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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Trivia Q&A: January 22

On a brutally cold night in New York, had 11 teams come in for Trivia. (We've been hit hard on Tuesday nights over the last few months by the elements.) Many of them were regulars. I appreciate each and every one of you braving the elements to play Trivia. The weather forecast for next Tuesday is a whole lot better, so we should have a bigger crowd then.

We had some strong scores for Current Events and Second Term Presidential Trivia, but True or False was much more difficult, as the high score was just 8. But going into IQ trivia, we had the top four separated by just three points. IQ Trivia was much harder (as I promised), and only three teams got as many as three correct. But one of those teams was Silver Snakes, who wound up winning with 42 points, their very first win after many narrow misses. My congratulations to them on finally getting to the winner's circle.

Second place went to Is It Me or is Jim Always In a Good Mood When Natasha is Working? with 40 points, and we had a tie for third, with We Can't Wait For The Special Category and @Jim McGuire Can't Wait to Introduce You to His New Girlfriend as Soon as He Meets Himself (who also won for Best Team Name) with 39 points.

Current Events
1. Ken Salazar, who served what position in President Obama's cabinet, announced he was stepping down this coming March?
2. What R&B singer will perform the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl?
3. What Oscar-winning actor is set to play Joe Paterno in an upcoming biopic about the late college football coach?
4. MLB Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver died Saturday at the age of 82. Which AL team did he win four pennants with?
5. What golf star said last week he was considering retirement or moving out of California due to the new federal and state tax laws coming into effect?
6. An automobile from what classic 1960s TV series was sold at auction for $4.2 million last Saturday?
7. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of what southern city, was indicted last week on fraud, money laundering, bribery and other counts?

Second Term Presidential Trivia
1. Who was the last US president who did not finish serving out his second term in office?
2. Besides Abraham Lincoln, who was the only other president to die in office while in his second term?
3. Who was Secretary of State during the majority of George W. Bush's second term in office?
4. Before Barack Obama, who were the last two Democrats elected to a second term as president?
5. Who was the only US president who served two terms who was born in New Jersey?
6. What number amendment limited an individual to just two terms as US president?
7. Who was the second US president elected to two terms, after George Washington?

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history combined.
2. The first man in space was American.
3. If Facebook were a country, only China and India would have larger populations.
4. The femur is the largest bone in the human body.
5. Hamlet commits suicide in Shakespeare's famous play.
6. Beijing, China is nicknamed "The Forbidden City."
7. All dogs are color blind.
8. George Washington had wooden teeth.
9. Adult elephants cannot jump.
10. NASA invented the DustBuster.

General Knowledge
1. Wright Brothers National Memorial is located in what US state? ( 1 pt)
2. Including "Y", how many vowels are on a standard keyboard on the top row of letters? ( 1 pt)
3. Lake Titicaca is located in what continent? ( 1 pt)
4. Of the eight Hawaiian islands, which is the largest in area? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the only letter of the alphabet that does not appear in the name of a US state? ( 2 pt)
6. The highest zip code in use, 99950, is found in what US state? ( 2 pt)
7. Which WWII enemies never signed a formal peace treaty ending the conflict between the two nations? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The second largest island in the world, after Greenland, is located in what country? ( 4 points)
2. The motto of what U.S. territory is "Where America's Day Begins?" ( 3 points)
3. 60 percent of the world's horseradish is produced in a city in what US state? ( 5 points)
4. What are the two official languages of the nation of Israel? ( 4 points)
5. In 1972, who was the first woman to be named "Sportswoman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Secretary of the Interior; 2. Alicia Keys; 3. Al Pacino; 4. Baltimore Orioles; 5. Phil Mickelson; 6. "Batman;" 7. New Orleans.

Second Term Presidential Trivia
1. Richard Nixon; 2. William McKinley; 3. Condoleezza Rice; 4. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Bill Clinton; 5. Grover Cleveland; 6. 22; 7. Thomas Jefferson.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. false, Russian; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, stabbed to death; 6. true; 7. false; 8. false; 9. true; 10. false, made by Black & Decker.

General Knowledge
1. North Carolina; 2. five (e,y,u,i,o); 3. South America; 4. Hawaii; 5. Q; 6. Alaska; 7. Japan and Russia.

IQ Trivia
1. Indonesia (New Guinea); 2. Guam; 3. Illinois (Collinsville); 4. Hebrew and Arabic; 5. Billie Jean King.

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