Friday, 1 April 2016

The newsquiz - 25 questions about the week

Well done to Ben Jackson who was last week's newsquiz top scorer with 16 points, narrowly beating Janet Boyle with 15. Others in double figures were Lydia Willgress 14, David Banks 13, Jessica McKay 11.5 and Chris Lennon 11. My mates in the Soleou cafe bar in Port Camargue scored an impressive team total of 17 while the Batstone Collective scored a 'un-Vardy like' 11. Here is this week's quiz. As usual there are 20 questions with five bonuses, so 25 points to be won. Let me know how you get on. 

The Steel industry in crisis (Question 1)
1. Tata Steel announced it is to sell its UK business putting 40,000 jobs at risk. In which city is Tata’s parent company based?
Bonus: The Labour MP for Aberavon, which includes the threatened steel town of Port Talbot, said he was 'flabbergasted by the incompetence' shown by the Government over the crisis. Who is he?
Bonus: What is the name of the union led by Roy Rickhuss that is urging the Government to intervene in the steel crisis?
2. Ronnie Corbett, who died this week, was born in which year?
Bonus: Corbett supported two football teams, one English and one Scottish. Name them. Half a point for each.
Bonus: What did drinkers in Corbett’s local, The Golf Inn in East Lothian, do to pay tribute?
3. An Easter Sunday bombing killed at least 72 people in which Pakistani city? 
4. Why was Ben Innes called stupid by his mother? 
5. Architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who died aged 65, designed which building for the 2012 Olympics?
6. Whose performance at the O2 went wrong because of a phone network problem?
7. In which Indian city did a partially built flyover collapse, killing more than 20 people?
8. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he favoured ‘some form of punishment’ for women who did what?
9. Which company pulled its April Fool gag after users complained it had 'got them in trouble' and 'cost them a job’?
10. The new £1 coin, due to come into circulation next year, will have how many sides?
11. Who will England meet in cricket’s T20 World Cup final on Sunday?
12. Which television programme has been nominated four times in this year’s Bafta television awards?
13. Former Page Three girl Rhian Sugden, at the centre of a sexting scandal with TV presenter Vernon Kay, tweeted a picture of which fictional character?
14. Kayaker Grant Broster went missing during Storm Katie while paddling on which river?
Bonus: At least nine people were injured when a series of tornadoes tore through which US state?
15. Which football manager was sacked after winning just three of his 16 league games? 
16. The new mandatory National Living Wage came into force, requiring employers to pay workers aged 25 and over at least how much an hour?
17. Who raised eyebrows by leaving his wife and children over the Easter weekend to attend the wedding of his childhood friend, Jessica 'Jecca' Craig, in Kenya?
18. Which company won a four-month battle to buy Argos after its owner agreed to a £1.4bn takeover?
19. She was born in Sunderland as Margaret Broderick, was awarded the MBE and has been a TV regular since 1985. Who is she?
20. A baby gorilla born in a rare emergency caesarean section at Bristol Zoo has been named following a public vote. What is her name?

Answers here 

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