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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Trivia Q&A: December 21

We had 14 teams in for our Christmas edition of Trivia Night. The bar was definitely into the trivia and the crowd was larger than I expected it. But it was good to see so many of the regulars in just days before Christmas.

The numbers for Current Events was rather low, as I think I made it rather difficult. But they picked up for Christmas Trivia. The audio round saw the numbers slip back a bit, but the numbers were again strong for General Knowledge.

It was close going into IQ Trivia, but the team of Nachos and Cheese Fries ran the table for all 20 points, and jumped from fifth place to get into the winner's circle and won the night by five points. Congratulations to them on their first ever Trivia Night win.

We also had something happen that has never happened before. We had a three-way tie for second, and we broke the tie with this question: "Adding up the presidential numbers of John F. Kennedy and Benjamin Harrison, what number do you get?" The number was 58 (35+23), and the team of Not All Dreams Are Dead; Goodbye Don't Ask, Don't Tell hit it right on the nose to get the win and the second place prize. We also awarded third place prizes (Thom's Ale pitcher) to the teams of Jingle Balls and I Wish This Microphone Was a Candy Cane.

Best Team Name: Buttsweat and Tears

Current Events
1. Forbes.com recently said that this Eastern state will lose more than 49,000 residents than it will gain and is the top state in the US for net resident loss for 2010.
2. The Italian edition of Rolling Stone magazine selected what man, who has never made any music, as its "Rockstar of the Year" for 2010?
3. Time magazine selected what self-made billionaire as its "Person of the Year" for 2010?
4. What Emmy-award winning actor pleaded guilty to charges stemming from allegations he broke into a Connecticut bank while drunk with a loaded gun?
5. Rumors spread last Thursday that what Oscar-winning actor had died, but it turned out to be a Twitter hoax and his death was even reported on CNN?
6. What African country withdrew corruption charges against Halliburton, the world's second largest oilfield services corporation, in exchange for $250 million settlement?
7. The governor of Texas called in what British rock superstar to mediate a dispute at the Alamo between conservationists and historians due to his large collection of Alamo memorabilia?

Christmas Trivia
1. "A Christmas Carol" was written by what 19th century author?
2. In "A Charlie Brown Christmas" what Christmas song does Lucy ask Schroeder to play for her?
3. On the fourth day of Christmas, what does my true love give me, according to "The 12 Days of Christmas?"
4. What Tchaikovsky ballet is a favorite during the Christmas season?
5. Bedford Falls is the setting for what classic Christmas movie?
6. What horror film star was the narrator of the classic Christmas TV special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas?"
7. What group founded the "Toys For Tots" program in 1947 and still run it today?

In Q's iPod: Christmas Music ("The Q Train")
1. The Beach Boys--Little Saint Nick
2. Nat King Cole--O Come O Ye Faithful
3. Bing Crosby--White Christmas
4. Sammy Davis Jr.--The Christmas Song
5. John Lennon--Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
6. Gene Autry--Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
7. Vince Guaraldi--Christmas Time Is Here
8. James Taylor--Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
9. The Drifters--White Christmas
10. Dean Martin--Let It Snow

General Knowledge
1. John Fogerty was the lead singer of what 1960s rock band? ( 1 pt)
2. When the colonists dumped 350 chests of tea into Boston Harbor in 1773, what were they disguised as?
3. AL is the postal abbreviation for what US state? ( 1 pt)
4. What California city did the last Pony Express ride end in? ( 2 pt)
5. "The Great Smog of 1952" caused at least 4,000 premature deaths in what European city? ( 2 pt)
6. "Raspberry Beret" was a 1985 hit song for what pop singer? ( 2 pt)
7. What European country consumes the most wine per capita? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What famous event occurred at 2122 North Clark Street in Chicago? ( 4 points)
2. Who is the only US president to win the Pulitzer Prize? ( 3 points)
3. What film was Tom Hanks nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for a third consecutive time but wound up losing after two consecutive wins? ( 4 points)
4. Taum Sauk Mountain is the highest point in what US state? ( 5 points)
5. The title character of what 19th century classic novel doesn't show up until chapter 133? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. New York; 2. Julian Assange; 3. Mark Zuckerberg; 4. Rip Torn; 5. Morgan Freeman; 6. Nigeria; 7. Phil Collins.

Christmas Trivia
1. Charles Dickens; 2. "Jingle Bells;" 3. four calling birds; 4. "The Nutcracker:" 5. "It's a Wonderful Life;" 6. Boris Karloff; 7. US Marine Corps.

General Knowledge
1. Creedence Clearwater Revival; 2. American Indians; 3. Alabama; 4. Sacramento; 5. London; 6. Prince; 7. Italy.

IQ Trivia
1. St. Valentine's Day Massacre; 2. John F. Kennedy; 3. "Apollo 13;" 4. Missouri; 5. "Moby Dick."

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