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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Trivia Q&A: August 10

We had 20 teams in for Trivia Night, which was a good crowd, and a few teams actually arrived after we began. Better late than never I always say.

We had some strong scores for the Q-Tip Trivia, with two teams getting 15 points out of the round. They were also very good for The Q Train and General Knowledge, and three teams that were going neck and neck for the lead.

But when the dust settled, the team of I Don't Feel Tardy wound up winning by three points (the name reflected that they showed just as we got rolling). They got four of five right in the final round. I did take some flack for the James Cagney question in IQ Trivia, as almost no one ever heard of "The Seven Little Foys," and I explained to a few folks that it was a musical Bob Hope did. I guess the years haven't been kind to it.

Current Events
1. Forbes Magazine picked this MLB team's fans as "America's Best Sports Fans" in the categories of sales, home attendance and popularity among the Big Four of America's sports.
2. Victor Willis, who was the lead singer of this 1970s musical group, claimed recently on his web site that he's a "dark horse candidate" to be a judge on American Idol next season.
3. The worst flooding in this Asian country's history has killed over 1100 people and displaced thousands more, while riots in the country's capital killed 85.
4. The head coach of this country's World Cup soccer team was put on trial, convicted and sentenced to hard labor after the team's poor showing in South Africa last June.
5. Forest fires have been raging around the world capital city over the last week, soaring pollution there as over 50 people have died and more than 2000 homes have been destroyed.
6. The city of Las Vegas is considering banning this activity on the Fremont St. Experience pedestrian mall, which the city feels causes public disruptions and obstructs traffic.
7. This actress and comedienne announced last week she was returning to daytime TV with a talk show on Oprah Winfrey's new TV network.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of the following countries have hosted the Summer Olympics? a. Canada; b. Russia; c. Netherlands; d. Belgium.
2. Which of these US presidents had more than one vice-president? a. FDR; b. Richard Nixon; c. Theodore Roosevelt; d. Abraham Lincoln.
3. Which of these NYC neighborhoods are located in Brooklyn? a. Woodhaven; b. Tottenville; c. Kingsbridge; d. Murray Hill.
4. Which of the following films were set in New York City? a. Dirty Harry; b. Field of Dreams; c. Working Girl; d. The Producers.
5. Which of the following musicians are drummers? a. Don Henley; b. Peter Criss; c. Karen Carpenter; d. Sheila E.
6. Which of the following recent films did not win the Oscar for Best Picture? a. Saving Private Ryan; b. Gladiator; c. Chicago; d. The Aviator.
7. In which of the following years was a Democrat elected to the White House? a. 1968; b. 1996; c. 1984; d. 1988.

Even Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Bill Clinton was this numbered president.
2. A 1947 Christmas film called "Miracle on This Numbered Street."
3. This is the number of miles in a standard marathon, rounded to the nearest mile.
4. MLB Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey and Reggie Jackson have all had this number retired for them.
5. This is the number of days in a fortnight.
6. This is the number parallel north that is the dividing line between North and South Korea.
7. The 26th amendment to the Constitution made this the standard minimum voting age.
8. This is the number of days in the shortest month of the Gregorian calendar.
9. Rain fell for this many days and nights during Noah's flood.
10. In Astrology, Cancer is this number sign of the Zodiac.

General Knowledge
1. What is the largest city by population in the state of Texas? ( 1 pt)
2. What actress won an Emmy Award for her satirical portrayal of Sarah Palin on SNL? ( 1 pt)
3. Florence Ballard was a singer in what female '60s Motown group? ( 1 pt)
4. In 1997, Andrew Cunanan murdered what fashion designer in Florida? ( 2 pt)
5. What modern country, by treaty, is the successor state to the defunct Ottoman Empire? ( 2 pt)
6. What man directed such films as "The Shining" and "Dr. Strangelove?" ( 2 pt)
7. What nation will be the site of the Winter Olympics in 2014 for the first time? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In 1866, which was the first of the Confederate states to re-enter the Union? ( 4 points)
2. James Cagney won an Oscar for the film "Yankee Doodle Dandy," portraying George M. Cohan. In what 1955 musical did Cagney portray Cohan a second time? ( 5 points)
3. In what state are most of the bats used in MLB games manufactured? ( 3 points)
4. Ras Hafun, the easternmost point of Africa, is found in which country? ( 4 points)
5. The web site for what 2010 film contained nothing but the image of an endlessly spinning top for the first 4 months of its on-line life? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Boston Red Sox; 2. Village People; 3. Pakistan; 4. North Korea; 5. Moscow; 6. hula hoops; 7. Rosie O'Donnell.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. all; 2. a,b,d; 3. none; 4. c,d; 5. all; 6. a,d; 7. b.

Even Numbered Trivia
1. 42; 2. 34; 3. 26; 4. 44; 5. 14; 6. 38; 7. 18; 8. 28; 9. 40; 10. 4.

General Knowledge
1. Houston; 2. Tina Fey; 3. The Supremes; 4. Gianni Versace; 5. Turkey; 6. Stanley Kubrick; 7. Russia.

IQ Trivia
1. Tennessee; 2. "The Seven Little Foys;" 3. Kentucky; 4. Somalia; 5. "Inception."

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