Red Sox Series at London

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Trivia Q&A: May 21

We had 12 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and we were back on the main floor of Professor Thom's. The scores for the first two rounds were a bit on the lighter side, as I guess I made those rounds a bit tough this week. But they picked up in the next two, and we had a good race to the finish. We had three teams separated by three points going into IQ Trivia, but it was the team of Herps Free Since '03 that pulled out the win, getting a perfect 20 in IQ Trivia to wind up with 47 points. It was the first win for longtime Trivia regular Julie and her friends. Congratulations to them on their win!

Second place went to DIMS with 46 points, and Whoop There It Is finished in third place with 45 points.

Best Team Name: Jeffrey Dahmer's House of Ribs

BTW, the NHL released the Stanley Cup Finals schedule and the Bruins won't be playing any games on a Tuesday, so we are back on the main floor to stay!

Current Events
1. A jury in California awarded a couple a $2 billion verdict after they sued what company after they claimed their cancer was caused by long-term exposure to one of their products?
2. A recent survey released by Dubai-based Big 7 Travel said that the accent from what US state is "the sexiest accent in America?"
3. Which NBA team from the Western Conference won the first pick in the draft lottery last week and will pick first in the 2019 draft?
4. The Social Security Administration released its annual list of the most popular baby names for 2018, and what girl's name topped the list for the fifth straight year?
5. Doris Day died last week at the age of 97. So now there are only five living individuals left from Billy Joel's 1989 hit "We Didn't Start the Fire." Name 2 of the 5.
6. What English actor was picked to be the new Batman last week, with the new film scheduled for release in June 2021?
7. What Asian country became the first country in the region to legalize same-sex marriage last week?

Memorial Day Trivia
1. Memorial Day was called by another name. What was the name?
2. What memorial, the first to be established on Washington’s National Mall, was dedicated in 1982?
3. What late 20th Century US president decreed a National Moment of Remembrance, a moment of silence at 3 PM each Memorial Day?
4. The first Memorial Day was founded to honor military personnel who died in what war?
5. What famous American WWII military leader died of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in 1945?
6. What Chicago stadium opened in 1924 as a tribute to the troops who fought in WWI?
7. What American founding father was eulogized as being “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen?”

The Q Train: 21st Century Movie Characters Trivia
1. Jordan Belfort (2013)
2. Hans Landa (2009)
3. Killmonger (2018)
4. Gandalf (2001)
5. Kylo Ren (2015)
6. Miranda Priestly (2006)
7. Katniss Everdeen (2012)
8. Tony Stark (2010)
9. Steve Rogers (2011)
10. Regina George (2004)

General Knowledge
1. Which Spice Girl rocked the Union Jack dress? ( 1 pt)
2. Robert DeNiro won his first Academy Award for what film? ( 1 pt)
3. The southern tip of South America is known as what cape? ( 1 pt)
4. The famous astrologer Nostradamus was born in what European country? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the host of the 1990s TV series "Rescue 911?" ( 2 pt)
6. What land animal has the longest gestation period, 650 days? ( 2 pt)
7. The Oregon Trail started in what Midwestern state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. At $57.5 million, who was the highest-paid comedian in 2018? ( 4 points)
2. What is the youngest branch of the US military? ( 3 points)
3. April 13th is the beginning of Songkran, a special three-day water festival and Buddhist celebration in what country? ( 5 points)
4. What image appears on the flags of both Argentina and Uruguay? ( 4 points)
5. What Oscar-nominated actor narrated on audiobook the 2010 Keith Richards autobiography "Life", doing an impersonation of the Rolling Stones guitarist? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Monsanto; 2. Texas; 3. New Orleans Pelicans; 4. Emma; 5. Bob Dylan, Brigette Bardot, Bernie Goetz, Queen Elizabeth and Chubby Checker; 6. Robert Pattinson; 7. Taiwan.

Memorial Day Trivia
1. Decoration Day; 2. Vietnam Veterans Memorial; 3. Bill Clinton; 4. Civil War; 5. George S. Patton; 6. Soldier Field; 7. George Washington.

The Q Train: 21st Century Movie Characters Trivia
1. The Wolf of Wall Street; 2. Inglorious Basterds; 3. Black Panther; 4. The Lord of the Rings; 5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens; 6. The Devil Wears Prada; 7. The Hunger Games; 8. Iron Man; 9. Captain America: The First Avenger; 10. Mean Girls.

General Knowledge
1. Ginger Spice; 2. "The Godfather Part II; 3. Cape Horn; 4. France; 5. William Shatner; 6. elephant; 7. Missouri.

IQ Trivia
1. Jerry Seinfeld; 2. Air Force; 3. Thailand; 4. The sun; 5. Johnny Depp.

Monday, May 20, 2019

We Remember The Fallen On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 21st at 8:30 PM, with "Memorial Day Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to that special holiday where we remember those Americans who gave their lives for our nation. The Q Train lightning round will be "21st Century Movie Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters from popular movies of this century, and you have to tell me what film that character was in. I will also give you the year the film was released as well.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Robert DeNiro won his first Academy Award for what film?"

We will be back on the main floor of Professor Thom's for Trivia on Tuesday night, as the Stanley Cup Finals will not yet have started for the Bruins. Hope to see many of you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Trivia Q&A: May 14

We were back in the Loft for Trivia on Tuesday night, as the Bruins had their Game 3 playoff game downstairs. We had a party up there that concluded a bit late, so we started a few minutes after 8:30. We had 9 teams take part, and I think it may have been the toughest Current Events round I've ever done, as only one team got as many as four correct. But the night belonged to Ken from DIMS (under the team name "3Peat?"), as he was solo for the third consecutive week, and wound up winning the night, as he got 38 points and the victory. Congrats to him on another solo win.

Second place went to Plateaus Are The Highest Form of Flattery with 34 points, and third place went to The Knicks Will Blow It with 32 points.

I want to wish Bentley and Callan all the best, as they have been two of my loyalest Trivia regulars, and they are departing New York City for Tennessee later this month. Last night was their last time at our Trivia Night, and I hope they can come back again one day. Good luck to you both!

Next week we will be back on the main floor of Professor Thom's for Trivia on Tuesday night, as no matter what happens in the Bruins series, there won't be a game next Tuesday. See you then.

Best Team Name: A Schlong of Ice and Fire: The Tale of Tyrion, The Tallest Lannister

Current Events
1. What NYC radio station announced last week that their final broadcast will be on May 31st when the station will change formats and call letters?
2. What standup comedian and onetime host of his own comedy show will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American humor for 2019?
3. What game host was awarded the Guinness World Record last week for "the longest career as a game show host of the same show", 35 years and 198 days?
4. What major retail company announced last Wednesday they are raising the age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 beginning in July?
5. What country released a banknote six months ago with the word "responsibility" misspelled and it was just discovered recently?
6. What 1990s rock band is suing a Colorado brewery for trademark infringement after they named an ale with a similar sounding name as the band?
7. What Broadway play set a new record last week for the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history, going over $40 million total?

May Trivia
1. On May 10, 1869, the first Transcontinental Railroad was completed, with golden spike drilled at Promontory Summit in what state?
2. In May 1865, what famous figure of the Confederacy was captured by Union troops in Georgia?
3. What sitcom ended its 11-year run on NBC in May 1993 with 80 million people tuning in?
4. In May 2010, what actress hosted Saturday Night Live thanks to a push by fans on Facebook and she won an Emmy for her appearance?
5. What is the birthstone for the month of May?
6. What two Zodiac signs share the month of May?
7. Singer Paul David Hewson was born in May 1960, and is better known by what single name?

The Q Train: TV Shows Before or After 2010 Trivia
1. Homeland
2. Breaking Bad
3. The Americans
4. Modern Family
5. Game of Thrones
6. Shameless
7. Grey's Anatomy
8. The Good Wife
9. American Horror Story
10. Mad Men

General Knowledge
1. What breed of dog was Snoopy from "Peanuts?" ( 1 pt)
2. What country has hosted the most Olympic Games? ( 1 pt)
3. In computer lingo, what does "KB" stand for? ( 1 pt)
4. Who was the highest-paid author of 2018? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2018? ( 2 pt)
6. What alcohol spirit goes into a traditional Tom Collins? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the highest-grossing Disney film to date worldwide? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What town in southwestern Georgia was the site of 13,000 deaths during the Civil War, almost twice as many as any battlefield?  ( 4 points)
2.  In 2013, the Writers Guild of America selected what 2000s drama series as the best written TV series in history? ( 4 points)
3. What eastern state is the only US state to have all its counties considered urban areas? ( 4 points)
4. What New York location is the most filmed place in the world, with over 230 movies made on its premises? ( 3 points)
5. What Western Hemisphere country is the only country that displays the Bible on its flag? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. WPLJ; 2. Dave Chappelle; 3. Pat Sajak; 4. Walmart; 5. Australia; 6. Guns 'N' Roses; 7. "To Kill a Mockingbird."

May Trivia
1. Utah; 2. Jefferson Davis; 3. "Cheers;" 4. Betty White; 5. Emerald; 6. Taurus and Gemini; 7. Bono.

The Q Train: TV Shows Before or After 2010 Trivia
1. After (2011); 2. Before (2008); 3. After (2013); 4. Before (2009); 5. After (2011); 6. After (2011); 7. Before (2005); 8. Before (2009); 9. After (2011); 10. Before (2007).

General Knowledge
1. Beagle; 2. USA; 3. kilobyte; 4. James Patterson; 5. Drake; 6. gin; 7. "Avatar."

