Friday, 3 August 2018

The newsquiz - 25 questions about the week

The top scorer in last week's newsquiz was Louise Hart's team with a runaway 19. The top solo score was 15 by Gavin Devine. Other good scores were 16 by Heather and Pete Clifton and 15 by The Penmans. 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 on.

Today's front pages
1. Prime Minister Theresa May cut short her summer break in Italy for a meeting on Friday (today) aiming to persuade who to sign up to her Chequers vision for Brexit?
2. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted: 'As said in Vienna this morning, we want the EU to prosper but there is a real risk of a messy divorce which would be a ____ mistake'. What is the missing word?
3. On an official meeting to China, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt confessed to making a 'terrible mistake’. What was it? 
4. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn apologised for hosting an event in the Commons at which a Holocaust survivor compared Israel to Nazism. In what year did the event take place?
5. The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Labour Movement called for the suspension of which Labour NEC member after he reportedly blamed Jewish 'Trump fanatics' for accusations of anti-Semitism in the party?
6. Which court ruled that legal permission will not be needed to withdraw treatment from patients in permanent vegetative state when families and doctors are in agreement?
7. The Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee reported that some of the UK's national parks could become burial sites for what?
8. The Bank of England raised the interest rate to what per cent … the highest level since March 2009?
9. US president Donald Trump told a Make America Great Again rally in Tampa that: ‘If you go out and you want to buy ____, you need a picture on a card, you need ID.’ What is the missing word?
10. The future of which retailer was thrown into doubt after C.banner, which owns Hamley's, announced it would not proceed with a proposed £70 million investment?
11. The chairman of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission urged the country to 'move on beyond the blemishes of Wednesday' when the army opened fire on protestors in Harare, killing how many people?
12. Weather forecasters are predicting that Europe's all-time temperature record could be broken this weekend. The current record is 48C (118.4F) set in July 1977 in which city?
13. He was born in Southend in 1939, sailed a third of a million miles including crossing the Atlantic 30 times and survived for four days in an air pocket during a solo round-the-world race. Who is he?
14. The former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson walked free from which prison after being released on bail by appeal judges?
15. Which county celebrated its special day on Wednesday with leading figures calling for devolution?
16. Who had a 'crazy 24 hours’ which included a congratulatory phone call from Arsène Wenger and video messages from Sir Elton John and Gareth Bale?
17. Which company issued a recall of some of its brands after finding that a 'limited number are not passing our stringent shelf-life durability tests’?
18. Passengers fled from the cabin of a Ryanair flight when a mobile phone burst into flames minutes before take-off from which airport?
19. Who became the world’s first trillion-dollar public company on Thursday, meaning its value is now more than a third the size of the UK economy and larger than those of Turkey and Switzerland?
20. The Football Association confirmed that it is researching the feasibility of hosting the World Cup in which year?
21. What was the stage name of the drill music rapper, a member of Moscow17, who was stabbed to death in Camberwell, south London?
22. Midwife Samantha Eastwood disappeared after finishing a night shift at the Royal University hospital in which city?
23. What did a British stag party pay a 34-year-old homeless man in Benidorm €100 to do?
24. Why were Fred and Lesley Higgins, from Aberdeenshire, in the headlines?
25. Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham won this year’s Love Island but what are the full names of the couple who came second. Half a point for each.

Answers here

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