Friday, 13 March 2015

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz

The newsquiz must have been a little tougher last week. The top submitted score was 15 by Damon Wake. Adam Batstone scored 13 with a little help from Mrs B, Lucy Thorpe. Usual high scorer Alex Murphy clocked in with a disappointing 8. Special mention goes to Nicola Castell who scored 13 - a personal best - in my local, the Plough, last Friday night. It's difficult to judge but my proofreader reckons this week's quiz might even be a little meaner than last time. As usual there are 20 questions, with five bonuses, so 25 points to be had. Let me know how you get on. 

Terry Pratchett on today's Guardian front page
(Question 18)

1. Name the Irish setter which died after apparently being fed beef chunks laced with poison at Crufts. Bonus: Under what name did the dog compete? 
2. Who said: 'It was a situation I was totally untrained for, totally unprecedented, and I make no excuses. I was the man who did it.’? 
3. The family of Marvin Gaye were awarded more than $7.3million in damages after an LA court decided that Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines had more than just a passing resemblance to which song?
4. Sean O’Brien went viral, won the support of celebrities and a star-studded party in his honour is now being planned in LA. How is he better known?
5. Times’ journalist Andrew Norfolk was named News Reporter of the Year at this week’s Press Awards for his coverage of which story?
6. Which TV programme came in for criticism from viewers who said the cast sounded like Wurzels?
7. The pound rose to its highest level against the Euro since December 2007. At today’s rate (Fri) how many Euros do you get for a pound? Bonus: Gordon Brown warned that if Britain left the EU it would be out in the cold with few friends ... like which other country?
8. David Cameron is to become the first Conservative prime minister to send a child to a state secondary school. Name the child. Bonus: Name the school. 
9. Cricketer Majid Haq was sent home from the Cricket World Cup after posting a Tweet that said: 'Always tougher when you're in the minority! #colour #race’. Which country does he play for?
10. The Conservatives and Labour have declined to confirm whether, if they were in Government after May, their defence spending would meet Nato's current target. What percentage of GDP is that target?
11. The chair of the BBC Trust came under pressure to resign over her role as an independent director at HSBC. Name her.
12. Solar Impulse is attempting to do what?
13. What is the name of the duo who will represent the UK in Eurovision 2015?
14. Photographer Patrick McCann is recovering in hospital with a broken leg. What happened to him? 
15. Members of the Royal family and political leaders are attending a ceremony today (Fri) to mark the end of combat operations in the Afghanistan and remember the servicemen and women who lost their lives. Where is it being held? 
16. Why did the players in the Chelsea versus Paris St Germain Champions League game wear black armbands?
17. Why was Oisin Tymon in the headlines?
18. What two words were in Terry Pratchett’s final Tweet? Bonus: How old was he?
19. The ex-wife of the millionaire owner of Ecotricity, Dale Vince, was granted the right to claim a divorce settlement … even though they divorced 23 year ago. How much is she claiming? Bonus: Mr Vince owns which football club?
20. The Speaker, John Bercow apologised, to Employment Secretary Esther McVey for comparing her to what?
Answers here

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