IQ Trivia
1. Andersonville; 2. "The Sopranos"; 3. New Jersey; 4. Central Park; 5. Dominican Republic.

Monday, May 13, 2019

We Return to the Loft on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 14th at 8:30 PM, with "May Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected with the month of May in history and pop culture through the years. The Q Train lightning round will be "TV Shows Before or After 2010 Trivia." I will give you the names of ten popular TV shows from the 21st century, and you have to tell me whether show bgan its run before or after 2010.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What breed of dog was Snoopy from Peanuts?"

We will be back in the Loft on Tuesday night, as the Bruins have a playoff game beginning at 8 PM that night. Space is limited in the Loft, so get in as soon as you can to guarantee a good seat or table. Hope to see many of you on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Trivia Q&A: May 7

We were back on the main floor for Trivia at Professor Thom's last night, and we had a fine turnout of 12 teams. It was an unusual night in that it was a close race throughout the evening, with no one team pulling away from the pack at any time. And for the first time that I can remember, not a single team got a perfect score in any round. Going into IQ Trivia, the top four teams were all separated by one point between them. But it was Ken Solo II (Ken from DIMS working solo again this week) who pulled out the win, getting 3 of 5 correct in the round and getting 38 points. Congrats to Ken for his second straight solo victory.

As of this writing, we don't know if we'll be upstairs in the Loft next week or still on the main floor. The Bruins are in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals and the NHL has not yet released the full schedule. I'll pass along the info when I get it at the Facebook group, and here on the blog.

Second place went to I Like Being Downstairs With John Quinn with 36 points, and third place went to The Brenda Bunch with 35 points.

Best Team Name: Tip Neeru 27%

Current Events
1. What actor, best known as a child star in the 1980s, was arrested last week for the second time on domestic violence charges in the last month?
2. What fast food franchise revealed last week they closed over 1,000 restaurants in the US in 2018, more than doubled they previously forecasted in their revitalization plan?
3. What rap artist won 12 awards at the Billboard Music Awards last week to become the most-awarded artist in BBMA history with 27?
4. Catherine Pugh, the mayor of what eastern US city, resigned last week in the aftermath of a scandal involving childrens books?
5. Michael Bennet, senator from what western state, became the 7th US senator to announce a bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president last week?
6. 200 women players from what professional sport announced a boycott of next year's professional season in North America unless a single pro league is established?
7. A street corner in Staten Island was renamed Saturday in honor of what legendary hip hop group in recognition to their contributions to the borough?

Mothers Trivia
1. Who was the frontman for the rock band "The Mothers of Invention?"
2. What country in the world did Mother Teresa do most of her charity work with the poor?
3. Who in the Bible is credited with being the "Mother of all the living?"
4. Mother Love Bone was a later 1980s band from the Northwest, and two members of that group would form what superstar rock band in the 1990s?
5. Natalie Suleman, known as "The Octomom", came into prominence in 2009 when she gave birth to how many children?
6. "The mother of all battles has begun" is a statement credited to what onetime world leader?
7. In Spain, Mothers Day is usually celebrated in what month?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The Statue of Liberty's official name is now "Liberty Enlightening the World Wide Web."
2. The Grand Canyon is over 10,000 feet deep at its deepest point.
3. Sneezes regularly exceed 100 MPH.
4. Abraham Lincoln had no middle name.
5. There are about 100 dimples on a standard golf ball.
6. Before becoming queen, Queen Elizabeth II was a mechanic.
7. Kentucky is the state printed on a Jack Daniel's label.
8. Red M&Ms were once banned in the 1970s.
9. Germany drinks the most beer per person in the world.
10. All the kings in a standard deck of cards have a mustache.

General Knowledge
1. What is the official language of Austria? ( 1 pt)
2. Geri Halliwell was which member of the Spice Girls? ( 1 pt)
3. What planet is named after the Roman god of the sea? ( 1 pt)
4. In billiards, what color is the stripe on a 9 ball? ( 2 pt)
5. In standard poker, what hand ranks between a full house and a straight flush? ( 2 pt)
6. In the series finale, how long is the Seinfeld gang sentenced to prison? ( 2 pt)
7. What author was credited with coining the phrase "cold war" in 1945? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What Midwestern US state produces about 250 million pounds of popcorn each year, the most of any state? ( 3 points)
2. What was the first fast food burger chain in the US, opened by Walter Anderson and Billy Ingram in Kansas in 1921? ( 5 points)
3. "Brad's Drink" was the original name of what soft drink that was founded in 1893? ( 4 points)
4. What Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist was the final act to take the stage at the Woodstock Festival in 1969? ( 4 points)
5. What actor made history in 2018 when he was nominated for the Best Actor Emmy award for the 12th time? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Rick Schroeder; 2. Subway; 3. Drake; 4. Baltimore; 5. Colorado; 6. hockey; 7. Wu-Tang Clan.

Mothers Trivia
1. Frank Zappa; 2. India; 3. Eve; 4. Pearl Jam; 5. eight; 6. Saddam Hussein; 7. December.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. false, 6000 feet; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, about 336; 6. true; 7. false, Tennessee; 8. true; 9. false, Czech Republic; 10. false, King of Hearts has no mustache.

General Knowledge
1. German; 2. Ginger; 3. Neptune; 4. yellow; 5. four of a kind; 6. one year; 7. George Orwell.

IQ Trivia
1. Nebraska; 2. White Castle; 3. Pepsi; 4. Jimi Hendrix; 5. Ted Danson.

Monday, May 06, 2019

We Honor Mom On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 7th at 8:30 PM, with "Mothers Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about mothers in history and pop culture, in celebration of Mothers Day, which is coming up next Sunday. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the official language of Austria?"

Both the Celtics and Bruins will NOT have a playoff game this Tuesday night, so we will return to usual spot on the main floor for Trivia. Hope to see many of you for a great night of Trivia on Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Trivia Q&A: April 30

We moved Trivia up to Professor Thom's Loft last night, as both the Bruins and Celtics had playoff games at the same time. It was an enjoyable night there, as we had 13 teams turn out, and just about all the seats and tables in the Loft were filled. (We also had some Celtics fans up there, as their playoff game sound was broadcast in the Loft, as the Bruins had priority downstairs.) It was a night for Ken from DIMS, who went under the name "Ken Solo". He was alone and had a great night, rolling up 50 points and the win. He led throughout the evening, and got 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia, taking the night by 7 points. Congrats, Ken.

Second place went to Just An Old Fascist Love Song (who won for Best Team Name as well) with 43 points, and we had a tie for third place between Why Can't George RR Martin use Twitter? He Killed Off All 140 Characters and I Can't Say That, It'll Spoil Game of Thrones  with 34 points. We broke the tie with "How much did the average American wedding cost in 2018?" The answer was $44,105 (wow), and I Can't Say That, It'll Spoil Game of Thrones was closest and won third place.

BTW, next week we will return to our usual spot downstairs, as neither the Celtics nor the Bruins will be scheduled to play next Tuesday night, no matter how either of their playoff series goes. See you then!

Current Events
1. Volodymyr Zelensky, an actor and comedian, won the presidential election in what eastern European nation in a landslide last week?
2. Rodrigo Duterte, president of what Asian country, has threatened Canada that his nation will "declare war" against them if they don't take back electronic and household waste that Canada mailed to them in 2014?
3. The estate of what late pop singer announced last week that they will be releasing a 15-track album called "originals", unreleased songs he gave to other artists that became hits?
4. What Oscar-winning actor was named the villain in the next upcoming untitled James Bond film, the 25th in the franchise's history?
5. A panel of three federal judges ruled last week that 34 congressional and state legislative districts in what Midwest state were gerrymandered and unconstitutional?
6. Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning QB from Oklahoma, was selected number one in the 2019 NFL Draft by what team?
7. Richard Lugar, GOP senator from what Midwest state from 1977-2013, died on Sunday at the age of 87?

France Trivia
1. The novel "The Three Musketeers" was written by what French author?
2. Between Bordeaux, Marseilles and Cannes, which French city is not on the Mediterranean Sea?
3. Marie Antoinette was the wife of what French king?
4. What river flows through the city of Paris?
5. What are the three colors on the French flag?
6. How many times has France's national soccer team won the World Cup?
7. What is the second largest city in France after Paris?

The Q Train: Seinfeld Quotes Trivia
1. The jerk store called, they're running out of you!
2. But I don't want to be pirate!
3. I've driven women to lesbianism before, but never a mental institution.
4. I need a secure packaging of Jockeys. My boys need a house!
5. It seems a psychotic mechanic has absconded with my friend's car.
6. The sea was angry that day, my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli.
7. Boy, these pretzels are making me thirsty.
8. You know what would make a great coffee table book? A coffee table book about coffee tables!
9. You're through, Soup Nazi. Pack it up. No more soup for you!
10. Did you know that the original title for "War and Peace" was "War,What Is It Good For?"

