We had 16 teams in on another rainy night in New York City, and I was pleasantly surprised to see my old friend Mariangela, who was a longtime Trivia Night regular who moved down to our nation's capital a few years back. We also had an early-arriving crowd, and many new faces in as well.
The numbers were generally fairly strong throughout the night, especially in Current Events and Odd Numbered Trivia. It was close scorewise going into IQ Trivia, with the top five teams only six points apart. But one of the teams tied for 5th place, Wild Card Hunt, ran the table in the final round and won by just two points, with 49 in total. It was the first win ever.
Second place went to I, Too, Slept With Herman Cain with 47 points, and third place went to Herman Cain's Third Leg (which won for Best Team Name) with 44 points.
1. Rolling Stone magazine recently selected what trailblazing rock legend as its "Greatest Guitarist of All-Time" in a recent survey?
2. Republican presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann received an apology last Thursday after she appeared on what TV talk show and the band played "Lyin' Ass Bitch" by Fishbone?
3. What 1980s pop star canceled the remaining shows of his 2011 European tour due to a bout with pneumonia?
4. Three American students were released from custody by authorities in what country this past weekend after they were suspected of throwing firebombs during protests there?
5. Former Florida head coach Urban Meyer was named the head coach of what college football team yesterday?
6. What hip-hop star's charity is currently under investigation for the way it handled money it has collected for Haiti's earthquake relief?
7. What classic '70s/'80s rock star is telling his fans on his website not to buy a new box set of his that was just released because he believes it is way overpriced?
Name The Decade Trivia
1. Nirvana releases the much-acclaimed album "Nevermind" and achieve mainstream success.
2. The American Football League begins play and challenges the NFL, resulting in a merger 10 years later.
3. Nearly one million Armenians die at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in what is called "The Armenian Genocide."
4. Henry Fonda wins his first Academy Award for "On Golden Pond", shortly before his death.
5. Stephen King's first novel, "Carrie", is published.
6. Ted Williams begins his Hall of Fame career with the Boston Red Sox.
7. Lady Gaga releases he first album, "The Fame."
Odd Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The debut album from pop singer Adele is entitled what number?
2. The lunar month is approximately how many days?
3. The NY Yankees retired what number in honor of the late catcher Thurman Munson?
4. How many "swans-a-swimming" in the song "The 12 Days Of Christmas?"
5. Alaska is what number US state?
6. Jimmy Carter was what number US president?
7. Saturday Night Live's John Belushi and Chris farley both died at this same age.
8. Aquarius is this number sign of the Zodiac.
9. The Chicago Bulls retired this number in honor of Michael Jordan.
10. The third baseman in baseball is represented by this number.
1. What actor co-starred with Nick Nolte in the 1982 movie "48 HRS?" ( 1 pt)
2. How many pins must be knocked down in a perfect game of 300 in bowling? ( 1 pt)
3. The majority of London buses are what color? ( 1 pt)
4. How many pawns are there on a chessboard at the start of a game of chess? ( 2 pt)
5. What world capital city is known as "the Eternal City?" ( 2 pt)
6. On how many consecutive years did Lance Armstrong win the Tour de France? ( 2 pt)
7. What card game has a name that comes from the Spanish for "basket?" ( 3 pt)
1. Where was the last military position evacuated by the British at the end of the Revolutionary war in 1783? ( 4 points)
2. Garrett's Farm was the site where which infamous American figure was shot dead? ( 3 points)
3. In 1921, who became the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for literature? ( 5 points)
4. The Siege of Sevastopol was a major battle that occurred in what mid-19th century war? ( 4 points)
5. Bernard Barker, James McCord and Frank Sturgis were three of the men involved in what famous early 1970s event? ( 4 points)
1. Jimi Hendrix; 2. "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon;" 3. George Michael; 4. Egypt; 5. Ohio State; 6. Wyclef Jean; 7. Elvis Costello.
Name The Decade
1. 1990s (1991); 2. 1960s (1960); 3. 1910s (1915); 4. 1980s (1982); 5. 1970s (1974); 6. 1930s (1939); 7. 2000s (2008).
Odd Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. 19; 2. 29; 3. 15; 4. 7; 5. 49; 6. 39; 7. 33; 8. 11; 9. 23; 10. 5.
1. Eddie Murphy; 2. 120; 3. red; 4. 16; 5. Rome; 6. 7; 7. canasta.
1. New York City; 2. John Wilkes Booth; 3. Edith Wharton; 4. Crimean War; 5. Watergate break-in.