Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Trivia Q&A: January 25

We had a nice turnout on Tuesday night, with 14 teams taking part in Trivia Night. We had some strong scores early on, especially for Q-Tip Trivia. The Q Train was a little harder than I originally thought it would be, and the scores for General Knowledge were a little low as well.

The scores in IQ Trivia were very interesting. Two teams that were at third and sixth place had excellent scores (the high was 13 points for the round) and put themselves in winner's circle and second place. The winner was The Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness with 44 points (their first ever win), and runner-up was Quiz In My Pants, four points behind. Third place went to I'd Rather Be Watching The State of The Union with 39 points. A nice job by all three teams.

Best Team Name: Tequila Mockingbird

Current Events
1. Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, died last week at the age of 95. When he was a vice-presidential candidate, who was his running mate?
2. What rock star plead guilty to a DUI charge in Las Vegas from last June and will serve two weeks in jail next month?
3. It was announced last week the Larry Page will replace Eric Schmidt this April as CEO of what company?
4. What country last week claimed to overtaken Saudi Arabia as the world's leader in proven oil reserves, with a claim of nearly 300 billion barrels?
5. Sasha Baron Cohen has signed on to star in a comedy film "The Dictator," and will portray what man in the title role?
6. A pro-Kremlin party in Russia is sponsoring a poll asking Russians to vote on whether to bury what onetime iconic leader, whose embalmed body still lies on display in a mausoleum?
7. What film led the way in receiving 12 Academy Award nominations earlier today, with the awards to be given out next month?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which 20th century US presidents were also once vice-presidents? a. Franklin D. Roosevelt; b. Richard Nixon; c. Woodrow Wilson; d. Herbert Hoover.
2. Which current NFL teams were once original teams of the AFL in 1960? a. Buffalo Bills; b. Indianapolis Colts; c. Denver Broncos; d. Miami Dolphins.
3. Which of the following films featured Joe Pesci? a. Donnie Brasco; b. Casino; c. Throw Momma From the Train; d. Raging Bull.
4. Which of these states were added to the Union before the Civil War? a. Montana; b. California; c. Missouri; d. Illinois.
5. Which of the following celebrities were born in Puerto Rico? a. Joaquin Phoenix; b. Rita Moreno; c. Ricky Martin; d. Mike Lowell.
6. Which of the following celebrities were killed in plane crashes? a. Buddy Holly; b. Jayne Mansfield; c. James Dean; d. Knute Rockne.
7. Which of these recent films won the Oscar for Best Picture? a. There Will Be Blood; b. Brokeback Mountain; c. Mystic River; d. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

10-100 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The number of thieves in the fictional adventure tale of Ali Baba.
2. The interstate highway number that connects New York and San Francisco.
3. The diamond wedding anniversary is this number.
4. The national speed limit in the UK is this number.
5. Andrew Jackson appears on this US denomination bill.
6. The distance between home and first in baseball is this number feet.
7. Wilt Chamberlain scored this NBA record number of points in a 1962 game.
8. Capricorn is this number sign of the Zodiac.
9. The book of Genesis in the Bible contains this number of chapters.
10. The game of Chinese checkers contains this total number of pieces.

General Knowledge
1. What color does litmus paper turn when exposed to acid? ( 1 pt)
2. Who was the last president of the Soviet Union? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the capital of Connecticut? ( 1 pt)
4. In 1997, who was the first Speaker of the House to be disciplined by the House itself for ethical misconduct? ( 2 pt)
5. President George H.W. Bush threw up on the prime minister of what country during a state dinner in 1992? ( 2 pt)
6. At what temperature are the readings on both Fahrenheit and Celsius thermometers exactly the same? ( 2 pt)
7. What animal is the source of the most widely consumed red meat in the world? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In 2007, what was the first southern state to offer an apology for their role in slavery? ( 4 points)
2. The Order of the Arrow is the honor society of what national organization? ( 5 points)
3. What rock superstar became part owner of Forbes magazine in 2006? ( 4 points)
4. What do you fear doing if you suffer from spectrophobia? ( 4 points)
5. What state has been hit by more than half the earthquakes recorded in the United States? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. George McGovern; 2. Vince Neil; 3. Google; 4. Venezuela; 5. Saddam Hussein; 6. V.I. Lenin; 7. "The King's Speech."

Q-Tip Trivia
1. b; 2. a, c; 3. b, d; 4. b, c, d; 5. all; 6. a, d; 7. none.

10-100 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. 40; 2. 80; 3. 30 (I also accepted 60); 4. 70; 5. 20; 6. 90; 7. 100; 8. 10; 9. 50; 10. 60.

General Knowledge
1. red; 2. Mikhail Gorbachev; 3. Hartford; 4. Newt Gingrich; 5. Japan; 6. -40 degrees; 7. goat.

IQ Trivia
1. Virginia; 2. Boy Scouts of America; 3. Bono; 4. Looking into mirrors; 5. Alaska.

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