Friday, 18 August 2017

Kate wins this week's newsquiz

The MailOnline trainees had another lively week in Derry Street. Well done to Connor Boyd who pitched a story on Conor McGregor predicting the round he would knock out Floyd Mayweather, which was published here

There were sessions by former trainees Rod Ardehali and Kelly McLaughlin, science editor Ellie Zolfagharifard, video editor Lisa Snell, Femail journalists Bianca London and Steph Linning, deputy SEO content manager Nick Suarez and assistant managing editor Jeannette Arnold. My colleague Mike Watson also gave them feedback on their work and they spent today with digital specialist Adam Tinworth.

As usual they finished the week with the newsquiz. This week's top scorer was Kate Buck with 17, narrowly ahead of Faima Bakar on 15.5. 
In last week's quiz none of the onliners could beat trainee Dianne Apen-Sadler's impressive score of 21. Janet Boyle was close with 20 though. The top team score was by my mates in the Three Legs last Friday night with 20, narrowly ahead of the Penman Partnership who scored 19. 
Here's this week's newsquiz. Give it a go and see if you can beat Kate's score. 

Spanish terror was the lead in all the papers. See Questions 1 and 2.
1. Five jihadis in fake suicide belts were gunned down by police in which Spanish beach resort?
2. Police named a teenage Moroccan-born man who they believe rented the vehicle which was driven at people in Barcelona's Las Ramblas. What is his name?
3. What was the name of the woman killed when a car rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia?
4. The mother of the Charlottesville victim said at a memorial service: ‘They killed her to try and shut her up. Well, guess what? You just ______ her.’ What is the missing word?
5. In a press conference Donald Trump said that many on the political right who gathered in Charlottesville were peaceful protesters who were aiming to save what from the scrap heap?
6. The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt described Britain’s aims ‘to be in and out of the Customs Union and invisible borders’ as a what?
7. David Davis's former chief of staff claims two cabinet ministers are sympathetic to calls for a new centrist party. Name him.
8. Jacob Rees-Mogg has denied he has ambitions to lead the Tories. Which constituency does he represent?

9. Who entered the Guinness World Records in 2012 for having the longest career of any male television entertainer, which began with an appearance in 1939 on BBC’s Come and Be Televised?
10. Which project was London Mayor Sadiq Khan accused of scuppering this week?
11. More than 600 people are feared to have died in a mudslide that swept through Sierra Leone's capital. Name the city.
12. The Office for National Statistics said the Retail Price Index measure of inflation, which is used to calculate train ticket prices, rose by what percentage in July.
13. Stunt driver Joi ‘SJ' Harris died on the set of Deadpool 2, after a scene involving a motorcycle went wrong, in which city?
14. Professor Judith Hawley, of London University, an expert on 18th Century literature, revealed she censored which novel because she was worried about causing offence to her students?
15. Why was Bernard Kenny, who died this week, awarded the George Medal?
16. Tory MP Nicholas Soames said: ‘Tell those poor little darlings to put headphones on.’ Who was he referring to?
17. Why was the filming of Mission Impossible 6 halted?
18. Daniel Craig confirmed he will play 007 for the last time in the upcoming film. What is its name?
19. What percentage of A-level results were grade A or higher?
20. Who scored the first goal of the new Premier League season? 

21. Why was Eric Bellquist is the news?
22. A falling tree killed 13 people and injured dozens more at a religious ceremony on which island?
23. The Old Bailey heard that cyclist Charlie Alliston was doing what speed when he mowed down a mother-of-two in London?
24. Which hacking group took control of the main HBO Twitter account as well as those for TV shows including Game of Thrones and Girls, posting a statement on security?
25. Which chain of shops clarified the pronunciation of its name?

