Friday, August 14, 2020

Trivia Q&A: August 13

We had another great turnout of folks for Trivia on Thursday night, our nineteenth edition online, and nearly had history made in our short time of doing Facebook Live Trivia Night. Steve Thomas and Mary Reynolds, two of my old Professor Thom's Trivia regulars, had an amazing game going, as they were perfect in the first four rounds. (I mentioned that the "p" word was going, as I didn't want to jinx anything!) But unfortunately, they got 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia, so the perfecto was gone. But they wound up the champions for the second time, getting 52 points and the win. Congrats to them both. Larry Fleisher finished second with 49 points. See you all next Thursday night!
 
Woodstock Artists Trivia
1. What rock artist won 8 Grammys awards including Album of the Year, tying Michael Jackson’s record in 2000?
2. What West Coast based band, which never won a Grammy, didn’t reach the Top 10 on the album chart until 1987 with “In The Dark?”
3. John Belushi did a hilarious parody in 1975 on “SNL” of what English singer who appeared at Woodstock?
4. “Quadrophenia” and “Endless Wire” were hit albums for what English rock band?
5. What legendary guitarist played The Star Spangled Banner at his Woodstock appearance?
6. John Sebastian, lead singer of the Lovin Spooonful, had a Top 10 single in 1975 to the theme from what sitcom?
7. What legendary female singer, who died in 1970, played at the festival with her band Kozmic Blues Band?

2010s Movie Trivia
1. Released in 2015, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was given what episodic number?
2. The Coen Brothers remade what classic 1969 western film in 2010? 
3. What action film icon starred in the 2012 film “Looper”, a sci-fi film set in 2074?
4. Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar in 2014 for Best Actor for what film?
5. The 2010 film “The King’s Speech” told the story of what English king?
6. Who was the only actor nominated 3 times in the 2 major acting Oscar categories in the 2010s, winning Best Supporting Actor In 2010?
7. Name 1 of the 2 actresses to be nominated at least 4 times in the 2 major acting Oscar categories in the 2010s?

The Q Train: Classic Movies Cities Trivia
1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
2. Dirty Harry
3. The Blues Brothers 
4. Moonstruck 
5. Driving Miss Daisy
6. Trading Places 
7. The Town
8. A Streetcar Named Desire
9. Scarface
10. Gran Torino

General Knowledge 
1. What is the heaviest planet in the solar system? ( 1 pt)
2. To what country does the island of Tasmania belong? ( 1 pt)
3. Pope Francis ended the longstanding papal tradition of popes wearing shoes of what color? ( 1 pt)
4. What US president's real name was Hiram? ( 2 pt)
5. Between Sherlock Holmes, Superman and Spiderman, which character has been played by the most actors? ( 2 pt)
6. From 1996-98, Craig Kilborn was the first host of what current TV show? ( 2 pt)
7. Themyscira was the mythical island home of what superhero? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who was the top selling British solo singer in the US, having sold over 78 million units in this country? ( 4 points)
2. What US city has more billionaires per capita than any other city in the world? ( 4 points)
3. What Oscar-winning actor is the oldest man to win People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive?" ( 5 points)
4. "Goldeneye" was the first film made by what James Bond actor? ( 3 points)
5. Dixville Notch is a small community in what eastern US state that announces its presidential vote first in the nation just after midnight every four years? ( 4 points)

Answers
Woodstock Artists Trivia
1. Carlos Santana; 2. Grateful Dead; 3. Joe Cocker; 4. The Who; 5. Jimi Hendrix; 6. Welcome Back, Kotter; 7. Janis Joplin. 

2010s Movie Trivia
1. Seven; 2. True Grit; 3. Bruce Willis; 4. The Theory of Everything; 5. George VI; 6. Christian Bale; 7. Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence.

The Q Train: Classic Movies Trivia
1. San Diego; 2. San Francisco; 3. Chicago; 4. New York; 5. Atlanta; 6. Philadelphia; 7. Boston; 8. New Orleans; 9. Miami; 10. Detroit.

General Knowledge
1. Jupiter 2. Australia; 3. Red; 4. US Grant; 5. Sherlock Holmes; 6. The Daily Show; 7. Wonder Woman.

IQ Trivia
1. Elton John; 2. San Francisco; 3. Sean Connery; 4. Pierce Brosnan; 5. New Hampshire.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Trivia Q&A: August 6

We had another fine night of Trivia on Thursday night, our eighteenth so far, and my parents each made an appearance, having just returned from Florida earlier this week. It was another close race to the finish, but Francine Hamilton won her third Facebook Live Trivia Night, with 49 points, just edging out Larry Fleisher, who had 48 points, and Gillian DiPietro's team of "I Wish This Microphone Was a Red October", who had 47 points. Congratulations to Francine, and I'll see you all again next Thursday night!

Red Trivia
1. What author wrote the best-selling novel "The Hunt For Red October?"
2. What actor/director won an Oscar for Best Director for the 1981 film "Reds?"
3. Which MLB team has won the most World Series in their history: the Red Sox or Reds?
4. Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding was a main character in what 1994 Oscar nominated film?
5. What two red card suits in a standard deck of cards are colored red?
6. What pop singer's 2012 album "Red" featured the hit song "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together?"
7. What Asian country's flag has a red circle centered on a green background?

Blue Trivia
1. What 19th century classical composer wrote "The Blue Danube?"
2. "True Blue" was a 1986 album by what pop singer?
3. What was the name of Paul Bunyan's Blue Ox?
4. John Popper was a member of what rock band?
5. "Blue Devils" is the nickname for what teams from what major university?
6. "Big Blue" is a nickname for what major American company?
7. Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits starred in what 1980s TV crime drama?

The Q Train: Beer Brands Trivia (Name the Country)
1. St. Pauli Girl
2. Labatt's
3. Heineken
4. Yuengling
5. Carlsberg
6. Asahi
7. Guinness
8. Kronenbourg
9. Hoegaarden
10. Foster's

General Knowledge
1. In "E.T.", what candy does Elliott leave a trail of for his alien friend? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the stretch of water between Russia and Alaska called? ( 1 pt)
3. Bruce Jenner won what athletic event at the 1976 Summer Olympics? ( 1 pt)
4. The oldest existing McDonald's restaurant is located in what US state? ( 2 pt)
5. What continent has most landlocked countries? ( 2 pt)
6. Between animal attacks, drowning and falling from heights, which is the number 1 cause of deaths at national parks? ( 2 pt)
7. What European country produces about 75% of the world's olive oil each year? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who was the first actor to be nominated for an Oscar in which he portrayed 3 different characters in one film? ( 4 points)
2. What is the only country in Central America with English as its official language? ( 4 points)
3. What South American country had 5 different presidents over a span of 10 days in 2001? ( 5 points)
4. What 19th century US president officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty? ( 4 points)
5. What is the biggest holiday in the US every year in terms of greeting card sales? ( 3 points)

Answers
Red Trivia
1. Tom Clancy; 2. Warren Beatty; 3. Red Sox (9-5); 4. The Shawshank Redemption; 5. Diamonds and Hearts; 6. Taylor Swift; 7. Bangladesh.

Blue Trivia
1. Johann Strauss; 2. Madonna; 3. Babe; 4. Blues Traveler; 5. Duke; 6. IBM; 7. NYPD Blue.

The Q Train: Beer Brands Trivia
1. Germany; 2. Canada; 3. Netherlands; 4. USA; 5. Denmark; 6. Japan; 7. Ireland; 8. France; 9. Belgium; 10. Australia.

General Knowledge
1. Reese's Pieces; 2. Bering Strait; 3. Decathlon; 4. California; 5. Africa; 6. Drowning; 7. Spain.

IQ Trivia
1. Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove); 2. Belize; 3. Argentina; 4. Grover Cleveland; 5. Christmas.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Trivia Q&A: July 30

We had another great turnout for our seventeenth edition of "Facebook Live Trivia Night" on Thursday, and thankfully we had another night where everything went smoothly. We had a terrific race to the finish, but night ended in a tie between Larry Fleisher and the team of Molly Vallon and Brad Cook, both teams rolling up 49 points. Congratulations to this week's co-champions! See you all again next Thursday night!

Emmy Awards Trivia
1. Which show has won more Emmy Awards in its history: Saturday Night Live or The Simpsons?
2. What 1990s comedy series has the most Emmy wins among comedy shows, with 37?
3. Name 1 of the 2 actresses who hold the record for the most Emmy wins ever, with 8?
4. What HBO drama series holds the record for most wins by a fictional series, with 38?
5. In 2013, Netflix became the first streaming platform to win a Primetime Emmy Award and what drama series won it?
6. What comedy actor is the only actor to be nominated for portraying the same character on three different shows?
7. What comic legend hosted the Emmys four times in the 1970s, the most times anyone has hosted the awards?

Famous Seconds Trivia
1. What European capital city was the second city to host the Olympic Games in 1900?
2. Who was the second man to walk on the Moon?
3. What is the second smallest state in the US by area?
4. Who was the second vice-president of the US?
5. What was the second James Bond film released in the famous film series?
6. What was the second album released by the pop singer Adele?
7. What was the name of the second wife of King Henry VIII?

The Q Train: Movie Heroes and Villains Trivia (Name the Film)
1. Andy Dufresne
2. Alex Forrest
3. Sarah Connor
4. Tommy DeVito
5. Biff Tannen
6. George Bailey
7. Alonzo Harris
8. Ellen Ripley
9. Travis Bickle
10. Little Bill Daggett

General Knowledge
1. What country has won the most Olympic titles in men's basketball? ( 1 pt)
2. "E" and "O" are worth how many points in Scrabble? ( 1 pt)
3. The Barbary Coast is located along what body of water? ( 1 pt)
4. At an average depth of 62 feet, which is the shallowest of the Great Lakes? ( 2 pt)
5. Coca-Cola's world headquarters is located in what US city? ( 2 pt)
6. What day every year does the Atlantic hurricane season begin? ( 2 pt)
7. In 2013, what pop singer became the first person with 40 million Twitter followers? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What country in Central America, following a civil war in 1948, disbanded its armed forces and is one of the largest countries in the world with no standing army?  ( 4 points)
2. In the film "Miss Congeniality", Gracie Hart joins the Miss United States pageant representing what state? ( 4 points)
3. What was the name of the very first book in the Harry Potter series? ( 3 points)
4. In 2012, the Tower that houses Big Ben in London was renamed what? ( 5 points)
5. "Suicide Is Painless" is the theme song to what 1970s/1980s TV series? ( 4 points)

Answers
Emmy Awards Trivia
1. Saturday Night Live (54-32); 2. Frasier; 3. Cloris Leachman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus; 4. Game of Thrones; 5. House of Cards; 6. Kelsey Grammer; 7. Johnny Carson.

