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Think You’re Smarter Than David Weigel? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.

Think You’re Smarter Than David Weigel? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.

Test your knowledge of the week’s news.
Jan. 9 2014 11:44 PM

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Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.

Every Friday I’ll be testing your knowledge with 12 challenging questions on the week’s news events, big and small, including happenings in science, sports, politics, and culture both high and low. The questions are multiple-choice, and time is of the essence: You have 30 seconds to answer, and as the seconds tick away, the question’s point value drops from 50 all the way down to zero, so you’ll want to click on your answer as fast as you possibly can. There’s no penalty for an incorrect answer, so feel free to take a guess if your puny human brain fails you.

At the end of the quiz, you’ll be able to compare your score with that of the average contestant, as well as with the score of a Slatester whom I’ve talked into taking the quiz on the record. This week’s contestant is Slate political reporter David Weigel.


Think you can ace my quiz and beat Weigel? Good luck!

The Slate Quiz with quizmaster Ken Jennings

Grease is the word! In Australia this week, a naked man was trapped inside his top-load washing machine for 20 minutes when he hid there to scare his girlfriend. Firefighters removed him by lubing him up with olive oil. Meanwhile, in the (much chillier) Northern Hemisphere, U.S. butter sales hit a 40-year high. Beware: Some of the questions on this week's Slate News Quiz are just as slippery.

Question 1 of 12

On Wednesday, which of these news stories proved a substantial setback for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie?

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," a top Christie aide wrote in an email, after the borough's mayor refused to endorse the governor during last year's re-election campaign.

Question 2 of 12

During the past week, which city has been taken over by ISIS, an Islamist militant group affiliated with al-Qaida?

Question 3 of 12

Which of these was not one of the surprising results of the "polar vortex" over the Midwest this week?

Question 4 of 12

A town council member in Indian Trail, N.C., made national headlines by submitting his resignation how?

"Chaq DaHjaj QaQ jaj paj," wrote David Waddell. As you probably know, this is Klingon for "Perhaps today is a good day to resign."

Question 5 of 12

According to a new book, President Obama was "skeptical" about what, "if not outright convinced it would fail"?

The book is Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Question 6 of 12

After a fatal shark attack in November, Western Australia has fought back by doing what to 338 sharks?

The sharks each wear an acoustic transmitter, set up to tweet followers when one gets within half a mile of the beach.

Question 7 of 12

What song did Dennis Rodman sing to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Wednesday?

Rodman is back in North Korea with a group of fellow former NBA players to celebrate his "good friend" Kim's birthday.

Question 8 of 12

A Harvard professor says he can use valprioc acid, a mood-stabilizing drug, to create what condition in subjects?

"It's quite remarkable since there are no known reports of adults acquiring absolute pitch," says biologist Takao Hensch.

Question 9 of 12

This week, the Obama administration released the first federal guidelines aimed at reducing racial disparities in treatment of whom?

"Students of color ... are disproportionately impacted" by suspensions and expulsions, wrote the Justice Department about the recommendations.

Question 10 of 12

In a canny marketing move, burritos are now being sold from where?

The Burrito Box is a Redbox-like innovation currently popping up at gas stations in West Hollywood and Century City.

Question 11 of 12

In which country was a court summons extended to Princess Cristina on Tuesday in an ongoing embezzlement and money-laundering investigation?

Cristina's husband, retired handball player Inaki Urdangarin, has faced fraud charges for several years, but this marks the first time the princess herself has become a formal suspect.

Question 12 of 12

Gwen Goodwin has filed a million-dollar lawsuit against her rival for a New York City Council seat, claiming that Melissa Mark-Viverito won her primary using what underhanded means?

Goodwin blames Mark-Viverito for a mural of a decapitated chicken that appeared on her apartment building, claiming that headless chickens represent "a curse and a death threat" in Caribbean culture.

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A teachers' strike

A collapse in budget talks

A traffic scandal

Kraft's Velveeta shortage

Aleppo, Syria

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Kano, Nigeria

Fallujah, Iraq

Polar bears in Chicago zoos had to stay indoors

Underground "frostquakes" rocked Canada

At least three dogs froze to the trees on which they were peeing

An escaped convict asked to be returned to his Kentucky cell

As an operatic aria

In Klingon

While dressed as Robin Hood

In skywriting

The troop surge in Afghanistan

The auto bailout

The Bin Laden raid

The Affordable Care Act

Fattening them up

Painting their dorsal fins hot pink

Making them scared of people

Putting them on Twitter

"Happy Birthday to You"

"The Star-Spangled Banner"

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

"What Makes You Beautiful"


Perfect pitch

Immunity to mosquitoes

Male lactation

Prison inmates

High-school students

Hospital patients

Mitt Romney's grandchildren

Los Angeles vending machines drones

Ice-cream trucks in the frigid Midwest

Colorado marijuana stores




The Netherlands

Loud dubstep music

Trained rats

Stealing her campaign bikes

A voodoo curse


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