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It has been an eventful year, to say the least. David Leonhardt, who usually writes this newsletter, has created a quiz that tests your knowledge of the biggest stories of the year.

The quiz is an enhanced version of 30 questions of the topical quiz the Times publishes weekly. Using words, pictures and a chalkboard, it takes a combination of logic, knowledge and recall to get the right answers. And once you’re done, you’ll be able to see how your performance compares to other Times readers who have taken it.

“Think of this as our little tribute to the late Alex Trebek”, the “Jeopardy!” For a long time! the host who died of cancer last month, says David.

You can take the full quiz here, and we’ve included some questions to try out below. The correct answers can be found at the bottom of this newsletter. Good luck!

1. In the fall, LeBron James won his last NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. How many NBA titles has James won now?

2. Which US state had voted for the presidential winner every year since 1964, until this year when it voted for President Trump?

3. Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the Supreme Court in October. Of the 115 Americans who were sworn in as Supreme Court justices, how many were women? (The answer includes Barrett.)

4. The woman pictured above is a self-reliant author and spiritual leader who has run for president. What’s her name?

5. Which children’s show was the most watched show on Netflix this year, according to Forbes and Reelgood analysis?

6. In the first few months of the pandemic, which of the following advice have many public health experts given – and subsequently canceled? Pick one.
(a) Children are most at risk and should take precautions.
(b) Hand washing is of little use.
(c) Masks are unnecessary for most people.
(d) Large doses of vitamin C can induce immunity.

seven. OK, one more! Name the boy band pictured above.

Thanks for playing! Scroll down to see how right you are. And if you want more of a challenge, the rest of the questions are here.

  • Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocked a Democratic attempt to increase direct stimulus checks to $ 2,000 from $ 600.

  • Instead, McConnell said the Senate would “begin the process” of discussing the checks as well as two other issues that Trump has asked lawmakers to address: election security and the removal of legal protections for social media platforms. .

  • Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia have said they support the $ 2,000 payments after their Democratic opponents in next week’s run-off election criticized them for not asking for bigger checks. Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley and a few other Senate Republicans also said they supported a raise, but most did not.

  • Argentina has legalized abortion. Uruguay, Cuba and Guyana are the only other Latin American countries to allow abortion on request.

  • The Louisville Police Department will fire two officers involved in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor: Detective Myles Cosgrove, who fired the fatal shot, and Detective Joshua Jaynes, who organized the raid.

  • Two Cleveland police officers will avoid federal criminal charges for their role in the 2014 murder of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy, the Department of Justice said, citing a lack of evidence.

  • New York has recorded 447 homicides this year, the most since 2011. “I can’t imagine a darker time,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, also citing the confluence of the pandemic and the protests.

  • The Boeing 737 Max plane made its first U.S. commercial flights, a roundtrip between Miami and New York, nearly two years after two fatal crashes brought the plane to the ground around the world.

  • New dietary guidelines released by the US government run counter to scientific recommendations to set lower goals for sugar and alcohol consumption.

The passage: Whether it’s helping Americans work from home or organizing for racial justice, technology has done more for us in 2020 than ever before, says Times tech columnist Kevin Roose in his annual column. of the Good Tech Awards.

From the review: The Times Opinion editors responded to readers’ comments that channeled fear, frustration, hope and wisdom.

Lives lived: Pierre Cardin was a visionary designer who dressed the elite but also transformed the fashion business. Over a career spanning over 75 years, he has remained futuristic, reproducing fashions for ready-to-wear consumption and putting his mark on an outpouring of products. He died at the age of 98.


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To mark the end of the year, we, the Morning crew, are sharing some of our favorite 2020 stories outside of The Times:

Covid is not just a physical illness – it can also seep into the brain, creating haze for months. This hilarious and heartbreaking London Review of Books essay by poet Patricia Lockwood captured the mental toll of the virus better than anything I’ve read this year. – Tom Wright-Piersanti

“My Three Fathers,” by writer Ann Patchett in The New Yorker, describes her sister’s wedding, which her mother’s three husbands – Patchett’s father and two stepfathers – all attended. She calls it “the family equivalent of a total solar eclipse.” It’s a true story that reads like a novel. – Claire Moses

One of the most inspiring stories I read this year was the Washington Post obituary of Michael Cusack. When he was born in 1956, doctors told his parents to put him in an institution. They refused and Cusack ended up helping to inspire the creation of the Special Olympics. – David Leonhardt

Joe Biden has been in national politics for nearly five decades, and truly revealing journalism articles about him are rare. John Hendrickson’s mighty essay in The Atlantic about Biden’s stuttering – and Hendrickson’s – wasn’t just the best Biden story this year; it changed my way of thinking about him. – Ian Prasad Philbrick

When I was growing up in New Jersey, my grandmother had an open door policy and often invited strangers over for a meal or to join in family celebrations. This Washington Post article, about how jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie celebrated Thanksgiving at a fan’s house, reminded me of that human connection. – David Scull

I have lost count of how many times I have watched “Song of the Sea,” an exquisite animated film that is both tender and spellbinding. This New York profile of Cartoon Saloon, the Irish animation studio behind the film, is as enchanting as the films the studio has made. – Sanam Yar

For a twist on a classic, try these peanut butter miso cookies.

In 1981, the Broadway musical “Frankenstein” was such a failure that it closed after only one performance. The Times spoke to the show’s creators about the flop.

Now is the time to play

Yesterday’s Spelling Bee pangram was trackpad. Today’s puzzle is above – or you can play it online if you have a Games membership.

Here are today’s mini crosswords and a hint: Small dog (three letters).


Thank you for spending part of your morning with The Times. See you tomorrow. – Claire and Ian

The answers to the quiz questions above: 1. four; 2. Ohio; 3. five; 4. Marianne Williamson; 5. “Cocomelon”, an animated series for children; 6. C, masks; 7. BTS. Thanks for playing!

You can see the first printed page of the day here.

Today’s episode of “The Daily” is an update on the story of a black policeman in Flint, Michigan. The latest “Popcast” answers listeners’ questions about the year’s biggest stars and curious flops.

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