Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 16

After a few weeks of the crowds being down for Trivia, most likely due to the summer vacations and holidays, we had 11 teams in last night, and saw a few old friends I hadn't seen in a while. we had a two-team horse race for most of the night, between the teams of DIMS and The Mighty Space Shots. There was just three points between them going into IQ Trivia, and after the round was completed, there was still three points between them. DIMS ended up winning the night with 38 points. Congrats again to Ken, Michael and Darek on their victory.

The Mighty Space Shots finished second with 35 points, and Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip? 3 Orange Whips finished in their place with 27 points (and also won for Best Team Name). 

Current Events
1. Rip Torn, a prolific actor who won an Emmy Award for his role in what 1990s comedy series, died last week at the age of 88?
2. Researchers recently discovered a fossil in what Southern European country believed to be about 210,000 years old and shows that humans left Africa about 16,000 years earlier than once believed?
3. Alex Acosta, who was what part of President Trump's cabinet, resigned last week after his previous handling of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case from the early 2000s?
4. It was revealed last Friday that what onetime New York baseball star was arrested last month by New Jersey police for cocaine possession and other charges?
5. Simona Halep defeated Serena Williams last Saturday to win her first Wimbledon women's singles title and hails from what Eastern European country?
6. England defeated New Zealand last Sunday to win their first World Cup title in what sport?
7. What Spanish singer is facing a seven-figure lawsuit from a former lover who spent the last 30 years trying to prove the singer gathered her son in 1975, and a judge ruled him the father last week?

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'n'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: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. This number was the title of Adele’s latest album.
2. In Italian culture, this number is considered unlucky, and Alitalia has no row in its planes with the number.
3. The N.Y. Mets retired this number in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.
4. According to the Bible, this was the age Jesus was at his crucifixion.
5. New Mexico became this number US state in 1912.
6. This is the atomic number of lithium.
7. In tennis, this number represents the first point gained in a game.
8. Richard Nixon was this number US president.
9. The Swedish language has this number letters.
10. A heptathlon contains this number athletic events.

General Knowledge
1. The first Star Wars film was released in what year? ( 1 pt)
2. The Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from what British city in 1912? ( 1 pt)
3. Besides copper, what other metal largely makes up bronze? ( 1 pt)
4. What nation suffered the most casualties in WWII? ( 2 pt)
5. What US state gives each of its residents $1000 annually? ( 2 pt)
6. Who was the first non-Royal to appear on a British postage stamp? ( 2 pt)
7. Leveret is the proper term for what animal under the age of one? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What US state produces 70-80% of all the olives in the US? ( 3 points)
2. What word was misspelled by Stephen King in a 1983 book title and by Morrissey in a 1986 song title? ( 4 points)
3. Susan B. Anthony was famously fined $100 after Illegally voting for what 19th US president? ( 4 points)
4. What Oscar-winning actor was originally offered the role of John McClane in the 1988 film "Die Hard" because the studio was contractually obligated to offer it because he starred in the film "The Detective" which "Die Hard" was based on? ( 5 points)
5. What female pop singer was the voice of Sally in a number of Peanuts cartoons in the mid-1980s? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "The Larry Sanders Show;" 2. Greece; 3. Labor Secretary; 4. Dwight Gooden; 5. Romania; 6. Cricket; 7. Julio Iglesias.

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

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. 25; 2. 17; 3. 41; 4. 33; 5. 47; 6. 3; 7. 15; 8. 37; 9. 29; 10. 7.

General Knowledge
1. 1977; 2. Southampton; 3. tin; 4. Russia; 5. Alaska; 6. William Shakespeare; 7. rabbit.

IQ Trivia
1. California; 2. cemetery; 3. U.S. Grant; 4. Frank Sinatra; 5. Fergie.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Let's Go To Outer Space This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 16th at 8:30 PM, with "Space Trivia" the Special Category in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing coming up next week. It will be seven questions connected to space and space travel. The Q Train lightning round will be "Odd Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where the answer will be an odd number from 1 to 50. Every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The first Star Wars film was released in what year?"


I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday for what should be another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 9

We had another smaller crowd on Tuesday night, as eight teams took part. But the night went great, and the top four teams were separated by four points going into IQ Trivia. We had a tie between the top two teams going into that final round, but it was the team of Turkey Club that emerged victorious, getting four of the five questions correct for the win, and ending with 45 points. DIMS finished second with 42 points, and The Return of the Jabooties finished third with 34 points.

Best Team Name: Four Score and 747s Ago

Current Events
1. Arte Johnson, an actor and comedian who gained fame in what 1960s/70s NBC comedy /variety series, died last week at the age of 90?
2. A new live single was released last week from what late female singer, a 1990 recording of Steve Winwood's hit 1986 single "Higher Love?"
3. According to a new survey, almost half the female cadets at what US military academy said they were sexually harassed?
4. A Manhattan judge cancelled a scheduled September jury trial against what male pop singer for copyright infringement until the case against Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is settled first?
5. What American comedian apologized to a British actor last week saying the Brit hosted a similar show to the current show he hosts, saying he had never heard of it before?
6. A human rights group is calling on what female rap singer to cancel an upcoming performance in Saudi Arabia over the country’s human rights violations?
7. What legendary pop star announced during a concert in London last Saturday that he will be getting a kidney transplant later this year?

Baseball Movies Trivia
1. What future Oscar-winning actor played a catcher with Hodgkin's Disease in the 1973 film "Bang the Drum Slowly?"
2. Gary Cooper played what legendary player in the 1941 film "Pride of the Yankees?"
3. Kelly Leak, Tanner Boyle and Coach Buttermaker were three main characters in what 1976 baseball film?
4. What future Oscar-winning actress was the lead actress in the 1988 film "Bull Durham?"
5. What hapless baseball team was the centerpiece of the 1988 film "Major League?"
6. What actress/director directed the 1992 baseball film "A League of Their Own?"
7. Name 1 of the 2 actors nominated for acting awards for the 2011 film "Moneyball."

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. This is the number of sides on a standard stop sign.
2. This is the minimum age for a US senator.
3. A standard pinochle deck has this number cards.
4. North and South Korea are divided by this number parallel.
5. Dwight D. Eisenhower was this number US president.
6. NFL Hall of Famers Joe Namath and Terry Bradshaw wore this number.
7. These are the total number of pawns in a standard chess set.
8. In 1964, this number amendment to the Constitution eliminated the poll tax.
9. This is the number of spaces on a standard Monopoly board.
10. A standard guitar has this many strings.

General Knowledge
1. What religious observance is celebrated the day after Halloween? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the fastest animal on four legs? ( 1 pt)
3. What body of water separates Iran and Saudi Arabia? ( 1 pt)
4. What year did Facebook launch? ( 2 pt)
5. What was the second film in the James Bond series? ( 2 pt)
6. What airline merged with United Airlines in 2011? ( 2 pt)
7. The world's longest fence, over 3480 miles, is found in what country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What pop singer died in a plane crash in Monterey Bay, CA in October 1997? ( 3 points)
2. Medusa, the monster from Greek mythology, appears on the flag of what Mediterranean island? ( 4 points)
3. In 2000, the first season of the American version of the TV series "Survivor" was filmed on what Southeast Asian island? ( 4 points)
4. What month was originally named "Quintilis" in the ancient Roman calendar? ( 5 points)
5. The author of "The Godfather" novel also co-wrote the screenplay of what superhero film? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "Laugh-In"; 2. Whitney Houston; 3. US Coast Guard Academy; 4. Ed Sheehan; 5. Jerry Seinfeld; 6. Nicki Minaj; 7. Stevie Wonder.

Baseball Movies Trivia
1. Robert DeNiro; 2. Lou Gehrig; 3. "The Bad News Bears;" 4. Susan Sarandon; 5. Cleveland Indians; 6. Penny Marshall; 7. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. 8; 2. 30; 3. 48; 4. 38; 5. 34; 6. 12; 7. 16; 8. 24; 9. 40; 10. 6.

General Knowledge
1. All Saints Day; 2. cheetah; 3. Persian Gulf; 4. 2004; 5. "From Russia With Love;" 6. Continental Airlines; 7. Australia.

IQ Trivia
1. John Denver; 2. Sicily; 3. Borneo; 4. July; 5. "Superman: The Movie."

Monday, July 08, 2019

We Celebrate Our National Game on Film This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 9th at 8:30 PM, with “Baseball Movies Trivia” as the Special Category, in honor of the All-Star Game that night. It will be seven questions about famous films that involved America’s Pastime. The Q Train lightning round will be “Even Numbered Trivia.” I will ask you ten general knowledge questions, and every answer will be an even number from 1-50. And every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“What religious observance is celebrated the day after Halloween?”


I look forward to seeing many of you for a great night of Trivia on Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 2

We had one of the smaller turnouts for Trivia Night on Tuesday due to the July 4th holiday, but it didn't dampen the spirits of those who played, and we had a great race to the finish. But it was the guys from DIMS, coming off their "perfect game" last week, who went back to the winner's circle again this week. They missed a question in Current Events, so the pressure to repeat last week's historic night was off their shoulders. But they wound up winning the night, getting 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia, and finishing with 46 points. Congrats to Ken and Michael on another victorious night.

