Friday, 16 December 2016

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz

The top solo score in last week's newsquiz was an impressive 18 by Liz Gerard. The top team was the Penmans who scored 18.5 but only after they had recruited the help of daughter Daisy. Here is this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events. Let me know how you get on.  

The Independent on Aleppo - 'A complete meltdown of humanity'
1. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the crisis in Aleppo was 'a tragedy of _____ making’. What is the missing word?
2. Home Secretary Amber Rudd outlawed which organisation under the Terrorism Act 2000 branding it 'racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic’?
3. He served as Employment Secretary, Northern Ireland Secretary, stood against Margaret Thatcher in the 1975 Tory party leadership and was regarded as ‘a wet’. Who is he?
4. Talks between Southern Rail and Aslef at Acas ended in deadlock. What does Aslef stand for?
5. Donal Billings was jailed for planting a bomb on a bus and threatening to blow up which castle during a visit by the Queen?
6. President Barack Obama vowed to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in what?
7. Which company said more than one billion user accounts may have been affected in a hacking attack dating back to 2013?
8. Prince Harry was photographed with girlfriend Meghan Markle, for the first time together, in Piccaddilly on his way to which West End show?
9. In a speech at the Foreign Office's Christmas party, Boris Johnson, said: 'We are so cosmopolitan that we drink more champagne, buy more German cars than anyone else and our wonderful Prime Minister wears ________.’ What is the missing word?
10. Former BBC weatherman Ian McCaskill died after a five-year battle with dementia. How old was he?
11. Who said people screamed and threw fireworks at her in the street, adding 'I deserve everything I get really’?
12. More than 40 people were killed outside a stadium in Istanbul before a football match between which two teams? Half a point each.
13. Which former footballer pledged £500,000 worth of toys and gifts to the Cash for Kids children's charity?
14. Hundreds of people were evacuated as firefighters tackled a huge blaze at a former cotton mill in which town?
15. Which European country's Civil Contingencies Agency sent out a letter to local authorities telling them they must be equipped to respond to the threat of war?
16. Jockey Walter Swinburn, who died aged 55, rode the Derby winner three times - on Shahrastani in 1986 and Lammtarra in 1995. Name the other horse and the year. Half a point for the name and half for the year.
17. Four men from Derby, a woman from London and man from which town were arrested on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act?
18. Stormtroopers were pictured descending on London to celebrate the release of the new Star Wars film. What is it called?
19. Why was 27-year-old Lizzie Velasquez in the headlines?
20. According to a poll of Radio Times readers what is Britain’s favourite Christmas film?
21. Who tried to defuse a public family spat by saying: 'This is getting to the point where they will lose a son and a husband. I've had enough’?
22. What event was described as a historical watershed 'like the birth of Christ, the revelation of the Quran, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the two world wars'?
23. A BBC investigation uncovered a people smuggling gang charging £5,000 to take people across the Channel in the back of which company's lorries?
24. How much was National Lottery operator Camelot fined by the gambling watchdog for paying out on a 'deliberately damaged ticket'?
25. Tory MP Peter Bone was scolded by the Speaker John Bercow for flouting Parliament's strict rules. What did he do?
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