Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Trivia Q&A: November 17

We had 19 teams come out for Trivia Night on Tuesday, and I especially pleased to see Lisa and Jon from the fine baseball blog "Subway Squawkers" come out and try their hand at Trivia. Thanks for taking the time and taking part.

Everyone seemed to have a good time, and we did another audio round, this time "Beatles Ringtone Trivia." The scores were actually pretty good, and they were even better for our latest addition of "Q Are You?" where I give out clues about current celebrities. (I think I may have given out too much last night, so I have to be a little less giving next time we do it.) Both categories are now in permanent rotation for Trivia Night and will be back in December.

The scores were close for IQ Trivia, but the team of Obama to China: I Owe Hu! wound up winning by just one point. They led throughout the evening, and it is their second win in three weeks. Nice job guys!

Current Events
1. A state of emergency was declared in this Central American country after more than 140 people were killed there by floods and mudslides.
2. This European carmaker passed Toyota recently as the world's number one largest auto producer.
3. Sports Illustrated reported last week that this classic rock band will play the halftime show at the upcoming Super Bowl this February.
4. Mike Tyson's in trouble again, as he had a dustup with a photographer at this airport last Thursday, and he and the paparazzi were both arrested.
5. This Hollywood star lost two homes in New Orleans last week worth nearly $7 million in a foreclosure auction because of unpaid mortgage payments and unpaid real estate taxes.
6. This rock superstar made a "rookie rock star mistake" over the weekend, when he referred to the crowd at one of his concerts on a number of occasions as being in Ohio, when in reality he was playing a gig in Auburn Hills, MI.
7. The first legal "marijuana cafe" in the US opened last Friday in this Pacific Northwest city, and it's a private club for users of medicinal marijuana.

Answers: 1. El Salvador; 2. Volkswagen; 3. The Who; 4. LAX; 5. Nicolas Cage; 6. Bruce Springsteen; 7. Portland, OR.

Q Are You?
1. This man was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1935. He began his show business career as a TV writer in the 1950s and 60s. In the late 1960s, he began his filmmaking career, and has won 3 Oscars, and has been nominated a total of 21 times overall.
2. This man was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1958. He's a self-made billionaire who purchased an NBA team once owned by Ross Perot in 2000. In 2008, he attempted to buy the Chicago Cubs, but was rebuffed by MLB.
3. This woman was born in Nutbush, TN in 1939. Her records have sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide and she's sold more concert tickets than any solo music performer in history.
4. This man was born in Gullport, MS in 1969. As a quarterback, he led his team to a Super Bowl title in 1996, and was MVP three straight years in the NFL. He's also won the most games as a starting QB in NFL history.
5. This woman was born in Houston, TX in 1947. She exploded on to the scene with a smash-hit TV series in 1976, and her character's name was Kelly Garrett. Her show ran 5 years, and since then she's best known for appearing in TV miniseries and hosting a reality series called Shear Genius.
6. This man was born in New York City in 1949. He was a reporter for both CBS and ABC, and hosted "Inside Edition", a tabloid/gossip TV show in the early 1990s. He currently hosts the most watched cable news program on American TV.
7. This man was born in Waco, TX in 1945. He's been an actor, comedian, producer, playwright and musician. He won an Emmy for his writing in 1969, but is better known for winning back-to-back Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album in 1978 and 1979, and has twice hosted the Oscars ceremony.

Answers: 1. Woody Allen; 2. Mark Cuban; 3. Tina Turner; 4. Brett Favre; 5. Jaclyn Smith; 6. Bill O'Reilly; 7. Steve Martin.

Beatles Ringtone Trivia
Answers: 1. Eleanor Rigby; 2. Paperback Writer; 3. Penny Lane; 4. I Want to Hold Your Hand; 5. Please Please Me; 6. Lady Madonna; 7. I'm Down; 8. Nowhere Man; 9. Love Me Do; 10. Help.

General Knowledge
1. What successful author wrote the novels "The Shining" and "The Green Mile?" ( 1 point)
2. What term is used to denote the unauthorized accessing of computer programs, often with criminal intent? ( 1 point)
3. What term was popularized by Winston Churchill for the imaginary boundary in Europe between the capitalist West and the communist East? ( 1 point)
4. What state was the Grant vs. Lee Civil War Battle of Spotsylvania fought in? ( 2 points)
5. "The Liberty Bell March" is the theme song to what classic TV show? ( 2 points)
6. What is the name of the ancient temple on the Acropolis in Athens that was dedicated to the goddess Athena? ( 2 points)
7. Magyar is the official language of what country? ( 3 points)

Answers: 1. Stephen King; 2. hacking; 3. The Iron Curtain; 4. Virginia; 5. "Monty Python's Flying Circus;" 6. Parthenon; 7. Hungary.

IQ Trivia
1. Which of King Henry VIII's wives was born in Spain? ( 5 points)
2. In what US state is the largest national park found? ( 4 points)
3. What nation has the longest coastline in the world? ( 3 points)
4. Who is the patron saint of Scotland? ( 4 points)
5. What former heavyweight champion boxer was killed in a plane crash in 1969? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Catherine of Aragon; 2. Alaska (Wrangell-St. Elias); 3. Canada; 4. St. Andrew; 5. Rocky Marciano.


Subway Squawkers said...

We had a great time as well. Wrote about it here:

Thanks for having us!

The Omnipotent Q said...

Thanks so much for coming down, Lisa. It was pleasure to finally meet you, and Jon. I'm really glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the link to the post!