Friday, 6 February 2015

Test your news knowledge with this week's quiz

Last week's newsquiz must have been bit tougher than usual - the highest submitted score was a modest 11 by Damon Wake. This week's should be a little easier. As usual there are 20 questions, with five bonuses, so 25 points up for grabs. Let me know how you get on. 

The Mirror reports on flight GE235
(See question 11)

1. How many games did Andy Murray win in his final set against Djovak Nokovic in the Australian Open? Bonus: What were the four words on the shirt that Kim Sears wore for the final?
2. The ‘sequel' to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird is to be published 55 years after the original? What is the sequel to be called? Bonus: Name the author.
3. Whose widow and children have gone to court in San Francisco in a row over his estate?
4. What, according to Chief Medical Officer Prof Dame Sally Davies, will put the UK at the forefront of scientific development?
5. Why was Alan Barnes in the headlines?
6. Detroit factory worker James Robertson, 56, walks how many miles a day to go to and from work?
7. Who won the Super Bowl? Bonus: What was the score? 
8. The shadow education secretary announced that Labour would enforce 'zero tolerance' of homophobic bullying in 'every classroom, dinner hall and playground’. Who is the shadow education secretary?
9. Which TV station broadcast the full video footage of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh being burned alive? Bonus: Jordan’s King pledged to wage 'relentless war' on the Islamic State as result of the murder. What is the king’s name?
10. Which town’s council's cabinet resigned after being branded 'not fit for purpose'?
11. Flight TransAsia GE235, with 58 people on board, plunged into the Keeling River in the capital city of Taiwan. What is the capital of Taiwan?
12. Australian journalist Peter Greste was released from an Egyptian jail after 400 days. Who does Greste work for?
13. Stefano Pessina, the acting boss of which high street company, said Ed Miliband’s policies were ‘not helpful for business and not helpful for the country’?
Bonus: When Ed Balls was challenged on Newsnight to name a single boss supporting the Labour Party, he could only think of a man called what?
14. Whose new album, released this week, features ten cover versions of standards from the American Popular Songbook, all of which had been previously performed by Frank Sinatra?
15. Who said this week 'We wish nothing but happiness and the very best for one another. I'm trying to stay strong in my faith right now.’?
16. Chief executive Dick Costolo has admitted that his company ‘sucks' when it comes to dealing with abuse and trolling. Which company?
17. What did Nick Reynolds put in his van in the North Yorks Moors and take back to his home in Poppleton, 40 miles away?
18. Until Friday March 13, Sir Ian McKellen will be the voice of what?
19. US Secretary of State John Kerry, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel all visited which city this week?
20. What was Kate Lancaster trying to buy at Tesco Metro in Plymouth when a warning appeared saying the product was age restricted?

Answers here

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