The Week of August 4, 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 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

India revoked Article 370 of its constitution, ending the special status of what STATE that granted it autonomy in almost all areas of administration?

Question 2

What NOBEL LAUREATE, author of books like The Bluest Eye and Beloved, passed away at the age of 88?

Question 3

Donald Trump accused China of currency manipulation after the country lowered the exchange rate of what CURRENCY below its traditional 7 to the dollar floor?

Question 4

What ONLINE FORUM with links to the perpetrators of mass shootings in Christchurch, Poway, and El Past, went offline after security provider Cloudflare stopped providing its services? The forum's founder, Frederick Brennan, had earlier suggested that the site should be shut down.

Question 5

Wanda Vasquez became the third governor in a week for what ISLAND, whose supreme court ruled that Ricardo Rosselló used unconstitutional means to name Pedro Pierluisi as his successor?

Question 6

What DELIVERY COMPANY announced it would allow its ground delivery contract with Amazon to expire, after it dropped Amazon as flight cargo customer in June?

Question 7

Scientists in New Zealand announced the discovery of an ancient species of what BIRD, with the scientific name Heracles inexpectus? It would be the largest example of this bird known, with it standing an estimated 3 feet tall.

Question 8

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested roughly 680 people in what US STATE during raids on five food processing plants?

Question 9

What FINANCIER, in prison awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking of girls, apparently committed suicide in the special housing unit of the Manhattan Correctional Center?

Question 10

The Southern Transitional Council in Yemen announced it had secured what CITY, the country's interim seat of government? They also seized the city in January 2018, but relinquished control at the behest of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Question 11

What AMERICAN BANK gave Canadian debtors their freedom when it announced it would forgive all remaining debt? The bank said it was doing so to wrap up its exit from the Canadian market, which it left last year when it retired its Amazon and Marriott-branded Visa cards.

Question 12

What SPOKESURSINE of the US Forest Service turned 75 years old, but with no plans on retiring from telling people that only they can prevent wildfires?