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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 __________.

    Philippines
    Vietnam
    Maldives
    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.

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

    via Wikipedia and nytimes.com

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

    AOL
    Microsoft
    Garmin
    Analog Devices
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and foxbusiness.com

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

    Slovenia
    Montenegro
    Libya
    Bulgaria
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com

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

    McNally Fire
    Rim Fire
    Cedar Fire
    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.

    Turkmenistan
    Egypt
    Chad
    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.

    The Magdalene Sisters
    Three Colors: Blue
    Sacro GRA
    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 __________.

    Force India
    Red Bull Racing
    Lotus F1
    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 __________.

    Temple Mount
    Western Wall
    Muslim Quarter
    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.

    Idaho
    California
    Vermont
    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.

    India
    Papua New Guinea
    South Africa
    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.

    South Sudan
    Syria
    Oman
    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.

    Anthony Albanese
    Craig Emerson
    Sharon Claydon
    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.

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

    via Wikipedia and bigstory.ap.org

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

    Sali Kelmendi
    Edi Rama
    Albert Brojka
    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.

    California
    Minnesota
    Colorado
    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.

    Ali Khamenei
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    Hassan Rouhani
    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.

    Chris Watson
    Karen McNamara
    Tony Abbott
    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.

    Virginia
    Indiana
    Pennsylvania
    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.

    New York Yankees
    Boston Red Sox
    Detroit Tigers
    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.

    Sri Lanka
    Israel
    Malawi
    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.

    Bo Xilai
    Ren Zhongyi
    Zhang Wenyue
    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.

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

    Gabon
    Barbados
    Laos
    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.

    Team Artemis
    Team New Zealand
    Mascalzone Latino
    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.

    Russia
    Andorra
    Bulgaria
    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.

    Philippines
    Indonesia
    Thailand
    East Timor
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and abc.net.au

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

    Guinea
    Lebanon
    Senegal
    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.

    Mumbai
    Chandigarh
    Thane
    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.

    Imperial Tobacco
    Aviva
    Alliance Boots
    GlaxoSmithKline
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

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