The Week of October 1, 2017 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 15 points. You must also mark 5 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

More than 50 people were killed at a music festival in Las Vegas when a gunman open fire on the crowd from a room in what HOTEL?

Mandalay Bay

Question 2

What LAW expired on October 1, leaving nearly 9 million minors in jeopardy of losing health care coverage if existing funding is exhausted before the law can be reauthorized?

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Question 3

The US Supreme Court started its new session hearing a case involving the drawing of legislative districts in what STATE, which are claimed to violate the Constitution by being drawn in such a way as to guarantee one party control of the state legislature?


Question 4

Jeffrey Hall and Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University and Michael Young of Rockefeller University were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the work on what SUBJECT, which provided greater insight on how biological systems mark time?

circadian rythyms

Question 5

What COUNTRY denied it was purchasing arms from North Korea after a UN investigation disclosed an August search of the freighter Jie Shun turned up 30,000 rocket propelled grenades apparently paid for by businessmen to hide the country's involvement in the deal?


Question 6

What AUTOMAKER jumped on the all-electric bandwagon, announcing two new electric models for next year and 18 by 2023, although no year was given for when they would finally ditch internal combustion?

General Motors

Question 7

Catholics engaged in a day of prayer along the borders of what COUNTRY in what church leaders said was a strictly religious demonstration but some saw as supporting the country's ban on Muslim migrants?


Question 8

The EU ordered what TINY MEMBER STATE to collect nearly $300 million in back taxes from Amazon, saying the company unfairly profited from the country's low tax rate?


Question 9

What FILM EXECUTIVE took a leave from his own company after allegations of sexual harassment spanning decades came to light?

Harvey Weinstein

Question 10

The UN announced it would end its 13 year peacekeeping mission in what CARRIBEAN COUNTRY, though doubts linger as to the effectiveness of the country's police and courts?


Question 11

Four soldiers, including three US soldiers, were killed during a training mission in what AFRICAN COUNTRY in an attack by al-Qaida fighters from Mali?


Question 12

The US Commerce Department hit what AEROSPACE COMPANY with an 80% tariff (in addition to an earlier 220% tariff) on its C-series jets sold in the US, claiming it was unfairly selling below cost to cut into Boeing's sales?