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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Trivia Q&A: July 1

We had another huge turnout at Thom's for Trivia Night on Tuesday, with 22 teams taking part. This would turn out to be one of the lowest scoring overall sessions of Trivia we have ever had, as the Spell the Word and IQ Trivia rounds were two of the hardest rounds I have ever put together.

The Spell the Word category was particularly tough, as the top score in that round was just five. And in IQ Trivia, very few teams got as many as two of the five correct, but the team of Da Rrrooostas! emerged victorious, as they ran the table in the final category (to the dismay of many of the Trivia Night players). They had the largest margin of victory ever for a Trivia Night contest: a whopping 17 points.

True or False Trivia will return to The Q Train next week, and I promise it won't be as difficult as this week's lightning round.

But I can't make any promises about next week's IQ Trivia...

Current Events
1. Last week the US lifted sanctions against this country, and moved to remove it from the US terrorism blacklist.
2. According to a study by Magna Global, the average age for a viewer of network TV has reached this age, the oldest ever in the history of the survey.
3. Six people were killed when two medical helicopters collided in midair over this western state on Sunday.
4. Robert Mugabe was sworn in for his sixth term as president of this African nation after a controversial runoff.
5. This country defeated Germany to win the European soccer championship in Vienna on Sunday.
6. This American film was still voted the number one film of all-time by the American Film Institute in the updated Top 100 film list.
7. Tyson Gay set a world record in this event on Sunday in Olympic qualifying, but it won't count due to a strong tailwind.

Answers: 1. North Korea; 2. fifty; 3. Arizona; 4. Zimbabwe; 5. Spain; 6. "Citizen Kane;" 7. 100 meters.

July 4th Trivia
1. In 1946, this Asian nation was granted full independence by the US after nearly 4 centuries of colonial rule.
2. In 1976, commandoes from this nation rescued passengers and crew of a hijacked Air France jet in Uganda.
3. Name 2 of the 3 US presidents who died on July 4th.
4. This smooth-voiced R&B singer died on this day in 2003.
5. This short-lived republic, which eventually became a US state, was proclaimed in 1894.
6. Tuskegee Institute, one of the best known black universities in the US, opened in the US state in 1881.
7. Name 1 of the 2 US presidents who were born on July 4th.

Answers: 1. The Philippines; 2. Israel; 3. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe; 4. Barry White; 5. Hawaii; 6. Alabama; 7. U.S. Grant and Calvin Coolidge.

Spell the Word ("The Q Train")
1. KERATITIS: (noun) inflammation of the cornea
2. ROSULATE: (adj) forming a rosette or rosettes
3. TIMONEER: (noun) a helmsman
4. CORDONNET: (noun) a thread, cord or yarn used to outline a lace motif or form fringes
5. TOMBOLO: (noun) a sand bar connecting an island to the mainland or another island
6. TERZETTO: (noun) the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
7. ULLAGE:(noun) the amount by which the contents fall short of filling a container
8. SOUTACHE: (noun) a narrow braid, commonly of silk or rayon, used for trimming
9. CHRYSTOCRENE: (noun) geology, rock formation resembling a glacier
10. MILIARY: (adj) resembling millet seeds

General Knowledge
1. For many years, "The fabric of our lives" was the advertising slogan for what industry?
2. Lawrence of Arabia was an officer in what army?
3. In the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams," what baseball player is the first to appear in the cornfield?
4. A common variety of what fruit was named after Valencia, Spain?
5. What adjective is the title of a 2001 Top 10 Billboard single by Aerosmith?
6. Basmati and jasmine are varieties of what food?
7. In the movie "Happy Gilmore," Adam Sandler brawls on the golf course with what celebrity?

Answers: 1. cotton; 2. British; 3. Shoeless Joe Jackson; 4. orange; 5. "Jaded;" 6. rice; 7. Bob Barker.

IQ Trivia
1. What was the main occupation of Jules Leotard, who popularized the one-piece body garment in the 1850s? ( 5 points)
2. Who did Margaret Thatcher replace as prime minister of Great Britain in 1979? ( 4 points)
3. On the Domino's Pizza logo, the three dots on the domino tile represent what? ( 4 points)
4. What Hollywood icon holds the record for most Oscar nominations in the combined field of acting/writing/directing with 21: 1 in acting, 6 in directing and 14 in writing? ( 3 points)
5. In Greek mythology, who was the Muse of tragedy? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. trapeze artist; 2. James Callaghan; 3. three original stores; 4. Woody Allen; 5. Melpomene.

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