Play the Slate News Quiz, “London 2012” Edition

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July 27 2012 9:56 AM

The Slate News Quiz, “London 2012” Edition

Go for Olympic trivia gold with quizmaster Ken Jennings.

Ken Jennings
Ken Jennings is ready, are you?

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

Here’s how the quiz works. Every Friday I’ll test your knowledge with 12 challenging questions on the week’s news events, big and small. 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 to that of the average contestant, as well as to the score of a Slate staffer whom I’ve talked into taking the quiz on the record. This week’s contestant is Slate executive editor Josh Levin, who also happens to edit Slate’s sports and Olympics coverage.

Think you can ace my quiz, beat Levin, and achieve Olympics trivia glory? Good luck!

"Citius, altius, fortius" is the motto of the Olympic Games: "Faster, higher, stronger!" Acing this week's quiz won't earn you a gold medal, a Nike ad, or an interview with Bob Costas. But you just might feel "citius, altius, callidius" (faster, higher, smarter) once you're done.

Question 1 of 12

London is hosting its record third summer Olympics. What three cities have hosted twice?

Question 2 of 12

The 4,700 medals that will be awarded at the London games are currently being held for safekeeping where?

"To the athletes ... they are as precious as the Crown Jewels, so it is fitting that they should be stored for safekeeping in the same iconic location," said a spokesperson.

Question 3 of 12

Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi of Malaysia will be facing what added distraction when she represents Malaysia in the air rifle event in London?

Question 4 of 12

London organizers approached which of these men to perform at the Olympic ceremonies, seemingly unaware that he'd been dead for decades?

"I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green Crematorium," The Who's manager said of their late drummer.

Question 5 of 12

The New York Times reported this week that 1980s medalist Chris Jacobs was the U.S. swimmer who began what trend, which has now swept almost the entire national team?

"Americans who forgo the rings tattoo these days walk the pool deck feeling practically naked," writes the New York Times.

Question 6 of 12

The lesser-known "Hipster Olympics" were held last week in Berlin. Which of these was not a medal event?

Question 7 of 12

What summer Olympian was the first woman athlete to get her own Wheaties box cover?

Question 8 of 12

Kobe Bryant will be going for his second gold medal in London, but the sheepdog, "Cobi," was the mascot of which Olympics?

Question 9 of 12

An Olympic gold medal is, by weight, 99 percent composed of what?

The "gold" medal is actually 550 grams of silver plated with just 6 grams of gold.

Question 10 of 12

The top-ranked archer in the world, America's Brady Ellison, was until recently well-known for his habit of doing what while competing?

Ellison quit tobacco in preparation for the London games. "It's not exactly the healthiest habit," he says.

Question 11 of 12

At the 2008 games in Beijing, the New Zealand field hockey team was threatened with disqualification for what unlikely violation?

Field hockey rules state that players' underwear must match their shorts, and the New Zealand team didn't have white briefs to match their alternate colors.

Question 12 of 12

The modern marathon is a rather odd length: 26 miles and 385 yards. Why were the additional 385 yards added at the 1908 London Olympics?

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Week of July 27, 2012
Athens, Paris, Los Angeles
Athens, Berlin, Moscow
Athens, Rome, Stockholm
Athens, Amsterdam, Sydney
The Lloyd's of London vault
Scotland Yard
The Tower of London
221B Baker Street
She is eight months pregnant.
She only has one leg.
She was recently elected prime minister of Malaysia.
She's competing against her own mother.
John Lennon
Sir Laurence Olivier
Keith Moon
Benny Hill
Shaving all their body hair
Getting a tattoo of the Olympic rings
Wearing their U.S. team uniforms inside out
Peeing in the pool
Bubble tea speed drinking
The horn-rimmed glasses throw
The Decemberists lyrics-off
The cloth tote sack race
Wilma Rudolph
Janet Evans
Florence Griffith Joyner
Mary Lou Retton
Seoul
Barcelona
Sydney
Athens
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Rich artisanal chocolate
Beatboxing
Wearing a cowboy hat
Closing his eyes
Chewing tobacco
Wearing the wrong color underwear
Hitchhiking
Having a dog on the sidelines
Conducting a press conference in German
To break a tie following a dramatic finish-line scuffle
To commemorate the 385th anniversary of the Church of England
So that organizers could claim "the longest Olympic race ever"
So the marathon would end right at the queen's royal box

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Ken Jennings is a 74-time Jeopardy! winner and is the author of six books, most recently the Junior Genius Guides.

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