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August 15, 2018

# Points Question Answer
1 (5) Venezuela arrested six over explosions of what pilotless radio-controlled aircraft during President Maduro’s speech? Ans. Drones
2 (10) President Trump signed the defense authorization bill bearing the name of which Republican, with whom he’s had a long feud? Ans. John McCain
3 (5) He says he's retiring from acting following the September release of the film The Old Man & the Gun. Name this actor, awarded Best Director for Ordinary People, whose other films include The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Ans. Robert Redford
4 (5) A flat tire is evidently to blame for starting the Carr fire and ensuing devastation in which state ? Ans. California
5 (10) The publication of blueprints for what 3-D printed thing was halted recently by a federal judge? Ans. Gun
6 (15) He is blaming far-right factions for an assassination attempt on his life. Who is this South American leader? Ans. Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela
7 (5) Some cities have renamed streets and schools due to links with the Confederacy. What Texas city, whose name rhymes with that of a New England capital city, might change its name? Ans. Austin
8 (20) Why has the new movie Christopher Robin been banned in China? Ans. Blogs comparing Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh are popular in China to mock the country’s leader. (or, Winnie the Pooh is a symbol of resistance to China's ruling party)
9 (5) What company’s stock price soared on August 7 after Elon Musk floated a plan to take it private? Ans. Tesla
10 (10) He ranks second among NFL receiving yards leaders. He played for the 49ers and the Cowboys. The Pro football Hall of Fame is considering a rule change to make attendance mandatory because he skipped the official ceremony in Canton, Ohio. Name this wide receiver, popularly known by his initials, T.O. Ans. Terrell Owens
11 (5) Twitter has not banned what person, whom New York magazine calls “America's leading conspiracy theorist”? Ans. Alex Jones
12 (10) Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was arrested at a ramshackle compound in New Mexico, and is accused of training children for attacks on what facilities? Ans. Schools
13 (10) He holds Serbian, Russian, and U.S. citizenship. He was recently named a special representative of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his mission being to help improve relations with the U.S. Name this action star of On Deadly Ground, who is himself under investigation for a new assault-against-women case. Ans. Steven Seagal
14 (20) This suburb is one of the venues for the 2019 National Academic Championship. Name the city, where Rick Gates testified in the trial of President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Ans. Alexandria, Virginia
15 (10) Fill in the blank. Pardon the oxymoron, but a new ancient _____ was just discovered during road works, buried near the Valley of the Kings. It’s the second such colossal statue known to exist. Ans. Sphinx
16 (5) France says Britain could still cancel it and remain in the European Union on the same terms it currently enjoys. What is the portmanteau word for this secession approved in a 2016 U.K. referendum? Ans. Brexit
17 (5) An airline employee took off in a stolen plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Aug. 10, then crashed it into the Puget Sound in an apparent attempt to do what? Ans. Commit suicide
18 (10) On Aug. 12, NASA launched a space probe destined for what body in our solar system? Ans. The sun
19 (5) So far, talks have failed to convince Turkey to release an American pastor. Relations between the US and Turkey have been strained over various issues, including how to deal with a civil war in which country on Turkey’s southern border? Ans. Syria
20 (15) Rep. Chris Collins of New York was arrested and charged with which crime? Ans. Insider trading

