Friday, 25 March 2016

Test yourself with this week's newsquiz

Well done to Wherryman's Web who was top scorer in last week's newsquiz with an impressive 17. Others worth a mention include Tom Witherow with 15.5, Rod Ardehali and The Subeditor with 15 and the Batstone Collective who also scored 15. Here are this week's questions. Let me know how you get on. 

Terror in Brussels (Question 1)
1. What is the name of the Metro station in Belgium where 20 people were killed? Bonus: An overweight middle-aged man named Khalid Zerkani has been unmasked as a major Isis recruiter in Belgium. How is he otherwise known? Bonus: 11 Belgian workers had their passes revoked amid fears that they had been compromised. Where did they work? Bonus: What was the name of the IT programmer, originally from Hartlepool, who texted to say he was safe after the airport explosion but was later killed on the Metro?
2. After an exacting interview on the BBC Today programme Burmese politician Suu Kyi was heard to mutter angrily off-air: ‘No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a ______.’ What is the missing word?
3. Why was Matthew Doyle from South Croydon due to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court?
4. Barack Obama became the first US president to officially visit Cuba in how many years? Bonus: Who also visited Cuba for the first time to play a free concert at the Ciudad Deportivo stadium?
5. Emma Thompson, Mark Rylance, Johdi May and Judi Dench all posed naked with what?
6. Adam Johnson’s barrister said in court that the footballer would be stripped of his England caps. How many has he got? Bonus: Apart from a six-year jail sentence Adam Johnson was ordered to pay costs of how much?
7. Why did James Hand, a former BBC Radio Jersey presenter, apologise?
8. Who celebrated its tenth anniversary with a message saying: 'Thank you for making history, driving change, lifting each other up and laughing together every day’?
9. Raymond Moore resigned after being widely condemned for his comments about what? 
10. Prince Harry gave a speech in Nepal in which he supported the fight to end what?
11. Eddie Izzard ran 27 marathons in 27 days in which country?
12. Who succeeded Iain Duncan Smith as Work and Pensions Secretary?
13. Who had a rare dinner-date at Bellamy’s in Mayfair to celebrate the 90th birthday of Lady Penn?
14. Who revealed that her father had a ‘beautiful’ romance with Princess Margaret?
15. Which company saw its shares fall more than ten per cent after its owner said: 'We are in trouble, we are not trading very well’?
16. Which book did an Oxfam charity shop in Swansea asked people not to donate? 
17. In a tribute to Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff, who died this week, the Holland v France international will be halted in which minute?
18. Which newspaper won Newspaper of the Year at the British Press Awards this week?
19. Five members of the same family were killed when their car nosedived into which harbour?
20. Artist Tracey Emin announced she had recently got married wearing her father's white funeral shroud. What did she marry?

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