Monday, August 19, 2019

Know Your Airports On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 20th at 8:30 PM, with "August Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of August in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "US Airports Trivia." I will give you ten "airport codes", the three letter code that every airport has, and you have to tell me the city or airport that corresponds to that code. It will be all from major cities from across the United States.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What nation's athletes enter first at an Olympic Games opening ceremony?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great evening of Trivia Q&A!



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Trivia Q&A: August 13

We had 10 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and a group of folks from my Tower Records days came in to join in on the festivities (hence the reason I was wearing my Tower shirt last night). My thanks to Billy, Wendy, Scott and Dave for coming in and making the night even more special. Our friends from DIMS, who took last week off, returned last night and won the night easily, rolling up 51 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on another impressive win.

Second place went to Coat Hanger Dodgers with 33 points, and Fawlty Towers finished third with 31 points.

Best Team Name: And In Last Place With Zero Points, DIMS!

Current Events
1. What luxury retail giant filed for bankruptcy last week, and announced plans to close 15 stores across the nation?
2. President Trump signed an executive order freezing all government assets and imposing a total economic embargo against what country's government?
3. What pizza chain announced they are closing about 500 of their 7500 US restaurants, as they said they will focus more on delivery?
4. Wanda Vazquez was sworn in last Thursday to what position?
5. MLB announced that the White Sox and Yankees will play a special game next August near the site where the film "Field of Dreams" was made and it will be the first MLB game played in what state?
6. What Hollywood actor led a group that brought supplies to a humanitarian ship that was stuck in the Mediterranean Sea after rescuing 121 migrants?
7. What 86-year-old singer canceled the remainder of 2019 tour, including an appearance at Farm Aid in September, due to recurring breathing problems?

Woodstock Artists Trivia
1. What rock artist won eight Grammy awards, including Album of the Year, tying Michael Jackson's record in 2000?
2. What West Coast-based band, which never won a Grammy, didn't reach the top 10 on the album charts until 1987, with the album "In The Dark?"
3. John Belushi did a hilarious parody in 1975 on "Saturday Night Live" of what English singer who appeared at Woodstock?
4. "Quadrophenia" and "Endless Wire" were hit albums for what English rock band?
5. What legendary guitarist played "The Star Spangled Banner" at his Woodstock appearance?
6. John Sebastian, lead singer of the Lovin Spooonful, had a top ten single in 1975 with the theme to what ABC sitcom?
7. What legendary female singer, who would die the year after Woodstock, played at the festival with her band the Kozmic Blues Band?

The Q Train: Science Fiction Film Characters Trivia
1. Peter Venkman (1984)
2. Lando Calrissian (1980)
3. Ellen Ripley (1979)
4. Rick Deckard (1982)
5. Snake Plissken (1981)
6. Sarah Connor (1984)
7. Dr. Robert Neville (2007)
8. Dr. Emmet Brown (1985)
9. David Bowman (1968)
10. Robert Scott Carey (1957)

General Knowledge
1. Emma Stone won an Oscar for Best Actress for what film? ( 1 pt)
2. To what country does the island state of Tasmania belong? ( 1 pt)
3. Ecuador and what other country are the only South American members of OPEC? ( 1 pt)
4. The first radio transmission was sent in 1894 from what European country? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the first man elected president of Russia? ( 2 pt)
6. Pope Francis ended the longstanding papal tradition of popes wearing shoes of what color? ( 2 pt)
7. From 1996-98, Craig Kilborn was the first host of what current TV show? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Which vodka brand topped the list of "Best Alcohol Brands in the World" for 2019? ( 3 points)
2. What 1938 animated film was the first movie to release a soundtrack? ( 4 points)
3. What Oscar-winning actor is the oldest man to win People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" award? ( 5 points)
4. In terms of social and political stability, militarization and homicide rates, which European country was ranked the world's safest country for the 11th straight year in 2018? ( 4 points)
5. In 2016, President Obama signed an act recognizing what mammal as the national mammal of the United States? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Barney's; 2. Venezuela; 3. Pizza Hut; 4. Governor of Puerto Rico; 5. Iowa; 6. Richard Gere; 7. Willie Nelson.

Woodstock Artists Trivia
1. Santana; 2. Grateful Dead; 3. Joe Cocker; 4. The Who; 5. Jimi Hendrix; 6. "Welcome Back, Kotter; " 7. Janis Joplin.

The Q Train: Science Fiction Film Characters Trivia
1. Ghostbusters; 2. The Empire Strikes Back; 3. Alien; 4. Blade Runner; 5. Escape From New York; 6. The Terminator; 7. I Am Legend; 8. Back to the Future; 9. 2001: A Space Odyssey; 10. The Incredible Shrinking Man.

General Knowledge
1. "La La Land; 2. Australia; 3. Venezuela; 4. Italy; 5. Boris Yeltsin; 6. red; 7. "The Daily Show."

IQ Trivia
1. Smirnoff; 2. "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs;" 3. Sean Connery; 4. Iceland; 5. bison.

Monday, August 12, 2019

50 Years After The Festival

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 13th at 8:30 PM, with "Woodstock Artists Trivia," in honor of the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock concerts from 1969. It will be seven questions about the artists that played in those series of shows (not necessarily about the actual shows themselves). The Q Train lightning round will be "Science Fiction Film Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters who appeared in science fiction films (with the year the film was originally released) and you have to tell me the film the character was in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"To what country does the island state of Tasmania belong?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Trivia Q&A: August 6

We had another great night of Trivia on Tuesday night, as eight teams took part. Two of our regular teams, DIMS and Bob and Cato, took the night off so the trivia night was a bit more wide open. The top four teams were separated by six points going into IQ Trivia, but the team of No Loaf emerged victorious, getting 3 of the 5 IQ questions correct, and getting the win with 35 points. Congratulations to Ayden, Nick and Spencer on their first ever win on their first night coming in for Trivia!

We had a tie for second place between Da Jabooties and Oh-Yum with 30 points, and we broke the tie with "What is the current population of the city of Hartford?" (Hartford was the answer to an IQ Trivia question, which no one got correct.) Oh-Yum was closest to the answer (123,400) and won second place.

Best Team Name: O'Dore's Irish Panty Party

Current Events
1. Egan Bernal, at 22, became the youngest champion of the Tour de France last week, and also the first man from what South American country to win?
2. A software engineer in Seattle hacked into a server holding customer information from what bank and obtained personal data from over 100 million people and was later arrested?
3. The body of what notorious 1930s gangster is set to be exhumed after his nephew sought a permit to do so for an upcoming History Channel project?
4. What US state's governor signed a bill last week requiring all presidential candidates to release their tax returns, or they won't be on the primary ballot in March?
5. The tourism ministry of China announced a ban on people traveling to what island nation starting August 1, leading to a rebuke from the country’s president?
6. What European nation passed a new law banning burqas, ski masks and other face coverings in public buildings and transportation?
7. Former US ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft was confirmed by the Senate last week to what position?

Red Trivia
1. What author wrote the best-selling novel “The Hunt For Red October?”
2. What actor/director won an Academy Award for Best Director for the 1981 film ”Reds”?
3. Which MLB team has won more World Series in their history: the Red Sox or Reds?
4. Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding was a main character in what Oscar nominated film?
5. What two red card suits in a standard deck of cards are colored red?
6. What pop singer’s 2012 album “Red” featured the hit song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together?”
7. What Asian country’s flag has a red circle centered on a green background?