Famous Seconds Trivia
1. Paris; 2. Buzz Aldrin; 3. Delaware; 4. Thomas Jefferson; 5. From Russia With Love; 6. 21; 7. Anne Boleyn.

The Q Train: Movie Heroes and Villains Trivia
1. The Shawshank Redemption; 2. Fatal Attraction; 3. The Terminator; 4. Goodfellas; 5. Back to the Future; 6. It's a Wonderful Life; 7. Training Day; 8. Alien; 9. Taxi Driver; 10. Unforgiven.

General Knowledge
1. USA; 2. 1 point; 3. Mediterranean Sea; 4. Lake Erie; 5. Atlanta; 6. June 1; 7. Justin Bieber.

IQ Trivia
1. Costa Rica; 2. New Jersey; 3. Harry Potter and The Philosopher's (or Sorcerer's) Stone; 4. Elizabeth Tower; 5. M*A*S*H".

Friday, July 24, 2020

Trivia Q&A: July 23

We had another terrific night of Trivia on Thursday night, with no freezes and most of the usual suspects playing along. We had a great race to the finish, as three teams were tied for the lead heading into IQ Trivia. But Jen Kilburn and her team pulled out the win, running the table in that final round and ending up with 50 points. Congratulations to them on a fine victory, and I'll see you all again next Thursday night!

Baseball Trivia
1. What NL team has won the most World Series?
2. What Red Sox Hall of Famer got his 3000th hit against the Yankees in 1979?
3. What Yankees player won the most World Series in history with 10?
4. When Barry Bonds broke the single season home run record in 2001, who’s record did he break?
5. The Mets won their last pennant in what year?
6. What NL team did the Yankees defeat to win their last World Series in 2009?
7. What NL team plays their games at Petco Park?

NYC Movies Trivia
1. Gene Hackman won his first Oscar for playing a hardnose NY detective in what 1971 film?
2. “Dog Day Afternoon” was a 1975 film starring Al Pacino as a bank robber who tries to heist a bank in what NYC borough?
3. The 2007 film “American Gangster” was based on a NY drug dealer Frank Lucas and what Oscar-winning actor played Lucas?
4. What 1977 NY-based film did Woody Allen receive his only nomination for Best Actor?
5. In the 2004 film “The Terminal”, what actor starred as an Eastern European immigrant stranded at JFK?
6. What actor won an Oscar for Best Actor playing a struggling NY actor in the 1977 film “The Goodbye Girl”?
7. Between “New York, New York”, “Escape From New York” and “Gangs of New York”, which film wasn’t directed by Martin Scorsese?

The Q Train: Time Difference Trivia (From NYC)
1. Denver, CO
2. Tokyo, Japan
3. Phoenix, AZ
4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
5. Hong Kong
6. Honolulu, HI
7. Moscow, Russia
8. Paris, France
9. Sydney, Australia
10. Mexico City, Mexico

General Knowledge
1. Mount St. Helen's is located in what US state? (1 pt)
2. What US state is the largest lobster producer? (1 pt)
3. Between the elephant, the dog and the mouse, which animal has the best sense of smell? ( 2 pt)
4. What private company is the largest employer in the US? (2 pt)
5. The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924 in what country? ( 2 pt)
6. What creature is featured on the Alfa Romeo logo? (2 pt)
7. How many US presidents have died in office? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. According to Greek mythology, who was the first woman on Earth? ( 4 points)
2. Who is the only character in film that has won two different actors an Academy Award? ( 3 points)
3. What branch of the US Armed Forces uses the motto “Semper Paratus,” meaning “Always Ready”? (4 points)
4. What Asian country is the world’s second largest producer of coffee, accounting for 20% of the world’s coffee? (5 points)
5. Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3” was written for what 19th century historical leader? (4 points)

Answers
Baseball Trivia
1. St. Louis Cardinals; 2. Carl Yastrzemski; 3. Yogi Berra; 4. Mark McGwire; 5. 2015; 6. Philadelphia Phillies; 7. San Diego Padres.

NYC Movies Trivia
1. The French Connection; 2. Brooklyn; 3. Denzel Washington; 4. Annie Hall; 5. Tom Hanks; 6. Richard Dreyfuss; 7. Escape From New York.

The Q Train: Time Difference Trivia
1. 2; 2. 13; 3. 3; 4. 1; 5. 12; 6. 6; 7. 7; 8. 6; 9. 14; 10. 1.

General Knowledge
1. Washington; 2. Maine; 3. Elephant; 4. Walmart; 5. France; 6. Snake; 7. Eight.

IQ Trivia
1. Pandora; 2. Vito Corleone; 3. Coast Guard; 4. Vietnam; 5. Napoleon Bonaparte.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Trivia Q&A: July 16

We had another great turnout for our fifteenth edition of "Facebook Live Trivia Night" on Thursday night, and thankfully no technical glitches of freezes. We had first time winners with Nancy and Jack Sullivan, who are known as Jaknan, and are also my sister and my brother-in-law. They rolled up 51 points and the win. Congrats Nancy and Jack! See you all next Thursday night!

Pop Music Trivia
1. What rock singer played a bar owner in the 1998 English gangster film "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels?"
2. Shawn Corey Carter is the real name of what rap star?
3. What female pop singer starred for three seasons in the reality TV series "Newlyweds?"
4. According to Billboard, who was the top selling album artist of the 1970s in the US?
5. Who replaced David Lee Roth as Van Halen's lead singer in 1986?
6. Andrew Ridgeley was a member of what 1980s pop group?
7. What rock star was killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin in 1990?

Space Trivia
1. What is the smallest planet in our solar system?
2. What was the last Apollo mission to the Moon in 1972?
3. Within 5 million, how many miles from the Sun is Earth?
4. On July 20, 1976, Viking I became the first spacecraft to land where?
5. When Voyager I was sent into deep space in 1977, what 1950s rock and roll legend's song was included on it as an example of the sounds of Earth?
6. In 1962, who was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth?
7. What physicist gained worldwide fame with his best selling book about space, "A Brief History of Time?"

The Q Train: Oscar Winners Film Trivia (Name the Film)
1. Whoopi Goldberg
2. Tommy Lee Jones
3. Helen Mirren
4. William Hurt
5. Charlize Theron
6. George Clooney
7. Robert Duvall
8. Helen Hunt
9. Nicolas Cage
10. Jennifer Hudson

General Knowledge
1. How many squares are there on a standard chess board? ( 1 pt)
2. What foreign city was the home to the first Hard Rock Cafe? ( 1 pt)
3. The world's longest border is between what two countries? ( 1 pt)
4. What soft drink did John Pemberton create in 1886? ( 2 pt)
5. What musician received the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016? ( 2 pt)
6. At over 2300 miles, what is the longest river in the US? ( 2 pt)
7. Which of the original 13 states was the last to ratify the Constitution? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the only US state name that can be typed using just one row of the traditional QWERTY keyboard? ( 5 points)
2. In what religion would you find the gods Vishnu and Ganesha? ( 4 points)
3. What place in the US has the most suicides in history occurred at? ( 4 points)
4. What actor made his screen debut playing a corpse in the 1984 film "The Big Chill?" ( 3 points)
5. In the second century BC, what was the first city in the world to reach a population of one million? ( 4 points)

Answers
Pop Music Trivia
1. Sting; 2. Jay Z; 3. Jessica Simpson; 4. Elton John; 5. Sammy Hagar; 6. Wham!; 7. Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Space Trivia
1. Mercury; 2. 17; 3. 93 million; 4. Mars; 5. Chuck Berry; 6. John Glenn; 7. Stephen Hawking.

The Q Train: Oscar Winners Film Trivia
1. Ghost; 2. The Fugitive; 3. The Queen; 4. Kiss of the Spider Woman; 5. Monster; 6. Syriana; 7. Tender Mercies; 8. As Good As It Gets; 9. Leaving Las Vegas; 10. Dreamgirls.

General Knowledge
1. 64; 2. London; 3. US and Canada; 4. Coca-Cola; 5. Bob Dylan; 6. Missouri; 7. Rhode Island.

IQ Trivia
1. Alaska' 2. Hinduism; 3. Golden Gate Bridge; 4. Kevin Costner; 5. Rome.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Trivia Q&A: July 9

We had our fourteenth edition of Facebook Live Trivia Night last night, and unfortunately, we had another freeze late during the IQ Trivia round, so I ended up in my backyard, as darkness was falling with one of my neighborhood cats! We all had a great time otherwise, and Steve Thomas and Mary Reynolds, two of my Trivia regulars from my Professor Thom's days, emerged  victorious with 52 points, on the first Facebook Live Trivia Night, as they just joined the group earlier this week! My congratulations to Steve and Mary, and I'll see you all next Thursday!

France Trivia
1. What is the second most populous city in France after Paris?
2. What French author wrote the classic novel "The Count of Monte Cristo?"
3. Marie Antoinette was the wife of what French king?
4. The Eiffel Tower is more or less than 1000 feet (with its antenna)?
5. What country did France defeat in 1998 to win its first World Cup soccer title?
6. Jean Dujardin was the last French actor or actress to win an Oscar for what 2011 film?
7. What three words make up France's national motto?

July Trivia
1. In July 1971, Doors lead singer Jim Morrison died at the age of 27 in what city?
2. In July 2013, Mohamed Morsi, president of what Middle Eastern country, was overthrown from power by the nation's military?
3. Of the four US presidents who have been assassinated in office, which one was shot in July?
4. What is the birthstone for the month of July?
5. On July 13, 1985, the Live Aid concerts were held simultaneously in what two cities?
6. On July 29, 1982, pro wrestler Jerry Lawler slapped comedian Andy Kaufman in the face in a famous staged event on what network TV show?
7. On Jlu 29, 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana before an TV audience of 700 million worldwide at what London church?

The Q Train: Born in New York or New Jersey Trivia
1. Jimmy Fallon
2. Joe Pesci
3. Lady Gaga
4. Peter Dinklage
5. Eddie Murphy
6. Shaquille O'Neal
7. Danny DeVito
8. Robert Downey Jr.
9. John Travolta
10. Michael Jordan

General Knowledge
1. Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province? ( 1 pt)
2. Robert F. Kennedy served as a senator from what state? ( 1 pt)
3. Harpo Productions is a company founded by what famous person? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the most downloaded iPhone application of 2020 so far? ( 2 pt)
5. The IKEA company is now headquartered in what European country? ( 2 pt)
6. What country is the most populous democracy in the world? ( 2 pt)
7. What Midwestern state is the only state whose two-letter postal abbreviation is a preposition? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Robert Baden-Powell, a British war hero, is widely credited with founding what youth group in July 1907? ( 4 points)
2. In 1986, President Reagan signed a proclamation declaring what flower the national flower of the US? ( 3 points)
3. What recording artists hold the all-time record with 37 top ten albums in Billboard's US charts? ( 4 points)
4. The success of the first vaccine discovered by Jonas Salk was announced in 1955 on the 10th anniversary of who's death? ( 4 points)
5. What European country celebrates "The First Day of Summer" as an annual public holiday every April? ( 5 points)

Answers
France Trivia
1. Marseille; 2. Alexandre Dumas; 3. Louis XVI; 4. More (1063 feet); 5. Brazil; 6. "The Artist;" 7. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.

