Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Trivia Q&A: June 23

On a special night of Trivia, we had 23 teams in to help me celebrate my third anniversary of hosting Trivia Night. It was great seeing so many regulars in, as well as some new folks. There was a huge crowd in, many to see the Red Sox-Nats game, but many more in to take part in Trivia Night.

The night was pretty well received by all, with all 36 questions previously asked on Trivia Night. The scores on the Potpourri round were skewed rather low, but they picked up considerably with True or False Trivia. It was close throughout the night, with ten teams within four points of the lead going into IQ Trivia.

The scores were rather good for IQ Trivia, as many teams got at least two of the six questions right. But the team of The Stiff Necks, who were in third place heading into IQ Trivia, ran the table in that final round and wound up taking the crown by six points. Nice job, guys.

We return to our regular night of Trivia, with five categories, next Tuesday, June 30th, at 9 PM.

Potpourri (The Best of the Special Categories)
1. What Asian country was granted their independence on July 4, 1946?
2. In which month is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?
3. On which continent will you find the country of Moldova?
4. Madonna won the MTV Best Female Video in 1987 for which song?
5. Which two actors refused Best Actor Oscars in the early 1970s?
6. In which field of endeavor is the Fields Medal awarded?
7. From which city did the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL move from in 1996?
8. What was the name of the inflatible autopilot in the movie "Airplane?"
9. What TV actor had to reject the offer to follow Roger Moore in the 1980s to play James Bond because of his TV series commitment?
10. What is the second largest city in England by population after London?

Answers: 1. The Philippines; 2. October; 3. Europe; 4. "Papa Don't Preach;" 5. George C. Scott and Marlon Brando; 6. mathematics; 7. Cleveland; 8. Otto; 9. Pierce Brosnan; 10. Birmingham.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Richard Nixon was the last US president born in California.
2. C-SPAN was the first cable channel to operate in the US.
3. The Mediterranean Sea borders three continents.
4. Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May.
5. The US Open golf tourney awards a green jacket to its winner every year.
6. The guillotine was actually named in honor of a French doctor.
7. Farsi is the official language of Iraq.
8. The Pedronas Towers, the world's tallest buildings, are located in Indonesia.
9. Type O is the most common blood type in humans.
10. Karl Marx, the father of communism, is buried in London.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, HBO; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, The Masters; 6. true; 7. false, Iran; 8. false, Malaysia; 9. true; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. In which European city is the famed 17th century "Bridge of Sighs?"
2. "Tin Lizzie" was the nickname for what classic car?
3. In a speech before Congress, which legendary American said, "Old soldiers don't die; they just fade away"?
4. In the 2000 census, what US city ranked fourth in population, after NYC, LA and Chicago?
5. Between 1964 and 1975, UCLA won how many NCAA basketball titles?
6. Which rock legend appeared on the first cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1967?
7. How many square inches are there in one square foot?
8. Name 2 of the 3 US states that do not observe daylight savings time.
9. What star sign would you be if you were born on January 4th?
10. According to the Girl Scouts, what is their best-selling cookie?

Answers: 1. Venice; 2. Ford Model T; 3. Douglas MacArthur; 4. Houston; 5. ten; 6. John Lennon; 7. 144; 8. Arizona, Hawaii and Indiana; 9. Capricorn; 10. Thin Mints.

IQ Trivia
1. The first woman to serve as a US cabinet member served under what president? ( 3 points)
2. In 1963, which world leader was made an honorary citizen of the US by an act of Congress? ( 4 points)
3. By definition, a person studying campanology is interested in what? ( 4 points)
4. What political position was Albert Einstein once offered, but turned down? ( 5 points)
5. Which Hollywood film director directed Michael Jackson's 1988 video, "Bad?" ( 4 points)
6. Harry Longabaugh was the real name of what Wild West outlaw? ( 5 points)

Answers: 1. Franklin D. Roosevelt (Frances Perkins); 2. Winston Churchill; 3. bells; 4. President of Israel; 5. Martin Scorsese; 6. The Sundance Kid.

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