Friday, 10 April 2015

Try your hand at this week's newsquiz

Here's this week's news quiz. Last week saw a top individual score by our old favourite Lydia Willgress with 19. Sophie Jamieson and her family got a whopping 22.5 on a family break in Portugal - I am impressed the that the Jamiesons keep up with the news even when on holiday. Penny Dawson scored 17 and Alex Murphy 15.5. There were a few on 14, including master of consistency Chris Lennon, James Restall (slipping back one from his usual score of 15) and last week's top scorer Blaise Tapp. The Batstone collective were clearly in Easter holiday mode, only clocking up 13. Here's this week's quiz. As usual here are 20 questions with five bonuses, so 25 points to be had. Let me know how you get on. 

Picture of the week - by the Press Association's Stefan Rousseau
(Election Questions 1 and 2)

1. Who, according to Ed Miliband, demeaned himself and his office?
Bonus: Ed Miliband said which rules were ‘indefensible' and axing them would raise 'hundreds of millions' in tax?
Bonus: The Green Party released a boyband video featuring lookalikes of Ed Miliband, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage singing a pop ballad. What is the name of the song?
2. Joey Essex went on a boat trip with Nigel Farage. Where?
Bonus: Vice chairman for Ukip in Bristol, John Langley, who is standing for next month’s city elections, revealed he had worked as what for 40 years?
3. The US Masters is being held, as always, at the Augusta National Golf Club. In which state is it?
Bonus: Who was caddy for Rory McIlroy in the pre-Masters Par 3 contest? 
4. The Prince and Princess of Wales celebrated their wedding anniversary. How long have they been married?
5. Who wrote The Adventure of Alice Lascelles which is due for publication in June?
6. Burglars emptied up to 70 safety deposit boxes at which London vault?
7. It was revealed that Garry Kief tied the knot in a private ceremony last year in Palm Springs. Who did he marry?
8. UKOG has found a significant amount of what near Gatwick Airport?
9.  Jeremy Clarkson pulled out of which BBC television show?
10. The original annotated manuscript for which hit song sold for $1.2m (£806,000)?
11. A defendant in a bankruptcy case shot dead a co-defendant, his former lawyer and a court judge in which city?
12. Why was Michael Slager in the headlines? 
13. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and James Nesbitt (The Missing) are both nominated for the leading actor award in this year’s Baftas. Name one of the other two nominees.
Bonus: Who is sponsoring the Baftas?
14. Which was the first of the 92 football league sides to be relegated this season?
15. Who announced: 'Ladies and gentleman, sorry for this delay … we’ve found out we’ve picked up the wrong driver and have to reverse.'?
16. Worcestershire was top of what list?
17. Forensic teams are exhuming bodies from the mass graves of up to 1,700 soldiers killed by ISIS in which city?
18. Why did the England and Norway under-19 womens' teams replay the final seconds of their European Championship qualifier on Thursday?
19. Police launched an investigation into the death of four people all believed to be linked to the surgery of Dr Rory Lyons. Where did this happen?
20. This weekend Nina Carberry is hoping to become the first woman to do what?

Answers here

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