General Knowledge
1. Who was the original host of the US version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" ( 1 pt)
2. What country experiences the most tornadoes? ( 1 pt)
3. What actor was one-half of the rock duo "Tenacious D?" ( 1 pt)
4. Bill Gates dropped out of what college to pursue Microsoft full time? ( 2 pt)
5. Robert Moog revolutionized music by designing a popular model of what electronic instrument? ( 2 pt)
6. Coit Tower is located in what US city? ( 2 pt)
7. The Titanic was built in 1912 in what current UK city? ( 3 pt)
IQ Trivia
1. Philo Taylor Farnsworth is generally credited with the invention he received a patent for in 1930? ( 4 points)
2. What 20th century US president signed the Standard Time Act into law, creating the time zones across the US? ( 5 points)
3. What sport awards a $10 million payout to the winner of the Fed Ex Cup? ( 3 points)
4. A person suffering with a piloerection has what condition? ( 4 points)
5. What celebrity attempted to trademark the phrase "Adonis DNA" in 2011? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Ukraine; 2. The Philippines; 3. Prince; 4. Rami Malek; 5. Michigan; 6. Arizona Cardinals; 7. Indiana.

France Trivia
1. Alexandre Dumas; 2. Bordeaux; 3. Louis XVI; 4. Seine; 5. Red, white and blue; 6. Two (1998 and 2018); 7. Marseilles.

The Q Train: Seinfeld Quotes Trivia
1. George; 2. Jerry; 3. George; 4. Kramer; 5. Elaine; 6. George; 7. Kramer; 8. Kramer; 9. Elaine; 10. Jerry.

General Knowledge
1. Regis Philbin; 2. USA; 3. Jack Black; 4. Harvard; 5. synthesizer; 6. San Francisco; 7. Belfast.

IQ Trivia
1. Television; 2. Woodrow Wilson; 3. golf; 4. goosebumps; 5.Charlie Sheen.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Let's Give It Another Go

Well, Trivia folks, we couldn't do Trivia last week due to the Bruins game downstairs and a party happening in the Loft I was unaware was happening until I arrived at Professor Thom's last Tuesday night. Once again, I offer my apologies to all of you who came out expecting Trivia to happen last week. This coming Tuesday, April 30th, there will be BOTH the Bruins and Celtics playoff games happening, so we go back to the Loft again this week. I was told by Chris from Thom's a few days ago that there was currently nothing scheduled in the Loft for Tuesday, but I try to get another confirmation on that shortly. If anything changes on that front, I will pass along the word as soon as possible here on my blog or at the Facebook group.

We will have the same Special Category as last week, "France Trivia", seven questions connected to that great European nation in pop culture and history, and same Q Train lightning round, "Seinfeld Quotes Trivia." I will give you ten classic lines from the 1990s classic comedy, and you have to tell me which of the four main characters (Jerry, Elaine, Kramer or George) said that line.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Who was the original host of the US version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'"

We get going at 8:30 PM. Remember that seating up in the Loft will be limited, so please do get in as soon as possible to get a good seat or table. See you Tuesday night!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Trivia Was Called Off Last Night

Hello Trivia Players: Unfortunately Trivia Night at Professor Thom's didn't happen last night. The Bruins fans flocked in for Game 7, an even bigger crowd than what was expected. But unfortunately, the Loft had an event happen that ran long, and I didn't know it was happening until I reached the bar at 6:30 PM. Originally I thought we could do Trivia in the Loft at about 9 PM, but the event up there did not conclude until after 10 PM. So it was obviously too late to start, so we had to call off the night.

My apologies to all of you who turned up expecting Trivia to happen. (I did have fun with some of my Trivia regulars outside the bar, as they asked me what the Current Events questions were, and we did an impromptu round outside! That was cool!) Next week, we will make sure that if Trivia happens again in the Loft (and odds on it will, as both the Bruins and Celtics advanced to the second round) that it is all clear and we can start on time. I will update all of you here and on the Facebook page and keep you in the loop as to where we stand for April 30th.

Next week we will be doing "France Trivia" as the Special Category and "Seinfeld Quotes Trivia" as the Q Train lightning round again.

Again, my apologies to all of you who made the trip to Thom's last night, and I look forward to seeing you all again next Tuesday night.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Know Your Seinfeld Lines on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 23rd at 8:30 PM, with "France Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to that great European country in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Seinfeld Quotes Trivia." I will give you ten funny quotes from the classic comedy series from the 1990s, and you have to tell which of the four main characters (Jerry, Elaine, Kramer or George) made it. It will be just those four characters and none of the supporting ones.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Who was the original host of the US version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' in 1999?"

The Bruins won their Game 6 matchup with the Maple Leafs on Sunday, so there will be a Game 7 on Tuesday night in Boston. That means we go upstairs in the Loft for Trivia this week. The Bruins game starts at 7 PM, so the bar will be crowded when Trivia will begin, so it might be wise to get in early as well. Seating will be limited upstairs in the Loft. Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday for Trivia!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Trivia Q&A: April 16

We had a terrific crowd of 17 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, after taking last week off. The sports gods were good to us, as both the Celtics and Bruins were off from their playoff series, so we did Trivia on the main floor. (We'll see what happens next week.) Nice to see my old friend Andrea in, as we watched many Red Sox games together many years back. We also had Sean from Stella Artois in again, and we awarded two passes to the Tribeca Film Festival to the Best Team Name winner, courtesy of Stella. The Trivia went very well, as the top five teams heading into IQ Trivia were just separated by five points. But it was the team of Chris Penis that pulled off the victory, as they got 4 of 5 correct to take the night with 46 points. They had a slow start, but came on strong. Congratulations to Snehal and his friends on their great win.

Second place went to DIMS with 43 points, and third place went to Defamers with 41 points.

Best Team Name: In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Smokes!

Current Events
1. What major US city recently elected its first black woman and openly gay person as mayor?
2. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, the six-term senator from what southern state, died last week at the age of 97?
3. Omar al-Bashir was deposed as president of what African country in a coup d'etat last week after 30 years in office?
4. The East Village concert venue Webster Hall will reopen on April 26th after a renovation with a concert by what rap star?
5. What team defeated Texas Tech in overtime to win the men's NCAA basketball championship, 85-77?
6. Chris Davis, the first baseman for what AL Team, set a new all-time record for futility, going 0-for 54 at the plate, a new record for position players in MLB history?
7. What Australian Oscar-winning actor won a sexual harassment suit against the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph last week?

April Trivia
1. England's patron saint is remembered on April 23rd. Who is he?
2. In April 1998, Pol Pot, the onetime dictator of what Asian country, died?
3. What 19th century US president was born on April 13, 1743?
4. In April 1993, what female tennis star was attacked and injured during a match in Germany?
5. San Jacinto Day is an official holiday every year in what US state?
6. "Apollo 13", a feature film from 1995 about the ill-fated mission to the Moon, was directed by what Oscar-winning director?
7. Name 2 of the 4 US states that celebrate Patriots Day in April as a state holiday.

Comedy Films Trivia
1. Some Like It Hot
2. Napoleon Dynamite
3. Duck Soup
4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
5. Midnight Run
6. Dumb and Dumber
7. Nine to Five
8. The Jerk
9. The Odd Couple
10. Shaun of the Dead

General Knowledge
1. Between cats, fish and dogs, which is the most popular pet in America, based on the number owned? ( 1 pt)
2. What 1990s TV series was centered around the death of a character named Laura Palmer? ( 1 pt)
3. "Vision of Love" was the first number one hit single for what female singer? ( 1 pt)
4. Jerry Springer was once the mayor of what Midwestern city? ( 2 pt)
5. What US state experiences the most earthquakes? ( 2 pt)
6. What country has the largest number of Facebook users? ( 2 pt)
7. Soccer is the world's most popular sport with the most fans. What team sport is second? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In 2017, the national Music Publishers Association declared what 1971 number one single to be "the song of the century?" ( 5 points)
2. In 1976, the NY Taxi and Limousine Commission gave hack license 265216 to what famous New Yorker, who spent a month driving 12-hour cab shifts daily? ( 4 points)
3. What superhero was created by the inventor of the lie detector, Charles Marston? ( 4 points)
4. Who is the only person to earn Nobel prizes in two different sciences? ( 3 points)
5. What rock star inspired Jack Sparrow's character in the film "Pirates of the Caribbean?" ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Chicago; 2. South Carolina; 3. Sudan; 4. Jay Z; 5. Virginia; 6. Baltimore Orioles; 7. Geoffrey Rush.

April Trivia
1. St. George; 2. Cambodia; 3. Thomas Jefferson; 4. Monica Seles; 5. Texas; 6. Ron Howard; 7. Massachusetts, Maine, Wisconsin and Connecticut.

The Q Train: Comedy Films Trivia
1. 1950s (1959); 2. 2000s (2004); 3. 1930s (1933); 4. 1970s (1975); 5. 1980s (1988); 6. 1990s (1994); 7. 1980s (1980); 8. 1970s (1979); 9. 1960s (1968); 10. 2000s (2004).

General Knowledge
1. Fish; 2. "Twin Peaks;" 3. Mariah Carey; 4. Cincinnati; 5. Alaska; 6. India; 7. cricket.

IQ Trivia
1. "Imagine;" 2. Robert DeNiro; 3. Wonder Woman; 4. Marie Curie; 5. Keith Richards.

Monday, April 15, 2019

How About the Combo of April & Comedy on Tuesday?

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 16th at 8:30 PM, with "April Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of April in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "Comedy Films Trivia". I will give you the names of ten classic comedy films from down through the years, and you have to tell me the decade of its original release.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What 1990s TV series was centered around the death of a character named Laura Palmer?"

We are fortunate that there will be no playoff games scheduled for either the Celtics or Bruins on Tuesday night, so we will be downstairs doing Trivia. Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night!

