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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Trivia Q&A: July 10

We had 21 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, on the night of the MLB All-Star Game. That rarely brings out many people, so the overwhelming majority were in for a good night of Trivia.

The scores were good for TV Trivia and MLB Players Trivia (I didn't make that category particularly difficult), and we had a bunch of teams all jockeying for the lead.

Going into IQ Trivia, we had two teams tied for first, and five teams tied for fifth, all separated by two points. Two of the teams tied for third jumped over the leading teams, getting 4 of the 5 questions correct, so we had a tied for first, at 45 points. I asked "How many feet is The Shard, Europe's newly tallest building that just opened in London?"

The team of This Time It Counts In Trivia guessed 1,100 feet, and the team of Remember the Last Time a Politician Wouldn't Release His Tax Returns & It Turned Out He Didn't Have Anything to Hide? Me Neither guessed 1,150 feet. It was 1,017 and This Time won the night. Congrats to David, David, Larry and company on their win.

Third place went to Katie Kept Her Promise To Stay With Tom Until Suri Was Taller Than Him with 44 points.

Best Team Name: Sandusky 'Til Dawn

Current Events
1. What actor, who has been in the news recently, topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid actors for 2011 with earnings of $75 million?
2. On July 4th, a glitch caused a fireworks display in what West Coast US city, that was supposed to last 20 minutes, to burn up all at once in 15 seconds?
3. What R&B singer is suing her ex-accountants, charging they caused her to lose tens of millions of dollars because of shoddy bookkeeping?
4. The Shard, which last week became the tallest building in Europe, opened in what capital city?
5. What pop singer was ticketed for speeding on an LA freeway last week, and claimed he was being chased by paparazzi at the time?
6. The housekeeper of what superstar rock band's bass player was found guilty of stealing more than $3.6 million from him last Friday?
7. Roger Federer won his 7th Wimbledon title on Sunday, and also broke what recent male tennis legend's record of 286 weeks as the world's number one player?

TV Trivia
1. Ernest Borgnine, who died this past Sunday, had the voice of a recurring character in what animated children's TV series?
2. The HBO series "Boardwalk Empire" is centered in what US city?
3. What rock band performs the opening theme to the TV series "The Big Bang Theory?"
4. What Saturday Night Live cast member left the show in 1994 after being in a record 153 shows?
5. "Westeros" is the name of the continent in which what TV series takes place in?
6. What TV series is set in the year 2030 with the main character recounting events of his past to his children?
7. "The Regal Beagle" was the bar that characters from what 1970s/80s sitcom hung out at?

MLB Players Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Willie Mays
2. Wade Boggs
3. Kirby Puckett
4. Jackie Robinson
5. Roberto Clemente
6. Cal Ripken Jr.
7. Harmon Killebrew
8. Tony Gwynn
9. Pete Rose
10. Bo Jackson

General Knowledge
1. What country is the Taj Mahal located in? ( 1 pt)
2. Who won an acting Oscar for the film "Shakespeare In Love?" ( 1 pt)
3. What was the name of Michael Jackson's chimpanzee? ( 1 pt)
4. What color would you get if you mixed equal amounts of yellow and blue? ( 2 pt)
5. The Statue of Liberty is coated with a thin layer of what metal? ( 2 pt)
6. What disease must you have already had in order to get shingles? ( 2 pt)
7. Prince William Sound is located in what US state?

IQ Trivia
1. The largest pyramid in the world is found in what country? ( 4 points)
2. What South American country has 37 official languages? ( 5 points)
3. Henry Cabot Lodge was the running mate for what 20th century candidate's unsuccessful bid for the presidency of the United States? ( 4 points)
4. The Appalachian Trail extends from Maine to which southern state? ( 3 points)
5. What's the only Best Picture Oscar winner to spawn a hit TV series, which ran on network TV in the 1990s? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Tom Cruise; 2. San Diego; 3. Rhianna; 4. London; 5. Justin Bieber; 6. U2 (Adam Clayton); 7. Pete Sampras.

TV Trivia
1. "SpongeBob SquarePants;" 2. Atlantic City; 3. Barenaked Ladies; 4. Phil Hartman; 5. "Game of Thrones;" 6. "How I Met Your Mother;" 7. "Three's Company."

MLB Players Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. NL; 2. AL; 3. AL; 4. NL; 5. NL; 6. AL; 7. AL; 8. NL; 9. NL; 10. AL.

General Knowledge
1. India; 2. Gwyneth Paltrow; 3. Bubbles; 4. green; 5. copper; 6. Chicken pox; 7. Alaska.

IQ Trivia
1. Mexico; 2. Bolivia; 3. Richard Nixon; 4. Georgia; 5. "In The Heat of the Night."

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