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Quiz of the week's news


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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which has been named colour of the year by colour specialists Pantone?

Mimosa, turquoise, blue iris and chili pepper
  1. Mimosa
  2. Turquoise
  3. Blue Iris
  4. Chili Pepper

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Artist Richard Wright this week won the UK's most prestigious art gong, the Turner prize. What inspired his fresco in gold leaf?

Richard Wright and his winning work
  1. Going to the seaside as a child
  2. Visiting the Tate as a student
  3. A local curry house

3.) Missing Word Question

''We need not more people looking round more * "

  1. corners
  2. thoroughly
  3. properties


''Perhaps we need not more people looking round more corners but the same people looking round more corners more thoroughly to avoid the small things detracting from the big things the Prime Minister is getting right.'' The statement earned Lord Mandelson the Plain English Campaign Foot in Mouth award.

Peter Mandelson

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The UN Climate Change Conference is under way in Copenhagen. It's also known as COP15, but what does COP stand for?

Copenhagen delegates
  1. Copenhagen Official Plenary
  2. Carbon Dioxide Prevention
  3. Conference of the Parties

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Chancellor Alistair Darling's increase in child benefit was criticised after it emerged the hike would only last a year. Currently, how much is child benefit per week for a first child?

Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown
  1. £13.20
  2. £13.40
  3. £20
  4. £20.20

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which is the odd one out?

  1. X-Men director Bryan Singer
    Bryan Singer
  2. FCUK branding man Trevor Beattie
    Trevor Beattie
  3. Ex-Dallas star Victoria Principal
    Victoria Principal
  4. Physicist Stephen Hawking
    Stephen Hawking

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Swindon, seen here in moody black and white, made the news for being twinned with Disney World in a publicity-grabbing initiative. But which of the following locations is it not twinned with?

Swindon as it was in 1949
  1. Ocotal, Nicaragua
  2. Saltzgitter, Germany
  3. Torun, Poland
  4. Obergurgl, Austria


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 "MIGRAINE-INDUCING BACKDROP OF FLICKERING RAINBOW COLOURS". Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. It's number two, turquoise, a hue which "inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters" and is "believed to be a protective talisman in many cultures", says Pantone. Mimosa was its colour of 2009, Blue Iris 2008 and Chili Pepper 2007.
  2. It's visiting the then Tate Gallery as a student. He would get the overnight bus from Scotland to London for just one day and then return.
  3. It's corners, but that's not even half the quote. Click NEXT to read it all.
  4. It's Conference of the Parties - the parties being countries which have signed up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The parties have met annually from 1995 (hence 15) in Conferences of the Parties (COP).
  5. It's £20 for a first child, £13.20 for other children. These will rise, for 12 months, to £20.20 and £13.40.
  6. It's Victoria Principal. The others have all signed up for a flight to the edge of space on Richard Branson's newly unveiled "spacecraft" the VSS Enterprise. Principal merely attended the launch on Tuesday.
  7. It's the ski resort of Obergurgl. All the rest have the honour of being linked with Swindon.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Houston, we have a problem

4 - 6 : T minus 20

7 - 7 : Lift-off

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