Friday, 28 October 2016

Test your news knowledge with this week's quiz

Well done to Mike Lowe who was last week's individual newsquiz scorer with 16.5 points and to the Penmans who were the top team with 17. Here's this week's quiz - as usual 25 questions about the week's events. Let me know how you get on.
The Times leads on Heathrow's proposed expansion.
(Questions 1 and 2)
1. Zac Goldsmith quit as a Tory MP over the Heathrow decision - to force a by-election in which constituency?
2. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson vowed to continue opposing the Heathrow expansion, saying 'the day when the ______ appear is a long way off, if indeed they ever materialise’. What is the missing word?
3. Fabienne Buccio declared this week: 'Our mission has been fulfilled.’ What was she referring to?
4. Britain is planning to send tanks, drones and 800 troops to which country as part of the biggest military build-up since the Cold War?
5. Russia cancelled plans to refuel a flotilla of its warships in which port after Spain came under pressure to refuse access?
6. Four people were killed at a theme park on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. What was the name of the ride?
7. What is Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown’s day job?
8. The comedy writer of It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi de Hi and Dad's Army died this week. What was his name?
9. Why was Jessica Drake in the headlines?
10. A plane crashed, killing all five people on board, in which country's worst peacetime air disaster?
11. After analysis by 23 academics, Christopher Marlowe is to be credited as the co-author of which Shakespearean plays?
12. Who got a ticking off for taking a selfie in a polling booth while casting his vote in Memphis? 
13. Pete Burns died this week. George Galloway, who was on Celebrity Big Brother with him, tweeted: 'Sad to hear of the demise of Pete Burns. He was a cross between ________ and ________.’ Which two people did he compare Burns to? Half a point each.
14. Paul Beatty became the first American writer to win the Man Booker prize. What is the book called?
15. After an apparent sweetheart deal with the British Government, Nissan said it would safeguard more than 7,000 jobs and would build two models at its Sunderland plant. Name the cars. Half point for each.
16. How many Premier League footballers are on the shortlist of 30 names for the Ballon d’Or?
17. Who said a ‘massive’ weight had been lifted from his shoulders after police admitted he was wrongfully detained and questioned for a murder 15 years ago?
18. What is the name of the British banker on trial in Hong Kong for the murder of two Indonesian women?
19. A Church of England tribunal in London defrocked the Rev James Meredith Day after hearing that his wife said the two most important elements of his life were God and ____. What is the missing word?
20. Carlos Alberto, who died aged 72, captained Brazil's 1970 World Cup-winning side and scored one of the competition’s most memorable goals. Who did Brazil beat in the final?
21. Twitter closed which service, four years after it launched?
22. University student Damon Smith was arrested in connection with an improvised bomb found at which London underground station?
23. Who said his move to the North had been 'a bit of a disaster’? 
24. He got his break in the music business at 15 by standing in for Buddy Holly, had seven top ten hits in the UK in the 1960s and gave Bob Dylan an early break. Who is he?
25. Aleksandra King walked out of what?

Answers here

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