Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Trivia Q&A: April 17

We had 22 teams in on a busy night that saw the Red Sox get their heads handed to them by Texas. Seems like every time I looked up the Rangers were putting up a crooked number.

Anyway, we had a noisy crowd in, and some strong numbers in most categories throughout the evening. Most folks knew who their dead and living celebrities were.

I did make General Knowledge and the IQ Trivia rounds harder than last week, but the numbers were still good. The top two teams, Squam Rock Land Trust and A Special Message to a Special Waitress: Happy Early Birthday Amanda! both were tied going into IQ Trivia and were the only teams to get all five right in the final round, so we had a tie-breaker question: How many shows has Elton John performed at MSG in his career? ( It was based on IQ question #3.) A Special Message was closest to the correct answer (62), and won the night with 52 points. Congrats to Gillian, Joe and the whole crew.

Third place went to www.wikipedia.org/April_17 with 42 points.

Best Team Name: Barbie Can't Get Pregnant Because Ken Comes In Another Box

Current Events
1. What country denied reports last week that it will begin a project this August to shut down internet access throughout the nation?
2. Nine miners were rescued after being trapped for six days from a copper mine in what South American country?
3. What singer's newest album recently debuted at number one, but in its second week, sales dropped 87%, the highest drop by a number one album since 1991?
4. President Obama referred to what musician as a "jackass" in a recent interview with The Atlantic magazine, and he called him the same name in another interview three years earlier?
5. Bobby Petrino, head coach of what college football team, was fired last week after a motorcycle accident revealed the married coach had a mistress half his age?
6. What classic rocker had five guitars stolen from a California soundstage where he and his band were rehearsing for an upcoming tour?
7. What rock star says he will not be in attendance when he and his group are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, due to the "awkward situation" it would cause?

April 17th Trivia
1. On this day in 1970, what spacecraft, which was scheduled to land on the moon, arrived back on Earth safely after an oxygen tank exploded four days earlier?
2. In 1986, the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years War officially ended with a peace treaty was signed between the Isles of Scilly and what European country?
3. On this date in 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted in the assassination of what American?
4. Which important southern state became the 8th state to join the Confederacy on this date in 1861?
5. Comedian Dick Shawn died on this date in 1987. In what 1968 film did he famously play Adolf Hitler?
6. In 1946, Syria gained its independence from the occupation of what European country?
7. William Holden was born on this date in 1918. In 1954, which war film did he win the Academy Award for Best Actor for?

Dead or Alive Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Bea Arthur
2. George McGovern
3. Geraldine Ferraro
4. Kirk Douglas
5. Zsa Zsa Gabor
6. Jerry Lewis
7. Andy Rooney
8. Dr. Jack Kevorkian
9. Maya Angelou
10. Abe Vigoda

General Knowledge
1. The cue ball in billiards is what color? ( 1 pt)
2. Chris Martin is the lead singer for what rock band? ( 1 pt)
3. What actress gained fame from appearing in such films as "Dial M For Murder", "Rear Window" and "High Noon?" ( 1 pt)
4. What silent film legend was called "The Man With a Thousand Faces?" ( 2 pt)
5. In the game of Scrabble, how many points is the letter "Z" worth? ( 2 pt)
6. Which golfer holds the record for winning the most Masters championships, with six? ( 2 pt)
7. Yeti Airlines provides domestic air service in what Asian country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Which planet was named after Hermes, an Olympian god in the Greek religion and mythology? ( 3 points)
2. The South Pacific island that's called Rapa Nui by its Polynesian inhabitants is also known by what other name? ( 4 points)
3. What rock superstar holds the record for the most concert appearances by a single artist ever at Madison Square Garden? ( 4 points)
4. What well-known food and beverage retailer was founded in Quincy, MA in 1950? ( 4 points)
5. What famous songwriter once wrote a song called "I Paid My Income Tax Today" at the behest of the Secretary of the Treasury? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Iran; 2. Peru; 3. Madonna; 4. Kanye West; 5. Arkansas Razorbacks; 6. Tom Petty; 7. Axl Rose.

April 17th Trivia
1. Apollo 13; 2. Netherlands; 3. Robert F. Kennedy; 4. Virginia; 5. "The Producers;" 6. France; 7. "Stalag 17."

Dead or Alive Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. dead; 2. alive; 3. dead; 4. alive; 5. alive; 6. alive; 7. dead; 8. dead; 9. alive; 10. alive.

General Knowledge
1. white; 2. Coldplay; 3. Grace Kelly; 4. Lon Chaney Sr; 5. ten; 6. Jack Nicklaus; 7. Nepal.

IQ Trivia
1. Mercury; 2. Easter Island; 3. Elton John; 4. Dunkin' Donuts; 5. Irving Berlin.

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