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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 16

The crowds keeping increasing for Wednesday Night Trivia, as we had another 20 teams like last week. But the bar seemed to have more folks than last week, and everyone was really into it. (We even briefly halted the proceedings while the Red Sox rallied in the bottom of the ninth at Fenway for a 5-4 win. Very enjoyable!)

I read the other day that most millennials aren't big fans of Elvis Presley, and what happened at Trivia last night seemed to bear that out. We did Elvis Presley Trivia last night in honor of the 40th anniversary of the King's death yesterday, and the scores seemed to bear that out. They were lower than I would have thought, even with most being multiple choice questions.

Anyway, our friends from DIMS pulled out a two-point victory, getting 50 points and hard-fought win. (After the win, they told me that they will be away for the next two weeks, so we will definitely have a new champion next week.) Second place went to Anal Bum Cover with 48 points, and third place went to Fine People with 45 points.

Best Team Name: Guam With The Wind

Current Events
1. A federal judge dismissed a Colorado DJ's legal claim against what pop singer last Friday, saying the radio host failed to prove the singer set out to get him fired?
2. What cab;e channel offered a "bounty payment" of $250,000 to hackers behind a data breach at the network in a recent leaked email by the hackers?
3. What restaurant chain announced last week that they would be closing 135 locations this fiscal year, doubled the amount they previously estimated they would?
4. What pop singer announced last Saturday that he will be donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to those affected by the Flint water crisis?
5. What comedienne and TV host posted on Twitter last Friday calling for a military coup to overthrow President Trump?
6. What horror sequel film was the number one film in the US last week, grossing the same total ($35 million) as its original film did in 2014?
7. A co-creator and three producers of what hit TV series are suing the network over claims that they were cheated out of profits from the wildly successful show?

Elvis Presley Trivia
1. Which of these artists have had more US number one singles than Elvis Presley? a. The Beatles; b. Michael Jackson; c. Madonna; d. The Rolling Stones.
2. What was the name of Elvis' first film? a. Jailhouse Rock; b. King Creole; c. Love Me Tender; d. Kid Galahad.
3. What state was Elvis Presley born in? a. Louisiana; b. Mississippi; c. Tennessee; d. Alabama.
4. What was Elvis' rank in the Army when he left in 1960? a. private; b. corporal; c. sergeant; d. lieutenant.
5. What was Elvis' last number one single in the US in 1969? a. Suspicious Minds; b. Good Luck Charm; c. Surrender; d. Are You Lonesome Tonight?.
6. "Blue Suede Shoes", a big hit for Elvis, was written originally by what artist? a. Chuck Berry; b. Carl Perkins; c. Buddy Holly; d. Elvis Presley.
7. True or False: The Us National Archives most requested photo is one of Elvis meeting President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970.

The Q Train: Horror Film Trivia
1. Night of the Living Dead
2. Poltergeist
3. Halloween
4. Shutter Island
5. The Exorcist
6. Saw
7. Friday the 13th
8. The Blair Witch Project
9. Interview With a Vampire
10. Psycho

General Knowledge
1. Who wrote the novels "Carrie" and "Misery?" ( 1 pt)
2. Will.I.Am. is the singer and founder of what pop group? ( 1 pt)
3. Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province? ( 1 pt)
4. East Pakistan changed its name in 1971 to what name it is known as today? ( 2 pt)
5. Australia Day occurs every year during what month? ( 2 pt)
6. What rock band has won the most Grammy Awards in history? ( 2 pt)
7. What US state is the only one that borders just one other state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. "La Gioconda" is another name for what famous painting? ( 4 points)
2. What US state has the largest Amish population as of 2015? ( 3 points)
3. "Despacito" is the first Spanish-language song to top the pop singles chart in the US since what 1996 hit song? ( 4 points)
4. A monument in what state claims to mark the geographic center of the contiguous 48 US states? ( 5 points)
5. After the White House, what is the second most visited residence (or house) in the US? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Taylor Swift; 2. HBO; 3. Applebee's; 4. Bruno Mars; 5. Chelsea Handler; 6. "Annabelle: Creation;" 7. "The Walking Dead."

Elvis Presley Trivia
1.a; 2. c; 3. b; 4. c; 5. a; 6. b; 7. true.

The Q Train: Horror Film Trivia
1. 1960s (1968); 2. 1980s (1982); 3. 1970s (1978); 4. 2010s (2010); 5. 1970s (1973); 6. 2000s (2004); 7. 1980s (1980); 8. 1990s (1999); 9. 1990s (1994); 10. 1960s (1960).

General Knowledge
1. Stephen King; 2. Black Eyed Peas; 3. British Columbia; 4. Bangladesh; 5. January; 6. U2 (21); 7. Maine.

IQ Trivia
1. Mona Lisa; 2. Ohio; 3. "The Macarena"; 4. Kansas; 5. Graceland.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The King Is Special Tomorrow Night

Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's this Wednesday night, August 16th at 8:30 PM, and the Special Category will be "Elvis Presley Trivia," in honor of the 40th anniversary of the King's passing on Wednesday. It will also be a multiple choice round as well. (Or as a teacher of mine at Brooklyn Tech used to say, "multiple guess.") The Q Train lightning round will be "Horror Movies Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous horror films from down through the years until today, and you have to tell me what was the decade of its original release.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Will. I. Am is the singer and founder of what pop group?"

