Thursday, November 06, 2008

Trivia Q&A: November 5

On a special night for Trivia this week, we had just 6 teams in, as it was apparent that the post-Obama election hangover took a toll. (I heard that Professor Thom's was jammed on Tuesday night, and my friend Matt told me it reminded him of a Red Sox playoff game.)

It was one of the fastest Trivia contests ever, and it lasted about 1 hour and 20 minutes. (The fewer the teams, the quicker I correct the answers.) The team called The Other Team took a commanding lead from the start, and held on to it throughout the night. The scores on the IQ Trivia was actually pretty strong, and one team scored all 20 points. But The Other Team got four out of five correct and wound up winning by five points.

Just a reminder that we will return to our regularly scheduled night, Tuesday, on November 11th, at 9 PM. Hopefully most of the Trivia regulars will be back. And hopefully the hangovers will have subsided by then.

Current Events
1. This twice Oscar-nominated actor announced last week that he was finished making films, and now wants to concentrate on making music instead.
2. This troubled athlete was found drunk in a Hooters restaurant last week in North Carolina and was taken into police custody to sober up.
3. This rock star canceled his annual Halloween display in front of his mansion last week due to security concerns in his town.
4. This Pulitzer Prize-winning author and broadcaster died last Friday at his Chicago home at the age of 96.
5. Viswanathan Anand of India successfully defended this championship over Russia's Vladimir Kramnik last weekend, a title he's held since 2007.
6. The leftist president of this South American country accused US anti-drug agents of spying and barred them from fighting drug traffickers there.
7. The Fox network canceled this long-running TV series last week after 13 years, but it will run 13 new shows of the series next season.

Answers: 1. Joaquin Phoenix; 2. John Daly; 3. Bruce Springsteen; 4. Studs Terkel; 5. world chess champion; 6. Bolivia; 7. "King of the Hill."

Modern Movies Trivia
1. What was the first feature film directed by Jodie Foster?
2. In the film "The Big Chill," the main seven characters all graduated from what university?
3. The 1998 movie "The Thin Red Line" features a rifle company fighting in what World War II battle?
4. The real-life tale of a shark attack on the crew of what ship is told by Quint in the movie "Jaws?"
5. What was the name of the inflatable autopilot from the classic comedy movie "Airplane?"
6. In the film "The Green Mile," who was Mr. Jingles?
7. What film was Meryl Streep nominated for her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress?

Answers: 1. "Little Man Tate;" 2. University of Michigan; 3. Guadalcanal; 4. USS Indianapolis; 5. Otto; 6. a mouse; 7. "The Deer Hunter."

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. "Nucleum" is the plural of "nuclear."
2. US Navy ships are assigned their new names by the Secretary of the Navy.
3. The state of Maine borders only one other US state.
4. Laughing gas is another name for nitrous oxide.
5. The cittern is a type of flute.
6. The space between nerve cells is called a ganglion.
7. Saute means "to fry in very little fat."
8. The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series title over the Oakland A's in 1980.
9. The South China Sea lies between China and Japan.
10. In his book "Earth in the Balance," Al Gore proposed eliminating the internal combustion engine.

Answers: 1. false, it is nuclei; 2. true; 3. true; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, it's called a synapse; 7. true; 8. false, they beat the KC Royals; 9. false, it is between China and The Philippines; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. According to the Girl Scouts, what is their best-selling cookie?
2. What weapon was made famous by an American hero killed at the Battle of the Alamo?
3. On Christopher Columbus' 1492 journey to the New World, which of his ships did not safely return to Spain?
4. What is another name for the leaves of the herb cilantro?
5. In the American version of Scrabble, how many tiles does each player select at the start of the game?
6. What musician's last public appearance was at Birdland, a NYC jazz club named in his honor?
7. What NFL team did Brett Favre play for one season before joining the Green Bay Packers in 1992?

Answers: 1. Thin Mints; 2. Bowie knife; 3. Santa Maria; 4. coriander; 5. seven; 6. Charlie Parker; 7. Atlanta Falcons.

IQ Trivia
1. The ruins of Chichen Itza are located on what peninsula? ( 4 points)
2. What architect is credited with developing the concept of the geodesic dome? ( 5 points)
3. Who was known as "The Man of a Thousand Voices?" ( 3 points)
4. According to legend, England will fall if what birds abandon the Tower of London? ( 4 points)
5. On what 1980s sitcom did First Lady Nancy Reagan make a famous appearance to talk about drug abuse? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Yucatan; 2. Richard Buckminster Fuller; 3. Mel Blanc; 4. ravens; 5. "Diff'rent Strokes."

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