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Opponents of Scottish independence received a boost on Thursday after ________ came out against the campaign to secede from the United Kingdom. After more than 300 years of union with England, a _________ Scottish independence is planned for Sept. 18.
Answer: C. In response to a question at a news conference, Obama praised the existing arrangement: "From the outside at least, it looks like things have worked pretty well," he said.
After nearly a decade of planning, the NFL announced this week that the league will not use ________ for the 2016 Super Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif. Although a break with tradition, the league says the decision will allow "a much bolder ______" at the championship game.
Answer: B. Rather than call the game Super Bowl L, the 50th game will be Super Bowl 50. The league will revert to Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI.
Harvard claimed a first on Wednesday, when the university's rare book library announced that scientific tests showed one of its 19th-century volumes was almost certainly made from _________. The library believes the material used for the book, the only of its kind in Harvard's giant collection, was acquired from a _________.
Answer: B. The book "Des destinees de l’ame," by Arsene Houssaye, was described as "a meditation on the soul and life after death.”
A former commander of the Blue Angels, the Navy's prestigious stunt flying team, was reprimanded this week after an investigation showed he had tolerated behavior by squadron members that created a "________" atmosphere. The report cited instances of pornography, anti-gay remarks, and _________ on the roof of an airplane hangar.
Answer: C. The officer, Captain Gregory McWherter, left the Blue Angels in 2012; the Navy has since cracked down on smut in the unit.
Suzi LeVine, the new United States envoy to Switzerland, made history when she became the first American ambassador to take her oath of office on _________ Monday. "It was what _________," she said in explaining the unconventional choice.
Answer: C. LeVine, a former tech executive, also serves as ambassador to Switzerland's lesser-known sidekick, Liechtenstein.
Beginning on Wednesday, the car service app Uber began offering a new type of transportation in the city, allowing Boston users to summon a _________ with their smartphone in addition to the usual cars. The service is only scheduled to last until ________.
Answer: B. Called UberBOAT, the rides cost $11 a person plus gratuity.
Sony Pictures announced Thursday that it plans to re-release the classic 1980s film _________ later this year. In addition to a limited theatrical release, the studio will also sell a special anniversary Blu-ray gift set with a collectible ___________.
Answer: D. The remastered version will play at 700 locations in the United States and Canada over Labor Day weekend.
Built with DNA, nourishing liquid, and a 3D printer, Boston-based artist Diemut Strebe unveiled a replica of __________ on Wednesday. The recreated body part, which took three years to grow, is now on display in __________.
Answer: A. Strebe used DNA from Lieuwe van Gogh, a distant relative of the Dutch painter, to create the ear.
The Secret Service, the arm of government responsible for identifying and monitoring threats against the president and other top officials, issued a request Monday for software to analyze _______ trends in real time. The request specified that the system should be able to detect _________.
Answer: B. "The ability to detect sarcasm and false positives is just one of 16 or 18 things we are looking at," a spokesman for the Secret Service told the Washington Post.
Newly uncovered documents show that in 2011, the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, an anti-terrorist unit, was focusing some of its limited resources on monitoring __________. The surveillance successfully averted ________.
Answer: D. The documents also showed that the unit monitored many musicians, including Russell Simmons, identified as “an elite figure in the hip- hop community.”
A favorite character on HBO's hit show _________ died in a spectacularly gruesome way when ___________.
Answer: D, the character, who shall remain nameless, fought a duel which ended when his head was squeezed until it burst apart.