Friday, 30 January 2015

Try your hand at this week's news quiz

Last week's top submitted score was 17 by James Cowling. See if you can do any better this week. As usual, there are 20 questions with five bonus points, so 25 points in all. Let me know how you get on.

The consecration of Libby Lane (see Q2)
Picture courtesy of The Press Association
1. Nine people were killed in a bomb attack on the Corinthia Hotel in which city?
2. What four words did the Rev Paul Williamson shout out at the consecration of Libby Lane as the first Church of England female bishop? Bonus: Where did the ceremony take place?
3. Steve Easterbrook was appointed chief executive and president of which food company?
4. Which two football teams this week qualified for the Capital One Cup Final on March 1 (half point for each)?
5. Rome’s top Jewish leader Riccardo Pacifici was trapped where?
6. The Metropolitan police commissioner asked television news organisations to consider not broadcasting live images of police preparing to storm any terrorist siege in London. Who is he?
7. Who said: 'I’m devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done.'?
8. Greek singer Demis Roussos, who died this week, reach No 1 in the UK singles chart in 1976 with which song? Bonus: Before launching his solo career Roussos was a member of which band?
9. Why were Typhoon warplanes scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby on Wednesday?
10. What was the name of the snowstorm that hit Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire this week?
11. The lead singer of which rock band claimed in court that former TV weatherman Fred Talbot showed a porn video while teaching him at Altrincham Grammar School? Bonus: Gary Glitter is appearing under his real name at Southwark Crown Court on various sex charges. What is his real name?
12. The X-Men and Bourne Supremacy actor Brian Cox quit Labour to join which party?
13. What is the name of the new king of Saudi Arabia? Bonus: How was he related to the former king, Abdullah?
14. What was 2004 BL86?
15. An inquiry into the death of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko heard that he drank tea laced with polonium in which London hotel?
16. Rock star Tom Petty has been credited as a co-writer and given royalties for which popular song?
17. Andy Murray is through to the final of the Australian Open after beating who in the semi-final? Bonus: Who went viral after being filmed apparently swearing during the match? 
18. Who is the new Prime Minister of Greece?
19. Why was Alan Barnfield in the headlines?
20. Coronation Street has announced that actress Lucy Fallon will play the role of Bethany Platt after a previous actress was dropped. Why was she dropped?

Answers here

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