Friday, 5 January 2018

Try the first newsquiz of the year

Last week's top news quizzer was Elly Rewcastle with a massive 22 - the benefit of working in a newsroom over Christmas.  Janet Boyle also did well with 19 ... a winning score on any other week. The top team were the drinkers in the Three Legs who notched up 19, narrowly ahead of the Penman Partnership with 18. Here's this week's quiz, the first of the year. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. 

1. Prime Minister Theresa May apologised after it was revealed that 16,900 people were stuck where in the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve?
2. Former Labour minister Andrew Adonis resigned as chairman of what, in protest at Theresa May’s management of Brexit?

3. Which writer deleted thousands of tweets amid a row over his appointment to the board of the Office for Students, which can regulate university vice chancellors’ pay and enforce campus ‘free speech’?   
4. Environment secretary Michael Gove told farmers that the Government would guarantee subsidies at the current EU level until when?
5. Which party leader asked supporters not to allow his relationship with a 25-year-old model to distract him or the party from their 'vital mission’?
6. Richard Cousins, who was one of six people killed in a seaplane crash near Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve, was the outgoing CEO of the world's largest catering firm. What is the company called? 
7. What did Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, say was always on his desk?
8. Public Health England launched a campaign to encourage parents to look for snacks of no more than how many calories - and to limit them to two a day?
9. The captains of England women’s cricket team and Wales men's rugby union side were both awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours. Name them both. Half a point for each
10. Who said, on receiving an honour at New Year, that: 'I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honour. It is as much theirs as it is mine.’
11. A fire in a car park led to 4,000 people being evacuated from which show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool?
12. Britain’s exports of 500,000 tons of what have been stopped by the Chinese government?
13. Lawyers for US President Donald Trump are seeking to stop the release of a book by Michael Wolff which contains damaging allegations about the president's administration. What is the book called?
14. Unilever confirmed it is closing a historic Colman’s Mustard factory, ending a 200-year presence in which city?
15. Who flew from Australia to Britain, saying he was going 'to assess all the options’?
16. According to council leader Simon Dudley which town 'is different and requires a more robust approach to begging’?
17. Which country accused the US government of stepping up its acts of intervention in its internal affairs in a 'grotesque way’?
18. Author Nick Holland threatened to resign over model Lily Cole’s appointment as a 'creative partner' of which organisation?
19. Why was John Worboys in the headlines?
20. A fire at Woburn safari park in Bedfordshire killed thirteen what?
21. Rob Cross, who became world champion and banked a cheque for £400,000, gave up his job to become a professional darts player 16 months ago. What was his job?
22. Prince Philip reportedly made a gaffe on a walkabout at Sandringham after pointing at a bearded member of the crowd and asking if he was what?
23. Which company, in response to a customer's complaint about being referred to as ‘honey', tweeted to ask if she would prefer ‘pet' or ‘love' next time?
24. Shropshire council is investigating complaints about the restaurant Carlini in Albrighton after an 'ill-judged’ tweet in which a chef claimed to have done what?
25. Campaigners claimed that which drink was being stockpiled following AG Barr's announcement of a new recipe which will contain 54 per cent less sugar?
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