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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