Friday, 15 May 2015

Try your hand at this week's newsquiz

My old colleague Phil Lambell, a newcomer to the quiz, pitched in with the top score, 15, last week. Chris Lennon and Blaise Tapp both scored 13. The top team score was by more newcomers - Sunday Post reporter Janet Boyle and husband Alan MacDermid who clocked up an impressive 17. The veteran Batstone Collective (Adam and Lucy) scored 13. Here’s this week’s effort. As usual there are 20 questions with five bonuses - so 25 points to play for. Let me know how you get on. 

Kevin Pietersen in the headlines again (Question 14)

1. Who replaced Vince Cable as Business Secretary in the Cabinet?

Bonus: What position was Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd given?
2. Prince Charles’s ‘black spider' letters were published after a campaign by which newspaper?
Bonus: How many letters were released?
Bonus: Prince Charles said in his letters that the welfare of what species should be a 'high priority’?
3. According to the head of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, what is a major reason that pay rises have been low for several years?
Bonus: UK unemployment rates fell to 1.83 million in the first quarter of this year. These are the lowest figures for how many years?
4. Which two football teams reached the final of the Champions League?
5. In which city did an Amtrak train crash, killing at least seven people?
6. Jason Watkins won the Leading Actor award at the Baftas for his role in which TV drama?
Bonus: Which award was won by Benedict Cumberbatch?
Thomasz Kocik has been charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase. Where was the suitcase discovered?
8. Why did Kim Jong-Un execute his defence minister with an anti-aircraft gun?
9. Tiger Woods and his long-term girlfriend have split, allegedly because of his cheating. What is her name?
10. Network Rail workers are to stage a 24-hour strike in a row over pay. When? 
11. Boo and Pistol were threatened with deportation from Australia. Why?
12. Mary Creagh became the fifth person to do what?
13. Former PA Gilles De Bonfilhs accused Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda of what?
14. How many runs did controversial cricketer Kevin Pietersen score against Leicestershire?
15. Six men were arrested in Ireland after police discovered weapons believe to be part of a plot to kill who?
16. He called his guitar Lucille and was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the third greatest guitarist of all time. Who is he?
17. Who tweeted to who: 'I have no interest in ever conversing with you. You lack humility AND you can't spell. Parasite’? Half point for each name
18. Who, according to Patrick O’Flynn, had turned into a 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive' man?
19. Tickets for which event, with a value of between £37 and £49, have been offered on the internet for prices between £161.64 to £2,646.24?
20. How many seats do the Conservatives now have in Parliament?

Answers here

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