Friday, 17 May 2019

The newsquiz - 25 questions about the week

Last week's top scorer in the newsquiz was Jake Hurfurt with 19, narrowly ahead of Liz Gerrard on 18 and Steve Silk on 17. The top team was the Three Legs drinkers - Peter, Stacey, Melinda, Bryan and Tony - with a best ever score of 19, just ahead of the Roberts family on 18. 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.  



1. A fourth vote on Theresa May's Brexit will be held on the week beginning what date?
2. Who told the British Insurance Brokers' Association conference in Manchester: 'I'm going to go for it. Of course I'm going to go for it.’?
3. Defence secretary Penny Mordaunt promised an amnesty on offences committed more than ten years ago by veterans who served anywhere in the world with one exception? Where is it?
4. What is being put back in the public sector after the National Audit Office said part-privatisation, introduced in 2014 by then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, had cost taxpayers nearly £500million?
5. Whose long-delayed autobiography For The Record will be released on September 19 – days before the Tory Party conference?
6. Jeremy Kyle’s show, cancelled after the death of a participant, was ITV's highest rating daytime show and ran for how many years?
7. Following the cancellation of Jeremy Kyle’s show, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman Damian Collins said: 'There needs to be an independent review of the __ __ __ TV companies have to participants in reality TV shows’. What are the three missing words?

8. Five banks were fined €1.07billion (£935million) by the European Commission after they clubbed together to rig the foreign exchange market. Name any two of them. Half a point for each.
9. Arts minister Michael Ellis placed an export ban on what book, temporarily stopping it from leaving the UK?
10. Which two teams will compete for the final Premier League spot in the Championship play-offs. Half a point for each. 
11. Twenty five white male Republicans voted to ban what in Alabama?
12. Simon Armitage, a 56-year-old former probation officer, was appointed to which role?
13. Why was nurse Helen Kennett in the headlines?
14. The deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, descended nearly 35,853ft (10,927 metres) in which trench in the Pacific Ocean?
15. Who accepted substantial damages and an apology at the High Court from the Splash News agency that took aerial photographs of his home, forcing him and his wife, to move out?
16. Manchester City won the Premier Leage title, just one point ahead of Liverpool, with how many points in total?
17. US president Donald Trump declared a national economic emergency that empowers the government to ban technology and services to 'protect America from ___ ___’. What are the two missing words?
18. The founder of which company is handing over 60 per cent of his business to employees and giving the 500 staff a shared bonus of £3.5million?
19. What was the name of the professional wrestler who died after collapsing in the ring during a bout at the Roundhouse in Camden, London? 
20. A painting of haystacks by which artist was sold for $110.7million (£85.7million), at Sotheby’s in New York, to become the ninth-most expensive work ever sold at auction?
21. When Bob Hawke, who died at 89, was Australian Prime Minister he replaced what song with Advance Australia Fair? 
22. Who was banned from his local pub, the George and Dragon, after the landlord accused him of walking away from a head-on car crash on a country lane in Kent?
23. Doris Day, who died at 97, was best known as an actress but also had 15 top 40 singles in the UK charts, including two number ones. Name either of her No 1 hits.
24. Who won the leading actor and actress awards at the Baftas? Half a point for each.
25. Diners at Hawksmoor Manchester who ordered a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol for £260 were apparently mistakenly given a bottle worth how much?

Answers here

Friday, 10 May 2019

Time to tackle the newsquiz

The top scorer in last week’s newsquiz was Toby Brown with a huge 21.5. Other good scores were Gavin Devine with 19.5, Janet Boyle 19, Jaymes Bryla 17.5, Liz Gerard and Steve Silk 17 and Ginger Elvis 16. The best teams were Bruce and Sarah Hayward with 20, the Roberts family with 19 and Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe with 18.5. Here is this week’s quiz … as usual 25 questions about the week’s events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. 



1. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son is called Archie Harrison ... and what other name?
2. What weight was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby at birth?
3. Who said this week: ‘It was one of those moments when I wanted the ground to open and swallow me up. It was extremely embarrassing … it was a brain freeze, like for an actor on stage’?
4. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo urged the UK not to do a deal with Huawei, saying: 'Ask yourself, would the ___ ___ be silent when China violates the sovereignty of nations through corruption or coercion?’ What are the two missing words?
5. Lib Dem leader Vince Cable defended his party’s Euro-elections slogan, saying: 'There is also something called humour, okay maybe as a country we have lost our sense of humour but it is an attempt to put in a more pungent way, what an awful lot of people think’. What is the slogan?
6. At Prime Minister’s Question Time Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told Theresa May to 'take some tips' from who 'on how to get a good result in Europe.’ 
7. Forty-one people were killed when a plane owned by which airline made an emergency landing at a Moscow airport after being struck by lightning?
8. An inquest into those killed in the London Bridge terror attacks heard that Spaniard Ignacio Echeverria was stabbed to death after hitting one of the three terrrorists with what?
9. According to research, published in the British Medical Journal, the 'sheer pace of modern life’ may be responsible for a fall in what?
10. What did 89-year-old Robert Phillips, who lives in Florida, send back to the UK after 60 years?
11. Rachael Warburton, 33, of Leigh, Greater Manchester, called for what Netflix drama to be banned after her 12-year-old daughter killed herself after watching it?
12. Israel said it will block activists, protesting against its treatment of the Palestinians, who plan to disrupt what event due to be held next weekend?
13. Guinness World Records apologised for an earlier decision and awarded Jessica Anderson with a world record for doing what?
14. Holland & Barrett is set to become the first UK high street retailer to stop selling what?
15. Why was ex-Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona fined almost £1,000, including costs, by Brighton Magistrates Court?
16. Spanish newspapers ran headlines that translate as ‘Embarrasing,’ ‘Historic failure’ and ‘The biggest farce in history’ this week. What event were they referring to?
17. He was born Frederick Leslie Fowell, was lead singer with Liverpool pop group the Midniters, had a television career after appearing on Opportunity Knocks and was the subject of one of the best-known tabloid newspaper headlines. Who was he?
18. Why was 14-year-old Oakley Cannonier hailed a hero in Liverpool?
19. Australia's latest 50 dollar note has an embarrassing typo. What word is misspelt?
20. The court crest from Westminster Magistrates was taken in an Argos carrier bag to where?
21. Which company was valued at $82billion (£63billion) ahead of its share listing in one of the biggest stock market flotations of the year?
22. Who described his sacking this week as 'a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity’?
23. Marks & Spencer introduced a controversial sandwich based on the traditional BLT - bacon, lettuce and tomato - called the LGBT. What does the G stand for? 
24. Who scored a hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur to beat Ajax in the European Champions League semi-final?
25. Why did a takeaway cup from a coffee shop in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, go viral this week?

Answers here

Friday, 3 May 2019

Test your news knowledge with the quiz

The top solo scorer in last week’s newsquiz was Jamie Johnson with 20, just ahead of Jake Hurfurt, Toby Brown and Janet Boyle on 19. The top team was the Penmans with 19, narrowly ahead of Dora Allday and Miles Dilworth with 18.5. 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. 

Farewell to Gavin Williamson: Thursday's front pages (Questions 1 and 2)
1. Sacked Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson denied leaking information on Huawei, saying: 'I absolutely promise, hand on heart, I did not leak this. I realise my ____ will say I did, but I swear on my children’s lives I did not.’ What is the missing word?
2. Penny Mordaunt replaced Gavin Williamson to become the first ever female UK Defence Secretary. What was her previous Cabinet position?
3. The leader of which party made an early declaration that it was 'the big winner’ in yesterday’s local elections?
4. Labour MP Fiona Onasanya became the first politician to lose her seat in the Commons by voters using a recall petition, meaning a by-election will be held in which constituency?
5. MPs passed a Labour Party motion which made the UK parliament the first in the world to declare what?
6. English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson had milkshakes thrown over him in which two Northern towns? Half a point for each. 
7. What began in London on Tuesday, will hear witnesses in Belfast, Leeds, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and is expected to last three years?
8. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was jailed for 50 weeks after being found guilty of what charge?
9. Which two football teams confirmed their promotion to the Premier League? Half a point for each.
10. Two men were charged with preventing lawful burial after two bodies were discovered in what in a house in Canning Town, London?
11. Which city became the first in the UK to report a drop in childhood obesity after introducing a programme to help parents set boundaries for their children?
12. Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya lost her case against new rules by the International Association of Athletics Federations which restricts what in female runners?
13. Politician Juan Guaidó was stripped of his parliamentary immunity in which country?
14. Actor Peter Mayhew, who died aged 74, played which role in five different films?
15. What is the full eight-word title of the Queen's highest award that was given to the Duchess of Cambridge? 
16. What did Marc Marshall, 54, do in the dock of Inner London Crown Court after being jailed for fraud?
17. Musician Pete Doherty needed hospital treatment after being injured by what animal?
18. Who made his first public appearance since 2014 in an 18-minute video?
19. What verdict did the Southwark coroner record at an inquest into the death of 37-year-old burglar Henry Vincent?
20. Norwegian marine experts believe that a white beluga whale they found wearing a harness was doing what?
21. Why was Tottenham Hotspur fan Neil Markham of Banbury in the headlines?
22. John Singleton, who died aged 51, was the youngest film-maker and the first African American, to be nominated for a best director Oscar. What was the name of the film?
23. Marks & Spencer removed what from the recipe of its Percy Pig sweets in response to consumer demand?
24. Lukas Bates, 30, got stuck as he crossed the finish line of the London Marathon as his ten-foot outfit was too tall. What was he dressed as?
25. Ed Sheeran's Supermarket Flowers, You Raise Me Up by Westlife and Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy were all included in which top ten?

