Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Trivia Q&A: December 14

On a really cold night in New York, we still had 11 teams and a good crowd turn out at Professor Thom's for Trivia Night. I appreciate one and all who come in such weather just to answer my Q&A and win prizes.

It was close all night, and we had a rare event occur in General Knowledge. The top two teams got the same score (10) while everyone else (9 teams) got the same score (8). And it was generally all the same questions they got right and wrong. Very odd.

Speaking of odd, the scores on "Odd Numbered Trivia" were quite strong, and it was an amazingly close race going into the last round. The top eight teams were separated by only five points. But the team that led throughout the evening, Health Care Is Drowning In The Hudson, came out on top, getting three of the five IQ questions right and winning by three points.

The second place team probably had the longest Trivia Night name we have ever had: "Ladies, Look at Your Man, Now Look Back at Me, Now Back at Your Man, Now Back at Me. Sadly, He Isn't Me, But If You Buy Him Turtlenecks For Christmas, He Can Look Like Me." (I said that just once on the night. You also have to have a good sense of humor to host a Trivia Night.)

Third place went to "Dr. Funke's 100% Natural Good Time Family Band Solution", who were just a point out of second. (It was also "The Night of the Long Names.")

Best Team Name: This Bridge Sure Makes My Koch Itch!

Current Events
1. What airline was recently ordered to pay Air France 1 million euros for the 2000 crash of flight 4590, the only fatal crash in the Concorde's history?
2. What controversial director's new film "The Ghost Writer," recently won six prizes at the European Film Awards?
3. What NYC bridge was renamed in honor of former mayor Ed Koch last week?
4. What rock star was posthumously pardoned for an indecent exposure conviction by outgoing Florida governor Charlie Crist?
5. "Hey Soul Sister" a hit song by what rock band, was the number one most downloaded song on iTunes for 2010?
6. What legendary female tennis player was hospitalized in Kenya last week after her lungs filled with fluid as she was attempting to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and had to stop?
7. The largest crowd in hockey history, over 113,000 fans, saw a college outdoor game between two schools from what US state last Saturday?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of the following films were directed by Martin Scorsese? a. The Night of the Hunter; b. Gangs of New York; c. The Last Temptation of Christ; d. The Age of Innocence.
2. Which of the following states currently have two Democratic senators? a. New York; b. Florida; c. California; d. Massachusetts.
3. Which of these 20th century US presidents never served in the military? a. Richard Nixon; b. Bill Clinton; c. Franklin D. Roosevelt; d. Ronald Reagan.
4. Which of these entertainers have never won an Oscar? a. Glenn Close; b. Ed Harris; c. John Travolta; d. Johnny Depp.
5. Which of these colleges and universities are found in New York state? a. Rider University; b. Drew University; c. Williams College; d. Quinnipiac University.
6. Which of these MLB teams did not win a World Series in the decade of the 2000s? a. Houston Astros; b. St. Louis Cardinals; c. Chicago White Sox; d. Philadelphia Phillies.
7. Which of these countries are larger in area than the United States? a. Australia; b. China; c. Brazil; d. Canada.

Odd Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. This is the minimum age for a person to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives.
2. This is the temperature in degrees Celsius that is the normal temp for the human body.
3. Prohibition was ended in the US with this numbered amendment to the Constitution.
4. In the US, this is the age that one can watch, rent or buy an "R" rated movie without parental consent.
5. Seven months of the year contain this total number of days.
6. A soccer match contains this number of minutes in each half.
7. The Hebrew alphabet contains this many total letters.
8. The first manned spacecraft on the Moon was this numbered Apollo flight.
9. George H.W. Bush was this number US president.
10. This is the age in Jewish law when a boy becomes a man and has a Bar Mitzvah.

General Knowledge
1. Flags of both Japan and Bangladesh feature disks of what color? ( 1 pt)
2. According to a proverb, what is the mother of invention? ( 1 pt)
3. How many US states comprise the section known as New England? ( 1 pt)
4. John Pemberton invented what soft drink in 1886? ( 2 pt)
5. What legendary movie star was on the cover of the first issue of Playboy magazine in 1953? ( 2 pt)
6. Greenpeace's headquarters are located in what European city? ( 2 pt)
7. Herschel Krustofski is the "real name" of what TV fictional character? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Radio City Rockettes were originally formed in 1925 in what midwestern US city? ( 4 points)
2. What Rock and Roll Hall of Famers originally had a hit song in 1957 as a duo called Tom and Jerry? ( 4 points)
3. What Oscar-winning actress was the voice of Puggsley Addams in the 1970s cartoon version of "The Addams Family?" ( 5 points)
4. In 1945, Eleanor Abbott invented what popular board game for children as a diversion for them while they were recovering from polio? ( 4 points)
5. What girl's name was the most popular female baby name in the US for 67 consecutive years until "Linda" finally surpassed it in 1947? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Continental; 2. Roman Polanski; 3. Queensborough; 4. Jim Morrison; 5. Train; 6. Martina Navratilova; 7. Michigan.

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

Odd Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. 25; 2. 37; 3. 21; 4. 17; 5. 31; 6. 45; 7. 27; 8. 11; 9. 41; 10. 13.

General Knowledge
1. red; 2. necessity; 3. six; 4. Coca-Cola; 5. Marilyn Monroe; 6. Amsterdam; 7. Krusty the Clown.

IQ Trivia
1. St. Louis; 2. Simon and Garfunkel; 3. Jodie Foster; 4. Candy Land; 5. Mary.

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