Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Trivia Q&A: January 22

We had another fine night of Trivia on Tuesday, as 13 teams took part in the festivities. The scores on Current Events were rather good, but the 1980s Trivia category many teams struggled with, as most teams got around 6 points for it.

The numbers improved with True or False and General Knowledge, and with one category to go we had five teams within three points of each other. The numbers for IQ Trivia were actually rather good, but a team called I Wear Turtle Necks to Hide All the Hickeys came out victorious, as they got four of the five questions correct for 20 points, and wound up winning by five points. They are some of the Trivia Night regulars who've won on a few occasions before. My congratulations to them.

Current Events
1. Five people were killed on Monday when two small planes collided over this US state.
2. A rebel commander known as General Butt Naked returned to this African country he onced terrorized and admitted to being responsible for the deaths of over 20,000 people.
3. Allan Melvin, who once had the role of Sam the butcher on this classic 1970s sitcom, died last weekend at the age of 82.
4. This movie and TV star was released from jail yesterday after serving 48 days in prison on a drunken driving charge.
5. This science fiction thriller, which opened last Friday, took in $41 million at the box office and was the number one film in the US last week.
6. The British tabloid The Sun today showed a picture of this troubled English pop singer allegedly smoking a crack pipe and other various drugs in a 19-minute video on the paper's web site.
7. Name one of the two films that recived at least eight Oscar nominations today, the most of any film.
8. This actor received a record five Razzie nominations for bad acting in the film "Norbit," it was announced yesterday.
9. This struggling wireless company is planning to cut 4,000 jobs and shut 125 retail locations this year, according to Fortune magazine.
10. Tony Dungy announced yesterday he will continue on as head coach of this NFL team, one he led to a Super Bowl title last season.

Answers: 1. California; 2. Liberia; 3. "The Brady Bunch;" 4. Kiefer Sutherland; 5. "Cloverfield;" 6. Amy Winehouse; 7. "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood;" 8. Eddie Murphy; 9. Sprint; 10. Indianapolis Colts.

1980s Trivia
1. Live Aid, pop concerts held in London and Philadelphia for African famine relief, take place on July 13.
2. The San Francisco 49ers win their first Super Bowl on January 24, a 26-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at the Pontiac Silverdome.
3. The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes just 73 seconds after its launch, killing the crew of seven astronauts on board, on January 28.
4. The US Olympic hockey team shocks the world and beats the Soviet Union on February 22, and goes on to win the gold medal.
5. A 7.1 registered earthquake strikes the San Francisco Bay area, disrupts the World Series and 63 people are killed, on October 17.
6. A Pan Am jet explodes over Scotland on December 21 due to a bomb planted by Libyan terrorists, and 270 people are killed.
7. Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America, on September 17 in Atlantic City, NJ.
8. Major League Baseball players walk out on strike on June 12, and will stay out for nearly two months.
9. The Stock Market has the biggest one-day percentage decline in its history on October 19, which comes to be known as "Black Monday."
10. From July 28-August 12, the Summer Olympics are held in Los Angeles.

Answers: 1. 1985; 2. 1982; 3. 1986; 4. 1980; 5. 1989; 6. 1988; 7. 1983; 8. 1981; 9. 1987; 10. 1984.

True or False ("The Q Train")

1. The "crew cut" hairstyle first became popular because of athletes in the sport of rowing.
2. The spice paprika is normally red in color.
3. The Rocky Mountains do not run through the state of Montana.
4. Ranch dressing is commonly made from a mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup.
5. Mexico City is not located on a major body of water.
6. Nantucket Island is part of the state of Rhode Island.
7. Lily Tomlin was once a regular on the TV series, "Murphy Brown."
8. France was the main opponent of the US in the War of 1812.
9. By definition, medieval alchemists attempted to turn base metals into gold.
10. The Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico directly from the state of Louisiana.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, it does; 4. false, it is Russian dressing; 5. true; 6. false, it is in Massachusetts; 7. true; 8. false, England was; 9. true; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. The didgeridoo is a musical instrument native to what country?
2. Which US president appointed current Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer to the court?
3. In 1989, US troops blared what recorded sounds at Manuel Noriega's hideout to drive him out?
4. In 2000, which band released the album, "NathanMichaelShawnWanya" named for its members?
5. What color is the inside of a ripe kiwi fruit?
6. In the logo for Sun-Maid products, the young girl in the red bonnet is holding a basket of what fruit?
7. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempted to assassinate what US president?
8. In James Thurber's short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," what does the title character do all day?
9. In Billy Joel's song "Piano Man," at what hour on a Saturday does the "regular crowd shuffle in?"
10. During what season do the countries experience a phenomenon known as the "midnight sun?"

Answers: 1. Australia; 2. Bill Clinton; 3. rock music; 4. Boyz II Men; 5. green; 6. grapes; 7. Gerald Ford; 8. daydreams; 9. nine o'clock; 10. summer.

IQ Trivia
1. American folk hero Davy Crockett was once a US Congressman who represented which state? ( 5 points)
2. The point in the Moon's orbit when it is furthest from the Earth is called what? ( 5 points)
3. From 1958-61, the United Arab Republic was a union of what two countries? ( 6 points)
4. During the American Civil War, the town of Andersonville, GA was best known for its what? ( 5 points)
5. What is the chemical name for the common table sugar? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Tennessee; 2. apogee; 3. Syria and Egypt; 4. prison; 5. sucrose.


Michael Leggett said...

Alan Melvin was also Barney in "Archie Bunker's Place" in the late 70s/early 80s.

Cormac said...

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The Omnipotent Q said...

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