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Friday, 26 April 2019

Have a crack at the newsquiz

The top solo scorer in last week's newsquiz was Janet Boyle with 17. The top team was the Roberts family who were understandably 'well-chuffed' with 22. Bruce and Sarah Hayward also deserve a mention for their 17. Here is this week's newsquiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. 

Sri Lanka dominates the front pages
1. Three churches were targeted in the Sri Lanka terror attacks. One was the Zion Church in the coastal city of Batticaloa. Name the other two. Half a point of each.
2. How many British nationals were among the people killed in the Sri Lankan terror attacks?
3. The largest shareholder of online fashion company Asos, Anders Holch Povlsen, who lost three children in the Sri Lankan attacks is the wealthiest man in which country? 
4. Where were British Prime Minister Theresa May, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald all together on Wednesday?
5. Nigel Farage welcomed Ann Widdecombe to his Brexit Party 'as our lead candidate' in which region?
6. Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel announced she will contest the European elections for which party?
7. Chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady said: 'Following the prime minister’s decision to set out a schedule for her departure as leader of the party should the withdrawal agreement pass, we seek similar clarity from her in other circumstances. We should have a clear ____ forward’? What is the missing word?
8. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said he could not rule out a criminal investigation being held into leaks from a National Security Council meeting about the UK using what?
9. Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott apologised in a tweet for drinking a can of what M&S cocktail on a London train?
10. Friends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee put red handprints on the walls of which dissident republican group?
11. Sixteen-year-old climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has which condition that she says helps her 'think outside the box’?
12. Dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists laid down on the floor of which London building as part of a 'die-in’ protest?
13. Faye Mooney from Manchester was one of two people shot dead by gunmen who stormed a holiday resort in which country?
14. Joe Biden joined the Democratic presidential contest, declaring the 'soul of this nation’ is at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. How old is he?
15. How many people did Saudi Arabia execute on Tuesday for alleged terrorism-related crimes?
16. In which country was ’the chocolate king’ replaced by a comedian?
17. Buckingham Palace announced that US President Donald Trump will make a three-day state visit to the UK starting on which date?
18. The first Briton to lift football’s European Cup (now the Champions League) died age 79. Name him.
19. Altrincham fish and chip shop owner Asdrit Kapaj, 42, who pleaded guilty to 21 counts of burglary at Kingston Crown Court was known by which nickname?
20. The family and estate of which author have distanced themselves from a film starring Nicholas Hoult saying they 'do not endorse it or its content in any way’?
21. Which two former Olympic gold medalists had a public altercation at a hotel in Addis Ababa?
22. Who called in the police after protesters hung dead crows on his garden fence?
23. What did Heathrow, Kinlochewe, Cardiff and Armagh have in common this week?
24. Peter Kay was seen, for the first time since he announced the cancellation of his tour in 2017, posing with fans on what?
25. The cast and creative team of the next James Bond movie were unveiled at a launch event in which country?

Answers here

Friday, 19 April 2019

Time to tackle the Good Friday newsquiz ...


It maybe Easter but there is no escaping the newsquiz. So grab yourself a hot cross bun and test your knowledge of the week’s events. Last week’s top solo scorers were Tom Savage and Janet Boyle, both with 19. Toby Brown scored 18 and Sian Brewis, The Sub Editor (I know who you are) and Dave Bromage all scored 17. Bruce and Sarah Hayward, with a PB 21, were the top team. Ellie Rewcastle, with help from a couple of Telegraph subbing colleagues, got 20. Here’s this week’s quiz, as usual 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. 