Second place went to Evil Doers with 40 points, and third place went to Go Blue Rendezvous with 39 points.

Current Events
1. What Eastern European country had its largest protests since 1989 last week, with over 250,000 people calling on President Andrej Babis to resign over accusations of fraud?
2. Joe Sestak, a former congressman from what Eastern US state, became the 25th Democrat to run for president in 2020 last week?
3. The WalletHub survey recently released its findings and named what northeastern US state as "the least patriotic state in the nation" based on military and civic engagement?
4. What European nation won the vote to host the 2026 Winter Olympics last week?
5. What US city became the first city in America to ban e-cigarettes last week?
6. Stephanie Grisham was appointed to what White House position last week?
7. The New York Mets renamed the street in front of their home ballpark in Queens, Citi Field, in honor of what legendary player last Thursday?

July 4th Trivia
1. On this date in 1976, Israeli commandos rescued hostages on an Air France jetliner at Entebbe Airport in what African country?
2. What Asian country gained their independence from the US in 1946 after nearly 400 years of near-continuous rule by various powers?
3. Ron Kovic, a Vietnam vet and peace activist, was born on this day in 1946. What Hollywood actor portrayed him in a movie based on his life?
4. This playwright, who authored such plays as "The Odd Couple" and "Lost In Yonkers", was born on this day in 1927.
5. In 1976, The Clash made their debut in Sheffield, England as the opening act for what legendary punk band?
6. In 1881, Tuskegee University opened in what US state?
7. In 1997, NASA's Pathfinder became the first US spacecraft in two decades to land where?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. PETA once asked the Green Bay Packers to change their name because it promoted violence and bloodshed.
2. Windows 96 was the first Windows edition named for a year instead of a version number.
3. Kentucky is one of four US states that call themselves commonwealths.
4. The female mosquito is responsible for more human deaths than any other animal in history.
5. Alan Page of the Vikings was the last defensive player in the NFL named MVP in 1971.
6. 75% of all crimes committed in the US are committed by high school dropouts.
7. Research has determined that most people are happiest on Friday night.
8. Dan Aykroyd was the first SNL cast member to be nominated for an Academy Award.
9. The Zimbio Hall of Fame honors celebrities with the mullet hairstyle.
10. There have been more Democrat presidents than Republicans in US history.

General Knowledge
1. What stringed instrument appears on the logo for Guinness beer? ( 1 pt)
2. What actress took over the role of Mary Poppins in 2018? ( 1 pt)
3. What does "B&O" stand for in B&O Railroad? ( 1 pt)
4. What male golfer holds the record for grand slam wins with 18? ( 2 pt)
5. What Batman film featured Arnold Schwarzenegger? ( 2 pt)
6. What British monarch preceded Elizabeth II? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the name of the X-shaped sign located just before a road that crosses railroad tracks? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. "Go Set a Watchman" is the follow-up to what classic American novel? ( 3 points)
2. What designer brand named a purse after Princess Diana, making it one of the most popular handbags of all-time? ( 4 points)
3. What circle of latitude is located at 23.5 degrees south? ( 5 points)
4. Who invented the first alternating current (AC) motor in 1890? ( 4 points)
5. What 1984 action adventure hit film was responsible for the creation of the PG-13 rating? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Czech Republic; 2. Pennsylvania; 3. New Jersey; 4. Italy; 5. San Francisco; 6. press secretary; 7. Tom Seaver.

July 4th Trivia
1. Uganda; 2. The Philippines; 3. Tom Cruise; 4. Neil Simon; 5. The Sex Pistols; 6. Alabama; 7. Mars.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True; 2. false, Windows 95; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Lawrence Taylor (1986); 6. true; 7. false, Saturday night; 8. false, Joan Cusack; 9. true; 10. false, Republican (19-15).

General Knowledge
1. Harp; 2. Emily Blunt; 3. Baltimore and Ohio; 4. Jack Nicklaus; 5. "Batman and Robin;" 6. King George VI; 7. Crossbuck.

IQ Trivia
1. "To Kill a Mockingbird;" 2. Gucci; 3. The Tropic of Capricorn; 4. Nikola Tesla; 5. "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

Monday, July 01, 2019

Lots of Stuff Happened On Our Birthday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 2nd at 8:30 PM, with "July 4th Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected with events that happened throughout history on our country's birthday. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What stringed instrument appears on the logo for Guinness beer?"

We are back on the main floor this week, as we accommodated the Michigan baseball fans by doing Trivia in the Loft last week. Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 25

History was made on Tuesday night at Professor Thom's. Firstly, we were back in the Loft last night, as the bar hosted many Michigan baseball fans who were in for the College World Series. Everything went great up there, as we had 12 teams in. But it was an historic night, as the guys from DIMS, Ken, Michael and Darek, did something that was never done in all the nights I have hosted Trivia going back to 2006: they had a perfect night! They got all 36 questions correct, and rolled up 56 points, and won the night by a staggering 22 points. My congratulations to them on having the greatest evening in Trivia Night history.

Second place ended in a tie between the teams of Orifice Prime (who won for Best Team Name) and Summertime & The Nachos Are Cheesy with 34 points. We broke the tie wiith the question: "What is the current population of the UK?" Orifice Prime was closest to the actual answer (66,934,000) and won second place.

Current Events
1. Over 16.5 tons of cocaine, valued at over $1 billion, was seized from a cargo ship last week at what East Coast city’s port?
2. A country singer named Heidi Merrill filed a lawsuit last week against what female singer claiming  she plagiarized the “Sunday Night Football”theme song?
3. French billionaire Bernard Arnault, Europe’s richest person, became the third person to be worth $100 billion, joining which two others?
4. Last Thursday, MLB gave the Tampa Bay Rays permission to explore becoming a two-team city team and possibly playing home games in what city that once had an MLB team?
5. What rap star was indicted by a Queens grand jury on a felony assault charge in connection with a brawl last year at a Queens strip club?
6. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay won a guitar at auction last week for over $3.9 million, a new record for a guitar sold at auction, from David Gilmour from what classic rock band?
7. Nine people died last Friday when a skydiving excursion in a small plane crashed in what US state?

Canada Trivia
1. What is Canada’s third largest city in population after Toronto and Montreal?
2. Who is currently Canada’s head of state?
3. What Eastern Canadian province became the most recent Canadian province in 1949?
4. How many countries in the world are larger in area than Canada?
5. What is Canada’s official national summer sport?
6. In 2016, who was the last Canadian actor to be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar?
7. What Canadian female singer’s 2004 album “Up” is the last album to go “double diamond” (2 million plus) in sales in Canada?

The Q Train: Oscar Winners Trivia
1. The Help (2001)
2. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
3. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
4. The Hours (2002)
5. Crazy Heart (2009)
6. The Accused (1988)
7. Blue Jasmine (2013)
8. Darkest Hour (2017)
9. Chicago (2002)
10. Traffic (2000)

General Knowledge
1. What is the official language of Jamaica? (1 pt)
2. What character did Danny DeVito play in “Batman Returns?” (1 pt)
3. “We’ll always have Paris” is a famous line from what classic film? ( 1 pt)
4. What sport involves a pommel horse? ( 2 pt)
5. What video game features the characters Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde? ( 2 pt)
6. What was the first human organ to be successfully transplanted? (2 pt)
7. In the 2016 Brexit referendum, which two of the four UK constituent countries had a majority of voters opt to remain in the EU? (3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century author’s first professional sale was a short story called “The Glass Floor?” ( 4 points)
2. What is the world’s oldest currency still in use? ( 3 points)
3. Opened in 1903, what is the oldest continuously operating theater on Broadway? ( 5 points)
4. What is the largest island in area in the United States? ( 4 points)
5. Who was the only US president ever to serve aboard a Navy submarine, and later had a sub named for him? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Philadelphia; 2. Carrie Underwood; 3. Jeff Bezos & Bill Gates; 4. Montreal; 5. Cardi B; 6. Pink Floyd; 7. Hawaii.

Canada Trivia
1. Vancouver; 2. Queen Elizabeth II; 3. Newfoundland; 4. One (Russia); 5. Lacrosse; 6. Ryan Gosling; 7. Shania Twain.

The Q Train: Oscar Winners Trivia
1. Octavia Spencer; 2. Alan Arkin; 3. Jeremy Irons; 4. Nicole Kidman; 5. Jeff Bridges; 6. Jodie Foster; 7. Cate Blanchett; 8. Gary Oldman; 9. Catherine Zeta-Jones; 10. Benicia Del Toro.

General Knowledge
1. English; 2. The Penguin; 3. “Casablanca;” 4. Gymnastics; 5. Pac-Man; 6. Kidney; 7. Scotland and Northern Ireland.

IQ Trivia
1. Stephen King; 2. British pound; 3. Lyceum Theatre; 4. Hawaii; 5. Jimmy Carter.

