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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Trivia Q&A: July 31

We had 19 teams in on a great night for Trivia. The Red Sox won a rain-shortened game in Boston, the Yankees got hammered by the Orioles in the Bronx, and the folks were really into the Olympics coverage all night long.

The Olympics Trivia numbers were very good and the Albums Trivia numbers were slightly less than that. Six teams were within four points of each other going into IQ Trivia. And Yours Truly made a spelling error on the final question, writing "Lambeth Place" instead of "Lambeth Palace" in that question, so I awarded everyone four points and tossed out the question. The Omnipotent Q goofs up from time to time.

Olympic Trivia is Redundant wound up the winners, getting all five IQ questions correct (the only team to do so), getting a total of 49 points. Second place was a tie between Kiss My Ass, Show Some Respect and Straddle My Balance Beam and I'll Show You My Breast Stroke (the Best Team Name of the night) with 43 points, and we broke the tie with an Olympics question: "How many total medals did the US win at the 2008 Summer Olympics?" The Straddle team was closest and wound up winning second place (the answer was 110).

Current Events
1. An Internet security company received a report last week that nuclear plants in Iran were hit with a virus that made their computers play music by what heavy metal band?
2. The mother of MLB Hall of Famer was abducted from her home last week, but was found unharmed 24 hours later?
3. Name 1 of the 2 automakers that issued recalls of cars with the same problem of the cruise control cable that could lead to unintended acceleration.
4. Which part of the United Kingdom is considering legalizing same-sex marriage, and if approved, would take affect in 2015?
5. Divers found a WWII-era German U-Boat nearly 70 feet after it sank off the coast of what eastern US state?
6. Which central African nation has had an outbreak of the Ebola virus this month, which has left at least 14 people dead?
7.The US drug czar says that cocaine production in what South American country has dropped 25% since last year and they are no longer first but third in production of pure cocaine?

Summer Olympics Trivia
1. What American track star won four gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics?
2. The "Dream Team" USA basketball team won a gold medal at what Summer Olympics host city in 1992?
3. What color is the center ring of the five interconnected Olympic rings?
4. Who lit the torch that started the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta?
5. What country has won at least one gold medal in every Summer Games?
6. In 1972, the USA basketball team was defeated in the Olympics for the very first time ever, controversially by what country?
7. What city will be the host for the next Summer Olympics in 2016?

Album Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Back to Black (2006)
2. Slippery When Wet (1986)
3. Bridging the Gap (2000)
4. The Fame (2009)
5. Quadrophenia (1973)
6. Parallel Lines (1978)
7. Come On Over (1997)
8. Bat Out of Hell (1977)
9. Appetite For Destruction (1987)
10. Only By The Night (2008)

General Knowledge
1. "O" is the symbol for what element on the Periodic Table? ( 1 pt)
2.  A positive Wassermann Test means you have what disease? ( 1 pt)
3. What was Confederate General Robert E. Lee's middle name? ( 1 pt)
4. The leek vegetable is the emblem for which country within the UK? ( 2 pt)
5. Leon Trotsky was assassinated in Mexico in 1940 by what method? ( 2 pt)
6. In 1547, who was crowned the first tsar of Russia? ( 2 pt)
7. What US state has the smallest population of any state as of 2010? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The novel "The Moon and Sixpence" by Somerset Maugham is loosely based on the life of what famous painter? ( 4 points)
2. The 1994 film "Pulp Fiction" received seven Academy Award nominations, but won just one Oscar. What category did it win for? ( 3 points)
3. Hagiography is the study of what group of people? ( 5 points)
4. What future dictator once wrote a letter to the president of the United States as a 12-year-old, asking him to send him a ten-dollar bill because he had never seen one before? ( 4 points)
5. Lambeth Palace in London is the main residence of what person? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. AC/DC; 2. Cal Ripken; 3. Ford and Mazda; 4. Scotland; 5. Massachusetts; 6. Uganda; 7. Colombia.

Summer Olympics Trivia
1. Carl Lewis; 2. Barcelona; 3. black; 4. Muhammad Ali; 5. Great Britain; 6. Soviet Union; 7. Rio de Janeiro.

Album Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Amy Winehouse; 2. Bon Jovi; 3. Black Eyes Peas; 4. Lady Gaga; 5. The Who; 6. Blondie; 7. Shania Twain; 8. Meat Loaf; 9. Guns N'Roses; 10. Kings of Leon.

General Knowledge
1. oxygen; 2. syphilis; 3. Edward; 4. Wales; 5. stabbed with an ice pick; 6. Ivan the Terrible; 7.Wyoming.

IQ Trivia
1. Paul Gauguin; 2. Best Original Screenplay; 3. saints; 4. Fidel Castro; 5. Archbishop of Canterbury.

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