The Week of February 7, 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

The National Transportation Safety Board found that pilot error was to blame for the 2020 helicopter crash that killed what NBA HALL OF FAMER and eight others?

Kobe Bryant

Question 2

Children in what US CITY returned to classrooms this week, after the city and the teacher's union struck a deal to phase in school openings in the US's third-largest school district?


Question 3

What EURASIAN COUNTRY reported the presence of another monolith, which turned out to be a government stunt related to the announcement of its future space exploration plans? The country's 10 year plans include a "first contact of the moon" in 2023, the country's centennial.


Question 4

What PORNOGRAPHER AND FIRST AMENDMENT ENTHUSIAST, known for publishing the magazine Hustler, passed away at age 78?

Larry Flynt

Question 5

The UAE and China both reported probes successfully entered orbit around what PLANET, which will also see the landing of NASA's Perserverence rover?


Question 6

New Zealand's parliament removed the rule requiring male legislators to wear what ITEM OF CLOTHING when in chamber? This came after an incident when Maori politician Rawiri Waititi was expelled after refusing to wear a "colonial noose" and opted for a hei-tiki, saying it was part of "Maori business attire."


Question 7

What EUROPEAN CAPITAL CITY became the largest share trading center in Europe? It’s rise came at the expense of London, the 2020 leader before Brexit.


Question 8

Authorities in what CARIBBEAN COUNTRY arrested nearly two dozen officials in response to an alleged coup attempt against president Jovenel Moise?


Question 9

What MEMBER OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY won an invasion of privacy lawsuit against The Mail on Sunday tabloid and announced she was pregnant with her second child?

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Question 10

Your HallR mini-theme of the week: Second Verse, Same as the First. The US Senate voted 56-44 that it was constitutional to hold an impeachment trial for Donald Trump, with what LOUISIANA REPUBLICAN a surprise vote supporting the constitutionality of the proceedings?

Bill Cassidy

Question 11

An agreement by both parties prevented the calling of witnesses in Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, but a statement by Washington Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler was put into evidence that said Donald Trump refused to call off rioters during an argumentative phone call with what HOUSE MINORITY LEADER?

Kevin McCarthy

Question 12

Donald Trump was acquitted in his second impeachment trial by a 57-43 vote, where what NORTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN voted to convict after earlier voting that the trial was unconstitutional?

Richard Burr