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Quiz of the week's news

Quiz of the week's news

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.

Graphic of number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Spanish banking giant Santander is to rebrand its major UK High Street brands - Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley. But, apart from a bank, what is Santander?

Santander sign
  1. The Spanish word for strength
  2. St Ander, patron saint of prudence
  3. A port in Spain


Santander is a port situated on the northern coast of Spain and is the main city in the Cantabria region. Geography lesson over.

Location map for Santander

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Glastonbury 2009 has been branded the year of "dinosaur rock" after the full line up was unveiled this week, featuring some of the biggest names in pop music? But which of these acts actually tops the bill in adverts?

Ageing pop stars
  1. Bruce Springsteen
  2. Blur
  3. Neil Young
  4. Diana Ross

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Manchester United lost the Champions League final in Rome, with Barcelona beating them 2-0. But what else did Wayne Rooney lose on the trip?

Wayne Rooney
  1. A crucifix given to him by his wife on their wedding day
  2. A specially-made pair of Nike T90 laser boots
  3. His mobile phone

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The RSPB has unveiled its latest "red list" of Britain's endangered bird species. Which variety here is the only one to feature on it?

  1. Stone curlew
  2. Herring gull
  3. Bullfinch
  4. Woodlark

5.) Missing Word Question

People may be able to taste *

  1. thoughts
  2. words
  3. love

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Bournemouth (pictured) enjoyed warm temperatures on Bank Holiday Monday, with the mercury reaching 22C. But what was the weather forecast for that day?

Bournemouth beach
  1. Thundery showers
  2. Rain with the possibility of hail storms
  3. Overcast and cool

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Who had "thats life" graffitied on their door this week?

A front door
  1. BNP leader Nick Griffin
  2. Labour MP Margaret Moran
  3. Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle


Now, before you get your results, the Magazine has pleasure in announcing 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 "SPRING-LOADED BOX TRAPS". Make your suggestions using the link below the quiz. Marks are deducted for predictability.


  1. It's a port in Spain, where the bank started out. Want to know exactly where it is? Click NEXT.
  2. It's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - who get first mention in the Glastonbury ads and, as Saturday night headliners, are the biggest of the big acts. Next comes Neil Young, then Blur. Diana Ross is not on the bill.
  3. It's a specially-made pair of Nike T90 laser boots. They were stolen from a courier as he delivered them from Barcelona airport to the team hotel.
  4. It's the herring gull. The others have all been downgraded from the red list to the less threatened amber list. (Thanks to the RSPB for pictures.)
  5. It's "words". Scientists at Oxford University say we are all capable of "hearing" shapes and sizes and perhaps even "tasting" sounds.
  6. It's thundery showers. The forecast angered Bournemouth tourist bosses, who accused the Met Office of making an "inaccurate... cautious and negative" prediction. They said such forecasts were bad for business because they put people off coming to the beach.
  7. It's Labour MP Margaret Moran, who annouced she would be stepping down at the next election after being embroiled in the expenses row. Former That's Life presenter Esther Rantzen had threatened to stand against her if she didn't.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Gloomy

4 - 6 : Getting warmer

7 - 7 : Blistering

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For a complete archive of past quizzes and our weekly news quiz, 7 days 7 questions, visit the Magazine page and scroll down. You can also do this quiz on your mobile device.

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