July Trivia
1. Paris; 2. Egypt; 3. James Garfield; 4. Ruby; 5. London and Philadelphia; 6. "Late Night With David Letterman;" 7. St. Paul's Cathedral.

The Q Train: Born in New York or New Jersey Trivia
1. NY; 2. NJ; 3. NY; 4. NJ; 5. NY; 6. NJ; 7. NJ; 8. NY; 9. NJ; 10. NY.

General Knowledge
1. British Columbia; 2. New York; 3. Oprah Winfrey; 4. Facebook; 5. Netherlands; 6. India; 7. Indiana (IN).

IQ Trivia
1. The Boy Scouts; 2. Rose; 3. The Rolling Stones; 4. FDR; 5. Iceland.

Friday, July 03, 2020

Trivia Q&A: July 2

 We had our thirteenth edition of Facebook Live Trivia Night on Thursday, and another good crowd turned out for it. And it's so nice to see so many of the same people tuning in week after week! And we had another Trivia Night with no interruptions, which is always a good thing. We had a close finish, but Jen Kilburn, who had a perfect score through the first three rounds, held on for the win with 50 points. Congrats to you and your team, Jen! Have a Happy 4th of July weekend, everyone, and I'll see you next Thursday night!

July 4th Trivia
1. Which two US presidents, both signers of the Declaration of Independence, died on July 4, 1826?
2. Which Asian country was granted their independence on July 4, 1946?
3. Ron Kovic, a Vietnam vet and peace activist, was born on July 4, 1946. What actor portrayed him in a movie based on his life?
4. "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland", this author's most famous work, was published on July 4, 1865?
5. Israeli commandos, on July 4, 1976, raided Entebbe Airport in what African country and rescued hostages being held by terrorists?
6. The Battle of Vicksburg was won by the Union during the Civil War on July 4, 1863. What southern state is Vicksburg located in?
7. What playwright, who authored such plays as "The Odd Couple" and "Lost In Yonkers", was born on July 4, 1927?

Canada Trivia
1. What US state has the longest border with Canada?
2. Of Canada's three largest cities, which one is located on an island?
3. At nearly 600,000 square miles, what is Canada's largest province?
4. What is Canada's largest religious denomination?
5. What was the last Canadian city to host an Olympic Games?
6. Who was the last Canadian hockey team to win a Stanley Cup?
7. What eastern Canadian province was the last to join the Canadian confederation in 1949?

The Q Train: Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia (Yes or No)
1. Australia
2. Canada
3. Sweden
4. France
5. Spain
6. Russia
7. Dominican Republic
8. Argentina
9. Cuba
10. Italy

General Knowledge
1. Who named his fast-food chain after his daughter Wendy? ( 1 pt)
2. What city was supposed to host the 2020 Summer Olympics Games before they were postponed? ( 1 pt)
3. How many chambers are there in the human heart? ( 1 pt)
4. What medical condition often causes sufferers to suddenly and unexpectedly fall asleep? ( 2 pt)
5. Before becoming a film star, actress Claire Danes starred on what TV show? ( 2 pt)
6. If you were standing on Mars watching the sunset, what color would the sky around the sun appear? ( 2 pt)
7. What South American country has had the most Miss Universe winners, with 7? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The world's oldest active volcano is located in what country? ( 4 points)
2. Art Fleming was the original host of what TV game show? ( 3 points)
3. What 20th century artists's work has been stolen more than any other's, with over 500 of his works still listed as missing? ( 5 points)
4. What country was once known as New Holland? ( 4 points)
5. In 1993, what late comedian regularly called the cast of the film "Schindler's List" to "cheer them up?" ( 4 points)

Answers
July 4th Trivia
1. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; 2. The Philippines; 3. Tom Cruise; 4. Lewis Carroll; 5. Uganda; 6. Mississippi; 7. Neil Simon.

Canada Trivia
1. Alaska; 2. Montreal; 3. Quebec; 4. Roman Catholic; 5. Vancouver; 6. Montreal Canadiens (1993); 7. Newfoundland.

The Q Train: Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia
1. Yes; 2. no; 3. no; 4. yes; 5. no; 6. yes; 7. yes; 8. no; 9. yes; 10. no.

General Knowledge
1. Dave Thomas; 2. Tokyo; 3. four; 4. Narcolepsy; 5. "My So-Called Life;" 6. Blue; 7. Venezuela.

IQ Trivia
1. Italy (Mount Etna); 2. Jeopardy; 3. Pablo Picasso; 4. Australia; 5. Robin Williams.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Trivia Q&A: June 25

Another fine crowd of folks turned out for our twelfth edition of Facebook Live Trivia on Thursday night, as I was celebrating Liverpool's first English title win in 30 years. And by coincidence, we did a round of England Trivia, with the answer to the first question being "Liverpool." (I really didn't plan that, I swear!) We also had another night with no technical problems, so hopefully they are long behind us. Anyway, my pal and longtime Trivia regular Larry Fleisher got the win, rolling up 43 points and gaining his first win on Facebook Live Trivia Night. Congrats, Larry! Have a great week everyone, and I'll see you next Thursday night!

England Trivia
1. What England port city is located on the River Mersey?
2. Speaker's Corner is found in what famous London park?
3. What English city was the home to Lady Godiva?
4. What month of the year is Guy Fawkes Day commemorated in England each year?
5. Former prime minister Tony Blair was a member of what political party?
6. What is the largest city in England by population after London?
7. Who is England's patron saint?

US States Trivia
1. The largest indoor shopping mall in the US is found in what state?
2. The College World Series is played every year in what midwestern state?
3. Ronald Reagan was born in 1911 in what state?
4. What is the only US state to have had the flags of six nations fly over it?
5. The Wright Brothers, Paul Newman and Drew Carey were all born in what state?
6. What state is bordered by 8 other states, the most of an US state?
7. What state is the number one producer of three "Ps": peanuts, pecans and peaches?

The Q Train: Classic TV Cities Trivia
1. Married With Children
2. Breaking Bad
3. Dharma and Greg
4. Dexter
5. Frasier
6. The Wire
7. Billions
8. Ally McBeal
9. Home Improvement
10. Happy Days

General Knowledge
1. Who is the most decorated Olympian of all-time? ( 1 pt)
2. Which Star Wars film contains the oft-quoted line: "Luke, I am your father?" ( 1 pt)
3. Which one has more bones: the average human or the average shark? ( 1 pt)
4. The Galapagos Islands belong to what South American country? ( 2 pt)
5. In 2013, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater set the NFL record for the longest field goal of how many yards? ( 2 pt)
6. In what Asian country are the majority of the world's eggplants grown? ( 2 pt)
7. What year did the last manned mission to the Moon take place? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In 2003, who became the youngest actor at 29 to win the Academy Award for Best Actor? ( 4 points)
2. What 1998 comedy film led to the creation of an officially recognized religion? ( 4 points)
3. The first World's Fair was held in what European capital city? ( 4 points)
4. An otoscope is a device used to examine what part of the human body? ( 3 points)
5. Twisted Brown Trucker is the backing band since 1994 for what American musician? ( 5 points)

Answers
England Trivia
1. Liverpool; 2. Hyde Park; 3. Coventry; 4. November; 5. Labour; 6. Birmingham; 7. St. George.

US States Trivia
1. Minnesota; 2. Nebraska; 3. Illinois; 4. Texas; 5. Ohio; 6. Tennessee; 7. Georgia.

The Q Train: Classic TV Cities Trivia
1. Chicago; 2. Albuquerque; 3. San Francisco; 4. Miami; 5. Seattle; 6. Baltimore; 7. New York; 8. Boston; 9. Detroit; 10. Milwaukee.

General Knowledge
1. Michael Phelps; 2. The Empire Strikes Back; 3. Human; 4. Ecuador; 5. 64; 6. China; 7. 1972.

IQ Trivia
1. Adrien Brody; 2. The Big Lebowski; 3. London; 4. eardrum; 5. Kid Rock.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Trivia Q&A: June 18

We had another terrific turnout of Trivia folks for Thursday night's eleventh edition of Facebook Live Trivia Night, and the best news of all is that we had absolutely NO technical problems during the hour! We had a good race to the finish but last night's champions were my cousin Michael and his wife Lauren (aka Team FinniQuinn), who rolled up 40 points and took the night with their first win. Congrats guys!

Mob Movies Trivia
1. Robert DeNiro won his first Academy Award for what mob film?
2. The book "Wiseguy" was the basis for what 1990 mob film?
3. "Kill The Irishman" was a 2011 gangster film about mobster Danny Greene and his rise in the underworld in what US city?
4. In what mob film did Al Pacino portray a low level mobster named Lefty Ruggiero?
5. Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar for directing what mob film?
6. What actor portrayed gangster Frank Lucas in the 2007 film "American Gangster?"
7. Oliver Stone co-wrote what 1983 mob film?

Fathers Trivia
1. What actor/director directed the 2006 film "Flags of Our Fathers?"
2. Which of the Founding Fathers was the founder of the New York Post in 1801?
3. What month of the year is Fathers Day in the UK?
4. What 19th century biologist was known as "the father of evolution?"
5. Gene Hackman was the original first choice to play the father of the family in what beloved 1970s TV series?
6. What actor played the father of the bride in the 1991 film of the same name?
7. "Dance With My Father" was a 2003 song and the last top 40 hit song for what late R&B singer?

The Q Train: Colleges and Universities Trivia (Name the State)
1. Marquette
2. Occidental
3. The Citadel
4. Gonzaga
5. Drexel
6. Morehouse
7. Creighton
8. Wake Forest
9. Quinnipiac
10. Marshall

General Knowledge
1. How many degrees are in a right angle? ( 1 pt)
2. What US state borders both Wyoming and Missouri? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the most frequently transplanted human organ in the US? ( 1 pt)
4. Henry Kissinger served as secretary of state under which two presidents? ( 2 pt)
5. On the TV series "Dallas", what was the name of the ranch the Ewing family lived on? ( 2 pt)
6. Which is the only continent without an active volcano? ( 2 pt)
7. What sport would you make use of a cart called a sulky? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Maurice Podoloff Trophy is awarded every year in what team sport? ( 5 points)
2. What was the first US state to join the Union after the Original 13? ( 4 points)
3. What movie star did Egypt ban in June 1956 when she converted to Judaism? ( 4 points)
4. About 90% of the world's licorice is used not for candy but in what non-edible consumer product? ( 4 points)
5. The Allegheny and Monogahela rivers join together to form the Ohio River at what US city? ( 3 points)

Answers
Mob Movies Trivia
1. The Godfather Part II; 2. Goodfellas; 3. Cleveland; 4. Donnie Brasco; 5. The Departed; 6. Denzel Washington; 7. Scarface.

