1. The City of Los Angeles elected a new mayor this year. Name him.
Eric Garcetti

2. Twerking pop singer Miley Cyrus caused a stir at the VMAs and hosted SNL. She also got in a Twitter war with a former pop singer, who had written her several open letters. Name that singer.
Sinead OʼConnor

3. Name the Army captain who received the Medal of Honor this week for his actions in the 2009 Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan.
William Swenson

4. In March, Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, were delivering newspapers in Torrance when a hail of bullets pierced their pickup truck as LAPD officers mistook it for the one driven by then-fugitive Christopher Dorner. What were the color, make and model of their truck?
Blue Toyota Tacoma 

5. Spanish businessman Amancio Ortega rose this year to No. 3 on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people on the strength of his fashionable stores. Name his retail empire.

6. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce in June from his wife of 14 years. What is her name?
Wendi Deng

7. A marine science teacher needed more than a dozen people to help her haul in to Catalina Islandʼs shore the carcass of a rarely seen, 18-foot-long serpent-like fish. What is the common name for this fish?
an oarfish

8. What is the full name of the health law now commonly called Obamacare?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (also ok: Affordable Care Act)

9. Mitch McConnell is the minority leader in the Senate and Harry Reid is the majority leader. Who is the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate?
Dick Durbin

10. Two weeks ago, police in Ventura County arrested 21 people allegedly tied to the sales of prescription drugs through…what?

11. Whistleblower Edward Snowden said he last worked within the NSA as a contractor for a consulting firm. Name the consulting firm.
Booz Allen Hamilton or Booz Allen

12. Iran recently inaugurated a new president. Name him.
Hassan Rouhani

13. Australia also elected a new prime minister in September. Name him.
Tony Abbott

14. In May, one of the largest and fastest tornados recorded touched down in Central Oklahoma, killing 23 people. Name the town that bore most of the destruction.

15. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student who has become a girls’ education activist, was just announced as an honorary citizen of what country during its annual throne speech?


1. In August, the National Institutes of Health announced it was giving the family of this woman some control over the use and distribution of genetic code that was acquired from her in the 1950s without her knowledge. Name her.
Henrietta Lacks

2. In September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average expunged three companies from their index to add Nike, Visa and Goldman Sachs. Name one of these three former members.
HP (or Hewlett-Packard); BofA (or Bank of America) or Alcoa.

3. Half-Donut, Half-Croissant — “cronuts” have been immensely popular since they were introduced in May at a bakery in New York Cityʼs SoHo. Name this bakery.
Dominique Ansel Bakery. (Ansel Bakery and Ansel okay. Dominque NOT okay)

4. In June, the President and Mrs. Obama took a short tour of Africa, including a stop in this country on Africaʼs west coast. Name it.

5. The alleged owner of an illegal drug-trading site, Ross William Ulbricht, a.k.a. “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was arrested by the FBI in what major U.S. city?
San Francisco

6. In 1954, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company took on a new name.  What was that name?
British Petroleum, or BP

7. The remains of King Richard III were discovered this year under a parking lot in which English city?

8. In April, the Boston Marathon was attacked with explosives at its finish line.  Name the street that the Boston Marathon finishes on.
Boylston Street

9. What is founder of the Nobel Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel, famous for inventing?

10. Their scientific name is Sula nebouxii, and since last month, several of these seabirds have been showing up along the Southern California coast. Whatʼs is common name of this bird?  Be specific.
A blue-footed booby

11. Fifty years ago, Congressman John Lewis was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  What is the full name of the organization that Lewis was chairman of at that time?
Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee or Student National Coordinating Committee

12.Name the artist who worked on the cover of Lady Gagaʼs third album, ArtPop, released Oct. 5?
Jeff Koons

13. What is the name of the San Diego Zoo panda that gave birth to now 7-month-old panda cub Xiao Liwu?
Bai Yun

14. This yearʼs massive Rim Fire became the third largest wildfire in the history of California. Name the National Forest where this fire started.
Stanislaus National Forest

15. Mexico ceded California to America with the signing of the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hildalgo in what year?


1. Chili Palmer was a main character in this Elmore Leonard novel, adapted into a 1995 movie with the same name. What is the title?
Get Shorty

2. In May, Angelina Jolie announced she had undergone a double mastectomy because she carried a defective gene associated with a dramatic increase in rates of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Name this gene.

3. The Costa Concordia was uprighted in September through a system of pulleys. Whatʼs the term for this technique?

4. In John Milton’s poem “Paradise Lost,” which word, meaning “riotous uproar,” was the name of Satan’s capital?

5. An ‘astronomical unit,’ abbreviated as ‘au,’ is the measure of length between which two celestial bodies?
The Earth and the Sun

6. That thing? The metal band that keeps the rubber eraser attached to the pencil? It has a name. What is it?
A ferrule

7. Tarzan and John Carter are characters created by what American author?
Edgar Rice Borroughs

8. What is the first, or given, name of Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice?

9. A baby crow is called a chick; a baby goose is called a gosling.  What is a baby swan called?
A cygnet; flapper also acceptable.

