Friday, 24 April 2015

Test your news knowledge with this week's quiz

Last week’s newsquiz was clearly a lot tougher than usual. The top collective score was 18 by the in-form Batstones (Adam and Lucy). But the individual scores were well down. Ted Ditchburn, from North News and Pictures, made an impressive debut with 14. Sally Tipper, Peter Campbell, Blaise Tapp and Alex Murphy all clocked in with 13. James Restall scored 12, Natalie Marchant 11, Chris Lennon 10 and Matt Chorley, who for the next few weeks will be living purely in a political bubble, scored 8. My pub mates struggled too, getting a dodgy 13.
Here is this week’s quiz. I think it might be a little easier ... but it is difficult to judge. As usual there are 20 questions with five bonuses, so 25pts up for grabs. Let me know how you get on.

 Wegasi Nebiat is pulled from the sea after the boat
she was travelling in capsized (see Question 19)
1. Who said: ‘The SNP is a real and present danger to our future. They will pit Scotland against England. That could be disastrous to the people of Scotland – and fatal to the UK as a whole.’?
Bonus: Abby, a 17-year-old Labour supporter, started 'a movement against the distorted media portrayal of Ed’ and got which hashtag trending on Twitter?
Bonus: Tory Party chairman Grant Shapps denied that he, or an associate, cleaned up what?

Bonus: What is the name of the food blog Miriam González Durantez (Clegg) has been writing for three years?
2.Tesco has reported the worst results in its history with a record pre-tax loss of how much?
Bonus: Who is considering a name change after making a loss of £37.3 million?
3. European politicians disagree over whether the Mare Nostrum operation should be re-introduced. What is it?
4. Why was a lollipop man suspended in Luton?
5. Who received criticism after saying: 'I don't believe stores should stock clothes below or above a certain weight. They should be made to feel uncomfortable when they go in and can't find a size.’?
6. Cricketer James Anderson became England’s highest Test match wicket-taker, overtaking Sir Ian Botham’s long-standing record of how many wickets?
7. Why was DNP in the headlines?
8. A 14-year-old boy from Blackburn has been charged with inciting another person to carry out an attack on which commemorative occasion?
9. What did a collie named Don do that caused a tailback on the M74 in Lanarkshire? 
10. John Hinckley Junior appeared in court to request his unconditional release from the mental hospital where he has been living for three decades. What was Hinckley’s crime?
11. Who announced the end of Operation Decisive Storm and the launch of Operation Renewal of Hope? 
12. Which two football teams will meet in the FA Cup Final? Half point each
Bonus: Which Premier football team has the most Twitter followers in the UK?
13. It was the Queen’s birthday on Tuesday. How old was she?
14. Who, according to his parents, 'lived and died a hero’?
15. Robert Downey Jr stormed out of a Channel 4 interview after being asked questions about his personal life. Which film was he promoting?
16. Paula Radcliffe declared she is ‘unfit and unprepared’ for what? 
17. It’s ten years since the first video was uploaded to YouTube. What was it called?
18. Teenage actor Sawyer Sweeten has been found dead. What television series did he appear in for ten years, from the age of 16 months? 
19. Eritrean refugee Wegasi Nebiat was photographed (see above) being pulled from the sea when a migrant ship sank off which island?
20. What was revealed to be 50cm (20in) deep, 25cm (10in) high, 45cm (18in) wide?

Answers here

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