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Trivia Takes This Week Off

A quick reminder to everyone that Trivia Night will NOT be happening this week, as I will be away at Fenway Park for the home opener on Tuesday. Trivia will return next Tuesday, April 16th at 8:30 PM. We will most likely be doing Trivia upstairs in the Loft at Professor Thom's, as the Celtics and Bruins playoff runs begin, and it appears that the Celtics will most likely have a playoff game that night. (The Bruins don't, as the NHL first round schedule was just released.) I'll keep all of you updated on that here at the blog. See you next week!

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Trivia Q&A: April 2

We had another terrific crowd in for Trivia on Tuesday, as 14 teams took part. The bar had a huge crowd, as it seemed most teams had at least 5 or 6 folks per team.  Going into IQ Trivia, we had the top five teams separated by just four points. But the team in second, Quizards of Waverly Place, got four out of five correct to seal their first victory with 47 points, on their very first night playing with us. My congratulations to McCamey and her friends on a hard fought debut win.

Second place went to DIMS with 46 points, and third place went to We'll Trade You Trump For Brexit with 44 points.

Best Team Name: Vandelay Imports and Exports

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Trivia Night will NOT be happening next week, as I will be away at the Red Sox opener at Fenway Park. Trivia will return in two weeks on April 16th at 8:30 PM. See you then!

Current Events
1. Lawyer Michael Avenatti was arrested last week for an alleged $20 million extortion scheme against what company, embezzling a client's money and defrauding a bank?
2. What world capital city was the best-rated destination in the world by the annual Traveler's Choice Awards for 2019?
3. What movie actor was on a flight in Southern California last week that had to make an emergency landing and assisted many passengers making the final 100 miles of their trip to LA?
4. What tiny southeast Asian country passed a law that goes into effect this week that will punish gay sex with punishments as death by whipping and stoning?
5. Health officials in Rockland County, New York declared a state of emergency last week due to an outbreak of what contagious disease?
6. What TV series was renewed for a 21st season last week and will become the longest-running drama in TV history?
7. The lead singer of what superstar rock band announced this past weekend that his illness forced the group to postpone their American tour that was suppose to start this month?

1979 Trivia
1. What Michael Jackson album from 1979 produced four top ten hit singles?
2. Idi Amin, dictator of what African country, was overthrown in April 1979?
3. What Vietnam War picture won the Oscar for Best Picture in April 1979?
4. What British rock star became the first Western pop star to tour the USSR in May 1979?
5. In June 1979, Pope John Paul II visited what Communist country, the first ever to do so?
6. In March 1979, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident occurred in what state?
7. What NFL team won their third Super Bowl in January 1979, a 35-31 win over Dallas?

The Q Train: Name the Month Trivia
1. The anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar is in this month.
2. The Stonewall riots, marking the turning point in the Gay Rights movement, occurred in 1969 in this month.
3. The Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday in this month every year.
4. Hurricane Katrina struck the southern US in 2005 in this month.
5. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in the US in this month.
6. World War I concluded in this month in 1918.
7. Comedian Chris Farley died of a drug overdose in Chicago in 1997 in this month.
8. In recent years, the Emmy Awards have been presented in this month.
9. In the UK, the Queen's Birthday is officially celebrated in June, but Queen Elizabeth was actually born in this month.
10. Bastille Day is celebrated in France each year in this month.

General Knowledge
1. What is the first astrological sign of the Zodiac? ( 1 pt)
2. In a regular letter, what does "P.S." stand for? ( 1 pt)
3. What country originally produced Jaguar cars? ( 1 pt)
4. As of 2018, how many cities in California have a population over 1 million? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the most common eye color in the US? ( 2 pt)
6. "I think, therefore I am" was originally said by what famous scholar? ( 2 pt)
7. William Shakespeare's wife had the same name as what Hollywood actress? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What actor, who won an Academy Award in this decade, provided the voice for the yellow M&M in their commercials? ( 4 points)
2. At $22 million, what 1993 film was the most expensive black and white movie ever made? ( 3 points)
3. What American woman was the highest-paid model of 2018, earning $22.5 million? ( 4 points)
4. The hyoid bone is the only bone that is not connected to any other bone in the human body and is located where? (5 points)
5. In 1965, what Dr. Seuss book was banned by the Chinese government for its "portrayal of early Marxism?" ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Nike; 2. London; 3. Keanu Reeves; 4. Brunei; 5. measles; 6. "Law and Order SVU;" 7. The Rolling Stones.

1979 Trivia
1. "Off the Wall;" 2. Uganda; 3. "The Deer Hunter;" 4. Elton John; 5. Poland; 6. Pennsylvania; 7. Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Q Train: Name the Month Trivia
1. March; 2. June; 3. May; 4. August; 5. October; 6. November; 7. December; 8. September; 9. April; 10. July.

General Knowledge
1. Aries; 2. post script; 3. UK; 4. three (LA, San Diego and San Jose); 5. brown; 6. Rene Decartes; 7. Anne Hathaway.

IQ Trivia
1. J.K. Simmons; 2. "Schindler's List;" 3. Kendall Jenner; 4. tongue; 5. "Green Eggs and Ham."

Monday, April 01, 2019

Let's Go Back to the 1970s on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 2nd at 8:30 PM, with "1979 Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions on events from that final year of the 1970s in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "Name the Month Trivia." I will give you ten events that occurred in recent history and you have to tell me what month of the year it happened in. Every answer will be a different month of the year.

The Sneak Peak question for this week is:
"What is the first astrological sign of the Zodiac?"

We've been getting some fine turnouts over the last few weeks, so do get in as soon as you can to get a good seat or table. Also, Trivia Night will NOT be happening next week, April 9th, as I'll be away at the Red Sox home opener that day, to see another championship flag go up the pole! I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Trivia Q&A: March 26

We had 13 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, another fine and rather spirited group as well. It was a rather tight race throughout the evening, with the top five teams separated by just five points heading into General Knowledge. But it was the team of The Microphone Reminds Me of My Brother Jack took charge, having a perfect General Knowledge round, and also got 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia, and got the win with 45 points. Congrats to Bob and Cato on another terrific win.

Second place went to Tittlers and Shitters with 39 points. Third place was a tie at 37 points between DIMS and Oh Shake Weight. (The guys from DIMS graciously passed on the tie breaker and allowed Oh Shake Weight to take the pitcher of beer for third place.)

Best Team Name: Hard Brexxxit

Current Events
1. Rep. Devin Nunes, of what US state, announced a lawsuit of $250 million against Twitter, alleging anti-conservative bias of the social media site?
2. Karen Uhlenbeck became the first woman to ever win the Abel Prize last week, which is one of the most prestigious awards in what field?
3. Last week in an interview, Eric Roth, who wrote the screenplay to what Oscar-winning 1990s film, revealed he wrote a sequel to the film in 2001, but it was scrapped due to the 9/11 attacks?
4. The New York Mets announced last week that they will rename 126th Street, which runs right next to their ballpark Citi Field, after what baseball legend later this year?
5. Last Thursday, Jimmy Carter passed what president as the oldest living US president in history, at 94 years and 172 days?
6. MillerCoors filed a false advertising lawsuit last Thursday against what competitor company, over billboards they posted in Colorado that said "Coors Light uses corn syrup. We don't."?
7. What female singer faced a heavy backlash last week after an interview with the Times of London where she downplayed the accusations of 2 men who detailed the abuse they claimed to have suffered at Michael Jackson's hands?

MLB Trivia
1. What National League team has won the most World Series? a. Giants; b. Cardinals; c. Dodgers; d. Pirates.
2. Which Red Sox Hall of Famer got his 3000th hit against the Yankees in 1979? a. Carl Yastrzemski; b. Wade Boggs; c. Jim Rice; d. Ted Williams.
3. What Yankees player won the most World Series in history with 10? a. Lou Gehrig; b. Babe Ruth; c. Yogi Berra; d. Joe DiMaggio.
4. When Barry Bonds broke the single season home run record in 2001, who's record did he break? a. Babe Ruth; b. Hank Aaron; c. Roger Maris; d. Mark McGwire.
5. The Mets won their last NL pennant in what year? a. 1986; b. 2015; c. 2000; d. 2006.
6. What NL team did the Yankees defeat to win their last World Series in 2009? a. Mets; b. Dodgers; c. Phillies; d. Braves.
7. What NL team plays their home games in Petco Park? a. Giants; b. Phillies; c. Tigers; d. Padres.

The Q Train: Film Franchises Trivia
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. X-Men
3. The Terminator
4. Ace Ventura
5. Harry Potter
6. The Godfather
7. Pirates of the Caribbean
8. Jurassic Park
9. The Hunger Games
10. Die Hard

General Knowledge
1. Mount St. Helens is located in what US state? ( 1 pt)
2. The 1973 film "Mean Streets" was the first collaboration between Robert DeNiro and what director? ( 1 pt)
3. Between the elephant, the dog and the mouse, which animal has the best sense of smell? ( 1 pt)
4. The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924 in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What US state is largest lobster producer? ( 2 pt)
6. The original "Blade Runner" was set in what year? ( 2 pt)
7. How many US presidents have died in office? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What Oscar-nominated director's first film was the low-budget science fiction, box-office flop "THX 1138?" ( 4 points)
2. According to Greek mythology, who was the first woman on Earth? ( 3 points)
3. What Asian country is the world's second-largest producer of coffee, accounting for nearly 20% of the world's coffee? ( 5 points)
4. In 1996, what late rock singer released the first ever internet-only, downloadable single in music history called "Telling Lies?" ( 4 points)
5. Beethoven's "Symphony No. 3" was written for what 19th century historical leader? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. California; 2. mathematics; 3. "Forrest Gump;" 4. Tom Seaver; 5. George HW Bush; 7. Barbra Streisand.

