Red Sox Series at London

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Trivia Q&A: July 8

We had 23 teams in for Trivia on a hot night in Manhattan. A good crowd gathered at Thom's to watch a great comeback by the Red Sox against Minnesota as the contest was in full swing. The numbers were generally on the lower side for Current Events, but they picked up for TV Characters Trivia and True or False. The General Knowledge numbers were generally pretty good, and we had a very close contest heading into IQ Trivia, with six teams withing five points of the lead.

The IQ Trivia numbers were generally in the middle to lower middle range, and there was one question that not one team was able to answer right: "What US state capital is located at the highest altitude?" Just about every team said "Denver," when the answer was actually "Santa Fe, NM." The final numbers were incredibly close, but Free Mustache Rides got three of the five IQ questions correct, and one by just a single point. (Actually the top five teams were all separated by one point each as you went down the list. Incredibly close.)

Congratulations to FMR on their win.

Just a reminder that we will be doing Trivia next Tuesday night, and it will be taking place of the regular time of 9 PM, while the MLB All-Star Game is taking place.

Current Events
1. Larry Harmon, who portrayed this legendary TV character for over 50 years, died last Friday at the age of 83.
2. Thousands of items from this civil rights pioneer are to go on the auction block soon, a judge in Michigan ruled last week.
3. Jesse Helms, a conservative senator for five terms from this US state, died last Friday at the age of 86.
4. This rapper was arrested for the fifth time this year, this time last Friday for various complaints at a Phoenix airport.
5. A NASA spacecraft's flyby of this planet earlier this year yielded a wealth of information about it and confirmed that volcanism occurred there.
6. Last week, this company announced it will close as many as 600 of its underperforming US stores and cut further American expansion as well.
7. Rafael Nadal's win at Wimbledon on Sunday made him the first male tennis player to win both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year since this superstar did it in 1980.

Answers: 1. Bozo the Clown; 2. Rosa Parks; 3. North Carolina; 4. DMX; 5. Mercury; 6. Starbucks; 7. Bjorn Borg.

TV Character Trivia
1. Monica Geller
2. Griffin Holbrook
3. Jim Ignatowski
4. Merrill Stubing
5. Bob Hartley
6. Mick Belker
7. Paul Buckman

Answers: 1. "Friends;" 2. "Party of Five; 3. "Taxi;" 4. "The Love Boat;" 5. "The Bob Newhart Show;" 6. "Hill Street Blues;" 7. "Mad About You."

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Thomas Edison proposed to his second wife by Morse code.
2. Jupiter is the largest object in our solar system.
3. In the sport of luge, competitors race in a building called a velodrome.
4. The TV series "The Waltons" began as a Christmas special called "The Homecoming."
5. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually in Stockholm.
6. During the Cold War, American school children were instructed to duck and cover during a nuclear attack.
7. There are three teaspoons in a tablespoon.
8. Shaquille O'Neal was once briefly a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.
9. In the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," the title character is searching for The Holy Grail.
10. Delaware is the smallest state in the US in terms of land area.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, the Sun is; 3. false, cycling; 4. true; 5. false, Oslo; 6. true; 7. true; 8. false, he never played for them; 9. true; 10. false, Rhode Island is.

General Knowledge
1. King Henry VIII of England had how many wives?
2. In 2000, what singer had a Billboard Top 10 single that featured the refrain, "I'm not that innocent"?
3. What is the home of the children's book characters Winnie the Pooh and Tigger called?
4. What university did President Clinton's daughter Chelsea attend?
5. What is the proper name of a newborn swan?
6. In the 1997 film "As Good as it Gets," what is the profession of Jack Nicholson's character?
7. In 1997, Ted Turner pledged $1 billion to what organization?

Answers: 1. six; 2. Britney Spears; 3. Hundred Acre Wood; 4. Stanford; 5. cygnet; 6. writer; 7. United Nations.

IQ Trivia
1. Before his presidency, Gerald Ford turned down an offer to play with what NFL team? ( 5 points)
2. In ancient Greek mythology, who was the first mortal woman to appear on Earth? ( 4 points)
3. What is the name of the piece of jewelry being sought in the 1997 film "Titanic?" ( 4 points)
4. What is the name of the prison that John McCain spent five years in during the Vietnam War? ( 3 points)
5. What US state capital is located at the highest altitude? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Detroit Lions; 2. Pandora; 3. Heart of the Ocean; 4. The Hanoi Hilton; 5. Santa Fe, NM.

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