Saturday, 10 February 2018

Holly wins this week's Aussie newsquiz

The Daily Mail Australia trainees are coming to the end of their formal training. There is only a week to go before they head into the newsroom and then begin planning for their UK placements. They had sessions this week with Ian Perry on video, lawyer Paul Svilans on defamation, MD Peter Holder and Kimberley Brunt on the Press Council and handling complaints, Cameron Carpenter on social media and a chat with ex-trainees Ollie Gilman and Anneta Konstantinides about the Mail's global scheme. They continued to pitch stories too. Cait Kelly's story about the craze for dog yoga was published on Femail and used prominently on the home page. You can read it here. There are more stories in the pipeline.

On Thursday evening they had drinks at the Slip Inn with some of the senior staff. We finished the week, as always, with the newsquiz. This week's winner was Holly Hales with 13, narrowly ahead of Claudia Poposki on 12.5. The leader board is tight as we enter the final week, with only 1.5 points separating the top two. Here is the quiz. Let me know if you can beat Holly's 13. 

1. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and new partner Vikki Campion announced they are expecting a baby. What are the ages of Joyce and Campion? Half a point for each.
2. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull broke his silence on his deputy's affair describing it as 'a tough and ____ episode'. What is the missing word?
3. Barnaby Joyce's wife of 24 years said she felt 'deceived' by her estranged husband. What is her name?
4. A Crocodile Dundee-inspired TV commercial was shown to 110 million Super Bowl viewers as part of a Tourism Australia campaign targeting American travellers. How much, in Australian dollars, has the campaign cost?
5. Which actor plays the central role in the 
Tourism Australia adverts as Dundee's 'doofus' son returning to the outback to save his dad?
6. What is the name of the 58-year-old circus boss who has been charged with 43 offences including aggravated assault and sexual intercourse with a child?
7. The Bachelorette's Sophie Monk said an ill-fated trip holiday over Christmas made her realise she didn't have a future with Stu Lundy. Which country were they visiting?
8. Sophie Monk told A Current Affair: 'I'd love to (have kids) because I know they'd be so loved. I'd love to be a mum but I'm going to have to ____ ____.’ What are the two missing words?

9. Tobacco tycoon Travers 'Candyman' Beynon drew criticism after sharing photographs of naked women bearing tattoos of his company logo on their backsides. What did the logo say?
10. US television personality Kyle Jenner announced the name of her baby daughter on Instagram. What is the baby’s name?
11. John Mahoney, who died in a Chicago hospital age 77, was famous for playing which TV role from 1993 to 2004?
12. Vigilantes in Cranbourne, south east Melbourne, are arming themselves to protect their properties. What is the name of the group?
13. Tradies grappled with security guards as they stormed a locked building site to recover their tools after which construction firm shut down all work?
14. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau came under fire after he interrupted a woman and corrected her for saying what word?
15. Who confirmed he had quit, on a Facebook post, saying: 'It was an incredible experience but I miss my family and feel like I have accomplished everything I wanted to do.’?
16. How were people injured early on Thursday morning at Dixon's Creek in Victoria's Yarra Valley?
17. Driver Chris Holloway failed a breathtest despite being totally sober. What did he admit to using that may have sent him ten times over the drink-drive limit?
18. Why was 24-year-old Jacob Stanes in the headlines?
19. Labor MP Susan Lamb broke down in tears in Parliament when she explained she could not renounce her British citizenship because her mother abandoned her at the school gates when Ms Lamb was how old?
20. A pregnant woman and her unborn baby have died after being bitten by a snake in a backyard in which town in mid-west Australia?
21. The wife of 64-year-old Robert Doyle talked about her pain when he had to quit his post after being accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour. What was his post?
22. Alex Arnold told how his cellmate walked around half-naked in a towel and how they shared back massages together. What was the name of his cellmate?
23. Sydney’s Inner West Council will formally consider scrapping what when it holds its first meeting of the year next Tuesday?
24. What did Scotty James carry on Friday evening?
25. A Melbourne mother received a ‘reminder’ saying that which item in her child’s lunchbox 'did not comply with the school's nutrition policy’?

Answers here

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