As I post this, QFTCI16 Game 9 has a bit under a day to run, and will be followed by the start of Game 10, concurrently with this current-events set.
These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on the dates indicated below, and should be interpreted accordingly. If any answers have changed due to newer news, you are still expected to give the answers that were correct on that date.
On each question you may give up to two answers, but if you give both a right answer and a wrong answer, there is a small penalty. Please post all your answers in a single followup to the newsgroup, based only on your own knowledge. (In your answer posting, quote the questions and place your answer below each one.) I will reveal the correct answers in about 3 days.
All questions were written by members of the Misplaced Modifiers and are used here by permission, but have been reformatted and may have been retyped and/or edited by me. For further information see my 2016-05-31 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
* Game 3 (2010-10-03), Round 1 - Current Events
1. Florida Marlins all-star pitcher José Fernández died Sunday... in what sort of accident?
2. In what American city did a rush-hour commuter train crash through a barrier last Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring over 100?
3. "Do Not Say We Have Nothing" by Madeleine Thien, "The Wonder" by Emma Donoghue, and "Yiddish for Pirates" by Gary Barwin are among the nominees announced last week for which literary prize?
4. For the first time in his presidency, a Barack Obama veto was overridden by Congress, by votes of 348-77 in the House of Representatives and 97-1 in the Senate. What will the bill allow families of 9/11 victims to do?
5. What relatively rare lunar event occurred could be seen -- or rather, *not* seen -- in Toronto skies last Friday? Some fundamentalist Christian websites heralded it as a sign of the coming end times.
6. Name the couple who were in Vancouver's poverty-stricken Downtown Eastside last Sunday meeting mothers who are battling drug and alcohol addiction.
7. Launched less than 2 years ago by Rogers and Shaw Communications as a homegrown competitor to Netflix, this streaming video service announced that it will be pulling the plug on November 30. Name it.
8. He died last week at the age of 87. Though best-known by far as a sportsman, he was also an accomplished pilot, holding the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a jet of the 17,600-24,600 lb. category. Name this sportsman and amateur pilot.
9. Following hard on this summer's non-air-conditioned subway-car fiasco, the TTC revealed last week that 5% of these machines on the streetcar fleet are currently not functioning. Which machines?
10. Monday was Debate Night, USA. In response to Hillary Clinton's accusation that he doesn't pay federal income taxes, the Donald replied, "That makes me..." what? Give the single word that completes his retort.
* Game 4 (2010-10-17), Round 1 - Current Events
1. On Thursday the Swedish Academy announced that Bob Dylan would be the recipient of a Nobel Prize. In what?
2. In the words of "Late Night" host Seth Meyers: "There is currently a higher standard for host of the third hour of the 'Today Show' than there is for the Republican nominee for President." Name the host that NBC suspended last week after he was caught on tape in 2005 laughing along with Donald Trump's lewd comments.
3. Last week, an international group of scientists and legal experts revealed their plans for creating a new nation-state to be named "Asgardia", open to citizens of all nations, beginning some time next year. Where will this potential new nation be located?
4. After 34 years, this country, an island group in the Indian Ocean, left the Commonwealth of Nations, claiming that it has been "unfairly and unjustly" treated by the intergovernmental organization. Name the country.
5. The world's longest-reigning monarch died on Thursday. Bhumibol Adulyadej ["POO-mee-PON a-DOON-ya-DAY"], also known as Rama IX, was king of which country?
6. A former federal cabinet minister and former premier of Alberta, who held the latter office for 8 months in 2014-15, was killed in a plane crash in BC last week. Name this former premier.
7. Displayed during the last Blue Jays / Texas Rangers game, a fan's banner reading "WOULD RATHER GET PUNCHED IN MAY THAN KNOCKED OUT IN OCTOBER" became a sensation and is now displayed at the fan's Danforth pharmacy. Name the Texas player who punched José Bautista in May *and* who caused the error that lost last Sunday's game for Texas.
8. Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews entered the history books in his NHL debut on Wednesday. What did he do?
9. On October 10, after 99 years, North America's oldest private zoo closed its doors, following steeply declining attendance in the wake of animal-cruelty charges. Name the zoo.
10. After looking at economy, health, security, education, and leadership (among other factors), the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives presented its list of the best cities in Canada for women. Toronto was 11th. Which city topped the list?
-- Mark Brader "I already checked, and there are 2147483647 Toronto natural numbers (I made a simple Java program firstname.lastname@example.org to count them)." -- Risto Lankinen