The Week of July 12, 2020 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

Andrzej Duda narrowly won re-election as the president of what EUROPEAN COUNTRY, which should allow the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party to pursue its conservative policy agenda?


Question 2

Firefighters needed several days to put out a blaze on what US AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP docked in San Diego for repairs? The ship is named after the Continental Navy ship commanded by John Paul Jones and named (indirectly) in honor of Benjamin Franklin

USS Bonhomme Richard

Question 3

While the White House continued to sow doubt into the competency of Dr. Anthony Fauci, it did back off of statements made by what ECONOMIC AND CHINA ADVISOR, saying he "went rogue" in a statement critiquing Fauci?

Peter Navarro

Question 4

Several high-profile users of what SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM had their accounts hacked and used to post a message asking followers to make a Bitcoin donation?


Question 5

After the latest round of negotiations with Egypt and Sudan fell through, what COUNTRY appeared to start filling the reservoir behind its Renaissance Dam? Egypt and Sudan are concerned that the dam will reduce the amount of water in the Blue Nile and limit their access to fresh water.


Question 6

Kevin Stitt, the governor of what US STATE, became the first state governor to test positive for Covid-19?


Question 7

After an apparently unrelated hospitalization, US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced she had cancerous lesions on what ORGAN? She stated that she was undergoing chemotherapy and planned to remain on the court.


Question 8

The US Supreme Court left in place a lower court order that will prevent roughly a million felons from being able to vote in what STATE unless they can pay all fines and restitution required by their sentence?


Question 9

What GEORGIA CONGRESSMAN and icon of the civil rights movement, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee who helped plan the March on Washington, died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80?

John Lewis

Question 10

Clashes along the border of what TWO COUNTRIES killed 20? Officials in both countries had difficulty explaining the source of this latest skirmishing, though the countries do share a long-standing dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Armenia, Azerbaijan

Question 11

What ASIAN COUNTRY became the first on that continent - and third overall -to report a million cases of Covid-19? While the country entered a nationwide lockdown on March 23, it had nearly 200,000 cases when the lockdown ended on May 31.


Question 12

The organizers of what PARADE announced its 132nd edition would be cancelled for only the fourth time - and first time not related to World War II - in its history? While it wasn't scheduled to happen for a few months, preparations typically start in February.

Tournament of Roses Parade (Rose Parade)