Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Trivia Q&A: August 18

It was a mighty interesting night at Thom's for Trivia last night. We had 20 teams and a rather spirited crowd. We had some strong scores early, and they were really good for Woodstock Trivia. But then we tried out something new called "Play The Match Game" which was substituting for the Q Train lightning round.

It was a disaster. We have been successful in the recent past introducing new things to Trivia Night, but this didn't work out well at all.

We had two people from Thom's answer a sentence like from the old game show, with the teams also giving their best guess. But no one matched either player, so we were forced to scrap the round. I will take the blame here, as we rushed into trying this out. We got off to a good start, playing the old "Match Game" theme, but it went downhill from there. We will try to work on bringing back at some future. My apologies to all the Trivia Night players, and The Q Train will be back next week.

We had a close match going into IQ Trivia, but the team of Holding Down The Fort managed to get all five questions correct, and won easily and by six points. They came from being tied for fifth going into the last round. Nice job guys, and congratulations on the win.

Current Events
1. A mine fire and explosion in this European country last Thursday killed 20 people in that nation's worst ever mining disaster.
2. Rafael Correa was sworn in for a second term as the president of this South American country last week.
3. Rugby and this sport were added to the Olympic Games of 2016, and it will mark the first time it will be in the Olympics in 112 years.
4. This British pop star was arrested in England on Saturday after being in a car accident, but was released later without being charged.
5. This Hollywood star is suing an Italian photographer who he claims jumped over a fence at his villa and took pictures of his houseguest in a bedroom.
6. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who attempted to kill this politciian in 1975 and spent 34 years in federal prison, was released from custody last Friday.
7. Usain Bolt of Jamaica set a new world record in this track and field event at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin this past weekend.

Answers: 1. Slovakia; 2. Ecuador; 3. golf; 4. George Michael; 5. George Clooney; 6. Gerald Ford; 7. 100 Meters.

Woodstock Trivia
1. What folk singer was the opening act of the Woodstock festival?
2. What guitar legend was the final act at Woodstock?
3. What political activist did Pete Townshend knock off the stage with his guitar when he interrupted The Who's performance?
4. What method of transportation were performers who were delayed getting to the venue by traffic jams brought in by?
5. Name 1 0f the 3 female artists who had solo performances at Woodstock.
6. Between Led Zeppelin, CCR and The Grateful Dead, which one did NOT perform at Woodstock?
7. Which classic rock band played the logest set at Woodstock in terms of number of songs: 25?

Answers: 1. Richie Havens; 2. Jimi Hendrix; 3. Abbie Hoffman; 4. helicopter; 5. Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, and Melanie; 6. Led Zeppelin; 7. The Who.

General Knowledge
1. What are the two primary substances that make up the metal alloy brass?
2. What US president was nicknamed "Old Hickory?"
3. The Brandenburg Gate is located in what European city?
4. What actor joked in 2008 that his desire for quality roles was surpassed by his yen to make "Booty Call II?"
5. In what country is the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp found?
6. What singer wrote the 1998 best-selling book "A Pirate Looks at 50?"
7. The Beach Boys and Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch both had number one hits with what song of the same title?

Answers: 1. copper and zinc; 2. Andrew Jackson; 3. Berlin; 4. Jamie Foxx; 5. Poland; 6. Jimmy Buffett; 7. "Good Vibrations."

IQ Trivia
1. The logo of the Shell Oil Company is a stylized version of what type of shell? ( 3 points)
2. What president signed into the law the bill to create the Medal of Honor? ( 4 points)
3. In the 1994 film "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," what is Priscilla? ( 5 points)
4. What three colors are used to build all the colors on a color computer monitor screen? ( 4 points)
5. The Dry Tortugas are a group of islands located off the coast of what US state? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. scallop; 2. Abraham Lincoln; 3. bus; 4. red, green and blue; 5. Florida.


SoSock said...

You gotta admire someone who can own up when it doesn't work and just say so :)
Sometimes a certain baseball team needs to do the same.
At least you guys got to watch a win while playing last night. AND there was a Papi sighting. Seriously - the real Papi was there. A very good night for him. Let's just hope this isn't a brief encore followed by another disappearing act.
BTW - loved the Woodstock questions. Knew 6 of 7 without even thinking. Guess I'm showing my age. (Can't believe I forgot that Havens opened the show)
Next up - Abbey Road? :)(anniversary also)

The Omnipotent Q said...

Thanks for the kind words, SoSock. Nice to see a Sox win last night, even if it was ugly as hell.

And thanks for the idea...

Matt said...

I still can't believe they wouldn't let you read out their answers. I'm sure there were some 'rejected' answers among the teams that would've matched up.