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How Well Do You Remember Last September?

We’ve unleashed a Wikipedia-mining, quiz-making franken-robot on the encyclopedia’s September 2013 current events page. It has plucked out important words and phrase from the 30 event descriptions below, and jumbled them with three plausible(ish) replacements. Can you beat the bot?

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  1. September 1, 2013: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake kills at least four people in southwestern __________.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Philippines
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Vietnam
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Maldives
    Correct
    Incorrect
    China
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and edition.cnn.com

  2. September 2, 2013: The Hemisphere Project, through which __________ gives data about telephone calls to the DEA and other law enforcement agencies, is made public.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    McDonald's
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Microsoft
    Correct
    Incorrect
    AT&T
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Claro Puerto Rico
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and nytimes.com

  3. September 3, 2013: __________ purchases Nokia's mobile device division for $7.2 billion.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    AOL
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Microsoft
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Garmin
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Analog Devices
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and foxbusiness.com

  4. September 4, 2013: The FIBA EuroBasket 2013 tournament starts in __________.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Slovenia
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Montenegro
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Libya
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Bulgaria
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com

  5. September 5, 2013: A hunter is blamed for starting the __________ near Yosemite National Park.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    McNally Fire
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Rim Fire
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Cedar Fire
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Marble-Cone Fire
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  6. September 6, 2013: __________'s army-backed authorities decide to annul the Muslim Brotherhood's non-governmental organization status.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Turkmenistan
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Egypt
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Chad
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

  7. September 7, 2013: __________, directed by Gianfranco Rosi, wins the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    The Magdalene Sisters
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Three Colors: Blue
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sacro GRA
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Not One Less
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and france24.com

  8. September 8, 2013: In Formula One, Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Italian Grand Prix for __________.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Force India
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Red Bull Racing
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Lotus F1
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Hewland
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia

  9. September 9, 2013: Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem announces the discovery of a 1,400-year-old golden treasure trove at the foot of the __________.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Temple Mount
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Western Wall
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Muslim Quarter
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Foundation Stone
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and haaretz.com

  10. September 10, 2013: The legislature of the US state of __________ passes a bill banning new sales of semi-automatic rifles with removable magazines.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Idaho
    Correct
    Incorrect
    California
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Vermont
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Nebraska
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

  11. September 11, 2013: Over 10,000 people have been displaced and ten thousand arrested as a result of an ongoing dispute in __________'s Muzaffarnagar district.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    India
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Papua New Guinea
    Correct
    Incorrect
    South Africa
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Grenada
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and timesofindia.indiatimes.com

  12. September 12, 2013: __________ applies to join the Chemical Weapons Convention which outlaws the production and use of such weapons.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    South Sudan
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Syria
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Oman
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Azerbaijan
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  13. September 13, 2013: Bill Shorten and __________ will contest a month-long ballot process to determine who will be the Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Anthony Albanese
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Craig Emerson
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sharon Claydon
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Greg Combet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and canberratimes.com.au

  14. September 14, 2013: __________ rebel soldiers continue to hold 100 people hostage in the Philippine city of Zamboanga as they exchange gunfire with Philippine Army troops.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Moro National Liberation Front
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Economic Cooperation Organization
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Jemaah Islamiyah
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Northern Cyprus
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and bigstory.ap.org

  15. September 15, 2013: __________ is elected by Parliament as Prime Minister of Albania.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sali Kelmendi
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Edi Rama
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Albert Brojka
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Lulzim Basha
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and in.reuters.com

  16. September 16, 2013: Rain continues in the American state of __________ as more than 1,200 people remain unaccounted for in the current floods.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    California
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Minnesota
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Colorado
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Maine
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and latimes.com

  17. September 17, 2013: Iranian President __________ confirmed he had contacted U.S. President Barack Obama via letters. Both countries cut all diplomatic relations after the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1980.

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    Incorrect
    Ali Khamenei
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Hassan Rouhani
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mohammad-Ali Rajai
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

  18. September 18, 2013: __________ is sworn in as the 28th Prime Minister of Australia together with his Ministry.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Chris Watson
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Karen McNamara
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Tony Abbott
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Thabo Mbeki
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  19. September 19, 2013: Imperial Petroleum is indicted in the largest instance of tax and securities fraud in __________ state history.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Virginia
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Indiana
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Pennsylvania
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Wyoming
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and insideindianabusiness.com

  20. September 20, 2013: In baseball, Alex Rodriguez of the __________ sets a new record in Major League Baseball for grand slam home runs with 24.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    New York Yankees
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Boston Red Sox
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Detroit Tigers
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Houston Astros
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and mlb.mlb.com

  21. September 21, 2013: Voters in __________ go to the polls for provincial elections with the Tamil National Alliance doing well in the north.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sri Lanka
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Israel
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Malawi
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Afghanistan
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and sbs.com.au

  22. September 22, 2013: A Chinese court finds former senior politician __________ guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power and sentences him to life imprisonment.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Bo Xilai
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Ren Zhongyi
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Zhang Wenyue
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Chen Deming
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  23. September 23, 2013: At least 25 people are dead in __________ and southern China after Typhoon Usagi passes through with the storm having killed eight people in the Philippines.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Hong Kong
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Kunming
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Harbin
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Tianjin
  24. September 24, 2013: Hundreds of garment factories in __________ shut down due to strikes by workers seeking higher pay.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Gabon
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Barbados
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Laos
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Bangladesh
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and bloomberg.com

  25. September 25, 2013: In sailing, Oracle Team USA wins the America's Cup by defeating __________ 9-8 after a remarkable comeback.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Team Artemis
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Team New Zealand
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mascalzone Latino
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Team Synergy
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and theaustralian.com.au

  26. September 26, 2013: The United States and __________ agree on a draft United Nations Security Council resolution aiming to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Russia
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Andorra
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Bulgaria
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Iceland
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and news.yahoo.com

  27. September 27, 2013: A ship capsizes off the island of Java carrying refugees from __________ to Australia. Thirty people are missing and 22 bodies have been recovered, with 31 survivors rescued.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Philippines
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Indonesia
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Thailand
    Correct
    Incorrect
    East Timor
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and abc.net.au

  28. September 28, 2013: Voters in __________ go to the polls for a legislative election.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Guinea
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Lebanon
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Senegal
    Correct
    Incorrect
    French Guiana
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  29. September 29, 2013: The death toll from a building that collapsed in __________, India, on September 27 rises to 60 as the rescue operation is called off.

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    Incorrect
    Mumbai
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Chandigarh
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Thane
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Patna
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  30. September 30, 2013: Pharmaceutical giant __________ agrees to sell its thrombosis drug brands to Aspen Pharmacare.

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    Incorrect
    Imperial Tobacco
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Aviva
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Alliance Boots
    Correct
    Incorrect
    GlaxoSmithKline
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

 
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