The Q Train: Beer Brands Trivia
1. St. Pauli Girl
2. Labatt's
3. Heineken
4. Yuengling
5. Carlsberg
6. Asahi
7. Guinness
8. Kronenbourg
9. Hoegaarden
10. Foster’s

General Knowledge
1. In the movies, John Rambo is a veteran of what war? ( 1 pt)
2. Which two planets have no moons? ( 1 pt)
3. What 19th century author wrote the novel "Les Miserables?" ( 1 pt)
4. The oldest existing McDonald's restaurant is located in what US state? ( 2 pt)
5. What European country produces approximately 75% of the world's olive oil each year? ( 2 pt)
6. Between animal attacks, drowning and falling from heights, which is the number 1 cause of deaths in national parks? ( 2 pt)
7. What kind of stone is the Leaning Tower of Pisa made of? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What Southeast Asian country is the world's leader in coconut production? ( 5 points)
2. In 2002, Ukranian Sergey Karjakin became the world's youngest chess grandmaster at what age? ( 4 points)
3. America's oldest newspaper still being printed, from 1764, is located in what state capital city? ( 4 points)
4. What is the largest of Canada's ten provinces in area? ( 3 points)
5. What South American country had five different presidents over a span of ten days in 2001? (4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Colombia; 2. Capital One; 3. John Dillinger; 4. California; 5. Taiwan; 6. Netherlands; 7. US Ambassador to the U.N.

Red Trivia
1. Tom Clancy; 2. Warren Beatty; 3. Red Sox (9-5); 4. “The Shawshank Redemption;” 5. Diamonds & Hearts; 6. Taylor Swift; 7. Bangladesh.

The Q Train: Beer Brands Trivia
1. Germany; 2. Canada; 3. Netherlands; 4. USA; 5. Denmark; 6. Japan; 7. Ireland; 8. France; 9. Belgium; 10. Australia.

General Knowledge
1. Vietnam; 2. Mercury & Venus; 3. Victor Hugo; 4. California; 5. Spain; 6. drowning; 7. marble.

IQ Trivia
1. Indonesia; 2. 12; 3. Hartford, CT; 4. Quebec; 5. Argentina.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

"For The Good of the Game"

I've been a baseball fan all of my life, and especially during the reign of Bud Selig as the commissioner of MLB. So when I heard he was publishing his biography "For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball", I felt I should give Selig a chance and give it a read.

I've never been a fan of Selig, going back to the strike of 1994, which tested my love for the game and kept me out of MLB parks for over 5 years. And I thought he handled the infamous 2002 All-Star Game tie very badly.

But I must admit that "For the Good of the Game" is actually a very interesting and at times charming look back at his life by Selig, and if you walk in with an open mind, you actually enjoy this book.

There's no doubt that Bud Selig is a baseball lifer whose life revolves around the game. He started out his professional life as a car salesman in his Milwaukee home town, and graduated to ownership of the Milwaukee Brewers when they suddenly moved from Seattle in 1970.

The book is centered around two troubling times in Selig’s time as commissioner: the owners’ relationship with the players union and the influx of steroids into the game. He blames the players union for the disastrous 1994 strike, and blames President Clinton for reneging to back up the decision of a federally appointed arbitrator. (Selig even claims to have cursed out Vice-President Al Gore in one charged confrontation in the White House.)

He does accept some blame for the PED infestation into MLB, saying his office was slow to act, but also blames players union officials for dragging their heels as well.

Selig is proud of his accomplishments as commissioner: expanding the playoffs, baseball’s incredible growth as a business in the 21st century, and the institution of the luxury tax to help small market teams. But one thing under his watch that clearly bothers him is that Barry Bonds broke the home run record of his dear friend Hank Aaron. Selig goes into great detail early on in the book how going from city to city as Bonds approached the record was like the Bataan Death March to him.

I did find one glaring error in the book. As Brewers owner he says that he was approached by Red Sox GM Dick O’Connell at the 1976 Winter Meetings that O’Connell wanted George Scott back with the Red Sox because Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey personally liked Scott and wanted him to return and asked him to make a trade with Milwaukee. There’s just one problem with that. Yawkey died the previous July, so I don’t think he was around to ask O’Connell to make the deal. (The trade was made and the Sox gave up Cecil Cooper, not one of their better trades.)

Anyway, overall I recommend “For the Good of the Game.” It is Bud Selig’s story in his own words. Whether you liked him or not, it’s worth your time to read. Selig leaves a complicated legacy in baseball history, and he tried to straighten out the record. It’s up to you to decide whether he has or not.

Monday, August 05, 2019

We Turn Red On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 6th at 8:30 PM, with "Red Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the color red in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round is “Beer Brands Trivia.” I will give you the names of ten very well known brands of beer from around the world and you tell me from what country each one originated from. And every answer will be from a different country.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“In the movies, John Rambo is a veteran of what war?”

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 30

We had nine teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and for the second time in the last two months, we had another perfect game done on Trivia Night! I've been doing Trivia for over 13 years and it never happened before, and now it has happened twice this year, and by the same team! Our friends from DIMS, Ken, Michael and Darek, pulled off the trick again, as they did on June 26th, rolling up 56 points and getting another victory. My congratulations to them on another historic Trivia win.

Second place went to Tastes Like Burning with 46 points, and third place went Rat and Rodent with 45 points.

Best Team Name: I Just Blue Myself

Current Events
1. What Asian country launched an unmanned mission to the Moon last week, attempting to become the fourth country to land there?
2. The Senate voted 90-8 to confirm Mark Esper to what position in President Trump's cabinet last week?
3. Rutger Hauer, Dutch-born actor, died last week at the age of 75. He's best-known for his role as a murderer in what classic 1982 sci-fi film?
4. What Oscar-winning actress was fired last week from the Broadway-bound play, "Tea at Five" after she had an altercation with a crew member and she fostered "a hostile work environment?"
5. Beji Caid Essebsi, at 92 one of the world's oldest leaders and the first democratically elected president of what North African country, died last Thursday?
6. Four automakers, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW, reached an agreement with what US state to produce fleets that are more fuel-efficient in coming years?
7. What female presidential candidate filed a lawsuit against Google for $50 million last week, saying they infringed on her free speech when they briefly suspended her campaign's ad account last June?

Blue Trivia
1. What 19th century classical composer wrote "The Blue Danube?"
2. "True Blue" was a 1986 album by what female pop singer?
3. "The Bluegrass State" is a nickname of what US state?
4. What actress won an Academy Award for the 2013 film "Blue Jasmine?"
5. What blue jean company was founded in 1853 in San Francisco?
6. "Pocket Monsters Blue" is a special edition of what video game franchise?
7. Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits starred in what 1990s TV crime drama?

The Q Train: Born in Boston, NYC or Philly Trivia
1. Alicia Keys
2. Will Smith
3. Mark Wahlberg
4. Richard Gere
5. Edward Norton
6. Bradley Cooper
7. Jennifer Lopez
8. Uma Thurman
9. Kevin Bacon
10. Tom Cruise

General Knowledge
1. The 1990 film "Total Recall" was mostly set on what planet? ( 1 pt)
2. What was the name of Han Solo's ship? ( 1 pt)
3. The film "8 Mile" is based on the life of what rap star? ( 1 pt)
4. Who is the longest serving Chief Justice of the United States? ( 2 pt)
5. The first atomic bomb was tested in what western US state? ( 2 pt)
6. Actress Audrey Hepburn was born in what European country? ( 2 pt)
7. What European country has the longest coastline? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Auguste Cesar Sandino was a 1920s-era revolutionary and the national hero of what Central American country? ( 5 points)
2. What entertainer was the creator of both "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune?" ( 3 points)
3. Sarah Tilghman Hughes of Texas became the first, and to date the only, woman in November 1963 to do what? ( 4 points)
4. The foible, forte and tang are parts of the equipment in what sport? ( 4 points)
5. What type of liquor, translated from Gaelic, means "the water of life?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. India; 2. Defense Secretary; 3. "Blade Runner;" 4. Faye Dunaway; 5. Tunisia; 6. California; 7. Tulsi Gabbard.

