Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Trivia Q&A: April 28

It was a very busy night at Professor Thom's on Tuesday night, as we had a Red Sox game as well as a Celtics playoff game, Game 5 against Chicago. We decided that we couldn't start until the Celtics game was concluded, so there would be a delay from the usual 9 PM start. (My apologies to everyone, as I didn't realize it when I posted the Sneak Peek on Monday.)

Well, as my luck would have it, the game went into overtime, and would not end until 10:15 PM, with a Celtics victory. We finally did get going and had to bump a category because of the late start. So, The Q Train category "5-6-7-8 Trivia" has been moved back to May 12. (We'll be having another round of True or False next week.)

13 teams took part, and we had an unusual occurrence after the second round, a five-way tie for first. The scores were strong for Celebrity Real Names Trivia, but a lot less for General Knowledge (so they balance I guess).

The winning team, Joel is a Fallopian Dude, got the second highest score in IQ Trivia, getting 4 of the 5 questions right, and squeaked out a two-point win, coming from second place to win. Congratulations to Matt and friends for returning to the winners circle for the first time in a few weeks.

Next week we will be having Trivia Night on a special night, Wednesday, May 6th at 9 PM. There is a Red Sox-Yankees game next Tuesday night, so Trivia Night has to be moved to accomodate it. We will return to the regular Tuesday night slot on May 12th at 9 PM.

Current Events
1. This American newspaper won 5 of the 14 Pulitzer Prizes for journalism last week, which included online news outlets for the first time.
2. Diplomats walked out of a UN conference in Geneva last week after the president of Iran referred to this country as "totally racist."
3. A tribe in New Guinea is suing this magazine for $10 million over an article recently written that they claim describes a couple of tribesmen of committing serious criminal activity and murder.
4. A judge rejected an attempt by this man , who is facing trial later this year, from appearing on an NBC reality show because the judge felt he wasn't taking his own criminal case seriously enough.
5. Doc Blanchard, a running back who won the 1945 Heisman Trophy from this school not known as a major football power today, died last week at the age of 84.
6. 11 members of the Justice and Equality Movement were sentenced to death on Sunday for an attack on this African country in 2008 that killed more than 200 people.
7. GM announced on Monday that they are phasing out this storied brand of car, 83 years after the first model was introduced.

Answers: 1. New York Times; 2. Israel; 3. New Yorker; 4. Rod Blagojevich; 5. West Point (Army); 6. Sudan; 7. Pontiac.

Celebrity Real Names Trivia
1. Reginald Dwight: singer, songwriter, Oscar and Grammy winner
2. Caryn Johnson: actress, comedienne, Oscar winner in 1990, TV personality
3. Gordon Sumner: singer, songwriter, Grammy winner
4. Declan McManus: London-born singer, songwriter, first album released in 1977
5. Cherilyn LaPierre: singer, actress, Oscar winner in 1987
6. Eric Bishop: actor, singer, comedian, Oscar winner in 2004
7. Jonathan Leibowitz: actor, comedian, TV show host

Answers: 1. Elton John; 2. Whoopi Goldberg; 3. Sting; 4. Elvis Costello; 5. Cher; 6. Jamie Foxx; 7. Jon Stewart.

General Knowledge
1. The Edgar Awards are given annually for what genre of writing?
2. On the TV show "Happy Days," what fraternal organization did Howard Cunningham belong to?
3. From where did the NHL's Devils move in 1982 to New Jersey?
4. What US president signed the Panama Canal Treaty, which turned control of the canal to Panama in 1999?
5. Yokozuna is the highest achievable rank in what field?
6. In what film does Sommy and Cher's song, "I Got You Babe" play on the soundtrack nine separate times?
7. A bongo is what type of animal?

Answers: 1. mystery; 2. The Leopard Lodge; 3. Colorado; 4. Jimmy Carter; 5. sumo wrestling; 6. "Groundhog Day;" 7. antelope.

IQ Trivia
1. Dick Dale's classic song "Miserlou" is the opening theme to what film? ( 3 points)
2. Originating from France's Provence region, aioli is mayonnaise with what distincy flavor? ( 4 points)
3. The ship "The Flying Dutchman" is said to haunt what part of the world? ( 5 points)
4. "Streamline" and "zigzag" are two different types of what architectural style? ( 4 points)
5. What is the current name for the nation that was known for almost 200 years as New Holland? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. "Pulp Fiction;" 2. garlic; 3. The Cape of Good Hope (South Africa); 4. Art Deco; 5. Australia.

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