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?

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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?

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