Friday, 12 January 2018

Here's the newsquiz - give it a go

Well done to Toby Brown who was top scorer in last week’s newsquiz with 20 points. Other high scores were posted by Gavin Devine on 18.5 and Sian Brewis, Dominic Hurst and Enid Shelmerdine who all scored 18. Impressive scores. Here is this week’s quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week’s events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

Today's front pages
1. Doctors from how many A&E departments sent a letter to Theresa May warning that the NHS 'is severely and chronically underfunded’ and that the 'current level of safety compromise is at times intolerable’?
2. In Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle Karen Bradley, MP for Staffordshire Moorlands, was appointed to which position?
3. Who resigned from the Government after refusing the job as Work and Pensions Secretary in the Cabinet reshuffle?

4. Speaking on Channel 5’s the Wright Stuff, Nigel Farage suggested he wanted a second EU referendum, saying: 'What is for certain is that the Cleggs, the ____, the ____ will never, ever-ever give up’. Who are the two missing people? Half a point for each.
5. Carrie Gracie resigned from which post at the BBC in protest at the gender pay gap, accusing the corporation of a 'secretive and illegal' culture of unequal salaries?
6. Oprah Winfrey dedicated her Golden Globes speech to a woman who had died ten days earlier, just before her 98th birthday. What was the woman’s name?
7. French actress Catherine Deneuve was among 100 French women who warned about a new ‘puritanism’  sparked by recent sexual harassment scandals. Where was the letter first published?
8. What sold out within hours of Meghan Markle visiting a Brixton radio station? 
9. Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for which city for a fee of £142 million?
10. Who said he had felt ‘isolated' and under pressure to say gay sex was not sinful?
11. Which railway station was evacuated after a fire on the main concourse spread to the roof?
12. Which High Street company announced its most successful sales day in history on Black Friday and that in the six weeks ending December 30 its sales were £1.96billion ... a 2.5 percent rise on the previous year?
13. According to official data, 24,473 attempts were made to do what in the Houses of Parliament since the general election?
14. Which new controversial advert opens with a cartoon of a young man who appears to be crying and a narrator saying. 'It feels like, as a man, you can never express your emotions’?
15. Why did You Tube cut its ties with one of its 'stars', 22-year-old Logan Paul, who had 15 million subscribers?
16. Former football coach Barry Bennell appeared at Liverpool Crown Court accused of subjecting boys from the youth schemes of which two football clubs to hundreds of sexual assaults? Half a point for each.
17. Five men used axes to smash windows and steal jewellery believed to be worth £4million at which Paris hotel?
18. Roy Rohter, the founder of a Catholic school, Rebecca Riskin, owner of a real estate firm and Jim and Alice Mitchell, residents of the House of Contentment, were all victims of what?
19. Paramedic David Hickling, who was one of the first people to arrive at the Grenfell Tower tragedy, escaped a driving ban despite doing what speed on the A55 in Flintshire?
20. Ray Thomas, who died age 76, was the flautist and founding member of which rock band?
21. Virgin Trains announced it would no longer be stocking what, saying it was 'not compatible with the VT brand and our beliefs’?
22.  Racing commentator Matt Chapman left what job after only one week?
23. Why was 63-year-old Barbara Coombes in the headline?
24. Which 56-year-old died in his sleep after spending most of his life on an island in Wiltshire living in a purpose-built centrally-heated house with classical pillars and a TV?
25. What did Marks & Spencer withdraw from sale after it was ridiculed by consumers for its ‘excessive' plastic packaging and inflated price?

Answers here

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