Blue Trivia
1. Johann Strauss; 2. Madonna; 3. Kentucky; 4. Cate Blanchett; 5. Levi Strauss; 6. Pokemon; 7. "NYPD Blue."

The Q Train: Born in Boston, NYC or Philly Trivia
1. NYC; 2. Philly; 3. Boston; 4. Philly; 5. Boston; 6. Philly; 7. NYC; 8. Boston; 9. Philly; 10. NYC.

General Knowledge
1. Mars; 2. Millennium Falcon; 3. Eminem; 4. John Marshall; 5. New Mexico; 6. Belgium; 7. Norway.

IQ Trivia
1. Nicaragua; 2. Merv Griffin; 3. Swear in a US president; 4. fencing; 5. whiskey.

Monday, July 29, 2019

We're All Blue On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 30th at 8:30 PM, with "Blue Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the color blue in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Born in Boston, New York City or Philadelphia Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities and you have to tell me which one of the three largest cities of the northeastern United States they were born in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The 1990 film 'Total Recall' was mostly set on what planet?"


The crowds have been picking up lately as the summer goes on, so get in early, and I hope to see many of you on Tuesday night for a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 23

We had another fine summer turnout for Trivia last night, as 11 teams took part. I guess I made the July Trivia round a little too tough, as the scores were on the lower side, but just about everyone bounced back in The Q Train lightning round. It was a three-team race to the finish as we got to the end, and three teams actually got all five questions correct in the IQ trivia round. But our friends from DIMS emerged with the victory, rolling up 50 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their win.

Second place went to X with 45 points, and we had a tie for third place between The Jabooties and Buck Foston with 37 points. The tie-breaker question was: "As of 2019, what is the population of the country of Iceland?" The Jabooties was closest to the actual answer (377,000) and won third place.

Best Team Name: Summertime and the Nachos Are Still Cheesy

Current Events
1. What TV drama series led the way with 32 nominations as the 2019 Emmy Award nominations were announced last week?
2. Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens died last week at the age of 99. What US president originally nominated him for the Court?
3. The World Health Organization declared that what African nation is in the midst of another deadly outbreak of Ebola virus, as it also was five years ago?
4. What Republican senator blocked an attempt by Democrats to pass an extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund last week, saying any new spending should be offset by other spending cuts?
5. What retail chain, which closed all of its US stores in 2017 after filing for Chapter 11, will open two stores this November, one in NJ and the other in Texas?
6. What superstar rock singer announced last week he has spent the last year writing a stage musical adaptation of the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life” and it will debut in the U.K. late next year?
7. What comedy legend is about to make a standup comeback, and is close to finalizing a $70 million deal with Netflix for a series of comedy specials?

July Trivia
1. In July 1971, Doors lead singer Jim Morrison died at the age of 27 in what city?
2. In July 2013, Mohamed Morsi, president of what Middle Eastern country, was overthrown from power by the nation’s military?
3. Of all the presidents who have been assassinated in office, which one was shot in July?
4. What is the birthstone for the month of July?
5. On July 13, 1985, the Live Aid concerts were held simultaneously in what two cities?
6. On July 29, 1982, pro wrestler Jerry Lawler slapped comedian Any Kaufman in the face in a famous staged event on what network TV show?
7. On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer before a TV audience of 700 million worldwide at what London church?

The Q Train: Born in NY or NJ Trivia
1. Jimmy Fallon
2. Joe Pesci
3. Lady Gaga
4. Peter Dinklage
5. Eddie Murphy
6. Shaquille O’Neal
7. Danny DeVito
8. Robert Downey Jr.
9. John Travolta
10. Michael Jordan

General Knowledge
1. Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province? (1 pt)
2. “I could have had class. I could’ve been a contender” is a famous line from what classic film? (1 pt)
3. Robert F. Kennedy served as a US senator from what state? (1 pt)
4. What is the most downloaded iPhone application of all-time? (2 pt)
5. The IKEA company is now headquartered in what European country? (2 pt)
6. What ancient Greek is considered "the father of zoology"? (2 pt)
7. What country is the largest cement producer in the world? (3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What European country celebrates “The First Day of Summer” as an annual public holiday every April? (4 points)
2. Robert Baden-Powell, a British war hero, is widely credited for founding what youth group in July 1907? ( 4 points)
3. In the early 1990s, what search engine started out as “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web?” ( 3 points)
4. In 1986, President Reagan signed a proclamation declaring what flower the national flower of the United States? ( 4 points)
5. The first modern credit card was created in 1950 when Ralph Schneider and Frank McNamara founded what card? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. “Game of Thrones;” 2. Gerald Ford; 3. Congo; 4. Rand Paul; 5. Toys R Us; 6. Paul McCartney; 7. Eddie Murphy.

July Trivia
1. Paris; 2. Egypt; 3. James Garfield; 4. Ruby; 5. London and Philadelphia; 6. “Late Night with David  Letterman; 7. St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The Q Train: Born In NY or NJ
1. NY; 2. NJ; 3. NY; 4. NJ; 5. NY; 6. NJ; 7. NJ; 8. NY; 9. NJ; 10. NY.

General Knowledge
1. British Columbia; 2. “On the Waterfront;” 3. New York; 4. Facebook; 5. Netherlands; 6. Aristotle; 7. China.

IQ Trivia
1. Iceland; 2. The Boy Scouts; 3. Yahoo; 4. Rose; 5. Diner’s Club.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Lots of Cool Stuff Happened In July

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 23rd at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "July Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of July in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "Born in New York or New Jersey Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities, and you have to tell me whether they were born in either the states of New York or New Jersey.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province?"

We had a nice crowd in last week, so I hope to see many of you this Tuesday for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 16

After a few weeks of the crowds being down for Trivia, most likely due to the summer vacations and holidays, we had 11 teams in last night, and saw a few old friends I hadn't seen in a while. we had a two-team horse race for most of the night, between the teams of DIMS and The Mighty Space Shots. There was just three points between them going into IQ Trivia, and after the round was completed, there was still three points between them. DIMS ended up winning the night with 38 points. Congrats again to Ken, Michael and Darek on their victory.

The Mighty Space Shots finished second with 35 points, and Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip? 3 Orange Whips finished in their place with 27 points (and also won for Best Team Name). 

Current Events
1. Rip Torn, a prolific actor who won an Emmy Award for his role in what 1990s comedy series, died last week at the age of 88?
2. Researchers recently discovered a fossil in what Southern European country believed to be about 210,000 years old and shows that humans left Africa about 16,000 years earlier than once believed?
3. Alex Acosta, who was what part of President Trump's cabinet, resigned last week after his previous handling of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case from the early 2000s?
4. It was revealed last Friday that what onetime New York baseball star was arrested last month by New Jersey police for cocaine possession and other charges?
5. Simona Halep defeated Serena Williams last Saturday to win her first Wimbledon women's singles title and hails from what Eastern European country?
6. England defeated New Zealand last Sunday to win their first World Cup title in what sport?
7. What Spanish singer is facing a seven-figure lawsuit from a former lover who spent the last 30 years trying to prove the singer gathered her son in 1975, and a judge ruled him the father last week?