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Trainee Dianne wins this week's newsquiz

Last week's top solo scorer in the newsquiz was Simon O'Neill with 18 points, narrowly ahead of Elly Rewcastle on 17 and Toby Brown on 16. The top team was the Penmans ('with us in France & @daisypenman in Scotland via FaceTime and a dodgy wifi connection') with a handsome 20.
I was with the new intake of MailOnline trainees on Monday before I flew off to New York. They had introductory sessions with editor Danny Groom and assistant news editor Amanda Williams. On Tuesday they enjoyed an informative day with the Mail's legal team ... Martin Wood, Lindsay Warwick, Julian Darrall and Sophie Teschmacher. Mike Watson spent Wednesday with the trainees explaining, among other things, MailOnline style. Journalist Mark Duell gave an insight into the day-to-day workings of the newsroom. They spent the next last two days with digital guru Adam Tinworth. As always they finished with the newsquiz. This week's top scorer was Dianne Apen-Sadler with a strong 21. Bridie Pearson-Jones was second with 18. They are impressive scores ... can you do better?

The New European's take on Trump v Kim
(Questions 1 and 2)
1. Donald Trump warned North Korea that if it made any more threats to the United States, they would be 'met with ____ ____ and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.’ What are the missing two words? Half a point each.
2. Who said: 'The great leaders I've seen don't threaten unless they're ready to act and I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act.'?
3. What is the name of the long-running Northumbria Police Operation that led to the conviction of 18 sex offenders in Newcastle?
4. During the court case of 18 sex offenders in Newcastle it emerged that a convicted child rapist had been paid £10,300 by police to be an informant. By which two letters was he referred to in court?
5. Who accused Denver DJ David Mueller of groping her saying it was 'a very long grab’?
6. Which bank reported its first half-year profit for three years and announced it is considering using Amsterdam as its post-Brexit EU hub?
7. A heatwave across southern Europe, which saw temperatures rise as high as 44c in southern Spain, was given which nickname?
8. Isaac Makwala qualified for the 200m final in the World Championships after running on his own following his norovirus saga. Which country does he represent?
9. What is the name of the insecticide which has been found in Dutch eggs exported to the UK?
10. The celebrities taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing are being announced daily by the BBC. Who was the first to be named?

11. Which island that has been in the headlines was discovered by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521?
12. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair told Radio 4 he 'toyed' with what while at Oxford University?
13. On which London Bridge was a jogger caught on CCTV apparently shoving a woman into the path of a bus?

14. On which Spanish beach did a boat carrying dozens of African migrants land?
15. The owner of which football club has agreed to withdraw film of elephants and lions being killed for sport from his online TV channel in Britain?
16. Madam Tussauds announced this week that it has commissioned a waxwork figure of which politician? 

17. He was born in Billstown, Arkansas, had a role in the 1969 Western True Grit, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits. Who is he?
18. According to her former bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, what four words did Princess Diana say after reading a transcript of the 'Camillagate' tape?

19. Six soldiers were injured - three seriously - when a BMW was driven at them in suburb in which city?
20. Why was James Damore sacked?
21. Which supermarket is to stop selling 5p single-use carrier bags?
22. British mother Eloise Dixon was shot in front of her husband and children after taking a wrong turn in which country?
23. Why was Chloe Ayling in the headlines?
24. How old was Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death in woods in Norfolk?

25. Why did Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood say he declined chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with lung cancer?

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Friday, 4 August 2017

The newsquiz: 25 questions about the week

Last week's newsquiz was clearly a tough one with the scores well below average. The top solo scorers were Dominic Hurst and Liz Gerard with 12, narrowly ahead of Gavin Devine and Toby Brown both on 11.5. The top team was Elly Rewcastle with help from Michelle who scored 16. Team Penman scored 13.5 and the Batstone Collective got 13. Here's this week's quiz which, I think, might be a little easier. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Let me know how you get on.  

