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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Trivia Q&A: April 9

It was a gorgeous day and night in New York on Tuesday, and a really nice crowd (including a few regulars I hadn't seen since The Other Place), bigger than the last few weeks, came into The Mad Hatter for Trivia. The bar has a back garden for people to enjoy their meals outside, and that brought many people out, and a few from there checked out our Trivia when we got going.

We had some strong scores for TV Trivia, but for US States Nicknames, they were all over the map. It was a two team race heading into IQ Trivia (the scores were really good for most teams in the round), but the team of Welcome Back Emily! We Needed You! wound up winning by just one point, with 47 in total. Second place went to Weekend at Thatcher's (who won Best Team Name), with 46 points, and third place went to We're Too Damn Hot with 44 points. (The next two teams were each a point back, so it wound up much closer in the end.)

Congratulations to Emily and her friends (who have been some of my loyalest regulars) on their first victory at The Mad Hatter!

Current Events
1. What classic rock band announced their first concert tour in six years last week, with dates in North America and concluding at Hyde Park in London in July?
2. The daughter of the king of what European country was subpoenaed last Wednesday in a charity embezzlement scandal her husband may have been part of?
3. What state's governor signed comprehensive gun control laws last week, making it the third US state in 2013 to pass new gun legislation?
4. What pop singer signed a $50 million deal with Pepsi to star in TV commercials and have her face emblazoned on soda cans as well?
5. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert died last Thursday of cancer at the age of 70. In 1975, he was the film critic to win what prestigious award?
6. Margaret Thatcher, Britain's longest-serving prime minister, died on Monday at the age of 87. How many years was she the prime minister?
7. What woman received an honorary BAFTA award for her support of British film and TV last week, and was honored as "the most memorable Bond girl" for her appearance at the 2012 London Olympics?

TV Trivia
1. Every episode of "Seinfeld" contains an image or reference to what superhero?
2. "I Want to Believe" was a phrase featured on a poster in what 1990s TV series?
3. The first interracial kiss on American network TV occurred in what 1960s TV series?
4. What groundbreaking 1970s TV series was based on a British series called "Til Death Do Us Part?"
5. How many seasons has the long-running TV series "The Simpsons" been on Fox?
6. "Venus Flytrap" and "Johnny Fever" were two characters on what 1980s sitcom?
7. Name 2 of the 4 TV series that have won the Best Drama Emmy award a record four times.

US States Nicknames Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Equality State
2. Granite State
3. The Old Dominion
4. Razorback State
5. Magnolia State
6. Yellowhammer State
7. Ocean State
8. Constitution State
9. Gopher State
10. Evergreen State

General Knowledge
1. Since 1985, how many tournament wins has it taken every year to win for an NCAA men's basketball title? ( 1 pt)
2. How many is there in a gross? ( 1 pt)
3. Which of the year's four seasons boasts more US federal holidays than any other? ( 1 pt)
4. Which group is more susceptible to colds, teenagers of people over 50? ( 2 pt)
5. A Granny Smith apple is usually what color? ( 2 pt)
6. The Berlin Wall was originally built in what year? ( 2 pt)
7. Biafra was a secessionist African state that left what central African country in 1967 but rejoined it three years later? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Onyx River, which is just 20 miles long, is the longest river found where? ( 4 points)
2. What rank, discontinued in the US Navy in the 1980s, comes between captain and rear admiral in the British Navy? ( 5 points)
3. What does a phlebotomist collect? ( 4 points)
4. What 2008 presidential candidate was the bass player for the rock band "Capitol Offense" while he served as his state's governor? ( 4 points)
5. Which of her films did Bette Midler jokingly say "had strong American values: divorce, alcoholism, plastic surgery and revenge?" ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. The Rolling Stones; 2. Spain; 3. Connecticut; 4. Beyonce Knowles; 5. Pulitzer Prize; 6. eleven; 7. Queen Elizabeth II.

TV Trivia
1. Superman; 2. "The X-Files;" 3. "Star Trek;" 4. "All In The Family;" 5. twenty-four; 6. "WKRP In Cincinnati;" 7. "Hill Street Blues," "LA Law," "The West Wing", "Mad Men."

US States Nicknames Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Wyoming; 2. New Hampshire; 3. Virginia; 4. Arkansas; 5. Mississippi; 6. Alabama; 7. Rhode Island; 8. Connecticut; 9. Minnesota; 10. Washington.

General Knowledge
1. six; 2. 144; 3. Winter (five); 4. teenagers; 5. green; 6. 1961; 7. Nigeria.

IQ Trivia
1. Antarctica; 2. commodore; 3. blood; 4. Mike Huckabee; 5. "First Wives Club."

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