The Week of September 27, 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

The New York Times reported that, based on tax documents they obtained, Donald Trump paid HOW MUCH in federal taxes in 2016? He paid the same amount in 2017; for 10 of the 15 years prior to taking office he paid no taxes as they were offset by losses.


Question 2

What COMPANY announced it would be laying off 28,000 workers, two-thirds of them part time employees, from its parks division?


Question 3

The first presidential debate turned into a rancorous affair, with what MODERATOR lamenting he hadn't tried to exert control more seriously at the beginning?

Chris Wallace

Question 4

Almost 500 days after parliamentary elections, what EUROPEAN COUNTRY finally formed a government, with seven parties from both of the country's dominant languages agreeing to a budget and the naming of Alexander De Croo as prime minister?


Question 5

A study in the journal Nature suggested that people with a particular haplotype, or group of genes, inherited from what SPECIES OF HUMAN may increase the risk of hospitalization and respiratory failure from Covid-19?


Question 6

The foreign ministry of what COUNTRY said it was ready to enter talks to end fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh and "re-establish a ceasefire regime based on the 1994-1995 agreements?" The other country in the conflict, backed by ally Turkey, continues to reject talks.


Question 7

In a move cited as either increasing election security or voter suppression, in what US STATE did its governor order that there could only be one mail-in ballot drop off location per county? Donald Trump and incumbent US senator John Cornyn have mid- to high-single digit leads in polling of their races in the state.


Question 8

An Irish court found that the bread used by what FAST FOOD CHAIN did not meet the legal definition of bread as a staple food, as it adds too much sugar to its dough? The ruling has tax implications, as bread as a staple food isn't taxed in Ireland, while other bread is taxed.


Question 9

What INSECT returned to the news when a half dozen were found in Blaine, Washington, leading agricultural officials to seek out and destroy any nests it could find?

Asian giant hornets, aka murder hornets

Question 10

Your HallR mini-theme of the week (TM): Gone Viral. Both Donald and Melania Trump stated that they tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after it was learned that what SENIOR ADVISOR AND FORMER TRUMP COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR tested positive?

Hope Hicks

Question 11

Two members (as of this writing) of what US SENATE COMMITTEE also tested positive for Covid-19? Speculation is that they caught the virus at the same event as Trumps and other members of his staff.


Question 12

What WORLD LEADER declined a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying he does not give audiences to politicians during elections? Pompeo had earlier written that the leader had compromised his state's moral authority in making an agreement with China over the naming of bishops.

Pope Francis