Fathers Trivia
1. Clint Eastwood; 2. Alexander Hamilton; 3. June; 4. Charles Darwin; 5. The Brady Bunch; 6. Steve Martin; 7. Luther Vandross.

The Q Train: Colleges and Universities Trivia
1. Wisconsin; 2. California; 3. South Carolina; 4. Washington; 5. Pennsylvania; 6. Georgia; 7. Nebraska; 8. North Carolina; 9. Connecticut; 10. West Virginia.

General Knowledge
1. 90; 2. Nebraska; 3. kidney; 4. Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford; 5. Southfork; 6. Australia; 7. harness racing.

IQ Trivia
1. Basketball (NBA); 2. Vermont; 3. Marilyn Monroe; 4. cigarettes; 5. Pittsburgh.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Trivia Q&A: June 11

We had another fine turnout of Trivia Players for last night's tenth edition of "Facebook Live Trivia Night." And for the third straight week we had the problem of my iPhone freezing in the middle of the TRivia. We actually ended up in the backyard to finish the evening, and I had to hustle as night was falling! One of my neighborhood cats was with me as I completed the Trivia, and I'm sure she got a bang out of it! Last night's high score went to Francine Hamilton, who got 48 points and her second win. My congratulations to her. As far as next Thursday night goes, we'll give it another go from my backyard, and my fingers are crossed that the weather will hold! (So far the forecast looks pretty good.) Have a great week, everyone!

TV Trivia
1. What Saturday Night Live cast member left the show in 1994 after having been in a record 153 shows?
2. What rock band performed the opening theme to the TV show "The Big Bang Theory?"
3. What groundbreaking 1970s TV series was based on an English series called "Til Death Do Us Part?"
4. "I Want to Believe" was a phrase featured on a poster in what 1990s TV series?
5. What 2000s TV drama series was set on Wisteria Lane?
6. What movie actor was famously murdered by Tony Soprano with a 12-gauge shotgun on a 2004 episode of "The Sopranos?"
7. Ending its run in 2010, what TV drama was the longest-running crime drama in the history of American TV?

Florida Trivia
1. What FLA city is the oldest European settlement in North America?
2. What FLA port city was the busiest military port in the USA during the 1991 Gulf War?
3. Name 1 of the 2 teams that train during Spring Training in Ft. Myers, Florida.
4. What drink was first developed at the University of Florida in the 1960s?
5. Within 5, how many US House of Representatives members does Florida have in 2020?
6. Which is the largest island in area in the Florida Keys?
7. Which Spanish explorer is credited with being the first European to set foot in FLA in 1513?

The Q Train: Classic 20th Century Novels (Name the Decade)
1. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling)
2. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
3. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
5. 1984 (George Orwell)
6. Beloved (Toni Morrison)
7. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
8. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
9. The Godfather (Mario Puzo)
10. The Shining (Stephen King)

General Knowledge
1. What country is the Taj Mahal located in? ( 1 pt)
2. Who won an acting Oscar for the film "Shakespeare In Love?" ( 1 pt)
3. What disease must you have had already in order to get shingles? ( 1 pt)
4. The Statue of Liberty is coated with a thin layer of what metal? ( 2 pt)
5. What was the name of Michael Jackson's chimpanzee? ( 2 pt)
6. Prince William Sound is located in what US state? ( 2 pt)
7. How many flowers are included in the design imprinted on Oreo cookies? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The largest pyramid in the world is found in what country? ( 4 points)
2. What European capital city began in ancient times as a settlement called Lutetia? ( 4 points)
3. What is the only Best Picture Oscar winner to spawn a hit TV series, which ran on network TV in the 1990s? ( 5 points)
4. What male rock star is the only artist to have a song in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart every year from 1970 to 1999? ( 3 points)
5. In 1975, what sport banned lefthanders from participating for safety reasons? ( 4 points)

Answers
TV Trivia
1. Phil Hartman; 2. Barenaked Ladies; 3. All In The Family; 4. The X-Files; 5. Desperate Housewives; 6. Steve Buscemi; 7. Law and Order.

Florida Trivia
1. St. Augustine; 2. Jacksonville; 3. Red Sox and Twins; 4. Gatorade; 5. 27; 6. Key Largo; 7. Ponce deLeon.

The Q Train: Classic 20th Century Novels
1. 1990s (1997); 2. 1980s (1982); 3. 1990s (1996); 4. 1960s (1962); 5. 1940s (1948); 6. 1980s (1987); 7. 1960s (1960); 8. 1920s (1925); 9. 1960s (1969); 10. 1970s (1977).

General Knowledge
1. India; 2. Gwyneth Paltrow (I also accepted Judi Dench); 3. Chicken Pox; 4. copper; 5. Bubbles; 6. Alaska; 7. 12.

IQ Trivia
1. Mexico; 2. Paris; 3. In the Heat of the Night; 4. Elton John; 5. polo.

Friday, June 05, 2020

Trivia Q&A: June 4

Our ninth edition of "Facebook Live Trivia Night" happened last night, with another nice turnout for the Q&A. But unfortunately we had more of the same technical problems we had last Thursday, and I wound up moving twice inside my house to complete the Trivia. I will be doing a test over the weekend, as I'm planning on doing next week's Trivia in another part of my place. (I'll probably end up in the bathroom at some point!) Anway, it was another win for Gillian and her team, this time called "Bob Loblaw's Oblong Law Blog" ( I remember that team name well from the old first Professor Thom's days). They rolled up 53 points and got their second consecutive win. My congratulations to them. See you all next Thursday night!

June Trivia
1. What US president couldn't take up residence in the White House in June 1800 because it wasn't completed, so he moved into a Washington DC tavern instead?
2. Hernando deSoto claimed what state for Spain in June 1539?
3. What classic Beatles album was released in June 1967?
4. What HBO drama series concluded its run in June 2007?
5. What American newspaper famously published the Pentagon Papers , about the Vietnam War, in June 1971?
6. The rainbow flag, representing gay pride, was flown for the first time in June 1978 in what US city?
7. What two Zodiac signs fall in the month of June?

New Jersey Trivia
1. After Newark, what is the second largest city in New Jersey in population?
2. True or False: The first officially recorded baseball game in history was played in New Jersey.
3. Within three, how many counties does New Jersey have?
4. What city was Frank Sinatra born in New Jersey?
5. Queens College was the original name of what New Jersey institution of higher learning?
6. What New Jersey town is in the title of Bruce Springsteen's debut album in 1972?
7. Name 1 of the 2 current senators who represent the state of New Jersey.

The Q Train: American Pro Sports Venues (Name the City)
1. Oracle Park
2. Minute Maid Park
3. United Center
4. M&T Bank Stadium
5. Heinz Field
6. Raymond James Stadium
7. Petco Park
8. Staples Center
9. TD Banknorth Garden
10.US Bank Stadium

General Knowledge
1. Deborah Harry was the lead singer of what 1970s rock band? ( 1 pt)
2. What British tycoon founded Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways? ( 1 pt)
3. What country supplies guards who protect the Pope? ( 1 pt)
4. A portobello is a popular type of what food? ( 2 pt)
5. What was the name of the casino that gangster Bugsy Siegel opened in 1947? ( 2 pt)
6. What chess piece was originally called "The Elephant?" ( 2 pt)
7. What Central American country produces the most pineapples? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What actress is to date the youngest person ever to host "Saturday Night Live?" ( 4 points)
2. Which two US states have the largest cities of the same name? ( 4 points)
3. What cherished Christmas song was originally inspired by an annual horse race in Medford, MA in 1850? ( 3 points)
4. "Rush to Judgment" was a national best-selling book about what famous American event? ( 4 points)
5. Pago Pago is the capital of what US territory? ( 5 points)

Answers
June Trivia
1. John Adams; 2. Florida; 3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; 4. The Sopranos; 5. New York Times; 6. San Francisco; 7. Gemini and Cancer.

New Jersey Trivia
1. Jersey City; 2. True; 3. 21; 4. Hoboken; 5. Rutgers; 6. Asbury Park; 7. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez.

The Q Train: American Pro Sports Venues
1. San Francisco; 2. Houston; 3. Chicago; 4. Baltimore; 5. Pittsburgh; 6. Tampa Bay; 7. San Diego; 8. Los Angeles; 9. Boston; 10. Minneapolis.

General Knowledge
1. Blondie; 2. Richard Branson; 3. Switzerland; 4. Mushroom; 5. The Flamingo; 6. Bishop; 7. Costa Rica.

IQ Trivia
1. Drew Barrymore; 2. Maine and Oregon (Portland); 3. Jingle Bells; 4. JFK Assassination; 5. American Samoa.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Trivia Q&A: May 28

We had another good turnout of folks for our eighth edition of "Facebook Live Trivia Night." But when the fourth round ended, we had some technical difficulties, so we had to start a second time, and thankfully everyone bore with the problem and stayed. The overall winner was Brad Cook, one of my old Trivia regulars who is now back home in Melbourne, Australia. Brad rolled up 47 points and got his first ever win. We also had three other teams get 45 points, so it was close heading to the finish. Hopefully, everything goes off without a hitch next week. See you then!

2010s Trivia
1. On December 13, 2013, what female pop singer released an album with no advanced notice, at midnight and initially only available digitally through the iTunes store?
2. What actor picked up an Emmy nomination for "True Detective" and also won an Oscar, both in 2014?
3. What sitcom ended its nine-year run in 2014 and the finale we saw that Ted Mosby may have ended up with Robin Scherbatsky after all?
4. Who was the only team to win three World Series titles in the 2010s?
5. In 2011, the FBI's Most Wanted Fugitive, James "Whitey" Bulger, a Boston mobster on the run for 16 years, was captured in what US state?
6. What 2015 film was the top grossing movie of the 2010s in the US?
7. What NBA team won the most titles in the 2010s?

New York City Trivia
1. What NYC bridge was named in honor of former mayor Ed Koch in 2011?
2. What is the oldest department store on 5th Avenue, which has been in operation since 1826?
3. What is the longest-running Broadway show of all-time?
4. Who was elected mayor of NYC in November 2001?
5. Which of NYC's boroughs is the largest in area?
6. What Brooklyn-born singer attended Erasmus Hall High School with Barbra Streisand?
7. The most stolen honorary street sign in NYC is named in honor of what NY-born rock star, who died in 2001?

