Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Trivia Q&A: January 11

On a night when yet another snow storm was about to come down on New York, we had a tremendous turnout once again on Trivia Night: 18 teams braved the conditions because they had to have their Trivia! (And I appreciate every one of you who came out.)

We had some very strong scores through the first four rounds of Trivia. We had many perfect scores in 11-100 Trivia and a few in General Knowledge, and the scores were very close through the entire evening.

But then I rolled out IQ Trivia, and the scores sank like a stone. (I guess it was one of those weeks I made it just too hard.) There were two questions that no one in the house got right. Four teams got only two correct (seven points in all, one of the lowest high scores in IQ Trivia history), and seven teams got shut out. But the team of Hoping For a Snow Day led the entire night and held on and won by just two points(42 in total), for their second consecutive win. Nice job as always, guys. Second place went to Rex Ryan's Agony of Da Feet (40) and On-Duty Sanitation Workers on Drink #1 finished third with 39.

Best Team Name: Scalabrine's Eeny, Meeny, Teeny Linguine D**k

Current Events
1. "Bend It Like Beckham" became the first Western-made film to be shown on what country's state-run television recently?
2. Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab in what Asian country, was assassinated last Tuesday?
3. Which one-time talk show host was fined $484 last week for carrying a marijuana pipe through security at Milwaukee's airport?
4. A plane crashed in this Middle Eastern country on Sunday, killing more than 70 people on board.
5. A homeless man, who was once a radio announcer in what midwestern state, became a YouTube sensation last week when he was filmed saying a couple of lines with his "God-given gift of voice?"
6. What film became the number one movie in America last week, after finishing its first two weeks outside the top spot?
7. What NFL team, the first team ever in the postseason with a losing record, stunned the defending champion New Orleans Saints, 41-36, in a Wild Card matchup last Saturday?

Q Are You?
1. This man was born in Boston, MA in 1971. He's an actor, musician and producer. He first made it big in the early 1990s with a rap group, but moved over to films in the mid-1990s, and was nominated for an Oscarin 2006. He has also executive produced two cable TV series.
2. This man was born in Concord, CA in 1920. He's a legendary jazz musician who has released over 100 albums in his storied career. He and his quartet had the first million-selling jazz album ever and was the first jazz artist ever on the cover of Time magazine.
3. This woman was born in Houston, TX in 1981. She's a singer and actress who was part of one of the best-selling girl groups ever, has won 16 Grammy awards and every one of her studio albums have won the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B album.
4. This man was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1933. He's an author, narrator and lecturer. He's won the Pulitzer Prize twice and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Two of his books have been adapted into an HBO film and miniseries and he has narrated many documentaries, most notably for Ken Burns for PBS.
5. This man was born in Majorca, Spain in 1986. He is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all-time. He's won 9 Grand Slam titles, an Olympic gold medal and is third all-time in total earnings.
6. This woman was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1982. She's a respected actress who garnered her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 2008, had three box offices hits in 2010, and hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert last December.
7. This man was born in Marshall, TX in 1949. He's been many things: heavyweight boxing champion, Olympic gold medalist, an ordained Baptist minister and a successful entrepreneur. He's the oldest heavyweight boxing champions ever and has five sons all named after him.

11-101 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Washington DC and Puerto Rico have often been mentioned as this future numbered state.
2. May and October have this total days in each month.
3. This is the total number of different characters on a standard English keyboard, excluding upper case letters.
4. James K. Polk was this number US president.
5. This is the number of dalmatians in the famous Disney animated film.
6. Roger Maris set the home run record for a season in 1961 by hitting this many homers.
7. If you have a penny, nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar, you have this many cents.
8. New York Mets Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver had this number retired by the team.
9. Prohibition ended with this number amendment to the Constitution.
10. The NFL's Terrell Owens has worn this number throughout his career.

General Knowledge
1. Tony the Tiger is the mascot for what specific breakfast cereal? ( 1 pt)
2. The holiday known as Festivus gained popularity because of what TV sitcom? ( 1 pt)
3. What figure skater was attacked in 1994 by four assailants connected to her rival Tonya Harding? ( 1 pt)
4. In 1932, Iraq gained its independence from which country? ( 2 pt)
5. There are 12 flower shape designs on each side of what popular cookie? ( 2 pt)
6. The pro football team formerly known as the Titans changed their name to what, their current name, in 1963? ( 2 pt)
7. What US president is the only person to be named Time's "Person of the Year" three times? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What D.H. Lawrence novel was banned in the US from 1928-1959? ( 4 points)
2. What current US airline started in 1934 under the name "Varney Speed Lines?" ( 5 points)
3. "The Naked and The Dead" was written by what 20th century author? ( 3 points)
4. The American indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie got its name from a song performed in what Beatles film? ( 4 points)
5. Robert LeRoy Parker was the real name of what 19th century outlaw? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. North Korea; 2. Pakistan; 3. Montel Williams; 4. Iran; 5. Ohio; 6. "True Grit;" 7. Seattle Seahawks.

Q Are You?
1. Mark Wahlberg; 2. Dave Brubeck; 3. Beyonce Knowles; 4. David McCullough; 5. Rafael Nadal; 6. Anne Hathaway; 7. George Foreman.

11-101 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. 51; 2. 31; 3. 71; 4. 11; 5. 101; 6. 61; 7. 91; 8. 41; 9. 21; 10. 81.

General Knowledge
1. Frosted Flakes; 2. "Seinfeld;" 3. Nancy Kerrigan; 4. United Kingdom; 5. Oreo; 6. New York Jets; 7. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

IQ Trivia
1. "Lady Chatterley's Lover;" 2. Continental; 3. Norman Mailer; 4. "Magical Mystery Tour;" 5. Butch Cassidy.

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