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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Trivia Q&A: June 26

We had 18 teams in on Tuesday night, which appeared to be a slow night at first, but by the time we got going, more people turned up and it was a busier night than I thought it would be.

The Current Events round had some of the lower numbers than I can remember in a long time, as I guess I may have made that a little too difficult. But they bounced back to better ones for the next three rounds.

IQ Trivia was interesting mix of final numbers. A lot of teams got either 4 or 5 correct, but an equal number got none right as well. It was almost all or nothing. The winning team was Like a Japanese Seaweed Salad  with 51 points. Congratulations again to my friends "the teachers."

Second place went to On a Scale of Casey Anthony to Jerry Sandusky, How Much Do You Like Kids? with 46 points. (It was also the winner of Best Team Name, as it got a predictably mixed response of laughter and outrage.) Third place went to Unfiltered with 44 points.

Current Events
1. A former chief financial officer for what American rock band was charged with 33 counts of theft for stealing at least $380,000 from the band?
2. Adrian Nastase, former prime minister of what European country in the early 2000s, failed in a suicide attempt last week when police tried to take him away to begin a two-year jail term for corruption?
3. The snack food Combos recently released its annual list of "America's Most Manliest Cities." Of the 50 ranked cities, what California city was ranked last?
4. Mohamed Morsi was declared the winner of what country's presidential election this past weekend?
5. What famous American's personal copies of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights was sold at auction last week at Christie's for a staggering $9.8 million?
6. Ashton Eaton set a new world record in what sport at the US Olympic Trials last Sunday?
7. What Middle Eastern country recently announced that women athletes from the country will compete in next month's Olympics for the first time?

June 26th Trivia
1. On this date in 1945, the United Nations Charter was signed in what American city?
2. In 1960, the African nation of Madagascar gained its independence from what European nation?
3. On this day in 1819, Abner Doubleday was born. In what US state is he alleged to have invented the game of baseball in 1839?
4. Paul Castellano, the NYC crime boss who was murdered outside Sparks Steak House in 1985, was born on this day in 1915. What crime family was he the head of?
5. In 2003, Senator Strom Thurmond died on this day. What state did he serve in the Senate for 46 years, a record?
6. On this day in 1948, the US and UK began delivering supplies by air to what European city after it was isolated by a Soviet blockade?
7. In 1976, the CN Tower, one of the world's largest free-standing structures, opened on this day in what city?

Did They Reach 30 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Princess Diana
2. John Belushi
3. Lee Harvey Oswald
4. Buddy Holly
5. Bruce Lee
6. Heath Ledger
7. John F. Kennedy Jr.
8. Jimi Hendrix
9. Sharon Tate
10. Anna Nicole Smith

General Knowledge
1. "Miracle On Ice" refers to the US gold medal in 1980 in what Olympic sport? ( 1 pt)
2. When shaken too violently, pinball machines traditionally flash what four-letter word? ( 1 pt)
3. What dance move, famously performed by Michael Jackson, is believed to be based on the pantomime of French actor Jean-Louis Barrault? ( 1 pt)
4. Who did Muhammad Ali fight in the famous "Rumble In The Jungle?" ( 2 pt)
5. Followers of what religion build and worship at stupas? ( 2 pt)
6. What Chinese game do players build suits from 13 or 16 tiles? ( 2 pt)
7. The British meal known as "bangers and mash" refers to mashed potatoes and what else? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Under which US president did two of his vice-presidents die while he was in office? ( 4 points)
2. The Battle of Waterloo in 1815 was fought in what modern-day country? ( 4 points)
3. What 1996 Tim Burton film was based on a series of bubble gum trading cards from 1962? ( 5 points)
4. Which US state has the shortest coastline, just 13 miles? ( 3 points)
5. What TV show's characters often repeated the slogan, "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Pearl Jam; 2. Romania; 3. San Diego; 4. Egypt; 5. George Washington; 6. decathlon; 7. Saudi Arabia.

June 26th Trivia
1. San Francisco; 2. France; 3. New York; 4. Gambino; 5. South Carolina; 6. Berlin; 7. Toronto.

Did They Reach 30 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. yes (36); 2. yes (33); 3. no (24); 4. no (22); 5. yes (32); 6. no (28); 7. yes (38); 8. no (27); 9. no (26); 10. yes (39).

General Knowledge
1. hockey; 2. tilt; 3. moonwalk; 4. George Foreman; 5. Buddhist; 6. mahjong; 7. sausages.

IQ Trivia
1. James Madison; 2. Belgium; 3. "Mars Attacks;" 4. New Hampshire; 5. "Friday Night Lights."

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