Friday, 4 March 2016

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz

It was definitely a tougher newsquiz last week with only two people - Sophie Jamieson (12) and Jess McKay (11.5) submitting scores into double figures. The Batstone Collective, who usual pitch in with an average of 15, only managed eight, the same score as Ian ‘I'm too busy to read the news’ McCulloch. Team Jamieson did well though with 17. Here’s this week’s quiz - as usual 25 questions about the week’s events. Hopefully you will send me better scores than last week. 
Jungle warfare (Question 1)
1. According to General Philip Breedlove, NATO's top commander in Europe, who is deliberately 'weaponizing' the refugee crisis in order to overwhelm and destabilise the continent? Bonus: The Prefect of Calais Fabienne Buccio said they 'are young people who are driven by an anarchist ideology of hatred of all laws and frontiers. They have no real concern for the suffering of the migrants.’ What is the name of the group he was referring to? 
2. Spotlight, which won Best Film at the Oscars, is about child abuse investigations carried out by which newspaper? Bonus: Who said: 'It's the 88th Academy Awards which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times.' Bonus: What incorrect claim in his Oscars acceptance speech led to Sam Smith ’taking a break’ from Twitter? Bonus: Actor George Kennedy, who died aged 91 this week, won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1968 for which movie?
3. How many states did Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton win on Super Tuesday? Bonus: Name any two of the four states not won by Republican Donald Trump on Super Tuesday. Half point each.
4. A colour picture of Peter Rabbit is to appear on a special collector's edition of which coin?
5. Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton rode 5-4 favourite Pacha Du Polder to a 29-length victory at which racecourse?
6. A stag party brawl forced a London to Bratislava flight to make an unscheduled landing in which city?
7. The Irish General Election was the closest for decades. Which party came third with 23 seats?
8. President Robert Mugabe was widely criticised for celebrating his birthday with a lavish party in a drought-stricken area of Zimbabwe. Which birthday was he celebrating?
9. Which company’s shares plunged by more than ten per cent, and were briefly suspended, after it reported a fall in annual profits and warned of lower dividends over the next couple of years?
10. How old was Tony Warren, who died this week, when he created Coronation Street?
11. After an incident in California, Google admitted that ‘in this case, we clearly bear some responsibility’. What incident was the company referring to?
12. Charges against bricklayer Seamus Daly were dropped due to insufficient evidence in what was described by some as a dark day for justice. What had Daly been accused of?
13. Which supermarket announced a deal to supply groceries to Amazon customers?
14. Who told a Press conference: ‘We have no sympathy for him. All our sympathies lie with the victim and her family. He has to take whatever sentence he gets on the chin and we have to move on’?
15. Scott Kelly, Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov arrived in Kazakhstan from where?
16. Why was 38-year-old Gyulchekhra Bobokulova in the headlines?
17. More than 70 doctors and academics wrote an open letter to ministers calling for schools to ban what?
18. Actor Frank Kelly died exactly how many years after his Father Ted co-star Dermot Morgan?
19. Labour MP Dawn Butler claimed that an unnamed MP mistook her for what when she entered an MPs-only lift?
20. Blackpool FC apologised for ‘any unintentional offence caused by a song’ played at their game against Bradford City. What was the song?

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