The Week of January 3, 2021 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 VOTING MACHINE MANUFACTURER is suing Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation, and asking for $1.3 billion in damages over Powell's claims that the company rigged the election, was a tool of the Venezuelan government, etc.?

Dominion Voting Systems

Question 2

The NCAA announced that all games for the 2021 men's divison I basketball tournament would take place in what STATE? This state is also where NCAA headquarters is located.


Question 3

Joe Biden continued to fill out his Cabinet, as he named what FEDERAL JUDGE and former Supreme Court nominee as his pick for Attorney General?

Merrick Garland

Question 4

What MIDDLE EASTERN NATION saw the blockade set against it by Saudi Arabia and three other countries lifted? Few if any of the 13 demands made upon the country were met, as it is still home to Al Jazeera and still aligns politically with Turkey and Iran.


Question 5

What TWO DEMOCRATS won close races against incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in Georgia's US Senate runoff elections?

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock

Question 6

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US was lifting all of self-imposed restrictions on direct contact between US officials and government officials on what ASIAN ISLAND?


Question 7

What ENTREPRENEUR passed Jeff Bezos to make the top of the Forbes list of the world's richest people, with a net worth of $185 billion? The dramatic rise in his net worth is primarily due to a ninefold increase in the value of his car company's stock.

Elon Musk

Question 8

The supreme leader of what COUNTRY said it would not import Covid-19 vaccines from the US or the UK, saying it lacked trust in them? Its health ministry also blocked the testing of foreign vaccines on its citizens, saying it would buy "safe vaccines," likely from China or Russia.


Question 9

Oil companies largely ignored the first auction of oil and gas drilling rights in what WILDLIFE REFUGE? The rights, mostly snapped up by an Alaskan government agency, brought in $14.4 million in high bids, making it unlikely that proceeds from all sales will reach the 2019 Congressional Budget Office estimate of $1.8 billion.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

Question 10

Your HallR mini-theme of the week (TM): Aftermath. Both the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called for what US SENATOR to resign, based on his objection to the electoral vote count and its role in spurring the Capitol riots? Simon and Schuster later announced it would no longer publish his forthcoming book.

Josh Hawley

Question 11

The resignations of education secretary Betsy DeVos and transportation secretary Elaine Chao were criticized by some as a dodge so neither would have to weigh in on removing Donald Trump from office using what CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT?


Question 12

Amazon Web Services announced that it would no longer host what SOCIAL MEDIA SITE, an alternative to Twitter increasingly favored by Trump supporters, saying posts supporting the Capitol riot and future violence violated its terms of service? Both Apple and Google dropped its mobile app stores.