The Week of September 1, 2019 by CoenM



Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 50 points. You must also mark 3 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Question 1

A prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine was seen as a first step towards ending the conflict between the two nations, but did come under scrutiny for the return of Volodymyr Tsemakh to Russia, as he is considered a person of interest by the Dutch investigators into the downing of what AIRLINE's Flight 17 in 2014?

Malaysian Airlines

Question 2

What CHIEF EXECUTIVE of Hong Kong started the week by denying she had tendered her resignation in a leaked audio recording, and later formally withdrew the extradition bill that sparked Hong Kong's ongoing democracy demonstrations?

Carrie Lam

Question 3

Hurricane Dorian devastated what COUNTRY, notably its Grand and Abaco Islands, with a death count of 43 that is expected to rise sharply as recovery efforts continue?


Question 4

What RETAILER announced it would end sales of ammunition, and asked that shoppers no longer bring guns into their stores, even in states where it is legal to do so?

Wal Mart

Question 5

Donald Trump announced he had cancelled a planned meeting at Camp David with leaders of what MILITANT ISLAMIC ORGANIZATION after renewed violence in Afghanistan? Trump would be criticized for planning to hold such a meeting in close proximity to the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.


Question 6

What FIRST PRESIDENT of Zimbabwe,whose autocratic rule was marked by the tanking of the national economy and hyperinflation, died at the age of 95?

Robert Mugabe

Question 7

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of severe respiratory illnesses attributable to what PRACTICE had doubled in the last month, to 450?


Question 8

India's space program reported that its Chandrayaan-2 mission to what CELESTIAL BODY did get the Vikram lander to its south pole, but did not have contact with it?


Question 9

The Republican Party of what US STATE voted to not hold a primary in 2020, just a day before former governor (and current Congressman) Mark Sanford announced that he would challenge Donald Trump for the nomination?

South Carolina

Question 10

After voting to support a bill that would block a no-deal Brexit, 21 Conservatives in the House of Commons were expelled from the party, including Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of what former PRIME MINISTER?

Winston Churchill

Question 11

For the second year in a row, what CENTRAL EUROPEAN CAPITAL edged out Melbourne as the Economist Intelligence Unit's most livable city?


Question 12

The maker of what HARD SELTZER worked to counter reports of a nationwide shortage, noting that it was increasing production and allocating distribution to keep as many retailers stocked as possible?

White Claw