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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

Well it's goodbye from him. Jonathan Ross is leaving the BBC after 13 years. He famously pronounces "R" as "W". Which of these terms is used to describe that?

Jonathan Ross gets the teas in
  1. Rhotacism
  2. Lambdacism
  3. Frontal lisp

2.) Multiple Choice Question

It's been as cold - if not colder than - the inside of your freezer in parts of the UK during this cold snap. So what IS the recommended temperature for a domestic freezer?

Snow in Scotland
  1. -10
  2. -15
  3. -18
  4. -20

3.) Multiple Choice Question

"On some level it's quite puerile - it's almost childish." What?

  1. Ryanair, for the fees it slaps on card payments
  2. Calling 999 to report snowballs being thrown
  3. Gordon Brown's supporters on attempts to force a secret leadership ballot
    Gordon Brown

4.) Multiple Choice Question

2012 will bring an extra bank holiday and royal borough status for Greenwich, south-east London, to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Excluding Greenwich, how many royal boroughs are there currently?

Queen Elizabeth
  1. Three
  2. Four
  3. Six

5.) Missing Word Question

Mona Lisa 'had * '

  1. rickets
  2. high cholesterol
  3. no teeth

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Comedian Russell Brand and singer Katy Perry are engaged after he popped the question while on holiday in India. How long have the pair been dating?

Brand and Perry
  1. Two months
  2. Four months
  3. Six months
  4. A year

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, the New Year's Eve party at England's highest pub went on longer than expected. For three nights, The Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire was snowed in. Supplies of what ran low?

Tan Hill Inn
  1. Whisky
  2. Crisps
  3. Real ale
  4. Champagne


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 "49,000 YEARS TO READ OUT". Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. It's "rhotacism". Lambdacism is a speech disorder of the L-sound; and a frontal lisp is when "S" and "Z" come out as "Th".
  2. It's -18C (cold enough to freeze water and food, but not vodka). In Oxfordshire it reached -17C overnight, and -20C in parts of Scotland.
  3. It's Ryanair, which slaps a £5 fee, per person per flight, on all but one type of card payment. For a family-of-four booking return flights that's an extra £40. Meanwhile, Staffordshire police told residents to stop calling 999 about snowballs. And former frontbenchers Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt tried - and failed - to force a leadership ballot on Wednesday.
  4. There are three with the current legal right to the title "royal borough" - Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston-upon-Thames, and Windsor and Maidenhead.
  5. It's high cholesterol, indicated by the build-up of fatty acids around her left eye socket, says an Italian academic studying works of the Old Masters for signs of illness in their sitters.
  6. Brand and Perry have been an item for about four months, since September. He texted the Sun newspaper to confirm reports of their engagement: "It's true. Much love."
  7. It's real ale. The 33 stranded revellers had drunk all ales on tap except one, Black Sheep Riggwelter, by the time the snowploughs cleared the road home.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Snow joke

4 - 6 : Frozen out

7 - 7 : Cool as ice

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