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Quiz of the week's news

7 days 7 questions

Welcome to 7 days 7 questions - the Magazine's quiz of the week's news. If this isn't enough brain exercise, there's also our Daily Mini-Quiz, every weekday on the Magazine home page.

7 days quiz

1.) Multiple Choice Question

'Tis the year of the Beijing Olympics. What do the names of the mascots run together - Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni - mean?

Beijing mascots
  1. Beijing welcomes you
  2. New Beijing, great Olympics
  3. Light the fire within
  4. Share the spirit

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The first step towards a new US president is the Iowa caucus on Thursday. How is a caucus different to a primary in picking preferred candidates from the two main parties?

Barack Obama campaigning in Iowa
  1. Caucus is a state-wide vote; primary involves public meetings
  2. Caucus involves public meetings; primary is a state-wide vote

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Who has admitted to "weak moments"?

  1. Benazir Bhutto's 19-year-old son Bilawal, who will take over her Pakistan People's Party
    Bilawal Bhutto Zadari
  2. Rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio, who plans to end his playing career at the end of this season
    Lawrence Dallaglio
  3. JK Rowling, who said she's been tempted to pen an eighth Harry Potter book
    JK Rowling

4.) Multiple Choice Question

This 27m-long object was washed up on a Scottish beach, known as Stinky Bay. What is it?

Mystery object on beach
  1. Industrial conrete mixing tank
  2. Jettisoned stage from a Chinese space rocket
  3. Beer fermentation tank

5.) Missing Word Question

Branson tells strikers to *

  1. return
  2. resign
  3. retreat

6.) Multiple Choice Question

What is/are parachute knickers?

  1. David Letterman's company, which struck a deal with striking script writers
  2. Jenny Marsey's pants, used to put out a frying pan fire
  3. FBI's codename for re-opened 1971 case of hi-jacker who leapt from a plane with $200,000


And here, for the curious, are Jenny Marsey's "parachute knickers".

Big knickers

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The coming week marks the anniversary of the following three stories: Bin Laden appears in public at his son's wedding; the Post Office changes its name to Consignia; Sven-Goran Eriksson starts as England boss. In what year did they happen?

Osama Bin Laden, post box, Sven-Goran Eriksson
  1. 2000
  2. 2001
  3. 2002


  1. It's "Beijing welcomes you", which replaced "New Beijing, Great Olympics" as the official slogan of the games. "Light the fire within" was for 2002's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and "Share the spirit" was Sydney's in 2000.
  2. Caucuses pick a state's preferred candidate through public meetings. But most use primaries, state-wide votes to select candidates.
  3. It's JK, who on Sunday said while she won't rule out writing another wizarding book, she's unlikely to do so within 10 years. Bilawal stepped into his mother's shoes on Sunday. And Lawrence announced on Thursday that, having ended his international career, he will no longer play for Wasps.
  4. It's the beer fermentation tank. The object provoked some head scratching from passers-by until it was noticed on Monday that it contained the name of the US brewing giant Coors.
  5. It's resign. Sir Richard Branson instructed 4,800 Virgin Atlantic staff threatening to strike over a wage deal to consider working elsewhere.
  6. It's Jenny Marsey's name for her size 18-20 fireblanket knickers. David Letterman's production company is called Worldwide Pants. The FBI has re-opened the case of "DB Cooper" which remains the US's only unresolved case of skyjacking.
  7. It's 2001.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Is this the Enodis?

4 - 5 : Somewhere in the Centrica

6 - 7 : Corus of approval

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