Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Trivia Q&A: July 9

On a hot, scorching Monday night, we had 16 teams participate in Trivia. (Thank goodness for air conditioning!) The first two rounds were tough, as most of the scores were on the lower side. But most teams did very well in All-Star Game Trivia. (I was surprised teams did better in it than Quotations Trivia.)

But the team called Rob LaRose is the Weakest Link-Goodbye was the overall winner, getting 14 points in the IQ Trivia round to take first place by 7 points. (They also had the winner of the Home Run Derby pool that was going on in the bar, so it was a great night overall for them.)

We'll be back next Monday night after the Red Sox game, around 9:30 PM or so. Stay cool.

Current Events
1. Sochi, in this country, was selected by the IOC as the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics last week.
2. Roger Federer won the Wimbledon Men's Singles Tennis title yesterday. How many consecutive titles at Wimbledon has he won?
3. The governor of this eastern state ordered a range of services to be shut down and a third of the state's work force put on unpaid furlough due to a budget stalemate.
4. Alinghi, a ship from this European country, successfully defended a challenge from Emirates Team New Zealand and won the 2007 America's Cup in Spain last week.
5. This South American country is celebrating their Independence Day today, as they became a free nation in 1816.
6. A gunman shot four people in this Las Vegas casino on Friday night, but none of those shot sustained any life-threatening injuries.
7. This film, which was released last week, grossed $152 million in just seven days to make it the number one film in America.
8. This Midwestern city was named the top city in America for volunteering for the community, a recent report showed.
9. Four Muslim militants were convicted on Monday of plotting to set off bombs in this city's transport system in 2005.
10. This onetime American Idol contestant got into a scuffle with a woman on a plane this past Saturday.

Answers: 1. Russia; 2. five; 3. Pennsylvania; 4. Switzerland; 5. Argentina; 6. New York, New York; 7. "Transformers;" 8. Minneapolis; 9. London; 10. Clay Aiken.

Quotations Trivia
1. "Freedom is the last, best hope for earth."
2. "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
3. "It ain't over until the fat lady sings."
4. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
5. "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."
6. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
7. "I'd never want to be in any club that would actually have me as a member."
8. "War is hell."
9. "The buck stops here."
10. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

Answers: 1. Abraham Lincoln; 2. John F. Kennedy; 3. Yogi Berra; 4. Franklin D. Roosevelt; 5. Mark Twain; 6. Emma Lazarus; 7. Groucho Marx; 8. William T. Sherman; 9. Harry S. Truman; 10. Ronald Reagan.

All-Star Game Trivia
1. Where was the first All-Star Game played? a. Wrigley Field; b. Yankee Stadium; c. Comiskey Park; d. Fenway Park.
2. Who hit the first home run in All-Star history? a. Babe Ruth; b. Lou Gehrig; c. Hank Greenberg; d. Ted Williams.
3. Which onetime Red Sox star has hit the only grand slam in All-Star Game history? a. Carl Yastrzemski; b. Jim Rice; c. Wade Boggs; d. Fred Lynn.
4. Which of these Hall of Famers played in the most All-Star Games? a. Willie Mays; b. Babe Ruth; c. Roberto Clemente; d. Mickey Mantle.
5. How many players are on each roster for the 2007 game? a. 25; b. 28; c. 30; d. 32.
6. Which of these players has never been an All-star Game MVP? a. Cal Ripken; b. Barry Bonds; c. Roger Clemens; d. Mike Piazza.
7. What city is hosting this year's All-Star Game? a. Pittsburgh; b. Los Angeles; c. San Francisco; d. Oakland.
8. Which place has never hosted an All-Star Game yet? a. Arizona; b. Colorado; c. Minnesota; d. Seattle.
9. Which recent All-Star Game ended in a 7-7 tie? a. 1999; b. 2002; c. 2004; d. 2006.
10. Which park will host the game next year, its last year before it will be torn down? a. Shea Stadium; b. RFK Stadium; c. Yankee Stadium; d. Dodger Stadium.

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

General Knowledge
1. In the film, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," what is the title character searching for?
2. In terms of total area, what is the smallest state in the United States?
3. What 1970s TV series began as a Christmas special called "The Homecoming?"
4. What genetically engineered mammal was the first to be patented in the US?
5. What character sits at the typewriter overlooking Charles Schulz' farewell message in the final "Peanuts" comic strip?
6. What US state is nicknamed "The Gopher State?"
7. In the HBO series, "The Larry Sanders Show," what was sidekick Hank Kingsley's catch phrase?
8. After the US Constitution was ratified, where was the first federal capital?
9. The technique of growing plants with nutrient-rich water instead of soil is called what?
10. Which talk show host wrestled Hulk Hogan in a 1998 pay-per-view TV event?

Answers: 1. The Holy Grail; 2. Rhode Island; 3. "The Waltons;" 4. mouse; 5. Snoopy; 6. Minnesota; 7. "Hey Now!;" 8. New York City; 9. hydroponics; 10. Jay Leno.

IQ Trivia
1. Who was the only eligible incumbent US president (in the 19th century) not to get his party's renomination for a second term? (6 points)
2. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is the title of whose autobiography? (4 points)
3. What metal is mixed with silver to make stering silver? (5 points)
4. The name of what fitness activity was coined by Air Force surgeon Dr. Kenneth Cooper in 1968? (5 points)
5. According to the children's book, why is Dr. Doolittle able to talk to the animals? (5 points)

Answers: 1. Franklin Pierce; 2. Maya Angelou; 3. copper; 4. aerobics; 5. He was taught by a parrot.

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