Friday, 29 June 2018

Time to tackle this week's newsquiz

The top scorer in last week's newsquiz was Gavin Devine with an impressive 17, narrowly ahead of Janet Boyle on 16. The top team score was 16 by Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe (with help from daughter Meg on her 16th birthday). 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 one.

The back pages relish Germany's departure from the World Cup
(Questions 7 and 8)
1. What is the name of the newspaper in Maryland whose offices were attacked by a gunman, killing five people? 
2. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson missed the MPs' vote on a third runway at Heathrow Airport because he was visiting which country?
3. A Commons Defence Committee report said that if the UK is to maintain influence with Washington and its Nato allies, the defence budget should rise from £40billion to what figure? 
4. Which two UK organisations joined forces to release a joint statement demanding that 'pace and urgency' be injected into the Brexit talks?
5. Treasury minister Liz Truss was admonished by Downing Street when she said: 'There's enough hot air and smoke at the ___ department already.’ Which Government department was she referring to?
6What reason did Scottish Labour MP Danielle Rowley give for being late to a House of Commons women and equalities debate?
7. England qualified for the last 16 in the World Cup. Who will they play in their next game on Tuesday?
8. There will be no German football team in the second stage of the World Cup for the first time since which year?
9. The general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union criticised the Grenfell inquiry saying: 'The line of questioning toward Mike Dowden (the fireman who led the initial response) has been, at times, ____’. What is the missing word?
10. On Thursday all four UK countries saw temperatures reach what figure for the first time in five years?
11. Why did Alison Ettel - who became known online as Permit Patty - threaten to report eight-year-old Jordan Austin to San Francisco police?
12. Why were Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan in the headlines?
13. US President Donald Trump said he was ‘surprised’ that which company was 'the first to wave the White Flag’ after it announced plans to shift some production out of the US in response to new tariffs?
14. Andrew RT Davies announced he was quitting as leader of what?
15. What number seed will seven-times champion Serena Williams be at Wimbledon next week?
16. The Duke of Cambridge visited the tomb of Princess Alice of Battenberg in east Jerusalem. How are they related?

17. Which company warned that profits in the first half of the year will be 'close to zero’, blaming heavy investment?
18. He was father to 11 children, who were never allowed to call him dad, and admitted that he whipped them 'with a switch and a belt’. Who was he?
19. According to a statement read by her husband who was 'a hard-working, dedicated doctor, doing the best for her patients in a very inadequately resourced part of the health service’?
20. What did MP Jonny Reynolds describe as ‘apocalyptic' and ‘looking like Mordor from Lord of the Rings’?
21. Manchester couple Charlie and Gayle Anderson were murdered in which country?
22. Which broadcaster and her eight-year-old daughter were rescued when the family’s boat went up in flames off Corfu?
23. Customers of which company have been warned they could be at risk of fraud or identity theft after a data breach affected tens of thousands of people?
24. Students at the University of Bristol raised £1,500 in order to do what?
25. Ed Sheeran is being sued for $100m (£76.4m) for allegedly copying parts of which Marvin Gaye song for his number one hit Thinking Out Loud?

Answers here

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