The Week of October 4, 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

Officials in California announced that the August Complex fire - which stretches from San Francisco to the Oregon Border - became the first single fire to burn at least HOW MANY ACRES?

1 million

Question 2

While it's less than one month until the November general election, the 2022 midterms got a jump start when what US SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA announced he would not run for re-election, opting to return to the private sector?

Pat Toomey

Question 3

The US Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of a case involving what KENTUCKY COUNTY CLERK, who in 2015 refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on personal religious grounds?

Kim Davis

Question 4

Covid-19 continued its spread around the White House, with what ADVISOR and architect of the Trump administration's immigration policies testing positive?

Stephen Miller

Question 5

What CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLIC (and Sporcle favorite) annulled the results of its parliamentary elections after early results favoring president Sooronbai Jeenbekov triggered widespread protest and the occupation of parliamentary and presidential offices?


Question 6

The FBI arrested several men affiliated with militia movements who were alleged to have planned to kidnap what US GOVERNOR?

Gretchen Whitmer

Question 7

Mike Pence drew attention at the vice presidential debate for not clearly stating he would accept the results of the November election, the fly that landed on his head, and an apparent case of what INFLAMMATION, which can be a secondary symptom of Covid-19 infection? Pence tested negative for the virus prior to the debate.

pink eye

Question 8

Donald Trump got an endorsement he wasn't looking for from what MILITANT ISLAMIC ORGANIZATION, with spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid speaking positively about Trump and hoping he will "wind up U.S. military presence" in his country?


Question 9

What TECH COMPANY announced it would split off its IT infrastructure division into a new company in 2021? The company has split off divisions before, most notably when it sold its PC division to Lenovo in 2005.


Question 10

Your HallR mini-theme of the week (TM): A Major Award. Nobel Prizes were handed out this week, with the award for physiology or medicine going to three men for their discovery of a strain of what VIRUS, a leading cause of liver disease?

Hepatitis C

Question 11

What UN AGENCY was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts in fighting hunger and supporting sustainable development?

World Food Programme

Question 12

Curious tourists visited Varosha, a beach resort on what EUROPEAN ISLAND that has been closed since a 1974 invasion split the island more or less in two?