Friday, 5 June 2015

This week's newsquiz - 25 points to be won

The early indications were that last week’s quiz was a little easier than usual. Sophie Jamieson continued her high scoring streak with 18, only to be pipped by Michael Owens with an impressive 20. There were some lower scores though - including a couple in single figures. So maybe it wasn't that easy after all and Sophie and Michael were just on the ball. The top team scores were Lydia Willgress and her mum in the pub with 16, the same score as the Batstones. Here’s this week’s quiz - as usual 25 points to be won. Let me know how you get on.

The Herald leads with a tribute to Charles Kennedy (Question 10)
1. Former Fifa official Chuck Blazer admitted being involved in bribery in which two World Cups? Half point for each. Bonus: Chief executive John Delaney claimed the Football Association of Ireland was paid a substantial settlement after which incident?
2. What was the name of the ride at Alton Towers on which two carriages collided leaving four young people seriously hurt?
3. What was the name of the ‘stunt dog’ that did the rope trick on Britain’s Got Talent?
4. Why was BBC reporter Ahmen Khawaja in the headlines?
5. More than 175 people were killed when a petrol station exploded in which city?
6. The mother of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts claimed at an inquest into her son’s death that she was told by a senior officer that a march on Brecon Beacons, on the hottest day of the year, could not be postponed for what reason? Bonus: Where was the inquest being held?
7. What was the three-word headline on the July cover of Vanity Fair magazine?
8. Arsenal’s FA Cup victory means which English team qualifies for a place in the Europa League?
9. Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world using only the sun’s rays, was forced to land in which country because of bad weather?

10. Charles Kennedy who died on Monday was, until last month, MP for which constituency? Bonus: Kennedy succeeded Paddy Ashdown as leader of the Liberal Democrats in which year?
11. Chancellor George Osborne announced that the Government would sell off its final 30 per cent stake in which company? Bonus: The only named project to feel the Osborne axe was a £250,000 research programme, promoted by former Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster, into what?
12. Paris began the removal of 700,000 love locks from which bridge?
13. Harriette Thompson, 92, became the oldest woman to do what?
14. Why was Katherine Chappell in the headlines? 
15. Who lost in the French tennis open at Roland Garros for only the second time in 71 matches?
16. Texan James Boysen became the first person in the world to have what kind of transplant?
17. Who signed off a letter to Prince Charles with ‘I have the honour to remain, Sir, your Royal Highness’s most humble and obedient servant.’? 
18. More than 400 people were killed when the cruise ship Eastern Star capsized on which river? 
19. Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was acquitted on charges of perjury by the High Court in which city? Bonus: The charges related to Coulson giving evidence during the trial of which politician?
20. Which celebrity couple celebrated the birth of Liberty Rose?

Answers here