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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

Who has been described as adding a "new dynamic" on their debut?

Sarah, Moira, Victoria and David
  1. Sarah Palin, new commentator on Fox News
  2. David Beckham, on loan to AC Milan
  3. Moira Stuart, on Chris Evans's breakfast show
  4. Victoria Beckham, new judge on American Idol

2.) Multiple Choice Question

At just 5ft (1.5m), Pc Robin Port is thought to be the UK's shortest police officer. Before height restrictions were lifted, what was the minimum for most forces?

Smallest police officer, with a 6ft cop
  1. 5ft 8 for men, 5ft 4 for women
  2. 5ft 10 for men, 5ft 6 for women
  3. 5ft 6 for men, 5ft 2 for women

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Google has threatened to pull out of China unless the authorities stop censorship of its search engine. Worldwide, Google is the market leader, but in China, it is a distant second to which local search engine?

Google's sign in China
  1. Soso
  2. Baidu
  3. Taobao

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Meanwhile, China has become the world's biggest exporter, according to figures released by its state media. Which country has it overtaken?

Car plant
  1. Germany
  2. United States
  3. Japan

5.) Missing Word Question

Too much snow closes *

  1. schools
  2. ski centre
  3. fridge factory

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Alastair Campbell didn't spare the horses when giving evidence to the Iraq inquiry, criticising those he had little truck with. Who did he describe as "glib"?

  1. Sir Christopher Meyer
  2. Clare Short
  3. Donald Rumsfeld
  4. The French

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally 1980s pop star Shakin' Stevens has been fined £300 after being found guilty of assaulting a photographer. What's the singer's real name?

Shakin' Stevens
  1. Stephen Stevens
  2. Hugo McNeice
  3. Michael Barratt


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 "CHAOS AND JOY IN PUBLIC PLACES". Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. It's Victoria, says Billboard's Monica Herrera. Meanwhile, Evans welcomed newsreader Stuart to his new Radio 2 show with three cheers. Fox has signed up Sarah Palin to provide news analysis. And David Beckham is on loan to the Italian club.
  2. The minimum for most forces was 5ft 8 for men, 5ft 4 for women, says the Police Federation. In Devon and Cornwall, where Pc Robin Port works after serving in the Army, it used to be 5ft 9 for men. He says he's heard all the jokes, including Laptop, for small Pc.
  3. The leading search engine in China is Baidu, with a 71.3% market share - is second on 15.1% and third is Soso with 5.9%. Worldwide, 67.5% of web users search with Google.
  4. It's Germany. News agency Xinhua said exports in 2009 measured $1.2tn, which would suggest China has overtaken Germany, although that will not be confirmed until February.
  5. It's ski centre - a huge dump of snow from a two-day blizzard has closed the Cairngorm Mountain ski centre in the Highlands, and snow blowers have been brought in to clear the approach road and the slopes.
  6. It's Sir Christopher Meyer, the UK's then ambassador to the US. Campbell said: "I think Chris Meyer was really glib about the transatlantic relationship." He added that Short could not be trusted, while Rumsfeld was insensitive.
  7. It's Michael Barratt. Hugo McNeice is the man who took Shaky to court, saying he pushed a microphone stand into his camera, breaking the lens. The singer denied the charges.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Behind the green door

4 - 6 : And they play it hot

7 - 7 : There's an old piano

Click here to enter the Weekly Bonus question.

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