Friday, 13 May 2016

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz

The top scorer in last week’s newsquiz was Sophie Jamieson with 13.5, although she admits to giving herself three 'generous' half marks. Janet Boyle scored 13, Jessica McKay 12, Tom Witherow 11 and Chris Lennon 10. Nobody else recorded double figures, so it must have been a tough one. The best team performance was by the Penmans, aided by a news hungry 16-year-old, who scored an impressive 17. The Batstone Collective who average 15 each week, scored 12 ... another indication that it was a difficult week. Here's this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 points up for grabs. Let me know how you get on. 

Boris and Dave continue to make Brexit headlines (Question 1)
1. Boris Johnson said David Cameron was 'totally _______' for suggesting Brexit could lead to World War Three. What is the missing word?
Bonus: Boris Johnson began his tour on the Vote Leave battle bus and was accused of hypocrisy as the vehicle was made in which two countries? Half a point each.
2. Director Peter Kosminsky received a standing ovation for a Bafta speech in which he said: 'It’s time for us to stand up and say no to this dangerous nonsense.’ What dangerous nonsense was he referring to?
Bonus: Mark Rylance won leading actor at the Baftas for which role?
Bonus: Bafta nominee Sheridan Smith is to take up to a month off from her West End show due to 'stress and exhaustion' after cancelling three performances. What is the show?

3. Aston Villa were relegated from the Premier League a month ago but which two teams joined them this week? Half a point each.
Bonus: Which manager was sacked after his side capitulated to Sunderland?
Bonus: West Ham United promised to give life-bans to any supporters involved in what?

4. Who said this week that: 'There is no such thing as glorious defeat’?
5. Why was Dr Alan Keightley in the news?
6. Daily Mail columnist Quentin Letts apologised for poking fun at someone he called 'Captain Hop-Along’. Who was he referring to?
7. Why were Australians Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris celebrating?
8. What is the name of the station near Munich where four people were stabbed?
9. Donald Trump signalled a partial climb down from his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States by suggesting it could be eased to allow who to visit?
10. Rodrigo Duterte swept to power, on a promise to kill 100,000 criminals, in which country?
11. What was the name of the cruise ship on which hundreds of Britons were struck down with diarrhoea and vomiting after a norovirus outbreak?
12. Why was London receptionist Nicola Thorp, 27, in the headlines?
13. Name the song and the act representing the UK in this week’s Eurovision. Half a point each.
14. What is 2.6 million words long, has taken seven years to complete and will be published on July 6?
15. Which two countries did David Cameron call ‘fantastically corrupt’? Half a point each.
16. A Muslim community group is demanding sackings after a fake suicide bomber shouted Allahu Akbar during a counter-terrorism training exercise. Where did the exercise take place? 
17. Police officers from the Operation Ben Needham were involved in a drinking row on which Greek island?
18. Prince Harry hailed an 'extraordinary' Invictus Games and paid tribute to the 485 veterans who took part. Where were the games held?
19. Which character, who first appeared in the soap opera EastEnders 25 years ago, will be buried next week?
20. Nasa released images of an event which only happens 13 times every century. What was it?

Answers here

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