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Take a shot at the news quiz

We at Spin Control like to think our readers are better than average when it comes to following the news.

This comes not from any scientific readership survey, but from reader comments that point out any mistakes we make, details we overlook or alternate interpretations we should consider.

So we think you might do well a That's News to You, the newspaper's weekly news quiz. For those not familiar with the quiz, here's how it works:

You can take the online version of the quiz any time from Sunday  morning until 5:59 a.m. Friday. There's also a newspaper version of the quiz in Sunday morning's paper. The newspaper version has five questions, the online version has 10. The top entries in the online version -- which almost every week are the ones that go 10 for 10 because the questions aren't that hard -- go into a weekly drawing for a $50 gift card at the Davenport Hotel. All of the entries, even the ones that go 0 for 10, go into a separate drawing for the week's other giveaway, which this week is freemovie tickets.

If you're wondering what your chances are to go 10 for 10 and have a shot at both prizes, this week they look pretty good. More than 20 people had perfect scores last night.

Now here's something many online-only readers don't know. Some of the newspaper questions are repeated in the online version of the quiz. So if you take the newspaper quiz first (which you are scoring yourself, so no one else knows how well or poorly you did) you have a leg up on the online readers who didn't.

And here's something some online readers may not realize: You can read the newspaper version of the quiz online, just like you can see all the other stories from that day's paper and find it in the archives.  

How do we at Spin Control know all this insider information about That's News to You? Because most weeks, we put the quiz together. We can't just give you the answers, but we can make sure you know how to play the game.




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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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