Friday, 27 March 2015

Test your news knowledge with this week's quiz

The top submitted score in last week’s newsquiz was by back-in-form Alex Murphy with 17.5 points. Adam Batstone scored 13 on his own and when Mrs B (Lucy Thorpe) came back from her run the collective Batstone score went up to 16. James Restall and Catherine Hardy (separately) got an respectable 15, both thanking their Budget knowledge. Chris Lennon scored 12, blaming the solar eclipse for clouding his mind. Damon Wake had a far better excuse for his 9.5 … he spent the week on a Thai beach. Pretty impressive under the circumstances. Have a crack at this week’s quiz. As usual there are 20 questions with five bonuses, so 25 points up for grabs. Let me know how you get on. 

The i's report on the plane crash in the Alps.
(Question 1)
1. The Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps was travelling to which German city?
Bonus: What was the name of the co-pilot who apparently locked the pilot from the cockpit and took control of the plane? 
Bonus: The flags at which football club’s stadium were lowered to half-mast in memory of Martyn Matthews who was killed in the crash?
2. In the Channel 4/Sky election debates, when pressed by Jeremy Paxman, David Cameron admitted he couldn't live on what?
Bonus: Paxman told an anecdote ('heard on the Tube') about Ed Miliband going into a room with someone. Two minutes later the other person is standing smiling and Miliband is all over the floor in pieces. Who was the other person?  
3. David Cameron said: ’Terms are like _______ _______ . Two are wonderful but three might just be too many.’ What are the missing words? 
Bonus: Parliament will be dissolved on Monday in preparation for the election. The State Opening of the new Parliament will be on which date?
4. Songwriter Jackie Trent, who died this week, wrote the lyrics for which TV soap opera's theme tune?
5. Thousands of people lined the streets to pay tribute to their first prime minister, who governed their country for more than three decades. Which country? 
6. A record 221 points were scored in the three final matches of the Six Nations rugby tournament. Which country scored the most?
7. Who fled the Queen’s Head pub during a protest by 'migrants, HIV activists, gay people, disabled people and breastfeeding mums’?
8. What was defeated by 228 votes to 202? 
9. The last episode of which television series will be screened on Christmas Day?
10. Utah has resurrected a law that allows what form of execution?
11. Huseyin Ulucan became the first person in Europe to receive what?
12. Why was Perrie Edwards dubbed the new Yoko Ono?
13. Why was the BRCA1 gene in the headlines?
14. What, for the first time since records began, was the same this February as it was last February?
15. The Supreme Court ruled the 'black spider memos’ sent to seven Government departments could be published. Who wrote them?
16. Why are Belgium and Israel playing two European Championship qualifier games in the next few days when every other team is only playing one?
17. 23 people were taken to hospital after a coach rolled off the A83 at which scenic Scottish pass?
18. American Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 and released as part of a prisoner swap last year, has been charged with what offence?
19. At which event did Benedict Cumberbatch read a 14-line poem by the Poet Laureate? 
Bonus: Who is the Poet Laureate? 
20. Jodie Kidd, Guy Martin, Steve Coogan and Chris Evans are among the bookies' favourites to become what?

Answers here

1 comment:

  1. The Supreme Court ruled the 'black spider memos’ sent to seven Government departments could be published. Who wrote them.

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