The Week of January 15, 2023 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

72 people died in the crash of a Yeti Air flight to Pokara, marking the deadliest aircraft crash in what COUNTRY in 30 years?


Question 2

The University of Texas and Texas A&M University became the latest public universities to ban what SOCIAL NETWORKING APP from its networks, citing concerns over Chinese spying?


Question 3

The US Supreme Court announced that its investigation was unable to determine who leaked what DECISION to the press last May?

Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

Question 4

What COUNTRY announced its first population decline since 1961, dropping by 850000 in 2022? The country's birth rate also continued to decline, seven years after scrapping its one child policy.


Question 5

The state of Florida rejected an African-American studies course offed by what EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION, stating that it would indoctrinate students in a "political agenda" and that it may violate the Stop WOKE Act.

Advanced Placement

Question 6

What ARIZONA CITY cut off the water supply to its Rio Verde Hills suburb, citing extreme drought conditions and dwindling supplies for the city itself? The city noted that it is not legally obligated to sell water to the suburb, and had warned them for over a year about an impending shutoff.


Question 7

What CARIBBEAN COUNTRY lost the last of its elective government, when the terms of the last 10 senators elected to their positions expired? Elections to replace assassinated prime minster Jovenel Moïse never occurred due to gang violence.


Question 8

What TECH GIANT announced it was laying off 10000 employees - nearly 5 percent of its workforce - citing overhiring during the pandemic to provide additional suppot for workplace software and cloud computing? Alphabet announced its own layoff of 12000 employees days later.


Question 9

What ACTOR was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust? The movie's armorer, who prepared the gun that killed Hutchins, was also charged.

Alec Baldwin

Question 10

Chris Hipkins became the prime minister of what COUNTRY, replacing Jacinda Ardern, who cited burnout for her surprise resignation after six years in office?

New Zealand

Question 11

Jeff Zients is expected to succeed Ron Klane in what WHITE HOUSE POSITION, which Klane is expected to leave in the coming weeks?

Chief of Staff

Question 12

What ASIAN COUNTRY announced its highest inflation rate since 1981, coming in at 4 percent? While low compared to the West, the rise has pushed companies like Uniqlo to raises wages by as much as 40 percent.