Space Trivia
1. What is the smallest planet in our solar system?
2. What was the last Apollo mission to the moon in 1972?
3. Within 5 million, how many miles from the Sun is Earth?
4. On July 20, 1976, Viking I became the first spacecraft to land where?
5. When Voyager I was sent into deep space in 1977, what 1950s rock'n'roll legend's song was included on it as an example of the sounds of Earth?
6. In 1962, who was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth?
7. What physicist gained worldwide fame with his best-selling book about space, "A Brief History of Time?"

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. This number was the title of Adele’s latest album.
2. In Italian culture, this number is considered unlucky, and Alitalia has no row in its planes with the number.
3. The N.Y. Mets retired this number in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.
4. According to the Bible, this was the age Jesus was at his crucifixion.
5. New Mexico became this number US state in 1912.
6. This is the atomic number of lithium.
7. In tennis, this number represents the first point gained in a game.
8. Richard Nixon was this number US president.
9. The Swedish language has this number letters.
10. A heptathlon contains this number athletic events.

General Knowledge
1. The first Star Wars film was released in what year? ( 1 pt)
2. The Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from what British city in 1912? ( 1 pt)
3. Besides copper, what other metal largely makes up bronze? ( 1 pt)
4. What nation suffered the most casualties in WWII? ( 2 pt)
5. What US state gives each of its residents $1000 annually? ( 2 pt)
6. Who was the first non-Royal to appear on a British postage stamp? ( 2 pt)
7. Leveret is the proper term for what animal under the age of one? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What US state produces 70-80% of all the olives in the US? ( 3 points)
2. What word was misspelled by Stephen King in a 1983 book title and by Morrissey in a 1986 song title? ( 4 points)
3. Susan B. Anthony was famously fined $100 after Illegally voting for what 19th US president? ( 4 points)
4. What Oscar-winning actor was originally offered the role of John McClane in the 1988 film "Die Hard" because the studio was contractually obligated to offer it because he starred in the film "The Detective" which "Die Hard" was based on? ( 5 points)
5. What female pop singer was the voice of Sally in a number of Peanuts cartoons in the mid-1980s? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "The Larry Sanders Show;" 2. Greece; 3. Labor Secretary; 4. Dwight Gooden; 5. Romania; 6. Cricket; 7. Julio Iglesias.

Space Trivia
1. Mercury; 2. Apollo 17; 3. 93 million; 4. Mars; 5. Chuck Berry; 6. John Glenn; 7. Stephen Hawking.

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. 25; 2. 17; 3. 41; 4. 33; 5. 47; 6. 3; 7. 15; 8. 37; 9. 29; 10. 7.

General Knowledge
1. 1977; 2. Southampton; 3. tin; 4. Russia; 5. Alaska; 6. William Shakespeare; 7. rabbit.

IQ Trivia
1. California; 2. cemetery; 3. U.S. Grant; 4. Frank Sinatra; 5. Fergie.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Let's Go To Outer Space This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 16th at 8:30 PM, with "Space Trivia" the Special Category in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing coming up next week. It will be seven questions connected to space and space travel. The Q Train lightning round will be "Odd Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where the answer will be an odd number from 1 to 50. Every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The first Star Wars film was released in what year?"


I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday for what should be another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 9

We had another smaller crowd on Tuesday night, as eight teams took part. But the night went great, and the top four teams were separated by four points going into IQ Trivia. We had a tie between the top two teams going into that final round, but it was the team of Turkey Club that emerged victorious, getting four of the five questions correct for the win, and ending with 45 points. DIMS finished second with 42 points, and The Return of the Jabooties finished third with 34 points.

Best Team Name: Four Score and 747s Ago

Current Events
1. Arte Johnson, an actor and comedian who gained fame in what 1960s/70s NBC comedy /variety series, died last week at the age of 90?
2. A new live single was released last week from what late female singer, a 1990 recording of Steve Winwood's hit 1986 single "Higher Love?"
3. According to a new survey, almost half the female cadets at what US military academy said they were sexually harassed?
4. A Manhattan judge cancelled a scheduled September jury trial against what male pop singer for copyright infringement until the case against Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is settled first?
5. What American comedian apologized to a British actor last week saying the Brit hosted a similar show to the current show he hosts, saying he had never heard of it before?
6. A human rights group is calling on what female rap singer to cancel an upcoming performance in Saudi Arabia over the country’s human rights violations?
7. What legendary pop star announced during a concert in London last Saturday that he will be getting a kidney transplant later this year?

Baseball Movies Trivia
1. What future Oscar-winning actor played a catcher with Hodgkin's Disease in the 1973 film "Bang the Drum Slowly?"
2. Gary Cooper played what legendary player in the 1941 film "Pride of the Yankees?"
3. Kelly Leak, Tanner Boyle and Coach Buttermaker were three main characters in what 1976 baseball film?
4. What future Oscar-winning actress was the lead actress in the 1988 film "Bull Durham?"
5. What hapless baseball team was the centerpiece of the 1988 film "Major League?"
6. What actress/director directed the 1992 baseball film "A League of Their Own?"
7. Name 1 of the 2 actors nominated for acting awards for the 2011 film "Moneyball."

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. This is the number of sides on a standard stop sign.
2. This is the minimum age for a US senator.
3. A standard pinochle deck has this number cards.
4. North and South Korea are divided by this number parallel.
5. Dwight D. Eisenhower was this number US president.
6. NFL Hall of Famers Joe Namath and Terry Bradshaw wore this number.
7. These are the total number of pawns in a standard chess set.
8. In 1964, this number amendment to the Constitution eliminated the poll tax.
9. This is the number of spaces on a standard Monopoly board.
10. A standard guitar has this many strings.

General Knowledge
1. What religious observance is celebrated the day after Halloween? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the fastest animal on four legs? ( 1 pt)
3. What body of water separates Iran and Saudi Arabia? ( 1 pt)
4. What year did Facebook launch? ( 2 pt)
5. What was the second film in the James Bond series? ( 2 pt)
6. What airline merged with United Airlines in 2011? ( 2 pt)
7. The world's longest fence, over 3480 miles, is found in what country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What pop singer died in a plane crash in Monterey Bay, CA in October 1997? ( 3 points)
2. Medusa, the monster from Greek mythology, appears on the flag of what Mediterranean island? ( 4 points)
3. In 2000, the first season of the American version of the TV series "Survivor" was filmed on what Southeast Asian island? ( 4 points)
4. What month was originally named "Quintilis" in the ancient Roman calendar? ( 5 points)
5. The author of "The Godfather" novel also co-wrote the screenplay of what superhero film? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "Laugh-In"; 2. Whitney Houston; 3. US Coast Guard Academy; 4. Ed Sheehan; 5. Jerry Seinfeld; 6. Nicki Minaj; 7. Stevie Wonder.

Baseball Movies Trivia
1. Robert DeNiro; 2. Lou Gehrig; 3. "The Bad News Bears;" 4. Susan Sarandon; 5. Cleveland Indians; 6. Penny Marshall; 7. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. 8; 2. 30; 3. 48; 4. 38; 5. 34; 6. 12; 7. 16; 8. 24; 9. 40; 10. 6.

General Knowledge
1. All Saints Day; 2. cheetah; 3. Persian Gulf; 4. 2004; 5. "From Russia With Love;" 6. Continental Airlines; 7. Australia.

