Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Trivia Q&A: April 16

The conversion of Trivia Night from Monday night to Tuesday night was a tough one last night. Most of the people who came into the bar were headed upstairs to The Loft to watch "24," which the bar shows and attracts many people who make it like a party. But last night, probably because of the show and the weather, he had just five teams competing in Trivia.

It was disappointing, but I still enjoyed the game. It was won by a team called The New Times Roman. The contest was close throughout, and the winners rolled up the best score in IQ Trivia to win by eight points.

One of the questions I asked turned out to be wrong, and proof was shown to me by one of the contestants. In General Knowledge there was a question about Infiniti and the company in Japan that started it. As it turned out, my source for the question was wrong (they said "Honda" and it was in fact, "Nissan"), and I corrected it during the game and adjusted the teams scores.

I hope we can get a better turnout next Monday. The Red Sox have a game that night against Toronto, and hopefully a few Sox fans will join in after it is completed.

Current Events
1. This author of "Slaughterhouse Five" and "Cat's Cradle" died last week at the age of 84.
2. This presidential candidate now has raised more money than any other presidential candidate for 2008 so far, with $31 million.
3. This thriller, which was released last Friday, grossed $23 million and was the number one film in America last week.
4. This legendary singer, best known for his version of "Tiny Bubbles," died over the weekend at age 76.
5. This company knocked Exxon Mobil out of the number one slot on the Forbes 500 list of the largest companies in the US for 2006.
6. Barry Nelson, the first actor to play this legendary movie character on TV, died last week at the age of 89.
7. This African nation approved the deployment of 3000 UN troops into Darfur on Monday.
8. This NFL QB, who threw for over 44,000 yards in a 14-year NFL career, retired last week.
9. Johnson and Johnson is recalling over 4 million bottles of this product after determining they might be contaminated by bacteria.
10. Protestors in India burned effegies of this Hollywood actor after he kissed an Indian actress on the cheek and hugged her at an AIDS awareness event in New Delhi last weekend.

Answers: 1. Kurt Vonnegut; 2. Hillary Clinton; 3. "Disturbia;" 4. Don Ho; 5. WalMart; 6. James Bond; 7. Sudan; 8. Drew Bledsoe; 9. Listerine; 10. Richard Gere.

Quantity 1-10
1. This is the number of wings that both butterflies and dragonflies have.
2. This is the number NYC subway train that runs from Times Square to Shea Stadium in Queens.
3. This is the atomic number of oxygen.
4. This is the number the great soccer star Pele wore in both the US and Brazil.
5. Aries is this number sign of the zodiac.
6. This is the number of leaves that shamrocks usually have.
7. In Judaism, The Torah is divided into this number of books.
8. The catcher's position in baseball is referred to by this number.
9. In American and Canadian Football, the number of points received automatically for a touchdown.
10. William Henry Harrison was this numbered US president.

Answers: 1. four; 2. seven; 3. eight; 4. ten; 5. one; 6. three; 7. five; 8. two; 9. six; 10. nine.

Noreaster Trivia (The Q Train)
1. What is the capital of Vermont?
2. Which Great Lake borders Buffalo, NY?
3. How many states make up New England?
4. Which state does Senator Robert Menendez represent?
5. Which university's nickname is The Nittany Lions?
6. Which northeastern state was founded by Roger Williams?
7. What state's nickname is The Nutmeg State?
8. Which holiday is celebrated every third Monday in April in Massachusetts?
9. In which state is the Naval Academy located?
10. In which Connecticut city is Yale University located?

Answers: 1. Montpelier; 2. Erie; 3. six; 4. New Jersey; 5. Penn State; 6. Rhode Island; 7. Connecticut; 8. Patriots Day; 9. Maryland; 10. New Haven.

General Knowledge
1. During which decade did the rebellious "Beat Generation" writers flourish?
2. "K" is the chemical symbol for what element?
3. Since 2003, Entertainment Weekly has published a column called "The Pop of King," written by an author from which book genre?
4. The catch phrase, "Save the cheerleader, save the world," was popularized by which TV show in 2006?
5. A small statue of which saint figures prominently in a scene in the 2005 movie, "Crash?"
6. In 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in which US city?
7. A meterologist uses a hygrometer to measure what atmospheric condition?
8. Infiniti is the luxury car division launched by which Japanese car manufacturer?
9. The city of Kuala Lumpur is located in which Asian country?
10. Created between 1501 and 1504, Michaelangelo's "David" is made from what material?

Answers: 1. The 1950s; 2. potassium; 3. horror; 4. "Heroes;" 5. St. Christopher; 6. Albuquerque, NM; 7. humidity; 8. Nissan; 9. Malaysia; 10. marble.

IQ Trivia
1. Thought to be the deepest depression on the Earth's surface, the Mariana Trench lies closest to which Asian country? (6 points)
2. Thabo Mbeki has been president of which country since 1999? (5 points)
3. Boasting more than 70% of the state's population, which of the Hawaiian Islands is the most populated? (4 points)
4. Galena ore is mined primarily to obtain which metal? (5 points)
5. The Civil War battles of Bull Run are also known by which other name? (5 points)

Answers: 1. The Philippines; 2. South Africa; 3. Oahu; 4. lead; 5. Manassas.


Ken K. said...

Sorry to hear about the poor turnout, but if I were you I wouldn't be too concerned. When one of my quizzes changed nights a year or two ago, the attendance was sparse for a couple of weeks, but picked up quickly.

One of the things I've noticed since reading your blog is that it seems like your quiz has been getting a steadily increasing crowd, so you must be doing things right. You're bringing in new ideas all the time (like the "Quantity One to Ten" thing) which is a really cool thing too---I've been trying out some of your ideas over the last few weeks.

You got jacked by the weather as well.

I'm thinking that as the weather gets nicer and people get used to the new night you'll be back to drawing a nice crowd.

The Omnipotent Q said...

Thanks for the encouraging words, Ken. I appreciate it very much. I'm sure the crowds will return, especially when the weather gets better and everyone gets used to Monday nights (and '24" concludes!)

Glad to hear you've been using some of my ideas. I hope they've worked out well for you.