Friday, 16 August 2019

Time to tackle the newsquiz

The top solo score in last week’s newsquiz was 18 by Andy Reed, just ahead of Toby Brown on 17.5. The top team was Bruce and Sarah Hayward with an impressive 20, ahead of the Roberts family on 17.5. Here’s 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. Former Conservative Nick Boles and three Tory MPs said they would be willing to enter talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to stop a no-deal Brexit. Name two of them. Half a point for each.
2. Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson suggested that Tory Ken Clarke and Labour's Harriet Harman should do what? 
3. The Centre for Social Justice urged Home Secretary Priti Patel to raise the minimum annual salary threshold for all new foreign workers to what amount after Brexit?
4. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker in the US House of Representatives, said this week: 'Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the ___ ___ ___ ‘. What are the three missing words?
5. Sue Hayman, the shadow environment secretary, called for a 'proper review' into what practice, that began on Monday, arguing there are viable alternatives?
6. Who did Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage describe as 'a slightly overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker’?
7. Chancellor Sajid Javid is drawing up plans to produce millions of what to commemorate the UK leaving the EU in October?
8. The Youth Select Committee, as part of its investigation into knife crime, warned that criminals, commonly known as what, are recruiting kids to deal drugs with the offer of free food?
9. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s estranged wife Marina Wheeler urged women to get tested for what type of cancer, after talking about her own diagnosis?
10. The body of 15-year-old Nora Quoirin was found after spending seven days in a jungle in which country?
11. Seven boys aged 14 to 17 were arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death with a screwdriver in a shopping centre in which city?
12. For the first time more females than males did what at A-level?
13. Why were two guards placed on leave and a warden temporarily reassigned at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York?
14. Why did Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac pull out of the first Premier League game in Newcastle?
15. Thousands of people in Manchester are taking part today (Friday) in a re-enactment of one of the defining moments in British political history. What was it?
16. Why were Britain's Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown disqualified from the World Triathlon Olympic qualification event in Tokyo?
17. Why was cricket umpire John Williams, 80, in the headlines?
18. What did 57-year-old Frenchman Alain Robert do to make 'an urgent appeal for peace and consultation between Hong Kong people and their government’?
19. A case involving Ashers Bakery in Belfast has been referred to the European Court of Human Rights. What did Ashers refuse to do that led to the case?
20. The Scottish government paid former first minister Alex Salmond how much to cover his legal costs after he won a court battle over its sexual misconduct investigation?
21. Who is to be charged after allegedly punching an elderly man at the Marble Arch pub in south Dublin?
22. Green Party MP Caroline Lucas reported political donor Arron Banks to Twitter for his ‘vile’ tweet that suggested what could happen in August? 
23. Channel 4 was criticised for showing a race row on its documentary The Reality Star Who Changed Britain. Who is the subject of the programme?
24. Television advertisements for which two brands were the first to be banned under new UK gender stereotyping rules? Half a point for each.
25. Why did Lord’s cricket ground turn red on the second day of the second Ashes test?

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