Saturday, 15 February 2014

The news quiz is back: Ollie's 15.5 to beat

I spent this week at PA's Howden headquarters with 13 Mail trainees. It was the first week of their training scheme that will ultimately see them working for MailOnline and MailPlus. As always, we finished with a news quiz to make sure they are reading the papers and monitoring the websites. Well done to Ollie Gillman who won the scratch card with 15.5 out of 24, just pipping Chris Waugh who scored 15. I expect higher scores in the coming weeks.
See if you can do better. There are 20 questions, with four bonuses, making a possible total of 24.

Shirley Temple: Q1
1 Shirley Temple died this week. How old was she? 
2 Why did Nguyen Ha Dong cause a flap?
How old is Winter Olympics bronze medal winner Jenny Jones, and which city does she come from? (Half point for each answer)
Bonus - What nationality do you have to be to get a free beer from vending machines at Sochi
4 At which zoo was a healthy giraffe put to sleep to avoid in-breeding?
Bonus - what was the name of the giraffe?
5 Chief executive Antony Jenkins announced plans for 12,000 redundancies, 7,000 of them in the UK. Name the company.
6 Thorfinn Stout filmed himself drinking a pint for his NekNominate challenge ... but where was he at the time?
7 Torville and Dean returned to Sarajevo to recreate their Olympic winning Bolero routine. Who wrote the Bolero that they perform to?
8 Suspect packages were sent to seven Army Careers offices and other military centres this week. Name three of the towns or cities where they were sent.
9 Davina McCall took part in a 500-mile challenge for Sports Relief. Which lake did she swim as part of the challenge?
10 Dave Lee Travis was found not guilty of 12 charges of indecent assault ... at which crown court
11 Which two rivers are Somerset farmers demanding be dredged?
First bonus - which engineer designed the railway line at Dawlish, recently destroyed by waves?
Second bonus - which motorway was closed due to a 15ft deep hole?
12 The immigration minister has resigned for employing an illegal immigrant as a cleaner. Name him.

13 Which European nation has voted to impose curbs on immigrants from the European Union?
14 The newspaper and magazine industry is establishing a new Press regulator to replace the PCC. What is it called?
15 Scotland's deputy first minister has accused the main UK parties of bullying tactics over independence. Who is Scotland's deputy first minister?
16 Which two teams are top of the Six Nations rugby table? 
(Half point for each answer)
17 In which city is David Beckham setting up a soccer team?

18 Why was Beth Whaanga in the headlines?
19 How did widow Violet Baker upset her family?
20 According to research in the British Medical Journal fewer than 20 per cent of English adults are now what?

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