We have been getting bigger crowds as the weeks have progressed, so make sure you get in early enough to get a prime seat or table. Hope to see many of you on Wednesday night!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 9

We had a great night of Trivia on Wednesday night, as 20 teams turned out and it was lively all night. We had a close race throughout, and the top six teams were separated by just 6 points going into the final round. But the team of DIMS, who have won on many an occasion, pulled out a one-point win, getting a total of 49 points. (My apologies to everyone on the goof up with the Album of the Year Grammy question. It was another faulty source, and the Mighty Quinn regrets the error. It turns out that not only Taylor Swift won it twice, but Adele did, too. So everyone who answered with either answer got credit for it. I'll be more careful next time.)

Second place went to Team Kim Jong Poon with 48 points, and third place went to Terms and Conditions with 42 points.

Best Team Name: You Got My Cheese Quiz, Boy?

Current Events
1. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was confirmed last week as the new ambassador to what European country?
2. Jim Justice, governor of what eastern US state, announced he was switching political parties, from Democrat to Republican?
3. What New England state became just the fourth state in the nation last week to make community college free?
4. What newly-released film overtook "Dunkirk" and grossed $19 million last week to become the number one film in the US?
5. What baseball star appeared as an extra on the TV series "Game of Thrones" last Sunday, as a soldier hurling a spear?
6. The producers of what TV series, which is being revived after 11 years, came under fire on social media after they announced the original final scenes were being ignored and the show will pursue a new direction?
7. The New York Knicks hired former Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson to a front office position earlier this week. Who is Robinson's famous brother-in-law?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of these countries were officially neutral during WWII? a. Switzerland; b. Ireland; c. Canada; d. Greece.
2. Which of these films was Morgan Freeman nominated for an Oscar? a. Unforgiven; b. The Shawshank Redemption; c. Driving Miss Daisy; d. Invictus.
3. Which of the following celebrities died while in their 30s? a. Elvis Presley; b. Marilyn Monroe; c. Kurt Cobain; d. River Phoenix.
4. Which of these rock groups was Eric Clapton once part of? a. Buffalo Springfield; b. Cream; c. Traffic; d. Blind Faith.
5. Which of these 2000s films won the Oscar for Best Picture? a. There Will Be Blood; b. Brokeback Mountain; c. Mystic River; d. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
6. Which of these 20th century US presidents were once also vice-president? a. FDR; b. Woodrow Wilson; c. Richard Nixon; d. Herbert Hoover.
7. Which of these NFL teams have won the Super Bowl at least three times? a. New York Giants; b. Pittsburgh Steelers; c. Dallas Cowboys; d. Denver Broncos.

The Q Train: Name That Sport
1. Giancarlo Stanton
2. Sergio Garcia
3. Alex Ovechkin
4. Diana Taurasi
5. Clint Dempsey
6. Garbine Muguruza
7. Takuma Sato
8. Bode Miller
9. J.J. Watt
10. Fererica Pellegrini

General Knowledge
1. The original "smile" icon below the Amazon.com logo connects what two letters in the company's name? ( 1 pt)
2. What film in the initial Star Wars trilogy did Jabba the Hut make its first appearance? ( 1 pt)
3. In the comic strip "Peanuts", what is the usually posted price of "Psychiatric Help" at Lucy's booth? (1 pt)
4. Acura is the luxury division of what automaker? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the second most common surname in the US after Smith? ( 2 pt)
6. What is the largest Mediterranean island, both in terms of area and population? ( 2 pt)
7. 60% of all the bats used in MLB games are manufactured in what US state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What the only name shared by one of the Original Care Bears and Disney's original Seven Dwarfs? ( 4 points)
2. Helle Thorning-Schmidt was the first female prime minister of what country? (4 points)
3. Ras Hafun, the easternmost point of Africa, is found in what country? ( 5 points)
4. Who is the only woman to win the Album of the Year Grammy award twice? ( 3 points)
5. What hip hop artist recorded a rap single with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin called "Rocket Experience" in 2009? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. United Kingdom; 2. West Virginia; 3. Rhode Island; 4. "The Dark Tower;" 5. Noah Syndergaard; 6. "Will & Grace;" 7. Barack Obama.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. a, b; 2. b, c, d; 3. b; 4. b, d; 5. none; 6. c; 7. all.

The Q Train: Name That Sport
1. Baseball; 2. golf; 3. hockey; 4. basketball; 5. soccer; 6. tennis; 7. auto racing; 8. skiing; 9. football; 10. swimming.

General Knowledge
1. A&Z; 2. "Return of the Jedi;" 3. five cents; 4. Honda; 5. Johnson; 6. Sicily; 7. Kentucky.

