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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Trivia Q&A: December 22

I wasn't sure what kind of crowd we'd get in for out last Trivia Night before Christmas. About 40 minutes before our scheduled start, Professor Thom's was relatively quiet, but fortunately we had a late arriving crowd, and 16 teams took part, with a good group turning out.

We had a three-way tie for the first three rounds for the lead, and it looked like it might go that way until the end. The scores were pretty good for Christmas Trivia, and five of the 16 teams got at least one wrong in "All or Nothing Trivia."

We had two teams run the table in the IQ Trivia round, and one of them was one of the tied for first place teams, so the team of Santa and His Old Lady was the winner, and by three points. Congratulations to Rob and Tom on their win, Rob's first time in the winner's circle in quite some time.

We will be back again next Tuesday night, December 29th, for our final Trivia Night of the year and the decade, at the usual start time of 9 PM.

Current Events
1. This American female pop singer ripped Prince William's love of hunting in a magazine interview recently, calling him "like a redneck from the south."
2. The White House plans to move 100 terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to a prison in this state, which GOP House members from that state warned it would become "ground zero for Jihadist terrorist plots."
3. This 33-year-old sports superstar was named last week by the Associated Press as their "Athlete of the Decade."
4. Boeing's newest jet airliner, the Dreamliner, made it maiden flight last week. By what number is the airliner going by?
5. This company announced it will not advertise in this upcoming Super Bowl, ending a 23-year run so the company can focus on a new marketing effort that will appear mostly online.
6. A court in this country found that Google infringed on the copyright of a publisher there, and they were ordered to pay him $500,000 and nearly $15,000 a day until the publisher's book extracts were removed.
7. Chris Henry, a wide receiver on this NFL team, fell out of the back of a pickup truck last week and died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Answers: 1. Pink; 2. Illinois; 3. Tiger Woods; 4. 787; 5. Pepsi; 6. France; 7. Cincinnati Bengals.

Christmas Trivia
1. What Christmas song, released in 1958, is still the only one to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart?
2. In "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, what was the name of Scrooge's deceased business partner?
3. How many gifts would you receive in total if you received all of the gifts in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas?"
4. How much did Lucy charge for a psychiatric session with Charlie Brown in the classic TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas?"
5. What immortal actor was the narrator of the classic Christmas special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas?"
6. What Christmas film is set in the town of Bedford Falls?
7. If you were born on Christmas Day, what is your zodiac sign?

Answers: 1. "The Chipmunk Song;" 2. Jacob Marley; 3. 364; 4. five cents; 5. Boris Karloff; 6. "It's a Wonderful Life;" 7. Capricorn.

All or Nothing Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. On July 14th, the French celebrate what holiday?
2. Mary Todd was the wife of what US president?
3. What two colors are Canada's flag?
4. Captain William Bligh was commander of what famous 18th century British ship?
5. Who was British Prime Minister during WWII?
6. The Heisman Trophy is awarded in what sport?
7. How many are there in a baker's dozen?
8. Which '60s rock group had an album called "Revolver?"
9. What is the world's largest ocean in area?
10. A female donkey is called a jenny. What is a male called?

Answers: 1. Bastille Day; 2. Abraham Lincoln; 3. red and white; 4. HMS Bounty; 5. Winston Churchill; 6. college football; 7. thirteen; 8. The Beatles; 9. Pacific; 10. jack.

General Knowledge
1. The 21st amendment to the US Constitution in 1933 brought what to an end? ( 1 pt)
2. What rock band did Ozzy Osbourne rise to prominence with in the early 1970s? ( 1 pt)
3. Under what pen name was Samuel Clemens better known? ( 1 pt)
4. What film did Woody Allen win the Oscar for Best Director? ( 2 pt)
5. On December 11, 1941, which two countries declared war on the United States? (2 pt)
6. In 1911, a team led by what explorer became the first humans to reach the South Pole? ( 2 pt)
7. Which influential newspaper was founded by Stilson Hutchins in 1877? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. Prohibition; 2. Black Sabbath; 3. Mark Twain; 4. "Annie Hall;" 5. Germany and Italy; 6. Roald Amundsen; 7. The Washington Post.

IQ Trivia
1. What nation owns the only sea entrance from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea? ( 3 points)
2. Jenny Shipley became the first female prime minister in 1997 of what country? ( 5 points)
3. In 1979, the World Health Organization declared the complete eradication of what disease had been successful? ( 4 points)
4. Opened in London's West End in 1952 and still going, what is the world's longest running play? ( 4 points)
5. Phobos and Deimos are the moons of what planet? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Turkey; 2. New Zealand; 3. smallpox; 4. "The Mousetrap;" 5. Mars.

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