Friday, 22 June 2018

Time to tackle this week's newsquiz

Last week's newsquiz was clearly a tough one. For two days the top scorers, including Toby Brown, Steven Silk, the Penmans and Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe were all stuck on a modest 14. Finally Janet Boyle crashed through the 14 barrier with a powerful 15. I think this week's is a bit easier. As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. 

 An American perspective on the US border policy (Questions 4, 5 and 6)

1. The Government's Brexit bill passed through Parliament after assurances were accepted by rebels that MPs would have a meaningful say. What was the Government majority?
2. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MPs and senators from which country that: 'As the clock to Brexit ticks down, we must prepare for every eventuality, including no deal’?
3. Chief operating officer Tom Williams confirmed his company, which employs 14,000 people at 25 sites in Britain, is considering cutting thousands of jobs over concerns about Brexit?  What is the company?
4. In the executive order that US president Donald Trump signed ending the controversial policy of family separation at the Mexican border what word in the title was initially misspelt?
5. What is the colloquial name given to the largest US Customs and Border Protection ‘holding centre’ in McAllen, Texas, where immigrant children, separated from their parents, are being held in cages? 
6. First Lady Melania Trump set off on her visit to immigrant children being held at the border in Texas wearing a khaki coat from Zara with what message on the back?
7. An independent panel reported that 456 patients had their lives shortened after they were prescribed powerful opioids 'without medical justification' at which hospital?
8. Who said this week: 'The suggestion that I am some sort of pervert is a complete travesty of the truth’?
9. Lord Sugar apologised for causing offence after he tweeted a picture of which country’s football team, saying he recognised some of them from the beach in Marbella?
10. Which member of the England World Cup party dislocated a shoulder while out running?
11. Benazir Bhutto was the first in 1990 and this week Jacinda Ardern became the second person to do what?
12. Leslie Gratham, who played Dirty Den in EastEnders, died aged 71. Before joining the soap opera he served ten years in prison for what offence?
13. Naz Shah said: 'I was in my pyjamas. It felt personally very undignified and very invasive. It was embarrassing.’ Where was she?
14. Three young graffiti artists died after being struck by a train near which London station?
15. The BBC announced that David Dimbleby is to step down as presenter of Question Time after almost 25 years. How old is he?
16. With 18.3 million viewers what, according to the BBC, overtook the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to become the most watched broadcast in the UK this year?
17. A shortage of what led to fears for beer, fizzy drink and chicken supplies?
18. A world renowned school of art was extensively damaged by fire in which city?
19. Dedrick Williams, 22, appeared before a Broward County judge via video charged with whose murder?
20. What happened to fashion shop Nataliya Couture outside Royal Ascot?
21. A baby born on a Paris train was given free rail travel on the network until what age?
22. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that what will become fully legal in Canada on October 17?
23. Stanislaw Skupian was jailed for 16 weeks at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to fraud by false representation. What did he do?
24. Former Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon, who died age 32, was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009. Which other beauty title did she hold?
25. Koko, a female western lowland gorilla who died at the Gorilla Foundation in California, gained fame for apparently mastering what?

Answers here

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