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The Saturday Squiz Quiz, 11 April 2020

Call yourself a good Squizer? See how well you’ve been across the news so far this year – this quiz covers Australian news, international news, sport, and a whole lot of apropos of nothing.

1. What did Prince Harry not lose as part of stepping down from royal duties?

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A lot has changed the Sussexes’ world this year already, but he’s still in the royal family’s line of succession.

2. If Russians approve constitutional changes in a referendum vote due later this year, how long could President Vladimir Putin be in power?

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It’s 2036 - 12 years past when Putin’s term is due to finish in 2024.

3. In reference to the coronavirus crisis, what was the name of the cruise ship that caused problems for Japanese authorities?

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And researchers found traces of the virus on the ship up to 17 days after passengers left.

4. What was the name of the category-three tropical cyclone that brought heavy swells to Australia’s eastern coastline and directly hit Lord Howe Island?

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It was a big one.

5. A male baboon and two of his female companions managed to escape a Sydney hospital while he was on his way to receiving what?

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File it under ‘yep, that happened’...

6. Our Reserve Bank dropped interest rates to 0.25% as part of its response to cushion the economy from the effects of the coronavirus. When was the last time rates were that low?

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And the RBA did it out-of-session.

7. Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in January alongside his 13yo daughter Gianna and seven others. Where were they flying to?

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The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

8. Which dog breed took out the top prize at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?

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What a bitch.

9. US President Donald Trump faced impeachment charges in the US Senate in February. What was the result?

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After five months of hearings, investigations and revelations about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, he was acquitted.

10. Where was the first COVID-19 death outside of China?

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While Japan, South Korea and Thailand were the first places to record coronavirus cases outside of China, the first death was recorded in the Philippines.

11. The Aussies took out this year’s Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup after defeating which country?

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C’mon Aussie…

12. The 12th ‘Closing The Gap’ report found that only two out of seven targets to reduce the disparity in health, education and employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians were on track. How did the government respond?

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"The targets don't celebrate the strengths, achievements and aspirations of Indigenous people," said Scott Morrison. So the government will work with Indigenous leaders and start again.

13. The United Kingdom officially left the European Union on Friday, 31 January. What drink did 10 Downing St serve to celebrate?

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Yep, some English bubbles. Hmm…

14. Former federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie resigned from the frontbench over sports grants funding. Why?

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It was McKenzie’s gun club membership , not her administration of the grants, that saw her punted.

15. What did Syria’s neighbour Turkey do as the Syrian civil war drags to an end?

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Turkey effectively went to war with Syria for the first time in recent history. And opened Turkey’s border to Europe.

16. Who was the only Aussie to have defeated tennis champ Roger Federer in a grand slam tournament this century?

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Go you good thing.

17. An American military strike killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in January. What did US President Donald Trump say about him?

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It was a big move on America’s part to kill the revered Iranian figure - a man Trump called a “monster”.

18. In February, disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on two charges of rape and sexual assault. Where is the next trial?

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It’s Los Angeles where he faces charges relating to eight allegations of sexual assault.

19. The Australian bushfires of Summer 2019-2020 burned through how many hectares?

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To put that in context, an average fire season in New South Wales is around 300,000 hectares.

20. Footwear brand Crocs teamed up with which fast food food chain to make a limited edition clog?

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Each to their own…

The Saturday Squiz, 11 April 2020
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