Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Trivia Q&A: October 6

We had 15 teams in for Trivia Night on Tuesday night, and an exciting AL Central tiebreaker game going on. The scores were decent for Current Events, and a lot better for Postseason Baseball Trivia. It was close throughout the night, and going into the final round, four teams were separated by three points.

The scores were very good for IQ Trivia, and we had two teams that were tied for second place pass the first place team, and wound up tying each other for the prize. I pulled out a question from last week, and used a different part of it to break the tie. I asked "Jupiter has the most moons of any of the planets in our solar system. Exactly how many does it have?"

Both teams guessed on the lower end, but the team of Roman Polanski Touched My Pianist was closest (the actual answer is 63), and were crowned Trivia champions for this week. They had lost the recent tiebreaker we had a few weeks ago, so it was nice to see them come out on top.

Our next round of Trivia is the regular time and day next week, but should the Red Sox advance in the playoffs to the ALCS next week, we will be moving the regularly scheduled night of Trivia on Tuesday, October 20, to the next night, Wednesday, October 21, as Tuesday would be Game 4 of that series, and the next day is an open date (should the series still be going).

Hope to see many of you next Tuesday night.

Current Events
1. Men from this European country were voted "the best lovers in the world" in a recent international poll of 15,000 "well-traveled" women.
2. This comedy troupe celebrated its 40th anniversary yesterday, and will have a reunion at a theater in New York later this month.
3. This name was chosen in a contest to give to Mrs. Butterworth, the famous buttered syrup, and the two winners won $500 and a year's supply of syrup.
4. Rio de Janeiro was chosen as the 2016 Summer Olympics host last Friday over Madrid, Chicago and Tokyo by the IOC in this city.
5. This classic film, which won 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay, was named in a recent poll from Moviefone as "Best 1950s Film."
6. According to a recent poll by Forbes Traveller, this southern capital city, which is Lance Armstrong's hometown, is America's number one bike-friendly city.
7. The UN ranked this northern European nation as the number one country in the world to live in, based on such criteria as life expectancy, literacy and income levels.

Answers: 1. Spain; 2. Monty Python; 3. Joy; 4. Copenhagen; 5. "On the Waterfront;" 6. Austin, Texas; 7. Norway.

Postseason Baseball Trivia
1. How many total games does a team have to win in a postseason in order to win a World Series title?
2. What Red Sox player was the MVP of the 2007 World Series?
3. What team holds the record for playing in the most consecutive postseasons?
4. Name 1 of the 2 players who have ended a World Series with a home run.
5. Of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, which team has not won a World Series in this decade?
6. Besides this year, what is the only other season when the postseason ended in November?
7. What Yankee immortal played on 10 World Series winners and 14 pennant-winning teams?

Answers: 1. eleven; 2. Mike Lowell; 3. Atlanta Braves (14); 4. Bill Mazeroski and Joe Carter; 5. Los Angeles Dodgers; 6. 2001; 7. Yogi Berra.

Odd Numbered Trivia
1. Both the Mets and Yankees have retired this number in honor of manager Casey Stengel.
2. This is the number of years of marriage marked in a silver wedding anniversary.
3. The number of points required to win a game in badminton.
4. WWI ended on this day, month and hour in 1918.
5. The number of flavors in Baskin-Robbins ice cream.
6. Jesus Christ is said to have been crucified at this age.
7. In tennis, this number represents the first point gained in a game.
8. In Islam, Muslims are required to pray this many times a day.
9. The number of letters in both the Turkish and Norwegian languages.
10. Sports Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Dan Marino wore this number.

Answers: 1. 37; 2. 25; 3. 21; 4. 11; 5. 31; 6. 33; 7. 15; 8. 5; 9. 29; 10. 13.

General Knowledge
1. In 1958, what country adopted a disasterous financial plan called "The Great Leap Forward?"
2. In 1969, Indian protestors began a 19-month occupation of what famous location?
3. On "SNL," a segment of observations by Jack Handey were called what?
4. What musical act has had the most Billboard number one albums in history?
5. What are the two official colors of the Cub Scouts?
6. What interstate highway begins in Houlton, Maine and ends in Miami, Florida?
7. Who is the only actor to be nominated for an Emmy Award for the same character on three different shows?

Answers: 1. China; 2. Alcatraz Island; 3. "Deep Thoughts;" 4. The Beatles (19); 5. blue and gold; 6. 1-95; 7. Kelsey Grammer ("Cheers," "Frasier" and "Wings").

IQ Trivia
1. Scientists use the Torino Scale to measure potential damage caused by what? ( 4 points)
2. What individual, who owns over two million acres, is America's largest landowner? ( 4 points)
3. What current rock superstar guitarist's real name is David Howell Evans? ( 3 points)
4. What eastern US state is the only state that does not by law require drivers to wear safety belts while operating a motor vehicle? ( 5 points)
5. Lake Titicaca borders Peru and what other South American country? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. asteroids; 2. Ted Turner; 3. The Edge; 4. New Hampshire; 5. Bolivia.

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