Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Trivia Q&A: June 29

We had a huge crowd in for Trivia on Tuesday night, as 19 teams came in for the festivities, while there were tango lessons going on in the Loft above us. (I'm not making that up.)

It was nice to see many of the regulars back after all the movement we had to do earlier this month. We had some strong numbers for Q Are You?, but they tailed off for Oscar Winners' Films Trivia. They did rebound nicely for General Knowledge. We had three teams that were close throughout the night.

We actually had a team working on a "perfect game", namely the team of Robin Byrd: Putting the Bi in Bipartisanship. They had four perfect rounds, and made sure not to say anything as IQ Trivia was beginning. Didn't want to put the whammy on them, or worse, pull a Jim Joyce and cost them a perfect night. (At least I could go back and make a correction if I goof up.) They got 4 of 5 in IQ Trivia, falling just one answer of a perfecto, but it was still good enough to claim the Winners Circle, as they won by 6 points. Nice job to Matt and his winning crew.

Current Events
1. A chest x-ray from this immortal Hollywood star was sold at auction last Sunday for a staggering $45,000, as it was expected to be sold for about $1,000.
2. John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon last week in the longest tennis match in history, played over 3 days. How many hours did the match take to play?
3. Julia Gillard became the first female prime minister of what country last Thursday?
4. A three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and this AL team had to be moved to Philadelphia from the other team's city last weekend due to security fears over the G-20 Summit being held there.
5. Pete Quaife, the original bass player and founding member of this English classic rock band of the 1960s, died last week at the age of 66.
6. A statue of this onetime Soviet leader was secretly removed in the middle of the night in his hometown in Georgia by the pro-Western government last week.
7. Robert Byrd, the current longest-serving member of Congress and senator representing this US state, died last Sunday at the age of 92.

Answers: 1. Marilyn Monroe; 2. eleven; 3. Australia; 4. Toronto Blue Jays; 5. The Kinks; 6. Josef Stalin; 7. West Virginia.

Q Are You?
1. This woman was born in New York City in 1986. She released her debut album in 2008, reaching #1 in many European countries and Top 10 in the US. Billboard ranked her as the 73rd biggest artist of the decade in their Top 100 ranking. She's sold over 40 million singles worldwide.
2. This man was born in New York City in 1936. He has had a stories career in movies and TV, winning 6 Emmy awards and 6 Golden Globe awards for his long-running 1970s TV series. He was nominated for an Oscar and a Tony Award in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
3. This man was born in Tampa, FL in 1944. He has had an historic career as a baseball manager, managing 3 teams over a 31-year period, winning the World Series twice and is now third all-time in total wins by a MLB manager.
4. This man was born in Everett, WA in 1964. He has had 6 NY Times-bestselling books and has a nationally-syndicated talk-radio show as well as a cable-news daily show which has gained a devoted following as well as many devoted detractors.
5. This man was born in Memphis, TN in 1937. He's been nominated for 4 Oscars, won once. He's known for his smooth voice, and has played roles as diverse as the President of the US, Director of the CIA and even God.
6. This woman was born in New Orleans, LA in 1941. She's one of the most widely read authors in history, selling over 100 million copies. She's best known for books with gothic, erotica and horror themes, and her most famous novel was made into a film with Tom Cruise in 1994.
7. This man was born in Boston, MA in 1948. He's a singer-songwriter and guitarist. He's won 5 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and did an acoustic version of the Star Spangled Banner at Fenway Park at both the 2004 and 2007 World Series.

Answers: 1. Lady Gaga; 2. Alan Alda; 3. Tony LaRussa; 4. Glenn Beck; 5. Morgan Freeman; 6. Anne Rice; 7. James Taylor.

Oscar Winners' Films Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Paul Newman
2. Faye Dunaway
3. Jeremy Irons
4. Kathy Bates
5. Geoffrey Rush
6. Catherine Zeta-Jones
7. Christopher Walken
8. Cate Blanchett
9. Kevin Kline
10. Rachel Weisz

Answers: 1. The Color of Money; 2. Network; 3. Reversal of Fortune; 4. Misery; 5. Shine; 6. Chicago; 7. The Deer Hunter; 8. The Aviator; 9. A Fish Called Wanda; 10. The Constant Gardener.

General Knowledge
1. Who directed the film "Platoon?" ( 1 pt)
2. Pinot Noir is what color wine? ( 1 pt)
3. What number is XLIV in Roman numerals? ( 1 pt)
4. Who was the first wife of King Henry VIII? ( 2 pt)
5. What did Louis Cartier famously invent in 1904? ( 2 pt)
6. What country in South America contains most of the Amazon rain forest? ( 2 pt)
7. "Semper Fidelis" is the motto of what branch of the US Armed Forces? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. Oliver Stone; 2. red; 3. 44; 4. Catherine of Aragon; 5. wristwatch; 6. Brazil; 7. Marine Corps.

IQ Trivia
1. What film did the American Film Institute vote as the greatest Western of all time? ( 5 points)
2. What country owns the Galapagos Islands? ( 4 points)
3. Which Roman emperor is said to have died by choking on a feather? ( 4 points)
4. Kato was the sidekick of what masked superhero? ( 3 points)
5. After the White House, what is the second most visited residence in the United States? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. "The Searchers;" 2. Ecuador; 3. Claudius; 4. The Green Hornet; 5. Graceland.

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