Monday, June 24, 2019

We Salute Our Neighbors to the North This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 25th at 8:30 PM, with “Canada Trivia” as the Special Category, in honor of next Monday, July 1st being Canada’s national holiday. It will be seven questions about our neighbors to the north in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be “Oscar Winners Trivia.” I will give you the name of a famous film from recent years, along with the year the film came out, that won just one Oscar acting award, and you have to tell me which actor or actress won the award.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“What is the official language of Jamaica?”

I hope to see many of you on Tuesday night for what should be a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 18

We had nine teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and a four-way tie for first after the second round. But it turned into a tough three-team fight after the lightning round. By the IQ Trivia round, the top three teams had six points between them. But it was a great night for Turkey Heart, who held on to first place all night, and got 4 of 5 correct in the final round to win the night with 47 points. Congratulations to Bob and Cato on another great victory.

DIMS finished in second place with 40 points, and third place went to Prolapse In Judgment (who won for Best Team Name) finished with 33 points.

Current Events
1. A street in Brooklyn was renamed for what late rap star last week?
2. What Oscar-winning actor was arrested last week for allegedly groping a woman at a bar in Midtown Manhattan?
3. In a poll of 600 Iowa Democrats last week, 2 of the 22 presidential candidates did not receive even one first or second place vote. Name 1 of the 2.
4. The USA women's soccer team opened the World Cup last week with the biggest lopsided win in World Cup history over Thailand by how many goals?
5. Last week a missile fired by Houthi rebels struck the arrivals hall of an airport in what Middle Eastern country?
6. Oberlin College, in what Midwestern state, was ordered to pay $44 million by a jury after they ruled the college assisted in helping students defame a local bakery?
7. A jersey belonging to what baseball legend was sold at auction for $5.6 million last Saturday, a new record for a piece of sports memorabilia?

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 current US state for Spain in June 1539?
3. What classic Beatles album was released in June 1967?
4. What HBO drama series concluded its memorable 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?

The Q Train: Classic Car Songs Trivia
1. Freeway of Love (1985)
2. Born to Run (1975)
3. Autobahn (1974)
4. Little Red Corvette (1982)
5. Paradise By the Dashboard Light (1977)
6. Mustang Sally (1966)
7. Drive My Car (1965)
8. Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
9. On the Road Again (1980)
10. I Can't Drive 55 (1984)

General Knowledge
1. What British tycoon founded Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways? ( 1 pt)
2. What author wrote the novel "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?" ( 1 pt)
3. How many strings does a standard ukulele have? ( 1 pt)
4. What country supplies the guards who protect the Pope? ( 2 pt)
5. The USSR was officially dissolved on Christmas Day of what year? ( 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 European country has the oldest flag still in use today? ( 5 points)
2. What actress is to date the youngest person to ever host "Saturday Night Live?" ( 4 points)
3. In 1874, merchant William Blackstone of Indiana built his wife a birthday present that was an early version of what appliance? ( 4 points)
4. Which two US states have the largest cities of the same name? ( 3 points)
5. Pago Pago is the capital of what US territory? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Notorious BIG; 2. Cuba Gooding Jr.; 3. Bill DeBlasio and Wayne Messam; 4. 13; 5. Saudi Arabia; 6. Ohio; 7. Babe Ruth.

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.

The Q Train: Classic Car Songs Trivia
1. Aretha Franklin; 2. Bruce Springsteen; 3. Kraftwerk; 4. Prince; 5. Meat Loaf; 6. Wilson Pickett; 7. The Beatles; 8. The Beach Boys; 9. Willie Nelson; 10. Sammy Hagar.

General Knowledge
1. Richard Branson; 2. Robert Louis Stevenson; 3. four; 4. Switzerland; 5. 1991; 6. bishop; 7. Costa Rica.

IQ Trivia
1. Denmark; 2. Drew Barrymore; 3. Washing machine; 4. Maine and Oregon (Portland); 5. American Samoa.

Monday, June 17, 2019

We Honor Driving Music on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 18th at 8:30 PM, with "June Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven songs connected to the month of June in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Classic Car Songs Trivia." I will give you the names of ten classic hit songs connected to cars in one way, shape or form, and I will give you the year the song was released. You have to tell me the artist who had the hit song. Every answer will be a different artist.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What author wrote the novel 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?"

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 11

We had nine teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, on a very pleasant night in New York. It was good to see some old friends back for Trivia for the first time in a while, as it was "The Return of the Jabooties!" I hope to see more of them as the summer goes on. It was a really close race all night long, as the top five teams were bunched up going into IQ Trivia. But the guys from DIMS, who were in fifth a good part of the night, jumped over four teams in the IQ Trivia round, as they got a perfect score and won the night with 44 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on probably their best comeback win.

Second place went to Coronas Are Skunked So We Drink Pacifico with 41 points, and third place went to Lizzo's Best Friend with 37 points.

Best Team Name: A Dentist, A Lawyer and Two Late Friends Walk Into a Bar

Current Events
1. What rock legend, who has lived with mental illness  for many years, canceled an upcoming summer US tour to take care of his mental health?
2. What female pop singer recently ripped the New York Times over a recent profile of her and claims she felt as if she had been "raped again?"
3. James Holzhauer's amazing run as Jeopardy's champion ended last week and he brought home over $2.4 million. How many Jeopardy matches did he win before his loss?
4. Beverly Hills, CA became the first city in America to ban what product, starting in 2021?
5. Mac Rebennack, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician from New Orleans better known by what name, died last week at the age of 77?
6. The Daily Beast and Facebook faced a backlash last week after a video of what politician was altered to make the subject appear drunk and the alleged creator's private details were outed?
7. Ashleigh Barty won her first tennis grand slam title at the French Open last weekend and became the first woman from what country since 1973 to win the singles title?

Fathers Trivia
1. What actor/director was the director of the 2006 film "Flag of Our Fathers?"
2. Which one of the Founding Fathers was the founder of the New York Post in 1801?
3. What month of the year is Fathers Day celebrated 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: Best Selling Albums of the 2010s
1. Thank U, Next (2019)
2. Scorpion (2018)
3. 25 (2015)
4. The 20/20 Experience ( 2013)
5. 1989 (2014)
6. 4:44 (2017)
7. Recovery (2010)
8. Born This Way (2011)
9. Doo Wops & Hooligans ( 2010)
10. Songs of Experience ( 2017)

General Knowledge
1. In which "Rocky" film did Mr. T appear as Clubber Lang? ( 1 pt)
2. What British prime minister was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the most common element in the universe? ( 1 pt)
4. Ping-pong originated in what European country? ( 2 pt)
5. What Roman emperor built a massive wall across Britain? ( 2 pt)
6. The iconis statue "Little Mermaid" is located in what European city? ( 2 pt)
7. Where on the human body is the hallux found? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century US president is the only one to receive the Medal of Honor, and posthumously in 2001? ( 4 points)
2. The Karakoram Pass connects which two Asian countries? ( 5 points)
3. What actor has hosted "Saturday Night Live" the most times? ( 3 points)
4. The top wedding song of 2018 was "Thinking Out Loud" by what male pop singer? ( 4 points)
5. What actress is the only person to win an Academy Award for both acting and writing? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Brian Wilson; 2. Madonna; 3. 32; 4. All tobacco products; 5. Dr. John; 6. Nancy Pelosi; 7. Australia.

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: Best Selling Albums of the 2010s
1. Ariana Grande; 2. Drake; 3. Adele; 4. Justin Timberlake; 5. Taylor Swift; 6. Ed Sheeran; 7. Eminem; 8. Lady Gaga; 9. Bruno Mars; 10. U2.

General Knowledge
1. "Rocky III"; 2. Winston Churchill; 3. hydrogen; 4. England; 5. Hadrian; 6. Copenhagen; 7. foot (big toe).

IQ Trivia
1. Theodore Roosevelt; 2. China and India; 3. Alec Baldwin (17); 4. Ed Sheeran; 5. Emma Thompson.

Monday, June 10, 2019

We Honor The Dads This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 11th at 8:30 PM, with “Fathers Trivia” as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to fathers in pop culture in honor of next Sunday’s holiday. The Q Train lightning round will be “Best Selling Albums of the 2010s Trivia.” I will give you the names of some of the most popular albums of this decade, along with the year it came out, and you tell me the artist who recorded it. Every answer will be a different artist.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“In which ‘Rocky’ film did Mr. T appear as Clubber Lang?”

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

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 4

We had 10 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday, and I surprised by the return of Michael, one of the players for the team known as DIMS. Michael is a longtime regular who was away in L.A. for a while, but returned with his comrades Ken and Darek. And it was their night last night, as they rolled up 48 points for the win. The Current Events round was a tough round for everyone, but the scores improved for just about everyone through World War II Trivia and The Q Train lightning round. And we had a goofup in the IQ Round, which rarely happens. It was pointed out to me by one of the Trivia players (who was originally from Argentina) that the Semana Santa holiday is celebrated in other Latin American countries besides Costa Rica, so I tossed out the question and gave everyone five points. Oh well, mistakes do happen. The Mighty Quinn regrets the error.

