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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What FORMER US VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE led the special primary to fill the open US House seat for Alaska? A four person run-off will decide the winner.
Queen Elizabeth II followed up her platinum jubilee by becoming the second-longest reigning monarch in world history, though she will need to rule for a couple more years to surpass what FRENCH KING who served for over 72 years?
What US STATE was the only one to not to ask the federal government for doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for kids under the age of 5? Doctors in the state also weren't able to order the vaccine until Friday, two weeks after doctors in other states.
The UK Home Secretary approved the extradition of what WIKILEAKS FOUNDER to the US to face espionage charges?
US Senate negotiations over new gun control legislation hung up over a loophole nicknamed for what ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP, a loophole that allows dating partners previously convicted of abuse to own guns?
Microsoft announced it was retiring what WEB BROWSER after 26 years of operation? The retirement will see users of the old browser sent to Microsoft Edge, which will allow them to work in a mode emulating the retired browser.
What MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY saw 73 legislators aligned with Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resign, a move designed to clear an impasse over naming a new president?
Lithuania began enforcing EU sanctions for what RUSSIAN EXCLAVE, ending rail transit that accounted for nearly half of its imports? Russia announced it would use ferries from St. Petersburg to replace the trains.
What CRYPTOCURRENCY saw its value dip below $20,000 for the first time since 2020? It has lost $900 billion in value since its peak last November.
Your HallR mini-theme of the week (TM): Couldn't Stand the Weather. What US NATIONAL PARK evacuated visitors and closed for the week after floods caused rockslides and road collapses? The park will partially reopen with visitor access limited by license plate.
What COMPANY announced it had to close its troubled Sturgis, Michigan baby formula plant, just weeks after reopening, due to power outages and flooding caused by a series of strong storms?
The European Commission, the executive body of the EU, gave its support to EU candidate status for Ukraine and what NEIGHBORING NATION? Georgia was given conditional support for candidate status based on continued progress on reforms.