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

The Q Train: Film Franchises Trivia
1. 4; 2. 7; 3. 5; 4. 2; 5. 8; 6. 3; 7. 5; 8. 5; 9. 4; 10. 5. (Note: There was some confusion about number 5 "Harry Potter", as there were two "spinoff" films that weren't originally counted, so I tossed out the question and gave everyone the point.)

General Knowledge
1. Washington; 2. Martin Scorsese; 3. elephant; 4. France; 5. Maine; 6. 2019; 7. eight.

IQ Trivia
1. George Lucas; 2. Pandora; 3. Vietnam; 4. David Bowie; 5. Napoleon Bonaparte.

Monday, March 25, 2019

We Celebrate The National Pastime On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 26th at 8:30 PM, with "Major League Baseball Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the official opening of the 2019 MLB season this Thursday. It will be seven questions, mostly of the recent variety, and for those of you not big hardball fans, it will be multiple choice.

The Q Train lightning round will be "Film Franchises Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous movies that were the start of a film franchise, and you have to tell me how many total films were made in that series. (For example: if one of the films was "Back to the Future" , the answer would be 3. BTW, "Back to the Future" will not be one of the ten films.)

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Mount St. Helens is located in what US state?"

We continue to get good crowds at Professor Thom's the last few weeks, and I thank you all for that. So please get in early to get a good seat or table this Tuesday night. See you then!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Trivia Q&A: March 19

We had another terrific crowd in for Trivia on Tuesday night, as 15 teams took part in the festivities. We had a close race between five teams, and two of those teams were separated by the slimmest of margins, just one point, going into IQ Trivia. But the boys from DIMS held on and won, getting 43 points and their third consecutive victory. Congrats to Ken and Darek on another job well done.

We had a rare occurrence on Tuesday night, as the top four teams finished exactly one point behind the other. Second place went to Too Many Countries with 42 points, and third place went to Reality Kings with 41 points. (Fourth place went to White Van, Free Candy with 40 points.)

Best Team Name: I Want to Go Camping. I Hear the Sex Is In Tents.

Current Events
1. What midwestern city was chosen by the DNC for the Democratic National Convention in 2020?
2. After weeks of protests, the president of what North African country announced he won't run for a 5th term, but also postponed next month's election?
3. The governor of what US state signed an executive order blocking any executions in his state while he's governor?
4. Francesco Cali, the boss of what New York Mafia crime family, was shot dead outside his Staten Island home last week?
5. Over 1,000 people are feared dead after a cyclone struck what southern African nation this past weekend?
6. The USPS announced last week they would be honoring the 50th anniversary of what TV show this year with a set of 16 stamps from the show's characters?
7. What state's Senate passed a bill last week that would drop President Trump or any other presidential candidate in 2020 who doesn't release their tax returns for the previous 5 years from the state's general or primary ballot?

March Trivia
1. How many national holidays occur in the month of March?
2. In March 1964, the highest registered earthquake, at 9.2 on the Richter scale, occurred in the US in what state?
3. Which two Zodiac signs are associated with the month of March?
4. In March 1998, what movie became the first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide?
5. In March 1997, what rap star was shot to death at a stoplight in Los Angeles?
6. What actor declined his Best Actor Academy Award in March 1973?
7. What celebrity appeared on "The Late Show With David Letterman" in March 1994 and went on a profanity-laced tirade, and it was the most censored talk show appearance in history?

The Q Train: Country Nicknames Trivia
1. The Gift of the Nile
2. The Celestial Empire
3. Land of the Incas
4. The Hermit Kingdom
5. Graveyard of Empires
6. The Hexagon
7. The Rainbow Nation
8. The Land of Hope and Glory
9. Land of a Thousand Lakes
10. The Boot

General Knowledge
1. "The Best a Man Can Get" is what company's slogan? ( 1 pt)
2. What African nation was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia? ( 1 pt)
3. "That Thing You Do" was a 1996 film and the first one directed by what actor? ( 1 pt)
4. What name did blues legend B.B. King give to his guitars? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the fastest growing fingernail? ( 2 pt)
6. Who became the first female Secretary of State in 1997? ( 2 pt)
7. The Janka Scale is used to measure the hardness of what? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the only film nominated for at least 11 Academy Awards to win every nomination? ( 3 points)
2. The eggbeater and the flamingo are two popular moves in what competitive sport? ( 4 points)
3. What American rock band released the first digitally downloadable song, one that was left off their 1994 album "Get a Grip?" ( 4 points)
4. Time magazine picked what 1990s show in 2000 as "the best TV show of the 20th century?" ( 4 points)
5. Who was the first president to be born a US citizen? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Milwaukee; 2. Algeria; 3. California; 4. Gambino; 5. Mozambique; 6. "Sesame Street;" 7. Washington.

March Trivia
1. None; 2. Alaska; 3. Pisces and Aries; 4. "Titanic;" 5. Notorious BIG; 6. Marlon Brando; 7. Madonna.

The Q Train: Countries Nicknames Trivia
1. Egypt; 2. China; 3. Peru; 4. North Korea; 5. Afghanistan; 6. France; 7. South Africa; 8. England; 9. Finland; 10. Italy.

General Knowledge
1. Gillette; 2. Zimbabwe; 3. Tom Hanks; 4. Lucille; 5. middle finger; 6. Madeleine Albright; 7. wood.

IQ Trivia
1. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King;" 2. synchronized swimming; 3. Aerosmith; 4. "The Simpsons;" 5. Martin Van Buren.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Lots of Great Stuff Happened In March

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 19th at 8:30 PM, with "March Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of March in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Country Nicknames Trivia." I will give you the nicknames of ten countries from around the world and you have to tell me the nation I'm talking about.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"'The Best a Man Can Get' is what company's slogan?"

We had a huge turnout last week, and hopefully that's a sign of things to come on Trivia Night. So I suggest you get in a bit early on Tuesday night so you can get a good table or seat. Hope to see many of you this Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

"Playing Pepper 2019: Boston Red Sox"

I had the pleasure of being a part of group of four Red Sox bloggers who took part in  "Playing Pepper 2019: Boston Red Sox." We were asked six questions concerning the club for 2016 by Daniel Shoptaw, who runs the fine St. Louis Cardinals blog "C70 At The Bat."

Every year Daniel asks bloggers from all 30 teams questions about their teams chances for the upcoming season. This is the sixth straight year I have taken part.

My thanks to Daniel for letting me take part again. Here are the questions and my answers:

C70: What are your thoughts on the offseason? What was good, what was bad, what else should they have done?

John: I think the offseason went well. The Sox immediately resigned two of the bigger free agents they had, two who were critical to their postseason success in 2018: Steve Pearce and Nate Eovaldi. The offense is coming back almost to a man, one of 2018’s best. Joe Kelly departed to LA as a free agent, and that was expected, as was Craig Kimbrel leaving. Kelly was dynamite in the postseason but struggled in the second half, so I thought the Sox were right to let him walk. Kimbrel’s numbers in the regular season weren’t as dominant as in previous years, and everyone saw him struggle in the postseason. He wasn’t worthy of the six year deal he wanted, so good luck to him on his next team.

C70: How has the afterglow of this championship been different than the last three?

John: All four championships in this century have had a different feel to them. 2004 was the team finally getting the elusive title and will always be the best remembered one, especially the way the Red Sox did it. 2007 was one where the Sox led from start to finish during the season and reinforced that 2004 was no fluke. 2013 has been the most unexpected one, after the Bobby Valentine disaster and the Boston Marathon bombing that April. This one from 2018 comes from the best Red Sox team of all time, and the best MLB team of the 21st century so far. They are so loaded that a repeat title isn’t just possible, it’s almost expected in 2019.

C70: Mookie Betts had an incredible 2018. Can he reach those levels again this season?

John: I don’t see why not. Mookie is a perfectionist and expects bigger and better from himself in 2019. He moves out of the leadoff spot this year, so we’ll see if his power numbers increase.

C70: What is your general outlook for 2019? Where will they finish in the division?

John: I see the Red Sox taking the division again, winning at least 100 games in 2018. The Yankees maybe the “sexy pick” to win the AL East, but as I said last year, the team that pitches better will win it. And I’m sure many pundits will pick New York over the Sox. And it seems like whenever that happens in recent years, the Red Sox surprise everyone.

C70: What’s the biggest question for this team going into the season and what’s the answer to it?

John: Two big questions: who will play second base and who will be the closer. Dustin Pedroia appears to be healthy and ready to go. If he runs into any problems, the Sox have Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez, who the Sox will use as the two utility players, to back him up. Closer is up for grabs. I’m not sure about Matt Barnes, as you never know which pitcher shows up when he pitches. Alex Cora says he has an idea of what he’ll do, and might even go with matchups instead of one solid closer. I have total faith in Cora, and know he’ll make the right decision.
C70: What do you expect will give you the most joy watching this team on a regular basis this season?

John: Listening to announcers call the Red Sox “the defending World Series Champions” all year, especially from their rivals in the Bronx!!

Trivia Q&A: March 12

We had the biggest crowd of the year in for Trivia on Tuesday night, 19 teams taking part in a full bar, which was great to see.  We had a tight race heading into General Knowledge, with five teams separated by just three points, but the boys from DIMS made their move, pulling away from the pack with a perfect round, and wound up winning the night with 49 points. Congrats to Ken and Darek on their second straight win.