IQ Trivia
1. John Denver; 2. Sicily; 3. Borneo; 4. July; 5. "Superman: The Movie."

Monday, July 08, 2019

We Celebrate Our National Game on Film This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 9th at 8:30 PM, with “Baseball Movies Trivia” as the Special Category, in honor of the All-Star Game that night. It will be seven questions about famous films that involved America’s Pastime. The Q Train lightning round will be “Even Numbered Trivia.” I will ask you ten general knowledge questions, and every answer will be an even number from 1-50. And every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“What religious observance is celebrated the day after Halloween?”


I look forward to seeing many of you for a great night of Trivia on Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 2

We had one of the smaller turnouts for Trivia Night on Tuesday due to the July 4th holiday, but it didn't dampen the spirits of those who played, and we had a great race to the finish. But it was the guys from DIMS, coming off their "perfect game" last week, who went back to the winner's circle again this week. They missed a question in Current Events, so the pressure to repeat last week's historic night was off their shoulders. But they wound up winning the night, getting 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia, and finishing with 46 points. Congrats to Ken and Michael on another victorious night.

Second place went to Evil Doers with 40 points, and third place went to Go Blue Rendezvous with 39 points.

Current Events
1. What Eastern European country had its largest protests since 1989 last week, with over 250,000 people calling on President Andrej Babis to resign over accusations of fraud?
2. Joe Sestak, a former congressman from what Eastern US state, became the 25th Democrat to run for president in 2020 last week?
3. The WalletHub survey recently released its findings and named what northeastern US state as "the least patriotic state in the nation" based on military and civic engagement?
4. What European nation won the vote to host the 2026 Winter Olympics last week?
5. What US city became the first city in America to ban e-cigarettes last week?
6. Stephanie Grisham was appointed to what White House position last week?
7. The New York Mets renamed the street in front of their home ballpark in Queens, Citi Field, in honor of what legendary player last Thursday?

July 4th Trivia
1. On this date in 1976, Israeli commandos rescued hostages on an Air France jetliner at Entebbe Airport in what African country?
2. What Asian country gained their independence from the US in 1946 after nearly 400 years of near-continuous rule by various powers?
3. Ron Kovic, a Vietnam vet and peace activist, was born on this day in 1946. What Hollywood actor portrayed him in a movie based on his life?
4. This playwright, who authored such plays as "The Odd Couple" and "Lost In Yonkers", was born on this day in 1927.
5. In 1976, The Clash made their debut in Sheffield, England as the opening act for what legendary punk band?
6. In 1881, Tuskegee University opened in what US state?
7. In 1997, NASA's Pathfinder became the first US spacecraft in two decades to land where?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. PETA once asked the Green Bay Packers to change their name because it promoted violence and bloodshed.
2. Windows 96 was the first Windows edition named for a year instead of a version number.
3. Kentucky is one of four US states that call themselves commonwealths.
4. The female mosquito is responsible for more human deaths than any other animal in history.
5. Alan Page of the Vikings was the last defensive player in the NFL named MVP in 1971.
6. 75% of all crimes committed in the US are committed by high school dropouts.
7. Research has determined that most people are happiest on Friday night.
8. Dan Aykroyd was the first SNL cast member to be nominated for an Academy Award.
9. The Zimbio Hall of Fame honors celebrities with the mullet hairstyle.
10. There have been more Democrat presidents than Republicans in US history.

General Knowledge
1. What stringed instrument appears on the logo for Guinness beer? ( 1 pt)
2. What actress took over the role of Mary Poppins in 2018? ( 1 pt)
3. What does "B&O" stand for in B&O Railroad? ( 1 pt)
4. What male golfer holds the record for grand slam wins with 18? ( 2 pt)
5. What Batman film featured Arnold Schwarzenegger? ( 2 pt)
6. What British monarch preceded Elizabeth II? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the name of the X-shaped sign located just before a road that crosses railroad tracks? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. "Go Set a Watchman" is the follow-up to what classic American novel? ( 3 points)
2. What designer brand named a purse after Princess Diana, making it one of the most popular handbags of all-time? ( 4 points)
3. What circle of latitude is located at 23.5 degrees south? ( 5 points)
4. Who invented the first alternating current (AC) motor in 1890? ( 4 points)
5. What 1984 action adventure hit film was responsible for the creation of the PG-13 rating? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Czech Republic; 2. Pennsylvania; 3. New Jersey; 4. Italy; 5. San Francisco; 6. press secretary; 7. Tom Seaver.

July 4th Trivia
1. Uganda; 2. The Philippines; 3. Tom Cruise; 4. Neil Simon; 5. The Sex Pistols; 6. Alabama; 7. Mars.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True; 2. false, Windows 95; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Lawrence Taylor (1986); 6. true; 7. false, Saturday night; 8. false, Joan Cusack; 9. true; 10. false, Republican (19-15).

General Knowledge
1. Harp; 2. Emily Blunt; 3. Baltimore and Ohio; 4. Jack Nicklaus; 5. "Batman and Robin;" 6. King George VI; 7. Crossbuck.

IQ Trivia
1. "To Kill a Mockingbird;" 2. Gucci; 3. The Tropic of Capricorn; 4. Nikola Tesla; 5. "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

Monday, July 01, 2019

Lots of Stuff Happened On Our Birthday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 2nd at 8:30 PM, with "July 4th Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected with events that happened throughout history on our country's birthday. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What stringed instrument appears on the logo for Guinness beer?"

We are back on the main floor this week, as we accommodated the Michigan baseball fans by doing Trivia in the Loft last week. Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 25

History was made on Tuesday night at Professor Thom's. Firstly, we were back in the Loft last night, as the bar hosted many Michigan baseball fans who were in for the College World Series. Everything went great up there, as we had 12 teams in. But it was an historic night, as the guys from DIMS, Ken, Michael and Darek, did something that was never done in all the nights I have hosted Trivia going back to 2006: they had a perfect night! They got all 36 questions correct, and rolled up 56 points, and won the night by a staggering 22 points. My congratulations to them on having the greatest evening in Trivia Night history.

Second place ended in a tie between the teams of Orifice Prime (who won for Best Team Name) and Summertime & The Nachos Are Cheesy with 34 points. We broke the tie wiith the question: "What is the current population of the UK?" Orifice Prime was closest to the actual answer (66,934,000) and won second place.

Current Events
1. Over 16.5 tons of cocaine, valued at over $1 billion, was seized from a cargo ship last week at what East Coast city’s port?
2. A country singer named Heidi Merrill filed a lawsuit last week against what female singer claiming  she plagiarized the “Sunday Night Football”theme song?
3. French billionaire Bernard Arnault, Europe’s richest person, became the third person to be worth $100 billion, joining which two others?
4. Last Thursday, MLB gave the Tampa Bay Rays permission to explore becoming a two-team city team and possibly playing home games in what city that once had an MLB team?
5. What rap star was indicted by a Queens grand jury on a felony assault charge in connection with a brawl last year at a Queens strip club?
6. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay won a guitar at auction last week for over $3.9 million, a new record for a guitar sold at auction, from David Gilmour from what classic rock band?
7. Nine people died last Friday when a skydiving excursion in a small plane crashed in what US state?

Canada Trivia
1. What is Canada’s third largest city in population after Toronto and Montreal?
2. Who is currently Canada’s head of state?
3. What Eastern Canadian province became the most recent Canadian province in 1949?
4. How many countries in the world are larger in area than Canada?
5. What is Canada’s official national summer sport?
6. In 2016, who was the last Canadian actor to be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar?
7. What Canadian female singer’s 2004 album “Up” is the last album to go “double diamond” (2 million plus) in sales in Canada?