1. In a live presidential broadcast Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral of Notre Dame 'even more beautiful than it was’ in how many years?
2. Different editions of a novel by which writer held the first, third, fifth, seventh and eighth slots in Amazon France’s bestseller list this week?
3. Around 180,000 what are housed on the roof of the cathedral of Notre Dame and ‘miraculously’ survived the fire?
4. Who was ’not planning to run’ for Prime Minister but has ‘kept the door slightly ajar’?
5. Home Secretary Sajid David said he could easily have fallen into a life of crime as he ‘grew up on what was once tabloid-dubbed Britain’s most dangerous street’? The street he was referring to was Stapleton Road in which city?
6. UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin, at the launch of the party’s European election campaign, refused to apologise for a tweet that said he 'wouldn’t even ____' Labour MP Jess Phillips. What is the missing word?
7. Who said this week: 'To have my kids there, it's come full circle. My dad was here in 1997 and now I'm the dad with two kids there’?
8. Eco-protesters were arrested after gluing themselves to the door, smashing windows, spraying graffifi on the walls and sloshing oil on the buildings of which company's London HQ?
9. What was the name of the 29-year-old journalist who was shot dead in riots in Derry?
10. According to the Mueller report, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Donald Trump that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said: ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my ____.’ What is the missing word?
11. Why was 15-year-old Daniel Hegarty back in the headlines?
12. Millionaire landlord Paul Bussetti is to appear at Westminster magistrates court after posting a video of what last November?
13. At least 29 people, killed in a bus accident on the Portuguese island of Madeira, were tourists from which country?
14. Actor Bradley Welsh, who played gangster Mr Doyle in the second Trainspotting movie, was shot dead in which city?
15. Professional footballers are boycotting social media for 24 hours starting today (Friday) in a bid to highlight racism. What is the campaign called?
16. Nine-year-old Frankie Macritchie was killed by a dog while on holiday at a holiday park in which seaside town?
17. Which healthcare group was fined £300,000 over the death of 14-year-old Amy El-Keria at a hospital in East Sussex?
18. Which bank became the first to promise compensation to all victims of fraud?
19. Actress Mya-Lecia Naylor, who appeared in TV shows Almost Never and Mille Inbetween and in films including Absolutely Fabulous and Cloud Atlas, died this week. How old was she?
20. Who said she was ‘lucky to be alive’ after fleeing barefoot in her pyjamas after a fire broke out in her London home?
21. British teachers Milly and Toby Savill were killed when they accidentally reversed their buggy over a ravine's edge on which Greek island?
22. Which actress has revealed she is raising her seven-year-old as a girl - after introducing the child to the world as a boy?
23. Spurs beat Manchester City in a seven-goal Champions League match to set up a semi-final against which team?
24. Who took to Twitter to say: 'Anyone with any adult life experience knows there are two sides to every story. I haven't got the time or energy to correct some of the utter nonsense I've read on here’?
25. Why did 192,000 people stay up until after 2am on Monday?

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Friday, 12 April 2019

Have a crack at the newsquiz

There were some strong scores in last week’s newsquiz. The joint top solo scorers were Jemma Carr and Ellie Rewcastle with 19.5, narrowly ahead of Janet Boyle and Adam Shergold on 18.5, Steve Silk on 18 and Jaymes Bryla on 17. The extended Penman/Thompson Clan were the top team with 21. 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. The EU agreed to which date as the new deadline for Brexit?
2. Chancellor Philip Hammond said: 'We spent ____ so far on preparing for Brexit, but that is not just for a no-deal Brexit - much of that money would need to be spent anyway, putting in place systems to replace EU systems that we've been using up to now.’ What is the missing figure?
3. MPs were told by the leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom that they would get an Easter holiday of how many days?
4. In which city did Nigel Farage launch his new Brexit Party?
5. Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister, a 40-year-old former Telegraph journalist who has twice failed to get elected as a Tory MP, was introduced by Nigel Farage as a candidate for his new party. What is her name?
6. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London after being dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy where he had been since what year?
7. Why were Virgin and partner Stagecoach blocked from three rail franchises by the Department for Transport?
8. Debenhams shares were suspended from trading and the chain went into administration after it turned down a £200million rescue proposal from who?
9. A spacecraft called Beresheet from which country crash-landed on the moon?
10. What law came into force today (Friday) after a high-profile campaign led by 27-year-old writer Gina Martin?
11. Laleh Shahravesh was fined 3,000 UAE dollars (£624) in Dubai after calling her ex-husband’s wife what in a Facebook post?
12. Why was 29-year-old Dr Katie Bouman in the headlines?
13. Rugby Australia has terminated its contract with Israel Folau after he said what awaited gay people?
14. Jack Shepherd faced an Old Bailey judge who gave him a six-month sentence for what - on top of the six years for the manslaughter of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown?
15. In elections held this week Benjamin Netanyahu was on course to become Israel’s Prime Minister for a record number of times. How many?
16. The fatal accident inquiry into the Clutha helicopter crash in Glasgow in 2013 heard how each of the victims died. How many people lost their lives?
17. Who quit after seven years in the job, saying: 'I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments.’?
18. Football pundit Gordon Strachan was dropped by Sky Sports for making remarks that likened racist abuse to what?
19. Which project bought John Bishop's home for £6.8million despite the comedian previously criticising it?
20. The ULEZ came into force in Central London this week. What do the initials stand for?
21. James Cracknell became the oldest person to compete in the Cambridge-Oxford-boat race. How old is he?
22. Why did television presenter Tess Daly say she was 'devastated' adding that 'this has, and continues to be, a very emotional time for us all'?
23. Which school won David Walliam’s Golden buzzer in the first show of the new series of Britain's Got Talent?
24. Why was actress Shila Iqbal sacked from TV soap Emmerdale?
25. Fawlty Towers was named the 'greatest ever British sitcom' by a team of comedy experts. Which sitcom came second?

