The Week of September 6, 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

In an unexpected move, the Department of Justice asked to take over from Donald Trump's personal attorneys in the defamation suit brought by what AUTHOR AND COLUMNIST for Elle who claims that Trump raped her in a department store dressing room?

Question 2

Name EITHER the pharmaceutical company or the university whose phase 3 trial of a Covid-19 vaccine was paused and restarted after an investigation into a serious adverse reaction in one participant in the UK?

Question 3

In interviews recorded for what upcoming BOOK by Bob Woodward did Donald Trump admit that he knew that Covid-19 was serious, but downplayed things in order to prevent panic?

Question 4

Several western states voiced opposition to Utah's plan to pipe over 25 billion gallons of water annually from what RIVER for the use of residents in the southern part of the state? While Utah has a right to the water, the other states are concerned about the impact on growing populations and agriculture in their states.

Question 5

Luxury products giant LVMH announced it would back out of the $16.2 billion deal to acquire what JEWELER, which then sued to enforce the deal? LVMH countersued, accusing the jeweler of "dishonesty" and mismanaging its business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Question 6

What PROTEST MOVEMENT, named for the colorful garments worn during public demonstrations, saw smaller than anticipated crowds upon restarting in France?

Question 7

Vice President Mike Pence cancelled his appearance at a Montana fundraiser when it became public that it was being hosted by a couple that actively supports what CONSPIRACY THEORY, which asserts that there is a Satanic, global child sex trafficking ring that Donald Trump is trying to expose?

Question 8

A federal judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation of what FORMER THERANOS CEO, after her defense team argued that a mental disease or defect may have been behind her alleged commission of criminal fraud?

Question 9

What GULF STATE announced it would follow the UAE's lead in normalizing relations with Israel, with the deal finalized in a phone call between Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, and King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa?

Question 10

Your HallR mini-them (TM) for the week: Fire Bad. Wildfires raged across the Pacific Northwest, with fires in Oregon crossing the tops of what MOUNTAIN RANGE and spreading down valleys towards the western part of the state, an unprecedented occurrence according to the Oregon Department of Forestry?

Question 11

A fire tore through the Moria refugee camp in what EUROPEAN COUNTRY, leaving over 12,000 migrants homeless? Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas said that shelter and food aid would be forthcoming, and that a local ferry was being used to house some families.

Question 12

Just Born Quality Confections announced that several holiday versions of what MARSHMALLOW CANDY - including those for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day - would not be made this year, as a Covid-19 related shutdown earlier in the year will only give them enough time to make the candy for next Easter?