Friday, 21 April 2017

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz

Janet Boyle was the top scorer in last week's newsquiz with 18 points. Others in double figures included Simon O’Neill on 16, Liz Gerard 15, Gavin Devine 14 and Steve Silk 13. The Penman Partnership were the top team with 14.5, narrowly beating the Batstone Collective on 14. Here is this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events (dominated inevitably by the election). Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

The snap General Election dominated the week's newspapers
1. How many MPs voted in the Commons against holding a General Election on June 8?
2. Theresa May said she made the decision to call an election when she was walking with her husband in what country?

3. What did BBC presenter David Dimbleby say was a ‘perilous’ risk for Theresa May?
4. Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour's election campaign in London saying: 'It is the ______ versus the people and it is our historic duty to make sure that the people prevail.’ What is the missing word?
5. Downing Street chief of staff Fiona Hill texted a message to Sky News saying: 'You might want to tell Bunter that he should watch what he is saying about my boss's health, utterly unfounded and untrue.’ Who is the ‘Bunter’ that she is referring to?
6. Who went viral after learning about the election and declaring: 'You're joking! Not another one? Oh, for God's sake, I can't, honestly, I can't stand this. There's too much politics going on at the moment. Why does she need to do it?’
7. A crowdfunding page raised the deposit for a candidate who wants to stand against Lib Dem leader Tim Farron to 'knock him off his perch and put him in his plaice’. Name the candidate
8. What do Gisela Stuart, Tom Blenkinsop, Iain Wright and Pat Glass have in common?
9. What led to French presidential election candidates Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen and Francois Fillon cancelling their final campaign events? 
10. There were conflicting reports over whether the US was sending an aircraft carrier to North Korea. What was the carrier called?
11. Who did Prince William speak to on FaceTime as part of a campaign to raise awareness about mental health?

12. Prince William warned British men that keeping a ___ ___ ___  was detrimental to mental health. What are the three missing words?
13. Who took over a new job in football and admitted he hadn’t seen his new team play and that he didn’t have 'a magic wand’?
14. Two EasyJet passengers were removed from an overbooked flight at Luton Airport. Where were they flying to?

15. Who said: 'We’ve got a lot to do, we are on this path but it’s time to change gears and go faster … we are carrying out the most important reform in the history of our nation’?
16. Who tweeted a picture of four Yeoman Warders along with the message: 'Just your average Wednesday. What a fantastic day!’?
17. Whose labour, which was watched by more than 1.2million people over the last three months, finally resulted in a birth at the weekend?
18. Afghanistan veteran Duncan Slater became the first double-leg amputee to complete the Marathon des Sables - the 'toughest race on Earth’. Where does the race take place?
19. Serena Williams revealed she is 20-weeks pregnant with her first child by sharing a close up of her bump on which app?
What is the nickname of the football team whose promotion to the Premier League was confirmed on Easter Monday?
21. What is the name of the East London nightclub where people were injured after acid was thrown in the early hours of Easter Monday?
22. One high street company announced plans to close six stores (and open another 36) and another is evaluating whether to close up to ten after shares fell more than five per cent. Name the two stores. Half point for each.
23. Why was Kathrine Switzer in the headlines?
24. Five people were killed in Portugal after a plane crashed on a lorry unloading outside which supermarket?
25. What were the last words Teresa Elliott said to her dying ex-husband Michael to comfort him?

Answers here

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