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Friday, 5 April 2019

Jemma wins newsquiz champagne

Farewell to the trainees: John Bennett, Emily Webber, Jemma Carr with the champagne for winning the quiz, Phoebe Eckersley, Raven Saunt and Amelia Wynne 

The MailOnline trainees enjoyed their final training week in Kensington with sessions by showbiz editor Louise Saunders, social media editor Chris Lawrence, Natalie Glanvill from the managing editor’s office and final interviews with Sue Ryan. They also had a quick Q&A with former trainee Faima Bakar.
Some of the stories that the trainees pitched and wrote were also published. You can read Jemma Carr’s Femail story on ridiculous hacks, such as making sandals out of sanitary pads, here


Emily Webber found out that, as the ninth series of Doc Martin begins filming in Cornwall, you can stay in his surgery for £255 a night. Read her travel story here



Phoebe Eckersley interviewed Michael Jackson’s Number 1 impersonator to see what impact the Leaving Neverland documentary has had on his forthcoming tour. You can read it here.


They have submitted other stories which will hopefully be published soon. Last night they had farewell drinks with the senior staff at the Greyhound. They are off on placement now and will return to the Mail in July. They are a bright and likeable bunch. I wish them well. We finished the course, as always, with the newsquiz. Well done Jemma who scored an impressive 19.5 and collected the champagne for the highest score over the four weeks. She narrowly beat Emily who scored 17. 
The best solo scores in last week’s quiz were Janet Boyle with 16, Gavin Devine and David Saunders who both scored 15 and 14.5 by Steve Silk and Kieran Corcoron. The best teams were Bruce and Sarah Hayward with 19.5 and the Penmans with 17.5. Here is this week’s quiz. As usual there are 15 questions about the week’s events. Give it a go and see if you can beat Jemma’s 19.5. 


1. The vote to delay Brexit, a proposal drawn up by Labour MP Yvette Cooper, passed through the Commons by how many votes?
2. Nigel Adams, a Government whip and under-secretary of state for Wales, quit in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saying she was trying to 'cook up a deal with a ____' What is the missing word?
3. Two shadow cabinet members represented Labour in the cross-party talks on Brexit. Name both of them. Half point for each.
4. Why did more than 2,000 people complain about Channel 4’s coverage of the pro-Brexit rally?
5. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve is facing deselection by his party after losing a confidence vote in which constituency?
6. Which prominent Cabinet minister said a public vote to approve any final deal was 'a perfectly credible proposition’?
7. What was the name of the group of half-naked activists protesting about climate change which invaded Parliament on Monday?
8. What did illusionist Uri Geller claim to have bent as part of his attempt to stop Brexit?
9. An Army investigation was launched after a video showed British paratroopers doing what in Kabul?
10. Film star George Clooney called for a boycott of nine hotels because of their links to which country? 
11. Why did driving instructor and Reading FC fan Kevin Keiley say he was flattered but annoyed with Instagram?
12. Who said on TV: 'Things to do with your bowels and poo ... are not things people normally want to talk about. But actually it's part of all our lives and you need to work on it’?
13. England and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was involved in a pub brawl in which city at the weekend?
14. Pub chain Samuel Smith has banned what from its 300 pubs?
15. Blue Planet Live's executive producer Roger Webb said ‘it's not for us to interfere’ after the BBC received complaints for showing what?
16. Name the woman who became the third richest in the world following her divorce from husband Jeff.
17. Who did Brian Rini claim to be when he was found wandering the streets in Newport, Kentucky?
18. Jason Kakaire, 29, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court accused of attempting to kill how many people in four days in Edmonton, North London, by stabbing them in the back?
19. JK Rowling’s former personal assistant Amanda Donaldson was ordered to repay how much (to the nearest £1,000) that she stole and spent on chocolates, perfume and two cats?
20. Who had an aortic valve replaced at the Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan?
21. Who said: 'I will be more mindful and respectful of people's personal space’?
22. Prince Harry said this week: 'That game shouldn't be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household? It's created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible.’ What game was he referring to? 
23. Why did England manager Gareth Southgate, who said he would not wear a waistcoat again after the World Cup, change his mind to wear one this week?
24. Who said: 'After three Baftas and one Emmy... finally we have won an Oscar, please welcome Oscar James’?
25. Blue Peter has its tenth new dog. What is his name?

Answers here 

Friday, 29 March 2019

Jemma wins 'toughie' newsquiz

The MailOnline trainees pitched stories to assistant Femail editor Steph Linning and travel editor Ted Thornhill this week. Some have been written and are awaiting publication. The trainees also had sessions with senior journalists Mark Duell and Chris Pleasance and recent trainee Tim Stickings. There was a run through the editor’s code and IPSO with Editor Emeritus Peter Wright. They also took a brief cake break to celebrate John Bennett's birthday. John had another reason to celebrate ... he won the video headline of the week.