The Q Train: TV Moms Trivia (Name the Show)
1. Jill Taylor
2. Lois Griffin
3. Sophia Petrillo
4. Samantha Stevens
5. June Cleaver
6. Elizabeth Jennings
7. Claire Dunphy
8. Maggie Seaver
9. Peggy Bundy
10. Marion Cunningham

General Knowledge
1. "I see dead people" is a famous line from what 1999 film? ( 1 pt)
2. How many NFL teams currently play their home games in New York state? ( 1 pt)
3. What American city is sometimes called the "City of the Big Shoulders?" ( 1 pt)
4. What is Paul McCartney's middle name? ( 2 pt)
5. Deimos and Phobos are moons of what planet? ( 2 pt)
6. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in what country? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the southernmost state capital in the continental US? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who had the first, and so far only, cover of a Beatles song to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100? ( 4 points)
2. What was the most recent movie that won the Oscar for Best Picture but was not nominated for Best Director? ( 4 points)
3. Luzon is the largest island in what Asian country? ( 4 points)
4. Rome's airport is named in honor of what 16th century Italian man? ( 3 points)
5. The sclera is found where on the human body? ( 5 points)

Answers
2010s Trivia
1. Beyonce; 2. Matthew McConaughey; 3. "How I Met Your Mother;" 4. San Francisco Giants; 5. California; 6. "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens;" 7. Golden State Warriors (3).

New York City Trivia
1. Queensboro (59 Street) Bridge; 2. Lord and Taylor (I tossed the question out when I discovered the store closed last year, so everyone got one point); 3. "Phantom of the Opera;" 4. Michael Bloomberg; 5. Queens; 6. Neil Diamond; 7. Joey Ramone.

The Q Train: TV Moms Trivia
1. Home Improvement; 2. Family Guy; 3. Golden Girls; 4. Bewitched; 5. Leave It to Beaver; 6. The Americans; 7. Modern Family; 8. Growing Pains; 9. Married With Children; 10. Happy Days.

General Knowledge
1. "The Sixth Sense;" 2. One (Buffalo Bills); 3. Chicago; 4. Paul (first name James); 5. Mars; 6. New Zealand; 7. Austin, TX.

IQ Trivia
1. Elton John; 2. "Green Book"; 3. The Phillippines; 4. Leonardo da Vinci; 5. Eyes (white part).

Friday, May 22, 2020

Trivia Q&A: May 21

Our seventh edition of "Facebook Live Trivia Night" was another successful one, as we had about 30 people (and perhaps more at its height) tuned in to play Trivia. It was another night of triumph for Gillian, Joe and the rest of their gang (one of my oldest and loyalest Trivia teams from back in the early 2010s) who got their second win, getting 51 points. Congrats to them on their triumph with the team name "HydroxychloriKWEENS." (That might have won a a Best Team Name back in the old days of Trivia!) Francine Hamilton was second with 50 points and Team COVID Obesity with third with 48 points.

2000s Trivia
1. Ken Jennings won over $2.5 million as a contestant on what quiz show in 2004?
2. What cartoon TV show, based on the Griffin family, became popular in the early 2000s?
3. The 2004 Summer Olympics were held in what European city?
4. Michael Jackson died on the same day in 2009 as what famous Hollywood actress?
5. What rapper had the most combined sales in albums of any artist of the 2000s?
6. In 2008, the Republic of Kosovo gained its independence from what European country?
7. What American was given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002?

Memorial Day Trivia
1. Memorial Day was called by another name once. What was it called?
2. What memorial, the first to be established on Washington's National Mall, was dedicated in 1982?
3. What late 20th century president decreed a National Moment of Remembrance, a moment of silence at 3 PM each Memorial Day?
4. What famous American WWII military leader died of injuries suffered in an auto accident in 1945?
5. The first Memorial Day was founded to honor military personnel who died in what war?
6. What Chicago stadium opened in 1924 as a tribute to troops who died in WWI?
7. What American founding father was eulogized as being "First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen?"

The Q Train: 21st Century Movie Characters Trivia
1. Jordan Belfort (2013)
2. Hans Landa (2009)
3. Killmonger (2018)
4. Gandalf (2001)
5. Kylo Ren (2015)
6. Miranda Priestly (2006)
7. Katniss Everdeen (2012)
8. Tony Stark (2010)
9. Steve Rogers (2011)
10. Regina George (2004)

General Knowledge
1. The Pelican State is the nickname for what US state? ( 1 pt)
2. On the Periodic Table of Elements, Fe stands for what element? ( 1 pt)
3. According to Instagram, what is the most photographed city in the world? ( 1 pt)
4. What country has the largest standing army in the world? ( 2 pt)
5. After water, what is the most consumed beverage in the world? ( 2 pt)
6. The TV shows Dexter, Ballers and Jane the Virgin were all set in what city? ( 2 pt)
7. "The Shipwreck Coast" can be found in what country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What mid-1970s film was the first movie ever to gross $100 million at the box office in the US? ( 4 points)
2. To avoid any association with the Nazis, SS Cars Ltd., a European car company, changed its name to what after WWII? ( 5 points)
3. The environmental group Greenpeace was founded in 1971 in what country? ( 4 points)
4. What 1992 film holds the record for the best selling soundtrack of all time, over 17 million copies? ( 4 points)
5. What is the only airline with a name composed of three consecutive letters? ( 3 points)

Answers
2000s Trivia
1. Jeopardy; 2. Family Guy; 3. Athens; 4. Farrah Fawcett; 5. Eminem; 6. Serbia; 7. Rudy Giuliani.

Memorial Day Trivia
1. Decoration Day; 2. Vietnam Veterans Memorial; 3. Bill Clinton; 4. General George Patton; 5. Civil War; 6. Soldier Field; 7. George Washington.

The Q Train: 21st Century Movie Characters Trivia
1. The Wolf of Wall Street; 2. Inglorious Basterds; 3. Black Panther; 4. The Lord of the Rings; 5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens; 6. The Devil Wears Prada; 7. The Hunger Games; 8. Iron Man; 9. Captain America: The First Avenger; 10. Mean Girls.

General Knowledge
1. Louisiana; 2. iron; 3. New York City; 4. China; 5. tea; 6. Miami; 7. Australia.

IQ Trivia
1. Jaws; 2. Jaguar; 3. Canada; 4. The Bodyguard; 5. KLM.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Trivia Q&A: May 14

We had another terrific turnout of folks for our sixth "Facebook Live Trivia Night" last night, with the high of 34 people tuned in. The night belonged to Francine Hamilton, who rolled up 47 points and got the win. Congrats, Francine! The next two highest scores went to The Jabooties and Billy and Danielle DePasquale, who each had 46 points. Another great time was had by all, and see you on Facebook next Thursday!

1990s Trivia
1. What film, released in 1993, became the highest-grossing movie of all-time, passing "E.T." ("Titanic" broke its record in 1997)?
2. Wayne Greztky retired in 1999 as hockey's greatest player, as a member of what team?
3. What girl group of the 1990s sung the theme song to the sketch comedy TV show "All That?"
4. What pop single, released in 1997, sold 33 million worldwide to become the best selling single of all-time?
5. What was the only MLB team to make it to the playoffs every year from 1991-99, except the strike year of 1994?
6. Who was the best selling rap/hip hop artist of the 1990s?
7. What 1993 bestseller by Robert James Waller was later made into a film by Clint Eastwood?

Mothers Trivia
1. Who was the frontman for the rock band "The Mothers of Invention?"
2. What country in the world did Mother Teresa do most of her charity work with the poor?
3. Who in the Bible is credited with being "Mother of all things living?"
4. Mother Love Bone was a late 1980s band from the Northwest and two members would form what superstar band in the 1990s?
5. Natalie Suleman, known as the "Octomom", came into prominence in 2009 when she gave birth to how many children?
6. "The mother of all battles has begun" is a statement credited to what onetime world leader?
7. In Spain, Mothers Day is celebrated in what month?

The Q Train: Comedy Movie Characters Trivia (Name the Film)
1. Jonathan Mardukas
2. Dottie Hinson
3. Axel Foley
4. Mona Lisa Vito
5. Al Czervik
6. Peter Venkman
7. Steve Stifler
8. Hedley Lamarr
9. Penny Lane
10. Biggus Dickus

General Knowledge
1. What fictional character's nose grew longer when he was lying? ( 1 pt)
2. Calgary is a major Canadian city found in what province? ( 1 pt)
3. In the Bible, who famously denied Jesus three times before the cock crowed? ( 1 pt)
4. The Ganges River runs through India and what other Asian country? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the most commonly used letter in the English language? ( 2 pt)
6. What is the largest artery in the human body? ( 2 pt)
7. Canyonlands National Park is located in what western US state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What classic board game did a schoolteacher names Eleanor Abbott invent in the 1940s? ( 4 points)
2. Which Democratic US president is the only president who never met with Queen Elizabeth II during her reign as monarch? ( 4 points)
3. What event did Prince Albert of Monaco compete in at the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City? ( 5 points)
4. Who is famous for the sculpture he made called "The Thinker?" ( 3 points)
5. What man was famously arrested, at least initially, for the murder of a police officer named J.D. Tippit? ( 4 points)

Answers
1990s Trivia
1. "Jurassic Park;" 2. NY Rangers; 3. TLC; 4. "Candle In The Wind;" 5. Atlanta Braves; 6. Tupac Shakur; 7. "The Bridges of Madison County."

Mothers Trivia
1. Frank Zappa; 2. India; 3. Eve; 4. Pearl Jam; 5. eight; 6. Saddam Hussein; 7. December.

The Q Train: Comedy Movie Characters Trivia
1. Midnight Run; 2. A League of Their Own; 3. Beverly Hills Cop; 4. My Cousin Vinny; 5. Caddyshack; 6. Ghostbusters; 7. American Pie; 8. Blazing Saddles; 9. Almost Famous; 10. Life of Brian.

General Knowledge
1. Pinocchio; 2. Alberta; 3. Peter; 4. Bangladesh; 5. E; 6. aorta; 7. Utah.

IQ Trivia
1. Candy Land; 2. Lyndon Johnson; 3. Four man bobsled; 4. Auguste Rodin; 5. Lee Harvey Oswald.

Friday, May 08, 2020

Trivia Q&A: May 7

We had another great turnout for our fifth "Facebook Live Trivia Night" last night. The high number of folks tuning in was 38. We've now gone back to five rounds, with two Special Categories every week, and seven questions apiece in those rounds. The scores were generally on the higher sides for both rounds. We had a tie score of 51 points for the high score of the night between my sister Maureen Russell and my softball-playing friends The Jabooties. (We don't have tiebreakers for our online Trivia Nights.) Congratulations to both teams on their victories!

