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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

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Pop royalty, every one. And each celebrates their 50th this year. Who is the youngest?

Pop acts in action
  1. Paul Weller
  2. Prince
  3. Madonna
  4. Michael Jackson

2.) Multiple Choice Question

After technical glitches at Longannet and Sizewell power stations, National Grid controllers asked the UK's biggest single user of electricity if supplies could be cut to ease demand. Who did they call?

Sizewell B in Suffolk
  1. Anglesey Aluminium
  2. ICI Runcorn
  3. London Underground

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The Phoenix space probe has landed on Mars. On board is a DVD for the delectation of possible Martian life. What's NOT included?

Mars, as seen from the probe
  1. William Shatner as a Mars Radio announcer
  2. War of the Worlds by HG Wells
  3. Greetings from the late Arthur C Clark

4.) Missing Word Question

BB * jibes are deemed fair

  1. 'stinky'
  2. 'racist'
  3. 'cheat'

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Plans to pump more North Sea oil have been announced by the government in a bid to ease prices. But what proportion of world oil production is the UK responsible for?

North Sea oil platform
  1. About 0.5%
  2. About 2%
  3. About 5%
  4. About 8%

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Russia's Eurovision victor, bolstered by votes from former Communist states. But which of these failed to give Dima Bilan's I Believe maximum points?

Russian singer Dima Bilan
  1. Poland
  2. Ukraine
  3. Armenia
  4. Belarus

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Bless. Anita and Frank Milford celebrating 80 years of wedded bliss. What symbolises this anniversary?

Anita and Frank Milford
  1. Diamond
  2. Oak
  3. Platinum
  4. Iron


  1. It's Michael Jackson, 50 on 29 August. Oldest is Paul Weller, who marked his 50th on Sunday. Prince's big day is on 7 June and Madonna hits the big 5-0 on 16 August.
  2. It's Anglesey Aluminium, which runs its smelters 24/7. Despite efforts to ease demand, blackouts hit homes, hospitals, trains and businesses across the country during the day on Tuesday.
  3. NOT included is William Shatner - it's Patrick Stewart who introduces the Mars Radio section of the DVD. Assuming the alien life forms have some means of playing the disc.
  4. It's "stinky". On Tuesday a contestant mocked by housemates who said she had body odour had her complaint against Channel 4 rejected. Dawn Blake took part in the show in 2006.
  5. It's just 2%, according to oil economist Professor Alex Kemp. The UK can make "a small positive effect," he said, "but they are not going to make any significant effect on the world oil price."
  6. Poland gave the Russian entry a comparatively paltry six points, compared with the full 12 bestowed by Ukraine, Armenia and Belarus. Moldova and Romania both gave 10, with the Eastern bloc rounded out with eight points from Georgia.
  7. It's oak. The Plymouth pair are thought to be the UK's longest-married couple, and marked their anniversary on Monday.

Your Score

0 - 3 : 'Til death us do part

4 - 6 : For worse

7 - 7 : For better

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