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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Trivia Q&A: February 12

Tuesday Night Trivia made a smashing debut at The Mad Hatter on 3rd Avenue and East 26th Street last night. I saw so many of my regulars from "The Other Place" and a few folks I had not seen in some time come out. A few did so because they heard what happened last week, and I really appreciate that. I am also thankful to a few friends who stopped by briefly to say hello and offer some words of encouragement and support.

There were 15 teams in, and everyone had a great time, especially me. Everything went so well, and I was really nervous about it during the day. The Trivia regulars came out in force, and I should never have doubted they would. They have showed me such incredible loyalty and devotion.

I want to thank Michael and his wonderful staff at The Mad Hatter for making all of us feel so welcome after what occurred last week. We definitely have a new home for Trivia.

And on the night, my friend Alex, who was instrumental in bringing us to The Mad Hatter, and his team, Professor Whom? (how appropriate) wound up winning the first night there, as they got 48 points and took the top prize. Second place was a tie between Off With Their Turtlenecks and Silver Snakes, both with 46 points. Off With Their Turtlenecks won the tie-breaker, as I asked "How many Grammy Awards did the Beatles and Elvis Presley have combined?" They guessed 15 and won it. (The answer is 16.)

Once again, thank you all who came out supported me and the new location for our Tuesday Night Trivia. You are all the best. We succeeded in doing one thing last night: we buried Professor Thom's Trivia for good.

Best Team Name: We'd Follow You Anywhere, John! (Well, In Manhattan Anyway!)

Current Events
1. Researchers at the National Urban Mobility Report ranked which East Coast city as the nation's most traffic-snarled city?
2. Monopoly fans online voted to remove the iron token in the board game and replace it with what?
3. What TV personality and radio host says he is "truly contemplating" a run for the US Senate in his home state of New Jersey?
4. Dozens of students were asked to leave what elite university for cheating on a final exam recently?
5. Russian president Vladimir Putin recruited what 1980s R&B group to play a concert in Moscow this week in an effort to "give Russian men some inspiration ahead of St. Valentine's Day?"
6. Scientists at the University of Leicester in England recently confirmed that a skeleton buried under a city parking lot was what much-maligned 15th century English monarch?
7. Soccer star David Beckham announced that he will be playing for a club in what European city this year and will be donating his salary to charity?

Civil War Trivia
1. What was the first southern state to secede from the Union in December 1860?
2. The Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, was fought in September 1862 in what state?
3. True or False: Disease killed more soldiers during the Civil War than battle wounds.
4. The notorious Andersonville prison, which held Union POWs, was located in what southern state?
5. General George Pickett led a famous doomed Southern infantry charge at what battle?
6. What Mississippi city was captured by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on July 4, 1863 and didn't officially celebrate the July 4th holiday for the next 81 years?
7. Name 3 of the 6 Civil War generals who would eventually become President of the United States.

Best Album Grammy Award Winners Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Elvis Presley
2. The Dixie Chicks
3. Madonna
4. The Beatles
5. Nirvana
6. Frank Sinatra
7. Bob Dylan
8. Stevie Wonder
9. Prince
10. U2

General Knowledge
1. How many chess pieces in total are there for each player in a game? ( 1 pt)
2. The movie "The Sound of Music" took place in what country? ( 1 pt)
3. Which of the Marx Brothers never said a word in any of their films? ( 1 pt)
4. What country is the most populous democracy in the world? ( 2 pt)
5. Who founded Standard Oil in 1870? ( 2 pt)
6. In what month is the earth closest to the sun? ( 2 pt)
7. How many times have the Olympic Games been canceled because of war? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Nomophobia is the fear of losing what object? ( 4 points)
2. Half of all the world's lakes are located in what country? ( 4 points)
3. Which of the planets of our solar system has the highest average temperature on its surface? ( 4 points)
4. What was the first Hollywood movie based on a "Saturday Night Live" skit? ( 3 points)
5. Of the eight Ivy League schools, which one was the only one founded after the American Revolution? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Washington DC; 2.cat; 3. Geraldo Rivera; 4. Harvard; 5. Boyz II Men; 6. Richard III; 7. Paris.

Civil War Trivia
1. South Carolina; 2. Maryland; 3. true; 4. Georgia; 5. Gettysburg; 6. Vicksburg; 7. US Grant, Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield & Chester Arthur.

Best Album Grammy Winners Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. none; 2. one; 3. none; 4. one; 5. none; 6. three; 7. one; 8. three; 9. none; 10. two.

General Knowledge
1. sixteen; 2. Austria; 3. Harpo; 4. India; 5. John D. Rockefeller; 6. January; 7. five (1916, and 1940 and 1944 twice).

IQ Trivia
1. Cell phone; 2. Canada; 3. Venus; 4. "The Blues Brothers"; 5. Cornell (1865).

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