The Week of August 30, 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 COUNTRY set a record for positive Covid-19 tests in one day, reporting 78,761 new cases on Sunday? While the country continues to reopen its economy, the surge in cases is being seen primarily in rural areas.


Question 2

In France, the trial of fourteen people charged with a string of terrorist acts in 2015, starting with an attack on what MAGAZINE's offices, got underway in Paris?

Charlie Hebdo

Question 3

Fifty Black former franchisees for what FAST FOOD CHAIN filed a discrimination lawsuit, contending that the company steered them to less-profitable locations and provided less support than given white franchise owners?


Question 4

US Senator Ed Markey fended off a primary challenge from what CONGRESSMAN, marking the first time someone from the Congressman's family lost an election in Massachusetts?

Joe Kennedy III

Question 5

After an article in The Atlantic reporting that he called US soldiers who died in World War II "suckers" and "losers," Donald Trump intervened in the planned closure of what INDEPENDENT MILITARY NEWSPAPER, saying he would overturn the Pentagon's plan to eliminate the publication?

Stars and Stripes

Question 6

Researchers at the University of Chicago reported that a deficiency in what VITAMIN may make people more susceptible to catching Covid-19?


Question 7

Donald Trump made two separate statements to voters in what US STATE that were apparently intended to get mail in voters to check their polling places to make sure their votes were counted, sounded like he was encouraging people to vote twice?

North Carolina

Question 8

The US jobs report for August stated that employers added 1.4 million jobs to the economy, though roughly 238,000 were temporary positions created by the federal government for what DECENNIAL EVENT?


Question 9

What US FEDERAL AGENCY ordered a temporary halt to evictions, stating it was needed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 if people were forced into temporary accommodations?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Question 10

Your HallR Mini-Theme of the Week (TM): Yugo Where I Go. What FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC announced it would normalize economic relations with Kosovo, and that it would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem?


Question 11

What FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC saw a coalition of opposition parties unseat the pro-West Democratic Party of Socialists, which had been in power since 1990?


Question 12

The Navajo Nation called for an investigation into what US ARMY BASE after the death of Pvt. Corlton L. Chee during a training exercise? Chee is the 28th soldier stationed at the base to die this year, and follows the high profile killing of Vanessa Guillen.

Fort Hood