Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Trivia Q&A: August 27

We had 11 teams for Trivia on a beautiful Monday night. When I got to the bar, who should be there but Bill (The Spaceman) Lee, the Red Sox great lefty from the 1970s. He was with the BLOHARDS and Brett Rapkin, who made the great documentary about Bill's life and journey to Cuba to play baseball. Bill was holding court, and I had a drink with him and watched the slaughter going on in Detroit. I had met him once before at the birthday bash we had for him at Thom's last December. He's a great guy and cool to hang with and talk baseball.

Trivia went really well, and the scores were pretty high for the first few rounds. (I think I made it easier than I should have.) Name The Author went well again, and I promised one team we wouldn't do it again. The last round saw six teams separated by four points, but a team called I Wish This Microphone... ended up winning, as they were the only team to get as many as 4 of the 5 IQ Trivia questions correct. (It was a rather tough round.)

Congratulations to them on their four-point victory. Next week will be the last Trivia Night on a Monday and the following week it will move over to Tuesday nights as the NFL season begins.

Current Events
1. A team from this US state defeated a team from Tokyo, Japan to win the Little League World Series yesterday.
2. Wildfires raging in this European country have claimed the lives of over 60 people the last four days.
3. Rumors are swirling that this Hollywood actor, who was admitted to the hospital on Sunday night, may have attempted suicide by taking pills and slitting his left wrist.
4. This controversial member of the Bush cabinet resigned on Monday, and gave no reason for his departure.
5. This famous athlete and reality TV star's son was seriously hurt in a car crash in Florida on Sunday.
6. This three-time US Open Men's champion is the number one seed in the tournament, which started today.
7. This legendary rock band ended their two-year tour on Sunday in London, and many believe it might have been their last show ever.
8. There was one winner in last Saturday's Powerball lottery drawing. Within $10 million, how much was the winning ticket worth?
9. For the fifth straight year, this name was again the most popular for both cats and dogs in the US, a recent survey said.
10. A bridge over the Mississippi River in this southern city was closed today because of a connecting pier had sunk a few inches overnight.

Answers: 1. Georgia; 2. Greece; 3. Owen Wilson; 4. Alberto Gonzales; 5. Hulk Hogan; 6. Roger Federer; 7. Rolling Stones; 8. $314 million; 9. Max; 10. Memphis.

Name The Author
1. "The Chamber"
2. "2001: A Space Odyssey"
3. "The Great Gatsby"
4. "The Hunt for Red October"
5. "Murder on the Orient Express"
6. "Waiting to Exhale"
7. "Presumed Innocent"
8. "A Tale of Two Cities"
9. "To Kill a Mockingbird"
10. "The DaVinci Code"

Answers: 1. John Grisham; 2. Arthur C. Clarke; 3. F. Scott Fitzgerald; 4. Tom Clancy; 5. Agatha Christie; 6. Terry McMillan; 7. Scott Turow; 8. Charles Dickens; 9. Harper Lee; 10. Dan Brown.

True or False ("The Q Train")
1. The date is entered on a standard bank check on the top right hand corner.
2. Hindi is the official language of Cambodia.
3. A plane flying at Mach 3 is moving at three times the speed of light.
4. A bird has a body part called a "crop."
5. In 1936, Hush Puppies introduced the first classic penny loafer.
6. A female zebra is called a mare.
7. In math, the longest side of a right-angle triangle is called vertex.
8. Vera Wang is most noted for designing shoes.
9. The Rh factor in human blood takes its name from monkeys.
10. Richard Nixon was the last US president who was born in California.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, it is India; 3. false, speed of sound; 4. true; 5. false, it was the G.H. Bass & Co; 6. true; 7. false, it's the hypotenuse; 8. false, she designs wedding dresses; 9. true; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. When cooking, how does a person truss a turkey?
2. The White House was rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire during what war?
3. Since 1970, the official Earth Day has been celebrated during which month?
4. According to legend, Lady Godiva rode naked through the town of Coventry to protest what?
5. What do animal behaviorists call the dominant leader in a group?
6. In her 1998 hit song, what performer sings about "that thing, that thing?"
7. What US president appointed Thurgood Marshall, the first black US Supreme Court justice?
8. What is a hurricane called in Japan?
9. The book, "Gulliver's Travels" first coined which term, referring to a brutish person?
10. During the American Revolution, colonists who still supported the King of England were called what?

Answers: 1. Tie up the legs and wings; 2. War of 1812; 3. April; 4. high taxes; 5. alpha; 6. Lauryn Hill; 7. Lyndon Johnson; 8. typhoon; 9. yahoo; 10. Tories.

IQ Trivia
1. The Spice Islands are part of what country? (5 points)
2. In Delacroix's painting, "Liberty Leading the People," what two items does Liberty hold? (6 points)
3. In 1922, DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace founded which monthly magazine? (5 points)
4. What is a Foley Artist's job on a motion picture? (5 points)
5. What is the term for a student who ranks second academically in their graduating class? (4 points)

Answers: 1. Indonesia; 2. a flag and a rifle; 3. "Reader's Digest;" 4. sound effects; 5. salutatorian.

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