We had a tie for second place between Crotch to Butt and Too Many Movies both with 42 points. We broke the tie with this question: "What is the population of the state of Wyoming as of 2018?" Too Many Movies was closest with their guess, and took second place. (The answer is 579,315.)

Best Team Name: Blowing a Horse to Completion

Current Events
1. What Oscar-winning director was mentioned in recent reports that he was campaigning to have streaming service be excluded from the Oscars and wants them eligible for the Emmy Awards instead?
2. According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, what 21-year-old woman was recently named the World's Youngest Self-Made Billionaire?
3. Sen. Martha McSally, of what western US state, revealed in a Senate hearing on military sexual assault last week that she was "preyed upon and then raped" when she served in the Air Force?
4. The last surviving store of what former retail giant, which once had 9,000 stores, is in Bend, Oregon, as the next-to-last store in Australia closed last week?
5. The NY Yankees have agreed to buy back the YES Network, who broadcast their cable games, for $3.4 billion from what entertainment conglomerate?
6. Carmine "The Snake" Persico, the imprisoned boss of what New York Mafia crime family, died last week at the age of 85?
7. What TV series pulled out of circulation an episode that featured the voice of Michael Jackson after the documentary "Leaving Neverland" aired last week which exposed his alleged pedophilia?

Ireland Trivia
1. The Uprising in 1916 in Ireland was on the day after which Christian holiday?
2. What 1998 Oscar-winning war movie was partially filmed in Ireland?
3. What is the second-largest city in population in the Republic of Ireland after Dublin?
4. What actor who portrayed James Bond was born in Ireland?
5. What are the three colors of the Irish flag?
6. What is Ireland's most popular spectator sport?
7. Phil Lynott was the lead singer of what Irish rock band?

The Q Train: Movie Presidents Trivia
1. Air Force One (1997)
2. The American President (1995)
3. Independence Day (1996)
4. Deep Impact (1998)
5. Nixon (1995)
6. Love Actually (2003)
7. Lincoln (2012)
8. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
9. White House Down (2013)
10. Mars Attacks! (1996)

General Knowledge
1. AuctionWeb was the original name of what popular website? (1 pt)
2. The southernmost point in Canada in is what province? ( 1 pt)
3. Between thunderstorms, blizzards and squirrels, which is the most frquent cause of power outages in the US? ( 1 pt)
4. The 1976 film "Family Plot" was the final movie by what director? ( 2 pt)
5. 90% of the Earth's ozone exists in what layer of the atmosphere? ( 2 pt)
6. What was the first US state to allow women the right to vote? ( 2 pt)
7. What was the final "Star Trek" film featuring "The Next Generation" cast? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Hope Diamond is currently located in what museum? ( 4 points)
2. Colin Hanks' documentary "All Things Must Pass" tells about "the rise and fall" of what iconic record store chain? ( 3 points)
3. During World War II, a 13th century copy of the Magna Carta was kept in what secure American location? ( 4 points)
4. What late actress was a co-writer of the 1992 film "Lethal Weapon 3"? ( 4 points)
5. What fast food chain was founded in Ohio by Forrest and LeRoy Raffel in 1964? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Steven Spielberg; 2. Kylie Jenner; 3. Arizona; 4. Blockbuster Video; 5. Disney; 6. Colombo; 7. "The Simpsons."

Ireland Trivia
1. Easter; 2. "Saving Private Ryan;" 3. Cork; 4. Pierce Brosnan; 5. Green, white and orange; 6. Gaelic football; 7. Thin Lizzy.

The Q Train: Movie Presidents Trivia
1. Harrison Ford; 2. Michael Douglas; 3. Bill Pullman; 4. Morgan Freeman; 5. Anthony Hopkins; 6. Billy Bob Thornton; 7. Daniel Day-Lewis; 8. Peter Sellers; 9. Jamie Foxx; 10. Jack Nicholson.

General Knowledge
1. eBay; 2. Ontario; 3. squirrels; 4. Alfred Hitchcock; 5. stratosphere; 6. Wyoming; 7. "Nemesis".

IQ Trivia
1. Smithsonian Institution; 2. Tower Records; 3. Fort Knox; 4. Carrie Fisher; 5. Arby's.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Wearin' Some Green on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 12th at 8:30 PM, with the Special Category "Ireland Trivia", in honor of St. Patrick's Day coming up next weekend. It will be seven questions concerning the Emerald Isle in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round is "Movie Presidents Trivia." I will give you the names of ten movies and the year they came out that include actors who played the president of the United States in that film. You have to tell me the actor who played the Chief Executive.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"AuctionWeb was the original name of what popular website?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Trivia Q&A: March 5

We had 13 teams in for Trivia on a cold Tuesday night in New York, and a crowd that was definitely into the Trivia. It was nice to see my old friend Alex Maloney back at Trivia Night after a long absence. We had a logjam of teams jockeying for first place through the first three rounds, and it was still very tight entering into IQ Trivia, with the top four teams just two points apart. But it was Diminished coming away with the win, as they were the only ones to get 4 of 5 correct in that final round, and wound up with 41 points and the victory. Congratulations to Ken, who flew solo last night and entered the winner's circle.

We had a tie for second place between Quizlamic State and Dumbs with 34 points, and we broke the tie with this question: "What is the current population of the region of Tuscany?" The answer was 3.7 million, and Quizlamic State was closer to the answer and wound up with second place.

Best Team Name: Robert Kraft Mac & Sleaze

Current Events
1. MLB on Fox recently conducted a fan vote about major league ballparks, and which AL venue was voted number one?
2. What performer became the first person in history to win a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Grammy and an Oscar in the same year?
3. What European country surpassed Italy to become the world's healthiest country, according to the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index?
4. What legendary NBA player said last week he is putting up four of his NBA title rings up for auction among other memorabilia, as he will send proceeds to benefit his foundation?
5. What western US state was selected number one for the 7th time since 2008 as the "Happiest US state" in the Gallup National Health and Well Being Index?
6. Which Beatles album was certified 24X Platinum last week, and now is the third-best selling album of all studio LPs of all-time?
7. What American billionaire lost over $58 million on paper after shares of Weight Watchers, which she owns 8% of, lost 36% in trading last Wednesday?

New York City Trivia
1. What famous concert hall was restored in the 1980s after Isaac Stern and a group of music lovers fought to save it?
2. What New York City building and tourist attraction was the headquarters of Lex Luthor in the movie "Superman?"
3. How many World's Fairs have taken place in New York City since 1900?
4. Todt Hill, the highest point on the East Coast of the US south of Maine, is located in what NYC borough?
5. What current member of the US Supreme Court graduated from James Madison HS in Brooklyn?
6. Manhattan's East and West Sides are primarily divided by what street?
7. The Triboro Bridge connects Manhattan with which two other NYC boroughs?

The Q Train: Current TV Trivia (Name the Network)
1. American Horror Story
2. Game of Thrones
3. Brooklyn Nine Nine
4. Empire
5. The Walking Dead
6. Grey's Anatomy
7. Billions
8. Madam Secretary
9. Counterpart
10. Jane the Virgin

General Knowledge
1. Tuscany is a region in what country? ( 1 pt)
2. Between peanut butter, chocolate and peppermint, which should never be fed to doge because of an ingredient that is poisonous to them? ( 1 pt)
3. Which Beatles member was barefoot in the famous "Abbey Road" crosswalk photo? ( 1 pt)
4. "We're in danger of flunking most heinously tomorrow" is a famous line from what 1989 comedy film? ( 2 pt)
5. Dick Button won back-to-back Winter Olympics gold medals in what sport? ( 2 pt)
6. What famous singer is the subject of U2's song "Angel of Harlem?"
7. A skyscaper known as "The Gherkin" can be found in what city? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who is the world's highest paid magician, having earned $61.5 million in 2017? ( 4 points)
2. Where on the human body is the opisthenar found? ( 5 points)
3. What ailment are you suffering from if you are diagnosed with mal der mer? ( 3 points)
4. What 2002 film is the highest grossing romantic comedy in the US of all-time? ( 4 points)
5. What late 19th century US president had 6 states added to the Union during his presidency, the most of any president? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Fenway Park; 2. Lady Gaga; 3. Spain; 4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; 5. Hawaii; 6. The White Album; 7. Oprah Winfrey.

New York City Trivia
1. Carnegie Hall; 2. Grand Central Station; 3. Two (1939 & 1964); 4. Staten Island; 5. Ruth Bader Ginsburg; 6. 5th Avenue; 7. Queens and The Bronx.

The Q Train: Current TV Trivia (Name the Network)
1. FX; 2. HBO; 3. NBC; 4. Fox; 5. AMC; 6. ABC; 7. Showtime; 8. CBS; 9. Starz; 10. CW.

General Knowledge
1. Italy; 2. chocolate; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure;" 5. figure skating; 6. Billie Holiday; 7. London.

IQ Trivia
1. David Copperfield; 2. Back of the hand; 3. seasickness; 4. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding;" 5. Benjamin Harrison.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Trivia From The Big Town On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 5th at 8:30 PM, with "New York City Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to our fair city in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "Current TV Trivia." I will give you the names of ten TV shows that are currently in production, and you have to tell me which network (either the over the air or cable networks) they air on.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Tuscany is a region in what country?"

