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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Trivia Q&A: August 5

We had another nice turnout for Trivia at the Caledonia on Tuesday night, and a great three-team race going down to the finish.

All the three teams finished IQ Trivia with 12 points, so we had a Caledonia first: a tie for first place.

The teams of We're Missing 50% of Our Team, and 95% of Our Brain, and Feet of Clay Buchholz both ended with 38 points, so we had a tie-breaking question: "What was the total box office take of Steven Spielberg's classic film 'ET'?" Feet of Clay Buchholz just narrowly missed it (they guessed $432 million, it was $435 million; I gave both teams a hint it was over $300 million) and were closest, so they won the night. Congrats to Alex and his team on their win.

Third place (and Best Team Name) went to Curious George & The Ebola Virus with 37 points.

Current Events
1. What South American country defaulted on its international debt for the second time in 13 years, and blamed the US for "not acting properly?"
2. A federal judge ordered what bank to pay a $1.27 billion penalty for fraud over shoddy mortgages sold by Countrywide Financial Corp.?
3. Over 300 people were killed last Sunday when a strong 6.1 registered earthquake struck what Asian country?
4. What Emmy-winning actor testified last week at the parole hearing for his sister's killer, and it will keep him in jail where he's been for nearly 40 years?
5. James Brady, who was White House Press Secretary under what US president, died on Monday at the age of 73?
6. The Princeton Review selected what northeastern US college as the nation's number one "top party school?"
7. Controversial former NFL QB Brett Favre will have his number retired and will enter what teams' Hall of Fame later this year?

Movie Trivia
1. Which three presidents does Forrest Gump meet in that film?
2. What actor or actress has been nominated for the most Academy Awards?
3. Which film did Woody Allen win a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for?
4. "Mean Streets" and "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" are two of the earliest films by what Oscar-winning director?
5. What is Steven Spielberg's highest-grossing film ever in the US?
6. What John Travolta film was selected by Moviefone as "The Worst Movie of the 2000s?"
7. In a 2004 British poll by Amazon.com and IMDB, what comedy film was selected as the all-time favorite English film?

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Presidential retreat Camp David is named after Dwight Eisenhower's grandson.
2. The 1976 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria were originally going to be held in Denver.
3. Mosquitoes are toothless.
4. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
5. Johnny Weismuller, who played Tarzan in the movies, won gold medals in the Olympics.
6. Lord Kelvin invented the mercury thermometer.
7. If a month starts on a Sunday, it will have a Friday the 13th.
8. Rhode Island is the US state that has the fewest counties.
9. The first Super Bowl was played in 1964.
10. French was the official language of England for nearly 600 years.

General Knowledge
1. What team won the NBA championship in 2014? ( 1 pt)
2. Who is the fictitious mascot and cover boy of Mad Magazine? ( 1 pt)
3. "The face that launched a thousand ships" refers to what famous woman? ( 1 pt)
4. How many squares can one land on playing checkers using standard US rules? ( 2 pt)
5. The 2014 Tour de France actually started in what country? ( 2 pt)
6. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme of Manson Family infamy once tried to assassinate what US president? ( 2 pt)
7. Mount Erebus is an active volcano found on what continent? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What South American country owns the Galapagos Islands? ( 4 points)
2. Dix Mountain, Mount Colvin and Dial Mountain are all found in what eastern US state? ( 5 points)
3. What metal does Mexico supply 16% of the world's needs of? ( 4 points)
4. What is the month that the Earth is at its closest point to the Sun? ( 3 points)
5. Of the four major US credit cards networks, what is the only one whose cards have 15-digit numbers, not 16?

Answers
Current Events
1. Argentina; 2. Bank of America; 3. China; 4. Kelsey Grammer; 5. Ronald Reagan; 6. Syracuse University; 7. Green Bay Packers.

Movie Trivia
1. JFK, LBJ, Richard Nixon; 2. Meryl Streep (18); 3. "Annie Hall;" 4. Martin Scorsese; 5. "ET'; 6. "Battlefield Earth;" 7. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, they have teeth; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, Daniel Fahrenheit; 7. true; 8. false, Alaska; 9. false, 1967; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. San Antonio Spurs; 2. Alfred E. Neuman; 3. Helen of Troy; 4. thirty-two; 5. England; 6. Gerald Ford; 7. Antarctica.

IQ Trivia
1. Ecuador; 2. New York; 3. silver; 4. January; 5. American Express.

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