The Week of November 12, 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

WHAT US SENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA ended his bid for the 2024 Republican nomination for president?

Tim Scott

Question 2

President Biden and President Xi of China met during the APEC summit, with one result being China's agreement to curtail the production of what SYNTHETIC OPIOD and the chemical precursors used to make it?


Question 3

California governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency and urged people to work from home or use public transit after a section of what INTERSTATE was closed due to a fire? After examination, the state said the road would reopen next week.


Question 4

Nepal banned what SOCIAL MEDIA APP, saying that the app was "disrupting social harmony" and allowed access to "indecent materials?" They did not express concerns over data mining that have arisen in the US.


Question 5

What US FEDERAL GOVERNMENTAL BODY adopted its first ever code of ethics, but leaves compliance up to each invidivual member?

Supreme Court

Question 6

Pedro Sanchez officially returned as prime minister of what EUROPEAN COUNTRY, but now without agreeing to a controversial amnesty for Catalan separatists?


Question 7

Thousands of Starbucks workers walked out of work on what DAY, notable for the chain giving out reusable beverage containers to anyone ordering a seasonal drink?

Red Cup Day

Question 8

Sam Altman, the co-founder and CEO of what CREATOR OF CHATGPT, was abruptly fired by his board of directors for not being "consistently candid in his communications with the board?" Altman was in talks to return as CEO after several high profile executives and researchers resigned.


Question 9

What NATO MEMBER announced it was closing several border crossings with Russia, saying the Russians were intentionally funneling migrants from Syria, Yemen, and Iraq to the country?


Question 10

Your HallR mini-theme of the week (TM): Go Home, Secretary. What FORMER UK PRIME MINISTER was named foreign secretary in a cabinet shakeup prompted by the firing of Suella Braverman as home secretary after she penned an op-ed calling police anti-Palestinian?

David Cameron

Question 11

The UK Supreme Court found unconstitional one of Braverman's pet plans, which would have sent asylum seekers to what AFRICAN NATION while awaiting a decision on their immigration status?


Question 12

New York City mayor Eric Adams launched a legal defense fund in order to combat an investigation into what COUNTRY's alleged provision of illegal campaign contributions during his 2021 mayoral campaign?