The Daily Telegraph reports on football's record signing at £198 (Questions  10 and 11)
1. Liam Fox said there was no cabinet-wide agreement for the suggestion by chancellor Philip Hammond that free movement could continue for up to three years after Brexit. What is Fox’s cabinet position?
2. The pound fell to its lowest point this year against the euro in reaction to the Bank of England leaving interest rates unchanged. What is the interest rate?
3. He has undertaken 22,219 solo engagements, given 5,496 speeches and 785 organisations have him as patron, president or member. Who is he?
4. The three-month battle which started on July 31 and ended on November 6 1917 in northern Belgium was officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres. How is it more commonly known?
5. Anthony Scaramucci (the Mooch) was fired by President Trump, giving him the record of the shortest tenure as communications director. How many days did he have in the White House?
6. Why was Peter Settelen in the headlines? 
7. What is the name of the 79-storey skyscraper in Dubai that went up in flames for the second time in two years?
8. Commenting on the chaos at European airports what did Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary describe as ‘somewhat pointless’?
9. Brazilian footballer Neymar completed his world-record £198million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona. What number shirt will he wear at his new club?
10. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described the transfer of Neymar as beyond _____ and beyond _____.’ What are the two missing words. Half a point each.
11. Which organisation sacked its executive chairman Bob Mackenzie for a 'personal conduct-related matter’?
12. Why was former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell jailed for 18 years?
13. Moeen Ali became only the fourth man in history - and the first for 60 years - to do what?
14. He was a TV favourite as James Shelley and later played Jack Dalton in Eastenders. Who is he?
15. A Norwegian anti-immigrant group was ridiculed on social media after members apparently mistook a photograph of what for women wearing burqas?
16. Two people were killed when a light plane did an emergency landing on a beach in which country?
17. Jihadis Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain and Mohibur Rahman were each sentenced to 20 years in prison for planning a 'mass casualty attack’. What literary name did they use to describe themselves in group messages?
18. Why were seven trainee priests asked to leave the City Arms pub in Cardiff?
19. England women’s footballers suffered semi-final heartbreak in Euro 2017 after they were beaten 3-0 by which country?
20. Highways Agency officials are studying a Dutch scheme to turn polluted sections of motorways into what?
21. Robert Hardy, who died aged 91, claimed he held the world record for playing which person in 12 different television, film and stage productions?
22. More than 60 army cadets had to be rescued from which mountains?
23. Facebook shut down a pair of its artificial intelligence robots after they invented what?
24. What will Jessica Ennis-Hill be presented with at special ceremony at the World Championships on Sunday evening?
25. Sinitta, John Leslie and The Human Ken Doll all pulled out of what?

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Germania wins the newsquiz Champagne

Trainees Danielle Zoellner, Marlene Lenthang, Kayla Brantley, Germania Rodriguez (with the Champagne), Mollie Cahillane, Megan Sheets, Chloe Castleberry and Maggie O'Neill

I said farewell to the trainees in New York today. They spent much of the week preparing for their placements in Dublin and Glasgow and had talks from Sheila Flynn, Anna Hopkins and Mary Kekatos. They pitched some good stories too, some of which should be published soon. They have had five stories published so far. Maggie O'Neill won the best showbiz headline of the week. Good luck to them all on the next stage. They will have seven days learning the system with Nick Enoch before spending some time in the newsroom. Then they head over the Atlantic for work experience. They are a bright and enthusiastic bunch and I look forward to following their inevitable success.
As always, we finished with the newsquiz. Runaway leader Germania Rodriguez was this week's top scorer again with 16 points, just beating Mollie Cahillane on 15 and Danielle Zoellner on 14. Germania was overall winner over the four weeks, an impressive seven points ahead of second placed Mollie, and collected her prize, a bottle of Champagne. Here's this week's quiz. See if you can beat Germania's score.

