Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Trivia Q&A: June 11

We had seven teams playing Trivia on Monday night, as it was a rather quiet night. There was no Red Sox game and we got going around 9:30 PM. We had a neck-and-neck race between four teams, and that included a group of Mets and Yankees fans using colorful (aka unprintable) team names for the Red Sox in each round. But they went into the tank in the last two rounds and finished out of the money(to the delight of the Red Sox fans in the bar).

Ugueth Urbina's Machete Army (gotta love that team name) wound up victorious, as the IQ Trivia round was rather difficult. (The best score any team did in that round out of 25 points was 11.) It was their fourth Trivia title in the last six weeks, I believe. Congratulations, guys.

Next week's Trivia will probably begin a little later next Monday, as the Red Sox play the Atlanta Braves that night, and we will also be having a special round of "Kayreoke" that night beforehand. And my friends from the BLOHARDS will be returning for both events.

Current Events
1. This space shuttle was launched from Florida last week on a mission to help assemble the International Space Station.
2.This NHL team defeated the Ottawa Senators in five games to win their first Stanley Cup title last week.
3. This tennis player defeated Roger Federer to win the French Open title yesterday.
4. This horse became the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes since 1905 on Saturday.
5. A man who once wanted to kidnap the son of this TV star escaped from prison last week.
6. President Bush said he was "awestruck" meeting this world leader last week.
7. A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans still favor the death penalty. Within 5 %, what percentage is it?
8. A shooting in a home in this Midwestern state killed six people and injured one on Sunday.
9. President Bush received a warm welcome in this predominently Muslim Eastern European country yesterday when he visited there.
10. According to a survey of stock traders in Trader Monthly, this US city was voted the top stock trading city in the world.

Answers: 1. Atlantis; 2. Anaheim Ducks; 3. Rafael Nadal; 4. Rags To Riches; 5. David Letterman; 6. Pope Benedict XVI; 7. 62%; 8. Wisconsin; 9. Albania; 10. Chicago.

Name That Year
1. In which year did the Watergate break-in occur? a. 1971; b. 1972; c. 1973; d. 1974.
2. What year did the Korean War begin? a. 1950; b. 1951; c. 1952; d. 1949.
3. In which year did the Iran hostage crisis begin? a. 1977; b. 1978; c. 1979; d. 1980.
4. What year was Bill Clinton first elected president? a. 1988; b. 1994; c. 1990; d. 1992.
5. When did Prince release the Purple Rain album? a. 1982; b. 1984; c. 1987; d. 1989.
6. In which year was the first successful heart transplant take place? a. 1967; b. 1970; c. 1962; d. 1969.
7. What year was the classic film "Goodfellas" first released? a. 1985; b. 1987; c. 1990; d. 1992.
8. What was the first year the LA Dodgers and SF Giants played their first home games in California? a. 1956; b. 1958; c. 1961; d. 1962.
9. What year did The Sopranos debut on HBO? a. 1999; b. 2000; c. 1997; d. 2001.
10. What year was the first Super Bowl played in? a. 1969; b. 1965; c. 1964; d. 1967.

Answers: 1. b; 2. a; 3. c; 4. d; 5. b; 6. a; 7. c; 8. b; 9. a; 10. d.

True or False ("The Q Train")
1. Hosni Mubarak is the current prime minister of Israel.
2. Philadelphia was the original home of the teen music show, "American Bandstand."
3. 11 is an example of a prime number.
4. If you're dining on "calamari," you are actually eating squid.
5. The blue jay actually gets its coloring from eating shellfish.
6. The athletic shoe Adidas was actually named after its founder.
7. Yuan is the main currency of South Korea.
8. The guillotine was actually named after a French doctor.
9. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is found in Cleveland, Ohio.
10. A gazetteer contains the names of places.

Answers: 1. false, he's the president of Egypt; 2. true; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, the flamingo does; 6. true; 7. false, it's China's; 8. true; 9. false, it's in Canton, Ohio; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. According to the nursery rhyme, which day's child is "full of grace?"
2. What exclusive New York store is famous for putting your purchases in sky blue boxes with a ribbon?
3. By definition, what is missing in animals classified as invertebrates?
4. What actor had a recurring role as Easy Reader in the classic children's TV series, "The Electric Company?"
5. What brand of household insecticide uses the ad slogan, "kills bugs dead?"
6. Which actor was the original host of ABC's "Good Morning America?"
7. What huge bodily feature is the character Cyrano De Bergerac famous for?
8. In a speech before Congress, which legendary American said, "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away"?
9. What is the specific term for a wine steward at a restaurant?
10. What medical device was invented by Robert Jarvik in the 1970s?

Answers: 1. Tuesday; 2. Tiffany's; 3. backbone; 4. Morgan Freeman; 5. Raid; 6. David Hartman; 7. nose; 8. Douglas MacArthur; 9. sommelier; 10. artificial heart.

IQ Trivia
1. What was the name of the yacht Dennis Conner skippered to win the 1987 America' Cup? (5 points)
2. On which TV show did Ross Perot first announce that he was running for president in 1992? (4 points)
3. Inventor Philo T. Farnsworth is famous for making the first fully electronic version of which invention? (5 points)
4. What was the name of the horse that was involved in a match race with Ruffian in 1974, the race in which Ruffian injured her leg and had to be put down? (5 points)
5. In which country are "the shores of Tripoli" referred to in the "Marines Hymn?" (6 points)

Answers: 1. Stars and Stripes; 2. "Larry King Live;" 3. television; 4. Foolish Pleasure; 5. Libya.

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