Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Trivia Q&A: August 20

We had a huge crowd for the Red Sox-Devil Rays game on Monday night, and the majority of folks stuck around for Trivia Night. There were 20 teams involved, and there was a feeling of intensity in the air as we got under way.

The BLOHARDS were in for the game, and had their own team. They have been undefeated on the nights they've played. We had a really tight race throughout the night. The numbers for the special category, Name The Author, weren't bad at all. Most teams blew through both True or False and General Knowledge.

Going into the IQ Trivia final round, we had five teams separated by just two points. And for the first time in its short history, IQ Trivia saw four teams run the table and get all 25 points in the round. It also saw the top two teams, The BLOHARDS and Thurman Munson's Flying Circus (yes, good taste is NOT a prerequisite for a team name) tied after it was over.

My pal Chris (who was working for Jim) came up with a great tie-breaker. Since both teams were filled with Red Sox fans, he came up with this: "When Vern Stephens and Ted Williams tied for the AL RBI title in 1949, how many did they both have?" Whichever team was closest would win. Thurman Munson guessed 150, while The BLOHARDS went with 146. The answer was 159, so The Flying Circus won the tiebreaker and the game.

It was one of the best nights of Trivia we've had in the 14 months that I've been hosting it. We'll be back again next Monday night, and a bit earlier (just after 9 PM) since the Red Sox will be off that night.

Current Events
1. In a recent US News and World Report survey, this East Coast university was selected for the eighth straight year as the top university in the USA.
2. This South American country was rocked by an 8.0 registered earthquake, killing hundreds.
3. This hurricane struck Jamaica and the Yucatan this past weekend, and maybe headed for Texas later this week.
4. This legendary hard rock singer announced last week he's setting up a $2 million Christian center for at-risk youths in Phoenix.
5. A Chinese Airlines jet burst into flames on Monday after it arrived in this Asian country, but all 165 people on board escaped without injury.
6. This legendary "Queen of Mean" died earlier today at her home in Connecticut at the age of 87.
7. Relentless storms dropped over a foot of rain on two Midwest states this past weekend, and caused 6 deaths. Name one of the two states.
8. This teen comedy rolled up over $31 million this past weekend and was number one at the box office last week.
9. This space shuttle is scheduled to return to Earth, weather-permitting, on Tuesday afternoon. 10. One of the most active volcanoes in this state could be on the verge of a massive eruption at any time, scientists said last week.

Answers: 1. Princeton; 2. Peru; 3. Dean; 4. Alice Cooper; 5. Japan; 6. Leona Helmsley; 7. Minnesota and Wisconsin; 8. "Superbad;" 9. Endeavour; 10. Alaska.

Name The Author
1. "The Green Mile"
2. "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"
3. "Wiseguy"
4. "I, The Jury"
5. "Profiles In Courage"
6. "Moby Dick"
7. "Catcher in the Rye"
8. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"
9. "The Color Purple"
10. "Get Shorty"

Answers: 1. Stephen King; 2. Ken Kesey; 3. Nicholas Pileggi; 4. Mickey Spillane; 5. John F. Kennedy; 6. Herman Melville; 7. J.D. Salinger; 8. L. Frank Baum; 9. Alice Walker; 10. Elmore Leonard.

True or False ("The Q Train")
1. Theology is the study of music composition.
2. Actor Mark Wahlberg recorded albums under the name Marky Mark.
3. The Statue of Liberty is the landmark seen on the beach at the end of "Planet of the Apes."
4. Eggs Florentine must include the vegetable spinach.
5. "The Green Boy" is the title of a famous painting by Thomas Gainsborough.
6. Chelsea Clinton was named after a song called "Chelsea Morning" by Joni Mitchell.
7. Alfred Hitchcock was once a spokesman for Paul Masson wines.
8. Lexington is the state capital of Kentucky.
9. Philadelphia is the primary setting for the film, "The Sixth Sense."
10. The Beaufort scale measures wind velocity.

Answers: 1. false, it's divinity; 2. true; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, it's "The Blue Boy;" 6. true; 7. false, Orson Welles was; 8. false, it's Frankfort; 9. true; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Who was the first US president to make an official visit to Moscow?
2. What does the "P" stand for in the radio network NPR?
3. The body of Egypt's Great Sphinx is modeled after what animal?
4. In which US state would you find the mountain resort of Jackson Hole?
5. In the 1998 film, "Say Anything," Lloyd plays a tape of what song outside Diane's window?
6. What type of door is divided in half so that either the top or bottom part can be opened separately?
7. In what game would you find mallets and wickets?
8. What instrument was jazz legend John Coltrane best known for playing?
9. "Married With Children" father Al Bundy worked as a disgruntled what?
10. In the 1945 novel, "Brideshead Revisited," what is Brideshead?

Answers: 1. Richard Nixon; 2. Public; 3. lion; 4. Wyoming; 5. "In Your Eyes;" 6. dutch door; 7. croquet; 8. saxophone; 9. shoe salesman; 10. family estate.

IQ Trivia
1. What method of food preservation did Nicolas Appert develop to help feed Napoleon's army? (6 points)
2. In their last game of the 1980 Olympics, whom did the US hockey team defeat to win the gold medal? (4 points)
3. Who was exposed as the anonymous author of the political bestseller, "Primary Colors?" (5 points)
4. Who was the captain of a craft called Kon-Tiki? (5 points)
5. Which Asian country uses the baht as its official unit of currency? ( 5 points)

Answers: 1. canning; 2. Finland; 3. Joe Klein; 4. Thor Heyerdahl; 5. Thailand.

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