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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Trivia Q&A: March 3

On a very cold night with the remnants of eight inches of snow on the ground, I thought the number of Trivia teams might be down. But once again, the Trivia regulars came through in a big way, as an amazing 23 teams turned out on Tuesday night. No matter it's doing outside, people have to have their Trivia!

The night got off to a rather slow start, as the Current Events numbers were rather low (too hard perhaps). They picked up with March 3rd Trivia, and got a real boost from The Q Train, as 9 teams got a perfect 10 in that round.

We had ties almost throughout the night in the top positions, and going into IQ Trivia, we had just two points separating the top seven teams. We had a slight controversy in IQ, as it turns out a number of teams had "C-1" as an answer to the "atlas" question, and it was pointed out to me that the atlas vertebra is indeed C-1, so I accepted that answer and we had two teams who got perfect scores in that final round. But the team of Yuri's Car Service and Syringe Emporium was one of them and wound up winning by just two points. It was the team's first win in nearly a year and a half. My congratulations on their victory.

Current Events
1. A California judge denied a motion by John McCain's lawyers to halt a lawsuit by this rock star over the use of his song in a campaign commercial that he didn't authorize.
2. A Turkish Airlines jet crashed outside of this European city's airport last week, killing 9 and injuring 86.
3. This American car company reported a staggering $9.6 billion loss, due in part to the current automotive crisis.
4. An international criminal tribunal acquitted Milan Milutinovic, the former president of this country, on war crimes charges last week.
5. This 150-year-old Colorado newspaper published for the final time last Friday and closed up due to its increasing losses and not being able to find a buyer.
6. This US state declared a state emergency on Saturday due to severe drought and the state's governor urged cities and towns to cut water consumption by 20 percent.
7. This Southern state is the most dangerous state in the US to drive, as a recent study showed that it has an annual rate of 31 deaths per 100,000 people.

Answers: 1. Jackson Browne; 2. Amsterdam; 3. General Motors; 4. Serbia; 5. Rocky Mountain News; 6. California; 7. Mississippi.

March 3rd Trivia
1. On this date in 1845, this Southern territory becomes the 27th US state.
2. In 1918, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk is signed, ending this country's involvement in WWI.
3. The Labour Day holiday is being celebrated on this date in what English speaking country?
4. This rap star, who had two one million selling-singles in the late 1980s with his deep, gravelly voice, was born on this date in 1966.
5. This Scottish-born inventor, who worked with the deaf but became world-famous for an invention we use every day, was born on this date in 1847.
6. The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sky Tower, opened in this country in 1997.
7. This NJ-born comedian, part of a duo that made 36 films in the 1940s and '50s and is best remembered for a sketch on baseball they did, died on this date in 1959.

Answers: 1. Florida; 2. Russia; 3. Australia; 4. Tone Loc; 5. Alexander Graham Bell; 6. New Zealand; 7. Lou Costello.

Are They Related Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. George Clooney and Rosemary Clooney
2. James Garner and Jennifer Garner
3. Paul McCartney and Stella McCartney
4. David Arquette and Patricia Arquette
5. Balthazar Getty and J. Paul Getty
6. Rock Hudson and Kate Hudson
7. Michael Keaton and Diane Keaton
8. Kerry Wood and Evan Rachel Wood
9. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal
10. Eva Longoria and Evan Longoria

Answers: 1. yes (nephew and aunt); 2. no; 3. yes (father and daughter); 4. yes (brother and sister); 5. yes (great-grandson); 6. no; 7. no; 8. no; 9. yes (brother and sister); 10. no.

General Knowledge
1. The death's head moth is featured on what famous movie's poster?
2. What planet is named after the king of the gods in Roman mythology?
3. Often seasoned with curry, mulligatawny is a type of what?
4. In the 1967 movie, "Cool Hand Luke," Luke goes to jail for cutting off the tops of what?
5. Periwinkle is a Crayola crayon of what shade?
6. What sports team once played their home games at Enron Field?
7. "Now is the winter of our discontent" opens what Shakespeare play?

Answers: 1. "The Silence of the Lambs;" 2. Jupiter; 3. soup (stew); 4. parking meters; 5. blue; 6. Houston Astros; 7. "Richard III."

IQ Trivia
1. What is the northernmost world capital? (4 points)
2. Margaret Keane is known for her paintings of children with what strikingly large features? ( 4 points)
3. Wild marjoram is an herb more commonly known as what? ( 3 points)
4. The uppermost vertebra in the human body is called the what? ( 5 points)
5. What musical instrument's name comes from a French word meaning "high wood?" ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Reykjavik, Iceland; 2. eyes; 3. oregano; 4. atlas (C-1); 5. oboe.

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