Friday, 12 December 2014

Try your hand at this week's newsquiz

Here's this week's newsquiz. Last week the top submitted score was by Sophie Jamieson - a strong 16.5. Down the pub her family clocked up 21 ... which is very impressive. My pub colleagues rarely score higher than 14. There are 20 questions with five bonuses, so 25pts up for grabs. Let me know how you get on.

Torture has dominated the headlines (see Q1)
1. According to the Senate report on torture the CIA established a specialised detention centre, believed to be in Afghanistan, in April 2002. What was its name?
Bonus: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks, was subjected to a particular type of torture 183 times. What was it?
2. What was Tory MP Nigel Mills caught doing at a Commons works and pensions committee meeting?
3. Why was Natasha Bolter in the headlines?
4. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to raise money for what?
5. What did Jeanette Traverso say was ‘far below the threshold’ and ‘riddled with contradictions’
6. Chelsea FC lost their first game of the season at the weekend. Who scored the two goals that ended their record?

Bonus: Chelsea returned to winning ways midweek and won their Champions League group. Which team did they beat?
7. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi received their Nobel Peace Prizes in which city?
8. Conservative peer Baroness Jenkin of Kennington apologised after saying what?
Bonus: Edinburgh Playhouse also apologised this week. What did it do?
9. What word has been used 92 million times on Twitter so far this year … a 500 per cent increase on 2013?
Bonus: Twitter also revealed the account that has the most followers, 61 million, worldwide. Who does the account belong to?
10. Who warned that the world may be returning to 'the dark ages of public executions' and urged people not to share gruesome films made by the Islamic State?
11. Who left hospital, after several days in intensive care, and declared: 'I'm well and recovered, and now I am preparing for the Olympics'?
12. What did Mary Portas, Sandi Toksvig and others do on Wednesday - as soon as it became legal? 
13. Which job, according to its departing incumbent, comes with only one instruction  … to carry it on 'as heretofore’?
14. Which club was suspended from all football with immediate effect?
15. According to the Health Survey for England, what percentage of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs?
16. Actor Ken Weatherwax, who was found dead in California at the age of 59, was best known for playing which TV character?
17. What was voted song of the year in the first BBC Music Awards?
Bonus: Who won British act of the Year?
18. Britons are living beyond their means more than at almost any point since the 1990s, according to the Government's fiscal watchdog OBR. What does OBR stand for?
19. Why was Ziad Abu Ein in the headlines?
20. Princess Charlene of Monaco gave birth to twins by caesarean section. What were they called? (Half point for each name)

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