We had the largest crowd ever for a Trivia Night on Tuesday night, as lots of Red Sox fans came out for the important game with Tampa Bay. It was a very tight game, and the crowd was so into it that my friend Jim the bartender and I had to hold up getting Trivia started until the game concluded. It finished just after 10 PM with Tampa Bay pulling out a 2-1 win in the ninth.
Because of the late start, we had to do just four categories so the night could end at a decent hour. (The Q Train lightning round was bumped, and it will return with True or False Trivia next Tuesday.) We had 19 teams take part for the second straight week, and almost all stayed until the very end. The scores overall weren't bad, and we had only two teams get perfect scores in any round.
Going into IQ Trivia, we had the top five teams separated by just four points. The overall winner of the round was a team called Yo Momma Went Down Faster Than Lehman Brothers, as they were the only team to get four of the five questions correct. But they wound up tied with the team of Sarah Palin's Bush Doctrine? Abstinence, both with 29 points.
As we going to break the tie, one of the Trivia Night players came up with a great idea to break the tie. We asked both teams what age our bartender friend Jim was, and Yo Momma guessed right on the nose and got the tie-breaker win. (I was honestly surprised Jim was amenable to that question.) My congratulations to them on their win.
1. NBC said last week that it had sold a dozen 30-second commercials during the Super Bowl this February for this staggering amount apiece.
2. According to the US Census Bureau, five of the ten richest counties in the US are now located around this city.
3. The president of this South American country expelled the US ambassador Philip Goldberg last week for encouraging anti-government protests there.
4. Onetime actor/comedian Al Franken won a primary election last week to challenge for a Senate seat in this state.
5. This legendary British novelist and ex-spy recently told the Times of London he nearly defected to the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
6. Richard Wright, a founding member of this legendary British classic rock band, died of cancer on Monday at his home at the age of 65.
7. This rock superstar has been targeted by Islamic extremists with death because he will play his first concert in Israel for its 60th anniversary celebrations later this month.
Answers: 1. $3 million; 2. Washington, DC; 3. Bolivia; 4. Minnesota; 5. John LeCarre; 6. Pink Floyd; 7. Paul McCartney.
1. The Great Emancipator
2. The Little Corporal
3. Charlie Hustle
4. The Chairman of the Board
5. The Iron Lady
6. Old Hickory
7. God's Rottweiler
Answers: 1. Abraham Lincoln; 2. Napoleon Bonaparte; 3. Pete Rose; 4. Frank Sinatra; 5. Margaret Thatcher; 6. Andrew Jackson; 7. Pope Benedict XVI.
1. Charles Gulden launched his empire in 1862 by selling what food?
2. According to the title of a popular 2004 book, what women "don't get fat?"
3. What is depicted in "The Blue Marble," one of the most popular photos in history?
4. The Luftwaffe was part of what branch of the German military in WWII?
5. At the height of the Vietnam War, Congress made it a crime to destroy what government-issued document?
6. What color once went missing from M&M's for 11 years over fears about food dye?
7. In which northeastern US city did Dixie Cups originate?
Answers: 1. mustard; 2. French women; 3. Earth; 4. Air Force; 5. draft card; 6. red; 7. Boston.
1. In championship darts, how many points are awarded when the red inner circle of the bullseye is hit? ( 4 points)
2. The Lake of Death and The Sea of Tranquility are both located where? ( 4 points)
3. What game was banned by Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s to discourage gambling in Iran? ( 5 points)
4. Which rock singer shared Time magazine's Person of the Year honor with Bill Gates in 2005? ( 3 points)
5. Which movie bad guy was voted the American Film Institute's Worst Villain of all-time? ( 4 points)
Answers: 1. fifty; 2. The Moon; 3. chess; 4. Bono; 5. Hannibal Lecter.