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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What TWO COUNTRIES were involved in a confrontation in the Sea of Azov, with one country seizing three ships belonging to the other?
Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic candidate (and former Clinton cabinet member) Mike Espy in the runoff election for the US Senate in what STATE?
NASA's InSight probe successfully landed on what PLANET, where it will conduct various surveys of the interior?
What TRUMP LAWYER pled guilty to lying to Congress, admitting that he lied about the duration of talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow in hopes of not furthering the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election?
Heads of state and central bank governors converged on Buenos Aires for the start of what FORUM's annual summit, whose discussions are expected to be dominated by the US-China trade war?
What US CABINET DEPARTMENT finally confirmed that all recipients of a housing benefit who were underpaid due to an ongoing computer error would be paid in full, a reversal from a statement to Congress saying they would not be able to pay?
What EUROPEAN COUNTRY braced for a second weekend of "yellow vest" protests over increases in the cost of diesel fuel and the high cost of living in general?
What FORMER US PRESIDENT, who served for one term after two terms as Vice President, passed away at the age of 94?
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just north of what ALASKAN CITY, causing widespread damage but no fatalities?
This week's HallR(tm) mini-theme: Business as Usual. What AUTOMAKER announced a restructuring that will cut 14,700 jobs and shutter at least five plants in the United States?
What GERMAN DRUG MAKER announced it would shed nearly 12,000 jobs and sell several brands in an attempt to improve stock prices, which have slid since its acquisition of Monsanto?
What HOTEL CHAIN announced a security breach that saw data for 500 million customers stolen from its Starwood guest reservation database?