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(This set is running concurrently with Game 8, Rounds 4,6 -- and later Rounds 7-8 -- from the previous season.)
All questions were written by members of 5 Easy Pieces 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 2016-11-26 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
* Game 5 (2017-02-13), Round 1 - Current Events
This week this round is Trump-free.
1. Former US Vice-President Joe Biden has a new gig. What is his new job title?
2. Former President Barack Obama seems to be adjusting to life outside the White House. He was in the British Virgin Islands -- learning what recreational activity?
3. This former NBA star, whose best seasons were in New York but who also played for the Toronto Raptors, was arrested at Madison Square Garden last week. Security approached because he was allegedly heckling the unpopular owner of the New York Knicks. Name the former player.
4. In the African Cup of Nations, which determines the continent's soccer champion, Egypt lost 2-1 in the final to this Central African country. The victory was its fifth Cup of Nations. Name the winning country.
5. This singer will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and receive a tribute at the Juno Awards. Name the singer.
6. The Canadian author who won the Giller Prize and a Governor General's Award for his 2001 novel "Clara Callan" has died at the age of 79. Who is he?
7. The latest census data shows that Canada has a population of just over 35,000,000 people. The population increased between 2011 and 2016 in 9 out of 10 provinces. Name the one where it decreased slightly.
8. This struggling Canadian company is getting more government money. This time it is more than $370,000,000 in interest-free loans from the federal government. Name the company.
9. Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, is unlikely to be able to run for president next year as a result of a decision issued last Wednesday. What happened to Navalny?
10. Wikipedia has banned this British tabloid as a source on topics, deciding that it is "generally unreliable". The publication has a significant online presence in the United Kingdom and North America. Name that tabloid.
After completing the round, please decode the rot13: Vs lbh fnvq gung Aninyal jnf pbaivpgrq bs n pevzr, tb onpx naq fnl juvpu pevzr.
* Game 6 (2017-02-27), Round 1 - Current Events
...But not this week.
1. The parent company of Tim Hortons announced a US $1,800,000,000 friendly takeover bid for which US-based fast-food chain?
2. February 23 was the warmest February day ever in Toronto. What was the high temperature recorded that day by Environment Canada at Pearson Airport, rounded to the nearest whole degree Celsius?
3. Wayne Shaw, a 45-year-old backup soccer goalie for Sutton United, resigned from the team after its FA Cup loss to Arsenal. What act caused him to step down?
4. Also in British soccer, Claudio Ranieri has been fired as manager just 9 months after he led his team to a completely unexpected Premier League title. What team?
5. His birth name is Shawn Carter. His first album, "Reasonable Doubt", came out in 1996. Since then he has sold more than 100,000,000 records and his estimated net worth is over $500,000,000. And last week he became the first hip-hop performer to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Give his stage name.
6. This singer hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts last week with "Love on the Brain". It was the 30th Top-10 hit in the performer's career: only Madonna and the Beatles have more. Name the singer.
7. The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on Tuesday, interpreting for the first time the powers of police relating to *what specific criminal offense*?
8. A vehicle not normally driven by cops was utilized by Toronto police as part of a campaign against distracted driving. What type of vehicle was it?
9. Before he made a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition, Vice-President Mike Pence tweeted out support for Israel with a flag emoji -- but it wasn't Israel's flag. What country's flag was it?
10. As Donald Trump began to speak at CPAC, many of his supporters started waving mini-flags with "TRUMP" emblazoned on them -- that had been distributed by pranksters. Republican staffers quickly confiscated the flags -- why?
After completing the round, please decode the rot13: Vs lbh whfg fnvq "vzcnverq qevivat" ba gur pbheg dhrfgvba, tb onpx naq or zber fcrpvsvp.
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Erland Sommarskog <email@example.com>: Feb 28 09:21AM +0100
> 2. Former President Barack Obama seems to be adjusting to life > outside the White House. He was in the British Virgin Islands -- > learning what recreational activity?
Since this is a trump-free round, it cannot be bridge. I'll try with scuba-diving.
> soccer champion, Egypt lost 2-1 in the final to this Central > African country. The victory was its fifth Cup of Nations. > Name the winning country.
> just over 35,000,000 people. The population increased between > 2011 and 2016 in 9 out of 10 provinces. Name the one where it > decreased slightly.
> 9. Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, is unlikely to > be able to run for president next year as a result of a > decision issued last Wednesday. What happened to Navalny?
He was charged and found guilty to embezzlement. (Most likely all is made-up of course.)
> deciding that it is "generally unreliable". The publication > has a significant online presence in the United Kingdom and > North America. Name that tabloid.
> What was the high temperature recorded that day by Environment > Canada at Pearson Airport, rounded to the nearest whole degree > Celsius?
> 4. Also in British soccer, Claudio Ranieri has been fired as manager > just 9 months after he led his team to a completely unexpected > Premier League title. What team?
> Vice-President Mike Pence tweeted out support for Israel with a > flag emoji -- but it wasn't Israel's flag. What country's flag > was it?
> started waving mini-flags with "TRUMP" emblazoned on them -- > that had been distributed by pranksters. Republican staffers > quickly confiscated the flags -- why?
They were Russian flags!
-- Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_(company) lists alpine skiing before tennis. And if the page is to be believed, the company started when Howard Head had been on a ski trip was surprised to find that in the age of plastic and metal, the skis were all wooden. Tennis was added almost 20 years later.
-- Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, email@example.com
Calvin <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Feb 27 02:51PM -0800
On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:44:22 PM UTC+10, Erland Sommarskog wrote: > may not be considered a sport in Australia, but certainly is most elsewhere.
> Further evidence? You mean that looking at www.head.com for 15 seconds > is not enough?
When I visit that site I see images of people playing tennis. I guess it knows where I live.
ArenEss <email@example.com>: Feb 27 12:49PM -0600
On Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:42:55 -0800 (PST), Calvin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>1 In his 1942 short story "Runaround" Isaac Asimov introduced his three laws governing what? Robotics?
>2 The biennial world championship contract bridge tournament for national teams is better known by what alliterative two word title? >3 Which character did David Jasen portray in the BBC sitcom "Only Fools and Horses"? >4 Which hit song of 1965 includes the following line: "And if I get scared, you're always around."? I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher)
>5 Copacabana Beach is located in which city? Rio de Janiero
>6 Which left-arm Pakistani paceman took more than 500 One Day International wickets in a career ranging from 1984 to 2003? >7 Though technically a territory of the Commonwealth, Jervis Bay is located on the coast of which Australian state or territory? New South Wales
>8 Which car manufacturer's logo features four rings? Audi
>9 Who was the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Hermes? Mercury
>10 "Ethics", published posthumously in 1677, was the magnum opus of which Dutch rationalist philosopher (1632-1677)? Van der Ender?