Friday, 3 July 2015

Try your hand at this week's newsquiz

Well done Damon Wake who scored 18 on his own in last week's quiz. Michael Brown also clocked up 18 but with the help of Claire and James Schofield in a sunny beer garden in Norfolk. The Batstones (Adam and Lucy) scored 18 too. Here is this week's quiz. As usual there are 20 questions with five bonuses. Let me know how you get on.

Dustin Brown dominates today's back pages (Question  5)
1. What was the name of the hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, where 38 people were killed? Bonus: A family of 12, who went missing on a trip to Bangladesh, have contacted relatives to say they are in Syria? Which British town are they from? 
2. Name one of the three villages where homes would be demolished if the Heathrow expansion goes ahead. Bonus: When asked about the third runway at Heathrow, who said: ‘As it happens, I don't think my services as a bulldozer blocker will be required for decades, if ever.'?
3. Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes was found in a storm drain after going missing for ten hours near his home on which island?
4. Eighty people were stranded on a monorail when two trains broke down. Where?

5. Dustin Brown, who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon, had what world  ranking at the start of the tournament? Bonus: Eugenie Bouchard escaped punishment despite apparently breaching Wimbledon's dress code. What did she do? Bonus: What did All England Lawn Tennis Club chairman Philip Brook give to the Duchess of Cornwall … who almost immediately gave him it back?
6. It was the hottest July in the UK since records began. The highest temperature was recorded at Heathrow airport. What was it?  
7. Which company has agreed to pay £12 billion in damages - the largest paid by a single company in US history?
8. Who died at the age of 88 after, according to his daughter, his batteries just run out?
9. ATMs in Greece were restricted to pay out how much per day? Bonus: The Greek referendum on the bailout will be held on what day?
10. The first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and who also won a record five King George VI Chases, was put down after a fall. Name him.
11. Why was Laura Bassett in the headlines?
12. How many seconds were there in the last minute of June? 
13. Which production was heckled and booed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, for incorporating a scene in which a woman is stripped naked and molested by army officers?
14. The son and grandson of which shop's founder drowned after jumping into the sea to save a woman swept away by a wave in Ireland?
15. Which organisation announced it is cutting 1,000 jobs because of a shortfall of £150 million?
16. Sonia Manzano, who has played Maria for 44 years, is retiring from which TV show?
17. Sir Nicholas Winton, who died this week, famously organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps in 1939 from which city?
18. Headmistress Dr Rowena Blencowe has banned what from Trentham High School in Stoke?
19. What was the name given to a major counter-terror exercise in London on Tuesday?
20. What trapped eight people inside Alconbury Sports and Social Club in Cambridgeshire?

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