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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.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

One of these apologies is from Tiger Woods over allegations of infidelity. But which one?

Tiger Woods
  1. "I conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family"
  2. "I am far short of perfect"
  3. "She has been horribly hurt by my behaviour"
  4. "I misled people, including even my wife"

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Been wet enough for you? Last month was the wettest November since records began in 1914 in three of the four nations in the UK. In which WASN'T it the wettest?

Car driving through a puddle
  1. Northern Ireland
  2. Scotland
  3. Wales
  4. England

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Free at last, the five British sailors held by Iran after drifting into their waters. What's the name of the island on which they were detained?

Sailors freed by Iran
  1. Sissi
  2. Sirri
  3. Sufi

4.) Missing Word Question

Australia winner's name for 2010s is *

  1. 'Tenners'
  2. 'Decnos'
  3. 'One-ders'

5.) Multiple Choice Question

You've met one glamorous Hollywood actress, you've met them all... Gordon Brown thanked "Renee Witherspoon" for coming to the Palace of Westminster to campaign against domestic violence. Who was it really?

Renee and Reese
  1. Renee Zellweger
  2. Reese Witherspoon

6.) Multiple Choice Question

What came between Stephen Gately and Spotify?

Stephen Gately
  1. Royalties
  2. Bing
  3. Boyzone

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy is auctioning off the Olivetti typewriter he has used for 46 years. What will he use from now on?

Cormac's typewriter
  1. A dictaphone
  2. Another typewriter
  3. An iMac
  4. A PC


Now, before you get your results, it's 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 "A 5p TOLL". Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. It's "I am far short of perfect" and the golfer also apologised to his family for his "transgressions". Of the others, apology 1 is from US presidential hopeful John Edwards; apology 3 is David Letterman; and apology 4 is Bill Clinton.
  2. It's Wales - 2009 was its second wettest November. And for the UK as a whole, 2009 tops the list of wet Novembers.
  3. It's Sirri, an island about 100km off Dubai. The five-man crew was held in the Revolutionary Guards' messroom. Sufi, meanwhile is a follower of Sufism, which is Islamic mysticism.
  4. It's One-ders, which won a competition run by an Australian news website to find a name for the next decade. Not that there's any agreement about what to call THIS decade yet - noughties, naughties, OOs...
  5. It's Reese Witherspoon, who as Avon Global Ambassador visited Parliament to support the cosmetic giant's campaign to help abused women. After messing up her name, Mr Brown praised her moving words at director Anthony Minghella's funeral... but that was Renee, not Reese.
  6. It's Bing. These were Google UK's top three most-searched-for terms of 2009. Yes, the second most popular thing to search for on Google was Bing, the competing search engine from Microsoft.
  7. McCarthy will get himself another Olivetti. The author of The Road and No Country For Old Men is selling his old one, pictured above, for charity because it no longer works very well.

Your Score

0 - 3 : May I pay by card?

4 - 6 : Can you break a tenner?

7 - 7 : A 5p toll? Keep the change

Click here to enter the Weekly Bonus question.

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