Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Trivia Q&A: December 16

We had 14 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, a night when the weather did not cooperate. It got colder and it was raining and snowing, but the regulars came out for it and I always appreciate their loyalty. A really good crowd turned out. Thank you.

We had a "triple points" round for the special category, "Academy Award Winners Trivia." You could run up a possible 21 points for the entire round by answering all three parts correctly, and one team actually got 20 out of the 21 to take a commanding lead. We Are The Suck built a commanding lead from there and were never really challenged. (Afterwards I wished I had put this category fourth and moved General Knowledge to second to keep all the big point rounds at the end of the contest.)

It was quite a night for We Are The Suck as they got only one other question incorrect after that, as they got 4 of the 5 IQ Trivia questions right and wound up winning by nine points. Congratulations to Matt and his team, who have won many times this year.

Also, I have decided to put "Spell the Word Trivia" on hiatus for a while. I will be making some changes to the Q Train after the new year. Nothing radical, as I just feel it's time to freshen up the category, and we'll have some new ones in the Q Train beginning January 6.

Current Events
1. David Gregory was named last week as the host of this TV show, the longest running program on television.
2. The sister of this one-time child movie actor was struck by a car last week in Los Angeles and killed.
3. Patriarch Alexy II, the head of this church, died of heart failure last week at the age of 79.
4. Riots broke out ten days ago in this European country over a police shooting of a teenage boy, and it spread to other major cities throughout the nation.
5. This 40-year-old actor was recently named the host of the 81st Academy Awards ceremony this February.
6. This popular Hollywood actor, who starred in such classic films as "The Caine Mutiny" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" died Friday in Nyack, NY at the age of 92.
7. A recent poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine selected this R&B singer as "the greatest singer in the rock era."

Answers: 1. "Meet the Press;" 2. Macaulay Culkin; 3. Russian Orthodox; 4. Greece; 5. Hugh Jackman; 6. Van Johnson; 7. Aretha Franklin.

Academy Awards Trivia
1. Sean Connery
2. Renee Zellweger
3. Emma Thompson
4. Humphrey Bogart
5. Geraldine Page
6. Jon Voight
7. Martin Landau

1. Best Supporting Actor, "The Untouchables,"1987; 2. Best Supporting Actress, "Cold Mountain," 2003; 3. Best Actress, "Howard's End," 1992; 4. Best Actor, "The African Queen," 1951; 5. Best Actress, "The Trip to Bountiful," 1985; 6. Best Actor, "Coming Home," 1978; 7. Best Supporting Actor, "Ed Wood," 1994.

Spell the Word Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. SEGUE (verb): to proceed without interruption; to make a smooth transition.
2. LACHRYMOSE (adj): given to shedding tears.
3. NADIR (noun): the lowest point; time of greatest adversity.
4. TRUCULENT (adj): fierce; savage; ruthless.
5. WHEEDLE (verb): to entice by soft words or flattery.
6. LUGUBRIOUS (adj): mournful; gloomy.
7. TRAVAIL (noun): painful or arduous work; agony.
8. DEMAGOGUE (noun): a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions of the populace.
9. LASCIVIOUS (adj): lewd; lustful.
10. AUGURY (noun): an omen; an indication of the future.

General Knowledge
1. How many atoms of hydrogen are in one molecule of water?
2. In what city did the TV drama "Homicide: Life on the Street" take place?
3. What US president was known as "The Great Communicator?"
4. What day of the week was December 7, 1941?
5. Liverpool, England's airport was renamed in 2001 after what famous person?
6. Mt. Hood is an extinct volcano located in what US state?
7. William Shakespeare's plays typically have how many acts?

Answers: 1. two; 2. Baltimore; 3. Ronald Reagan; 4. Sunday; 5. John Lennon; 6. Oregon; 7. five.

IQ Trivia
1. The 19th Century route the US government forced the Cherokee Nation to walk became known as what? ( 4 points)
2. In the children's book series, what country is Paddington Bear originally from? ( 5 points)
3. What numbered Congress will meet for the first time in January 2009? ( 4 points)
4. Krav Maga is a martial art that was developed in what foreign country? ( 4 points)
5. Leslie Lynch King, Jr. was the birth name of what famous person? ( 3 points)

Answers: 1. The Trail of Tears; 2. Peru; 3. 111; 4. Israel; 5. Gerald Ford.

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