The health bill dominated this week's news (questions 4, 5 and 6)
1. President Donald Trump tweeted that the military cannot 'be burdened with the tremendous ____ ____ and disruption that transgender in the miltary would entail’. What are the two missing words?
2. Who reacted to Donald Trump’s statement on transgender people in the miltary by saying: 'We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so - and should be treated as the patriots they are’?
3. Which transgender, who supported Trump during the election, tweeted: 'There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them?’
4. Donald Trump took to Twitter to blame the senators who voted down the Obamacare repeal bill. Trump wrote: ‘____ Republicans and ____ Democrats let the American people down. What are the missing numbers? Half a point for each number.
5. The Senate moved to debate an Obamacare repeal bill on Tuesday by a vote of 50 to 50. Who used a casting vote to breaking the tie?
6. Two Republicans, Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, broke ranks and voted against debating a bill to repeal Obamacare. Which states do they represent. Half a point for each?
7. Anthony Scaramucci branded White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus a 'f***ing paranoid schizophrenic’ when talking to a reporter from which publication?
8. Who released a 3,600-word statement before meeting Senate Intelligence committee investigators?
9. President Donald Trump gave a controversial speech at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in which state?
10. Ten people died inside a sweltering trailer that lacked ventilation which was found in which store’s car park in San Antonio?
11. Name the driver of the truck who was arrested after ten people were found dead in the back of his trailer.
12. He starred in Big with Tom Hanks, Gladiator, The Pelican Brief and Home Alone. Who is he?
13. Angelika Graswald admitted contributing to the death of her fiance by doing what?
14. Who was Donald Trump referring to when he replied at a press conference 'We will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell.’
15. Why was Kenneth Manzanares in the headlines?
16. Which food chain said an employee who came into work sick contributed to the $1 billion in value it lost over five days?
17. How long was Olympian Michael Phelps’s race against a simulated shark?
18. Frank Sinatra’s fourth wife Barabra died this week. How old was she?
19. What was the name of the ride at the Ohio State Fair on which one person was killed and seven injured?
20. Who said this week: 'I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero - their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy’?
21. Hillary Clinton's promised tell-all memoir of the 2016 election will be out in September. What will its title be?
22. President Donald Trump awarded five police officers the Medal of Valor today for their bravery during what event? 
23. Who surpassed Bill Gates as the wealthiest man in the world when shares of his company jumped 1.8 per cent to give him a personal fortune of $91 billion?
24. A couple who jumped off a 17-storey Manhattan building because they had medical issues and couldn’t afford health care. Left a suicide note titled what?
25. Angelina Jolie addressed her split with Brad Pitt in an in-depth interview for the September issue of which magazine?

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Have a crack at the newsquiz

The top solo scorer in last week's newsquiz was Dominic Hurst with a very respectable 18. Other notable scores were Elly Rewcastle with 15, and Producer Cleah and Gavin Devine on 14. The top team score was 15 by both the Penman Partnership and the Batstone Collective.
Here is this week's quiz ... as usual there are 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know how you get on

Charlie Gard - Question 5
1. Who urged Theresa May to 'actually lead’ and said it was time to get out of the 'defensive crouch' adopted since the General Election?
2. No. 10 announced that Theresa May and her husband Philip were embarking on a three-week holiday. Which three countries will they be visiting? Half a point for two countries, one point for all three.
3. The Government announced that Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from which year?
4. US President Donald Trump tweeted that who would be banned from serving 'in any capacity' in the military?
5. What is the full name of the rare syndrome that Charlie Gard is suffering from?
6. Confidential letters from the Prince of Wales to Tony Blair are to be made public, the information commissioner has decided. What is their subject? 
7. A thousand police officers in London are to be issued with what?
8. A group of experts, writing in the British Medical Journal, said a rule 'long embedded in the minds of doctors and the public' is wrong and should be overturned. What is the rule?
9. A London skyscraper that has been sold for £1.3 billion - a record for a single UK building - is known by which nickname? 
10. Jordan Spieth became the youngest American to win the British Open. How old is he?
11. A study by an international team of researchers involving almost 43,000 men said that what has more than halved in the last 40 years? 
12. Jeffrey Blue, a former investment banker, lost his High Court claim for £15 million against which businessman?
13. What was the full title of the documentary about Princess Diana’s life that was screened by ITV on Monday?
14. Rugby union referee Nigel Owens this week revealed his struggle with which disorder?
15. Which actor said he was ‘mortified' after receiving criticism for comments in which he appeared to support men being paid more than women?
16. Why was 28-year-old Eleanor Wilson in the headlines?
17. A fox broke into Chessington World of Adventures and killed eight what?
18. UKIP has conceded control of the final council where it had a majority. Which council? 

