Friday, 2 January 2015

Try your hand at the first newsquiz of 2015

Happy New Year to all news-quizzers. Hope you had a good one - while still keeping up with the news of course. Last week's top submitted score was by Daily Mail trainee sub Michael Owens with a very impressive 18. See if you can do better this week. As usual there are 20 questions with five bonuses, so 25 points up for grabs. Let me know how you get on.

The Independent reports on the AirAsia crash (Q2)

1. What was the name of the ferry that caught fire trapping hundreds of passengers near Corfu?
2. From which island did AirAsia flight QZ8501 take off?

Bonus: The chief executive of AirAsia is also the chairman of which football club?
3. A portrait of the Queen is on one side of the new £100 coin… but what is on the other side?
4. Network Rail chief Mark Carne issued an apology for the chaos at King’s Cross over Christmas from his holiday home … where is it?

Bonus: While the chaos ensued, the rail minister wrote an article saying services were among the most punctual in Europe. Who is the rail minister?
5. A cargo ship carrying 700 migrants and no crew was brought into which Italian port?
6. Two Premier League football teams have appointed new full-time managers this week. Name the clubs (half point each)
Bonus: At the end of New Year’s Day, what separated Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League?
7. A plan to unveil a bronze statue in the Falklands has upset Argentinian politicians. Whose statue is it?
8. Why was Pauline Cafferkey in the headlines?

9. Paul Cummins and Tom Piper received MBEs in the New Years Honours list. For what?
Bonus: Carol Ann Duffy became a dame. What is her official role?
10. Who did North Korea describe as 'reckless … like a monkey in a tropical forest’?
11. Six people were stabbed at a New Year’s Eve party at nightclub in which Midlands sports resort?
12. In which city did 36 people die after a New Year’s Eve stampede?
13. According to Dr Richard Smith, writing in the British Medical Journal, what is the best way to die?
14. Players and staff at which football club were conned out of around £30,000 in a hamper scam?
15. A newly discovered letter written in 1907 revealed that Winston Churchill’s family urged him not to do what?
16. The magazine Inspire encouraged 'lone wolf' terrorists to target which two British based airlines? (Half a point for each)
17. Who did model Jessica Michibata marry in Hawaii?
Bonus: Singers Heather Small and Gary Barlow made a cameo appearance at whose wedding?
18. Who, on announcing he was leaving, said: 'This has been the toughest decision of my life, one both me and my family have agonised over for a good deal of time.'
19. French economist Thomas Piketty turned down what?
20. What device, officially launched by comedian Ernie Wise in 1985, celebrated its 30th anniversary on New Year’s Day?

Answers here

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