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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Trivia Q&A: May 4

We had another good crowd in for Trivia Night on Tuesday, as 16 teams took part. We got going on time, without having to worry about any playoff games.

The numbers were relatively good throughout the evening. The ones for May 4th Trivia were the weakest, but they were still rather good. It was tight through the first three rounds, but the team on top, You & Your Mother Are Whores, Gov. Jan Brewer, pulled away after Universities Trivia and wound up winning by seven points. They were one of two teams also to get 4 of the 5 IQ Trivia questions correct.

Excellent job by Gillian and her friends on another victory.

Current Events
1. This world leader started a Twitter account last week in an effort to battle those who oppose him, who he thinks "own" the social networking sites.
2. Rick Perry, governor of Texas, said he shot this kind of animal who he said was menacing his dog when he was out on any early morning jog recently.
3. Charlie Crist, this state's governor, announced he was leaving the Republican party and will run as an independent in seeking his state's Senate seat this fall.
4. Standard and Poor's cut the credit ratings of this European nation's banks to junk over the country's current funding crisis.
5. Entrepreneur Leslie Buck died last week at the age of 87, and was best known for creating the "Anthora." What is the Anthora?
6. Expo 2010, the largest world's fair in history, opened last Saturday in this Asian city.
7. This former Central American dictator was extradited from the US to France to stand trial on charges of money laundering last week.

Answers: 1. Hugo Chavez; 2. coyote; 3. Florida; 4. Greece; 5. coffee cup; 6. Shanghai; 7. Manuel Noriega.

May 4th Trivia
1. Ernest Hemingway received the Pulitzer Prize on this date in 1953 for this novella, which was the last fictional work he produced and published in his lifetime.
2. On this day in 1970, four students were killed when the National Guard opened fire on a protest at Kent State University. They were protesting the US invasion of what country?
3. In 2000, Ken Livingstone became the first mayor of what major city?
4. On this date in 1986, the famous Haymarket Square Riot occurs when a bomb is thrown at police breaking up a labor rally in what US city?
5. The Don't make a Wave Committee, an environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changed its title to this well-known name on this day in 1972.
6. Bonnie Lee Bakely, the wife of this actor and her 10th husband, was found murdered on this day in 2001.
7. This state, one of the original thirteen colonies, became the first to declare their independence from Great Britain on this day in 1776.

Answers: 1. "The Old Man and The Sea;" 2. Cambodia; 3. London; 4. Chicago; 5. Greenpeace; 6. Robert Blake; 7. Rhode Island.

American Universities Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Gonzaga
2. Brigham Young
3. Duke
4. Rice
5. Tuskegee
6. Carnegie Mellon
7. Tulane
8. Marshall
9. Purdue
10. The Citadel

Answers: 1. Washington; 2. Utah; 3. North Carolina; 4. Texas; 5. Alabama; 6. Pennsylvania; 7. Louisiana; 8. West Virginia; 9. Indiana; 10. South Carolina.

General Knowledge
1. What US city was devastated by an 8.3 on the Richter scale earthquake in 1906? ( 1 pt)
2. What actress played the title role in Woody Allen's 1977 film, "Annie Hall?" ( 1 pt)
3. "True Blue" was the third album released by what pop superstar? ( 1 pt)
4. How many furlongs are there in a mile? ( 2 pt)
5. What actor portrayed "Quincy M.E." on TV in the 1970s? ( 2 pt)
6. In 1867, the US Senate ratified a treaty to purchase the territory of Alaska from what country? ( 2 pt)
7. The United States has six of them; Russia recently dropped two of its own and now only has nine. What are they? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. San Francisco; 2. Diane Keaton; 3. Madonna; 4. eight; 5. Jack Klugman; 6. Russia; 7. time zones.

IQ Trivia
1. What legendary rock lyricist wrote the words to Starship's much-maligned 1985 hit song, "We Built This City?" ( 4 points)
2. What 20th century's leaders speeches were collected in a 2007 book called "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat?" ( 4 points)
3. For what 1967 film did Steve McQueen receive his only Academy Award nomination? ( 5 points)
4. In 1957 at Runnymede, Surrey, England, the American Bar Association erected a monument to commemorate what? ( 4 points)
5. What TV sitcom won three straight Lead Actress Emmy Awards in the 1980s, for three different actresses? ( 3 points)

Answers: 1. Bernie Taupin; 2. Winston Churchill; 3. "The Sand Pebbles;" 4. Signing of the Magna Carta; 5. "The Golden Girls."

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