19. Fergus Beeley, who was filmed grabbing a man by the throat, shoving him against his car and screaming that he wanted the family dead, is a producer for which television programme?
20. A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to snatch a five-year-old girl from her mother outside which Manchester shop?
21. Simon Cowell spent £175,000 on what?
22. Who tweeted from the South of France: 'Luckily we were able to evacuate last night, not easy with 11 people in the house! We are all okay’?
23. Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt came second in what?
24. What was seven-year-old Dylan Turner, from Blackburn, given at school after he lost a tooth when another pupil allegedly punched him?
25. Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin, which costs less than £10, won a gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Which supermarket owns the brand?

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

MEN's arena coverage: A journalism masterclass

Two months ago, a bomb went off at Manchester Arena killing 22 and injuring 250 innocent concert-goers. The Manchester Evening News found itself at the heart of the biggest story a regional newspaper had covered since social media and digital publishing became standard tools. How it reacted and its subsequent coverage turned out to be a masterclass for editors and journalists should, God forbid, they are ever faced with a story of such magnitude. In the aftermath I spoke to editor Rob Irvine about the paper's coverage and the lessons learned. You can read the full article in InPublishing magazine here.  

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Germania and Megan win US newsquiz

The trainees are three weeks into their training in New York and have had another couple of stories published. 

Megan Sheets brought in a story about a mini pig with 200,000 Instagram followers that helped raised $4,000 for a food bank by participating in a rubber duck derby. You can read it (and see the amazing pictures) here.

Marlene Lenthang also wrote a really nice story, with cracking photographs, about a couple with Down’s Syndrome children who were inspired to set up an amazing cafe. Read it here. Good work by Megan and Marlene. 

This week’s speakers included health editor Mia de Graaf, operations manager Andy Abrahams, Femail editor Charlie Lankston, social media’s Chynna Mela, video editor Lindsay Meeks and senior reporter Chris Spargo

Best headline awards went to Megan Sheets, Danielle Zoellner and Mollie Cahillane.

We finished as always with the newsquiz. Megan and Germania Rodriguez were the top scorers with 11, narrowly beating Danielle on ten. Below is the quiz. Let me know if you beat their score.

Sean Spicer resigns - see question 4

1. What do Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have in common?
2. According to Donald Trump how long was his second meeting with Vladimir Putin during dinner for world leaders at the G20 summit in Germany?
3. Who said that Donald Trump is finding it much easier to stamp your name on buildings, on steaks and on online university courses than it is to actually run Washington, D.C. and get significant legislation passed’?
4. Sean Spicer resigned as White House Press Secretary after Donald Trump offered New York financier Anthony Scaramucci which position?
5. Who did President Donald Trump say 'gave some bad answers. He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t?’
6. Who said: 'I'll be back. I've been through worse.’
7. What is the name of the dog that rescued a deer that was drowning off a beach at Long Island?
8. Why was wealthy Manhattan investor Michael Loeb, 62, arrested at a charity barbecue at his Hamptons mansion?
9. What was the name of the bride-to-be who was shot dead by a police officer in Minneapolis?
10. Betsy Hodges wrote a blog calling for more to be done to ensure officers' bodycams are always turned on. What is Betsy Hodges’ position?
11. Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who was found hanged, was how old?
12. Guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch has been criticised for calling Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington a 'coward’ on Facebook, saying 'giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out.’ Which band is Welch in?
13. OJ Simpson appeared before the Nevada parole board this week. Where is he serving time?
14. OJ Simpson was granted parole after serving nine years of his sentence for armed robbery. How long was the original sentence?
15. Disney star and social media 'influencer' Jake Paul, 20, has been accused of terrorizing his West Hollywood neighbors. Which character does he portray on the Disney Channel's Bizaardvark?
16. Where was Linda Wenzel found?
17. Why was 21-year-old Jocelyn Savage in the headlines?
18. How much did a bag, originally used by Neil Armstrong, containing traces of moon dust sell for at a Sotheby’s auction?
19. A helicopter that was forced to make an emergency off Long Island's Gilgo Beach was chartered by the son of the founder of which entertainment organisation?
20. Justin Bieber has been banned from performing where due to his 'bad behaviour' both on and off stage?
21. A son of Cecil the lion suffered the same fate as his father …  being shot by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe. Name him
22. Ed Sheeran appeared as a musician who strums a campfire song and shares blackberry wine in which TV programme?
23. What is the name of the controversial proposed show, by the creators of Game of Thrones, about an alternate reality, where slavery is still legal?
24. Authorities in Florida said a group of teenagers aged 14 to 16 broke no laws when they were filmed doing what?
25. Glenna Duram, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder in Michigan after killing her husband in a crime witnessed only by who?

