Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Trivia Q&A: August 7

We had 21 teams in on a busy night at Professor Thom's. There was a gathering of folks from Tufts University in the bar a couple of hours before we got going, and there was a fear that Trivia Night might start on time. But that was proven not to be the case, as we started right at the stroke of 9 PM, which is rare indeed.

I made the 1990s Trivia a little too tough, as the scores were lower than I would have thought. But the scores rebounded nicely in The 1-10 Trivia, as most of the scores were 8 or above.

No one got all five correct in IQ Trivia, but six got at least four correct, and one of them was the team that led almost the entire night, the winners The Fighting Squeezers, who ended up with 50 points. Congratulations to them on their first ever Trivia Night win.

Second place went to The Wheel Is Still Turning But The Hamster Is Dead with 47 points, and third place went to We Didn't Start The Fire In That Mosque In Missouri with 45 points.

Best Team Name: I Call My Dick "Cheney" Because It Shoots People In The Face

Current Events
1. The Straphangers Campaign selected which subway line as the best in the city in their recent report?
2. Mayor Julian Castro of which Texas city was selected last week to deliver the keynote speech at the Democratic convention next month?
3. Michael Phelps broke the all-time record for the most Olympic history, which had been 18 by Larisa Latynina of the Soviet Union in the 1960s in what sport?
4. Name 2 of the 3 countries that had a total of 8 Olympic badminton players ejected from the Games "for not using one's best efforts to win a match."
5. What Oscar-winning actor had misdemeanor battery charges against him dropped last weekend from an incident recently in a New Orleans bar?
6. A severe thunderstorm suspended all activities and forced the evacuation of nearly 100,000 from the Lollapalooza music festival in what US city last Saturday?
7.CNN apologized yesterday after playing part of what Billy Joel song that was deemed inappropriate after a segment about the shootings in Wisconsin last Sunday?

1990s Trivia
1. What film, released in June 1993, became the highest-grossing movie of all-time, passing "ET" ("Titanic" broke its record in 1997)?
2. Wayne Gretzky, hockey's greatest player, retired in 1999 as a member of what NHL team?
3. What girl group of the 1990s sung the theme song to the sketch comedy TV show "All That?"
4. What pop single, released in 1997, sold 33 million worldwide and is recognized as the biggest seller of all-time by Guinness World Records?
5. What was the only MLB team to make it to the playoffs every year from 1991-99, except for the strike year of 1994?
6. Who was the best-selling rap/hip-hop artist of the 1990s?
7. What number one best-selling book from 1993 by Robert James Waller was later made into a fil by Clint Eastwood?

1-10 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. This is the number the Yankees retired for the legendary Babe Ruth.
2. Including this past Sunday, this is the total number of successful spacecraft landings on Mars.
3. In a "Seinfeld" episode, George Costanza wanted to give his first-born son this number as a first name.
4. Capricorn is this number sign of the Zodiac.
5. Pennsylvania is this number US state.
6. This is the number of points in a pentagram.
7. This is the number of suits in a standard deck of playing cards.
8. The right fielder in baseball is represented by this number.
9. All spiders have this many legs.
10. The number of Oscars won by Al Pacino in his storied career.

General Knowledge
1. Which of the Marx Brothers said volumes by never uttering a word on-screen? ( 1 pt)
2. Who famously played "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Woodstock Festival in 1969? ( 1 pt)
3. A gubernatorial candidate is a candidate for what office? ( 1 pt)
4. What musician is the founder and president of Farm Aid? ( 2 pt)
5. In the board game "Clue", what educator is represented by the purple piece? ( 2 pt)
6. What 1960s TV series featured the characters of Col. Klink and Sgt. Schultz? ( 2 pt)
7. Lake Mead is found in what two western US states? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA is named in honor of what US president? ( 4 points)
2. A "Full Ginsberg" is a buzzword for a person who appears on all five Sunday morning TV interview shows at the same time, and it is named for a lawyer of what 1990s newsmaker? ( 5 points)
3. Nick Rhodes and John Taylor were members of what popular 1980s pop/rock band? ( 3 points)
4. The Basketball Hall of Fame is located in what US city? ( 4 points)
5. Signed by more than 500 assemblymen, "The Tennis Coat Oath" was a pivotal event that sparked what historic 18th century event? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. The Q train; 2. San Antonio; 3. gymnastics; 4. South Korea, China and Indonesia; 5. Cuba Gooding Jr.; 6. Chicago; 7."Only the Good Die Young."

1990s Trivia
1. "Jurassic Park;" 2. New York Rangers; 3. TLC; 4. "Candle in the Wind (1997);" 5. Atlanta Braves; 6. Tupac Shakur; 7. "The Bridges of Madison County."

1-10 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. three; 2. six; 3. seven; 4. ten; 5. two; 6. five; 7. four; 8. nine; 9. eight; 10. one.

General Knowledge
1. Harpo; 2. Jimi Hendrix; 3. governor; 4. Willie Nelson; 5. Professor Plum; 6. "Hogan's Heroes;" 7. Nevada and Arizona.

IQ Trivia
1. George H.W. Bush; 2. Monica Lewinsky; 3. Duran Duran; 4. Springfield, MA; 5. The French Revolution.

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