Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Trivia Q&A: March 29

We had a lighter crowd than last week, with 13 teams taking part in Trivia Night. But we had a very vocal crowd as well.

We had some strong scores for Elizabeth Taylor Trivia, as I guess many folks went straight to Wikipedia right after I announced the Special Category on Monday! The scores were generally good throughout the night.

Going into IQ Trivia we had a tie for first place, but it was the third place team, E=MC Hammer, who pulled out the win, as they were the only team to get 4 of the 5 questions correct and wound up winning by three points with 44 total. Congratulations to them on their very first Trivia Night victory.

We had a tie for second, so we broke the tie when I asked both teams to add up the ages Liz Taylor was when she won both of her Oscars. She was 28 when she won for "Butterfield 8" and 34 when she took the prize for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" The team of Cereal Whores guessed 62 on the nose. The team of These Have Always Brought Me Luck (And I'm Not Talking About White Diamonds) took third place.

Best Team Name: The Old Fogeys (It was a rough night for team names.)

Current Events
1. What legendary guitarist of a classic English rock band recently told Uncut magazine he regretted forming his group because it wrecked his health, giving him hearing, knee and wrist problems?
2. What company announced last week it was buying T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion?
3. Jose Socrates, prime minister of what country, resigned last Wednesday after his country's parliament rejected his government's deficit-cutting plan?
4. An air traffic controller was suspended after he had fallen asleep while on duty last week and two planes had to land without supervision at what US city's airport?
5. What national historic site was enlarged last Friday when the Department of the Interior acquired a 95-acre golf course where a major battle was once fought there?
6. Thirteen record companies that are suing a file-sharing online company are demanding as much as $75 trillion in their lawsuit. What company are they suing?
7. Earlier today, the US Supreme Court began hearing arguments in the largest sex discrimination suit ever, brought by over 500,000 women against what company?

Elizabeth Taylor Trivia
1. Name one of the two films Liz Taylor won an Academy Award for. (2 points awarded for naming both.)
2. What religion did Liz Taylor convert to in 1959?
3. Who was Elizabeth Taylor's first husband?
4. What entertainer's two children was Elizabeth Taylor the godmother of?
5. What TV character did Liz Taylor lend her voice to, and only one word at that?
6. Who is the only woman to appear on the cover of People magazine more times than Liz Taylor?
7. For what film did Elizabeth Taylor become the first actress to make $1 million for a movie?

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. It took 25 years for the stock market to reach its pre-October 1929 peak once again after the infamous crash.
2. The "Mona Lisa" painting has no eyebrows or eyelashes.
3. Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife, was beheaded on charges of witchcraft.
4. There are more germs on a toilet seat than on a car steering wheel.
5. Al Pacino's real first name is Alfredo.
6. The actor George Burns lived to be 100.
7. Leon Trotsky, one of the founders of Russian communism, once acted in a Hollywood movie.
8. The capital of Michigan is Ann Arbor.
9. The kilt, closely associated with Scotland, was actually invented by an Englishman.
10. A human has more DNA material than a green pea does.

General Knowledge
1. "The Land of 10,000 Lakes" is what state's nickname? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the largest city in population in Northern Ireland? ( 1 pt)
3. What legendary comedian nearly lost his life while freebasing cocaine in 1980? ( 1 pt)
4. Before the current NFL lockout, which was the last of the four North American sports to have a lockout? ( 2 pt)
5. Besides "The King's Speech," what 1998 Oscar-winning film starred both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush? ( 2 pt)
6. "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" was written by what American playwright? ( 2 pt)
7. 2,300 miles of The Tropic of Capricorn runs through what country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Which distant planet experiences 42 earth years of constant summer followed by 42 earth years of dark winter? ( 3 points)
2. Which current European capital was once called Lutetia by the Romans? ( 4 points)
3. A person who is an enophile enjoys what? ( 4 points)
4. What director was nominated for a record 12 Academy Awards, and won three times? ( 5 points)
5. In 1965, what legendary English rock band changed their name from The High Numbers to the name they achieved worldwide fame with? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Pete Townshend; 2. AT&T; 3. Portugal; 4. Washington, DC; 5. Gettysburg; 6. LimeWire; 7. WalMart.

Elizabeth Taylor Trivia
1. "Butterfield 8" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf;" 2. Judaism; 3. Conrad Hilton; 4. Michael Jackson; 5. Maggie Simpson; 6. Princess Diana; 7. "Cleopatra."

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, adultery; 4. false; 5. true; 6. true; 7. true; 8. false, Lansing; 9. true; 10. false (pea has five times more).

General Knowledge
1. Minnesota; 2. Belfast; 3. Richard Pryor; 4. hockey (2004); 5. "Shakespeare In Love;" 6. Tennessee Williams; 7. Australia.

IQ Trivia
1. Uranus; 2. Paris; 3. wine; 4. William Wyler; 5. The Who.

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