Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Trivia Q&A: December 7

We had 18 teams in for Trivia Night on Tuesday. It was a late-arriving crowd, but I'm glad so many turned out on what was a rather cold night.

We also had a rare event happen at the beginning: two teams with the same name, "Fat Kids Always Win at See-Saw." It last happened about a year ago, and when that happens, whichever team had the highest score in the first round keeps the name. (The team with the lesser score then called themselves "We Got Our Name Off the Internet and So Did You.")

The John Lennon/Beatles category for "In Q's iPod" went really well, and the scores were between 8 and 10 for all the teams. Good to see so many folks who know the Beatles and John's solo stuff. The scores were generally very good throughout the night, although they were slightly down for the Q Are You category.

It was close all night, with five teams separated by three points going into IQ Trivia. The team in third place, Bob Loblaw (not the original team), got 4 of the 5 questions correct and wound up sneaking in by just two points. It was their first ever Trivia Night win, and congratulations to them.

Second place went to I've Got to Take a Wiki Leak and third place went to Rielle Hunter: Step Mom, who were just a point out of second place.

Best Team Name: Sit On My Facebook

Current Events
1. What female pop singer became the first musical act in 40 years to have the number 1 album in the US and UK simultaneously twice in the same year?
2. The original coffin of what infamous assassin, which was changed many years ago after his body was exhumed, is currently up for bids at auction?
3. What small Eastern European nation won tennis' Davis Cup for the first time this week, defeating France?
4. FIFA picked the World Cup hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments last week, snubbing bids from both the US and England. Name 1 of the 2 countries that will host those World Cup finals.
5. 40 people will killed in a forest fire last weekend in what country, the deadliest forest fire ever there?
6. Don Meredith, best known for his gig as an announcer on "Monday Night Football" in the 1970s, died Sunday at the age of 72. What NFL team was he an all-Pro quarterback for his entire nine-year career?
7. What animated film took over first place at the box office last weekend to become the number one film in America?

Q Are You?
1. This man was born in Beaver Falls, PA in 1943. He was one of pro football's best known QBs, ranked #96 on the Sporting News' 100 Greatest Football Players. He's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is best known for leading his team to their only Super Bowl win in their history.
2. This man was born in Ripley, Surrey, England in 1945. He's one of rock's most influential guitarists, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, once as a solo act and twice with his bands. He won six Grammy Awards for a 1992 acoustic album, which was also his first US number 1 album.
3. This man was born in Washington, DC in 1948. He is a respected actor who has made over 100 films. He was a stand-in for Bill Cosby on "The Cosby Show," has played roles as diverse as a likable hit man to a Jedi master.
4. This man was born in Reading, England in 1961. He's an actor, comedian, director and writer. He's won numerous awards, such as 3 Golden Globes and 2 Emmys. He has done four sold-out standup comedy tours, created two memorable British comedy series and had the number 1 downloaded podcast in the world in 2009.
5. This woman was born in New York City in 1965. She's an actress who has appeared in the soaps and movies, but her current cable series has brought her biggest fame, as she has won a number of awards recently for it, including the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama for 2010.
6. This man was born in Worcester, MA in 1957. He's an actor, comedian, writer and director. He's best known for his observational comedy and his successful cable series based in NYC and he was also the narrator of the 2004 Official World Series Film.
7. This woman was born in El Centro, CA in 1946. She's a singer, actress, director and producer. She's won an Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy awards, three Golden Globes and a Cannes Film Festival Award and is the only female solo artist to reach the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 in each of the previous four decades.

In Q's iPod ("The Q Train")
1. Starting Over
2. Across The Universe
3. Give Peace a Chance
4. Julia
5. Come Together
6. Whatever Gets You Through The Night
7. In My Life
8. Watching The Wheels
9. I Am The Walrus
10. Imagine

General Knowledge
1. "Dirty Harry" Callahan was a cop in what city's police department? ( 1 pt)
2. Pierre Trudeau was once prime minister of what country? ( 1 pt)
3. "Up your nose with a rubber hose" was a catch phrase from what 1970s sitcom? ( 1 pt)
4. Ben Bailey is the host of what popular show on the Discovery Channel? ( 2 pt)
5. What country was once called "The Jewel in the Crown" of the British Empire? ( 2 pt)
6. Which of the original US states' motto is "Virtue, Liberty and Independence?" ( 2 pt)
7. In 1901, which company patented the first disposable razor? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. "The Wreck of the Hesperus" is a famous poem by what 19th century poet? ( 4 points)
2. The Freedonia Gazette is a longtime fan magazine dedicated to what film legends? ( 3 points)
3. What is the only nonmember "permanent observer" state of the United Nations? ( 4 points)
4. What sports franchise is largely owned by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan? ( 4 points)
5. From 1513-1972, only men named Christian and Fredrick alternated as ruling monarchs of what nation? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Susan Boyle; 2. Lee Harvey Oswald; 3. Serbia; 4. Russia and Qatar; 5. Israel; 6. Dallas Cowboys; 7. "Tangled."

Q Are You?
1. Joe Namath; 2. Eric Clapton; 3. Samuel L. Jackson; 4. Ricky Gervais; 5. Kyra Sedgwick; 6. Denis Leary; 7. Cher.

In Q's iPod ("The Q Train")
1. John Lennon; 2. Beatles; 3. John; 4. Beatles; 5. Beatles; 6. John; 7. Beatles; 8. John; 9. Beatles; 10. John.

General Knowledge
1. San Francisco; 2. Canada; 3. "Welcome Back Kotter;" 4. "Cash Cab;" 5. India; 6. Pennsylvania; 7. Gillette.

IQ Trivia
1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; 2. Marx Brothers; 3. Vatican City; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Denmark.

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