We had a huge crowd in for Trivia Night, as 21 teams took in the festivities. (I found out afterwards that we did get a few folks who could not get into the "Lost" viewing in the above Loft, so they decided to join us. Thanks for stopping by.)
We tried out the new "Q-Tip Trivia" round, and from the feedback I got after the night, it was given the thumbs-up by a good number of Trivia players. (We do plan to make it a monthly category.) I did my best to explain the category from the start and I may have confused a few folks, but they got the gist of how to do it, and the scores were generally pretty strong. (My apologies to everyone for goofing on the final question, when I said that Kansas City was east of the Mississippi River. Yikes, even the Trivia Maven falls off the rails once in a while.)
The General Knowledge numbers were on the lower side, as it was a tough round, and only one team got as many as three correct in IQ Trivia. But that team, Your Mother is a Whore, Bob Eubanks, Whoopee. jumped from a second place tie to grab the win by five points with that round's best score. My congratulations to them on yet another well-played night and another victory.
1. Michael Jordan struck a deal last week to gain controlling interest in this NBA team, with the purchase price and details of Jordan's ownership still not yet known.
2. This museum says it will not acquire the beige suit worn by OJ Simpson at his acquittal for double murder charges in 1995, after a 13-year legal battle over the suit was resolved the day before.
3. President Obama appeared on this TV show last week to mark its milestone 1,000th episode.
4. Nicolas Chartier, producer of this Oscar-nomained film, was banned from the Oscar ceremony last Sunday after emailing voters to vote for his film over rival Avatar.
5. A team of 41 scientists in the magazine "Science"recently affirmed a widely-held belief that this type of event likely caused the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years.
6. 100 people were reported killed in clashes between Christians and Muslims in this African country this past weekend.
7. This American city became the first city in the US to distribute female condoms free in an effort to cut the city's high HIV rate.
Answers: 1. Charlotte Bobcats; 2. Smithsonian; 3. "America's Most Wanted;" 4. "The Hurt Locker;" 5. asteroid impact (I also accepted "meteorite"); 6. Nigeria; 7. Washington D.C.
1. Which of the following films won the Oscar for Best Picture? a. Saving Private Ryan; b. The Graduate; c. The French Connection; d. The Sting.
2. Which of these NBA teams has Shaquille O'Neal played for? a. LA Lakers; b. Orlando Magic; c. Cleveland Cavaliers; d. Miami Heat.
3. Which of the following albums were made by The Who? a. Beggars Banquet; b. Absolutely Live; c. In Through the Out Door; d. Venus and Mars.
4. Which of these presidents served in the 20th century? a. Benjamin Harrison; b. W.H. Taft; c. Calvin Coolidge; d. Millard Fillmore.
5. Which of the following novels were written by Herman Melville? a. Murders in the Rue Morgue; b. Billy Budd; c. The Green Mile; d. Moby Dick.
6. Which of these famous people were born in Brooklyn, NY? a. Joe Torre; b. John Travolta; c. Jerry Seinfeld; d. George Carlin.
7. Which of the following cities are east of the Mississippi River? a. Chicago; b. Kansas City; c. Wichita; d. Memphis.
Answers: 1. c, d; 2. all; 3. none; 4. b, c; 5. b, d; 6. a, c; 7. a, d.
1-10 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. This was the number of vice-presidents who served under Franklin D. Roosevelt.
2. This is the least number of players on a baseball field at any one time.
3. In the Bible, it was on this number day that God rested.
4. The Yankees retired this number in honor of two Hall of Fame catchers.
5. In Astrology, Taurus is this number sign of the zodiac.
6. This is the number of points in a pentagram.
7. The number of US presidents assassinated in history.
8. This number has been worn by MLB players Roger Maris, Ted Williams and Joe Torre.
9. According to the band Three Dog Night, this is "the loneliest number you'll ever do."
10. The number of feet below ground level a coffin is traditionally buried.
Answers: 1. three; 2. ten; 3. seven; 4. eight; 5. two; 6. five; 7. four; 8. nine; 9. one; 10. six.
1. How many days are there in a fortnight? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the world's best selling cookie? ( 1 pt)
3. What team won the most Super Bowls in the 2000s? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the highest valued hand in poker? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the first US president ever defeated for re-election? ( 2 pt)
6. What year was cigarette advertising banned from TV and radio? ( 2 pt)
7. What US state is known as "The Land of Steady Habits?" (3 pt)
Answers: 1. fourteen; 2. Oreo; 3. New England Patriots; 4. royal flush; 5. John Adams; 6. 1971; 7. Connecticut.
1. In 2004, what comedy film was selected as the all-time favorite English film, according to a British poll conducted by Amazon.com and the Internet Movie Data Base? ( 4 points)
2. What Russian-born author's first book, "Pebble in the Sky" was published in 1950? ( 4 points)
3. Elizabeth Hoisington became the first woman to hold what top position in 1970? ( 5 points)
4. What fictional couple lived at 328 Chauncey Street in Brooklyn? ( 4 points)
5. In the Peanuts comic strip, what is Linus and Lucy's last name? ( 3 points)
Answers: 1. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail;" 2. Isaac Asimov; 3. General in the US Army; 4. Ralph and Alice Kramden; 5. Van Pelt.