Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Trivia Q&A: August 13

We had 14 teams in for Monday Night Trivia, and we also had an unusually large crowd for a Monday night. The Red Sox game brought a good number of folks out, and after their victory over Tampa Bay, most stayed to take part in Trivia Night.

Most teams did very well in Name The Continent Trivia, as I guess I made the countries a little too easy. The scores were generally very good throughout the game (the hardest categories seemed to be Current Events and IQ Trivia).

By the final round, we had eight teams separated by only four points. But the winners turned out to be Ms. Amy Pants and The Waist Band, who were also winners a few weeks back. (They were also winners recently on the Discovery Channel quiz show, "Cash Cab," which takes place totally in a New York City cab.) They managed to get 14 out of 25 points, which was tied for the best points in the round, and won by just a single point over Hank Aaron Forever.

Trivia Night next week will take place again delayed (we didn't begin until 10 last night due to the Red Sox game), as the Sox are at Tampa Bay that night. My friends The BLOHARDS could not play last night, but have rescheduled their return for next Monday. Should be a lot of fun.

Current Events
1. This show business icon and former talk show host died of cancer yesterday at the age of 82.
2. Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship on Sunday. How many majors has Woods won in his career?
3. The head of a toy manufacturer from this country committed suicide over the weekend because of a huge US recall of a popular toy.
4. This close advisor to President Bush announced today he was resigning his position effective at the end of August.
5. The first music video ever to be produced in this Middle Eastern country debuted there this past weekend.
6. Hackers defaced the web site of this organization on Sunday with messages against the US and Israeli foreign policies.
7. The pre-order sales of this video game have reached one million, the highest in history and it won't be released until September.
8. This film, released last Friday, took in over $50 million and became the number one film in the US.
9. Tommy Thompson, one-time governor of this state, announced he was dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination for president.
10. The Taliban released two women, originally from this nation, they held hostage for more than three weeks earlier today.

Answers: 1. Merv Griffin; 2. thirteen; 3. China; 4. Karl Rove; 5. Saudi Arabia; 6. United Nations; 7. "Halo 3:" 8. "Rush Hour 3;" 9. Wisconsin; 10. South Korea.

Name The Continent
1. Brunei
2. Moldova
3. Sri Lanka
4. Namibia
5. Andorra
6. Suriname
7. Mozambique
8. Qatar
9. San Marino
10. Burkina Faso

Answers: 1. Asia; 2. Europe; 3. Asia; 4. Africa; 5. Europe; 6. South America; 7. Africa; 8. Asia; 9. Europe; 10. Africa.

True or False ("The Q Train")
1. You would fine the Acropolis in the city of Athens.
2. Eddie Murphy once recorded a song that reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
3. By definition, a raptorial bird is flightless.
4. Pita is the most common bread used in a falafel sandwich.
5. Denmark is the only Scandinavian country not considered a kingdom.
6. There are nine zeros in the number one billion.
7. A crab is an example of an arthropod.
8. Jasper is another name for fossilized tree sap.
9. Melville's was the name of the seafood restaurant above the bar in the TV series, "Cheers."
10. Chicago is currently the second largest city in the US by population.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, they are predatory; 4. true; 5. false, it's Finland; 6. true; 7. true; 8. false, it's amber; 9. true; 10. false, it's Los Angeles.

General Knowledge
1. What type of food, when served raw, is referred to as crudites?
2. What is the primary subject of Randy Shilts' book, "And the Band Played On?"
3. In what classic movie does Jimmy Stewart's character find Zuzu's petals?
4. Signed in 1978, the Camp David Accords were a settlement between Israel and what country?
5. According to the title of a 1989 book, "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow" does what?
6. The English Channel lies between England and which other country?
7. What classic TV series follows the exploits of wealthy good Samaritan Simon Templar?
8. A California roll is a popular types of what food?
9. On November 17, 1968, NBC cut away from the end of the AFL's Jets-Raiders game to air which movie, causing lots of controversy?
10. According to legend, Pocahontas saved what Jamestown Colony leader?

Answers: 1. vegetables; 2. AIDS epidemic; 3. "It's a Wonderful Life;" 4. Egypt; 5. Tells All; 6. France; 7. "The Saint;" 8. sushi; 9. "Heidi;" 10. John Smith.

IQ Trivia

1. What language is used to classify all living things under the system created by Carolus Linnaeus? (4 points)
2. On May 15, 2001, what US state's governor became the first to give birth while in office? (5 points)
3. Established in 1920, what nonprofit organization included Jane Addams and Helen Keller among its founding members? (6 points)
4. The 1933 novel "Farmer's Boy" is what author's account of her husband's childhood? (5 points)
5. Which actor received two posthumous Academy Award nominations for acting? (5 points)

Answers: 1. Latin; 2. Massachusetts; 3. ACLU; 4. Laura Ingalls Wilder; 5. James Dean.

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