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Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Lunchtime crumbs: Social news quiz edition (#wpnewsquiz)


Japan: Most talked-about story this week. (Screengrab - Washington Post)
Working through lunch? Try feeding your brain. Introducing #wpnewsquiz, a bite-size roundup of the week’s most talked-about (read: Facebook-and-Twitter-friendly) news stories. It’s simple: Take a look at the five questions below and find answers after the jump:

Question 1: How many reactors are at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan? (+ 10 points)

Question 2: Who said this about America? “We’re broke, broke going on bankrupt.” (+ 10 points)

Question 3: Pepsi-Cola was ousted from its No. 2 spot as America’s favorite soft drink. Which beverage is now runner-up? (+ 5 points)

Question 4: What’s the chunk of change recently being tussled over by NFL owners? (+ 5 points)

Question 5: How many Secret Service agents come along with President Obama and the first lady when they dine out? (+ 5 points)

Answer 1: There are six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. As recently as Thursday, helicopters and high-pressure hoses were hurling about 65 tons of water at the spent fuel pool of the unit 3 reactor.

#Wpnewsquiz Answer 1: There are six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. @APKotter had first correct answer: http://wapo.st/f7WSvgless than a minute ago via HootSuite

Answer 2: House Speaker John Boehner said, “we’re broke, broke going on bankrupt” in a Feb. 28 Nashville speech. But what if we’re not broke?

#Wpnewsquiz Answer 2: @SpeakerBoehner said, "we're broke, broke going on bankrupt" @ludomaster was correct first. http://wapo.st/f7WSvgless than a minute ago via HootSuite

Answer 3: Diet Coke knocked Pepsi out of the second-place spot. In the minds (and bellies) of Americans, Coca-Cola products are now both winner and runner-up — regular Coke is the long-running undisputed champion.

Answer 3: Diet Coke knocked Pepsi out of the second-place spot. @Miguelrios answered correctly first. http://wapo.st/e7USkr // 2 more to go!less than a minute ago via HootSuite

Answer 4: NFL owners have decided they can’t live on $9.3 billion. A question from columnist Sally Jenkins: Do owners have a right to cancel next season, padlocking stadiums that taxpayers helped pay for?

#Wpnewsquiz Answer 4: NFL owners have decided they can't live with $9.3 billion. @mabaeyens had it correct first http://wapo.st/e7USkrless than a minute ago via HootSuite

Answer 5: When the first couple goes out on the town, a fleet of 20 to 30 Secret Service agents come along for the ride. For local restaurateurs, the situation doesn’t sound like quite the logistical nightmare you’d expect. “It was very easy. They were very kind and thorough and walked the restaurant with me without anyone really knowing,” the Source general manager Rikka Johnson explains.

#Wpnewsquiz Answer 5: A fleet of 20 to 30 Secret Service agents come along for the ride. @samdman95 had it. http://wapo.st/e7USkrless than a minute ago via HootSuite

So, how’d you do?

We'll be asking these questions on Twitter and watching for responses. Tell @washingtonpost your score, add a thought about this week's #wpnewsquiz and we'll post some responses back into this blog.

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