Friday, 13 February 2015

Try your hand at this week's newsquiz

There were lots of good scores in last week's newsquiz ... the best being a huge 19 out of 25 by Michael Owens. Damon Wake was spurred on by the foreign questions to get an impressive 17, the same score as Ailsa Leslie. Lydia Willgress and the South West News newsroom in Plymouth clocked up 15.5 as a team effort. Some non-journalists also got into double figures, including Michael Bryan with 11 and Carole Naseby with 10. Well done to them. Here are this week's questions ... as usual there are 25 points up for grabs. Let me know how you get on. 
Dumper truck tragedy as reported by the Mirror
(See Question 2)

1. Harriet Harman defended the colour of Labour’s pink bus. What three words are on the arrows on the sides of the bus? Bonus: Harman also defended herself against a claim that she had told Councillor Karen Danczuk she was 'far too pretty for politics' and should be in ______ _____. What are the blanks?  
2. In which city did a runaway dumper truck kill four people?
3. Who won the Bafta for lead actress? Bonus: The BBC received complaints over Bafta host Stephen Fry’s language, including giving one of the stars the middle name ‘F***ing’? Which star? Bonus: At the Grammy Awards in America Kanye West interrupted whose acceptance speech for the Album of the Year?
4. Which non-European country has been invited to take part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest?
5. What was the name of the 26-year-old American hostage murdered by ISIS?
6. One Premier League manager was reportedly sacked and then reinstated this week - and one was just sacked. Name them both. Half point for each.
7. What do MP Zac Goldsmith, German-born automotive heir Georg von Opel, Lord Sterling of Plaistow and Lord Fink have in common?
8. Why did Sir Michael Gambon say he was retiring from the stage?
9. Devinder Kainth has been charged with murder in the Costa Del Sol after allegedly catching his victim doing what? 
10. The Premier League has sold television rights to its games for a record amount. How much?
11. Where have retired couple Alan Lane and Kristina Smith been living for four months?
12. Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a court in France that he only attended how many sex parties in three years?
13. Why was Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the headlines?
14. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany gathered in which city to negotiate a peace agreement for Ukraine? Bonus: The ceasefire that was agreed at the meeting comes into force when? 
15. Police officers in Wiltshire, Wales and Cheshire asked newsagents for what?
16. According to research by the British Heart Foundation, 40 per cent of people lie about what?
17. The opening ceremonies for the Cricket World Cup were held in which two cities? Half point each. Bonus: Who will England play in their first game?
18. Who said: 'A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society.’?
19. Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia, which sank killing 32 people, was sentenced to how long in jail?
20. An auction at a Conservative Party fundraiser at Grosvenor House included the opportunity to do what with Home Secretary Theresa May?

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