Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Trivia Q&A: November 23

We had 11 teams in at Professor Thom's on Tuesday night. I figured the crowd would be off a bit, with the coming Thanksgiving holiday.

Fortunately, a few of the regulars did turn out and we had a great night of Trivia. The scores started out kind of slow in the first two rounds, but they picked up with "In Q's iPod." We had two perfect scores in General Knowledge, and the top three teams separated by just four points heading into IQ Trivia.

The team in first place, Kim Jong-Ill Communication, had the best score of the round, 12 points, and wound up winning by three points. It was their first ever win on Trivia Night. Second place went to Cathie Black Is Our Thanksgiving Turkey, and third place was a tie between Heywood Jablome and Cheaters, who were both six points out of second.

Best Team Name: I Lost My Luggage and My Virginity at the TSA Checkpoint

Current Events
1. Mel Gibson's cameo role in "The Hangover" sequel was recently nixed by the film's producers, but who was announced last week as his replacement in the role?
2. What 1960s legendary NBA player was among the recipients of the 2010 Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor?
3. "Back to the Future" director Robert Zemeckis denied last week he was in talks to direct a remake of what classic 1939 film, using its original script?
4. A hybrid car, owned by what classic rock star, recently caused a warehouse fire in San Francisco and an estimated $800,000 worth of damage?
5. What classic female rock star won the National Book Award for nonfiction for her memoir "Just Kids" for 2010?
6. What Hollywood star was awarded the Ripple of Hope award last week in recognition of his humanitarian work in Darfur and Haiti?
7. Steven Spielberg is planning to do a film on the life of Abraham Lincoln and recently announced that what foreign-born Oscar winner will play the 16th US president?

Thanksgiving Trivia
1. In what year was the first Thanksgiving celebration? a. 1493; b. 1609; c. 1621; d. 1776.
2. What jazz musician composed the music to the TV special "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving?" a. Miles Davis; b. Vince Guaraldi; c. Dave Brubeck; d. Bill Evans.
3. In what country was the turkey first domesticated? a. Mexico; b. China; c. England; d. Turkey.
4. Where was the first modern Thanksgiving held? a. Jamestown, VA; b. Plymouth, MA; c. Boston, MA; d. New York, NY.
5. Sarah Hale is credited with encouraging what president to set aside the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day? a. Abraham Lincoln; b. Teddy Roosevelt; c. George Washington; d. Thomas Jefferson.
6. Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving in what month? a. November; b. December; c. September; d. October.
7. True or False: Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ate a turkey dinner on the moon.

In Q's iPod: In The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or Not? ("The Q Train")
1. Hall and Oates
2. The Police
3. Bob Marley
4. Peter Frampton
5. AC/DC
6. Kiss
7. Prince
8. Chicago
9. Bob Seger
10. Boston

General Knowledge
1. The Sahara Desert is located on what continent? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the fifth planet from the sun? ( 1 pt)
3. Who was the first Republican President of the US? ( 1 pt)
4. Wellington is the capital of what country? ( 2 pt)
5. Ralph Bunche was the first African-American to be awarded what honor? ( 2 pt)
6. The world's largest library by the total number of books is located in what US city? ( 2 pt)
7. In what South American country did the Rev. Jim Jones lead over 900 of his followers to a mass suicide in 1978? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Battle of Palmito Ranch was the last land battle fought in what war? ( 4 points)
2. The Gurkhas are the original inhabitants of what Asian country? ( 5 points)
3. What TV show had the highest average Nielsen rating during the 2009-10 season for the sixth time, beating "All in the Family's" record of five straight seasons? ( 3 points)
4. The Los Angeles Police Department retired its badge number 714 to honor the death of what TV actor? ( 4 points)
5. Saint Anthony Falls is a waterfall located in what US city? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Bill Clinton (I also accepted Liam Neeson); 2. Bill Russell; 3. "The Wizard of Oz;" 4. Neil Young; 5. Patti Smith; 6. George Clooney; 7. Daniel Day-Lewis.

Thanksgiving Trivia
1. c; 2. b; 3. a; 4. b; 5. a; 6. d; 7. true.

In Q's iPod: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or Not? ("The Q Train")
1. no; 2. yes (2004); 3. yes (1994); 4. no; 5. yes (2003); 6. no; 7. yes (2004); 8. no; 9. yes (2004); 10. no.

General Knowledge
1. Africa; 2. Jupiter; 3. Abraham Lincoln; 4. New Zealand; 5. Nobel Peace Prize; 6. Washington, DC; 7. Guyana.

IQ Trivia
1. American Civil War; 2. Nepal; 3. "American Idol;" 4. Jack Webb; 5. Minneapolis.

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