Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Trivia Q&A: February 1

On yet another lousy weather evening in New York, we had a really good turnout of folks wanting their Trivia, and 15 teams took part in the festivities. People have to have their Trivia!

We had strong scores throughout the night, especially in General Knowledge, as 10 of the 15 teams got all seven questions right. (Too easy maybe this week?) True or False Trivia were excellent too, as well as Super Bowl Trivia, which I thought might go either way.

We had an amazing six teams separated by just a single point heading into IQ Trivia. But the team of Quiz In My Pants, Again managed to run the table and get all 20 points in the round and wound up winning by four points with 51 total. We had a tie for second place, which we broke with this question: "How many inches of snow were recorded in Central Park in January, a new record for the month?" The answer was 36, and the team of Wake Up Emily! We Need You Here! was closest, with the team of It's Good Thing We're Pretty coming in third. Nice job by all of you.

Best Team Name: Indefinitely In Stephanie

Current Events
1. The Advocate magazine put out a list of "The Gayest Cities in America" and surprisingly picked this northern Midwest city as its number one.
2. What American rock star took a nasty fall off the stage he was performing on in Australia last week and was knocked unconscious for nearly 10 minutes before being briefly hospitalized?
3. What Hollywood superstar actor recently dined with John Gotti Jr. to discuss details of Gotti's late mobster father's life, as he wants to portray his father in an upcoming film?
4. Which NBA team has now overtaken the Los Angeles Lakers and now the most valuable franchise in the league in terms of overall monetary worth?
5. What TV host and Lower Manhattan resident was named to a position on the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum board of directors last week?
6. What movie sequel was nominated for a high of 9 Razzie Awards, which honors the worst films of the year?
7. TNT apologized last Friday after what former SNL comedian made some racy remarks about Sarah Palin on its pregame show?

Super Bowl Trivia
1. What team won the first Super Bowl? a. Green Bay Packers; b. New York Jets; c. Kansas City Chiefs; d. Dallas Cowboys.
2. Which pop singer was selected to sing the National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl? a. John Mayer; b. Kelly Clarkson; c. Justin Bieber; d. Christina Aguilera.
3. Which NFL team has appeared in the most Super Bowls? a. Pittsburgh Steelers; b. Minnesota Vikings; c. Dallas Cowboys; d. New England Patriots.
4. Which of the following musical acts have never appeared in the Super Bowl halftime show? a. Paul McCartney; b. Lady Gaga; c. U2; d. Aerosmith.
5. Which of the following teams have never won a Super Bowl? a. Tampa Bay Bucs; b. Chicago Bears; c. New Orleans Saints; d. Buffalo Bills.
6. How many Super Bowls have been won by the two New York teams, Giants and Jets, combined? a. 3; b. 4; c. 5; d. 6.
7. Who is the only player to win the Super Bowl MVP award three times? a. Tom Brady; b. Terry Bradshaw; c. Joe Montana; d. Bart Starr.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. An Oscar statuette weighs more than the Super Bowl trophy.
2. The sweater worn by Fred Rogers on his PBS show was once put on display in the Smithsonian.
3. Gaul was the ancient name of England.
4. Horse racing is sometmes called "the sport of kings."
5. The earth rotates in the same direction as it orbits the sun.
6. Moroccan leather actually comes from Morocco.
7. Billy Crystal once played a gay character on TV.
8. Mick Jagger attended the London School of Economics.
9. The Cape of Good Hope is at the tip of South America.
10. US presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison were father and son.

General Knowledge
1. In 1794, Eli Whitney was credited with what invention? ( 1 pt)
2. What was the name of the space shuttle that exploded shortly after takeoff in 1986? ( 1 pt)
3. Phillips and Flathead are two different types of what kind of object? ( 1 pt)
4. Croatia and Slovenia were both formerly part of what country? ( 2 pt)
5. In what city was Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated? ( 2 pt)
6. Carlos Slim is the richest man in what country? ( 2 pt)
7. How many vowels are there on the bottom row of a typewriter? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 1970s sitcom spinoff ran for 253 episodes, 43 more than its Emmy-winning parent sitcom? ( 3 points)
2. What song was heard 250 different ways in a 1994 Ken Burns documentary? ( 4 points)
3. What African nations' Declaration of Independence was signed by 11 men in a Baptist church in 1847? ( 4 points)
4. The 2002 film "Auto Focus" is based on the life and death of what TV and movie actor? ( 4 points)
5. Huntington Avenue Grounds was the original home ballpark for 11 years for what current MLB team? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Minneapolis; 2. Jimmy Buffett; 3. John Travolta; 4. New York Knicks; 5. Jon Stewart; 6. "Twilight 2: Eclipse;" 7. Tracy Morgan.

Super Bowl Trivia
1. a; 2. d; 3. c; 4. b; 5. d; 6. b; 7. c.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, France; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, Nigeria; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, South Africa; 10. false, grandfather and grandson.

General Knowledge
1. cotton gin; 2. Challenger; 3. screwdriver; 4. Yugoslavia; 5. Memphis; 6. Mexico; 7. none.

IQ Trivia
1. "The Jeffersons;" 2. "Take Me Out to the Ballgame;" 3. Liberia; 4. Bob Crane; 5. Boston Red Sox.

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