Friday, 17 June 2016

Have a go at this week's newsquiz

I have spent the last three weeks in Sydney at Daily Mail Australia. It was good to catch up with everyone and have a drink with some of my old trainees, now safely installed and delivering good stories in the newsroom.

With the trainees at Fred's bar
I have still managed - with a little help from Pam - to keep on top of the UK news of course. So here is this week's newsquiz. Last week's seemed a little trickier with the top solo score coming in at 13 by Alex Murphy. Even those absorbed by the news, such as Liz Gerard, got a modest 11. The best team score though was by the Batstones with a very impressive 19, beating rivals the Penmans who only managed a less-than-average 13.5. Have a go at this week's 25 questions and let me know how you get on. 

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports on the murder of Jo Cox (Q3)
1. What was the name of the Orlando gay nightclub where 49 people were shot dead?
Bonus: How old was the gunman, Omar Mateen?
2. Donald Trump said: 'President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ____ _____. For that reason alone, he should step down.' What are the two missing words?

Bonus: Guardian columnist Owen Jones walked off which television programme in a row over the Orlando shootings?  
3. Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered in which town?
Bonus: Following the murder, both camps stopped campaigning for the day.  David Cameron cancelled a trip to where? 
4. Nigel Farage led a flotilla of fishing boats on the Thames but who rallied an alternative flotilla for the ‘in’ party?
5. The Prime Minister of which country warned that Britain ‘won’t like’ life on the outskirts of the EU?
6. Who delivered ‘an exhibition of French spirit and mass choreography’ at the opening ceremony of Euro 16?
7. How much did Uefa fine Russia after the disturbance at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille?
Bonus: Who said on Twitter: 'I don’t see anything wrong with the fans fighting. Quite the opposite, well done lads, keep it up!'
Bonus: Who scored England’s last gasp winner against Wales?
8. Why was two-year-old Lane Graves in the headlines?
9. Who told MPs that ‘someone was asleep at the wheel’?
10. Sir Cliff Richard, on being told he would not face prosecution, said: 'I was named before I was even interviewed and for me that was like being hung out like ___ ____? What are the missing two words?
11. What did the judge in the Oscar Pistorius case agree to do after a request from Reeva Steenkamp's parents? 
12. Whose widow said: 'I am shocked, deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for what has happened to these women. I sincerely hope they will now have some peace’?
13. Which TV programme was briefly off air due to Fathers 4 Justice protesters? 
14. Which magazine featured a quote headline from Prince William which read: ‘No one should be bullied for their sexuality or for any other reason’?
15.  Which song did Jimmy Page tell a court he had not heard when he wrote Stairway To Heaven?
16. Why was Manganville in the headlines?
17. Margaret Vinci Heldt died aged 98. What was her most favourite creation?
18. Where did the Queen make a presentation to Ryan Moore?
19. At the Patron’s Lunch in The Mall £150 everyone received a M&S picnic hamper of traditional British produce, which included three drinks. One was a bottle of water … what were the other two? Half point each.
20. Taylor Swift was spotted kissing actor Tom Hiddleston on the beach outside her home in which US state?

Answers here

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