Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Trivia Q&A: February 24

We had another large crowd turn out on a cold night Tuesday. 19 teams took part, and issued everyone an apology for the late change in special categories, as I mixed up the dates for the Mardi Gras, so I pulled "Are They Related Trivia" (that will happen next week), and replaced it with "New Orleans Trivia" in honor of the site of the Shrove Tuesday celebrations.

And the scores for New Orleans Trivia were better than I thought, as I originally some of the questions might be on the difficult side. General Knowledge proved to be a tougher category, as many people had trouble with the "octothorpe" and "Rockford Files" questions.

But the scores were very close throughout, as we had teams at the top tied throughout the night. We had the top six teams separated by just one point going into the IQ Trivia round. But the team of Cory Lidle Is No Sully Sullenberger ran the table in getting all 20 points and wound up winning by five points. Nice win by Chris and his buddies.

Current Events
1. This legendary folk singer played his first US concert in 15 years at the Beacon Theatre in New York after he was forced to return to the road after he lost his retirement savings.
2. Eric Holder, who is this member of the Obama cabinet, referred to the US as a "nation of cowards" in regard to dialogue on racial issues in the country.
3. A Florida jury awarded $8 million to the widow of a chain-smoker in the first of 8000 cases against this tobacco giant in Florida.
4. The finance minister of this country resigned last week after he denied he was drunk at a G-7 news conference.
5. Ivars Godmanis, prime minister of this Eastern European country, resigned along with the rest of his government over their handling of the economic crisis.
6. The new album by this rock band was accidentally leaked out and spread like wildfire over the Internet two weeks before its release date, and the group is now streaming it legally on their MySpace page.
7. This actress won two Razzie Awards last Saturday, including Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple in this year's "anti-Oscars" awards.

Answers: 1. Leonard Cohen; 2. attorney general; 3. Philip Morris; 4. Japan; 5. Latvia; 6. U2; 7. Paris Hilton.

New Orleans Trivia
1. What New Orleans musician's nickname was Satchmo?
2. What month and year did Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans?
3. What New Orleans musician's real name is Mac Rebennack?
4. What was the nickname of the NBA team that once played in New Orleans and moved in 1979?
5. What historic American figure was called the hero of the Battle of New Orleans in 1812?
6. True or False: New Orleans is also known as The Crescent City?
7. What author of such novels as "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight" was born in New Orleans?

Answers: 1. Louis Armstrong; 2. August 2005; 3. Dr. John; 4. Jazz; 5. Andrew Jackson; 6. true; 7. Elmore Leonard.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
2. A monophobic person is afraid of bright colors.
3. In the novel "The Old Man and the Sea," the old man goes fishing off the coast of Mexico.
4. The planet Mars has no moons.
5. "Blackboard Jungle" was the first major movie to have a rock'n'roll song in its soundtrack.
6. Pelota is a ball used in the sport of jai alai.
7. Hummingbirds are most attracted to the color yellow.
8. In humans, food passes from the stomach into the small intestine.
9. Wyoming is located in the Mountain time zone.
10. A botanist specializes in the study of insects.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, being alone; 3. false, Cuba; 4. false, it has one; 5. true; 6. true; 7. false, red; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, plants.

General Knowledge
1. With Pluto now demoted from planet status, what is the smallest planet in the solar system?
2. What symbol on a computer keyboard is called an octothorpe?
3. What country banned the latest Guns 'n' Roses album last year?
4. What are the two lower chambers of the human heart called?
5. Carly Simon's hit song "Anticipation" was used in a commercial in the 1970s for what product?
6. In 1922, Howard Carter discovered the tomb of what historic figure?
7. What 1970s TV show opened each week with a voice on an answering machine?

Answers: 1. Mercury; 2. pound key; 3. China; 4. ventricles; 5. Heinz ketchup; 6. King Tut; 7. "The Rockford Files."

IQ Trivia
1. What author interviewed hundreds of people for his 1974 bestseller "Working?" ( 4 points)
2. What is Donald Duck's middle name? ( 5 points)
3. Who are the only two consecutive vice-presidents to each serve full eight-year terms? ( 3 points)
4. Which automaker passed General Motors as the top-selling car company in the US last quarter, after GM held the top spot for 77 years? ( 4 points)
5. Detective Wojohowicz was a character on what 1970s TV show? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Studs Terkel; 2. Fauntleroy; 3. Al Gore and Dick Cheney; 4. Toyota; 5. "Barney Miller."

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