Friday, 19 February 2016

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz

Last week's newsquiz must have been a little trickier than usual with Damon Wake's 14 the highest score. Here's this week's quiz ... a little later than usual as I have been on the road all day. As usual there are 25 points up for grabs. Let me know how you get on.
The EU summit dominated the front pages (Q1)
1. David Cameron says he was at the EU summit in Brussels until what time this (Friday) morning? Bonus: Tomas Prouza tweeted: 'As the time passes, I am more and more perplexed by the British approach of non-negotiation. Quite unorthodox, to say the least.’ Prouza is the Europe minister for which country?
2. Who said: 'No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith’? 
3. Where did Tim Newton and Rachel Slater go missing?
4. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush caused a Twitter furore by tweeting a handgun with his name engraved on it and a single word. What was the word?
5. Four members of the band Viola Beach and their manager were killed when their car plunged off a bridge near Stockholm? What town were the band from?
Bonus: After a campaign their single reached No 1 in the iTunes charts. What is it called?
6. Why was Rose Polge in the headlines?
7. Imam Jalal Uddin was killed on his way home from prayers at a mosque in which town?
8. Snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan refused to complete a 147 break at the Welsh Open because he thought the prize money was 'too cheap'. How much was it?

9. Housekeeper Penelope Walker was left £20,000 in whose will?
10. Which comedy sit-com is making a comeback for Sports Relief?
11. Why did a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York turn back to Heathrow?
12. The author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, died this week. How old was she?
13. Lady Gaga sang a medley of Bowie songs at the Grammy Awards. Which song did she end with? Bonus: Bowie’s son tweeted about the performance saying: 'Overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused.’ What is Bowie’s son called? Bonus: Oli Sykes, the lead singer of Bring Me the Horizon, trashed whose table at the NME awards in Brixton? Bonus: Stephen Fry quit Twitter after he was criticised after comparing costume designer Jenny Beavan to a 'bag lady' when she picked up her Bafta for which movie?
14. Boxer Manny Pacquiao joined Lance Armstrong and Oscar Pistorious in a list of athletes who have done what?
15. Peers indicated they might use archive paper to record Acts of Parliament, which would end the 1,000-year-old practice of using what other material?
16. Royal Mail is to raise the price of first and second class stamps by 1p from March 29. How much will each stamp then cost? Half point each. 
17. American warplanes killed at least 40 people in an Isis camp where foreign fighters had been engaged in advanced training. In which country?
18. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon flew out to where to issue a warning about Jeremy Corbyn?
19. Actress Emma Thompson described Britain as a '_____ ____, misery-laden, grey old island' What are the missing two words?
20. A fast-growing tumbleweed is clogging up homes in the Australian town of Wangaratta. What is its local nickname?
Answers here

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