Friday, 26 February 2016

Test your news knowledge with the quiz

Well done to Kieran Corcoran who was top scorer in last week's newsquiz with 16 points. The Batstone Collective were the top team scorers with a respectable 15. Here's this week's quiz. As usual, there are 25 questions to test your news knowledge. Let me know how you get on.
The Tory differences on Brexit continued to inspire the headline writers
(see Question 1)
1. David Cameron said voting in the referendum on the EU was more important than what? Bonus: Which prominent Tory said he believed Britain should vote to leave to 'shake Europe's leaders out of their complacency’? Bonus: Which company declined to sign a letter backing the ‘in' campaign, saying the impact of Britain leaving would be ‘relatively minor’?
2. Which Brit award did Adele receive from astronaut Tim Peake?
3. Who said: 'Death isn't scary - it's just like going to sleep. It doesn't bother me because when your time's up, your time's up'?
4. Eleven states will vote in the American primaries on March 1. What is the day commonly known as? 
Bonus: Jeb Bush pulled out of the Republican race, leaving Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and which other main candidate to battle it out?
5. Who named his fifth child Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius?
6. Three tabloid newspapers carried the back page headline ‘Rash, bang wallop!’ this week. What story did they refer to?
7. Uber taxi driver Jason Dalton was arrested for shooting dead six people in which US city?
8. Which member of the Friends cast did not attend the televised tribute to James Burrows?
9. Why did the Queen wear a purple outfit on Tuesday?
10. Footballer Adam Johnson’s girlrfriend gave evidence in court and revealed she had split from the ex-Sunderland player. What is her name? Bonus: The prosecution said Johnson had denied charges so he could keep drawing his weekly salary of how much?
11. Why was Grace Taylor in the headlines?
12. The Flying Scotsman made a return to the tracks after a decade-long refit. How much did the work cost? Bonus: Who owns the train, buying it for £2.3million in 2004?
13. Which structure, designed by architect Frederick Gibberd, was opened in 1970 and closed in 2013?
14. Mars said it was recalling several of its chocolate bars in how many countries? 
15. Faced with 'a serious threat to motorists' on the A55 in Conwy, North Wales, what did police decide to do?
16. What reason did £32.5m Lottery winners Lisa and Gary Cannings give for waiting a week before claiming their fortune?
17. Five people fainted and 40 walked out in the first week of the National Theatre’s latest production. What is the play called? 
18. Tony Blackburn said he had been ‘hung out to dry’ by the BBC. How old is he?
19. A rare emergency caesarean was carried out on which animal at the Bristol Zoo Gardens?
20. Sticky Vicky (Leyton) retired at 72. Where has she performed for the last 35 years?

Answers here

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