August 8, 2018

# Points Question Answer
1 5 The world's oldest person has died at age 117. Her name was Chiyo Miyako, a citizen of which country? Ans. Japan
2 20 In what country was a former cricket star elected as the new prime minister? Ans. Pakistan
3 25 Warner Brothers has opened a billion-dollar theme park in which United Arab Emirates city? Ans. Abu Dhabi
4 10 Stock in what company lost more than $118 billion in value in one day, the largest single-day drop in any company’s value in stock market history? Ans. Facebook
5 5 The Obama Foundation has delayed the presidential center groundbreaking in what city until next year? Ans. Chicago
6 5 Last year, many school districts warned parents about what Netflix series that some critics say glorifies teen suicide? Ans. 13 Reasons Why
7 5 He says he's not sure collusion with Russia would be considered a crime despite the Robert Mueller investigation. Name this Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor. Ans. Rudy Giuliani
8 10 What team that lost the 2016 World Series now has the longest current drought, 70 years since their last win in 1948? Ans. Cleveland Indians
9 10 Officials at a Syracuse, New York zoo have announced the birth of twin red pandas, an endangered species native to which continent? Ans. Asia
10 5 What competitor, No. 2 in the industry, gained market share over Uber after Uber was hacked, exposing the data of over 57 million users globally? Ans. Lyft
11 10 Thousands of immigrants daily are being absorbed by what country west of Venezuela, fleeing the food shortages and politics there? Ans. Venezuela
12 10 What US company said “iLike” to Inner Mongolia in 2018 and will build its first cloud-based data center in northern China there? Ans. Apple
13 10 Augusta National Golf Club, often considered the most beautiful in America, finally accepted its first women members in 2012, including which African-American, a former Secretary of State? Ans. Condoleeza Rice
14 10 What two social media sites are releasing a new tool to limit how much time people spend on their apps? Ans. Facebook and Instagram
15 10 What company has made history by becoming the first U.S. company to reach $1 trillion in market value? Ans. Apple
16 5 Pope Francis has declared what punishment unacceptable in all cases? Ans. The death penalty (capital punishment)
17 5 Russian border guards were holding an American man who came ashore in the remote far eastern Chukotka region after sailing in a dinghy from which state? Ans. Alaska
18 15 After a slump on August 2, China was eclipsed by what country as the World's Second-Biggest Stock Market? Ans. Japan
19 10 Urban Meyer has been placed on leave as his employer investigates what he knew about multiple instances of domestic abuse involving one of his former assistant coaches. He is which football team’s head coach? Ans. Ohio State’s
20 10 President Trump is threatening a government shutdown if he doesn't get what? Ans. (Funding for) a border wall

August 1, 2018

# Points Question Answer
1 5 Ex-FBI chief Comey is urging voters to support which political party this fall? Democratic
2 10 The NFL players union filed a grievance on July 17 over the league's new requirement that players can choose between what two alternatives? Stand for the national anthem or wait in their locker rooms.
3 5 Walk Free Foundation posted its 2018 Global ______ Index. North Korea and Eritrea were at the top. Fill in the blank with the name of an institution that tore apart America during the 19th century. Slavery
4 10 When Britain leaves the European Union in 2019, what nation will be the only EU member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council? France
5 10 What politician, who is 25 years younger than his wife Brigitte, founded En Marche, and defeated the National Front's Marine Le Pen to become president of France? Emmanuel Macron
6 5 President Hassan Rouhani warned President Donald Trump about “mother of all wars.” Rouhani is the president of which country? Iran
7 10 Francesco Molinari won the British Open on July 22, giving what country its first victory at one of golf's major championships? Italy
8 5 The EU slapped a $5 billion fine on what Internet giant for pushing apps on Android users? Google
9 10 Which former U.S. President spoke at an event in South Africa to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, that nation’s first black president? Barack Obama
10 20 The European Union signed a historic free-trade deal with what nation, creating the world’s largest open economic area? Japan
11 10 If it were a country, which US state would be one of the world's top three oil producers, only falling behind Russia and Saudi Arabia? Texas
12 5 What singer was treated with naloxone for an apparent heroin overdose, and is recovering? Demi Lovato
13 10 They reportedly put a $70,000 hit on a dog's head after the pup recently found roughly 22,000 pounds of the gang's cocaine supply. I’m talking about a drug gang in what country? Colombia
14 5 Remains of U.S. servicemen from 1950-53 have been retrieved from what country? North Korea
15 10 After 16 years, what state is expected to see a 2019 opening for a premier entertainment and shopping complex, American Dream Meadowlands? New Jersey
16 15 Combating climate change since 2006 is the subject of what 2017 documentary by Al Gore? An Inconvenient Sequel
17 5 Scientists report that worms frozen for 42,000 years in the permafrost of which vast Russian region were successfully revived? Siberia
18 15 Imran Khan is poised to become the next prime minister of Pakistan after his party won national elections last week. He’s a former standout in what sport? Cricket
19 10 Scientists from Italy recently discovered evidence of an underground body of water on which heavenly body? Mars
20 20 "NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAINOR YOU WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE." President Trump threatened the leader of which country in that tweet? Iran