The Q Train: Oscar Winners Trivia
1. The Help (2001)
2. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
3. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
4. The Hours (2002)
5. Crazy Heart (2009)
6. The Accused (1988)
7. Blue Jasmine (2013)
8. Darkest Hour (2017)
9. Chicago (2002)
10. Traffic (2000)

General Knowledge
1. What is the official language of Jamaica? (1 pt)
2. What character did Danny DeVito play in “Batman Returns?” (1 pt)
3. “We’ll always have Paris” is a famous line from what classic film? ( 1 pt)
4. What sport involves a pommel horse? ( 2 pt)
5. What video game features the characters Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde? ( 2 pt)
6. What was the first human organ to be successfully transplanted? (2 pt)
7. In the 2016 Brexit referendum, which two of the four UK constituent countries had a majority of voters opt to remain in the EU? (3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century author’s first professional sale was a short story called “The Glass Floor?” ( 4 points)
2. What is the world’s oldest currency still in use? ( 3 points)
3. Opened in 1903, what is the oldest continuously operating theater on Broadway? ( 5 points)
4. What is the largest island in area in the United States? ( 4 points)
5. Who was the only US president ever to serve aboard a Navy submarine, and later had a sub named for him? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Philadelphia; 2. Carrie Underwood; 3. Jeff Bezos & Bill Gates; 4. Montreal; 5. Cardi B; 6. Pink Floyd; 7. Hawaii.

Canada Trivia
1. Vancouver; 2. Queen Elizabeth II; 3. Newfoundland; 4. One (Russia); 5. Lacrosse; 6. Ryan Gosling; 7. Shania Twain.

The Q Train: Oscar Winners Trivia
1. Octavia Spencer; 2. Alan Arkin; 3. Jeremy Irons; 4. Nicole Kidman; 5. Jeff Bridges; 6. Jodie Foster; 7. Cate Blanchett; 8. Gary Oldman; 9. Catherine Zeta-Jones; 10. Benicia Del Toro.

General Knowledge
1. English; 2. The Penguin; 3. “Casablanca;” 4. Gymnastics; 5. Pac-Man; 6. Kidney; 7. Scotland and Northern Ireland.

IQ Trivia
1. Stephen King; 2. British pound; 3. Lyceum Theatre; 4. Hawaii; 5. Jimmy Carter.

Monday, June 24, 2019

We Salute Our Neighbors to the North This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 25th at 8:30 PM, with “Canada Trivia” as the Special Category, in honor of next Monday, July 1st being Canada’s national holiday. It will be seven questions about our neighbors to the north in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be “Oscar Winners Trivia.” I will give you the name of a famous film from recent years, along with the year the film came out, that won just one Oscar acting award, and you have to tell me which actor or actress won the award.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“What is the official language of Jamaica?”

I hope to see many of you on Tuesday night for what should be a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 18

We had nine teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and a four-way tie for first after the second round. But it turned into a tough three-team fight after the lightning round. By the IQ Trivia round, the top three teams had six points between them. But it was a great night for Turkey Heart, who held on to first place all night, and got 4 of 5 correct in the final round to win the night with 47 points. Congratulations to Bob and Cato on another great victory.

DIMS finished in second place with 40 points, and third place went to Prolapse In Judgment (who won for Best Team Name) finished with 33 points.

Current Events
1. A street in Brooklyn was renamed for what late rap star last week?
2. What Oscar-winning actor was arrested last week for allegedly groping a woman at a bar in Midtown Manhattan?
3. In a poll of 600 Iowa Democrats last week, 2 of the 22 presidential candidates did not receive even one first or second place vote. Name 1 of the 2.
4. The USA women's soccer team opened the World Cup last week with the biggest lopsided win in World Cup history over Thailand by how many goals?
5. Last week a missile fired by Houthi rebels struck the arrivals hall of an airport in what Middle Eastern country?
6. Oberlin College, in what Midwestern state, was ordered to pay $44 million by a jury after they ruled the college assisted in helping students defame a local bakery?
7. A jersey belonging to what baseball legend was sold at auction for $5.6 million last Saturday, a new record for a piece of sports memorabilia?

June Trivia
1. What US president couldn’t take up residence in the White House in June 1800 because it wasn’t completed, so he moved into a Washington DC tavern instead?
2. Hernando deSoto claimed what current US state for Spain in June 1539?
3. What classic Beatles album was released in June 1967?
4. What HBO drama series concluded its memorable run in June 2007?
5. What American newspaper famously published the Pentagon Papers, about the Vietnam War, in June 1971?
6. The rainbow flag, representing gay pride, was flown for the first time in June 1978 in what US city?
7. What two Zodiac signs fall in the month of June?

The Q Train: Classic Car Songs Trivia
1. Freeway of Love (1985)
2. Born to Run (1975)
3. Autobahn (1974)
4. Little Red Corvette (1982)
5. Paradise By the Dashboard Light (1977)
6. Mustang Sally (1966)
7. Drive My Car (1965)
8. Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
9. On the Road Again (1980)
10. I Can't Drive 55 (1984)

General Knowledge
1. What British tycoon founded Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways? ( 1 pt)
2. What author wrote the novel "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?" ( 1 pt)
3. How many strings does a standard ukulele have? ( 1 pt)
4. What country supplies the guards who protect the Pope? ( 2 pt)
5. The USSR was officially dissolved on Christmas Day of what year? ( 2 pt)
6. What chess piece was originally called "The Elephant?" ( 2 pt)
7. What Central American country produces the most pineapples? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What European country has the oldest flag still in use today? ( 5 points)
2. What actress is to date the youngest person to ever host "Saturday Night Live?" ( 4 points)
3. In 1874, merchant William Blackstone of Indiana built his wife a birthday present that was an early version of what appliance? ( 4 points)
4. Which two US states have the largest cities of the same name? ( 3 points)
5. Pago Pago is the capital of what US territory? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Notorious BIG; 2. Cuba Gooding Jr.; 3. Bill DeBlasio and Wayne Messam; 4. 13; 5. Saudi Arabia; 6. Ohio; 7. Babe Ruth.

June Trivia
1. John Adams; 2. Florida; 3. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; 4. “The Sopranos”; 5. New York Times; 6. San Francisco; 7. Gemini and Cancer.

The Q Train: Classic Car Songs Trivia
1. Aretha Franklin; 2. Bruce Springsteen; 3. Kraftwerk; 4. Prince; 5. Meat Loaf; 6. Wilson Pickett; 7. The Beatles; 8. The Beach Boys; 9. Willie Nelson; 10. Sammy Hagar.

General Knowledge
1. Richard Branson; 2. Robert Louis Stevenson; 3. four; 4. Switzerland; 5. 1991; 6. bishop; 7. Costa Rica.

IQ Trivia
1. Denmark; 2. Drew Barrymore; 3. Washing machine; 4. Maine and Oregon (Portland); 5. American Samoa.

Monday, June 17, 2019

We Honor Driving Music on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 18th at 8:30 PM, with "June Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven songs connected to the month of June in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Classic Car Songs Trivia." I will give you the names of ten classic hit songs connected to cars in one way, shape or form, and I will give you the year the song was released. You have to tell me the artist who had the hit song. Every answer will be a different artist.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What author wrote the novel 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 11

We had nine teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, on a very pleasant night in New York. It was good to see some old friends back for Trivia for the first time in a while, as it was "The Return of the Jabooties!" I hope to see more of them as the summer goes on. It was a really close race all night long, as the top five teams were bunched up going into IQ Trivia. But the guys from DIMS, who were in fifth a good part of the night, jumped over four teams in the IQ Trivia round, as they got a perfect score and won the night with 44 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on probably their best comeback win.

