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Quiz of the week's news

7 days 7 questions

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

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Michael Sheen - aka Brian Clough in new film The Damned United - has played Tony Blair twice. But which of these actors HASN'T had a crack at playing the ex-PM?

Ioan, Damian, David and Hugh
  1. Ioan Gruffudd
  2. Damian Lewis
  3. David Tennant
  4. Hugh Grant

2.) Multiple Choice Question

On Tuesday the Pope said distributing condoms "aggravates the problems" of Aids in Africa. Stung by the global reaction, the Holy See altered his remarks. To what?

Pope in Africa
  1. "risked aggravating..."
  2. "may aggravate..."
  3. Removed reference to aggravated problems

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Barack Obama mock-coughs in anger over executive bonuses paid at AIG after its bail-out by taxpayers. What does AIG stand for?

Barack Obama
  1. Initials of its founders
  2. American International Group
  3. Assured Insurance Group

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"This is like the captain and the crew of the ship reserving the lifeboats, saying to hell with the passengers." What is?

Panic in lifeboat at Titanic screening
  1. AIG executives taking the aforementioned bonuses
  2. Ex-RBS boss Sir Fred Goodwin taking lump sum from his hefty pension
  3. City minister Lord Myners asking too few questions about said pension

5.) Missing Word Question

Banks concerned over * riot

  1. pension
  2. bonus
  3. model

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Fifty years ago Tibet's spiritual leader fled the country. Dalai Lama is his title, what's his birth name?

Tibetans protest
  1. Tenzin Gyatso
  2. Yeshi Norbu
  3. Lhamo Thondup

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, shoehorning St Patrick's Day into the chief medical officer's call for alcohol to cost at least 50p a unit, how many units in a pint of Guinness?

Bob Geldof and Jose Manuel Barroso celebrate
  1. 2
  2. 2.3
  3. 3


  1. It's Hugh Grant - but even he played a Tony Blair-esque PM in Love Actually. Ioan Gruffudd took the role in W, David Tennant in TV's Deadringers and Damian Lewis in Confessions of a Diary Secretary.
  2. It added the word "risked" - as in condoms "risked aggravating the problems" - to the version on the Vatican website on Wednesday.
  3. It's American International Group. Founded in Shanghai by Cornelius Vander Starr, it sold personal insurance, but shifted into corporate coverage under Maurice R Greenberg in the 1960s.
  4. It's AIG. CEO Edward Liddy, who approved the payments, was asked this at Wednesday's Congressional hearing. "I take offence, sir," Mr Liddy replied. "Well, offence was intended," said Democrat Stephen Lynch. Meanwhile in the UK, MPs grilled Lord Myners over "Fred the Shred's" pension on Tuesday.
  5. It's model - because it's Tyra "America's Next Top Model" Banks worried about an unseemly scuffle at auditions for the latest series, not banks as in financial institutions.
  6. It's Lhamo Thondup. But he forfeited this when officially installed as spiritual leader, and instead took the name Tenzin Gyatso. Tibetans also refer to him as Yeshi Norbu (Wish-fulfilling Gem) and Kundun (the Presence) but these are not official names.
  7. A pint of the black stuff contains 2.3 units. The recommended daily allowance is two to three units for women, and three to four units for men.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Soda bread and butter

4 - 6 : Corned beef and cabbage

7 - 7 : Oysters and Guinness

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