IQ Trivia
1. Grumpy; 2. Denmark; 3. Somalia; 4. Taylor Swift and Adele; 5. Snoop Dogg.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Know Your Sports Stars This Wednesday

Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's this Wednesday night, August 9th at 8:30 PM, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. I will ask you seven general knowledge questions, and each will have four choices. You can pick as many of the four as you think are correct, and will get a point for each one that is right. (And you'll get one point if the correct answer is "none.") However, if you give any incorrect answers, that will negate any right answers for that question and you will get no points for that question. So you have to be careful.

The Q Train lightning round will be "Name That Sport Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current stars from all different sports and you have to tell me what sport they play. Every answer will be a different sport.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In the comic strip "Peanuts", what is the usually posted price of "Psychiatric Help" at Lucy's booth?"

I look forward to seeing many of you for a great night of Trivia Q&A this coming Wednesday night!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 2

Trivia returned from a one-week vacation last night, with a really good turnout of 15 teams. We had a three-team horse race going into IQ Trivia, with the each team separated by one point. But the team of DIMS emerged victorious, winning the night with 48 points. Congratulations to them on another well-earned victory.

Second place went to We Didn't Have Mooch Time to Come Up With a Team Name finished second with 42 points (and also won Best Team Name), and third place went to Now Available with 40 points.

Current Events
1. Ram Nath Kovind was recently elected president of what Asian country?
2. What magazine caused a stir last week when it put Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on its cover with the title, "Why Can't He Be Our President?"
3. Rocker Alice Cooper said last week that he recently discovered a print from what artist that he bought over 40 years ago, and could be worth millions of dollars?
4. What website entrepreneur briefly overtook Bill Gates last week as the "World's Richest Person", with a net worth of $90.5 billion, but slipped back to second the next day?
5. Apple last week announced that they were discontinuing what two types of iPods?
6. What baseball legend was accused of statutory rape in a court document filed on Monday, as the now-grown woman claims to have had a sexual relationship with him in the 1970s when she was 15?
7. Los Angeles reached an agreement to host the 2028 Summer Olympics with what other city, which host the Olympics in 2024?

1980s Trivia
1. "Bleach" was the first album released by what rock band in 1989?
2. "The Simpsons" first appeared on a series of cartoon shorts in 1987 on what TV show?
3. In 1982, Great Britain clashed with what country over the Falkland Islands?
4. What R&B legend was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987?
5. What Super Bowl championship team had a rap hit in the 1980s called "The Super Bowl Shuffle?"
6. When the Fox network debuted in October 1986, who hosted their first show called "The Late Show?"
7. Name 2 of the 5 highest grossing films in the US in 1980s.

The Q Train: Total Acting Oscars Trivia
1. Jack Nicholson
2. Diane Keaton
3. Clint Eastwood
4. Sally Field
5. Denzel Washington
6. Glenn Close
7. Cate Blanchett
8. Daniel Day-Lewis
9. Al Pacino
10. Harrison Ford

General Knowledge
1. "Granny Smith" is a popular type of what fruit? ( 1 pt)
2. Dolly, the first successfully cloned mammal, was what kind of animal? ( 1 pt)
3. Who won a Best Support Actor Oscar for the film "Goodfellas?" ( 1 pt)
4. The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 affected what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What US president was known as "The Great Communicator?" (2 pt)
6. What US city was the first to host the Olympic Games? ( 2 pt)
7. How many acres are in a square mile? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What are the two national languages of India? ( 4 points)
2. "Firelight" was a 1964 science fiction film marking the theatrical film directing debut of what Oscar-winning director? ( 4 points)
3. The World Health Organization said that the world's most polluted city in 2016 was found in what African country? ( 5 points)
4. What future Oscar-winning actor had a recurring role as Ned Donnelly on the 1980s sitcom "Family Ties?" ( 4 points)
5. What veteran entertainer is credited by Guinness World Records with logging the most hours ever on US television? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. India; 2. Rolling Stone; 3. Andy Warhol; 4. Jeff Bezos; 5. Nano and Shuffle; 6. Pete Rose; 7. Paris.

1980s Trivia
1. Nirvana; 2. "The Tracey Ullman Show;" 3. Argentina; 4. Aretha Franklin; 5. Chicago Bears; 6. Joan Rivers; 7. ET, Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Q Train: Total Acting Oscars Trivia
1. three; 2. one; 3. none; 4. two; 5. two; 6. none; 7. two; 8. three; 9. one; 10. none.

General Knowledge
1. Apples; 2. sheep; 3. Joe Pesci; 4. Northern Ireland; 5. Ronald Reagan; 6. St. Louis (1904); 7. 640.

IQ Trivia
1. English and Hindi; 2. Steven Spielberg; 3. Nigeria (Omitsha); 4. Tom Hanks; 5. Regis Philbin.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Trivia Returns From Vacation Wednesday

Trivia returns to Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, August 2nd at 8:30 PM, with "1980s Trivia" as the special category. It will be seven questions on that decade in pop culture, sports, history, etc. The Q Train lightning round will be "Total Acting Oscars Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current actors and actresses and you have to tell me how many total acting Academy Awards they have won in their careers. (Directing and writing Oscars don't count.)

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Granny Smith is a popular type of what fruit?"


Looking forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday night, after the one-week layoff. It will be good to be back again asking Trivia Q&A again on Wednesday. See you then!