Friday, 28 November 2014

Try your hand at this week's newsquiz ...

Last week's newsquiz looked like being the hardest ever - a stream of average scores - until my old Northern Echo colleague Adam Batstone steamed in with an impressive 17, a personal best. Have a go at this week's challenge. As usual there are 20 questions with five bonuses ... so 25 up for grabs. I reckon 15 would be a good score. Let me know how you get on.

Tories in trouble: Mellor (Q8) and Mitchell (Q18)  
Photos courtesy of the Press Association

1. Home secretary Theresa May said British authorities have foiled how many terrorist plots since July 2005?
Bonus: She also said that in August Britain raised its threat level from 'substantial' to what?
2. Lewis Hamilton became the fourth Briton to win multiple Formula One world championships. Jackie Stewart has won three, but name the other two drivers who have won two. Half point for each.
Bonus: There were 19 races this season. How many of them did Hamilton win?
3. A tie worn by Ukip leader Nigel Farage during the Rochester and Strood by-election was reportedly sold out this week. What pattern did the tie show.
4. Which official British document is due to be axed on January 1?
5. Protests spread across America following the decision not to charge policeman Darren Wilson who shot a black teenager in Ferguson. What was the teenager’s name?
Bonus: In which US state is Ferguson?
6. The Government is asking the British Committee of Advertising Practice to consider banning which kind of adverts before the 9pm watershed?
7. According to the Food Standards Agency which supermarket has the worst record for selling chickens with a lethal food-poisoning bug?

Bonus: What did retired head teacher Paul Poli find in his Morrisons' sea bass dinner?
8. Former Cabinet minister David Mellor had a foul-mouthed argument with a London cab driver and accused him of ruining his day at Buckingham Palace. Why had he been there?

Bonus: How much was Mellor’s taxi fare?
9. Who compared the EU to ‘an ageing grandmother’ saying it is seen as ‘insensitive … if not downright harmful’?
10. The American wife of London financier Sir Chris Hohn was awarded a record-figure divorce settlement by a High Court judge. How much was it?
11. The Magical Journey Christmas show, designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, was forced to close after an avalanche of complaints? In which sporting venue is it based?
12. A notorious criminal, who was called 'Britain’s most dangerous man' by two Home Secretaries, died this week. Name him.
13. Which company announced it is launching a high-protein, high-calcium, low-sugar milk called Fairlife – at twice the price of a normal pint?

14. Why were brothers Mohommod Nawaz and Hamza Nawaz in the headlines?
15. Cricket was stunned by the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes. Name one of the English county cricket sides he played for.
Bonus: It would have been his birthday on Sunday. How old would he have been?
16. A joint venture by Virgin and Stagecoach won which franchise?
17. The Baroness of Holland Park died this week. By what name was she better known?
18. Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell lost his ‘Plebgate’ High Court libel action against who?
19. Newsreader Michael Buerk told his I’m A Celebrity camp-mates about his biggest regrets. One was tracking down his father, what was the other? 
20. More than one million of these have been sold in the UK so far this year - for the first time since 1996. What are they?

Answers here 

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