Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Trivia Q&A: September 22

We had 17 teams in for Trivia Night on Tuesday night. The crowds have been a bit smaller in the last couple of weeks, and I hope it just because of the transition of summer turning into fall.

The night got off to a fascinating run between two teams, and they were both perfect through the first three rounds. I made a mention of it after The Q Train and someone out there accused me of being Yankee shill announcer Michael Kay (who always makes mention when a pitcher's got a perfect game going). Well, I guess I should have kept quiet as both teams got questions wrong in the General Knowledge round.

But it was still quite a horse race, and the team of Evolution is Not an Opinion was ahead by one point, and six points over Keep Choking The Chicken going into IQ Trivia. But KCTC had the best round of everyone, getting 4 of the 5 questions correct. I originally had Evolution getting three right and a one point victory. But Matt of that team came over to me and pointed out my mistake, that they only got two right, and the correction gave KCTC the win by three points.

My apologies to everyone for the miscue. The Mighty Quinn goofs up every once in a while. I appreciate Matt's honesty, and the real winners did, too. My congratulations to everyone on a most interesting night of Trivia.

Current Events
1. This British rock star was recently prohibited from adopting a year-old boy from the Ukraine because that country prohibits unmarried couples from adopting.
2. Jody Powell, who was White House press secretary to this president, died of a heart attack last week at the age of 65.
3. Jack Kramer, who was a World number 1 player in this sport during the 1940s, died last week at the age of 88.
4. This rock star suffered a seizure on a plane bound for Miami last Friday, and after an emergency stop, was cleared to return to Florida where he was promoting a clothing line.
5. This former presidential candidate won a straw poll of a major social conservative group for their choice for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination last Saturday.
6. This series won its second consecutive Emmy award for Best Drama Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards last Sunday night.
7. This 1970s/80s sitcom actress, who beat breast cancer in 2005 without chemotherapy, said it was the chemotherapy that Patrick Swayze was taking that was ultimately responsible for his recent death.

Answers: 1. Elton John; 2. Jimmy Carter; 3. tennis; 4. Scott Weiland; 5. Mike Huckabee; 6. "Mad Men;" 7. Suzanne Somers.

2000s Trivia
1. The Chicago White Sox won their first World Series in 88 years in this year.
2. US troops captured Saddam Hussein as he was hiding in a hole in Tikrit, Iraq.
3. Fidel Castro resigns as Cuba's president, effective that February.
4. "Gladiator" wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
5. Athens, Greece hosts the Summer Olympics.
6. Brazil wins soccer's World Cup in Japan for a record fifth time.
7. Vermont becomes the first US state to recognize same-sex civil unions.
8. The Pittsburgh Steelers become the only team to win the Super Bowl six times.
9. Nancy Pelosi becomes the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives.
10. The International Astronomical Union officially demotes Pluto to the status of "dwarf planet."

Answers: 1. 2005; 2. 2003; 3. 2008; 4. 2001; 5. 2004; 6. 2002; 7. 2000; 8. 2009; 9. 2007; 10. 2006.

Did They Win An Oscar Trivia
1. Gwyneth Paltrow
2. Jim Carrey
3. Johnny Depp
4. Goldie Hawn
5. Christopher Walken
6. Peter Fonda
7. Jessica Lange
8. Tom Cruise
9. Walter Matthau
10. Will Smith

Answers: 1. yes ("Shakespeare In Love"); 2. no; 3. no; 4. yes ("Cactus Flower"); 5. yes ("The Deer Hunter"); 6. no; 7. yes ("Tootsie" and "Blue Sky"); 8. no; 9. yes ("The Fortune Cookie"); 10. no.

General Knowledge
1. A pullet is what type of young animal?
2. What well-known product has been made on Louisiana's Avery Island since 1868?
3. In the 1500s, explorers from what country brought the domesticated horse to North America?
4. In what sport do you score points by getting "ringers" and "leaners"?
5. Although associated with Hawaii, what foreign country are macadamia nuts actually from?
6. The "A" in AM radio stands for what?
7. David Duchovny once played a cross dressing DEA agent on what TV series?

Answers: 1. chicken (hen); 2. tabasco sauce; 3. Spain; 4. horseshoes; 5. Australia; 6. amplitude; 7. "Twin Peaks."

IQ Trivia
1. A pangolin is a mammal also known as the "scaly" what? ( 4 points)
2. What is the only Beatles song where all four Beatles play an instrumental solo, including Ringo Starr's only drum solo with the band? ( 4 points)
3. Which NYC building was the city's tallest for 44 years, even though officially it only has one floor? ( 5 points)
4. What famous athlete once declined to take a stand on a certain political issue by saying, "Hey, Republicans buy sneakers, too!"? ( 3 points)
5. If you travel due east of New York City all the way to Europe, what country will you hit first? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1, anteater; 2. "The End;" 3. Trinity Church; 4. Michael Jordan; 5. Portugal.

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