Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Trivia Q&A: February 21

We had 21 teams in on Tuesday night, and yet another crowded bar enjoying the Trivia. I was joined on the night by my dear friend Renee, who went to grammar school with me about a hundred years ago. It made the night even more special.

The numbers were very good for the first two rounds, but I surprised they weren't as strong for The Q Train, which was "Oscar Winners' Film Trivia." I didn't think I made it that tough. Oh well.

We had two teams who ran the table and had a perfect score in IQ Trivia, and one of those teams, Cornelius T. Wintergreen, came from fourth place after the third round to pull out the win with 51 points. It was their first ever win.

Second place went to The Best Lin Was Freddy Lynn, with 48 points. Third place was a tie between Van Buren Boys and Chris Brown's Favorite Way Into Manhattan? The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with 46 points.

Best Team Name: Kim Kardashian Wants a Chink In Her Armor

Current Events
1. Harris Interactive recently released its list of the 60 "Most Visible US Companies." Who was number 1?
2. What elderly Oscar-winning actress revealed yesterday that she's suffering from a degenerative eye condition, but insists she's not going blind?
3. Over 380 inmates were killed when a fire broke out in a prison in what Central American country last week?
4. What southern US state's lawmakers are debating a controversial bill dubbed "Don't Say Gay", a law that would ban teachers from discussing homosexuality in classrooms before high school?
5. Christian Wulff resigned as president of what European country last Sunday following allegations of corruption earlier in his political career?
6. Singer Charles Anthony died last week in his Florida home at the age of 82. In what genre of music did Mr. Anthony leave his mark?
7. What cable TV show host canceled two days of his show last week to care for his ailing mother, but returned to TV yesterday?

Oscar Trivia
1. Of all the nominees for this year's Best Picture Oscar, which is the only one that grossed $100 million at the box office in North America? a. The Help; b. Moneyball; c. Midnight In Paris; d. Hugo.
2. True or False: In the late 1950s, the Academy had a rule that anyone who was a Communist could not win an Oscar.
3. An Academy Award weighs approximately how much? a. 2 lbs; b. 8 lbs; c. 12 lbs; d. 17 lbs.
4. Which one of the following actors has won both a Best Actor and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar? a. Al Pacino; b. John Wayne; c. Jack Nicholson; d. Paul Newman.
5. Name 3 of the 4 African-American actors to win a Best Actor Oscar.
6. Which one of the following actresses has won both the Best Actress and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar? a. Jessica Lange; b. Sally Field; c. Kate Winslet; d. Elizabeth Taylor.
7. What is the first and only movie to win Best Picture that was directed by a woman? (3 pt)

Oscar Winners' Films Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Tommy Lee Jones
2. Kim Basinger
3. Jon Voight
4. Gwyneth Paltrow
5. William Hurt
6. Holly Hunter
7. Adrien Brody
8. Natalie Portman
9. Christopher Walken
10. Emma Thompson

General Knowledge
1. What color is the card showing lawful permanent resident status in the United States? ( 1 pt)
2. In the famous fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin could spin straw into what? ( 1 pt)
3. What famous cartoon character uttered the phrase "I Taw a Putty Tat?" ( 1 pt)
4. What California city was the last Pony Express delivery made in? ( 2 pt)
5. What country was kicked out of the Organization of American States in 1962? ( 2 pt)
6. "The Rainbow Warrior" is a ship used by what group? ( 2 pt)
7. What was the former name of the city of Amman, Jordan, which is the current name of a major American city? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" was the first album, released in 1967, by what English classic rock band? ( 4 points)
2. Saul of Tarsus was better known to the world by what other name? ( 3 points)
3. If you were convicted of committing uxoricide, who did you kill? ( 5 points)
4. "Room 237" is a 2012 documentary that looks at the obsessive fans of what 1980s horror film? ( 4 points)
5. Clyde Tolson was the right-hand man and longtime assistant of what famous 20th century American? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Apple; 2. Dame Judi Dench; 3. Honduras; 4. Tennessee; 5. Germany; 6. opera; 7. Stephen Colbert.

Oscar Trivia
1. a; 2. true; 3. b; 4. c; 5. Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker; 6. a; 7. Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker" (2009)

Oscar Winners' Films Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The Fugitive; 2. L.A. Confidential; 3. Coming Home; 4. Monster; 5. Kiss of the Spider Woman; 6. The Piano; 7. The Pianist; 8. Black Swan; 9. The Deer Hunter; 10. Howard's End.

General Knowledge
1. green; 2. gold; 3. Tweety; 4. Sacramento; 5. Cuba; 6. Greenpeace; 7. Philadelphia.

IQ Trivia
1. Pink Floyd; 2. St. Paul (Apostle Paul); 3. your wife; 4. "The Shining;" 5. J. Edgar Hoover.

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