Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Trivia Q&A: June 26

We had just seven teams take part on the special Tuesday edition of Trivia Night last night. The switch in days plus the weather probably kept many away. We got going close to 9 PM, and completed just as the Red Sox-Mariners game got going. (The bar really started to fill up after the game started, but most of the bar patrons weren't Red Sox fans. And the bar stayed hopping past 1 AM. Strange for a Tuesday night.)

We had a close contest throughout, but a team named It's A Shame About Ray emerged victorious. They had a tremendous final round, running the table in IQ Trivia and getting all 25 points. They won by a whopping 20 points.

My thanks to all who participated last night. Next week we will return to our regular day and time of Trivia: Monday night at 9. (The Red Sox have a game against Texas that night, so it may begin slightly later.) We will also have a special category of Independence Day Trivia in honor of the upcoming holiday.

Current Events
1. According to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, which Asian nation has surpassed the US as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gasses?
2. Saddam Hussein's cousin, better known by this nickname, was recently sentenced to death for his role in the murders of Iraqi Kurds.
3. Tony Blair held talks with this American governor today about the environment and climate change, on Blair's last day as Prime Minister.
4. A plane crashed in this Asian country on Monday with 22 people on board. So far efforts to locate its wreckage have turned up nothing.
5. Chris Benoit, his wife and their son were all found dead in their Georgia home on Monday, in an apparent murder-suicide. What did Benoit do for a living?
6. This actor, best known for the films "Saving Private Ryan" and "Black Hawk Down" was sentenced to 16 months in prison for a probation violation on Monday.
7. The International Atomic Energy Agency is heading to this nation to make sure a nuclear reactor in that country has been shut down.
8. This female rap star, who had just blown off a meeting with her probation officer, was robbed and beaten by a trio of women in Brooklyn last week.
9. Three people died in this European country as a result of heavy rains and flooding on Monday.
10. Fossils of what are believed to be a species of giant penguins were found recently in Peru. How many feet tall were they believed to have been?

Answers: 1. China; 2. Chemical Ali; 3. Arnold Schwarzenegger; 4. Cambodia; 5. WWE wrestler; 6. Tom Sizemore; 7. North Korea; 8. Foxy Brown; 9. England; 10. five.

Quantity Trivia 1-10
1. This is the number of interlocking rings in the Olympic Games symbol.
2. This is the number of nations that make up the United Kingdom.
3. This number was worn by baseball players Reggie Jackson and Roger Maris.
4. This is the number of sides found on a heptagon.
5. This is the smallest and first prime number.
6. This is the number of the British prime minister's address at Downing Street.
7. This is the atomic number of carbon.
8. This is the number of Abrahamic religions.
9. U2 and Creed both had hit singles with this number.
10. In astrology, Scorpio is this number sign of the Zodiac.

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

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The color of traditional Manhattan clam chowder is red.
2. Author Tom Wolfe dubbed the 1960s, "The Me Decade."
3. The USS Constitution was nicknnamed "Old Ironsides."
4. Senator Hillary Clinton is a graduate of Wellesley College.
5. C-SPAN was the first cable channel to operate in the United States.
6. The travel book series "Let's Go" is written primarily by Harvard college students.
7. Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle and Georgetown are all neighborhoods in Seattle.
8. The TV series, "Hogan's Heroes" took place during the Korean War.
9. On a standard computer, the space bar is the longest button.
10. "Fresh and clean as a whistle" was the slogan of Irish Spring soap in the 1980s.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, it was the 1970s; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, it was HBO; 6. true; 7. false, they are in Washington DC; 8. false, it was WWII; 9. true; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. What automobile manufacturer used the ad slogan "I love what you do for me?"
2. In what type of office do the wheelings and dealings of David Mamet's play "Glengarry Glen Ross" take place?
3. What was the final destination for European merchants travelling the trade routes known as The Silk Road?
4. In the musical piece "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," what does the apprentice want the broomstick to do?
5. In the 1950s, which TV hero launched a craze for coonskin caps?
6. What is the better known name for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation?
7. In 1986, what group attempted to create a human chain from New York City to Los Angeles?
8. What comedian's longtime theme song was "Thanks For The Memory?"
9. The Solomon Islands are located off the coast of what continent?
10. What is the appoximate circumference in inches of a Major League baseball?

Answers: 1. Toyota; 2. real estate; 3. China; 4. fetch water; 5. Davy Crockett; 6. Amtrak; 7. Hands Across America; 8. Bob Hope; 9. Australia; 10. nine inches.

IQ Trivia
1. What was the full name of the first human "test-tube" baby born in 1978? (5 points)
2. Mistral, levanter and Fremantle Doctor are all types of what? (6 points)
3. What was the name of the US Supreme Court justice who administered the oath of office to George W. Bush at his 2001 inauguration? (4 points)
4. In the 2000 movie "Almost Famous," the girls who follow the band call themselves what instead of "groupies?" (5 points)
5. In 1963, which world leader was made an honorary citizen of the US by an act of Congress? (5 points)

Answers: 1. Louise Brown; 2. winds; 3. William Rehnquist; 4. "Band Aids;" 5. Winston Churchill.

1 comment:

Suldog said...

I always learn something new here, Q. Thanks!