Friday, 24 November 2017

The newsquiz ... 25 questions about the week

There were some very impressive scores in last week's newsquiz. The pick of the bunch was a remarkable 20 by Liz Gerard. Hot on her heels was Simon O'Neill ('paying attention for once') with 19. Toby Brown scored 17.5 and Dave Bromage 17. The top teams were the Penman Partnership with 18 and Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe with 17. Dominic Hurst scored a below par 14 but confessed, as he works for the BBC, he fell asleep half way through! Here's this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events. Let me know how you get on. 

The Budget dominated Thursday's front pages (Questions 1-3)

1. Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged in the Budget that stamp duty would be abolished for first-time buyers on properties worth up to how much?
2. The Chancellor froze alcohol duty apart from an increase in tax on what type of drink?
3. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, being heckled by a Tory frontbencher in his Budget response, said: 'The ____, ____ attitude of certain members opposite needs to be called out.’ What are the two missing words?
4. The European Commission cancelled the UK's turn to host which event, saying the UK will no longer be eligible after it leaves the EU in 2019?
5. Why was this week's BBC Question Time cut short to 40 minutes?
6. Philip Hammond, speaking on the Andrew Marr show, said: 'Where are all these _____ people? There are no _____ people.' What is the missing word?
7. Talks to form the next German government collapsed on Sunday after which party walked out of marathon negotiations with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats?
8. Children in Need raised a record-breaking ‘on the night’ amount of money. To the nearest million pounds, what was the figure?
9. Eurotunnel is preparing for the post-Brexit era with a rebrand to 'mark the group’s passage into an exciting new era for mobility infrastructures’. What is the company’s new name to be?
10. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over as president of Zimbabwe, is known by which nom de guerre, acquired during his guerrilla warfare days?
11. What was the chief executive of fashion chain Fat Face referring to when he said ‘it's bad for customers, it's bad for business, it's bad for UK retail’?
12. What happened to Andrew Brady, Anisa Topan and Charles Burns this week?
13. Czech tennis player, Jana Novotná, who died age 49, won the women's singles title at Wimbledon in which year?
14. Who voluntarily agreed not to go on the BBC after accepting that his behaviour over a decade ago was 'occasionally juvenile’?
15. Shares in which company had their biggest fall in a single day after it lost 823,000 customers in four months?
16. Which company paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data of 57 million people - and to keep the breach of security quiet?
17. Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, the ‘butcher of Bosnia’, was sentenced to life after being convicted of genocide by a UN criminal tribunal held in which city?
18. What is the name of the Argentinian navy submarine that has gone missing with 44 crew on board?
19. Which former Manchester City footballer was sentenced to nine years in prison by a court in Milan after being found guilty of sexual assault?
20. The actors who played the characters Keith Partridge and Bob Ferris both died this week. Name the two 1970s' TV programmes. Half a point for each.
21. Why was 19-year-old Rory Farquharson in the headlines?
22. England and Australia began the first Ashes this week at the Gabba. In which city is the famous cricket ground?
23. Who, in his resignation speech, said of his time in parliament: 'I think it’s a small cosy little club. I think it has all of the worst aspects of the old British system. I can tell you, it would fry your head to listen to the nonsense that is talked.’
24. Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to celebrate a 70th wedding anniversary - what element is used to describe the 70th anniversary?
25. Sarah Hall from Tyneside asked for which book to be removed from classes at her son's primary school as it promotes ‘inappropriate' sexual behaviour?

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