1980s Trivia
1. "Theater of Pain" was an album from 1985 by what American heavy metal band?
2. What film in the initial "Star Wars" trilogy did Jabba the Hut make its first initial appearance?
3. What event occurred on November 9, 1989, symbolizing the beginning of the fall of communism?
4. "Go ahead, make my day" was a famous Clint Eastwood quote from what "Dirty Harry" sequel film?
5. What 1980s TV star had a pop album in 1986 called "Heartbeat?"
6. In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crew member of what space shuttle?
7. What NFL championship team had a rap hit in the mid-1980s called "The Super Bowl Shuffle?"

May Trivia
1. On May 10, 1869, the first Transcontinental Railroad was completed, with the golden spike drilled at Promontory Summit in what state?
2. In May 1865, what famous figure of the Confederacy was captured by Union troops in Georgia?
3. What sitcom ended its 11-year network run in May 1993 with 80 million people tuning in?
4. In May 2010, what actress hosted Saturday Night Live thanks to a push by fans on Facebook, and she won an Emmy for her appearance?
5. What is the birthstone for the month of May?
6. What two Zodiac signs share the month of May?
7. Singer Paul David Hewson was born in May 1960 and is better known by what single name?

The Q Train: 1-10 Trivia
1. Capricorn is this number sign of the Zodiac.
2. Jupiter is this number planet from the Sun.
3. How many sides does a heptagon have?
4. The Beatles released a compilation album in 2000 entitled what number?
5. Yankee Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig wore this number.
6. How many years did the Korean War last?
7. This is the number of points awarded in football for a safety.
8. The right fielder in baseball is this number player.
9. Hanukkah lasts this number days and nights.
10. In the 12 Days of Christmas, how many "geese a-laying?"

General Knowledge
1. How many square inches are there in one square foot? ( 1 pt)
2. What star sign would you be if you were born on January 4th? ( 1 pt)
3. "Tin Lizzie" was the nickname of what classic American car? ( 1 pt)
4. In the 2000 Census, what city ranked fourth in US population after NYC, LA and Chicago? ( 2 pt)
5. According to the Girl Scouts, what is their best selling cookie? ( 2 pt)
6. What rock legend appeared on the first cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1967? ( 2 pt)
7. In what European city is the famed 17th century "Bridge of Sighs?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The first woman to serve as a US cabinet member served under what president? ( 4 points)
2. What Oscar-winning film director directed Michael Jackson's 1988 video "Bad?" ( 4 points)
3. In 1963, what former world leader was made an honorary citizen of the US by an act of Congress? ( 4 points)
4. Vincent Furnier is the real name of what American hard rock legend? ( 5 points)
5. What cartoon character was the first to appear on a US postage stamp in 1997? ( 3 points)

Answers
1980s Trivia
1. Motley Crue; 2. "Return of the Jedi;" 3. Berlin wall falls; 4. "Sudden Impact;" 5. Don Johnson; 6. Challenger; 7. Chicago Bears.

May Trivia
1. Utah; 2. Jefferson Davis; 3. "Cheers;" 4. Betty White; 5. Emerald; 6. Taurus and Gemini; 7. Bono.

The Q Train: 1-10 Trivia
1. 10; 2. 5; 3. 7; 4. 1; 5. 4; 6. 3; 7. 2; 8. 9; 9. 8; 10. 6.

General Knowledge
1. 144; 2. Capricorn; 3. Model T; 4. Houston; 5. Thin Mints; 6. John Lennon; 7. Venice.

IQ Trivia
1. Franklin D. Roosevelt (Frances Perkins); 2. Martin Scorsese; 3. Winston Churchill; 4. Alice Cooper; 5. Bugs Bunny.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Trivia Q&A: April 30

We had another great night of "Facebook Live Trivia Night" on Thursday night, with the high number of 35 people coming in for their Trivia fix! The high score of the night was 46 points by Jen Kilburn (congrats on your first win!). Three other teams rolled up 45 points: Jaknan (my sister Nancy and my brother-in-law Jack), I Wish This Microphone Was a Penis (Gillian and Joe rolling out that infamous team name again) and Francine Hamilton as well. Thanks to all of you for your great feedback on the night, as it is always a blast to host.

Due to popular demand, I am going to expand the night to five categories next week, as we will do two Special Categories along with the Q Train Lightning Round. I will post all of them on the Facebook Group Page next Wednesday.

TV Sitcoms Trivia
1. What 1980s sitcom had seven different actors win acting Emmys in the show's history?
2. What 1980s sitcom featured an alien from the planet Melmac?
3. How did George Costanza's fiancee die on "Seinfeld?"
4. Who was the first actor to be nominated for an Emmy for the same character on 3 different sitcoms?
5. Marcel the monkey was a character on what 1990s TV sitcom?
6. "Modern Family", "MASH", "Married With Children", and "Cheers" all concluded their runs on TV after how many seasons each?
7. What "Brady Bunch" character uttered the famous catch phrase "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia?"
8. Bob Saget was the unseen narrator of what 2010s sitcom?
9. Steve Carell starred for 7 seasons on what 2000s sitcom?
10. In 1997, TV Guide selected "Chuckles Bites The Dust" from what 1970s sitcom as the "Greatest TV Episode of All-Time?"

The Q Train: TV Characters Trivia
1. Walter White
2. Samantha Jones
3. Fox Mulder
4. Bobby Axlerod
5. Carrie Mathieson
6. Don Draper
7. Nucky Thompson
8. Monica Gellar
9. Rick Grimes
10. Jon Snow

General Knowledge
1. In what year did the United Nations come into existence? ( 1 pt)
2. "Good Vibrations" was a number one hit song for what hip hop group in 1991? ( 1 pt)
3. According to instructions at the start of every episode of TV"s "Mission Impossible", how long would it take for the tape to self-destruct? ( 1 pt)
4. Falu is a specific shade of what color? ( 2 pt)
5. What TV newsmagazine recently surpassed "Soul Train" to become the longest-running syndicated series in US TV history? ( 2 pt)
6. Between popcorn, pretzels and potato chips, which type of snack food was supposedly invented by an Italian monk in the 7th century? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the only country in continental Europe currently ruled by a queen? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What TV character died 99 times between August 1997 and the present? ( 3 points)
2. What number one hit Beatles song was written by Paul McCartney and was based on a dream he had about his mother who had died over 10 years earlier? ( 4 points)
3. Emmanuel Macron is currently the head of state in what two independent European nations? ( 5 points)
4. What movie star gets killed in the first scene of the 1996 horror movie "Scream?" ( 4 points)
5. The Pickwick Papers was the first novel by what 19th century author? ( 4 points)

Answers
TV Sitcoms Trivia
1. Cheers; 2. Alf; 3. Licking envelopes; 4. Kelsey Grammer; 5. Friends; 6. 11; 7. Jan; 8. How I Met Your Mother; 9. The Office; 10. The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

The Q Train: TV Characters Trivia
1. Breaking Bad; 2. Sex and the City; 3. The X-Files; 4. Billions; 5. Homeland; 6. Mad Men; 7. Boardwalk Empire; 8. Friends; 9. The Walking Dead; 10. Game of Thrones.

General Knowledge
1. 1945; 2. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch; 3. 5 seconds; 4. Red; 5. Entertainment Tonight; 6. pretzels; 7. Denmark.

IQ Trivia
1. Kenny (South Park); 2. Let It Be; 3. France and Andorra; 4. Drew Barrymore; 5. Charles Dickens.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Trivia Q&A: April 23

Our third edition of "Facebook Live Trivia Night" brought in another big crowd, with the high of 35 watching at the highest point. The night belonged to my old friend and fellow Red Sox fanatic Ruth Montilla and her Aussie boyfriend, who rolled up 45 points and got the win. It was another enjoyable night, and thanks to all of you who took part. See you next Thursday night at 8 PM ET on Facebook Live!

Pop Music Trivia
1. "Frank" was the 2003 debut album from what female pop singer?
2. What Boston-based rock band won MTV's first Best Video Award in 1984?
3. What hit Michael Jackson song did Eddie Van Halen play lead guitar on?
4. In 1987, who became the first female artist to debut on the Billboard album charts at Number 1?
5. What was Madonna's first number 1 US Billboard hit single?
6. Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker were what 1960s rock band?
7. For what album did the Beatles win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year?
8. What female pop singer founded the Lilith Fair music festival?
9. "Say It Right" was a number 1 hit in over 20 different music charts worldwide in 2006 for what female artist?
10. Dave Grohl rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of what rock band?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. Top-performing companies are called "blue chips" after the costliest chips in casinos.
2. Italian is NOT an official language of Switzerland.
3. The Davis Cup is awarded in the sport of golf.
4. Dallas is the largest city by population in the state of Texas.
5. George Orwell got the title for his novel "1984" by reversing the last two numbers, as it was written in 1948.
6. A silverfish is actually a fish colored silver.
7. Jerry Stiller, aka Frank Costanza, is the father of actor Ben Stiller.
8. The temperature of Absolute Zero is minus 459 degrees Fahrenheit.
9. Coca-Cola at one time actually contained cocaine.
10. The host of the children's TV show "Blue's Clues", Steve Burns, died of a heroin overdose.

General Knowledge
1. In what country is most of the world's coffee produced? ( 1 pt)
2. The 1812 Overture was written by what 19th century composer? ( 1 pt)
3. Michelangelo's Statue of David is located in what Italian city? ( 1 pt)
4. What large US state has the biggest state fair? ( 2 pt)
5. Between blue, orange and purple, which color property gives you the best odds of winning Monopoly? ( 2 pt)
6. The main headquarters for Lego is found in what European country? ( 2 pt)
7. What fruit is traditionally eaten at midnight on New Year's Eve in Mexico? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In what midwestern state would you find the largest US cities beginning with the letters "X" and "Z"? ( 5 points)
2. What current country is the French navigator Jacques Cartier famous for exploring in the 16th century? ( 3 points)
3. "Think", written in 1964, is the theme song to what current iconic TV show? ( 4 points)
4. In 1901, what became the first billion-dollar company in US history? ( 4 points)
What object does Tom Cruise's character use as a microphone while dancing in his underwear in the movie "Risky Business?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Pop Music Trivia
1. Amy Winehouse; 2. The Cars; 3. "Beat It;" 4. Whitney Houston; 5. "Like a Virgin;" 6. Cream; 7. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band;" 8. Sarah MacLachlan; 9. Nelly Furtado; 10. Nirvana.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True; 2. false; 3. false, tennis; 4. false, Houston; 5. true; 6. false, it is a wingless insect; 7. true; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, it is an urban legend.

