All-Star Game at Washington

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Trivia Q&A: January 23

We had another fine turnout with 12 teams and a crowd really into last night's Trivia. The scores were rather low the first two rounds, as this might have been another night I made the Trivia a bit harder than I thought. But the scores picked up in the following rounds. The boys from DIMS had another terrific night, getting all five correct in IQ Trivia and walking away with 51 points and convincing win. Congrats to Michael, Ken and Derek on another great win.

But in all my years doing Trivia, something happened last night that never happened before. We had a four-way tie for second place! The teams of Liverwurst Club, My Neck, My Back, Eat My Tide Pod Snack, Probing Sessions and Shut Up the Government & Shut Down the Super Bowl all finished with 36 points, so we had a tie breaker question to determine second and third places. "How many total Grammy nominations do Jay-Z and Kanye West have combined in their careers?" The answer is 128, as they both have 64. Probing Sessions was closest in their guess, and finished second, and Liverwurst Club was next closest, and finished third.

Best Team Name: My Neck, My Back, Eat My Tide Pod Snack

Current Events
1. Delores O'Riordan, the lead singer of what Irish rock band, was found dead in a London hotel room last week?
2. Pope Francis officiated a wedding ceremony among two flight attendants during his three-day visit in what South American country last Thursday?
3. What world capital city had only six minutes of sunlight for the entire month of December, due to unrelenting cloud cover, the darkest since the city began recording the data?
4. What company is planning to build a new corporate campus while hiring 20,000 new workers because of a tax cut that will enable them to bring an estimated $245 billion from overseas?
5. A former employee of what Oscar-winning actor accused him last week of sexually harassing her and masturbating in front of her when she worked for him in the 1980s?
6. At least 43 people were killed when five suicide bombers stormed a hotel in the capital of what Asian country last Saturday?
7. What much-maligned film starring Mark Wahlberg led the way with nine nominations as the Razzie Awards were announced this past weekend?

Grammy Awards Trivia
1. Which rock group has won the most Grammys with 22 in its history? a. The Rolling Stones; b. U2; c. The Who; d. The Beatles.
2. Which of these individual pop music artists has won the most Grammys? a. Madonna; b. Michael Jackson; c. Stevie Wonder; d. Frank Sinatra.
3. What city is hosting the 2018 Grammy Awards? a. New York; b. Los Angeles; c. Nashville; d. New Orleans.
4. Who was the first rock band to win the Album of the Year Grammy in 1968? a. The Beatles; b. The Rolling Stones; c. Simon and Garfunkel; d. Blood, Sweat and Tears.
5. Which female artist has won the most Grammys in history, with 27? a. Aretha Franklin; b. Beyonce; c. Ella Fitzgerald; d. Alison Krauss.
6. What artist is nominated for the most Grammys for 2018? a. Kendrick Lamar; b. Bruno Mars; c. Jay-Z; d. SZA.
7. Which of these artists is the only one to refuse a Grammy Award? a. Bob Dylan; b. Sinead O'Connor; c. The Dixie Chicks; d. The Sex Pistols.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The island group known as the Azores are found in the Pacific Ocean.
2. Marlon Brando portrayed Superman's father in the 1978 movie "Superman."
3. The land that makes up the District of Columbia was donated by the state of Virginia.
4. The Ebola virus was named after a river.
5. The Evelyn Wood program is best known for teaching public speaking.
6. A cow has four compartments in its stomach.
7. A male moose sheds its antlers once a year.
8. In 19th century Japan, it was customary for women to dye their teeth black.
9. The primary characteristics of strobe lighting is a reddish glow.
10. Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan, is the lead singer of the band Hot House Flowers.

General Knowledge
1. "We're gonna need a bigger boat" is a famous line from what 1976 film? ( 1 pt)
2. What was the first state to ratify the US Constitution? ( 1 pt)
3. The West Nile Virus is primarily transmitted by what insect? ( 1 pt)
4. James Spader plays an ex-fugitive who works with the FBI on what TV series? ( 2 pt)
5. The iconic statue "Christ the Redeemer" is found in what country? ( 2 pt)
6. "Rude Boy" was a 2009 hit single for what female pop singer? ( 2 pt)
7. What nation fought the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. UFC champion Ronda Rousey went to the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in what sport? ( 5 points)
2. Hill Valley was a fictional town in what hit 1985 comedy film? ( 3 points)
3. What former dictator sued the makers of "Call to Duty: Black Ops II" in 2014 for defamation after he appeared in the video game? ( 4 points)
4. In 2013, what hard rock band played a concert in Antarctica and became the first band ever to play concerts on all seven continents? ( 4 points)
5. What HBO series centered on the hunt for a serial killer named "The Yellow King?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. The Cranberries; 2. Chile; 3. Moscow; 4. Apple; 5. Michael Douglas; 6. Afghanistan; 7. "Transformers: The Last Knight."

Grammy Awards Trivia
1. b; 2. c; 3. a; 4. a; 5. d; 6. c; 7. b.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. false, Atlantic; 2. true; 3. false, Maryland; 4. true; 5. false, speed reading; 6. true; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, high speed flashing; 10.false, The Wallflowers.

General Knowledge
1. "Jaws;" 2. Delaware; 3. mosquito; 4. "The Blacklist;" 5. Brazil; 6. Rhianna; 7. Finland.

IQ Trivia
1. Judo; 2. "Back to the Future;" 3. Manuel Noriega; 4. Metallica; 5. "True Detective."

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