Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Trivia Q&A: March 10

We had 18 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and we decided to do something special about next week's Trivia Night. Next Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day, so it would be impossible to have Trivia among the throng that will be present. Wednesday is not possible, as there is a private party at Professor Thom's that night. So we decided to let democracy rule, and we let the Trivia regulars choose between next Monday and next Thursday.

And by a 8-4 vote, Monday was chosen, so our next night of Trivia will be on Monday night, March 16th, at 9 PM.

As for the night, we had some strong scores for "Did They Make It To 30 Trivia" (which one person called "Morbid Trivia" on their sheet), with two teams getting a perfect score of 14 in the round (it was double points, as guessing the age was also worth one point). We also had some really strong scores for General Knowledge, as seven teams got the perfect seven.

It was close going into IQ Trivia, as the top six teams were separated by just three points. But the team in first at the time, Whoa, A Cross-Bow! got four of the five questions correct for 16 points, and wound up winning by three points. Congratulations to Joe and his crew on their victory. (And it was a nice surprise to see his sister and one-time Trivia Night regular Mariangela take part last night.)

Current Events
1. This Oscar-winning actress was pulled over for speeding in Beverly Hills last week and given a citation for speeding, while a camera crew from the TV show "Speeders" filmed her trying to say it was all a mistake.
2. A study by the Harvard Business school reveals that this western state surprisingly has the highest rate of subscriptions to Internet adult entertainment web sites.
3. The two surviving members of this legendary rock band will get together next month for a benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall.
4. These two Oscar-winning actors filed a lawsuit last week over an unauthorized commercial tie-in to a film they did together last year.
5. Horton Foote, two-time Oscar winning screenwriter and playwright, died last Wednesday at age 92. What 1983 Robert Duvall film did he win his second screenplay Oscar for?
6. This actor/comedian was forced to cancel the remainder of his one-man show tour when it was discovered he will need heart surgery and have an aortic valve placed there.
7. Michael Jackson announced last week that he will return to performing this July, playing ten shows in this European capital city.

Answers: 1. Jodie Foster; 2. Utah; 3. The Beatles; 4. Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro; 5. "Tender Mercies;" 6. Robin Williams; 7. London.

Did They Reach 30 Trivia
1. Bruce Lee
2. Tupac Shakur
3. Heath Ledger
4. John Belushi
5. Marilyn Monroe
6. Janis Joplin
7. Chris Farley

Answers: 1. yes (32); 2. no (25); 3. no (28); 4. yes (33); 5. yes (36); 6. no (27); 7. yes (33).

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Horoscope sign Virgo is represented by a creature that is half-man and half-horse.
2. Cape Hatteras is located in South Carolina.
3. Interview magazine was founded by Andy Warhol.
4. Mayflower is the official flower of Massachusetts.
5. Bashful is the only beardless dwarf in "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs."
6. According to the Bible, the walls of Jericho collapsed when a trumpet was blown.
7. The Old Vic, a London landmark that closed in 1997, was a famous pub.
8. The proper term for a single banana is finger.
9. Stevie Wonder was the youngest winner of the Best New Artist Grammy award.
10. Oregon is the only US state with different designs on the back and front of its state flag.

Answers: 1. false, Sagittarius; 2. false, North Carolina; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Dopey; 6. true; 7. false, it was a theatre; 8. true; 9. false, LeAnn Rimes; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Eukenuba is a popular brand of what?
2. James Joyce's semi-autobiographical novel is called "A Portrait of the Artist as a" what?
3. The African National Congress is the governing political party of what African country?
4. Parris Island is the basic training site of what US military branch?
5. The sun currently generates heat and light from the fusion of hydrogen into what?
6. According to the 2000 Census, which US state has the smallest population?
7. In 1971, George Harrison organized a concert to help the citizens of what war-torn nation?

Answers: 1. pet food; 2. Young Man; 3. South Africa; 4. Marines; 5. helium; 6. Wyoming; 7. Bangladesh.

IQ Trivia
1. In France, the English Channel is known as "La Manche," meaning what? ( 4 points)
2. In the 1992 book "The Pelican Brief," Darby Shaw is a law student at what southern university? ( 5 points)
3. A monument in which state claims to mark the geographic center of the 48 contiguous United States? ( 3 points)
4. The first and last episodes of the TV series "Seinfeld" both feature George and Jerry discussing what topic? ( 4 points)
5. Kilgore Trout is a recurring character in which prolific author's novels? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. The Sleeve; 2. Tulane; 3. Kansas; 4. shirt buttons; 5. Kurt Vonnegut.

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