Monday, February 01, 2010

Trivia Q&A: January 31

We had an expected small turnout for the special Sunday night edition of Trivia Night. 9 teams turned out, and I was pleased to see a few of the regulars adjusted their schedules and joined us.

The scores were generally pretty solid throughout the night, and I was pleased to see they were very good for Super Bowl True or False Trivia, as I thought that might be one some teams might struggle with.

One question during General Knowledge actually had multiple answers, and the question about the Parsees as it turns out, they actually descended from Iran, so I accepted that as an answer (three teams had it). Also, Delaware also recently passed a law legalizing casino table games, so I accepted that along with Pennsylvania in Current Events.

The scores were tight going into IQ Trivia, but just one team got more than two questions correct and that was FOL, Jed's Late, as they got four right. They jumped from sixth place to first to grab the win and by four points. It was the team's first ever win, and congratulations to them.

I want to acknowledge my friends Will and Sam, Trivia Night regulars, who are moving to London shortly and it was their final night with us. I thank them so much for their support and wish them all the best across the pond. Next time I'm in London I'll be looking them up!

Another reminder that we will be having our next Trivia Night on Tuesday night, February 9th at 9 PM.

Current Events
1. Oprah Winfrey finished first in the annual Harris poll on America's favorite TV personalities, and this conservative TV and radio talk show host finished second.
2. The father of this former Olympic athlete died last week after he got into an argument with his son and he was assaulted, and the son is now facing assault charges.
3. This European country's lawmakers are moving closer to barring Muslim women from wearing burkas in public in that nation.
4. A 21-year-old prospect, Grant Desme, the 2009 MVP of the Arizona Fall League, shocked his organization, the Oakland A's, by announcing he was leaving baseball to enter this profession.
5. This Eastern US state became the most recent state to legalize casino table games, and it will bring thousands of jobs to the state.
6. Greg Oden, an NBA player for this team, issued a public apology this week after pictures of his privates were leaked to the internet without his permission.
7. This man, through his foundation, has pledges to donate $10 billion over the next decade to research new vaccines and bring them to the world's poorest countries.

Answers: 1. Glenn Beck; 2. Nancy Kerrigan; 3. France; 4. priesthood; 5. Pennsylvania (also accepted Delaware); 6. Portland Trail Blazers; 7. Bill Gates.

Music Trivia
1. Who recorded the hit song "Sunshine Superman" in 1966?
2. What jazz figure gained fame from originally recording the song "Minnie the Moocher?"
3. What 1970s rock band broke up in 1980 and reunited 15 years later with a tour and album called "Hell Freezes Over?"
4. "August and Everything After" was the debut album from what band in 1994?
5. "Stuck in the Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel was famously used in a scene from what 1992 film?
6. Justin Timberlake was once a member of what 1990s pop group?
7. Who won the first Grammy Award for Rap in 1989?

Answers: 1. Donovan; 2. Cab Calloway; 3. The Eagles; 4. Counting Crows; 5. "Reservoir Dogs;" 6. 'N Sync; 7. The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Super Bowl True or False ("The Q Train")
1. The Green Bay Packers won the first Super Bowl.
2. O.J. Simpson never played in a Super Bowl.
3. The Dallas Cowboys have won the most Super Bowls.
4. The first Super Bowl in Los Angeles was not a sellout.
5. No team has ever won three straight Super Bowls.
6. Sun Life Stadium, where the Super Bowl is this year, has hosted the most Super Bowls.
7. Don Shula has taken the more teams to the Super Bowl than any other head coach.
8. The Super Bowl trophy is named in honor of former commissioner Pete Rozelle.
9. The state of Texas has been home to the most number of Super Bowl championships.
10. No team has ever been shutout in the Super Bowl.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, Pittsburgh Steelers (six); 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, New Orleans Superdome (six); 7. true; 8. false, Vince Lombardi; 9. false, California (eight); 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Who sang the theme song to the TV show "Married With Children?" ( 1 pt)
2. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was a children's book written by what legendary British author? ( 1 pt)
3. What sport is Abner Doubleday credited with inventing in 1839? ( 1 pt)
4. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share what Caribbean island? ( 2 pt)
5. The type of hat favored by Shriners is called what? ( 2 pt)
6. Stephenie Meyer is the author of four novels in what series of books? ( 2 pt)
7. The Parsees are a religious community located in what Asian nation? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. Frank Sinatra; 2. Ian Fleming; 3. baseball; 4. Hispaniola; 5. fez; 6. "Twilight;" 7. India (also accepted Iran).

IQ Trivia
1. Queen Elizabeth I suffered from anthophobia, an abnormal fear of what? ( 5 points)
2. What MLB player is the only Rookie of the Year from the 1980s currently in baseball's Hall of Fame? ( 4 points)
3. In the film "Schindler's List," Oskar Schindler helped the Jewish people escape to what country? ( 4 points)
4. Besides "The Marriage of Figaro," what other opera features the character of Figaro? ( 4 points)
5. "Toast of the Town" was the original name of what legendary variety show? ( 3 points)

Answers: 1. roses; 2. Cal Ripken; 3. Czechoslovakia; 4. "The Barber of Seville;" 5. "The Ed Sullivan Show."

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