General Knowledge
1. Brazil; 2. P.I. Tchaikovsky; 3. Florence; 4. Texas; 5. Orange; 6. Denmark; 7. grapes.

IQ Trivia
1. Ohio (Xenia and Zanesville); 2. Canada 3. "Jeopardy;" 4. US Steel; 5. Candlestick.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Trivia Q&A: April 16

Our second edition of "Facebook Live Trivia Night" was another great success, as we had another great turnout of folks last night who took part and played. The highest number I saw at any one time online live was 49. And some old friends from my first stint as Trivia host at Professor Thom's turned up: Joe, Gillian and Mariangela, some of my hardcore Trivia players from the late 2000s and early 2010s. And they were the winners last night, rolling up 50 points using that classic team name "I Wish This Microphone Were a Penis"! Congrats to them on their victory.

We took out the Current Events round, as I figured with this pandemic there isn't a whole lot else going on, so we played just four rounds. I am considering returning to five rounds next Thursday by adding another Special Category. I'll let you all know early next week what we'll be doing.

Seinfeld Trivia
1. How many seasons was Seinfeld on NBC?
2. Kramer frequently sought the counsel of an attorney who was based on what real-life lawyer?
3. What celebrity did Jerry decline his request to help him move?
4. George was fired from Pendant Publishing after he was caught by his boss sleeping with whom?
5. Kramer rescued the set of what talk show from a dumpster and set it up in his apartment?
6. Kramer once got involved with a street gang whose namesake was what 19th century US president?
7. In season six, Jerry was incredulous about what guest star's unusual nickname "The Velvet Fog?"
8. What state did Jerry's parents live in?
9. Jerry was once caught making out with his girlfriend watching what movie?
10. What was Newman's first name?

The Q Train: Foreign Born Celebrities (Name the Country They Born)
1. Pamela Anderson
2. Colin Farrell
3. Russell Crowe
4. Dave Matthews
5. Salma Hayek
6. Naomi Watts
7. Bjork
8. Eddie Van Halen
9. Natalie Portman
10. Bruce Willis

General Knowledge
1. National Arbor Day occurs in the US every year in what month? ( 1 pt)
2. The Mississippi River begins in what northern US state? ( 1 pt)
3. What 19th century US president was the smallest, at 5'4"? ( 1 pt)
4. The nation of Brunei is located in what continent? ( 2 pt)
5. Alexandria is a major seaport in what Middle Eastern country? ( 2 pt)
6. The private eye Philip Marlowe was created by what author? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the home planet of the superhero Thor? ( 3 pt)
 
IQ Trivia
1. In England, what government official occupies Number 11 Downing Street? ( 5 points)
2. What movie franchise, begun in 1995 and still going with its fourth installment in 2019, begins its films in the small town of Brantford, NH, but never stays there for long? ( 4 points)
3. Civil War nurse Clara Barton founded what humanitarian organization in 1881? ( 4 points)
4. If you are playing with Soundwave, Ironhide and Starscream, what toys are you playing with? ( 4 points)
5. Of the original 13 colonies, which was the only one that did not border the Atlantic Ocean? (3 points)

Answers
Seinfeld Trivia
1. Nine; 2. Johnnie Cochran; 3. Keith Hernandez; 4. The cleaning lady; 5. The Merv Griffin Show; 6. Martin Van Buren; 7. Mel Torme; 8. Florida; 9. Schindler's List; 10. It was never mentioned.

The Q Train: Foreign Born Celebrities
1. Canada; 2. Ireland; 3. New Zealand; 4. South Africa; 5. Mexico; 6. England; 7. Iceland; 8. Netherlands; 9. Israel; 10. Germany.

General Knowledge
1. April; 2. Minnesota; 3. James Madison; 4. Asia; 5. Egypt; 6. Raymond Chandler; 7. Asgard.

IQ Trivia
1. Chancellor of the Exchequer: 2. "Jumanji;" 3. American Red Cross; 4. Transformers; 5. Pennsylvania.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Trivia Q&A: April 9

Yesterday we had our first "Facebook Live Trivia Night", as the country continues to be in shutdown mode with pandemic still going on. So I went to Facebook and did the Trivia Night I would have done on January 21st. As you all know, I was let go from Professor Thom's the previous day, and I decided to hold that night's Trivia as our first online contest. And we had an overwhelming response, as the high number of folks who tuned in was 57. It was a combination of Trivia players, many of my relatives and friends, and others who joined via some shared links. I can't thank you all enough for turning out for it.

I couldn't grade any papers, as there wasn't any, and we all went on the honor system. Everyone told me their scores after each round, and it was the team of Team Covid Obesity that rolled up 50 points and won the night. We played for fun, and I had such a blast doing it. We will be doing it every Thursday night on Facebook Live at Trivia group "The Mighty Quinn's Trivia Empire." So please go there and send me a request to join if you'd like to take part next week. See you then!

Current Events
1. What action film received 11 Oscar nominations in January, the most of any film for 2020?
2. What female pop singer will be singing the title song to the upcoming James Bond film "No Time To Die", the youngest artist in history to sing a Bond theme?
3. What female pop singer was chosen to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in February?
4. What NFL player slapped the rear end of a New Orleans security officer at the college football championship game last week and a battery warrant was issued for his arrest?
5. What rap star was among the six musical acts chosen for the 2020 class for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
6. A deaf man from Brooklyn is suing what adult website because they don't provide close captioning and he says the site is in violation of federal law?
7. Former congressman Chris Collins, of what eastern state, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for insider trading in January?

Australia Trivia
1. What is the largest city in population in Australia?
2. What is Australia's most popular team sport in terms of attendance?
3. What explorer claimed Australia for England in 1770?
4. What Australian actress has been nominated for 7 Oscars, the most of any Australian actor or actress?
5. What female Australian singer is the highest selling Australian singer of all-time?
6. What is the largest state in Australia by area?
7. What tennins star won last year's Men's singles final at the Australian Open?

The Q Train: Grammy Award Wins Trivia (More or Less than 5)
1. Lady Gaga
2. Metallica
3. Fleetwood Mac
4. Madonna
5. Puff Daddy
6. Tina Turner
7. Elvis Costello
8. Pink
9. Black Eyed Peas
10. Dave Matthews Band

General Knowledge
1. Andy Kaufman starred on what late 1970s sitcom? ( 1 pt)
2. What country was the first to use paper bills as money? (1 pt)
3. What river flows through the Grand Canyon? ( 1 pt)
4. In 1852, Elisha Otis invented what modern transportation device? ( 2 pt)
5. What year did Apple introduce the first iPhone? ( 2 pt)
6. On which continent can you find the most people with a genetic tendency to be lactose intolerant? ( 2 pt)
7. In the film "The Big Lebowski", what is The Dude's favorite drink? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What iconic solo artist charted 126 Billboard Top 200 Albums in his career, the most ever? ( 4 points)
2. What bodily noise is known medically as an "eructation" ? ( 4 points)
3. What pro sports team was George W. Bush the managing general partner of before becoming president of the United States? ( 3 points)
4. Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar are a trio better known by what name? ( 5 points)
5. What musician, who sang on both of the biggest Christmas songs of 1984, died on Christmas Day three years ago? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "Joker;" 2. Billie Eilish; 3. Demi Lovato; 4. Odell Beckham; 5. Notorious BIG; 6. Pornhub; 7. New York.

Australia Trivia
1. Sydney; 2. Aussie Rules Football; 3. Captain James Cook; 4. Cate Blanchett; 5. Kylie Minogue; 6. Western Australia; 7. Novak Djokovic.

The Q Train: Grammy Award Wins Trivia
1. More (9); 2. more (8); 3. less (2); 4. more (7); 5. less (3); 6. more (8); 7. less (1); 8. less (3); 9. more (6); 10. less (1).

General Knowledge
1. "Taxi;" 2. China; 3. Colorado River; 4. elevator; 5. 2007; 6. Asia; 7. White Russian.

IQ Trivia
1. Elvis Presley; 2. burping; 3. Texas Rangers; 4. The Three Wise Men; 5.George Michael.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Playing Pepper: 2020 Boston Red Sox

I had the pleasure of being a part of group of three Red Sox bloggers who took part in "Playing Pepper: 2020 Boston Red Sox." We were asked six questions concerning the club for 2016 by Daniel Shoptaw, who runs the fine St. Louis Cardinals blog "C70 At The Bat."

Every year Daniel asks bloggers from all 30 teams questions about their teams chances for the upcoming season. This is the seventh straight year I have taken part.

My thanks to Daniel for letting me take part again. Here are the questions and my answers:

C70: Looking for a manager just weeks before spring training isn’t optimal. Will the Red Sox be able to find a suitable replacement for Alex Cora? Should he and the club have parted ways? What do you think will come out of MLB’s investigation of the 2018 squad? (Edit: Strike one to my timing.)
John: The Red Sox really had no other choice than to part ways with Alex Cora. He appears to have had a major role in the Astros chanting scandal, and his position as manager of the Red Sox had been terribly affected. As I write this, his suspension hasn’t been handed down yet, but it should be at least one season. He had to be removed as manager. The choice of Ron Roenicke as a successor to Cora was very wise, as he is a well-respected baseball man who knows the players well, and had a solid record in Milwaukee.
The results of the investigation of the 2018 team is not yet known, but the fact that a number of high profile Sox players are on record as saying there was nothing illicit going on is a marked difference from the Houston investigation, as those players were notoriously silent prior to the punishments handed down. We’ll see what happens.

C70: The other big story this offseason focused on the status of Mookie Betts. Do you think the Red Sox trade him before the end of the year and what kind of package would you want to see them get back? (Edit: Striiiiiiikkkkkkeeee two.)
John: The trade happened, and the team had little choice but to move him. Betts made no secret of the fact he would test free agency after 2020, and every time they attempted to sign him to an extension, he rejected it, including the 10-year, $300 million one. So be it. Betts earned the right to go free agent. I really don’t hold anything against management in this scenario. Betts feels he deserves a deal of more than 10 years, such as the ones that Mike Trout and Bryce Harper got. I think signing ANY player to that long a deal is foolish, and will only be regretted in the long run. I like the trade. Alex Verdugo and Jeter Downs can both be players who the Red Sox can build around in this decade, and Connor Wong instantly became their best catching prospect. We’ll see how it works out down the road.

C70: Is there a prospect in the organization that will make a big impact on the major league squad this season?
John: Alex Verdugo will be under a microscope this season because of the trade. But it will be interesting to see how far Michael Chavis progresses after a solid rookie season. Bobby Dalbec is a highly touted infield prospect who maybe ready for the majors at some point this season. And lefty Darwinzon Hernandez, who saw some time out of the Sox pen in 2019, figures to get quality innings in a setup role.

