The Week of June 14, 2020 by CoenM


I hope you found true love on Flag Day.


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 EUROPEAN COUNTRY finally formed a government consisting of its two main parties - Fianna Fail and Fine Gael - and the Greens, with Fianna Fail's Michael Martin tipped to become prime minister?


Question 2

A medical examiner in what US CITY ruled the killing of Rayshard Brooks by police a homicide? The city's police chief, Erika Shields, resigned shortly after the killing.


Question 3

What COUNTRY demonstrated the failure of diplomacy with a neighbor by blowing up a liaison office building that had been constructed specifically to improve relations between the two countries?

North Korea

Question 4

Donald Trump confirmed that there is a plan to reduce the US military presence in what EUROPEAN NATION by 25 percent, spurred (at least in part) by the country not meeting its NATO funding obligation?


Question 5

A federal judge rejected a Trump administration lawsuit to block the release of The Room Where it Happened, the memoir by what FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, which the administration claimed includes classified information?

John Bolton

Question 6

Researchers at Oxford reported that dexamethasone, one of what CLASS OF DRUGS that mimics anti-inflammatory hormones made in the body, reduced deaths in Covid-19 patients on ventilators by a third?


Question 7

Noting that it played on a racial stereotype, Quaker Oats announced it would change the name and logo of what brand of PANCAKE MIX AND SYRUP, which have been in use for over 130 years?

Aunt Jemima

Question 8

What FORMER US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE withdrew her name for consideration as running mate for Joe Biden, saying that he should select a woman of color?

Amy Klobuchar

Question 9

What ACTING US ATTORNEY for the Southern District of New York was removed from his post by Donald Trump, after rejecting the announcement by Attorney General William Barr that he was stepping down?

Geoffrey Berman

Question 10

Your HallR mini theme (TM) of the week: The Supremes, No Diana Ross. In a 6-3 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of what landmark 1964 LAW extends discrimination protections to LGBT persons?

Civil Rights Act

Question 11

The court also ruled against the Trump administration 5-4 in its attempt to end the DACA immigration program, with what JUSTICE, siding with the court's four liberal justices, writing the majority opinion?

John Roberts

Question 12

A lower than expected turnout for Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa was apparently caused by K-pop fans and users of what VIDEO SHARING APP reserving and not using tickets?

Tik Tok