Piece of cake: Trainee John Bennett celebrates his birthday with the other trainees
We finished the week, as always, with the newsquiz. The trainees all reckoned it was a toughie and, for the first time this course, none of them reached double figures. The top scorer with 9.5 was Jemma Carr
Last week's top online scorer was Toby Brown with a score of 21, just ahead of Janet Boyle on 18. The top team was the Roberts family with 19. Here is this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and see if you think it's a tough one.  

Today's front pages
1. Which former Tory minister succeeded in getting the Commons to back his call for eight indicative votes on Brexit?
2. Three Government ministers resigned on Monday night so they could vote to give Parliament control over Brexit. Name any two of them. Half a point for each 
3. Which of the eight Brexit options that MPs voted for on Wednesday received 268 Yes votes, more than any of the others?
4. 160 MPs voted for No Deal in the eight options. How many voted against?
5. Writing in the Daily Mail, Jacob-Rees Mogg said he was willing to support Theresa May’s Brexit plan on one condition. What was the condition?
6. Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Theresa May to 'channel the spirit' of which Biblical character as he argued she should embrace a no-deal scenario?
7. The Independent Group of defecting MPs, under the interim leadership of Heidi Allen, registered as a full-blown political party called what?
8. Uri Geller wrote to Theresa May saying: 'I love you very much but I will not allow you to lead Britain into Brexit. As much as I admire you, I will stop you ____ from doing this and believe me I am capable of executing it.’ What is the missing word?
9. All charges against The Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of arranging a fake racist and homophobic attack on himself, were dropped by a court in which US city?
10. What was the name of the cruise ship, carrying more than 1,300 passengers, that got into trouble in stormy seas off Norway?
11. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti explained why Pope Francis discouraged people from kissing his ring, saying: 'The Holy Father told me that the motivation was very simple: ____’ What is the missing word?
12. A British Airways plane, which mistakenly flew passengers to Edinburgh instead of Düsseldorf, left from which airport?
13. Wow Air, which stopped all flights and stranded thousands of passengers, is an airline from which country?
14. Rockland County in New York state banned anyone under 18 from all public places if they did not have what?
15. England football manager Gareth Southgate said his players encountered ‘unacceptable’ racist abuse in their 5-1 win against which country?
16. Ranking Roger Charlery, who died age 56, was a vocalist with which 1980s band?
17. Florida Senator Rick Scott called for what to be cancelled, saying it 'provides unwarranted legitimacy to a dictatorship with a decades-long history of persecuting and imprisoning its defectors and repressing its people’? 
18. Following the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that neither Donald Trump nor his aides colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election, the president tweeted: 'No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total ____. Keep America Great!’ What is the missing word?
19. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given the full-time job of managing Manchester United this week after winning how many of his 19 games in charge as caretaker?
20. Both members of which Liverpool band died while travelling to a gig in California?
21. Which department store chain agreed a £200million refinancing deal which offered 'reassurance for employees, pension holders, suppliers and lenders’?
22. Labour peer and fertility specialist Prof Robert Winston called for all bikes to have what after he was kicked and abused for challenging a woman cycling on the pavement?
23. Who said of whom this week: 'She's going to hate me for this because she's all posh in her country house with her husband?’ Half a point for each name?
24. Which television series received 14 Bafta nominations?
25. Why was opera singer Anna Patalong asked to change the dress she wore during her Royal Albert Hall concert?

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Can you beat the trainees' newsquiz score?

The MailOnline trainees have enjoyed a busy week in Kensington. They had a day with the Mail’s lawyers and sessions with Natalie Glanvill and Ashlee Gagui from the managing editor’s office. They also pitched stories for publication to executive editor Ian Walker (watch this space). News-editor Marianna Partasides did a Q&A session and assistant Femail editor Steph Linning and travel editor Ted Thornhill talked through the stories they are looking for. They will return next week to hear the trainees’ pitches. Lisa Snell explained how video works and former trainee, now senior reporter, Rory Tingle offered some tips from the newsroom. We also caught up with Graham Dudman from News Associates.
The trainees wrote stories and headlines and Raven Saunt won picture headline of the week. We finished the week, as always, with the newsquiz. There was a three-way tie for top spot with Jemma Carr, Emily Webber and Amelia Wynne all scoring 14. Well done to them.
The top online team score in last week’s quiz was a post-Calcutta Cup effort featuring The Penmans with Neil and Amy Allen which delivered an impressive 19. The top solo scorer was Janet Boyle with 16. Here is this week’s quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week’s events. Give it a go and see if you can scorer higher than Jemma, Emily and Amelia’s 14.



