Friday, 7 April 2017

The newsquiz: 25 questions about the week

There were some high scores in last week's newsquiz. It is either getting easier or you are all getting sharper. Team Jamieson scored an incredible 23 - 'the best ever' - and Sophie Jamieson scored 20 on her own! The Penman Partnership scored 21 - which would have won easily on most other weeks. Other high scorers were Janet Boyle with an impressive 18 and Damon Wake on 17. Here is this week's quiz - 25 questions about events in the last seven days. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. 

The Times front page on the nerve gas attack on children in Syria  - which led to US missile strikes (Questions 1-3)
1. How many Tomahawk cruise missiles did the US launch from destroyers USS Ross and Porter in an attack on the Syrian airfield at al-Shayrat near Homs?
2. In which state was US president Donald Trump when the missiles were launched? 
3. The US missile attack on Syria was a result of president Bashar al-Assad apparently killing more than 75 civilians in Idlib province with a banned toxic nerve gas. What is the name of the gas?
4. Gibraltar's chief minister Fabian Picardo accused European Council President Donald Tusk of behaving like a '_____ _____ who is taking it out on the children' for including the territory in negotiating guidelines. What are the missing two words?
5. What is the name of Spanish warship that was asked by a Royal Navy unit to leave Gibraltar’s disputed territorial waters?
6. Within days of Prime Minister Theresa May triggering Article 50 a tender was sent out by the Home Office for the redesign and production of a new passport. How much did the tender say was the estimated value of the contract?
7. What happened between the Institute of Technology and Sennaya Ploshchad?
8. What is the name of the BBC journalist who Sunderland manager David Moyes apologised to after warning her: 'You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman’?
9. In what way did Prime Minister Theresa May ignore Foreign Office advice when she met the Muhammad bin Nayef, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia?
10. He was born Stephen Stansbury in Hollywood, is a film producer and director and his many run-ins with the police include killing a mallard with a brick. Who is he?
11. According to the NHS Choices website, news reports that eating what product prevents dementia are 'laying it on a bit thick’?
12. Who said his experience at a disciplinary hearing 'was like sitting through a court in North Korea’?
13. Which company said it 'was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly, we missed the mark, and we apologise’?
14. The BBC prematurely announced the death of which veteran broadcaster?
15. Theresa May said she was 'very conscious' of and ‘would take into account’ the fact that governments had encouraged people to buy what?
16. Which company insists its 'riders' are called ‘independent suppliers’ who do not 'clock on', but 'log in' and receive ‘invoices' rather than 'payslips'?
17. Who is still hoping to ride Wonderful Charm in the Grand National despite injuring an arm in a fall on Thursday at Aintree?
18. Nigel Farage accused the EU of behaving like the Mafia but, after being chastised by the chairman of the European Parliament, changed the word Mafia to what?
19. Why was Andreea Cristea in the headlines?
20. Which two organisations did the Church of England accuse of 'airbrushing faith' from Easter egg hunts? Half a point for each
21. Name the former Tory MP, who defected to UKIP, but has now quit to support the Conservative group in the Welsh assembly?
22. What did Jon Platt, a businessman from the Isle of Wight, describe as  ‘outrageous’ and ‘shocking’? 
23. The Labour Party announced a policy to impose VAT on private education fees to raise £1 billion to pay for what?
24. Why did staff call police to the Travelodge at Chertsey?
25. Who surprised nobody by announcing, at the age of 73, he was gay?

Answers here

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