The Week of July 19, 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

What MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY became the first in the Arab world to send a probe to Mars, with its Amal (Hope) probe lifting off using a Japanese rocket?

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Question 2

What PART OF THE US TREASURY DEPARTMENT asked Americans to start spending the coins they've collected during the Covid-19 pandemic, noting that while there is an "adequate amount of coins in the economy," retailers do not always have the coinage they need to provide correct change?

US Mint

Question 3

What FORMER GOVERNOR OF OHIO AND 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE is expected to speak in support of Joe Biden during the Democratic National Convention?

John Kasich

Question 4

The US abruptly ordered China to close its consulate in what CITY, saying it was doing so "in order to protect American intellectual property and Americans' private information?" China retaliated by ordering the US to close its consulate in Chengdu.


Question 5

Larry Householder, the speaker of what US STATE's House of Representatives, was one of four people arrested in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme over a law that gave financial support to two nuclear power plants while cutting support for renewable energy?


Question 6

The European Union agreed to a €750 billion Covid-19 aid fund after four days of negotiations won over the "frugals," a bloc led by what COUNTRY that wanted aid to be less grant-based and tied to reforms? Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, had previously chided this country's prime minister, Mark Rutte, for trying to link aid to political reforms.

The Netherlands

Question 7

What US STATE was the first this week to pass New York in total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases? As of this writing the state has reported over 450,000 cases.


Question 8

Donald Trump signed a quartet of executive orders aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, with one specifically requiring that government discounts on EpiPens and what other DRUG be passed on to low-income patients?


Question 9

Bowing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and concerns over security, Donald Trump announced that the portion of the Republican National Convention scheduled for what CITY was cancelled?


Question 10

What MAKER OF SMARTWATCHES AND OTHER WEARABLES reported an "outage" that prevents users from accessing or downloading health, fitness, location, and aviation data? The company has not confirmed the widely-reported rumor that it is suffering a ransomware attack.


Question 11

What COUNTRY reported its first case of Covid-19, which it blamed on a person who defected three years ago but returned illegally last week? International health experts doubt that this is actually the country's first case, given its long border with China.

North Korea

Question 12

What COUNTRY said that passengers on Mahar Air flight 1153 could sue the US if they were injured when the flight had to abruptly change course after being intercepted by a US military jet over Syria?