Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Trivia Q&A: April 23

We had a nice bounce back week of Trivia on Monday night, as the weather was beautiful and 12 teams came out for the festivities. Many of the regulars returned, and it was good to see them again. We started a little bit late, as the Red Sox game was still going on. We had two teams go neck and neck to the finish: "Dougie's Pupu Platter For 3" and "Jesse and The Rippers". They tied throughout all five rounds, including the last round, so for the first time in many months, we had to go to a tie-breaker question: "What year was the Statue of Liberty first dedicated?" Dougie's got it exactly right (1886) and were declared the victors.

Also, for the first time, a team got all five IQ Trivia questions right. My buddy Alex' team (whose name decorum prevents me from writing here) got all 25 points in the final round, but came up just two points short. Nice job, bud.

Next week, I am going to bring in one and possibly two new categories to try out. I'll announce them next Monday on the Trivia preview post.

Current Events
1. This former mayor of Moscow and president of Russia died on Monday at the age of 76.
2. White House advisor Karl Rove and this pop singer got intoa heated debate on Saturday night over global warming at a black-tie Washington dinner.
3. Michael Bloomberg unveiled his "Green Plan" on Sunday for New York, and how many trees would he like planted here in the next decade?
4. This actor drew a wave of bad publicity when he left a message on his ex-wife's answering machine, calling his daughter a "rotten little pig."
5. Yankees pitcher Chase Wright accomplished something last night vs. the Red Sox that only one other pitcher, Paul Foytack in 1963, has done before. What was it?
6. Juanita Millender-McDonald, a Democratic Congresswoman, died of cancer at age of 68 on Sunday. What state did she represent?
7. A pilot with the Navy Blue Angels died in an air crash while performing on Saturday. In which state did the accident take place?
8. Nicolas Sarkozy will face Segolene Royal in a runoff election to be president of which European nation?
9. This horror film was number one at the box office for the second straight week last week.
10. This Democratic senator surprised many people last week when he declared that "the war in Iraq is lost."

Answers: 1. Boris Yeltsin; 2. Sheryl Crow; 3. one million; 4. Alec Baldwin; 5. Wright gave up four consecutive home runs; 6. California; 7. South Carolina; 8. France; 9. "Disturbia;" 10. Harry Reid.

Quantity 1-10 Trivia
1. This is the number of baseball players who have hit 700 home runs in their MLB careers.
2. This was the number of "geese-a-laying" in the Christmas song, "The 12 Days of Christmas."
3. Pearl Jam, Brian McKnight, and LL Cool J all had this number as an album title.
4. This is the atomic number of nitrogen.
5. This number was worn by baseball players Billy Martin and Mookie Wilson.
6. This number on a computer's keyboard has a dollar sign above it.
7. In Dante's "The Divine Comedy," there are this number of circles of hell, as well as spheres of heaven.
8. This is the number of basic pillars of Islam.
9. Scorpio is this number sign of the zodiac.
10. This is the number of vice-presidents Richard Nixon had during his presidency.

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

True or False ("The Q Train")
1. The writer Ernest Hemingway was born in the 20th Century.
2. John Steinbeck's non-fiction book, "Travels With Charley," describes a cross-country journey he made with his pet poodle.
3. Tennessee was one of the original 13 colonies of the United States.
4. The Statue of Liberty is actually wearing sandals on her feet.
5. Nancy Pelosi is a Congressional representative from the city of San Diego.
6. Puma is another name for a wild cat commonly known as a mountain lion.
7. Shark's fin soup is a controversial delicacy in the country of China.
8. In biology, the "double helix" describes the specific structure of blood.
9. The Eagles were once the backup band for pop singer Linda Ronstadt.
10. The 2000 Summer Olympics were held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Answers: 1. false, he was born in the 19th Century; 2. true; 3. false; 4. true; 5. false, she represents San Francisco; 6. true; 7. true; 8. false, it describes DNA; 9. true; 10. it was held in Sydney, Australia.

General Knowledge
1. Fictional rocker Chris Gaines was the alter ego of which country singer?
2. According to Abbott and Costello's classic rountine, "Who's On First," who plays third base?
3. In which TV series did Tom Hanks regularly appear in drag?
4. Which 15-year-old actress' Calvin Klein jeans ad in 1980 cause much controversy?
5. What was the original color of Post-It notes?
6. Who wrote the immortal Vito Corleone line, "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse?"
7. How many digits make up an official US Social Security number?
8. What is used as the logo of the Prudential Life Insurance Company?
9. "The Bloomin' Onion," a deep-fried onion sliced to look like a flower, is a popular menu item at which restaurant chain?
10. Which current US government official served as Secretary of Defense under President George H.W. Bush?

Answers: 1. Garth Brooks; 2. I Don't Know; 3. Bosom Buddies; 4. Brooke Shields; 5. yellow; 6. Mario Puzo; 7. nine; 8. The Rock of Gibraltar; 9. Outback Steakhouse; 10. Dick Cheney.

IQ Trivia

1. Queen Victoria of England was known as the empress of what country? (5 points)
2. How many children did the Von Trapp family have in the musical "The Sound of Music?" (4 points)
3. Nebraska's entire eastern border follows the path of which river? (5 points)
4. In 2005, George W. Bush became the first sitting US president to visit which Asian nation, which refers to America as its "third neighbor?" (6 points)
5. Which animal is represented by a caduceus, the medical symbol? (5 points)

Answers: 1. India; 2. seven; 3. Missouri; 4. Mongolia; 5. the snake.

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