We've got some really good crowds the past couple of weeks, so get in early on Tuesday to get a good seat or table. Hope to see many of you then!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Trivia Q&A: February 26

On a very cold night in New York, we had a really big turnout for Trivia on Tuesday night, and that was helped by both there being Bruins and Celtics games on the TVs. We had 18 teams in, and a really close race to the finish, with the top six teams only separated by five points. But the team of Bohemian Rhapsody 2: Flat Bottomed Boys emerged with the victory, their first. They took over first place after the q Train lightning round and won the night with 45 points. Congratulations to Abe and his friends on their win.

Second place went to DIMS with 40 points, and third place went to Taking Our Talents to the Tune Squad with 39 points.

Best Team Name: Robert Kraft's Deflated Balls

Current Events
1. A petition at signed by over 7,000 people wants the US to sell off what northwest US state to Canada for $1 trillion to help pay off the US national debt?
2. Attorneys for Nick Sandmann, a Kentucky HS student involved in a confrontation in Washington last month that went viral on social media, announced a $250 million defamation suit against what publication?
3. A last-minute bidding war on eBay for a basketball card of what NBA legend brought the sale price to a record $350,000 last week?
4. What company's stock market value dropped by over $1. 1 billion when Duke basketball star Zion Williamson's shoe broke and he suffered a sprained knee?
5. A new Congressional election will be held in what US state this year following an investigation into ballot-tampering for a Republican candidate?
6. What famed rock guitarist, who made one of the best-selling live albums of all-time, announced he will be making one final farewell tour due to a rare muscular disease he's suffering from?
7. 84 people died and another 200 have been hospitalized after drinking tainted liquor laced with methyl alcohol in two separate incidents last week in what Asian country?

February Trivia
1. In February 1945, US Marines landed on what Japanese island, which led to a five-week battle, one of World War II's fiercest and bloodiest?
2. In February 1990, Nelson Mandela is released from a South African prison after serving how many years?
3. In February 2003, what space shuttle disintegrated during re-entry, killing all seven astronauts on board?
4. On February 24, 1980, the US Olympic hockey team clinched the gold medal with a win over what country?
5. Washington National Airport was renamed after what famous American in February 1998?
6. In February 1982, what English rock legend, known for his eccentric behavior, was arrested for urinating on the Alamo?
7. What Fox TV series was originally canceled bu the network in February 2002, but due to high DVD sales and high syndicated repeat ratings, returned to Fox in 2005?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. O positive is the most common blood type in the US.
2. Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.
3. No bird can fly backwards.
4. The average person will shed about 5 pounds of skin in their lifetime.
5. Brazil is the only country in the Americas whose official language is Portuguese.
6. The UK was the first European country to allow same-sex marriage.
7. Warner Bros. originally wanted Ronald Reagan to play the part of Rick Blaine in the classic film "Casablanca."
8. The fax machine was patented in the US in the 19th century.
9. The longest street in the world is in China.
10. In terms of animals, lions kill the most people in Africa every year.

General Knowledge
1. What Pennsylvania town is known as "the sweetest place on Earth?" ( 1 pt)
2. "The Scorpion King" was the first starring role for what superstar actor? ( 1 pt)
3. In 1985, NYC mayor Ed Koch named what song as NYC's official song? ( 1 pt)
4. The world's busiest airport is located in what American city? ( 2 pt)
5. The White House was burned during what war? ( 2 pt)
6. What classic sci-fi film was remade in 2008 starring Keanu Reeves? ( 2 pt)
7. In the book of Genesis, God commands Abraham to sacrifice which son? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 1970s/80s rockers are American pop music history's best-selling musical duo? ( 4 points)
2. Olympus Mons, the highest mountain in the solar system at nearly 16 miles high, is located on what planet? ( 5 points)
3. What late 1990s TV series was set in the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts? ( 3 points)
4. What immortal actress was born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1923? ( 4 points)
5. In its native country, what famous landmark is known as "Sagarmatha"? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Montana; 2. Washington Post; 3. Michael Jordan; 4. Nike; 5. North Carolina; 6. Peter Frampton; 7. India.

February Trivia
1. Iwo Jima; 2. 27; 3. Columbia; 4. Finland; 5. Ronald Reagan; 6. Ozzy Osbourne; 7. "Family Guy."

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True; 2. true; 3. false; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, Netherlands; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, Canada; 10. false, hippopotamus.

General Knowledge
1. Hershey; 2. Dwayne Johnson; 3. "New York, New York;" 4. Atlanta; 5. War of 1812; 6. "The Day the Earth Stood Still;" 7. Isaac.

IQ Trivia
1. Hall and Oates; 2. Mars; 3. "Dawson's Creek;" 4. Judy Garland; 5. Mount Everest.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Lots of Great Things Happened In February

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 26th at 8:30 PM, with "February Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the second month of the year in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia, " I'll give you ten general knowledge statements and you have to tell me if it's true or I'm just making it up.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What Pennsylvania town is known as 'the sweetest place on Earth?'"

I'm looking forward to seeing many on Tuesday night for a great evening of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Trivia Q&A: February 19

It was a cold night in New York on Tuesday, but we still had 11 teams come out for Trivia, and a great night was had by all. Most teams did really well to open the night with Current Events, but it was a slog for most with "Academy Awards Trivia", and we had a six-way tie for third place entering the Q Train lightning round. But the guys from DIMS took off after that, and had three successive perfect rounds to win the night with 53 points. Congrats to Ken and Darek, who bounced back from a rare week last week where they finished out of the top three. Second place went to Amarillo with 43 points, and So When Alexa Pulled Out, Who Cleaned Up? finished third with 39 points. (They also won for Best Team Name.)

Current Events
1. What pop singer recently pulled a line of shoes from her website after some fans compared them to looking like "blackface?"
2. Last week, the national debt reached what number of trillions of dollars, the highest number in history?
3. What seven-time Grammy-nominated pop singer was accused in a report last week of sexual misconduct by seven women, including his ex-wife?
4. William Barr was confirmed last week to what position in President Trump's cabinet?
5. Amazon announced last week that it will not be building a new headquarters in New York City, but will instead focus on building its other new HQ in what US state?
6. What shoe store chain announced last week they will closing the remainder of its 2100 US stores by this May, two years after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection?
7. What Texas-based airline declared an "operational emergency" after a number of planes taken out of service doubled and ordered all its mechanics to work or risk termination?

Academy Awards Trivia
1. What Academy Award-winning director has been "thanked" in 42 Oscar acceptance speeches, the most ever?
2. What 21st century Best Picture-winning film is generally acknowledged to have the highest on-screen body count of any film?
3. In 1995, what was the only animated film to win a special achievement Academy Award?
4. What film did Mel Brooks win his only Oscar for Best Original Screenplay?
5. For what comedy did Tom Hanks receive his first Oscar nomination?
6. In 1981, the Academy Awards ceremony was postponed for just the second time in its history and for 24 hours for what reason?
7. What actor is the most nominated male actor, with a total of 12 career acting nominations?

The Q Train: Oscar Nominations Trivia (More of Less than 5 Nominations)
1. Michelle Pfeiffer
2. Dustin Hoffman
3. Michael Caine
4. Bradley Cooper
5. Cate Blanchett
6. Gary Oldman
7. Christian Bale
8. Glenn Close
9. Daniel Day-Lewis
10. Samuel L. Jackson

General Knowledge
1. In the comic strip "Peanuts", which character traveled in his own personal dust storm? ( 1 pt)
2. What actress was the face of the Thighmaster infomercials of the 1980s? ( 1 pt)
3. On which of Earth's continents will you find most of the planet's fresh water? ( 1 pt)
4. What company did Metallica sue in 2000 for copyright infringement? ( 2 pt)
5. What actress played FBI agent Clarice Starling in the film "Hannibal?" ( 2 pt)
6. In total, how many hurdles must a hurdler hurdle in an Olympic hurdles race? ( 2 pt)
7. As of 2018, the Center for Disease Control says the average height of an adult American man is how many inches (to the closest inch)? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What country is the largest royal family in the world from? ( 5 points)
2. The Washington Monument was significantly damaged in 2011 by what cause? ( 3 points)
3. What classic 1983 Brian DePalma film was originally given an "X" rating? ( 4 points)
4. Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English are the four official languages of what country? ( 4 points)
5. The Beatles' second album "With the Beatles" was released in the UK on the same day as what other world event was occurring? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Katy Perry; 2. 22; 3. Ryan Adams; 4. Attorney General; 5. Virginia; 6. Payless; 7. Southwest.

Academy Awards Trivia
1. Steven Spielberg; 2. "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King;" 3. "Toy Story;" 4. "The Producers;" 5. "Big;" 6. Reagan assassination attempt; 7. Jack Nicholson.

The Q Train: Oscar Nominations Trivia
1. Less (3); 2. more (70; 3. more (6); 4. less (4); 5. more (7); 6. less (2); 7. less (4); 8. more (7); 9. more (6); 10. less (1).

General Knowledge
1. Pig Pen; 2. Suzanne Somers; 3. Antarctica; 4. Napster; 5. Julianne Moore; 6. 10; 7. 69.

IQ Trivia
1. Saudi Arabia; 2. earthquake; 3. "Scarface;" 4. Singapore; 5. JFK assassination.

Monday, February 18, 2019

We Honor The Oscars On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 19th at 8:30 PM, with "Academy Awards Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the Oscars that will be happening this coming Sunday night. It will be seven questions concerning those people and films that have won Hollywood's highest honor. The Q Train lightning round will be "Oscar Nominations Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current actors and actresses, and you have to tell me if they have more or less than five Oscar acting nominations in their storied careers.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In the comic strip 'Peanuts', which character traveled in his own personal dust storm?"

