Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Trivia Q&A: December 11

We had 12 teams for Trivia on a rainy night in the Village. Most of the teams did very well, either because we had some very intelligent players or I made the questions a little too easy. (Probably a combination of the two.)

The scores for True or False and General Knowledge were exceptionally high, and for Celebrity Real Names they were almost as good. Going into the last round, we had five teams separated by just four points. But Accidental In the Eye had an excellent IQ Trivia round, getting four of the five questions correct and got 19 points and wound up winning by 5 points. They are among the regulars and it was their first win. My congratulations to them.

Current Events
1. This computer retailer was sold to a restructuring firm and will close all its stores and go out of business soon.
2. This classic rock band reunited for the first time in 19 years at a concert in London yesterday.
3. This film, a family-oriented fantasy movie, grossed $26 million and was the number one film in the US last week.
4. This British pop singer, who's nominated for six Grammys, was seen wandering aimlessly on the streets of London in just a bra and jeans recently.
5. A state of disaster has been declared in this Asian country, after it suffered the worst oil spill in its history last week.
6. Four people were injured and two were killed after a shooting occurred in a church in this state on Sunday.
7. A launch of this space shuttle that was originally scheduled for last weekend was postponed until next January.
8. The New York Philharmonic announced plans to play next February a concert in this reclusive nation after the country's Culture minister invited them last August.
9. Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy last Saturday, as a sophomore QB from this college team.
10. Michael Vick was sentenced to federal prison on dogfighting charges on Monday. How many months is he sentenced to serve?

Answers: 1. CompUSA; 2. Led Zeppelin; 3. "The Golden Compass;" 4. Amy Winehouse; 5. South Korea; 6. Colorado; 7. Atlantis; 8. North Korea; 9. Florida Gators; 10. twenty-three.

Celebrity Real Names

1. Alecia Moore-- singer
2. Bernie McCollough-- actor
3. Anna Mae Bullock-- singer
4. Robert Van Winkle-- singer
5. Terry Bollea-- athlete/actor
6. Carlos Estevez-- actor
7. Allen Konigsberg-- actor/director
8. Robert Zimmerman-- singer
9. Marshall Mathers-- singer
10. Dana Owens-- singer/actress

Answers: 1. Pink; 2. Bernie Mac; 3. Tina Turner; 4. Vanilla Ice; 5. Hulk Hogan; 6. Charlie Sheen; 7. Woody Allen; 8. Bob Dylan; 9. Eminem; 10. Queen Latifah.

True or False ("The Q Train")

1. In 1754, Ben Franklin published a political cartoon depicting the colonies as parts of a snake.
2. The part of a magazine where you'd find the list of staff members is called the masthead.
3. Vanilla is added to espresso to make a caffe latte.
4. The "Wild West" town of Dodge City is located in Wyoming.
5. Gene Simmons was the lead guitarist of the band Kiss.
6. The indigo plant is used to make a dye that is a shade of blue.
7. Montana does not use the first two letters of its full name as a postal abbreviation.
8. The TV family, "The Addams Family," lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
9. Salinity is the measure of chlorine in water.
10. By definition, to obfuscate means to confuse.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, milk is added; 4. false, it's in Kansas; 5. false, Ace Frehley was; 6. true; 7. true; 8. false, the Munsters lived there; 9. false, it's salt; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. The TV series, "Spin City," focused on the mayoral office of what US city?
2. "Veritas," the one-word motto of Harvard University, is Latin for what?
3. In what movie does John Cusack's character recite "top five lists" of various likes and dislikes?
4. Who was the Japanese emperor during WWII?
5. If you were eating an orange roughy, what would you be having?
6. The female members of the musical group The B-52s originally wore what distinctive hairstyle?
7. Which Asian city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in 1975?
8. In the 1993 film, "Rudy," the title character plays for which college football team?
9. Chicle is the main ingredient in what product?
10. At the start of the 2000 film, "The Patriot," Mel Gibson's character lives on a farm in an area that becomes which US state?

Answers: 1. New York City; 2. truth; 3. "High Fidelity;" 4. Hirohito; 5. fish; 6. beehive; 7. Saigon; 8. Notre Dame; 9. chewing gum; 10. South Carolina.

IQ Trivia

1. Which American oceanographer found the wreck of the RMS Titanic in September 1985? (5 points)
2. What classical composer was the father-in-law of classical composer Richard Wagner? (6 points)
3. Of the father, mother, son and daughter, which character dies in William Faulkner's novel, "As I Lay Dying?" (4 points)
4. In 2000, Melissa Etheridge revealed that the father of her two children is what rock singer? (5 points)
5. Mount Sinai is located in what country? (5 points)

Answers: 1. Robert Ballard; 2. Franz Liszt; 3. mother; 4. David Crosby; 5. Egypt.

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