Friday, 19 January 2018

The Aussie newsquiz ... Claudia's 14 to beat

I spent an enjoyable three days with six new trainees at Daily Mail Australia's Sydney office this week. They were trained on Content Creator with Nick Enoch and then we moved on to finding and writing stories in Mail style. They had sessions with news-editor Katie Davies and managing director Peter Holder. On Thursday they enjoyed informal 'meet the staff' drinks at the Sussex Hotel. We finished as always with the newsquiz, 25 questions about the week's events. The scratchcard (scratchy) was won by Claudia Poposki with 14, just pipping Holly Hales on 13.5. Here is the quiz. Give it a go and see if you can beat Claudia's 14. 

Will Ferrell interviews Roger Federer on court at the Australian Open. Question 12

1. How old was Jessica Falkholt who died three weeks after a crash which claimed the lives of her parents and sister?
2. Which character did Jessica Falkholt play in the soap Home and Away?
3. How did former Australian rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones help police this week?
4. Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor, said US president Trump was in 'excellent health' but warned he had a Body Mass Index of what?
5. Who suggested that former tennis champion Billie Jean King check her facts before making allegations?
6. Dolores O’Riordan, who died aged 46, was the lead singer with which Irish band?
7. 56-year-old Klaus Petr was stabbed to death while sitting in a park reading a bible outside which Sydney train station?
8. Mobile phone users in Hawaii received a message that said: 'Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a ____.’ What is the missing word?
9. Who tweeted 'I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live?’ 
10. A balcony collapsed at the stock exchange, injuring more than 80 people, in which country?
11. What is the surname of the family that reportedly kept their 13 children malnourished and chained to beds in Perris, California?
12. In an interview with Roger Federer at the Australian Open, Will Ferrell said: 'Quick question Roger. You're 36 years old, you seem ageless. Are you a witch or a ______?’ What is the missing word? 
13. After losing in the Australian Open, tennis player Bernard Tomic said: 'I just count money, that's all I do, I count my millions. You go make $__ or $__million. Good luck, bye bye.’ What are the two missing figures. Half a point for each.
14. Why was Amelia Blake in the headlines?
15. Who said the idea of shifting Australia Day from January 26 to another day to appease left-wing activists was 'rewriting history' and urged a stand be taken against 'vocal minorities’?
16. What is Ben Beath, the founder of Melbourne digital agency Loud & Clear, offering his staff if they boycott Australia Day and work instead?
17. Sean Price, 39, faces life behind bars after a US jury found him guilty of what?
18. What did Skyline Aviation Group pilot Lee Mitchell return to Tony Lethbridge?  
19. What did Richard Ligault 'simply forget’?
20. A Malaysian Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur ran into technical difficulties and was forced to make an emergency landing where? 
21. Who announced her first pregnancy on Facebook by saying: 'Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we'll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats.’
22. What was the pseudonym used by the woman who wrote about her encounter with actor and comedian Aziz Ansari?
23. Who said this week he was ‘running around the streets of Sydney, all the gay bars, drinking a lot of wine... fabulous’? 
24. Who married two cabin crew during a flight flying from Santiago?
25. More than 9,000 train workers are due to hold a one-day strike in Sydney when?

Answers here

If you are feeling confident, the UK newsquiz is here

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