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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Trivia Q&A: October 25

We had 13 teams in for Trivia last night, and it was an extremely close night, as the scores weren't very high for the first two rounds. But by the time we finished General Knowledge, we had six teams with five points of each other. But something happened last night that rarely happens in all the years I've hosted Trivia: a team came from sixth place to win! The Iron Bank, who had gotten off to a slow start in the first three rounds, had a good fourth round, and did the best of any team in IQ Trivia, getting 4 of the 5 questions correct (and every team in front of them got 2 or less right, so the stars aligned for them), wound up with 34 points and won the night by one point. My congratulations to the boys on their win. Hey, you  know what can happen on some nights!

Second place went to Div's Got Dibs on "Dims" with 33 points, and third place went to DIMS with 31 points.

Best Team Name: Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Quit Trivia

AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Trivia Night at Professor Thom's is moving over to Tuesday nights, starting next Tuesday, October 31st, at 8:30 PM. This is a permanent move, with the Celtics and Bruins playing so many Wednesday night games this season, Tuesday nights will be a better night for us going forward. The Trivia Night will stay exactly the same, but on a different night. I will be posting the Special Categories and Sneak Peek question here every Monday instead of Tuesdays from now on. I hope you will continue to join us at Thom's for a great night of Trivia each week!

Current Events
1. What pop singer got stuck suspended in the air during a show in Nashville last week, and after a few minutes was lowered to the stage by her crew?
2. What actor claimed in court documents filed last week that his girlfriend who committed suicide in 2015 tried to extort millions of dollars by faking medical records that she had STDs?
3. What comedian was awarded the 20th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last Sunday?
4. What pop singer will headline the Super Bowl halftime show this coming February, 15 years after previously memorably headlining it?
5. Last week, Brooklyn councilman Stephen Levin introduced a bill in the NYC Council to rename what NYC bridge after legendary jazz sax player Sonny Rollins?
6. What university posted scientist Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis from 1966 on their website, and it crashed the site as it had over 60,000 downloads in less than 24 hours?
7. What department store chain announced this week that it was ending its century-old ties with Whirlpool, and will no longer sell the company's products?

World Series Trivia
1. What MLB Hall of Famer holds the record for the most World Series home runs in a career, with 18? a. Babe Ruth; b. Mickey Mantle; c. Joe DiMaggio; d. Reggie Jackson.
2. How many World Series have the current AL champion Houston Astros won in their history? a. 1; b. 2; c. 3; d. 0.
3. What NL team did the Red Sox defeat to win their last World Series title in 2013? a. Rockies; b. Dodgers; c. Cardinals; d. Mets.
4. Which AL team did the Yankees defeat to win their last World Series title in 2009? a. Phillies; b. Mets; c. Dodgers; d. Cardinals.
5. How many times have the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in this century? a. 0; b. 1; c. 2; d. 3.
6. What Yankees Hall of Famer holds the record for playing on 10 World Series champions? a. Babe Ruth; b. Yogi Berra; c. Mickey Mantle; d. Joe DiMaggio.
7. Which one of these teams has never won a World Series? a. Marlins; b. Braves; c. Astros; d. Blue Jays.

The Q Train: New York City Places Trivia
1. Pelham Bay Park
2. Red Hook
3. Fort Totten
4. Sunset Park
5. Turtle Bay
6. Snug Harbor
7. Willets Point
8. Fort Wadsworth
9. Co-Op City
10. Gerritsen Beach

General Knowledge
1. Olympic Airlines is the national airline of what country? ( 1 pt)
2. According to Shakespeare, what is "the better part of valor?" ( 1 pt)
3. The Ginza is a shopping street in what capital city? ( 1 pt)
4. What was the one-word name of the magazine founded by John F. Kennedy Jr.? ( 2 pt)
5. What continent is divided into the most countries? ( 2 pt)
6. To the closest pound, how many pounds does a gallon of water weigh? ( 2 pt)
7. The Straits of Mackinac connect what two Great Lakes? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What now standard piece of automobile equipment was introduced at the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911? ( 4 points)
2. The Tarsus bones are found in what part of the human body? ( 3 points)
3. What did Russian Valentina Tereshkova do in 1963 that made her world famous? ( 4 points)
4. What actor, who won his Academy Award in 2004, is at 6'5", considered to be the tallest Oscar-winning actor in history? ( 4 points)
5. Which playing card is also known as "The Suicide Card?" ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Katy Perry; 2. Jim Carrey; 3. David Letterman; 4. Justin Timberlake; 5. Williamsburg Bridge; 6. Cambridge; 7. Sears.

World Series Trivia
1. b; 2. d; 3. c; 4. a; 5. d; 6. b; 7. c.

The Q Train: New York City Places Trivia
1. The Bronx; 2. Brooklyn; 3. Queens; 4. Brooklyn; 5. Manhattan; 6. Staten Island; 7. Queens; 8. Staten Island; 9. The Bronx; 10. Brooklyn.

General Knowledge
1. Greece; 2. discretion; 3. Tokyo; 4. George; 5. Africa; 6. eight; 7. Michigan and Huron.

IQ Trivia
1. Rearview mirror; 2. feet; 3. First woman in space; 4. Tim Robbins; 5. King of Hearts.

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