The Week of December 30, 2018 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

What US SENATOR announced she was forming an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 presidential run?

Elizabeth Warren

Question 2

What AUTOMAKER recalled nearly a million vehicles due to faulty Takata airbags, including some Mercury and Lincoln models?


Question 3

What FRESHMAN US SENATOR penned an op-ed for the Washington Post in which he said of Donald Trump that his "conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office?"

Mitt Romney

Question 4

What COUNTRY's Federal Office for Information Security came under fire for taking weeks to notify police of a wide-ranging data breach that exposed private information for hundreds of politicians across all political parties, except for the far-right AfD?


Question 5

What US REPRESENTATIVE FROM CALIFORNIA was named Speaker of the House, a position she'd previously held from 2007 to 2011?

Nancy Pelosi

Question 6

Tsai Ing-wen, the president of what REGION called for international support for democracy after remarks by China's President Xi that the region is part of China and that they should work together for reunification?


Question 7

The US Department of Homeland Security and Donald Trump denied reports that agents of what AGENCY were calling out sick at increased rates due to the partial government shutdown, though passengers were reporting screening delays at several airports?

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Question 8

What US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR announced a shift in the planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria, saying it would be conditional on the final defeat of remaining Islamic State troops and Turkish assurances for the safety of Kurds in northern Syria?

John Bolton

Question 9

The election commission in what AFRICAN NATION announced a delay in reporting results due to slow collection of ballots, pushing back the first orderly transfer of power since it became independent of Belgium in 1960?

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Question 10

Your HallR mini-theme(TR) of the week: Spaced Out. What COUNTRY successfully landed a probe on the far side of the moon, which is providing the first images of that side taken from the surface?


Question 11

The New Horizons probe made more space history by providing images of what TRANS-NEPTUNIAN OBJECT, also known as 2014 MU69, a contact binary that is the most distant object from Earth to be visited by a spacecraft?

Ultima Thule

Question 12

A US federal court ruled that The Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and the Rockefeller Foundation must face a $1 billion lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of Guatemalans who were intentionally infected with what SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE in the 1940s to test the use of penicillin to treat STDs?