Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Trivia Q&A: June 19

We had 23 teams in the bar on a rather rowdy night that saw the Red Sox win their third straight and the Miami Heat get one win away from the NBA title. Many folks paid attention to the games, but we had a great crowd on hand really into the Trivia.

The numbers for the special categories honoring Henry Hill and Paul McCartney were generally very good, but I think I made General Knowledge just a bit harder than I thought.

It was wide open going into IQ Trivia, but only two teams got as many as three of the five correct. The winning team came from fifth place to take it all, and that team, 1-800-54-GIANT, had just left the bar while I was grading the papers thinking they had not won! (That was definitely a first, and if they could drop me an email, I would appreciate it.) They wound up with 40 points, and won by two points.

We had a tie for second place between Dude, Where's Our Team? and Boneless Buh-Teer, with 38 points, and we broke the tie with, "What number Secretary of the Treasury is Timothy Geithner?"  The "Dudes" guessed 57, and were closest, and won second place. (He is number 75.)

Best Team Name: She Told Me It Was Razorburn

Current Events
1. What southern state last week rejected an application from the Ku Klux Klan to adopt a section of highway in that state?
2. Matt Cain threw the 22nd perfect game in MLB history last Wednesday night, and the first ever pitched for what NL team?
3. HBO apologized last week after it was revealed that the TV show "Game of Thrones" used a modeled head of what politician in a grisly decapitation scene?
4. The UN last Saturday suspended its monitoring mission in what troubled country due to the intensifying violence there?
5. What country made history last Saturday by sending there first female astronaut into space?
6. What Oscar-winning English actress was honored last week by being named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth?
7. One man was killed and three injured when a stage collapsed prior to a concert last Saturday in Toronto to be performed by what rock band?

Mob Movies Trivia
1. In which mob film did Al Pacino portray a low level mobster named Lefty Ruggiero?
2. Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar for directing what mob film?
3. Robert DeNiro played a bus driver trying to protect his young son from the influence of gangsters in what 1993 film?
4. "Kill the Irishman" was a 2011 gangster film about an Irish-American mob boss who rose to the top of the criminal underworld in the 1970s in what midwest city?
5. Robert DeNiro portrayed what legendary gangster in the 1987 film "The Untouchables?"
6. "American Gangster" is a 2007 film based on the criminal career of a NYC drug dealer named Frank Lucas. Who portrayed him in the film?
7. Who was the only actor to win an Oscar for their performance in "Goodfellas?"

Paul McCartney Songs Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Maybe I'm Amazed
2. All You Need Is Love
3. Silly Love Songs
4. Hello Goodbye
5. The Long and Winding Road
6. Live and Let Die
7. Get Back
8. My Love
9. Lady Madonna
10. Junior's Farm

General Knowledge
1. What color do you get if you mix red and white? ( 1 pt)
2. A traditional sonnet contains how many lines? ( 1 pt)
3. Puget Sound is located in what US state? ( 1 pt)
4. Colombo is the capital of what Asian country? ( 2 pt)
5. The guilder was the currency of what country in Europe before the introduction of the Euro? ( 2 pt)
6. Electricity is best conducted by what metal? ( 2 pt)
7. What country became the largest in Africa in total area after the Sudan split into two nations in 2011? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Between January 1841 and January 1851, the United States had how many men serve as president, the most in any ten-year period in history? ( 3 points)
2. Where on the human body would one find the glabella? ( 4 points)
3. What famous American author wrote a fictional biography of Joan of Arc under a French pen name? ( 4 points)
4. What small European country is the world's oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic? ( 5 points)
5. Squire John Trelawney, Dr. Livesey and Captain Alexander Smollett are all characters from what classic 19th century novel? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Georgia; 2. San Francisco Giants; 3. George W. Bush; 4. Syria; 5. China; 6. Kate Winslet; 7. Radiohead.

Mob Movies Trivia
1. "Donnie Brasco;" 2. "The Departed;" 3. "A Bronx Tale;" 4. Cleveland; 5. Al Capone; 6. Denzel Washington; 7. Joe Pesci.

Paul McCartney Songs Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. solo; 2. Beatles; 3. solo; 4. Beatles; 5. Beatles; 6. solo; 7. Beatles; 8. solo; 9. Beatles; 10. solo.

General Knowledge
1. pink; 2. fourteen; 3. Washington; 4. Sri Lanka; 5. Netherlands; 6. silver; 7. Algeria.

IQ Trivia
1. Six (Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore); 2. face (between the eyes); 3. Mark Twain; 4. San Marino; 5. "Treasure Island."

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