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Quiz of the week's news

7 days 7 questions

It's the Magazine's 7 days 7 questions news quiz - a chance for you to test how much of the news you've read, watched and heard from the past week... and how much you remember.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Sarah Palin joined her most convincing mimic, Tina Fey, on Saturday Night Live. Which pair of photos are of the real vice-presidential hopeful?

Palin? Or Fey?
  1. 1 and 2
  2. 1 and 3
  3. 2 and 3
  4. 2 and 4


Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey as herself. She's a household name in the US, and her show 30 Rock has recently screened in the UK. But her mimicry of Sarah Palin has propelled her into the headlines. Click NEXT to continue.

Tina Fey at the Emmys

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The Queen K, on which shadow chancellor George Osborne was introduced to Russian squillionaire Oleg Deripaska but did not secure a donation. What is this type of boat correctly called?

The Queen K
  1. yacht
  2. mega-yacht
  3. super-yacht
  4. gin palace

3.) Missing Word Question

There's * no God

  1. definitely
  2. maybe
  3. probably

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Gordon Brown and Bank of England head Mervyn King both used the R word for the first time this week - RECESSION. The definition?

Unused estate agents' signs
  1. Two successive quarters of negative growth
  2. Rising prices and falling employment
  3. 10% decline in GDP

5.) Multiple Choice Question

And the pound has fallen against the US dollar. When was it last this weak against the greenback?

Pound and dollar
  1. Three years
  2. Five years
  3. Seven years
  4. 10 years

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists say the old wives' tale that one should chew everything 20 times might actually have some truth in it. Why?

  1. Saliva reduces number of calories in food
  2. Wolfing down food increases risk of obesity
  3. Chewing energetically burns additional calories

7.) Multiple Choice Question

"A twother of ale, barkeep." You may hear this in pubs and restaurants from next year. What does "twother" mean?

Real ale
  1. Half pint
  2. Two-third pint
  3. Twice pint (two pints)


  1. Pictures 1 and 2 are of Mrs Palin, 3 and 4 are Tina Fey, who bears a strong resemblance to the Alaskan governor. Click NEXT to see the comic as herself.
  2. It's correct designation is "super-yacht" - any recreational boat over 200ft (80m). And "gin palace" is a term given to 60s and 70s power boats.
  3. It reads "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life" - devised by the British Humanist Association. Christian Voice is not happy, but the Methodist Church thinks the posters will encourage people to think about the "deepest questions".
  4. The UK economy is defined as being in recession after two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. Results on Friday showed a 0.5% shrinkage in the last quarter; if the next also shrinks, that's a recession.
  5. It's at a five-year low, down to about $1.62 overnight on Tuesday - a big fall from recent heady days when £1 bought $2.
  6. Wolfing down meals may be enough to nearly double a person's risk of being overweight, Japanese research released on Wednesday suggests.
  7. It's a two-thirds pint - a twother in the UK, a schooner in Australia. Weights and measures are under review and among the proposals is to make it a standard measure in pubs and restaurants.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Half pint

4 - 6 : Twother

7 - 7 : Jeroboam

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