I look forward to seeing many of you for a great night of Trivia as we honor the Oscars this coming Tuesday night!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Trivia Q&A: February 12

It was a pretty brutal night of bad weather on Tuesday night, but we still had 9 teams come out for Trivia, and I thank all of you for braving the elements and coming out. It was a tight race between four teams, and they were separated by six points going into IQ Trivia. But the team of Alexa, Pull Out pulled out the victory (sorry, I couldn't resist), getting 36 points and the win. Congratulations to Peter and his friends on a tough, well-earned win.

Second place went to Turkey Clubless with 34 points, and Super Karate Monkey Death Car finished third with 31 points.

Best Team Name: Lincoln Should've Left at Intermission

Current Events
1. Richard Creagan, a state representative in what western US state, is introducing a bill in his state to raise the minimum smoking age from 21 to 100?
2. Many people who were close to what legendary R&B singer, who died in 2006, are seeking an autopsy or criminal investigation into his death, which they believe the 73-year-old singer didn't die of natural causes?
3. What Oscar-winning actor/director filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios last week after they backed out of a four-picture deal over a "25-year-old baseless allegation" of sexual abuse against him?
4. A development group has agreed to buy and tear down what midtown hotel, one that was Donald Trump's first major Manhattan development and replace it with a mixed-use project?
5. The Chinese New Year was celebrated last week and 2019 is the year of what animal?
6. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he was the target of "extortion and blackmail" by what publication over his investigation of how they got his private exchanges with his mistress?
7. Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman had his beard shaved off for charity by what TV talk show host last week, who donated $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Boston?

Presidential Trivia
1. What 19th century president was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992?
2. What president signed Martin Luther King Day into law?
3. Who is the only US president born in the state of California?
4. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 on what religious holiday?
5. What US president, who didn't finish his term due to his death, gave the longest inaugural speech in history?
6. Walter Mondale was vice-president under what 20th century president?
7. Who was the only president who had three different vice-presidents in the years he served?

The Q Train: Gangster Movie Characters
1. Sam "Ace" Rothstein
2. Luca Brasi
3. Jimmy Conway
4. Keyser Soze
5. Tony Montana
6. Bill "The Butcher" Cutting
7. Johnny Ola
8. Mr. Blond
9. Vincent Vega
10. Brick Top

General Knowledge
1. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was married to what singer? ( 1 pt)
2. What "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor hosted the children's show "Reading Rainbow"? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the largest artery in the human body? ( 1 pt)
4. What company rescued Apple from bankruptcy in 1997? ( 2 pt)
5. The highest recorded temperature ever was 134 degrees F in 1913 in what country? ( 2 pt)
6. What movie earned Jennifer Lawrence her first Oscar nomination? ( 2 pt)
7. How many stages are there in the Tour de France? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What rock band, that was once sued by fans in 2003 after a horrible performance in Chicago, was named the worst rock band of the 1990s by Rolling Stone? ( 4 points)
2. Who was the highest-earning deceased celebrity of 2018, whose estate earned nearly $400 million? ( 4 points)
3. Naval Support Facility Thurmont is the official name for what famous American place? ( 5 points)
4. What two Star Wars characters appeared in the film "Raiders of the Lost Ark?" ( 3 points)
5. What Oscar-winning actor made his first sequel role of his career in 2018? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Hawaii; 2. James Brown; 3. Woody Allen; 4. Grand Hyatt; 5. Pig; 6. The National Enquirer; 7. Ellen Degeneres.

Presidential Trivia
1. Abraham Lincoln; 2. Ronald Reagan; 3. Richard Nixon; 4. Good Friday; 5. William H. Harrison; 6. Jimmy Carter; 7. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Q Train: Gangster Movie Characters
1. Casino; 2. The Godfather; 3. Goodfellas; 4. The Usual Suspects; 5. Scarface; 6. Gangs of New York; 7. The Godfather Part II; 8. Reservoir Dogs; 9. Pulp Fiction; 10. Snatch.

General Knowledge
1. Courtney Love; 2. LeVar Burton; 3. aorta; 4. Microsoft; 5. USA; 6. "Winter's Bone;" 7. 21.

IQ Trivia
1. Creed; 2. Michael Jackson; 3. Camp David; 4. R2-D2 and C-3PO; 5. Denzel Washington.

Monday, February 11, 2019

We Honor Presidents & Gangsters On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 12th at 8:30 PM, with "Presidential Trivia" as the Special Category. In honor of President's Day coming up next week, I will ask you seven questions connected to those men who have held the highest office in our land. The Q Train lightning round will be "Gangster Movie Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters who appeared in gangster films (going back as far as the 1970s) and you have to tell me the film that character was in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was married to what singer?"

Tuesday appears to be a lousy day weather-wise, as the forecast is calling for snow and ice that day. But don't let that cause you to miss out on what should be a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Trivia Q&A: February 5

We had 11 teams in on Tuesday night, which was an unusually warm night for February in New York. It was nice to have John from Stella Artois in for the Trivia, and he gave away some cool prizes to the top three winning teams last night. The Grammy Awards category was a bit tougher than I thought it would be, as only two teams got more than four correct. It was also another night for our friends from DIMS, who took the lead in the second round and never looked back, getting 44 points and the victory. Congrats to Ken and Darek on their win.

Second place went to Turkey Club with 39 points, and third place went to DUMBS with 33 points.

Best Team Name: Adam Levine's Left Nipple

Current Events
1. Howard Schultz, the former CEO of what company, hinted last week he will make a 2020 presidential run as an Independent, with some Democrats asking him not to run?
2. The Beatles' website announced last week that a new film based on their classic movie "Let It Be" will be made with 55 hours of never-released footage and directed by what Oscar-winning director?
3. What female pop singer revealed a new tattoo last week, which was supposed to be a Japanese translation of her new single title, but instead it was misspelled and translated to mean "small barbecue grill?"
4. 4000 salaried staff at what American automaker are being laid off and they are closing four US plants as well?
5. What comedian is being sued by a company that bought the comedian's 1958 Porsche for $1.5 million three years ago only to learn the car was a fake?
6. What East Coast US senator announced his intention last Friday to run for president in 2020?
7. What MLB icon would have been 100 years old last week and MLB announced events throughout the 2019 season to celebrate his life?

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. What artist is nominated for the most Grammy Awards in 2019? a. Kendrick Lamar; b. Drake; c. Brandi Carlile; d. Lady Gaga.
3. Which city will host the 2019 Grammy Awards? a. Los Angeles; b. Nashville; c. New York City; d. Miami.
4. Which of these individual artists has won the most Grammy Awards? a. Michael Jackson; b. Madonna; c. Frank Sinatra; d. Stevie Wonder.
5. Which of the following artists is the only one to win the Grammy for Best New Artist? a. P. Diddy; b. LeAnn Rimes; c. Britney Spears; d. Luther Vandross.
6. In 2000, who tied Michael Jackson's Grammy record for eight wins in one year? a. Santana; b. U2; c. Steely Dan; d. The Rolling Stones.
7. Which of the following artists is the only one to refuse a Grammy Award? a. The Sex Pistols; b. Sinead O'Connor; c. The Dixie Chicks; d. Bob Dylan.

The Q Train: 21-30 Trivia
1. In a normal deck of cards, there are this many red cards as well as black cards.
2. The Arabic alphabet has this many letters.
3. February has this number of days in leap years.
4. In 1951. this number amendment to the Constitution limited presidents to 2 terms went into effect.
5. In most US states, this is the minimum age at which a person can enter a casino.
6. This is the number of bones in the human hand.
7. Michael Jordan wore this number in his time with the Chicago Bulls.
8. This is the number of years Marty McFly went back in time in the film "Back to the Future."
9. Tupac Shakur was killed in 1996 at this age.
10. This is the number of carats in 100% pure gold.

General Knowledge
1. Jake and Elwood were first names of what musical duo? ( 1 pt)
2. Which planet is closer to Earth: Mars or Venus? ( 1 pt)
3. The term "15 minutes of fame" was coined by what late pop artist? ( 1 pt)
4. How many "Superman" movies did Christopher Reeve make? ( 2 pt)
5. Benjamin Franklin wanted what animal (not the bald eagle) to be the national emblem of the US? ( 2 pt)
6. The fictional language "Dothraki" is featured on what TV series? ( 2 pt)
7. What James Bond villain is the character Dr. Evil of the "Austin Powers" films based on? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In 1974, what was the first novel by Stephen King to be published, and which was later turned into a feature film? ( 4 points)
2. The Battle of Palmito Ranch was the last land battle of what war? ( 4 points)
3. What movie's soundtrack was the only million-selling album of 2018? ( 4 points)
4. What two Academy Award-winning films did director Steven Spielberg work on simultaneously? ( 5 points)
5. In 1990, who became the first rap artist to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Starbucks; 2. Peter Jackson; 3. Ariana Grande; 4. General Motors; 5. Jerry Seinfeld; 6. Cory Booker; 7. Jackie Robinson.

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

The Q Train: 21-30 Trivia
1. 26; 2. 28; 3. 29; 4. 22; 5. 21; 6. 27; 7. 23; 8. 30; 9. 25; 10. 24.

General Knowledge
1. The Blues Brothers; 2. Venus; 3. Andy Warhol; 4. four; 5. turkey; 6. "Game of Thrones;" 7. Blofeld.

IQ Trivia
1. "Carrie"; 2. The Civil War; 3. "The Greatest Showman;" 4. "Jurassic Park" and "Schindler's List"; 5. Vanilla Ice.