John Dick 3: Pair O'Balls finished second with 44 points (and they also won for Best Team Name), and third place went to Turkey Club with 42 points.

Current Events
1. What Southeast Asian country said it would begin sending back over 3,000 tons of plastic waste to the US, UK and other western nations, joining the Philippines who announced a few weeks ago a similar plan?
2. What British-born comedian set off a firestorm on social media last week when he said that London was "no longer an English city" and many called him a hypocrite because years earlier he moved from the UK to the Bahamas?
3. An earthquake measured about 6.6 struck off the coast of what Latin American country last Thursday?
4. Brigitte Bierlein was named what European country's first-ever female chancellor last week after Sebastian Kurz was forced out after a losing a no-confidence vote?
5. Curtis Blake, who founded what ice cream chain in Massachusetts with his brother in 1935 and grew it into a restaurant chain, died last week at the age of 102?
6. Canada's foreign minister announced last Sunday that the nation was closing its embassy temporarily in what embattled country?
7. Pope Francis visited what Eastern European nation this past weekend, the first Pope to visit the predominantly Orthodox nation since Pope John Paul II in 1980?

World War II Trivia
1. How many years did WWII last? a. 5; b.6; c. 7; d. 4.
2. Which US battleship accounted for almost half the casualties at Pearl Harbor? a. USS Nevada; b. USS Missouri; c. USS Arizona; d. USS Oklahoma.
3. Britain and France declared war on Germany after Hitler invaded what country? a. Hungary; b. Austria; c. Czechoslovakia; d. Poland.
4. The largest naval battle of WWII, the Battle of Keyte Gulf, took place in what country? a. The Philippines; b. Japan; c. New Guinea; d. Taiwan.
5. Which US general vowed "I Shall Return" after he and his forces were driven out of the Philippines  by the victorious Japanese in 1942?
6. Which one of the following countries was not a US ally in WWII? a. China; b. Soviet Union; c. Finland; d. Greece.
7. What was the codename of the allied landings on Normandy on D-Day? a. Operation Neptune; b. Operation Enduring Freedom; c. Operation Crossword; d. Operation Enigma.

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. How many wives did King Henry VIII have? ( 1 pt)
3. What US president's real first name was Hiram? ( 1 pt)
4. The sandwich was invented in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. Between Sherlock Holmes, Superman and Spiderman, which character has been played by the most actors? ( 2 pt)
6. What was Pierce Brosnan's first film as James Bond? ( 2 pt)
7. Themyscira was the mythical island home of what superhero? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What folk singer was the opening act at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969? ( 4 points)
2. In what Latin American country is the religious holiday Semana Santa celebrated during Easter week? ( 5 points)
3. Who is the top selling British solo singer in the US, having sold over 78 million units in this country? ( 3 points)
4. What US city has more billionaires per capita than any other city in the world? ( 4 points)
5. Dixville Notch is a small community that announces its presidential voting results every four years first in the nation just after midnight and is located in what US state? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Malaysia; 2. John Cleese; 3. El Salvador; 4. Austria; 5. Friendly's; 6. Venezuela; 7. Romania.

World War II Trivia
1. b; 2. c; 3. d; 4.a; 5. b; 6. c; 7. a.

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

General Knowledge
1. Jupiter; 2. six; 3. Ulysses S. Grant; 4. England; 5. Sherlock Holmes; 6. "Goldeneye;" 7. Wonder Woman.

IQ Trivia
1. Richie Havens; 2. Costa Rica; 3. Elton John; 4. San Francisco; 5. New Hampshire.

Monday, June 03, 2019

We Remember The Heroes On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening on Tuesday night, June 4th at 8:30 PM, with "World War II Trivia," seven questions connected to the worst conflict of the 20th century, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy this coming Thursday. All seven questions will be multiple choice.

The Q Train lightning round will be "Classic Movies Cities Trivia." We did TV last week, how about movies this week? I will give you the names of ten classic films and you have to tell me the major American city it was primarily set in. Every answer will be a different city.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the heaviest planet in the solar system?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night with what should be a great night of Trivia!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Trivia Q&A: May 28

On a rainy spring night in New York, we had a smaller crowd in for Trivia last night, as seven teams took part. It was also the day after a holiday weekend, so the crowds are normally down then. But we still a great night of Trivia, as those folks in had a great time and we were really into the Trivia.We had a close race to the finish, and wound up with a tie for first place with 52 points between Darak: You're Fired! and Turkey Club, two of our regular teams. But Turkey Club wound up guessing closest to the tie-breaker question: "What is the current population of the state of Kansas?" (2,293,000 to be precise.) Congrats to Bob and Cato on their victory.

Third place went to John Triviolta (who also won for Best Team Name) with 38 points.

Current Events
1. Niki Lauda, a legendary figure and three-time world champion in what sport, died last week at the age of 70?
2. More than two dozen employees of what fast food restaurant are suing the company for sexual harassment?
3. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the redesigned $20 bill featuring what iconic 19th century figure has been delayed and no new imagery will be unveiled until 2028?
4. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Howard Stern revealed one of the great regrets of his life is that he never did apologize to what late comedian, who he said he treated badly on his show in the mid-1990s?
5. Last week, BuzzFeed published an investigation of what self-help guru with accusations of sexual misconduct, and four women came forward with additional allegations against him afterwards?
6. "Parasite" was voted the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival last week and became the first film from what Asian country to win?
7. What 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, in the most recent Quinnipiac poll, garnered a negative 37 point favorable rating among Democrats, by far the lowest of all the candidates?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of these planets are smaller than Earth? a. Mercury; b. Mars; c. Uranus; d. Neptune.
2. Which of the following countries are currently in the top 10 in population as of 2019? a. Mexico; b. Nigeria; c. Pakistan; d. Brazil.
3. Which of the following NYC subway lines is never regularly scheduled to travel to Brooklyn? a. 1 train; b. G train; c. 7 train; d. D train.
4. Which of the following music artists won an Oscar for Best Song? a. Frank Sinatra; b. Elton John; c. Carly Simon; d. Bruce Springsteen.
5. In poker, which of the following hands beats a four-of-a-kind? a. Full house; b. Flush; c. Straight Flush; d. Straight.
6. Which of these films won the Best Picture Oscar? a. The Wizard of Oz; b. Apocalypse Now; c. Raging Bull; d. Saving Private Ryan.
7. Which of these American cities have teams in all four major sports? a. Atlanta; b. St. Louis; c. Houston; d. Detroit.

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. What is the second largest city in New York State in population? ( 1 pt)
2. The US purchased Alaska in 1867 from what country? ( 1 pt)
3. Between mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup, which was invented first? ( 1 pt)
4. What author wrote the novel "The Jungle Book?" ( 2 pt)
5. What Asian country has blue traffic lights for go instead of green? ( 2 pt)
6. Which sense is most closely linked to memory? ( 2 pt)
7. In what state is the geographic center of the continental United States? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who was the only president to be awarded the Purple Heart? ( 4 points)
2. What famous person who once,lived at 1116 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach in a mansion that is the third-most photographed home in the US, after the White House and Graceland? ( 4 points)
3. What is the most visited art museum in the world, with over 10 million visitors in 2018? ( 3 points)
4. In 1990, Washington State University loaned a "research moose" named Mort to what TV show filming its opening credits? ( 4 points)
5. What 17th century monarch is the longest-reigning monarch of all-time, having been on the throne for 72 years? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Auto racing; 2. McDonald's; 3. Harriet Tubman; 4. Robin Williams; 5. Tony Robbins; 6. South Korea; 7. Bill DeBlasio.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. a,b; 2. all; 3. a,c; 4. b,c,d; 5. c; 6. none; 7. d.

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. Buffalo; 2. Russia; 3. mustard; 4. Rudyard Kipling; 5. Japan; 6. smell; 7. Kansas.

IQ Trivia
1. John F. Kennedy; 2. Gianni Versace; 3. The Louvre; 4. "Northern Exposure;" 5. King Louis XIV.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Know Your Classic TV Cities on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 28th at 8:30 PM, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. This is the category where I will ask you seven general knowledge questions, and each will have four choices for answers. You can pick as many as you think are correct: 1, 2, 3, all 4 or none. You will get a point for each correct answer (and one point if it is none). However, if you put down a wrong choice, you will get no points for that question (and it nullifies any correct choices for that question). You have to be careful!

The Q Train lightning round will be "Classic TV Cities Trivia." I will give you the names of ten very popular TV shows throughout the years, and you have to tell me where the show was set (not filmed, but where it supposedly took place).

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the second largest city in New York State in population?"

We are back on the main floor to stay with Trivia, as the Stanley Cup Finals won't be taking place on any Tuesdays. Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Trivia Q&A: May 21

We had 12 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and we were back on the main floor of Professor Thom's. The scores for the first two rounds were a bit on the lighter side, as I guess I made those rounds a bit tough this week. But they picked up in the next two, and we had a good race to the finish. We had three teams separated by three points going into IQ Trivia, but it was the team of Herps Free Since '03 that pulled out the win, getting a perfect 20 in IQ Trivia to wind up with 47 points. It was the first win for longtime Trivia regular Julie and her friends. Congratulations to them on their win!

