Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Trivia Q&A: February 19

We had another fine turnout for Trivia on Tuesday night, as 19 teams took part in the festivities. The scores were rather low on the Oscar Trivia (I got a nice hand when I announced the category though), and no one got the five-point question about Harold Russell (although a few were close).

The scores were good for True or False, as well as for General Knowledge. We had five teams within five points of the lead going into IQ Trivia, but the leaders, Don't Tell Mom I Gave the Babysitter, had a phenomenal IQ round, getting 21 out of a possible 25 points, and would up winning by one of the largest margins in Trivia Night history, 13 points.

They were the team who finished in a tie a few weeks ago, and wound up losing on the tie-breaking Mike Lowell question. My congratulations to them on avenging that loss.

Current Events
1. Vaclav Klaus was re-elected as president of what Eastern European country last week?
2. Abraham Lincoln was selected as the greatest US president in a recent Harris Poll. What 20th century president was selected second?
3. The USDA has ordered the largest recall of this product last weekend.
4. Ryan Newman won this sporting event on Sunday, considered to be the "Super Bowl" of its sport.
5. This war-torn country declared its independence on Sunday, and should shortly be recognized by the US and many European nations.
6. This science fiction film, which opened to many scathing reviews, was the number 1 film in the US last week.
7. This European country's government last week rejected a proposed underwater natural gas pipeline going from Germany to Russia.
8. David Groh, an actor to shot to fame as Joe Gerard, husband to the title character of this 1970s sitcom, died last week at age 68.
9. This company announced it was ceasing production of HD DVD equipment, conceding the HD format war to rival Blu-Ray Disc format.
10. This TV mogul's company announced today that they had bought the rights to TV chef Emeril Lagasse's franchise of TV shows, cookbooks and kitchen products for almost $50 million.

Answers: 1. Czech Republic; 2. Ronald Reagan; 3. beef; 4. Daytona 500; 5. Kosovo; 6. "Jumper;" 7. Sweden; 8. "Rhoda;" 9. Toshiba; 10. Martha Stewart.

Oscar Trivia
1. What was the first "R"-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture? a. The French Connection; b. The Godfather; c. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest; d. Klute.
2. Who is the host of this year's Oscar ceremony? a. Whoopi Goldberg; b. Chris Rock; c. Billy Crystal; d. Jon Stewart.
3. Which actor won the Academy Award three times? a. Al Pacino; b. Jack Nicholson; c. Tom Hanks; d. Marlon Brando.
4. Who was the youngest performer to win an Oscar? a. Shirley Temple; b. Judy Garland; c. Tatum O'Neal; d. Justin Henry.
5. Which film, along with "Titanic," was nominated for the most Oscars (14)? a. The Color Purple; b. All About Eve; c. Ben Hur; d. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
6. Which actress has been nominated for the most acting Oscars (14)? a. Meryl Streep; b. Katherine Hepburn; c. Bette Davis; d. Ingrid Bergman.
7. What the last film to win the "Big 5" Oscars: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Writing? a. Titanic; b. The Godfather; c. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest; d. Silence of the Lambs.
8. Who was the last actress to win consecutive Best Actress Oscars? a. Luise Rainer; b. Katherine Hepburn; c. Sally Field; d. Meryl Streep.
9. Who was the oldest person ever to win an acting Oscar? a. Jessica Tandy; b. Henry Fonda; c. John Wayne; d. Gloria Stuart.
10. Harold Russell did what at the 1946 Academy Awards that had not been before and hasn't been done since? (5 points)

Answers: 1. a; 2. d; 3. b; 4. c; 5. b; 6. a; 7. d; 8. b; 9. a; 10. He won two Oscars for the same role, in "The Best Years of Our Lives."

True or False ("The Q Train")

1. The first time instant replay was used in a sporting event was the Army-Navy football game in 1963.
2. Pan is the Greek god of the underworld.
3. The mythical harpy is part bird and part man.
4. The Hope Diamond is blue because it contains traces of boron.
5. The term "tour de force" means "a feat of strength, skill, or artistic merit."
6. In the 2000 movie, "Cast Away," the castaway is an employee of United Airlines.
7. Dr. Robert H. Goddard was a pioneer in the field of rocket science.
8. Samuel Morse's nickname was "The Wizard of Menlo Park."
9. The novel "The Jungle" is an example of muckracking literature.
10. Barack Obama was actually born in the state of Indiana.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, Hades is; 3. false, it is part woman; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, he was a FedEx employee; 7. true; 8. false, it was Thomas Edison's nickname; 9. true; 10. false, he was born in Hawaii.

General Knowledge
1. Founded in 1792, what publication called itself "North America's oldest continuously published periodical?"
2. In the 1996 movie "The Birdcage," what type of establishment is The Birdcage?
3. The South American region known as the Pampas is primarily what type of land?
4. In his 1997 song, "I'll Be Missing You," Puff Daddy pays tribute to what late rapper?
5. A torn rotator cuff is an injury to what part of the body?
6. The skyline of what US city is depicted in the opening of the TV series, "Frasier?"
7. Popular in the 1990s, the Jerky Boys are best known for doing what?
8. By definition, what is a grotto?
9. Donald Rumsfeld was Defense Secretary under George W. Bush and what other president?
10. Cholesterol is classified as a type of what compound?

Answers: 1. Old Farmer's Almanac; 2. nightclub; 3. plains; 4. Notorious B.I.G.; 5. shoulder; 6. Seattle; 7. making prank calls; 8. cave; 9. Gerald Ford; 10. lipid.

IQ Trivia
1. What two countries border Mexico to the south? (5 points)
2. Since 1930, the Nancy Drew mystery books have been published under what pseudonym? ( 5 points)
3. What is the name of the largest section of the human brain? ( 4 points)
4. The paintings of H.R. Giger were the basis for the creatures of what 1980s science fiction movie? ( 5 points)
5. Released in 2001, what actor's debut album is a mix of country, rock and R&B called "Private Radio?" ( 6 points)

Answers: 1. Guatemala and Belize; 2. Carolyn Keene; 3. cerebrum; 4. "Alien;" 5. Billy Bob Thornton.

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