Friday, 15 January 2016

Try your hand at this week's newsquiz

Well done to Harvey Day who submitted the top individual score in last week's newsquiz with 16 points. The best team score came, once again, from Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe with 17. Here is this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 points to be won. Let me know how you get on.

Death of a Starman. Bowie dominates the front pages (Question 1)
1. David Bowie died two days after his final album was released. What is it called?
Bonus: Which singer named his son, born on Tuesday, Bowie Taylan as a tribute to the star?
2. Jakarta responded to the terrorist attacks with the hashtag #KamiTidakTakut. What does it mean in English? 
Bonus: The attacks were condemned by the Indonesian president who tweeted that there was 'no place for terrorism on Earth' and that 'every citizen in the world' needed to fight it. What is his name?
Bonus: How many German tourists were killed in the suicide attacks in Istanbul?
3. Major Tim Peake went on a spacewalk to repair a faulty component outside the International Space Station. What was the name of the Nasa astronaut who accompanied him?
Bonus: Major Peake said it was 'a privilege' to take what into the void of space?
4. Six people are in a critical condition - including one in a coma - after a clinical trial of a new drug by a private laboratory in which French city?

5. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump attacked rival Ted Cruz over his presidential eligibility because he was born in which country?
6. Who, according to Dame Helen Mirren, had a voice that could suggest honey or a hidden stiletto blade ... and the profile of a Roman emperor?
7. Serial killer Robert Black died this week. How many murders was he convicted of?
Bonus: Devon and Cornwall police say they were five weeks from submitting a file to prosecutors linking Black to the 1978 killing of which teenager?
8. Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall announced their engagement. What are their ages? (half point for each)
9. Rene Angelil died this week. Who was he married to?
10. Who responded to Barack Obama’s State of the Union address by saying: 'Safer? Isis on the rise. North Korea testing nukes. Syria in chaos. Taliban on march. This president is living in a different world.’?
11. Why was Danielle Bux in the headlines?
12. The Duchess of Cambridge is to guest edit which website for a day next month to raise awareness for children's mental health? 
13. In which ski resort were two French pupils and a Ukrainian skier killed by an avalanche?
14. How much did Scottish couple David and Carol Martin win on the Lottery?
15. Al-Shabab militants overran an African Union military base in which country?
16. Pupils at Norbreck Primary Academy in Blackpool have been told not to bring what to school?
17. A £2 cup of what, served in a York cafe, caused an online stir?
18. An Old Bailey judge ruled that criminal proceedings over sex abuse charges had to end because of whose death?
19. The police are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who let his co-conspirators into the Hatton Garden building by opening the fire escape from inside. The man is only known by his first name. What is it?
20. Which actress received her first Oscars' nomination, after five decades in showbusiness, for her role in 45 Years? 

Answers here

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