10. What nine-letter word represents a chain of islands, a syrup, and a kind of necktie?

11. Who wrote the opera Tosca?
Giacomo Puccini

12. In culinary terms, what is the verb for cutting food into long thin slices?
Julienning, or to julienne

13. What country seceded from Pakistan in 1971?

14. In the 1989 Tom Petty song “Free Fallin,” he sings of a long day living in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood, with a freeway running through the yard. Name this neighborhood.

15. Scott OʼDellʼs book “Island of the Blue Dolphins” was based on the true story of a Nicoleño Indian woman, Juana Maria, who was stranded on an island off Californiaʼs coast for 20 years. Name this Island.
San Nicholas


1. In the Jackson 5ʼs hit song “The Love You Save,” Michael Jackson describes what “S-T-O-P” stands for. What two-word phrase does “O” stand for?
Oh No

2. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had a big hit this year titled “Same Love” featuring a female singer on the chorus. Name this singer.
Mary Lambert

3. In an iconic scene from the 1989 movie “Say Anything,” Lloyd Dobbler, played by John Cusack, holds a boombox over his head to get the attention of valedictorian Diane Court, played by Ione Skye. Name the song played at this scene in the movie.
“In Your Eyes”

4. In September, Warner Bros. announced a new film franchise based on a J.K. Rowling book in the Harry Potter Universe. Name the full title of this book.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

5. The early 90s Nickelodeon show “Rugrats” centered on baby Tommy Pickles and his playmates. Two of these friends were twins. What are their first names?
Phil and Lil

6. #WorldWarA was the trending hashtag for this hour-long TV showʼs recent season finale. Name this show.
Pretty Little Liars

7. Denzel Washington has signed on to star in The Equalizer, a film based on the 80’s CBS TV drama that starred what actor as the title character?
Edward Woodward

8. What was the last film with a one-word title to win Best Picture at the Oscars?

9. On the HBO series Game of Thrones, the episode entitled “The Rains of Castemere,” and the main event that happened in the episode, are better known by fans of the show and books as what?
The Red Wedding

10. In 1999, Sanrio introduced a boyfriend — well, a close male friend — to Hello Kitty. What is his name?
Dear Daniel (Daniel Starr or Daniel acceptable)

11. The 1986 film Top Gun was released this year in 3-D. In order, what are the pilot nicknames for the characters played by Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer?
Maverick, Goose and Iceman

12. Helen Hunt got a bit of red carpet notoriety when she revealed her navy silk strapless gown at this yearʼs Oscars did not come from a high-end designer. What mass retail brand did Hunt wear?

13. Which Cole Porter musical features the song “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire”?
High Society

14. In the original Star Wars film released in 1977, Obi-Wan Kenobi says of the port of Mos Eisley, “You will never find a more wretched hive of ______ and _______?”
Scum and villainy

15. In the TV series Breaking Bad, protagonist Walter White used to work at a carwash with the slogan “Youʼve tried the rest. Now try the best.” What was the name of the car wash company?
A1A Car Wash


1. Tokyo won the bid to host the Games of the 32nd Olympiad in 2020, becoming the first Asian city to host the Olympics twice. When did Tokyo last get the Summer Games?

2. Chicago Blackhawks captain Patrick Kane won this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs MVP title. For that, he gets a trophy. What is the name of that trophy?
The Conn-Smythe Trophy

3. Now a rookie with the Utah Jazz, this former guard for the Michigan Wolverines received this yearʼs John R. Wooden award for the nationʼs most outstanding menʼs college basketball player. Name him.
Trey Burke

4. Aside from a flip, what are the three main types of jumps in figure skating that usually involve at least two revolutions?
axel, lutz, salchow

5. In June, Kerry Washington, star of ABCʼs Scandal, married a cornerback from the San Francisco 49ers. Name him.
Nnamdi Asomugha

6. On May 16, soccer star David Beckham announced his retirement from the sport after a 20-year career. What was the name of the last city and club for which Beckham played?
Paris Saint-Germain

7. What jersey number does Dodger rookie sensation Yasiel Puig wear?

8. In ascending order from lowest to highest by their one- or two- digit designations, name all six federal Interstates that cut through California and into a neighboring state.
5, 8, 10, 15, 40, 80

9. The Los Angeles County Registrarʼs headquarters is in this Los Angeles County City. Name it.

10. You probably have a green-capped bottle of Sriracha hot chili sauce in your refrigerator. Name the Southern California company that manufactures the sauce.
Huy Fong Foods, Inc. or Huy Fong

11. One was famous in his commercials with his dog Spot, the other for his public television show that traveled around the state, yet neither were native Californians. Name the birth states for Cal Worthington, and for Huell Howser, respectively.
Oklahoma and Tennessee

12. Only one Los Angeles County North-South surface street has onramps to the 5, 10, 60 and 210 freeways. Name this street.
Rosemead Blvd. Will accept Route 19

13. The 10th UC system campus opened in 2005, the nation’s first public research university to be built in the 21st century and the first new UC campus in 40 years. Where is this campus located?

14. In the lyrics to Ice Cubeʼs classic song “It Was a Good Day,” what team did the Los Angeles Lakers beat?
Supersonics (Seattle okay)

15. In Woody Allenʼs 1977 Best Picture winner Annie Hall, his character said of Los Angeles: “I don’t want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a _____ _____ on a ______ ______.” Fill in the four blanks.
Right Turn, Red Light

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