Friday, 3 March 2017

Test your news knowledge with this week's quiz

The top team score in last week's newsquiz was 20.5 by the Penman Partnership, narrowly beating their rivals, the Batstone Collective, on 19. The top solo score was a reticent Mike Lowe with 20, just ahead of Liz Gerard on  18. These are very good scores - so top quizzing. Well done. Maybe the quiz needs to get tougher. Anyway, here are 25 questions about this week's events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.  

Oscar fiasco on the front of The Telegraph (Q1, 2 and 3)

1. Name the two accountants who were fired from the Oscars and later given bodyguards after the Best Film mix-up.
2. Casey Affleck won the Best Actor award at the Oscars for which movie?
3. Whose death came too late to be included in the ‘in memoriam' montage at the Oscars but was mentioned by a tearful Jennifer Aniston?
4. The House of Lords voted in favour of amending the Brexit bill by a majority of how many?
5. Who caused gasps in the House of Lords when he accused peers of 'thinking of nothing but the rights of foreigners’?
6. Lawyers said that relatives of the British victims of the Tunisia terror attack are planning to sue which tour operator?
7. Parents have criticised schools for banning oversized brightly coloured hair clips known as what?
8. Ken Dodd was knighted by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace this week. How old is Ken Dodd?
9. Waterstones opened stores under different names, leading to accusations it is posing as independent bookshops, in three towns. Name the towns? Half a point for two, a full point for all three. 
10. He was born in Leeds, was a political writer for the Daily Mirror and the New Statesman and served as a Manchester MP for 47 years. Who is he?
11. John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, warned that the Labour Party’s existence is at risk, saying: 'We have to alert party members and supporters that the ___ ____ is underway.' What are the missing words?
12. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary reported that most police forces in England and Wales were good but that one was outstanding and one was inadequate. Name both. Half point each.
13. How much will the TV licence fee be when it increases next month?
14. According to a Downing Steet spokesman what has Theresa May given up for Lent?
15. A ‘Lisbon Lion’ who scored in the first ever European Cup final victory by a British club died this week. Who is he?
16. Which railway station has been closed since Tuesday after a retaining wall collapsed?
17. Actor Ricky Tomlinson claimed Richard Whiteley was a spy because he presented a documentary in 1972 that was 'designed, written, made and paid for by the security services'. What was the documentary called? 
18. Sir Philip Green is to contribute how much money to the BHS pension fund?
19. President Donald Trump has defended 'an honest man' amid calls for him to quit. Who was he referring to?
20. What did Nicola Bailey do that led to an appearance before magistrates in North Staffordshire?
21. Newly-appointed Michelle O'Neill led which party into an election this week?
22. Why was Darren February in the headlines?
22. Whose  credibility, according to Parliamentary Select Committee chairman Damian Collins, is in tatters? 
24. John Major said this week that 'a lot more _______ and a little less cheap ______ would do much to protect the interests of the United Kingdom’. What are the two missing words? Half a point for each.
25. A train was stopped at Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, after what were being flung around a carriage by rowdy passengers who then started fighting?

Answers here

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