Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Trivia Q&A: March 2

We had a nice crowd in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and another large crowd above us in The Loft watching "Lost." (Nice to see one group of folks join us after the program concluded.) 15 teams took part, and it was nice to see my friend Matt back with us, after his recent illness.

The scores were pretty strong in Current Events, but in Oscar Trivia they were rather low. I didn't think they were that hard, but one team in particular got 11 points out of the category, and parlayed that into a big lead. (Only two other teams got as many as four points in the round.) They just missed the ten-point bonus in the final Oscar question, mixing up Spencer Tracy and Fredric March, but got all nine actors correct.

In Audio Movies Trivia, most folks got the first five right, but then the scores slid a bit. The team in the lead, Sexy Lindsay's Vonn-tourage, held on through the next two rounds, and had a terrific IQ Trivia round, getting four out of five right to win by seven points. Nice job fellas, and I was particularly impressed with Brian's knowledge of movie trivia!

Current Events
1. This tabloid newspaper was recently accepted by the Pulitzer Prize Board for their award for breaking the John Edwards scandal.
2. Andrew Koenig, a former child actor who starred in this sitcom, was found dead last Thursday in a park in Vancouver, and his father believes he committed suicide.
3. Orlando Zapata, who was a democracy activist in this country, died last week in prison after being on a hunger strike for over 80 days.
4. A man from Georgia downloaded this historic total numbered song from iTunes last Thursday, a song by Johnny Cash, and won a gift card worth $10,000.
5. This American female singer's Australian tour got off to a rough start last week when she had to stop her concert a number of times because of voice problems and many of her concertgoers were said to have walked out.
6. This radio personality recently confirmed that he won't be joining American Idol as the judge replacing Simon Cowell, who is leaving the show after this season.
7. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia warned this country to end whaling in the Pacific Ocean, threatening to sue the country and that "diplomacy comes to an end this year" on whaling.

Answers: 1. National Enquirer; 2. "Growing Pains;" 3. Cuba; 4. 10 billion; 5. Whitney Houston; 6. Howard Stern; 7. Japan.

Academy Awards Trivia
1. Who was the first actor/actress to win 3 Oscars? a. Katherine Hepburn; b. Walter Brennan; c. Meryl Streep; d. Jack Nicholson.
2. Which of the following films was nominated for 14 Oscars? a. All About Eve; b. The Godfather; c. Ben-Hur; d. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
3. Who is the only actress to win four Best Actress Oscars? a. Meryl Streep; b. Bette Davis; c. Katherine Hepburn; d. Luise Rainer.
4. For which film did William Holden win the Oscar for Best Actor? a. The Bridge Over the River Kwai; b. Born Yesterday; c. Sabrina; d. Stalag 17.
5. Who is the oldest woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress? a. Jessica Tandy; b. Katherine Hepburn; c. Helen Mirren; d. Geraldine Page.
6. Which film did Mel Brooks win his only Oscar for Best Original Screenplay? a. Young Frankenstein; b. Blazing Saddles; c. The Producers; d. High Anxiety.
7. Nine actors have won two Best Actor Oscars. Name five of them.

Answers: 1. b; 2. a; 3. c; 4. d; 5. a; 6. c; 7. Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn.

Audio Movies Trivia
1. The Blues Brothers (I Can't Turn You Loose)
2. Pulp Fiction (Surf Rider)
3. The Departed (I'm Shipping Up to Boston)
4. Beverly Hills Cop (Axel F Theme)
5. Shaft (Theme From Shaft)
6. Reservoir Dogs (Stuck in the Middle With You)
7. Rocky III (Eye of the Tiger)
8. Saving Private Ryan (Omaha Beach)
9. Woodstock (The Star Spangled Banner)
10. Animal House (Faber College Theme)

General Knowledge
1. What did Al Gore represent in the US Senate? ( 1 pt)
2. What firm introduced the first commercial jet, the 707, in 1958? ( 1 pt)
3. What actress was married to members of the rock bands Bon Jovi and Motley Crue? ( 1 pt)
4. What year did Canada host its only Summer Olympic Games? ( 2 pt)
5. What man, born in Ukraine in 1894, became the USSR's leader in 1958? ( 2 pt)
6. What European country ruled over the African nation of Mali from 1895-1959, just before it became independent? ( 2 pt)
7. What man hosted one of PBS' highest rated programs, "Wall Street Week," for 32 years? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. Tennessee; 2. Boeing; 3. Heather Locklear; 4. 1976; 5. Nikita Khrushchev; 6. France; 7. Louis Rukeyser.

IQ Trivia
1. In 1971, what man was the first Negro League player elected to baseball's Hall of Fame? ( 4 points)
2. NASA dedicated its flight center in 1961 to what man on the 35th anniversary of his most famous accomplishment? ( 4 points)
3. Pizza Hut paid $1 million to deliver a pie in 2001 to Yuri Usachov, who was where at the time? ( 3 points)
4. What 19th century man is the only US president who was born in New Hampshire? ( 5 points)
5. What world capital city has a castle that was once the home of the kings of Bohemia? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Satchel Paige; 2. Robert Goddard; 3. International Space Station; 4. Franklin Pierce; 5. Prague.

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