More Mayhem: Thursday's front pages
1. If MPs pass Theresa May's Brexit deal next week then Britain can stay in the  EU until what date to pass the necessary laws?
2. Hugh Grant, Brian Cox, Annie Lennox, Jennifer Saunders and Andy Serkis were among three million people to sign what?
3. What is the name of the MP for Grantham and Stamford who resigned over his Brexit position from his Conservative association, which said it had been ‘betrayed' and called on him to quit as an MP?
4. Marchers on a two-week Brexit protest, supported by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, began in which city?
5. Ruling that Theresa May’s Brexit deal could not be voted on again, the Speaker John Bercow cited a convention dating back to what year?
6. The German firm Wepa said it had been storing an extra 600 tons of what to safeguard supplies in Britain, in case the UK leaves Europe without an agreement?
7. Referring to the Christchurch shooter, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: 'He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be ____.’ What is the missing word?
8. What was the name of the Australian senator who was hit with an egg after he blamed Muslim immigration for the mass shootings in Christchurch?
9. In which UK city were five mosques vandalised with sledgehammers?
10. A gunman killed three people on a tram in which European city?
11. What is the name of the cyclone that battered Mozambique killing hundreds of people?
12. Scotland suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat in their first Euro 2020 qualifier against Kazakhstan who are ranked at what number in world football?
13. The body of 21-year-old student Libby Squires was found in the estuary of which river?
14. During an inquest into the deaths of the 21 victims of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, a convicted IRA bomber named four men he said were responsible. The bomber was referred to as Witness ___. What is the missing letter?
15. What is the name of the town where three teenagers died while queueing for a St Patrick’s Day disco?
16. Why was 21-year-old Australian Tayla Harris in the headlines?
17. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price encouraged TV viewers to 'step back’ after a 'wake-up call’. What was the wake-up call she was referring to?
18. What is the name of the seven-metre tall bronze statue which will stand outside the Theatre Royal in Plymouth?
19. Actress Emilia Clark revealed that she almost died after suffering what during the filming of Game of Thrones?
20. Volvo announced it is to install sensors in all of its cars from next year to detect what?
21. The Courts and Tribunals Service confirmed it was 'urgently investigating’ after the judge at a Westminster court was heckled by supporters of defendant James Goddard. Goddard was facing charges of harassing who?
22. Sainsbury's and Asda offered to sell up to how many stores to address concerns raised by competition authorities over their merger?
23. Caroline Farrow, a Catholic commentator and broadcaster, was asked to attend a police interview in Surrey over tweets expressing her opinions on what?
24. Who was confirmed as BBC Newsnight’s lead presenter, giving the programme an all-female line-up for the first time?
25. Bride-to-be Rana Habeeb was killed when a roof collapsed in which television programme?

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Friday, 15 March 2019

Jemma and Emily win this week's newsquiz

The new MailOnline trainees had a good first week in Kensington. They had sessions with editor Danny Groom, executive editor Ian Walker and deputy SEO manager Rena Burton. The trainees also wrote headlines, intros and stories. The award for best headline of the week went to Raven Saunt and the best intro to Emily Webber. As usual we finished with the newsquiz. This week's top scorers were Emily and Jemma Carr on 15. Well done to both.
The top solo online scorer in last week's quiz was Gavin Devine with 18, ahead of Liz Gerard on 17. The top team was Bruce and Sarah Hayward with 18.5. Here's this week's quiz ... as usual 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and see if you can beat Jemma's score.


Brexit mayhem: Wednesday's front pages ... after the initial vote
rejecting the Prime Minister's deal
1. Theresa May's Brexit deal was defeated by what size majority in Parliament on Tuesday night?
2. The 'gang of four' rebel Cabinet members who defied Theresa May and helped stop a No Deal Brexit included Scottish Secretary David Mundell, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd and which two others? Half a point for each.
3. The Ministers used what codeword to help inflict a defeat on the Prime Minister and stop a No Deal Brexit in the Commons on Wednesday?
4. MPs backed the motion to delay Brexit to avoid a no-deal departure on March 29, meaning leaving the EU will now be delayed until what date at the earliest?
5. Comparing Theresa May and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox to Adam and Eve, Boris Johnson said: 'They have sewed an apron of ____ that does nothing to conceal the embarrassment and the indignity of the UK.’ What is the missing word?
6. Who said of Brexit this week: 'I gave the Prime Minister my ideas on how to negotiate it ... she didn’t listen to that and that’s fine. She’s got to do what she’s got to do'?
7. In his spring statement Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that ‘fossil fuel’ heating in new homes would be banned from what year?
8. Chancellor Philip Hammond also announced that he had ‘decided to fund the provision’ of what in secondary schools and colleges from September?
9. A 28-year-old Australian, who livestreamed himself attacking a mosque killing at least 49 people in Christchurch, identified himself online before the rampage by what name?
10. Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service announced that a former British paratrooper is to be charged in connection with the killings of civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in 1972. For legal reasons the soldier is being referred to by what letter?
11. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed shortly after take-off on Sunday killing all 157 people onboard, was flying to which city?
12. Which is the only airline to have any Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 registered with the UK's Civil Aviation Authority?
13. Which company apologised to trainee accountant Emily O’Connor, 21, who was threatened with being thrown off a flight because she was wearing a crop top?
14. How many weeks was Paul Mitchell jailed for after running on the pitch and punching Jack Grealish in the Aston Villa versus Birmingham derby?
15. How did Bryony Frost, 23, make history this week?
16. British backpacker Catherine Shaw was found dead in a mountainous area of which country?
17. American actresses Lori Loughlin and her husband were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters admitted into which university?
18. How did 30-year-old Tom Ballard die?