Second place went to Coronas Are Skunked So We Drink Pacifico with 41 points, and third place went to Lizzo's Best Friend with 37 points.

Best Team Name: A Dentist, A Lawyer and Two Late Friends Walk Into a Bar

Current Events
1. What rock legend, who has lived with mental illness  for many years, canceled an upcoming summer US tour to take care of his mental health?
2. What female pop singer recently ripped the New York Times over a recent profile of her and claims she felt as if she had been "raped again?"
3. James Holzhauer's amazing run as Jeopardy's champion ended last week and he brought home over $2.4 million. How many Jeopardy matches did he win before his loss?
4. Beverly Hills, CA became the first city in America to ban what product, starting in 2021?
5. Mac Rebennack, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician from New Orleans better known by what name, died last week at the age of 77?
6. The Daily Beast and Facebook faced a backlash last week after a video of what politician was altered to make the subject appear drunk and the alleged creator's private details were outed?
7. Ashleigh Barty won her first tennis grand slam title at the French Open last weekend and became the first woman from what country since 1973 to win the singles title?

Fathers Trivia
1. What actor/director was the director of the 2006 film "Flag of Our Fathers?"
2. Which one of the Founding Fathers was the founder of the New York Post in 1801?
3. What month of the year is Fathers Day celebrated in the UK?
4. What 19th century biologist was known as "The father of evolution?"
5. Gene Hackman was the original first choice to play the father of the family in what beloved 1970s TV series?
6. What actor played the father of the bride in the 1991 film of the same name?
7. "Dance With My Father" was a 2003 song and the last top 40 hit song for what late R&B singer?

The Q Train: Best Selling Albums of the 2010s
1. Thank U, Next (2019)
2. Scorpion (2018)
3. 25 (2015)
4. The 20/20 Experience ( 2013)
5. 1989 (2014)
6. 4:44 (2017)
7. Recovery (2010)
8. Born This Way (2011)
9. Doo Wops & Hooligans ( 2010)
10. Songs of Experience ( 2017)

General Knowledge
1. In which "Rocky" film did Mr. T appear as Clubber Lang? ( 1 pt)
2. What British prime minister was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the most common element in the universe? ( 1 pt)
4. Ping-pong originated in what European country? ( 2 pt)
5. What Roman emperor built a massive wall across Britain? ( 2 pt)
6. The iconis statue "Little Mermaid" is located in what European city? ( 2 pt)
7. Where on the human body is the hallux found? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century US president is the only one to receive the Medal of Honor, and posthumously in 2001? ( 4 points)
2. The Karakoram Pass connects which two Asian countries? ( 5 points)
3. What actor has hosted "Saturday Night Live" the most times? ( 3 points)
4. The top wedding song of 2018 was "Thinking Out Loud" by what male pop singer? ( 4 points)
5. What actress is the only person to win an Academy Award for both acting and writing? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Brian Wilson; 2. Madonna; 3. 32; 4. All tobacco products; 5. Dr. John; 6. Nancy Pelosi; 7. Australia.

Fathers Trivia
1. Clint Eastwood; 2. Alexander Hamilton; 3. June; 4. Charles Darwin; 5. "The Brady Bunch;" 6. Steve Martin; 7. Luther Vandross.

The Q Train: Best Selling Albums of the 2010s
1. Ariana Grande; 2. Drake; 3. Adele; 4. Justin Timberlake; 5. Taylor Swift; 6. Ed Sheeran; 7. Eminem; 8. Lady Gaga; 9. Bruno Mars; 10. U2.

General Knowledge
1. "Rocky III"; 2. Winston Churchill; 3. hydrogen; 4. England; 5. Hadrian; 6. Copenhagen; 7. foot (big toe).

IQ Trivia
1. Theodore Roosevelt; 2. China and India; 3. Alec Baldwin (17); 4. Ed Sheeran; 5. Emma Thompson.

Monday, June 10, 2019

We Honor The Dads This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 11th at 8:30 PM, with “Fathers Trivia” as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to fathers in pop culture in honor of next Sunday’s holiday. The Q Train lightning round will be “Best Selling Albums of the 2010s Trivia.” I will give you the names of some of the most popular albums of this decade, along with the year it came out, and you tell me the artist who recorded it. Every answer will be a different artist.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“In which ‘Rocky’ film did Mr. T appear as Clubber Lang?”

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 4

We had 10 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday, and I surprised by the return of Michael, one of the players for the team known as DIMS. Michael is a longtime regular who was away in L.A. for a while, but returned with his comrades Ken and Darek. And it was their night last night, as they rolled up 48 points for the win. The Current Events round was a tough round for everyone, but the scores improved for just about everyone through World War II Trivia and The Q Train lightning round. And we had a goofup in the IQ Round, which rarely happens. It was pointed out to me by one of the Trivia players (who was originally from Argentina) that the Semana Santa holiday is celebrated in other Latin American countries besides Costa Rica, so I tossed out the question and gave everyone five points. Oh well, mistakes do happen. The Mighty Quinn regrets the error.

John Dick 3: Pair O'Balls finished second with 44 points (and they also won for Best Team Name), and third place went to Turkey Club with 42 points.

Current Events
1. What Southeast Asian country said it would begin sending back over 3,000 tons of plastic waste to the US, UK and other western nations, joining the Philippines who announced a few weeks ago a similar plan?
2. What British-born comedian set off a firestorm on social media last week when he said that London was "no longer an English city" and many called him a hypocrite because years earlier he moved from the UK to the Bahamas?
3. An earthquake measured about 6.6 struck off the coast of what Latin American country last Thursday?
4. Brigitte Bierlein was named what European country's first-ever female chancellor last week after Sebastian Kurz was forced out after a losing a no-confidence vote?
5. Curtis Blake, who founded what ice cream chain in Massachusetts with his brother in 1935 and grew it into a restaurant chain, died last week at the age of 102?
6. Canada's foreign minister announced last Sunday that the nation was closing its embassy temporarily in what embattled country?
7. Pope Francis visited what Eastern European nation this past weekend, the first Pope to visit the predominantly Orthodox nation since Pope John Paul II in 1980?

World War II Trivia
1. How many years did WWII last? a. 5; b.6; c. 7; d. 4.
2. Which US battleship accounted for almost half the casualties at Pearl Harbor? a. USS Nevada; b. USS Missouri; c. USS Arizona; d. USS Oklahoma.
3. Britain and France declared war on Germany after Hitler invaded what country? a. Hungary; b. Austria; c. Czechoslovakia; d. Poland.
4. The largest naval battle of WWII, the Battle of Keyte Gulf, took place in what country? a. The Philippines; b. Japan; c. New Guinea; d. Taiwan.
5. Which US general vowed "I Shall Return" after he and his forces were driven out of the Philippines  by the victorious Japanese in 1942?
6. Which one of the following countries was not a US ally in WWII? a. China; b. Soviet Union; c. Finland; d. Greece.
7. What was the codename of the allied landings on Normandy on D-Day? a. Operation Neptune; b. Operation Enduring Freedom; c. Operation Crossword; d. Operation Enigma.

