It looked like we would have the smallest crowd for Trivia Night in some time on Tuesday night, but fortunately we had some folks come in as we were playing, and had 11 teams take part in total. (My friend Jim had a theory before the night started that we might be suffering from some post-Valentine's Day blues, with many folks staying home. I think he was right.)
The bar was crowded when we completed the night and it got louder and more spirited as the longer it went on. We had a really close race to the finish, with four teams withing three points of each other heading into IQ Trivia. But the team of Happy Birthday Abe and Mike! managed to squeak out the win by just two points, getting a total of 41 points. Nice job getting back to the winner's circle, guys. And a happy birthday to trivia regular Mike as well!
Second place wound up a tie at 39 points between What's Berlusconi's Age Divided By 2 Plus 7 and Snow: Part II The Snow-Quel. So we broke the tie with this tie breaker question: What is the total number of the age of the oldest US president on his last day in office plus the age of the youngest US president on the day he took the oath of office? The answer was 119 (Ronald Reagan was 77 and Teddy Roosevelt was 42.) What Berlusconi's Age nailed it on the nose and got second place.
Best Team Name: What's Berlusconi's Age Divided By 2 Plus 7
1. What country's prime minister has been ordered to stand trial on prostitution charges and is facing 15 years in jail if convicted?
2. Evo Morales, president of what South American country, had to abandon an event in the south of his country after protesters threw dynamite at him in protest?
3. Jerry Sloan, the longest tenured coach of any of the 4 major North American sports, resigned last week. What NBA team did he coach for 23 years?
4. What Asian country last Friday directed its embassies to appeal to foreign governments for aid to feed a population close to starvation?
5. Chris Lee, a Republican congressman from what state was forced to resign after it was revealed he emailed a shirtless photo of himself to a woman and it ended up on the internet?
6. For the second straight year, what Republican congressman won the presidential straw poll of the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend with 30% of the vote?
7. What Oscar-winning actor got into a fight with his former manager at an Usher performance in an LA nightclub last Thursday?
1. Who was the last US president elected to two terms who failed to complete the second term?
2. What number president was John F. Kennedy?
3. Who was the only president who did not live in the White House?
4. Who was the shortest US president?
5. Who was the last president born in the 19th century?
6. What 20th century president studied nuclear physics at the Naval Academy at Annapolis?
7. What Elvis Presley tune did Bill Clinton play on the saxophone when he appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in 1992? ( 2 points)
Even Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. This was John F. Kennedy's age at the time of his assassination.
2. This is the number worn by sports Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Sandy Koufax, Magic Johnson and OJ Simpson.
3. The total number found in a score.
4. In a normal deck of cards, there are this number of red cards.
5. In the Bible, this is the number of days between Jesus' resurrection and ascension.
6. Visa bank cards have this many digits.
7. This is the total number of men who have walked on the moon.
8. Most half-hour sitcoms on US TV today are this many minutes with the commercials removed.
9. The second point won in a game of tennis is this number.
10. Mariano Rivera is the only player to wear this number in professional baseball, as it has been permanently retired.
1. What country had an "Islamic Revolution" in 1979? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the smallest ocean in the world? ( 1 pt)
3. American pilot Francis Gary Powers was once captured as a spy by what country? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the official summer sport of Canada? ( 2 pt)
5. What is Aurora Borealis more commonly known as? ( 2 pt)
6. Acrophobia is the fear of what? ( 2 pt)
7. In what venue were chariot races held in Ancient Rome? ( 3 pt)
1. Which of the following is heaviest: an NFL football, an MLB baseball, an NBA basketball or an NHL hockey puck? ( 3 points)
2. What R&B star was anointed "The Godson of Soul" by James Brown at the 2005 Grammy Awards after they did a duet together? ( 4 points)
3. The Saffir-Simpson Scale measures the intensity of what? ( 5 points)
4. What animal has the strongest bite of any known living creature? ( 4 points)
5. What southern US city is the largest city in area in the contiguous 48 states? ( 4 points)
1. Italy; 2. Bolivia; 3. Utah Jazz; 4. North Korea; 5. New York; 6. Ron Paul; 7. Jamie Foxx.
1. Richard Nixon; 2. thirty-five; 3. George Washington; 4. James Madison (5'4"); 5. Dwight D. Eisenhower; 6. Jimmy Carter; 7. "Heartbreak Hotel."
Even Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. 46; 2. 32; 3. 20; 4. 26; 5. 40; 6. 16; 7. 12; 8. 22; 9. 30; 10. 42.
1. Iran; 2. Arctic; 3. Soviet Union; 4. lacrosse; 5. Northern Lights; 6. heights; 7. Circus Maximus.
1. NBA basketball; 2. Usher; 3. hurricanes; 4. Great white shark; 5. Jacksonville, FL.