Second place went to DIMS with 46 points, and Whoop There It Is finished in third place with 45 points.

Best Team Name: Jeffrey Dahmer's House of Ribs

BTW, the NHL released the Stanley Cup Finals schedule and the Bruins won't be playing any games on a Tuesday, so we are back on the main floor to stay!

Current Events
1. A jury in California awarded a couple a $2 billion verdict after they sued what company after they claimed their cancer was caused by long-term exposure to one of their products?
2. A recent survey released by Dubai-based Big 7 Travel said that the accent from what US state is "the sexiest accent in America?"
3. Which NBA team from the Western Conference won the first pick in the draft lottery last week and will pick first in the 2019 draft?
4. The Social Security Administration released its annual list of the most popular baby names for 2018, and what girl's name topped the list for the fifth straight year?
5. Doris Day died last week at the age of 97. So now there are only five living individuals left from Billy Joel's 1989 hit "We Didn't Start the Fire." Name 2 of the 5.
6. What English actor was picked to be the new Batman last week, with the new film scheduled for release in June 2021?
7. What Asian country became the first country in the region to legalize same-sex marriage last week?

Memorial Day Trivia
1. Memorial Day was called by another name. What was the name?
2. What memorial, the first to be established on Washington’s National Mall, was dedicated in 1982?
3. What late 20th Century US president decreed a National Moment of Remembrance, a moment of silence at 3 PM each Memorial Day?
4. The first Memorial Day was founded to honor military personnel who died in what war?
5. What famous American WWII military leader died of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in 1945?
6. What Chicago stadium opened in 1924 as a tribute to the troops who fought 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. Which Spice Girl rocked the Union Jack dress? ( 1 pt)
2. Robert DeNiro won his first Academy Award for what film? ( 1 pt)
3. The southern tip of South America is known as what cape? ( 1 pt)
4. The famous astrologer Nostradamus was born in what European country? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the host of the 1990s TV series "Rescue 911?" ( 2 pt)
6. What land animal has the longest gestation period, 650 days? ( 2 pt)
7. The Oregon Trail started in what Midwestern state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. At $57.5 million, who was the highest-paid comedian in 2018? ( 4 points)
2. What is the youngest branch of the US military? ( 3 points)
3. April 13th is the beginning of Songkran, a special three-day water festival and Buddhist celebration in what country? ( 5 points)
4. What image appears on the flags of both Argentina and Uruguay? ( 4 points)
5. What Oscar-nominated actor narrated on audiobook the 2010 Keith Richards autobiography "Life", doing an impersonation of the Rolling Stones guitarist? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Monsanto; 2. Texas; 3. New Orleans Pelicans; 4. Emma; 5. Bob Dylan, Brigette Bardot, Bernie Goetz, Queen Elizabeth and Chubby Checker; 6. Robert Pattinson; 7. Taiwan.

Memorial Day Trivia
1. Decoration Day; 2. Vietnam Veterans Memorial; 3. Bill Clinton; 4. Civil War; 5. George S. Patton; 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. Ginger Spice; 2. "The Godfather Part II; 3. Cape Horn; 4. France; 5. William Shatner; 6. elephant; 7. Missouri.

IQ Trivia
1. Jerry Seinfeld; 2. Air Force; 3. Thailand; 4. The sun; 5. Johnny Depp.

Monday, May 20, 2019

We Remember The Fallen On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 21st at 8:30 PM, with "Memorial Day Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to that special holiday where we remember those Americans who gave their lives for our nation. The Q Train lightning round will be "21st Century Movie Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters from popular movies of this century, and you have to tell me what film that character was in. I will also give you the year the film was released as well.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Robert DeNiro won his first Academy Award for what film?"

We will be back on the main floor of Professor Thom's for Trivia on Tuesday night, as the Stanley Cup Finals will not yet have started for the Bruins. Hope to see many of you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Trivia Q&A: May 14

We were back in the Loft for Trivia on Tuesday night, as the Bruins had their Game 3 playoff game downstairs. We had a party up there that concluded a bit late, so we started a few minutes after 8:30. We had 9 teams take part, and I think it may have been the toughest Current Events round I've ever done, as only one team got as many as four correct. But the night belonged to Ken from DIMS (under the team name "3Peat?"), as he was solo for the third consecutive week, and wound up winning the night, as he got 38 points and the victory. Congrats to him on another solo win.

Second place went to Plateaus Are The Highest Form of Flattery with 34 points, and third place went to The Knicks Will Blow It with 32 points.

I want to wish Bentley and Callan all the best, as they have been two of my loyalest Trivia regulars, and they are departing New York City for Tennessee later this month. Last night was their last time at our Trivia Night, and I hope they can come back again one day. Good luck to you both!

Next week we will be back on the main floor of Professor Thom's for Trivia on Tuesday night, as no matter what happens in the Bruins series, there won't be a game next Tuesday. See you then.

Best Team Name: A Schlong of Ice and Fire: The Tale of Tyrion, The Tallest Lannister

Current Events
1. What NYC radio station announced last week that their final broadcast will be on May 31st when the station will change formats and call letters?
2. What standup comedian and onetime host of his own comedy show will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American humor for 2019?
3. What game host was awarded the Guinness World Record last week for "the longest career as a game show host of the same show", 35 years and 198 days?
4. What major retail company announced last Wednesday they are raising the age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 beginning in July?
5. What country released a banknote six months ago with the word "responsibility" misspelled and it was just discovered recently?
6. What 1990s rock band is suing a Colorado brewery for trademark infringement after they named an ale with a similar sounding name as the band?
7. What Broadway play set a new record last week for the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history, going over $40 million total?

May Trivia
1. On May 10, 1869, the first Transcontinental Railroad was completed, with 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 run on NBC 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: TV Shows Before or After 2010 Trivia
1. Homeland
2. Breaking Bad
3. The Americans
4. Modern Family
5. Game of Thrones
6. Shameless
7. Grey's Anatomy
8. The Good Wife
9. American Horror Story
10. Mad Men

General Knowledge
1. What breed of dog was Snoopy from "Peanuts?" ( 1 pt)
2. What country has hosted the most Olympic Games? ( 1 pt)
3. In computer lingo, what does "KB" stand for? ( 1 pt)
4. Who was the highest-paid author of 2018? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2018? ( 2 pt)
6. What alcohol spirit goes into a traditional Tom Collins? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the highest-grossing Disney film to date worldwide? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What town in southwestern Georgia was the site of 13,000 deaths during the Civil War, almost twice as many as any battlefield?  ( 4 points)
2.  In 2013, the Writers Guild of America selected what 2000s drama series as the best written TV series in history? ( 4 points)
3. What eastern state is the only US state to have all its counties considered urban areas? ( 4 points)
4. What New York location is the most filmed place in the world, with over 230 movies made on its premises? ( 3 points)
5. What Western Hemisphere country is the only country that displays the Bible on its flag? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. WPLJ; 2. Dave Chappelle; 3. Pat Sajak; 4. Walmart; 5. Australia; 6. Guns 'N' Roses; 7. "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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

The Q Train: TV Shows Before or After 2010 Trivia
1. After (2011); 2. Before (2008); 3. After (2013); 4. Before (2009); 5. After (2011); 6. After (2011); 7. Before (2005); 8. Before (2009); 9. After (2011); 10. Before (2007).

General Knowledge
1. Beagle; 2. USA; 3. kilobyte; 4. James Patterson; 5. Drake; 6. gin; 7. "Avatar."

IQ Trivia
1. Andersonville; 2. "The Sopranos"; 3. New Jersey; 4. Central Park; 5. Dominican Republic.

Monday, May 13, 2019

We Return to the Loft on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 14th at 8:30 PM, with "May Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected with the month of May in history and pop culture through the years. The Q Train lightning round will be "TV Shows Before or After 2010 Trivia." I will give you the names of ten popular TV shows from the 21st century, and you have to tell me whether show bgan its run before or after 2010.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What breed of dog was Snoopy from Peanuts?"

We will be back in the Loft on Tuesday night, as the Bruins have a playoff game beginning at 8 PM that night. Space is limited in the Loft, so get in as soon as you can to guarantee a good seat or table. Hope to see many of you on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Trivia Q&A: May 7

We were back on the main floor for Trivia at Professor Thom's last night, and we had a fine turnout of 12 teams. It was an unusual night in that it was a close race throughout the evening, with no one team pulling away from the pack at any time. And for the first time that I can remember, not a single team got a perfect score in any round. Going into IQ Trivia, the top four teams were all separated by one point between them. But it was Ken Solo II (Ken from DIMS working solo again this week) who pulled out the win, getting 3 of 5 correct in the round and getting 38 points. Congrats to Ken for his second straight solo victory.

As of this writing, we don't know if we'll be upstairs in the Loft next week or still on the main floor. The Bruins are in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals and the NHL has not yet released the full schedule. I'll pass along the info when I get it at the Facebook group, and here on the blog.