19. Why was 61-year-old Patricia Dowdy in the headlines?
20. Who issued a statement saying: 'We did not see – and still do not see – how this programme will help the search … and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, it could potentially hinder it’?
21. Which football club announced a compensation scheme for the victims of sexual abuse by one of its former coaches?
22. Which title did Prince Edward receive from the Queen to celebrate his 55th birthday?
23. Which breed of dog was crowned Best in Show at Crufts? 

24. Which two bands were announced on Friday as headliners at this year's Glastonbury alongside Stormzy, Kylie Minogue and Janet Jackson? Half a point for each.
25. What started with Beyonce’s Crazy In Love and finished with Survivor by Destiny’s Child?


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Friday, 8 March 2019

Been keeping up with the news? Here's the quiz

There were some first rate scores in last week's newsquiz with lots of you claiming personal bests and others saying it was easier than usual. Pick of the bunch was Gaby Mansell with a record-breaking 24. Toby Brown and Liz Gerard both scored 22, Damon Wake 21, Steve Silk 19.5 and Alan Geere 19. The best team score was the Roberts Family with 21. Bruce and Sarah Hayward scored 19, as did Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe. A special mention goes to Ian McCulloch who religiously posts his score - usually single figures - who celebrated a PB of 16. Here is this week's quiz, as usual 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. It may be a bit trickier this week.

Today's front pages
1. What was the name of the 17-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in a park in east London?
2. A 17-year-old boy, Yousef Ghaleb Makki, was stabbed to death in Hale Barns, a village near which town?
3. Home Secretary Sayid Javid said knife crime should be treated ‘like a ____’. What is the missing word?
4. Who wrote an open letter to the Citizens of Europe saying: 'Never, since the Second World War, has Europe been as essential. Yet never has Europe been in so much danger?’
5. MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan said there would 'literally be rioting in the streets’ in her constituency if there was a second referendum on Brexit. Which town does she represent?
6. BMW warned that production of which car at Cowley in Oxfordshire may be at risk if there is a no-deal Brexit?
7. Paula Sherriff, the Labour MP for Dewsbury, was ticked off by the speaker for shouting what two words at Transport Secretary Chris Grayling?
8. Council tax bills in England will increase by an average of what per cent from April, according to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy?
9. Andrew Hill, 54, whose Hawker Hunter jet ploughed into the A27 in West Sussex, was cleared of how many counts of manslaughter at the Old Bailey?
10. The US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, said the American process of using what to wash chicken was the same as that used by EU farmers to treat fruit and vegetables?
11. John Murphy was charged with assault after hitting Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on the head with what during a visit to a north London mosque?
12. Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley faced calls to resign after saying those in the military and police who killed people during The Troubles were 'fulfilling their duty in a ____ and ____ way.’ What are the two missing words? Half a point for each.
13. Keith Flint, who died age 49, led the Prodigy to their first UK Number One single in 1996. What was it called?
14. Counter-terror police investigated packages containing explosives found at Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and which London railway station?
15. Who was given a two-match touchline ban and fined £10,000 by the Football Association for confronting referee Mike Dean?
16. Crew and passengers were quarantined for four hours at Gatwick airport after a sickness outbreak on board a Virgin plane flying from where?
17. Luke Perry, best-known for his role in Beverly Hills, 90210, died after suffering a stroke. How old was he?
18. Ray Kelvin, chief executive of which fashion brand, agreed to resign over allegations of inappropriate behaviour?
19. Cycling champion Dr Rachel McKinnon said on Twitter: 'I guarantee that if we posted this photo and asked Do you think it's fair for this trans woman to compete in women's sport? a LOT of people would be screaming NO and calling her a man’. Who was the picture of?
20. Ralph and Jimmy Bulger lost a legal challenge at the High Court to overturn what?
21. Radio stations took Michael Jackson’s music from their playlists, a Simpsons' episode featuring the singer was pulled and a statue of him at a Manchester museum was removed after allegations were made in a documentary called what?
22. At least 23 people were killed when tornadoes struck which American state? 
23. How did Michael Prasek die in his backyard in the village of Zdechov in the Czech Republic?
24. Former BBC DJ Simon Mayo led the line-up on which classical music radio station which started this week?
25. According to Forbes who became the world's youngest self-made billionaire?

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