Friday, 22 January 2016

Try your hand at this week's newsquiz

Well done to Damon Wake who was last week's individual newsquiz winner with 17 points. The Batstone collective (Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe) recorded the highest team score, also with 17 points. That's the third week in a row they have scored 17 - time to step up! Here's this week's quiz. As always, there are 25 points to be won. Let me know how you get on. 

Migration was one of the stories to dominate this week's news agenda (Q1)
1. The European Commission wants to scrap the rule that says refugees must claim asylum in the first safe country in which they arrive. What is this regulation known as?
Bonus: Mark Rutte said Europe 'cannot cope' with the migrant crisis and has just six weeks to save the Schengen Agreement. Who is Mark Rutte?
Bonus: Brochures are to be distributed to refugee centres across Belgium offering advice on what?
Bonus: What was the name of the migrant camp in Calais that was demolished by French authorities?
2. Where is the World Economic Forum being held?
3. What gave a reading of 100,000 becquerels per centimetres squared?
4. Why were Port Talbot, Trostre, Corby and Hartlepool in the headlines?
5. What was the name of the university in Pakistan where terrorists killed 22 people? Bonus: Which country’s police removed the headscarves from 1,700 women and shaved the beards off 13,000 men in a bid to tackle jihadism?
6. Why were Katrina Walsh, 55, and Sarah Williams, 34, in the headlines?
7. Why has Gresham been in the news this week?
8. What, according to Dame Janet Smith, had a 'deferential culture', 'untouchable stars' and 'above the law' managers?
9. Jacob Tremblay, nine, accepted his award for best young actor at the Critics’ Choice Awards and said he would place the trophy next to what?
10. Who said he might 'never recover' from the 'painful breakdown of an almost 30-year relationship’ and added 'there are no winners or losers but I am not a villain'?
11. Lancashire police criticised the BBC for publishing a story that claimed a spelling error led to a ten-year-old Muslim boy being investigated. What was the supposed spelling error? 
12. What did Katy Collins do that led to a three-book deal?
13. An avalanche in Valfréjus in the French Alps killed how many members of the French Foreign Legion?
14. Independent school Brighton College has scrapped its traditional uniform rules to accommodate which group?
15. MEPs approved plans to ensure what household items must be able to withstand heat of up to 200 degrees Celsius?
16. An inquest heard that eight-year-old Dylan Seabridge died of what disease?
17. Who won the Special Recognition Award at this week’s National Television Awards?
Bonus: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield supposedly went straight from a post National Television Awards party to present ITV’s This Morning. Who hosted the party?
18. Tory MP Crispin Blunt told the House of Commons banning what would be 'fantastically stupid’?
19. The £33million unclaimed lottery was bought in which city? 
20. Whose 15-year battle with arthritis was said to have contributed to his death?

Answers here

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