C70: What are your expectations for 2020? Where do you think they’ll finish in the division?
John: Chris Sale’s elbow problems, which ruined his 2019 season, have cast a cloud on 2020, and if he can’t be counted on this year, it will almost guarantee the Sox won’t be in the postseason again. I feel the Red Sox have to pitch well to win. The lineup is still solid without Betts, but if the starting pitching falters again, they have no chance for the postseason, and another third place finish looks ominous.

C70: What’s the main topic Red Sox fans are discussing that maybe isn’t obvious to other teams?
John: The continuing absence of Dustin Pedroia. I see it on many Facebook pages I am on. Those “experts” on their keyboards seem to think it’s in everyone’s best interest that he retire. Well, he’s been a warrior for over a decade and a huge part of two Sox championships, and it is his call when it’s time for him to finally hang it up. I know it’s killing him not to play because of his bad knee. I feel badly for him and have always respected him greatly.

C70: What are you looking forward to most about the coming season?
John: How the team responds to new manager Ron Roenicke. I have to admit it’s been a long time since there’s been so much uncertainty surrounding the Red Sox. They could surprise a lot of people this year by making the playoffs, or they could fall on their faces and finish in fourth. (They won’t finish below the Orioles, will they?)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The End.

Trivia folks: some sad news to pass along to you. I am no longer hosting Trivia at Professor Thom's anymore. I was told by text message last night that my services as host was no longer wanted, as they have decided to bring in some trivia company to host trivia there every week. I'll be honest and say that I knew it was coming.

There was almost no publicity in the place about Trivia Night, and the crowds continued to decrease and decrease. So I guess I was going to take the fall for it and I did yesterday.

I want to thank all of you who supported my second stint at Professor Thom's these past three years. You all made it a joy to host Trivia there. I'm not sure what my next move will be. I may try to find a new bar in Manhattan to host a Trivia Night.  I will let all of you know here at the blog and at the Facebook page what I decide to do.

I wish all of you the best. Thanks for the support over the years.




   

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Trivia Q&A: January 14

It was a rainy Tuesday night in New York and we had a small, but enthusiastic turnout for Trivia.  The guys from DIMS pulled away by the third round, getting a perfect score in the Q Train lightning round and went on to an comfortable victory, rolling up 52 points. Congratulations to Ken and Darek on their first win of the decade.

Second place went to This Pitcher Smells Like Gwyneth Paltrow's Vagina (who also won for Best Team Name; yes, I had to say that name all night long!) with 29 points and third place went to Harry Potter's 9" Wand with 22 points.

Current Events
1. What film won Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) at the Golden Globes last week?
2. A failed baseball prospect named Garrison Lassiter announced he is suing what onetime NY baseball superstar player and his team for $34 million because they "derailed" his career and protected the superstar?
3. What TV network settled a $250 million lawsuit with Covongton Catholic student Nick Sandmann, after a January 2019 incident in Washington DC with a Native American he felt was slanted against him?
4. What Oscar-winning actor was recently credited with saving a man in the Caribbean who fell off his yacht over the New Years holiday?
5. What male pop singer last week revealed that he was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease and chronic mononucleosis?
6. What retail chain announced they will close 29 stores across the US despite upbeat sales during the recent holiday season?
7. Neil Peart, who was a Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame drummer from what classic rock group, died last week from brain cancer at the age of 67?

African American Trivia
1. In what year did Jackie Robinson became the first African American player in MLB in the 20th century for the Brooklyn Dodgers?
2. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is the autobiography of what African American woman?
3. Who was the first African American actress to be an "EGOT Winner": Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards winner?
4. What 19th century African American educator is credited with founding Tuskegee University?
5. Guion Bluford became the first African American to accomplish what feat in 1983?
6. What African American singer won the Album of the Year Grammy Award three times in the 1970s?
7. In 1989, Douglas Wilder became the first African American elected governor, of what southern state?

The Q Train: TV Cities Trivia
1. The Drew Carey Show
2. The Golden Girls
3. Dharma & Greg
4. This Is Us
5. Six Feet Under
6. St. Elsewhere
7. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8. How to Get Away With Murder
9. The Bob Newhart Show
10. Blue Bloods

General Knowledge
1. What is the boiling point of water in degrees Celsius? ( 1 pt)
2. What color are 15 of the 22 balls in a snooker set? ( 1 pt)
3. What classic horror film did Gus Van Sant remake in 1998? ( 1 pt)
4. What male actor has received the most Oscar nominations? ( 2 pt)
5. What country has the most dairy cows? ( 2 pt)
6. The NBA Memphis Grizzlies began as an expansion team in 1995 in what Canadian city? ( 2 pt)
7. The current Democratic Republic of the Congo was formerly known by what name? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Dendrophobia is the fear of what objects? ( 5 points)
2. What 1979 war epic was inspired by Joseph Conrad's 1899 novella "Heart of Darkness?" ( 4 points)
3. In 1927, the first commercial transatlantic telephone conversation connected which two cities? ( 3 points)
4. What is the only US state in the Deep South that currently has a Democratic governor? ( 4 points)
5. Rembrandt Peale and Gilbert Stuart are best known for doing more than 100 paintings of what American historical figure? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood;" 2. Derek Jeter; 3. CNN; 4. Leonardo DiCaprio; 5. Justin Bieber; 6. Macy's; 7. Rush.

African American Trivia
1. 1947; 2. Maya Angelou; 3. Whoopi Goldberg; 4. Booker T. Washington; 5. Fly in space; 6. Stevie Wonder; 7. Virginia.

The Q Train: TV Cities Trivia
1. Cleveland; 2. Miami; 3. San Francisco; 4. Pittsburgh; 5. Los Angeles; 6. Boston; 7. Minneapolis; 8. Philadelphia; 9. Chicago; 10. New York.

General Knowledge
1. 100 degrees; 2. red; 3. "Psycho;" 4. Jack Nicholson (12); 5. India; 6. Vancouver; 7. Zaire.

IQ Trivia
1. Trees; 2. "Apocalypse Now;" 3. New York and London; 4. Louisiana: 5. George Washington.

Monday, January 13, 2020

African American Trivia This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, January 14th at 8:30 PM, with "African American Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King national holiday. It will be seven questions about the contributions that African Americans have given to American culture, in history, sports, politics, music and more. The Q Train lightning round will be "TV Cities Trivia.” I will give you the names of ten classic and current TV shows, and you have to tell me the name of the major American city the show was set in. Every answer will be a different city.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the boiling point of water in degrees Celsius?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Trivia Q&A: January 7

We got the decade of the 2020s off to a good start on Tuesday night, as 10 teams were in for Trivia. (I was a bit concerned when we just had a handful of folks in at 8 PM, but it was a late arriving crowd, and it was good to see you all.) The scores on the first two rounds were on the lower side, and we had a rare four-way tie going into the Q Train lightning round. But we had a three teams separated by one point heading into IQ Trivia, and the team of WWIII Vets pulled out a one-point win with 44 points to take the first Trivia Night of 2020. Congratulations to the Vets on their first ever Trivia Night victory.

DIMS finished second with 43 points, and Llama Del Rey finished third with 42 points.

Best Team Name: The Mara Lagu Security Council

Current Events
1. A 120-foot yacht belonging to what pop singer caught fire in a Miami marina and capsized last month, and a $7 million vessel was a total loss?
2. Which European country fined Google $166 million recently for "abusing its dominant position" in the online ad market?
3. The NY Post selected what local baseball star as the New York Athlete of the Decade for the 2010s?
4. According to an Insider survey, what city was selected as the "Rudest City in America" for 2019?
5. Last month, the FDA officially raised the minimum age to purchase all tobacco products to what age?
6. What Oscar-winning actor received an honorary citizenship to the nation of Greece last month, especially due to his actress wife's Greek ancestry?
7. What Oscar-nominated actress was blocked from the using the dating app Bumble recently, after some users reported her profile, thinking it was fake, but her account was later restored?

Events From 2019 Trivia
1. What song streamed so much in 2019, and had its video with more than 2.2 billion views on YouTube, that it landed on the Billboard Hot 100?
2. What film, which was released last April, became the highest-grossing movie of all-time?
3. Name 1 of the 4 nations that legalized same-sex marriage in 2019.
4. Who was selected the AP Female Athlete of the Year for 2019?
5. What country became the first to land a spacecraft on the far side, or "the dark side of the moon" last January?
6. What company was hit with a record $5 billion fine last July by the FTC for mishandled user privacy practices?
7. What film won the most Oscars (four) at the 2019 Academy Awards last February?

The Q Train: Oscar Nominees of the 2010s Trivia
1. Robert DeNiro
2. Emma Stone
3. Steve Carell
4. Glenn Close
5. Bradley Cooper
6. Julia Roberts
7. Jennifer Lawrence
8. Denzel Washington
9. Mary J. Blige
10. Christian Bale

General Knowledge
1. "The Hunt For Red October" was the debut novel for what author? ( 1 pt)
2. What European city has the world's oldest subway system? ( 1 pt)
3. Who wrote the fairy tale that "The Little Mermaid" is loosely based on? ( 1 pt)
4. A traditional patty melt has what kind of cheese? ( 2 pt)
5. Graphology is the study of what? ( 2 pt)
6. A swede is a cross between a turnip and what other vegetable? ( 2 pt)
7. Name 1 of the 2 South American landlocked countries. ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. At $150 billion, what is the most expensive object ever built? ( 5 points)
2. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the former president for 8 years of what country, became vice-president of the nation last month? ( 4 points)
3. "The Secret of the Old Clock" was the first book in what series of mystery novels? ( 4 points)
4. "The Shop Around the Corner", a 1940 comedy classic, was the basis for what 1990s Tom Hanks film? ( 3 points)
5. On April 2, 2006, what US state became the 48th state to observe daylight savings time statewide? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Mark Anthony; 2. France; 3. Jacob deGrom; 4. New York City; 5. 21' 6. Tom Hanks; 7. Sharon Stone.

Events From 2019 Trivia
1. "Baby Shark;" 2. "Avengers: Endgame;" 3. Northern Ireland, Austria, Ecuador and Taiwan; 4. Simone Biles; 5. China; 6. Facebook; 7. "Bohemian Rhapsody."

The Q Train: Oscar Nominees of the 2010s Trivia
1. 1; 2. 3; 3. 1; 4. 2; 5. 4; 6. 1; 7. 4; 8. 3; 9. 1; 10. 4.

General Knowledge
1. Tom Clancy; 2. London; 3. Hans Christian Andersen; 4. Swiss; 5. handwriting; 6. cabbage; 7. Bolivia and Paraguay.

IQ Trivia
1. International Space Station; 2. Argentina; 3. Nancy Drew; 4. "You've Got Mail;" 5. Indiana.