Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Trivia Q&A: August 11

We had another huge crowd for Trivia on Tuesday night, with 22 teams in attendance. We had a great reaction to the Special category of "John Hughes Trivia." Most teams did fairly well, and the scores were equally good for the True or False and General Knowledge rounds.

IQ Trivia was a different story. The questions may have been some of the harder ones I've ever come up with. (No one got the World Series one.) We also had an occurrence that has not ever happened before on Trivia Night. We had two teams tied for the lead in all four rounds going into the finale. Both were regulars: Stop Looking Up Answers: Coffee's For Closers and A Lady Walks Into a Bar With a Poodle Under One Arm and a Two Foot Salami Under The Other. The latter team was one of three teams to get eight points (2 out of 5) and squeeked out a one-point win over the rival.

Nice job by Rob and his crew for getting back to the winner's circle after a long absence.

Current Events
1. Budd Schulberg, a sceenwriter and producer who won a Best Screenplay Oscar for this classic 1954 film about mob violence and corruption, died last Wednesday at age 95.
2. This rock star, on his web site, is urging President Obama to have Americans observe "Meatless Mondays."
3. This rock star was injured last Wednesday when he fell from a concert stage at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, suffering head, neck and shoulder injuries.
4. Ronnie Biggs is being released from prison soon because of ill health. What 1960s crime was he one of the masterminds of?
5. Fidel Castro called this country "disloyal," claiming that a pending military deal they have with the US could be used to attack other Latin American countries.
6. Mel Martinez, a Republican senator from this state, told his supporters that he was resigning last Friday, 16 months before his term expires.
7. An environmental group in Brazil are running ads on TV stations there urging people to do this to save the rainforest and water.

Answers: 1. "On the Waterfront;" 2. Paul McCartney; 3. Steven Tyler; 4. The Great Train Robbery; 5. Colombia; 6. Florida; 7. urinate in the shower.

John Hughes Trivia
1. What was the first film directed by John Hughes?
2. What movie directed by John Hughes starred Steve Martin?
3. What John Hughes-produced (but not directed) film was the highest grossing film of 1990?
4. What 1983 film with Michael Keaton was one of John Hughes' first big successes as a screenwriter?
5. Several of John Hughes' earliest films are connected with what popular humor periodical, a magazine for which he worked during the 1970s?
6. In "Nate and Hayes," one of John Hughes' earliest films, what 1994 Oscar-winner starred as Hayes?
7. "Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?" is a famous line from what John Hughes film?

Answers: 1. Sixteen Candles; 2. Planes, Trains and Automobiles; 3. Home Alone; 4. Mr. Mom; 5. National Lampoon; 6. Tommy Lee Jones; 7. The Breakfast Club.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Introduced in 1992, the McLaren F1 is an extremely fast boat.
2. A scallion is a type of onion.
3. The city of Memphis took its name from an ancient Egyptian capital.
4. Only 17% of the world's inhabitants live in a country with total media freedom.
5. About 20% of the US population are left-handed.
6. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.
7. If coloring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be blue.
8. The toothbrush was invented in the 15th century.
9. Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane, in case of a crash.
10. Colorado is the biggest Rocky Mountain state in terms of area.

Answers: 1. false, car; 2. true; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, 7%; 6. true; 7. false, green; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, Montana.

General Knowledge
1. INTERPOL is based in what European country?
2. What shoe company shares its name with a type of antelope?
3. According to the Bible, who named all the animals on Earth?
4. What major city straddles the border between Europe and Asia?
5. Sub-Zero is best known for selling what product?
6. Shubunkin is a popular variety of what?
7. MI6 is the secret intelligence agency of what country?

Answers: 1. France; 2. Reebok; 3. Adam; 4. Istanbul; 5. refrigerators; 6. goldfish; 7. United Kingdom.

IQ Trivia
1. What sea animal is known as a "medusa" during its adult stage? ( 4 points)
2. Who was the last road team to win Game 7 of the World Series? ( 5 points)
3. What 19th century US president is the only one ever elected from state of Indiana? ( 4 points)
4. The Toven Specimen is an extremely rare example of what type of US coin? ( 4 points)
5. Barack Obama is a two-time winner of what award? ( 3 points)

Answers: 1. jellyfish; 2. Pittsburgh Pirates (1979); 3. Benjamin Harrison; 4. penny; 5. Grammy.


Ken K. said...

Garsh! That looks like it was one tough quiz. I'd have been lynched.

The Omnipotent Q said...

Got a lot of feedback from it, and everyone agreed IQ Trivia was one of the toughest I've ever done.