Friday, 8 May 2015

Try the election week newsquiz

Well done to joint top scorers Damon Wake and James Restall who both submitted scores of 16 in last week’s quiz. Alex Murphy (14) and Chris Lennon (13) also did reasonably well. Sophie Jamieson and Rozina Sabur scored a team effort of 15.5. I won’t embarrass the rest of you by publishing your scores! This week’s quiz inevitably has a political element to it … but there was a lot going on elsewhere too. As usual there are 20 questions, with five bonuses … so 25 points to be won. Let me know how you get on.

Spot the difference: The Daily Mirror before the election result - and after  (Questions 1-5)
1. Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls lost his seat, who defeated him?
Bonus: What is the name of the constituency?
2. Which of these is still a Liberal Democrat MP - Danny Alexander, Vince Cable, Ed Davey, Simon Hughes, Mark Williams, Charles Kennedy, David Laws?
Bonus: What did Lord Ashdown promise to do publicly if the exit polls were correct?
3. The SNP's Mhairi Black became the youngest MP since 1667. Who did she win the seat from?
Bonus: The SNP won 56 of 59 seats in Scotland. Who won the other three?
4. The highest profile Tory MP to lose a seat was the Employment Minister in the last Cabinet. Name please.
5. Houghton and Sunderland South was the first declared result in the election but which constituency was second?
6. What position does Charlotte Elizabeth Diana hold in the succession line to the throne? Bonus: How heavy was she at birth?
7. Who said: 'The dogs bark and the caravan goes by’?
8. She started her illustrious writing career as a reporter on the Chigwell Times but was sacked after reporting on a tennis club dinner that she had failed to attend so failed to notice that the after-dinner speaker had died halfway through his speech. Who is she?
9. Ofcom announced an investigation into which word used by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear?
10. Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown died this week. Although the band achieved at least one hit every year from 1970 to 1984, they only had one No 1 hit in Britain. Name it
11. Why was Pamela Geller in the headlines?
12. Ian Walters was jailed for life for murdering his wife. How did he do it?
13. Which city’s airport was closed due to a fire in the terminal?
14. Who has been found guilty of culpable homicide of 38-year-old Ullah Khan in 2002?
15. Who is headlining Glastonbury on the Sunday night this year?
16. Forbes released its list of the World’s Biggest Public Companies, which country has the top four?
Bonus: The top British company on the list was 15th. Which company?
17. Who said to Australian Victoria McRae: 'Can I think about it?'
18. Entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, who died following a fall on a treadmill, was married to the chief operating officer of which company?
19. Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have discovered treasure belonging to whom?
20. Former England manager Graham Taylor denied allegations that he was put under pressure to limit the number of what?

Answers here

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