The Q Train: Classic Movies Cities Trivia
1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
2. Dirty Harry
3. The Blues Brothers
4. Moonstruck
5. Driving Miss Daisy
6. Trading Places
7. The Town
8. A Streetcar Named Desire
9. Scarface
10. Gran Torino

General Knowledge
1. What is the heaviest planet in the solar system? ( 1 pt)
2. How many wives did King Henry VIII have? ( 1 pt)
3. What US president's real first name was Hiram? ( 1 pt)
4. The sandwich was invented in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. Between Sherlock Holmes, Superman and Spiderman, which character has been played by the most actors? ( 2 pt)
6. What was Pierce Brosnan's first film as James Bond? ( 2 pt)
7. Themyscira was the mythical island home of what superhero? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What folk singer was the opening act at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969? ( 4 points)
2. In what Latin American country is the religious holiday Semana Santa celebrated during Easter week? ( 5 points)
3. Who is the top selling British solo singer in the US, having sold over 78 million units in this country? ( 3 points)
4. What US city has more billionaires per capita than any other city in the world? ( 4 points)
5. Dixville Notch is a small community that announces its presidential voting results every four years first in the nation just after midnight and is located in what US state? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Malaysia; 2. John Cleese; 3. El Salvador; 4. Austria; 5. Friendly's; 6. Venezuela; 7. Romania.

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

The Q Train: Classic Movies Cities Trivia
1. San Diego; 2. San Francisco; 3. Chicago; 4. New York City; 5. Atlanta; 6. Philadelphia; 7. Boston; 8. New Orleans; 9. Miami; 10. Detroit.

General Knowledge
1. Jupiter; 2. six; 3. Ulysses S. Grant; 4. England; 5. Sherlock Holmes; 6. "Goldeneye;" 7. Wonder Woman.

IQ Trivia
1. Richie Havens; 2. Costa Rica; 3. Elton John; 4. San Francisco; 5. New Hampshire.

Monday, June 03, 2019

We Remember The Heroes On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening on Tuesday night, June 4th at 8:30 PM, with "World War II Trivia," seven questions connected to the worst conflict of the 20th century, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy this coming Thursday. All seven questions will be multiple choice.

The Q Train lightning round will be "Classic Movies Cities Trivia." We did TV last week, how about movies this week? I will give you the names of ten classic films and you have to tell me the major American city it was primarily set in. Every answer will be a different city.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the heaviest planet in the solar system?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night with what should be a great night of Trivia!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Trivia Q&A: May 28

On a rainy spring night in New York, we had a smaller crowd in for Trivia last night, as seven teams took part. It was also the day after a holiday weekend, so the crowds are normally down then. But we still a great night of Trivia, as those folks in had a great time and we were really into the Trivia.We had a close race to the finish, and wound up with a tie for first place with 52 points between Darak: You're Fired! and Turkey Club, two of our regular teams. But Turkey Club wound up guessing closest to the tie-breaker question: "What is the current population of the state of Kansas?" (2,293,000 to be precise.) Congrats to Bob and Cato on their victory.

Third place went to John Triviolta (who also won for Best Team Name) with 38 points.

Current Events
1. Niki Lauda, a legendary figure and three-time world champion in what sport, died last week at the age of 70?
2. More than two dozen employees of what fast food restaurant are suing the company for sexual harassment?
3. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the redesigned $20 bill featuring what iconic 19th century figure has been delayed and no new imagery will be unveiled until 2028?
4. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Howard Stern revealed one of the great regrets of his life is that he never did apologize to what late comedian, who he said he treated badly on his show in the mid-1990s?
5. Last week, BuzzFeed published an investigation of what self-help guru with accusations of sexual misconduct, and four women came forward with additional allegations against him afterwards?
6. "Parasite" was voted the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival last week and became the first film from what Asian country to win?
7. What 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, in the most recent Quinnipiac poll, garnered a negative 37 point favorable rating among Democrats, by far the lowest of all the candidates?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of these planets are smaller than Earth? a. Mercury; b. Mars; c. Uranus; d. Neptune.
2. Which of the following countries are currently in the top 10 in population as of 2019? a. Mexico; b. Nigeria; c. Pakistan; d. Brazil.
3. Which of the following NYC subway lines is never regularly scheduled to travel to Brooklyn? a. 1 train; b. G train; c. 7 train; d. D train.
4. Which of the following music artists won an Oscar for Best Song? a. Frank Sinatra; b. Elton John; c. Carly Simon; d. Bruce Springsteen.
5. In poker, which of the following hands beats a four-of-a-kind? a. Full house; b. Flush; c. Straight Flush; d. Straight.
6. Which of these films won the Best Picture Oscar? a. The Wizard of Oz; b. Apocalypse Now; c. Raging Bull; d. Saving Private Ryan.
7. Which of these American cities have teams in all four major sports? a. Atlanta; b. St. Louis; c. Houston; d. Detroit.

The Q Train: Classic TV Cities Trivia
1. Married With Children
2. Breaking Bad
3. Dharma and Greg
4. Dexter
5. Frasier
6. The Wire
7. Billions
8. Ally McBeal
9. Home Improvement
10. Happy Days

General Knowledge
1. What is the second largest city in New York State in population? ( 1 pt)
2. The US purchased Alaska in 1867 from what country? ( 1 pt)
3. Between mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup, which was invented first? ( 1 pt)
4. What author wrote the novel "The Jungle Book?" ( 2 pt)
5. What Asian country has blue traffic lights for go instead of green? ( 2 pt)
6. Which sense is most closely linked to memory? ( 2 pt)
7. In what state is the geographic center of the continental United States? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who was the only president to be awarded the Purple Heart? ( 4 points)
2. What famous person who once,lived at 1116 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach in a mansion that is the third-most photographed home in the US, after the White House and Graceland? ( 4 points)
3. What is the most visited art museum in the world, with over 10 million visitors in 2018? ( 3 points)
4. In 1990, Washington State University loaned a "research moose" named Mort to what TV show filming its opening credits? ( 4 points)
5. What 17th century monarch is the longest-reigning monarch of all-time, having been on the throne for 72 years? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Auto racing; 2. McDonald's; 3. Harriet Tubman; 4. Robin Williams; 5. Tony Robbins; 6. South Korea; 7. Bill DeBlasio.

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

The Q Train: Classic TV Cities Trivia
1. Chicago; 2. Albuquerque; 3. San Francisco; 4. Miami; 5. Seattle; 6. Baltimore; 7. New York; 8. Boston; 9. Detroit; 10. Milwaukee.

General Knowledge
1. Buffalo; 2. Russia; 3. mustard; 4. Rudyard Kipling; 5. Japan; 6. smell; 7. Kansas.

IQ Trivia
1. John F. Kennedy; 2. Gianni Versace; 3. The Louvre; 4. "Northern Exposure;" 5. King Louis XIV.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Know Your Classic TV Cities on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 28th at 8:30 PM, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. This is the category where I will ask you seven general knowledge questions, and each will have four choices for answers. You can pick as many as you think are correct: 1, 2, 3, all 4 or none. You will get a point for each correct answer (and one point if it is none). However, if you put down a wrong choice, you will get no points for that question (and it nullifies any correct choices for that question). You have to be careful!

The Q Train lightning round will be "Classic TV Cities Trivia." I will give you the names of ten very popular TV shows throughout the years, and you have to tell me where the show was set (not filmed, but where it supposedly took place).

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the second largest city in New York State in population?"

We are back on the main floor to stay with Trivia, as the Stanley Cup Finals won't be taking place on any Tuesdays. Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday!

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)

Answers
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)

Answers
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)

Answers
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.