Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Trivia Q&A: June 16

We had another huge crowd on hand for Trivia on Tuesday, 22 teams came in. We had some good scores for June 16th Trivia and General Knowledge, which led into what I was calling "the mystery category" and that turned out to be something I was calling "Deja Q."

Basically, I told everyone that they had three and a half minutes to write down every correct answer to the previous three categories and they would get a point for each one they remembered. it went well, and four teams got a perfect score of 21. (I picked 3 1/2 minutes as a compromise between 3 and 4 minutes, as I couldn't decide which one.) Two teams handed me sheets with nearly a minute left.

After the night was over I asked many of the regulars for some feedback about it, and it was mostly positive. I don't know when "Deja Q" will be returning, as I don't want to tip anyone off to it, as teams will be writing down all their previous answers with the idea it will make a surprise appearance.

We also had an unusual number of teams depart before the night was concluded. Of the 22 teams who took part, only 13 made it to IQ Trivia. (I did notice many left right around the time of Deja Q. Coincidence?) We normally have just 1-3 teams leave before Trivia Night ends. I guess the clock going on 11 PM was too late for some.

The team of Just As Awkward As Watching Spring Awakening With My Mom wound up the winner and by six points. They were either in first or tied for the lead throughout the night. Nice job by them tonight.

Current Events
1. This California structure was given its own zip code, 90090, by the USPS in a ceremony last week.
2. This amusement park company filed for bankruptcy protection last week, saying they need to reorganize and shed $1.8 billion of debt.
3. This rock star was arrested after he allegedly shot himself up with heroin in an airplane bathroom on a trip to a show in Geneva last week.
4. Bernard Barker passed away last week at the age of 92. What did he do in 1972 that was his claim to fame?
5. This country said it will "weaponize" its plutonium stocks amid threats to take military action over UN sanctions.
6. A Swedish carmaker and some Norwegian investors are set to buy the Swedish automaker Saab, which is owned by this American car company.
7. Stephen Strasburg, a pitcher for San Diego State University, was the first player taken in the MLB Amateur draft by this team.

Answers: 1. Dodger Stadium; 2. Six Flags; 3. Pete Doherty; 4. One of the Watergate burglars; 5. North Korea; 6. General Motors; 7. Washington Nationals.

June 16th Trivia
1. On this date in 1967, Jimi Hendrix played in a famous music festival in this California city and was first exposed to a US audience and became a superstar.
2. In 1961, ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West from the Soviet Union at an airport in this European capital city.
3. This famous American Indian leader, who led the Apache against Mexico and the US as they expanded into their tribal lands, was born on this date in 1829.
4. This rap star, who was born on this day in 1971, had many hit albums and was also an actor and producer and was also killed by five shots in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.
5. James Honeyman-Scott, who was a founding member and guitarist for this successful '80s rock group, died of a drug overdose on this day in 1982.
6. This man, who was a legendary announcer for the New York Yankees for over four decades and hosted the TV program "This Week in Baseball" for nearly 20 years until his death, died on this day in 1996.
7. The US signed a treaty with this republic, annexing it on this day in 1897, and it would later join the Union as a state.

Answers: 1. Monterey; 2. Paris; 3. Geronimo; 4. Tupac Shakur; 5. The Pretenders; 6. Mel Allen; 7. Hawaii.

General Knowledge
1. What is the name of the standard calendar currently in use in the United States?
2. Gemini, Zap, and Lace were all cast members on what TV series?
3. In the human body, serum is a liquid obtained from what?
4. An apse and a transept are architectural features most commonly found in what type of structure?
5. What dietary supplement is known for its ability to combat harmful atoms called "free radicals?"
6. What Shakespearean play contains the famous line, "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"?
7. What magazine was founded by William F. Buckley Jr.?

Answers: 1. Gregorian; 2. "American Gladiators;" 3. blood; 4. church; 5. antioxidant; 6. "Richard III;" 7. The National Review.

IQ Trivia
1. The Faroe Islands are an autonomous province of what country? ( 4 points)
2. What unusual former occupation is shared by the current mayors of Sacramento and Detroit? ( 3 points)
3. What is the only European country that is not a part of the United Nations? ( 5 points)
4. Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "All modern American literature comes from" what immortal work? ( 4 points)
5. The city of Cuzco was once the capital of what ancient empire? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Denmark; 2. NBA players (Kevin Johnson and Dave Bing); 3. Vatican City; 4. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn;" 5. Incan.

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