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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

PT's Trivia Q&A: August 9

Another terrific crowd in for Trivia Night at Thom's, with 24 teams taking part. No, the threat of rain keeps none of my Trivia regulars away.

We had something that I had never seen before happen. The team that was leading going into IQ Trivia, with 29 points wound up getting a goose egg in that round, and fell back out of the money. (I won't identify the team as I don't want to embarrass anyone.)

That opened the door for the team tied in second, Gavin Degraw and The Broken Jaw to capture the night by one point, as they got 4 of the 5 IQ Trivia questions correct, and wound up with 44 points. Congratulations to them on their win.

The second place team was Clatu Barado Nikto with 43 points, and Downgrade to AA? Looks Like It's Time For The Implants with 41.

Best Team Name: My Brother Keeps His Money In a Mattress and It's Outperforming My 401K

Current Events
1. David Wu, a Democratic Congressman from US state, resigned last week amid accusations of an unwanted sexual encounter with a campaign donor's daughter?
2. Juno, the first solar-powered spacecraft on a mission to what planet, was launched from Cape Canaveral last Friday?
3. What '90s sitcom star and comedienne announced her candidacy for president last week, calling herself the candidate of the "Green Tea Party?"
4. What automaker will recall nearly 2.5 million of its cars, SUVs and minivans worldwide to repair a software problem that could damage the transmission?
5. What failed 2008 presidential candidate must repay over $2.2 million to the US Treasury after improperly getting federal matching funds?
6. ABC said on Sunday that they are ending what popular show after this coming season, the show's eighth, in 2012?
7. 45,000 unionized workers walked out on strike from what telecommunications giant this past Sunday?

August 9th Trivia
1. On this day in 1936, what American became the first ever to win 4 gold medals at one Olympic Games?
2. In 1988, the NHL's greatest player, Wayne Gretzky, was traded by the Edmonton Oilers to what US-based team?
3. Robert Shaw, an English actor known for his performances in films such as "The Sting," "Jaws" and "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3" was born on this date in 1927. In what 1963 film was he an assassin hired to kill James Bond?
4. On this date in 1825, Bolivia declared its independence from what neighboring South American nation?
5. In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first US woman to accomplish what feat?
6. On this day in 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy to replace California governor Wade Davis on what network TV show?
7. Actress Melanie Griffith was born on this date in 1957. For what film did she receive her only Oscar nomination for Best Actress, which she did not win?

2000s Album Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. St. Elsewhere
2. Confessions
3. The Rising
4. Come Away With Me
5. How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
6. Kid A & Amnesiac
7. American Idiot
8. Genius Loves Company
9. Midnite Vultures
10. The College Dropout

General Knowledge
1. Kevin Costner won the Best Director Oscar for what film? ( 1 pt)
2. "Daydream Believer" was a number one hit song for what film? ( 1 pt)
3. Which Italian island was Napoleon Bonaparte's first place of exile? ( 1 pt)
4. What chess piece moves in the shape of an "L"? ( 2 pt)
5. How many "Police Academy" films in total were made from 1984-94? ( 2 pt)
6. What author won a Pulitzer Prize posthumously for the play "Long Day's Journey Into Night?" ( 2 pt)
7. Lady Jane Grey was Queen of England for only nine days in which century? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 19th century US president is the only one who once served as Speaker of the House of Representatives? ( 5 points)
2. Early 20th century journalist and essayist H.L. Mencken was nicknamed "The Sage" of what eastern US city? ( 4 points)
3. "All the world's a stage" is a famous phrase from what William Shakespeare play? ( 4 points)
4. Abyssinia is the former name of which African country? ( 4 points)
5. The guilder is the currency of what European country before they replaced it with the Euro? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Oregon; 2. Jupiter; 3. Roseanne Barr; 4. Honda; 5. John Edwards; 6. "Desperate Housewives;" 7. Verizon.

August 9th Trivia
1. Jesse Owens; 2. Los Angeles Kings; 3. "From Russia With Love;" 4. Peru; 5. Swim the English Channel; 6. "The Tonight Show;" 7. "Working Girl."

2000s Album Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Gnarls Barkley; 2. Usher; 3. Bruce Springsteen; 4. Norah Jones; 5. U2; 6. Radiohead; 7. Green Day; 8. Ray Charles; 9. Beck; 10. Kanye West.

General Knowledge
1. "Dances With Wolves;" 2. The Monkees; 3. Elba; 4. knight; 5. seven; 6. Eugene O'Neill; 7. 16th Century (1553).

IQ Trivia
1. James K. Polk; 2. Baltimore; 3. "As You Like It;" 4. Ethiopia; 5. Netherlands.

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