The Week of April 11, 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

For the second time in as many years, israel was blamed for an apparent cyberattack on the Natanz nuclear facility in what COUNTRY? As with the previous incident, centrifuges were targeted and damaged.


Question 2

The US Food and Drug Administration paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine due to six cases of significant blood clotting due to a condition abbreviated CVST where clots form in the blood vessels of what ORGAN?


Question 3

The Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer who killed Daunte Wright when she apparently mistook her gun for her taser during a traffic stop, was charged with the second-degree level of what CRIME?


Question 4

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that an additional 500 troops would be sent to what EUROPEAN COUNTRY, seen as a symbolic move that negates the large drawdown of military personnel planned by the Trump administration?


Question 5

In remarks made at the White House, President Biden said it was "time to end America's longest war" in reference to removing troops from what COUNTRY? The plan is to have US troops fully removed by September 11.


Question 6

Eight people were killed at an Indianapolis ground facility for what DELIVERY SERVICE by a former employee, who also shot and killed himself?


Question 7

What CUBAN POLITICIAN (first and last name, please!) confirmed that he would step down as the head of its Communist party? Once out of office, it will be the first time since 1959 that there will be no members of the family in a senior leadership position.

Raul Castro

Question 8

A group of Democratic legislators announced a bill that would expand the number of Supreme Court justices to what NUMBER? Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that she was not planning on bringing the bill to the floor.


Question 9

Prince Philip, husband to Queen Elizabeth II, was laid to rest at St. George's Chapel, part of what CASTLE where the pair had spent most of the pandemic in isolation?

Windsor Castle

Question 10

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning over the Tread+ exercise machine made by what COMPANY, citing a number of cases - one fatal - of small children getting caught in a pair of the machine's rollers?


Question 11

Both the US and UK advised citizens to leave what AFRICAN COUNTRY as rebels neared the capital of Ndjamena? The rebels oppose the re-election of Idriss D├ęby, who is aiming for a sixth term since seizing power after a 1990 coup.


Question 12

What PONZI SCHEMER, who was serving a 150 year sentence after bilking investors out of billions of dollars, died in prison at the age of 82?

Bernie Madoff