Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Trivia Q&A: August 4

We had 20 teams in for Trivia Night, and it was a noisy night in Professor Thom's with a huge crowd in. The Special category of "Album Debut Trivia" may have set the record for some of the lowest scores of a multiple points round. Out of a maximum of 20 points for it, the highest score was just 8 points. I guess I made this category way too difficult!

The scores were definitely better for "Julia Roberts Film Trivia" and we also put a new wrinkle in for the round. I put a time limit of two minutes for all the papers to be handed in, or the late team would be given a zero. Wow, I've never seen papers handed in to me in such a rapid and timely fashion! We will be keeping the time limit for now on since it worked so well.

We had a close match going into IQ Trivia, but the team in third place going into the last round, Are You Wearing Your Trivia Shirt? ran the table for 20 points and wound up winning by three points. Nice job guys.

Current Events
1. Corazon Aquino, who was president of this country for six years and survived seven coup attempts, died last Friday at age 76.
2. 34 private radio stations were shut down in this country last Friday, and the minister for Public Works and Housing commented, "Freedom of expression is not the most sacred freedom."
3. This Oscar-winning actor was presented with an award by the Cuban government in Havana last week in recognition of his body of work, especially two of his recent films about one of the country's heroes.
4. Ted Kennedy, Sidney Poitier and Billie Jean King were among 16 people given this award last week.
5. Charles Taylor, former leader of this African country, at his war crimes trial in The Hague, denied charges of cannibalism or that he ordered militias to eat their enemies.
6. Two newly discovered pieces of piano music by this classical music immortal were recently played publicly for the first time in the city of Salzburg, Austria, the city of his birth.
7. This Hollywood actor and his band escaped injury when a stage they were about to perform on collapsed when a sudden storm knocked it down, killing one and injuring 15.

Answers: 1. The Philippines; 2. Venezuela; 3. Benicio Del Toro; 4. Presidential Medal of Freedom; 5. Liberia; 6. W.A. Mozart; 7. Kevin Costner.

Album Debut Trivia
1. Frank
2. Can't Buy a Thrill
3. Come Away With Me
4. Unknown Pleasures
5. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
6. Ten
7. Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid

Answers: 1. Amy Winehouse (2003); 2. Steely Dan (1972); 3. Norah Jones (2002); 4. Joy Division (1979); 5. Aretha Franklin (1967); 6. Pearl Jam (1991); 7. Collective Soul (1993).

Julia Roberts Film Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Two Weeks Notice
2. Everyone Says I Love You
3. Defending Your Life
4. Flatliners
5. Ocean's Thirteen
6. Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
7. Conspiracy Theory
8. Hope Floats
9. The Pelican Brief
10. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Answers: 1. no; 2. yes; 3. no; 4. yes; 5. no; 6. no; 7. yes; 8. no; 9. yes; 10. yes.

General Knowledge
1. A chesterfield is what type of furniture?
2. True cashmere comes from the soft hair of what kind of animal?
3. What band recorded the 1999 hit song "I Want It That Way?"
4. The southern part of what ocean is known as the South Sea?
5. Irving Stone's novel "The Agony and The Ecstasy" is about what artist?
6. A Snellen Chart is generally used for what purpose?
7. What is the only US state that has a unicameral legislature?

Answers: 1. sofa; 2. goat; 3. Backstreet Boys; 4. Pacific; 5. Michelangelo; 6. eye chart; 7. Nebraska.

IQ Trivia
1. What woman won eight Oscars in her prolific career as a movie costume designer? ( 4 points)
2. In the epic poem, Beowulf defeats what monster? ( 4 points)
3. Elwood Edwards is the voice behind what famous recorded three-word phrase? ( 5 points)
4. What award-winning play's two parts are titled "Milennium Approaches" and "Perestroika"? ( 3 points)
5. Former Federal reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan is married to what TV journalist? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Edith Head; 2. Grendel; 3. "You've got mail;" 4. "Angels in America;" 5. Andrea Mitchell.


Matt said...

John, I'd venture a guess that the 'Debut Albums' scores would've been higher had people known in advance that you'd be giving points for the year as well.

Personally, though, I was glad to see that happen as a 'surprise'. I tend to have more fun when things are less 'study-able' ahead of time.

The Omnipotent Q said...

That was my fault, Matt. I left off fact that it would be double points in the Sneak Peek on Monday. I always like to make it known ahead of time when a category will be worth more points.

But then again, I'm trying to stay ahead of everyone...LOL

Matt said...

Well, like I said, I liked it. I liked the fact that it was a broad category, and thus difficult to 'memorize'.

Michael Leggett said...

It was on CBC during Canadiens vs Rangers that I heard a Commercial about reupholstering one's Chesterfield, when I found out about the Chesterfield was a Sofa:

I used to get CBC on AM Radio via Montreal, Toronto, Windsor & Halifax as well as Moncton in French, the rest of the prior 4 in English. So, I've heard Chesterfield mentioned in the US.