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Friday, 21 July 2017

The newsquiz - 25 questions about the week

Last week's newsquiz was clearly a tough one with the top score a modest 16 by  Janet Boyle. The top team score was 14 by the Penman Partnership. Here's this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events. Let me know how you get on. 

The Daily Mail reports on mutiny over the pay gulf at the BBC
(Questions 1 to 4)
1. How many names were on the list of presenters and actors who earn more than £150,000 at the BBC?
2. According to the salary figures who is the BBC's highest paid woman?
3. Which hashtag was used by disgruntled BBC staff after seeing the top salaries?
4. Jane Garvey said she would be happy to take a pay rise to help reduce the BBC's gender pay gap. Which programme does she present?
5. US Congress passed an amendment to give permanent resident status in America to who?
6. What was the name of the Polish concentration camp visited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this week?
7. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said, of the proposed State visit to the UK by Donald Trump, that he 'wasn’t sure it was appropriate for our government' to do what?
8. Political adviser and strategist Dominic Cummings said that who was as 'thick as mince, lazy as a toad and as vain as Narcissus'.
9. Chancellor Philip Hammond found himself in a sexism row after supposedly telling members of the Cabinet that what was so easy 'even a woman can do it’?
10. Sir Vince Cable has been elected leader of the Liberal Democrats. How old is he?
11. Pop star Ellie Goulding hit out at plans for what, arguing on Twitter that the 'money should be spent elsewhere’?
12. Why was General Pierre de Villiers in the headlines?
13. When will the state pension age rise to 68?
14. Which police force operated the helicopter used by officers to spy on naked sunbathers and naturists?
15. Which former US presidential election candidate was diagnosed with a brain tumour this week?
16. Paul Nicholls, the former star of EastEnders, is 'lucky to be alive' after plunging down a waterfall, breaking his leg and being trapped for three days in a jungle in which country?
17. How many times has Roger Federer won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon?
18. PC Jonathan Adams was sacked after being seen celebrating on television while he was on sick leave. Where was he filmed?
19. The new £10 note, which was unveiled this week, has the quote 'I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!' Which book is it taken from?
20. Ed Sheeran appeared as a musician strumming a campfire song and drinking blackberry wine in which TV programme?
21. A son of Cecil the lion suffered the same fate as his father …  being shot by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe. Name him
22. Who upset England cricket captain Joe Root by describing his side’s batting against South Africa as 'appalling' and asking if there was 'a lack of respect' for Test cricket?
23. After being give a toy bear designed to comfort babies by replicating the sound of the womb, who said: 'We’ll just have to have more babies.’?
24. Three million diesel models of which car brand are to be recalled to have software installed in a bid to slash toxic gases?
25. Jodie Whittaker will be what number Dr Who?

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