which of the following praised the duo?

The Rooneys
  1. Gordon Brown
  2. Madam Fu - Chinese ambassador to London
  3. Simon Cowell

6.) Missing Word Question

...but that my * would not fall off"

  1. hairpiece
  2. Head band
  3. earring


Agassi with his trademark early 90s mullet hair-do - and 20 well-hidden clips - at the Paris final in 1990.

Andre Agassi

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Actor Lou Ferrigno (left), who played the Incredible Hulk, celebrates his birthday on Monday. Was he born before or after his character's first appearance in Marvel Comics?

Lou Ferrigno
  1. Before
  2. After
  3. Same day


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 "UNCANNY VALLEY". Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. It's Guy Ritchie - effigies of the others were all due to be burned for this year's Guy Fawkes celebrations. An effigy of glamour model Price, aka Jordan, will be set alight by the Edenbridge Bonfire Society in Kent - last year it was Jonathan Ross - while a mock Darling was set to be incinerated at an event in Lewes, East Sussex.
  2. It's Fry's nemesis, who said the TV personality's tweets had become "boring". Fry responded saying "BrumPlum you've convinced me. I'm obviously not good enough. I retire from Twitter henceforward. Bye everyone."
  3. It's equine addiction syndrome - a condition named by Prof Nutt himself, and shortened to equasy, as part of his comparison between the relative dangers of horse riding and smoking cannabis.
  4. It's the last one - the theory that to see something, you have to put it in a system of other things that define it. The first option is reductionism, the second existentialism.
  5. It's Madam Fu, who wrote to the Sun to quash reports she was upset by the commotion outside the X Factor house, which is next door to her official residence. Brown has said he does not rate the twins and Cowell has said if they win he will leave the country. Madam Fu praised their "determination and spirit in the face of a lot of criticism".
  6. It's hairpiece. Agassi reveals in his book how his wig fell apart in the shower the night before the 1990 French Open final. He and his brother put it back together with about 20 clips.
  7. It's before. Ferrigno was born on 9 November 1951 and will be 58 on Monday. The Hulk was "born" in May 1962.

Your Score

0 - 3 : ...when I'm angry

4 - 6 : You wouldn't like me...

7 - 7 : Don't make me angry

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