Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Trivia Q&A: December 2

We had 17 teams in Professor Thom's for Trivia Night on Tuesday, which was a good turnout, as I was concerned that the holiday weekend could hurt the number of folks coming in, but my fears were unfounded. The scores for Current Events and General Knowledge were actually on the lower side, while Mob Movies Trivia and Spell the Word were better.

The rounds were pretty close throughout, but going into IQ Trivia we had six teams separated by just two points. The scores in IQ Trivia were lower than usual, as the questions this week were a bit more difficult. Only two teams got as many as four of the five correct, but one of them was Table One, who was in second place going into the round. The 16 points they rolled up was good for first place by five points.

Congratulations to Tara and her crew for their second ever Trivia Night title, and their first without having to go to a tie-breaker. Nice job, guys.

Current Events
1. According to CQ Press, this Southern city has dethroned Detroit as "The Most Dangerous City in America" based on six major crime statistics.
2. This actor, an Academy Award winner who has been acting over 50 years in films, said last week that his December upcoming movie will be his last, but he will continue to direct.
3. Airports in this Asian country were shut down last week after massive anti-government demonstrations and a state of emergency was declared there.
4. A volcano erupted in this South American country last week which resulted in 10 deaths and the evacuation of over 12,000 people.
5. Greenland passed a self-government referendum recently, but it did not entail a complete withdrawal from this country, which has ruled over it since 1775.
6. This celebrity had a variety show airing live in prime time last week, but America barely noticed, as it turned out to be the night's lowest-rated program.
7. Earlier this month, this 1989 film, whose star won an Oscar for it, was named "The Most Inspirational Film" of all-time in a Moviefone poll.

Answers: 1. New Orleans; 2. Clint Eastwood; 3. Thailand; 4. Colombia; 5. Denmark; 6. Rosie O'Donnell; 7. "My Left Foot."

Mob Movie Trivia
1. The movie "A Bronx Tale" was autobiographical about what actor? a. Robert DeNiro; b. Al Pacino; c. Joe Pesci; d. Chazz Palminteri.
2. What book is the film "Goodfellas" based on? a. "Goodfellas;" b. "Wiseguy;" c. "Murder Machine;" d. "Underboss."
3. Which mob movie was not directed by Martin Scorsese? a. "Casino;" b. "Goodfellas;" c. "Scarface;" d. "Mean Streets."
4. Which mob movie did not include Robert DeNiro? a. "Analyze This;" b. "The Godfather;" c. "A Bronx Tale;" d. "Mean Streets."
5. Who was the only person to win an Oscar for "Goodfellas?" a. Robert DeNiro; b. Ray Liotta; c. Joe Pesci; d. Martin Scorsese.
6. Which mob film was co-written by Oliver Stone? a. "Mean Streets;" b. "Once Upon a Time in America;" c. "Bonnie and Clyde;" d. "Scarface."
7. Which film was voted the number one gangster film of all-time by the AFI? a. "Goodfellas;" b. "Bonnie and Clyde;" c. "The Public Enemy;" d. "The Godfather."

Answers: 1. d; 2. b; 3. c; 4. b; 5. c; 6. d; 7. d.

Spell the Word ("The Q Train")
1. PROPITIOUS (adj): favorably inclined; gracious.
2. SOBRIQUET (noun): a nickname; an assumed name.
3. INVETERATE (adj): deep-rooted; of long standing.
4. UBIQUITOUS (adj): being everywhere.
5. GASTRONOME (noun): connisseur of good food and drink.
6. SYCOPHANT (noun): one who seeks favor by flattery.
7. PERSIFLAGE (noun): frivolous or bantering talk.
8. FLUMMOX (verb): to confuse; to perplex.
9. OBSEQUIOUS (adj): fawning; servilely attentive.
10. PALAVER (noun): idle talk; talk intended to deceive.

General Knowledge
1. What is the only US state on the Atlantic Ocean that extends into the Central Time Zone?
2. Pashmina wool comes from a breed of what animal?
3. The first flight attendants were required to be members of what profession?
4. What city did New Delhi replace as the capital of India in 1911?
5. What kind of architectural feature is a campanile?
6. When King Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne in 1936, what title was created for him?
7. specializes in the sale of what?

Answers: 1. Florida; 2. goat; 3. nursing; 4. Calcutta; 5. bell tower; 6. Duke of Windsor; 7. movie tickets.

IQ Trivia
1. California entrepreneur Gary Dahl became a multi-millionaire when he introduced what 1970s fad? ( 3 points)
2. What breakfast cereal once offered green tree-shaped marshmallows as a promotion on Earth Day? ( 4 points)
3. The title of the film "Chapter 27" refers to an imaginary final chapter of what novel? ( 4 points)
4. What is, by area, the largest state in Mexico? ( 4 points)
5. Doctors write what three-letter abbreviation on prescriptions to keep them from being filled generically? ( 5 points)

Answers: 1. pet rocks; 2. Lucky Charms; 3. "The Catcher in the Rye;" 4. Chihuahua; 5. DAW ("dispense as written").

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