Friday, 23 January 2015

This week's newsquiz: 25 points up for grabs

The best submitted score in last week's newsquiz was a very modest 13 by Alex Murphy. The questions must be getting harder! Here's this week's challenge. As usual, there are 20 questions with five bonuses, so 25 points up for grabs. Let me know how you get on?

The Sun's tribute to Anne Kirkbride (Q2)
1. British Gas announced it will cut its tariffs by 5 per cent. From which date will the cuts take effect? 
Bonus: British Gas is the second of the big six energy suppliers to cut tariffs. Who announced it was taking 3.5 per cent off gas tariffs last week?
2. Coronation Steet star Anne Kirkbride died suddenly this week. How old was she?
Bonus: Kirkbride was best know as Deirdre Barlow in the show. She had two other married surnames. Name one of them.
3. Who said: 'Tonight, we turn the page. The shadow of crisis has passed...'? 
4. How many lashes in total was Saudi blogger Raif Badawi sentenced to receive?
5. Whose funeral cortege will begin on February 3 at Molineux Football Ground?
6. Spice girl Geri Halliwell and TV presenters Jayne Middlemiss and Melinda Messenger all began their showbiz careers where?
7. How much was the invoice sent to five-year-old Alex Nash’s parents for his non-attendance at a schoolfriend’s birthday party?
8. Who wrote to MP Chris Bryant: 'It is your populist, envy-based, vote-hunting ideas which make our country crap, far more than me and my shit songs, and my plummy accent.'?
9. A British soldier has been charged with raping a six-year-old girl in which country?
10. The report of the inquiry into the Iraq war will not be published before the General Election. Who chaired the inquiry? 
Bonus: How many letters from Tony Blair to George Bush will be published alongside the report?
11. What did 27-year-old Imran Khawaja fake in an attempt to sneak back into Britain?
12. Actor Brian Blessed collapsed on stage at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford with an apparent heart problem. Which role was he playing?
13. Eleven people were injured in a knife attack on a bus in which city?
14. Business and global political leaders were in which ski resort for the 2015 World Economic Forum?
15. A Carmarthen traffic warden is being investigated after a putting parking ticket on what?
16. Who was presented with the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards?
Bonus: Why was Sheridan Smith late in collecting her award for Best Drama Performance?
17. Who faces a £10.8 million bill for the rent of the York & Albany pub near Regent's Park?
18. The International Cricket Council has warned that something will not be tolerated at the World Cup next month? What is the something?
Bonus: England cricket captain Eoin Morgan was the target of a blackmail plot over an alleged fling with an Australian woman. How much, in British pounds, did the blackmailer demand?
19. He was a barrister who became the youngest Home Secretary since Winston Churchill. Who is he?
20. The Doomsday Clock moved forward by two minutes and is now closer to midnight than it has been since 1984. What time does the clock now read?

Answers here

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