Second place went to I Like Being Downstairs With John Quinn with 36 points, and third place went to The Brenda Bunch with 35 points.

Best Team Name: Tip Neeru 27%

Current Events
1. What actor, best known as a child star in the 1980s, was arrested last week for the second time on domestic violence charges in the last month?
2. What fast food franchise revealed last week they closed over 1,000 restaurants in the US in 2018, more than doubled they previously forecasted in their revitalization plan?
3. What rap artist won 12 awards at the Billboard Music Awards last week to become the most-awarded artist in BBMA history with 27?
4. Catherine Pugh, the mayor of what eastern US city, resigned last week in the aftermath of a scandal involving childrens books?
5. Michael Bennet, senator from what western state, became the 7th US senator to announce a bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president last week?
6. 200 women players from what professional sport announced a boycott of next year's professional season in North America unless a single pro league is established?
7. A street corner in Staten Island was renamed Saturday in honor of what legendary hip hop group in recognition to their contributions to the borough?

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 the "Mother of all the living?"
4. Mother Love Bone was a later 1980s band from the Northwest, and two members of that group would form what superstar rock 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 usually celebrated in what month?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The Statue of Liberty's official name is now "Liberty Enlightening the World Wide Web."
2. The Grand Canyon is over 10,000 feet deep at its deepest point.
3. Sneezes regularly exceed 100 MPH.
4. Abraham Lincoln had no middle name.
5. There are about 100 dimples on a standard golf ball.
6. Before becoming queen, Queen Elizabeth II was a mechanic.
7. Kentucky is the state printed on a Jack Daniel's label.
8. Red M&Ms were once banned in the 1970s.
9. Germany drinks the most beer per person in the world.
10. All the kings in a standard deck of cards have a mustache.

General Knowledge
1. What is the official language of Austria? ( 1 pt)
2. Geri Halliwell was which member of the Spice Girls? ( 1 pt)
3. What planet is named after the Roman god of the sea? ( 1 pt)
4. In billiards, what color is the stripe on a 9 ball? ( 2 pt)
5. In standard poker, what hand ranks between a full house and a straight flush? ( 2 pt)
6. In the series finale, how long is the Seinfeld gang sentenced to prison? ( 2 pt)
7. What author was credited with coining the phrase "cold war" in 1945? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What Midwestern US state produces about 250 million pounds of popcorn each year, the most of any state? ( 3 points)
2. What was the first fast food burger chain in the US, opened by Walter Anderson and Billy Ingram in Kansas in 1921? ( 5 points)
3. "Brad's Drink" was the original name of what soft drink that was founded in 1893? ( 4 points)
4. What Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist was the final act to take the stage at the Woodstock Festival in 1969? ( 4 points)
5. What actor made history in 2018 when he was nominated for the Best Actor Emmy award for the 12th time? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Rick Schroeder; 2. Subway; 3. Drake; 4. Baltimore; 5. Colorado; 6. hockey; 7. Wu-Tang Clan.

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

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. false, 6000 feet; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, about 336; 6. true; 7. false, Tennessee; 8. true; 9. false, Czech Republic; 10. false, King of Hearts has no mustache.

General Knowledge
1. German; 2. Ginger; 3. Neptune; 4. yellow; 5. four of a kind; 6. one year; 7. George Orwell.

IQ Trivia
1. Nebraska; 2. White Castle; 3. Pepsi; 4. Jimi Hendrix; 5. Ted Danson.

Monday, May 06, 2019

We Honor Mom On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 7th at 8:30 PM, with "Mothers Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about mothers in history and pop culture, in celebration of Mothers Day, which is coming up next Sunday. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the official language of Austria?"

Both the Celtics and Bruins will NOT have a playoff game this Tuesday night, so we will return to usual spot on the main floor for Trivia. Hope to see many of you for a great night of Trivia on Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Trivia Q&A: April 30

We moved Trivia up to Professor Thom's Loft last night, as both the Bruins and Celtics had playoff games at the same time. It was an enjoyable night there, as we had 13 teams turn out, and just about all the seats and tables in the Loft were filled. (We also had some Celtics fans up there, as their playoff game sound was broadcast in the Loft, as the Bruins had priority downstairs.) It was a night for Ken from DIMS, who went under the name "Ken Solo". He was alone and had a great night, rolling up 50 points and the win. He led throughout the evening, and got 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia, taking the night by 7 points. Congrats, Ken.

Second place went to Just An Old Fascist Love Song (who won for Best Team Name as well) with 43 points, and we had a tie for third place between Why Can't George RR Martin use Twitter? He Killed Off All 140 Characters and I Can't Say That, It'll Spoil Game of Thrones  with 34 points. We broke the tie with "How much did the average American wedding cost in 2018?" The answer was $44,105 (wow), and I Can't Say That, It'll Spoil Game of Thrones was closest and won third place.

BTW, next week we will return to our usual spot downstairs, as neither the Celtics nor the Bruins will be scheduled to play next Tuesday night, no matter how either of their playoff series goes. See you then!

Current Events
1. Volodymyr Zelensky, an actor and comedian, won the presidential election in what eastern European nation in a landslide last week?
2. Rodrigo Duterte, president of what Asian country, has threatened Canada that his nation will "declare war" against them if they don't take back electronic and household waste that Canada mailed to them in 2014?
3. The estate of what late pop singer announced last week that they will be releasing a 15-track album called "originals", unreleased songs he gave to other artists that became hits?
4. What Oscar-winning actor was named the villain in the next upcoming untitled James Bond film, the 25th in the franchise's history?
5. A panel of three federal judges ruled last week that 34 congressional and state legislative districts in what Midwest state were gerrymandered and unconstitutional?
6. Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning QB from Oklahoma, was selected number one in the 2019 NFL Draft by what team?
7. Richard Lugar, GOP senator from what Midwest state from 1977-2013, died on Sunday at the age of 87?

France Trivia
1. The novel "The Three Musketeers" was written by what French author?
2. Between Bordeaux, Marseilles and Cannes, which French city is not on the Mediterranean Sea?
3. Marie Antoinette was the wife of what French king?
4. What river flows through the city of Paris?
5. What are the three colors on the French flag?
6. How many times has France's national soccer team won the World Cup?
7. What is the second largest city in France after Paris?

The Q Train: Seinfeld Quotes Trivia
1. The jerk store called, they're running out of you!
2. But I don't want to be pirate!
3. I've driven women to lesbianism before, but never a mental institution.
4. I need a secure packaging of Jockeys. My boys need a house!
5. It seems a psychotic mechanic has absconded with my friend's car.
6. The sea was angry that day, my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli.
7. Boy, these pretzels are making me thirsty.
8. You know what would make a great coffee table book? A coffee table book about coffee tables!
9. You're through, Soup Nazi. Pack it up. No more soup for you!
10. Did you know that the original title for "War and Peace" was "War,What Is It Good For?"

General Knowledge
1. Who was the original host of the US version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" ( 1 pt)
2. What country experiences the most tornadoes? ( 1 pt)
3. What actor was one-half of the rock duo "Tenacious D?" ( 1 pt)
4. Bill Gates dropped out of what college to pursue Microsoft full time? ( 2 pt)
5. Robert Moog revolutionized music by designing a popular model of what electronic instrument? ( 2 pt)
6. Coit Tower is located in what US city? ( 2 pt)
7. The Titanic was built in 1912 in what current UK city? ( 3 pt)
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IQ Trivia
1. Philo Taylor Farnsworth is generally credited with the invention he received a patent for in 1930? ( 4 points)
2. What 20th century US president signed the Standard Time Act into law, creating the time zones across the US? ( 5 points)
3. What sport awards a $10 million payout to the winner of the Fed Ex Cup? ( 3 points)
4. A person suffering with a piloerection has what condition? ( 4 points)
5. What celebrity attempted to trademark the phrase "Adonis DNA" in 2011? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Ukraine; 2. The Philippines; 3. Prince; 4. Rami Malek; 5. Michigan; 6. Arizona Cardinals; 7. Indiana.

France Trivia
1. Alexandre Dumas; 2. Bordeaux; 3. Louis XVI; 4. Seine; 5. Red, white and blue; 6. Two (1998 and 2018); 7. Marseilles.

The Q Train: Seinfeld Quotes Trivia
1. George; 2. Jerry; 3. George; 4. Kramer; 5. Elaine; 6. George; 7. Kramer; 8. Kramer; 9. Elaine; 10. Jerry.

General Knowledge
1. Regis Philbin; 2. USA; 3. Jack Black; 4. Harvard; 5. synthesizer; 6. San Francisco; 7. Belfast.

IQ Trivia
1. Television; 2. Woodrow Wilson; 3. golf; 4. goosebumps; 5.Charlie Sheen.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Let's Give It Another Go

Well, Trivia folks, we couldn't do Trivia last week due to the Bruins game downstairs and a party happening in the Loft I was unaware was happening until I arrived at Professor Thom's last Tuesday night. Once again, I offer my apologies to all of you who came out expecting Trivia to happen last week. This coming Tuesday, April 30th, there will be BOTH the Bruins and Celtics playoff games happening, so we go back to the Loft again this week. I was told by Chris from Thom's a few days ago that there was currently nothing scheduled in the Loft for Tuesday, but I try to get another confirmation on that shortly. If anything changes on that front, I will pass along the word as soon as possible here on my blog or at the Facebook group.

