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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Trivia Q&A: December 9

It was a miserable, rainy day in New York on Tuesday afternoon, but that didn't stop a good crowd from turning out that evening for Trivia at the Caledonia. It was another night that the bar was filled, and it was a boisterous night as well.

We had a really close race to the finish, with the top three each separated by one point each going into IQ Trivia. But the team of The Quinn/Lowerre Appreciation Society (who also won Best Team Name) did best in IQ Trivia, getting 13 points and winning the night by three points with a total of 45. They were in first place the entire evening, and it was their first ever win at Trivia Night. My congratulations to Victoria, Helen and their friends (both from the UK and US) on their win. And they celebrated long into the night as well!

Second place went to Sony Pictures Password Protectors with 42 points, and third place went to Awesome Ironic Name, or Roger with 39 points.

Current Events
1. Priceline.com selected what western city as its top travel destination for Christmas in the US for 2014?
2. What female pop singer recently passed Paul McCartney as the world's wealthiest recording artist, worth $800 million according to Wealth-X?
3. What magazine issued an apology last Friday after a story they broke about an alleged rape of a UVA student in November fell apart due to inconsistencies in the story?
4. Ashton Carter was named to replace Chuck Hagel in what position in the presidential cabinet last week?
5. What female singer received her 47th career Grammy nomination last Friday, surpassing Dolly Parton for the most ever by a female artist?
6. Democrat Mary Landrieu lost her bid for a fourth term as a senator from what US state after losing a runoff election last Saturday to Republican Bill Cassidy?
7. What film was number one at the box office for the third straight week in the US and now has grossed over $250 million in total?

2000s Trivia
1. Ken Jennings won over $2.5 million as a contestant on what quiz show in 2004?
2. What cartoon TV show, based on the Griffin family, became popular in the early 2000s?
3. What European country was the first to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001?
4. The 2004 Summer Olympics were held in what European city?
5. Michael Jackson died on the same day in 2009 as what famous Hollywood actress?
6. Apple launched its first iPhone in what year of the decade of the 2000s?
7. What rapper had the most combined sales in albums of any artist of the 2000s?
BONUS: 8. What classic rock band's 2000 greatest hits album was the top-selling album of the decade?

Celebrities' Nation of Birth Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Martin Short
2. David Ortiz
3. Antonio Banderas
4. Nicky Minaj
5. Christian Bale
6. Russell Crowe
7. Keanu Reeves
8. Pierce Brosnan
9. Jean Claude Van Damme
10. Charlize Theron

General Knowledge
1. What did the dish run away with in the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle?" ( 1 pt)
2. What is the only planet not named after a Roman god? ( 1 pt)
3. Who piloted the Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic Ocean? ( 1 pt)
4. Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms starred in what 2009 comedy film? ( 2 pt)
5. What does an ornithologist study? ( 2 pt)
6. The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in what city? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the lightest of all elements in the Periodic Table? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In the 1995 comedy film "Mars Attacks," the music of what country musician eventually killed off the Martians when they heard it and repelled the invasion? ( 4 points)
2. "The Soldier's Song" is what European nation's national anthem? ( 5 points)
3. The world's highest waterfall is located in what South American country? ( 4 points)
4. After Genesis and Exodus, what is the third book of the Old Testament? ( 4 points)
5. "Fashion Avenue" is a nickname for what avenue in an eleven block stretch of Manhattan?  ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Las Vegas; 2. Madonna; 3. Rolling Stone; 4. Secretary of Defense; 5. Beyonce; 6. Louisiana; 7. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay."

2000s Trivia
1. "Jeopardy;" 2. "Family Guy;" 3. Netherlands; 4. Athens; 5. Farrah Fawcett; 6. 2007; 7. Eminem; 8. The Beatles.

Celebrities' Nation of Birth Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Canada; 2. Dominican Republic; 3. Spain; 4. Trinidad & Tobago; 5. UK; 6. New Zealand; 7. Lebanon; 8. Ireland; 9. Belgium; 10. South Africa.

General Knowledge
1. The spoon; 2. Earth; 3. Charles Lindbergh; 4. "The Hangover;" 5. birds; 6. Toronto; 7. hydrogen.

IQ Trivia
1. Slim Whitman; 2. Ireland; 3. Venezuela; 4. Leviticus; 5. 7th Avenue.

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