Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Trivia Q&A: December 1

We had 15 teams in for Trivia Night on what seemed like a quiet night, as I would guess many were still away from the holiday weekend. But it was still a good night, and we had a very close match all night.

The scores were pretty strong for the double-points "Movie Lines Trivia." (I also did realize that one of the Lord of the Rings movies also had the line "Is it safe?" in it, so I gave two teams credit for that, as well as the Marathon Man film I had as the correct answer.)

Only three of the teams didn't get all ten right in All or Nothing Trivia, and the scores were really good for General Knowledge Trivia. (Almost everyone said "JFK" for the youngest President, but that was not "elected" but rather "become.")

We had a tie score going into IQ Trivia, and those two teams both got four out of five correct and 16 points to force a tie-breaker question. I asked both, "With London hosting the 2012 Olympics, how many years has it been since they last hosted it?" And the team of Tiger's Tails got it exactly right, 64 years, and were awarded the victory.

My congratulations to Lisa and Jon of Subway Squawkers, who were in with a few friends and wound up taking the first place prize.

UPDATE: Lisa at Subway Squawkers has a nice column on her blog today about her team's thrilling victory last night.

Current Events
1. Egypt recalled its ambassador to this African country in a dispute and after violent confrontations following a World Cup qualifying match between the two countries recently.
2. Good Morning America canceled this pop singer's performance last week after he gave a controversial, sexually-charged performance at the American Music Awards the previous Sunday night.
3. Lou Dobbs, former talk show host who recently resigned from CNN, is seriously considering running for the US Senate in 2012 from this Eastern state.
4. The UN censured this nation last Friday, and 25 nations backed a resolution that they freeze construction of a nuclear facility.
5. Two fingers and a tooth removed from this 18th century astronomer's corpse were recently discovered, and will now be put on display in a museum in Italy soon.
6. Four police officers were ambushed in a coffee shop in a suburb of this western US city on Sunday, and there currently is no motive yet known for the gunman's attack.
7. This British rock singer was awarded the 2009 Woman of Peace Award in South Africa on Sunday, and surprised the audience by wearing an "HIV Positive" shirt, promoting her crusade against AIDS.

Answers: 1. Algeria; 2. Adam Lambert; 3. New Jersey; 4. Iran; 5. Galilieo Galilei; 6. Seattle; 7. Annie Lennox.

Movie Lines Trivia
1. "You can't handle the truth!"
2. "Here's looking at you, kid."
3. "Use the Force, Luke!"
4. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!"
5. "Is it safe?"
6. "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."
7. "He's not the Messiah; he's a very naughty boy!"

Answers: 1. Jack Nicholson, "A Few Good Men;" 2. Humphrey Bogart, "Casablanca;" 3. Alec Guinness, "Star Wars;" 4. Clark Gable, "Gone With the Wind;" 5. Laurence Olivier, "Marathon Man;" 6. Kevin Spacey, "The Usual Suspects;" 7. Terry Jones, "The Life of Brian."

All or Nothing Trivia
1. Who was the first man to walk on the moon?
2. What city is the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame located?
3. Kelly Clarkson was the first winner on what TV show?
4. What city's nickname is "The Motor City?"
5. What actor won back-to-back Best Actor Oscars in the 1990s?
6. What planet is closest to the Sun?
7. Washington Heights is located in what NYC borough?
8. Who was New York's governor before David Paterson?
9. What state was former President Jimmy Carter governor of?
10. What is the largest city west of the Mississippi River by population?

Answers: 1. Neil Armstrong; 2. Cleveland; 3. "American Idol;" 4. Detroit; 5. Tom Hanks; 6. Mercury; 7. Manhattan; 8. Eliot Spitzer; 9. Georgia; 10. Los Angeles.

General Knowledge
1. What recording artist released the hit single, "100 Years," in 2004? ( 1 point)
2. Laika, the world's first space traveler, was what kind of animal? ( 1 point)
3. Which character from Peanuts played the piano? ( 1 point)
4. According to the Gospel of Luke, what angel appeared to Mary and announced her impending pregnancy? ( 2 points)
5. "7 For All Mankind" is a brand of what type of clothing? ( 2 points)
6. Brazil declared their independence from what nation in 1822? ( 2 points)
7. Who was the youngest man to become President of the United States? ( 3 points)

Answers: 1. Five For Fighting; 2. dog; 3. Schroeder; 4. Gabriel; 5. jeans; 6. Portugal; 7. Theodore Roosevelt.

IQ Trivia
1. Who was the last sitting US president to run for re-election and finish third in the Electoral College vote? ( 5 points)
2. The world's largest bullfighting arena is found in what capital city? ( 4 points)
3. Name 1 of the 2 names given to a group of kangaroos. ( 3 points)
4. Executive Order 13513, signed by President Obama in October 2009, forbids federal employees from doing what? ( 4 points)
5. What current MLB manager is now third on the all-time list in total wins as a manager in a career? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. William Howard Taft (1912); 2. Mexico City; 3. mob and troop; 4. texting while driving; 5. Tony LaRussa.


Lisa Swan said...

Thanks, Q. I'm still basking in the afterglow of this victory!

Here's my Subway Squawkers piece on our victorious night:

Rick said...

Not related but the potential move to ss of Pedroia puts a smile on my face (gut instinct: good move)

The Omnipotent Q said...

I would bet it won't happen, Rick. Sox have Jose Iglesias taking over SS in 2011 (or thereabouts), so moving Pedroia makes little sense. I would bet they get a "caretaker" SS for the time being.

Thanks for the shout out, Lisa, and congrats again on your well-earned win.