We will have the same Special Category as last week, "France Trivia", seven questions connected to that great European nation in pop culture and history, and same Q Train lightning round, "Seinfeld Quotes Trivia." I will give you ten classic lines from the 1990s classic comedy, and you have to tell me which of the four main characters (Jerry, Elaine, Kramer or George) said that line.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Who was the original host of the US version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'"

We get going at 8:30 PM. Remember that seating up in the Loft will be limited, so please do get in as soon as possible to get a good seat or table. See you Tuesday night!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Trivia Was Called Off Last Night

Hello Trivia Players: Unfortunately Trivia Night at Professor Thom's didn't happen last night. The Bruins fans flocked in for Game 7, an even bigger crowd than what was expected. But unfortunately, the Loft had an event happen that ran long, and I didn't know it was happening until I reached the bar at 6:30 PM. Originally I thought we could do Trivia in the Loft at about 9 PM, but the event up there did not conclude until after 10 PM. So it was obviously too late to start, so we had to call off the night.

My apologies to all of you who turned up expecting Trivia to happen. (I did have fun with some of my Trivia regulars outside the bar, as they asked me what the Current Events questions were, and we did an impromptu round outside! That was cool!) Next week, we will make sure that if Trivia happens again in the Loft (and odds on it will, as both the Bruins and Celtics advanced to the second round) that it is all clear and we can start on time. I will update all of you here and on the Facebook page and keep you in the loop as to where we stand for April 30th.

Next week we will be doing "France Trivia" as the Special Category and "Seinfeld Quotes Trivia" as the Q Train lightning round again.

Again, my apologies to all of you who made the trip to Thom's last night, and I look forward to seeing you all again next Tuesday night.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Know Your Seinfeld Lines on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 23rd at 8:30 PM, with "France Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to that great European country in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Seinfeld Quotes Trivia." I will give you ten funny quotes from the classic comedy series from the 1990s, and you have to tell which of the four main characters (Jerry, Elaine, Kramer or George) made it. It will be just those four characters and none of the supporting ones.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Who was the original host of the US version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' in 1999?"

The Bruins won their Game 6 matchup with the Maple Leafs on Sunday, so there will be a Game 7 on Tuesday night in Boston. That means we go upstairs in the Loft for Trivia this week. The Bruins game starts at 7 PM, so the bar will be crowded when Trivia will begin, so it might be wise to get in early as well. Seating will be limited upstairs in the Loft. Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday for Trivia!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Trivia Q&A: April 16

We had a terrific crowd of 17 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, after taking last week off. The sports gods were good to us, as both the Celtics and Bruins were off from their playoff series, so we did Trivia on the main floor. (We'll see what happens next week.) Nice to see my old friend Andrea in, as we watched many Red Sox games together many years back. We also had Sean from Stella Artois in again, and we awarded two passes to the Tribeca Film Festival to the Best Team Name winner, courtesy of Stella. The Trivia went very well, as the top five teams heading into IQ Trivia were just separated by five points. But it was the team of Chris Penis that pulled off the victory, as they got 4 of 5 correct to take the night with 46 points. They had a slow start, but came on strong. Congratulations to Snehal and his friends on their great win.

Second place went to DIMS with 43 points, and third place went to Defamers with 41 points.

Best Team Name: In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Smokes!

Current Events
1. What major US city recently elected its first black woman and openly gay person as mayor?
2. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, the six-term senator from what southern state, died last week at the age of 97?
3. Omar al-Bashir was deposed as president of what African country in a coup d'etat last week after 30 years in office?
4. The East Village concert venue Webster Hall will reopen on April 26th after a renovation with a concert by what rap star?
5. What team defeated Texas Tech in overtime to win the men's NCAA basketball championship, 85-77?
6. Chris Davis, the first baseman for what AL Team, set a new all-time record for futility, going 0-for 54 at the plate, a new record for position players in MLB history?
7. What Australian Oscar-winning actor won a sexual harassment suit against the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph last week?

April Trivia
1. England's patron saint is remembered on April 23rd. Who is he?
2. In April 1998, Pol Pot, the onetime dictator of what Asian country, died?
3. What 19th century US president was born on April 13, 1743?
4. In April 1993, what female tennis star was attacked and injured during a match in Germany?
5. San Jacinto Day is an official holiday every year in what US state?
6. "Apollo 13", a feature film from 1995 about the ill-fated mission to the Moon, was directed by what Oscar-winning director?
7. Name 2 of the 4 US states that celebrate Patriots Day in April as a state holiday.

Comedy Films Trivia
1. Some Like It Hot
2. Napoleon Dynamite
3. Duck Soup
4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
5. Midnight Run
6. Dumb and Dumber
7. Nine to Five
8. The Jerk
9. The Odd Couple
10. Shaun of the Dead

General Knowledge
1. Between cats, fish and dogs, which is the most popular pet in America, based on the number owned? ( 1 pt)
2. What 1990s TV series was centered around the death of a character named Laura Palmer? ( 1 pt)
3. "Vision of Love" was the first number one hit single for what female singer? ( 1 pt)
4. Jerry Springer was once the mayor of what Midwestern city? ( 2 pt)
5. What US state experiences the most earthquakes? ( 2 pt)
6. What country has the largest number of Facebook users? ( 2 pt)
7. Soccer is the world's most popular sport with the most fans. What team sport is second? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In 2017, the national Music Publishers Association declared what 1971 number one single to be "the song of the century?" ( 5 points)
2. In 1976, the NY Taxi and Limousine Commission gave hack license 265216 to what famous New Yorker, who spent a month driving 12-hour cab shifts daily? ( 4 points)
3. What superhero was created by the inventor of the lie detector, Charles Marston? ( 4 points)
4. Who is the only person to earn Nobel prizes in two different sciences? ( 3 points)
5. What rock star inspired Jack Sparrow's character in the film "Pirates of the Caribbean?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Chicago; 2. South Carolina; 3. Sudan; 4. Jay Z; 5. Virginia; 6. Baltimore Orioles; 7. Geoffrey Rush.

April Trivia
1. St. George; 2. Cambodia; 3. Thomas Jefferson; 4. Monica Seles; 5. Texas; 6. Ron Howard; 7. Massachusetts, Maine, Wisconsin and Connecticut.

The Q Train: Comedy Films Trivia
1. 1950s (1959); 2. 2000s (2004); 3. 1930s (1933); 4. 1970s (1975); 5. 1980s (1988); 6. 1990s (1994); 7. 1980s (1980); 8. 1970s (1979); 9. 1960s (1968); 10. 2000s (2004).

General Knowledge
1. Fish; 2. "Twin Peaks;" 3. Mariah Carey; 4. Cincinnati; 5. Alaska; 6. India; 7. cricket.

IQ Trivia
1. "Imagine;" 2. Robert DeNiro; 3. Wonder Woman; 4. Marie Curie; 5. Keith Richards.

Monday, April 15, 2019

How About the Combo of April & Comedy on Tuesday?

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 16th at 8:30 PM, with "April Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of April in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "Comedy Films Trivia". I will give you the names of ten classic comedy films from down through the years, and you have to tell me the decade of its original release.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What 1990s TV series was centered around the death of a character named Laura Palmer?"

We are fortunate that there will be no playoff games scheduled for either the Celtics or Bruins on Tuesday night, so we will be downstairs doing Trivia. Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night!

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Trivia Takes This Week Off

A quick reminder to everyone that Trivia Night will NOT be happening this week, as I will be away at Fenway Park for the home opener on Tuesday. Trivia will return next Tuesday, April 16th at 8:30 PM. We will most likely be doing Trivia upstairs in the Loft at Professor Thom's, as the Celtics and Bruins playoff runs begin, and it appears that the Celtics will most likely have a playoff game that night. (The Bruins don't, as the NHL first round schedule was just released.) I'll keep all of you updated on that here at the blog. See you next week!

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Trivia Q&A: April 2

We had another terrific crowd in for Trivia on Tuesday, as 14 teams took part. The bar had a huge crowd, as it seemed most teams had at least 5 or 6 folks per team.  Going into IQ Trivia, we had the top five teams separated by just four points. But the team in second, Quizards of Waverly Place, got four out of five correct to seal their first victory with 47 points, on their very first night playing with us. My congratulations to McCamey and her friends on a hard fought debut win.

Second place went to DIMS with 46 points, and third place went to We'll Trade You Trump For Brexit with 44 points.

Best Team Name: Vandelay Imports and Exports

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Trivia Night will NOT be happening next week, as I will be away at the Red Sox opener at Fenway Park. Trivia will return in two weeks on April 16th at 8:30 PM. See you then!

Current Events
1. Lawyer Michael Avenatti was arrested last week for an alleged $20 million extortion scheme against what company, embezzling a client's money and defrauding a bank?
2. What world capital city was the best-rated destination in the world by the annual Traveler's Choice Awards for 2019?
3. What movie actor was on a flight in Southern California last week that had to make an emergency landing and assisted many passengers making the final 100 miles of their trip to LA?
4. What tiny southeast Asian country passed a law that goes into effect this week that will punish gay sex with punishments as death by whipping and stoning?
5. Health officials in Rockland County, New York declared a state of emergency last week due to an outbreak of what contagious disease?
6. What TV series was renewed for a 21st season last week and will become the longest-running drama in TV history?
7. The lead singer of what superstar rock band announced this past weekend that his illness forced the group to postpone their American tour that was suppose to start this month?

1979 Trivia
1. What Michael Jackson album from 1979 produced four top ten hit singles?
2. Idi Amin, dictator of what African country, was overthrown in April 1979?
3. What Vietnam War picture won the Oscar for Best Picture in April 1979?
4. What British rock star became the first Western pop star to tour the USSR in May 1979?
5. In June 1979, Pope John Paul II visited what Communist country, the first ever to do so?
6. In March 1979, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident occurred in what state?
7. What NFL team won their third Super Bowl in January 1979, a 35-31 win over Dallas?

The Q Train: Name the Month Trivia
1. The anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar is in this month.
2. The Stonewall riots, marking the turning point in the Gay Rights movement, occurred in 1969 in this month.
3. The Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday in this month every year.
4. Hurricane Katrina struck the southern US in 2005 in this month.
5. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in the US in this month.
6. World War I concluded in this month in 1918.
7. Comedian Chris Farley died of a drug overdose in Chicago in 1997 in this month.
8. In recent years, the Emmy Awards have been presented in this month.
9. In the UK, the Queen's Birthday is officially celebrated in June, but Queen Elizabeth was actually born in this month.
10. Bastille Day is celebrated in France each year in this month.

General Knowledge
1. What is the first astrological sign of the Zodiac? ( 1 pt)
2. In a regular letter, what does "P.S." stand for? ( 1 pt)
3. What country originally produced Jaguar cars? ( 1 pt)
4. As of 2018, how many cities in California have a population over 1 million? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the most common eye color in the US? ( 2 pt)
6. "I think, therefore I am" was originally said by what famous scholar? ( 2 pt)
7. William Shakespeare's wife had the same name as what Hollywood actress? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What actor, who won an Academy Award in this decade, provided the voice for the yellow M&M in their commercials? ( 4 points)
2. At $22 million, what 1993 film was the most expensive black and white movie ever made? ( 3 points)
3. What American woman was the highest-paid model of 2018, earning $22.5 million? ( 4 points)
4. The hyoid bone is the only bone that is not connected to any other bone in the human body and is located where? (5 points)
5. In 1965, what Dr. Seuss book was banned by the Chinese government for its "portrayal of early Marxism?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Nike; 2. London; 3. Keanu Reeves; 4. Brunei; 5. measles; 6. "Law and Order SVU;" 7. The Rolling Stones.

1979 Trivia
1. "Off the Wall;" 2. Uganda; 3. "The Deer Hunter;" 4. Elton John; 5. Poland; 6. Pennsylvania; 7. Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Q Train: Name the Month Trivia
1. March; 2. June; 3. May; 4. August; 5. October; 6. November; 7. December; 8. September; 9. April; 10. July.

General Knowledge
1. Aries; 2. post script; 3. UK; 4. three (LA, San Diego and San Jose); 5. brown; 6. Rene Decartes; 7. Anne Hathaway.

IQ Trivia
1. J.K. Simmons; 2. "Schindler's List;" 3. Kendall Jenner; 4. tongue; 5. "Green Eggs and Ham."

Monday, April 01, 2019

Let's Go Back to the 1970s on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 2nd at 8:30 PM, with "1979 Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions on events from that final year of the 1970s in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "Name the Month Trivia." I will give you ten events that occurred in recent history and you have to tell me what month of the year it happened in. Every answer will be a different month of the year.

The Sneak Peak question for this week is:
"What is the first astrological sign of the Zodiac?"


We've been getting some fine turnouts over the last few weeks, so do get in as soon as you can to get a good seat or table. Also, Trivia Night will NOT be happening next week, April 9th, as I'll be away at the Red Sox home opener that day, to see another championship flag go up the pole! I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Trivia Q&A: March 26

We had 13 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, another fine and rather spirited group as well. It was a rather tight race throughout the evening, with the top five teams separated by just five points heading into General Knowledge. But it was the team of The Microphone Reminds Me of My Brother Jack took charge, having a perfect General Knowledge round, and also got 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia, and got the win with 45 points. Congrats to Bob and Cato on another terrific win.

Second place went to Tittlers and Shitters with 39 points. Third place was a tie at 37 points between DIMS and Oh Shake Weight. (The guys from DIMS graciously passed on the tie breaker and allowed Oh Shake Weight to take the pitcher of beer for third place.)

Best Team Name: Hard Brexxxit

Current Events
1. Rep. Devin Nunes, of what US state, announced a lawsuit of $250 million against Twitter, alleging anti-conservative bias of the social media site?
2. Karen Uhlenbeck became the first woman to ever win the Abel Prize last week, which is one of the most prestigious awards in what field?
3. Last week in an interview, Eric Roth, who wrote the screenplay to what Oscar-winning 1990s film, revealed he wrote a sequel to the film in 2001, but it was scrapped due to the 9/11 attacks?
4. The New York Mets announced last week that they will rename 126th Street, which runs right next to their ballpark Citi Field, after what baseball legend later this year?
5. Last Thursday, Jimmy Carter passed what president as the oldest living US president in history, at 94 years and 172 days?
6. MillerCoors filed a false advertising lawsuit last Thursday against what competitor company, over billboards they posted in Colorado that said "Coors Light uses corn syrup. We don't."?
7. What female singer faced a heavy backlash last week after an interview with the Times of London where she downplayed the accusations of 2 men who detailed the abuse they claimed to have suffered at Michael Jackson's hands?

MLB Trivia
1. What National League team has won the most World Series? a. Giants; b. Cardinals; c. Dodgers; d. Pirates.
2. Which Red Sox Hall of Famer got his 3000th hit against the Yankees in 1979? a. Carl Yastrzemski; b. Wade Boggs; c. Jim Rice; d. Ted Williams.
3. What Yankees player won the most World Series in history with 10? a. Lou Gehrig; b. Babe Ruth; c. Yogi Berra; d. Joe DiMaggio.
4. When Barry Bonds broke the single season home run record in 2001, who's record did he break? a. Babe Ruth; b. Hank Aaron; c. Roger Maris; d. Mark McGwire.
5. The Mets won their last NL pennant in what year? a. 1986; b. 2015; c. 2000; d. 2006.
6. What NL team did the Yankees defeat to win their last World Series in 2009? a. Mets; b. Dodgers; c. Phillies; d. Braves.
7. What NL team plays their home games in Petco Park? a. Giants; b. Phillies; c. Tigers; d. Padres.

The Q Train: Film Franchises Trivia
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. X-Men
3. The Terminator
4. Ace Ventura
5. Harry Potter
6. The Godfather
7. Pirates of the Caribbean
8. Jurassic Park
9. The Hunger Games
10. Die Hard

General Knowledge
1. Mount St. Helens is located in what US state? ( 1 pt)
2. The 1973 film "Mean Streets" was the first collaboration between Robert DeNiro and what director? ( 1 pt)
3. Between the elephant, the dog and the mouse, which animal has the best sense of smell? ( 1 pt)
4. The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924 in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What US state is largest lobster producer? ( 2 pt)
6. The original "Blade Runner" was set in what year? ( 2 pt)
7. How many US presidents have died in office? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What Oscar-nominated director's first film was the low-budget science fiction, box-office flop "THX 1138?" ( 4 points)
2. According to Greek mythology, who was the first woman on Earth? ( 3 points)
3. What Asian country is the world's second-largest producer of coffee, accounting for nearly 20% of the world's coffee? ( 5 points)
4. In 1996, what late rock singer released the first ever internet-only, downloadable single in music history called "Telling Lies?" ( 4 points)
5. Beethoven's "Symphony No. 3" was written for what 19th century historical leader? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. California; 2. mathematics; 3. "Forrest Gump;" 4. Tom Seaver; 5. George HW Bush; 7. Barbra Streisand.

MLB Trivia
1. b; 2. a; 3. c; 4. d; 5. b; 6. c; 7. d.

The Q Train: Film Franchises Trivia
1. 4; 2. 7; 3. 5; 4. 2; 5. 8; 6. 3; 7. 5; 8. 5; 9. 4; 10. 5. (Note: There was some confusion about number 5 "Harry Potter", as there were two "spinoff" films that weren't originally counted, so I tossed out the question and gave everyone the point.)

General Knowledge
1. Washington; 2. Martin Scorsese; 3. elephant; 4. France; 5. Maine; 6. 2019; 7. eight.

IQ Trivia
1. George Lucas; 2. Pandora; 3. Vietnam; 4. David Bowie; 5. Napoleon Bonaparte.