Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Trivia Q&A: April 18

On a special Monday night edition of Trivia, we had 14 teams in on a night when there was a Bruins playoff game in Montreal. Lots of B's fans turned out, so we started Trivia Night in-between the second and third period of the game (and did two categories back-to-back). It worked out well, as we resumed after the Bruins won, and were able to get finished at a respectable hour.

I moved General Knowledge to the second round, as it was a category we could do quicker. I moved Q-Tip Trivia to the fourth round, and it all worked out fine.

On nights we have to shift Trivia, the total number of teams usually drops, but I was pleased to see as many folks as I did, many of whom were regulars (and I am always grateful that they can change their schedules around).

The point totals were unusually high, as the Q Train and Special category were worth more points overall. But the winners of the night were Yes, I, John Quinn, Am Currently Wearing Women's Underwear (you have to have a thick skin and a sense of humor to be in this business), who pulled out a two point win with 62 points overall. (They also won for Best Team Name, so it was a double victory for them.)

Second place went to Live Forever Or Die Trying, and third went to There Will Be Nachos, Oh Yes, There Will Be Nachos with 56 points. (Both of those teams contains friends who are in my circle of Red Sox fanatics.)

A reminder to all Trivia Night players: as I write this I don't know yet which night we are having Trivia next week. If there is a Game 5 of the Celtics-Knicks series (next Tuesday), Trivia Night will happen next Monday, April 25th at 9 PM. If the Celtics sweep in four straight, we will have it next Tuesday, April 26th at 9 PM. Stay tuned to my blog for updates.

Current Events
1. What Hollywood actress checked into a mental health facility last week in an attempt to get treatment for bipolar disorder?
2. What NBA player apologized after using a slur against a referee during a game last week and was fined $100,000 by the league?
3. What two longtime daytime soap operas were canceled by ABC last week?
4. What Hollywood star was arrested in New Orleans last Saturday on charges of domestic abuse and disturbing the peace?
5. With what former politician did New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announce plans to merge their climate leadership groups together last week?
6. Laurent Gbagbo, former president of what West African country, was arrested last week by the newly-elected president's forces after he challenged the recent election and wouldn't step down?
7. A group of 9/11 conspiracy theorists are threatening to boycott in front of the live shows of what entertainer, as they believe he has abandoned their cause, which he had at onetime supported?

General Knowledge
1. Bern is the capital of what European nation? ( 1 pt)
2. What legendary Civil War general was known as "The Hero of Appomattox?" ( 1 pt)
3. Lindsay Wagner starred in what science fiction series from 1976-1978? ( 1 pt)
4. Which 19th century U.S. president died in office from a case of pneumonia? ( 2 pt)
5. Within one ounce, how much does a standard billiard ball weigh? ( 2 pt)
6. What is the first word in the US Constitution's preamble? ( 2 pt)
7. In 1854, the UK and France declared war on Russia, beginning what conflict? ( 3 pt)

Name the Decade Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Affirmed becomes the last horse to win racing's Triple Crown.
2. The first iPod is introduced by Apple.
3. Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" is broadcast and many think an alien invasion is actually happening.
4. Communism fails as the Soviet Union falls.
5. Jackie Robinson becomes MLB's first black player in the 20th century.
6. The first subway line is opened in New York City.
7. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opens, connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island.
8. Brown vs. The Board of Education Supreme Court case ends school segregation.
9. The first Academy Awards ceremony is held in Hollywood.
10. The nuclear reactor meltdown disaster at Chernobyl occurs.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of the amendments to the US Constitution were ratified before World War II? a. 18 as the national voting age; b. President limited to two terms; c. Repeal of Prohibition; d. Direct election of US senators.
2. According to the 2010 US Census, which of the following cities have at least one million people? a. San Diego, CA; b. Columbus, OH; c. Boston, MA; d. Philadelphia, PA.
3. Which of these artists sang the title song to a James Bond film? a. Paul McCartney; b. Carly Simon; c. Duran Duran; d. Tom Jones.
4. Which of the following gangsters has Warren beatty played on screen? a. John Dillinger; b. Bugsy Siegel; c. Al Capone; d. Clyde Barrow.
5. Which of the following countries have French as an official language? a. Switzerland; b. Haiti; c. Cameroon; d. South Africa.
6. Which of the following current MLB players have won at least one league MVP award? a. David Ortiz; b. Derek Jeter; c. Mark Teixiera; d. Carlos Beltran.
7. Which of the following countries were original members of the United Nations? a. USA; b. Italy; c. Switzerland; d. Cuba.

IQ Trivia
1. In the Harry Potter books, what are galleons, sickles and knuts? ( 4 points)
2. What did Swiss biochemist Johann Miescher discover in 1869 and name it "nuclein?" ( 5 points)
3. What Hollywood star once said, "How in the hell would you like to have been in this business for as long as I, and then have one of your kids win an Oscar before you did?" ( 4 points)
4. What is South America's smallest Spanish-speaking nation, both in population and area? ( 4 points)
5. Name 1 of the 3 countries that border both the largest and smallest of the world's oceans. ( 3 points for 1, 4 points for 2, 5 points for all 3)

Current Events
1. Catherine Zeta-Jones; 2. Kobe Bryant; 3. "All My Children" and "One Life to Live"; 4. Nicolas Cage; 5. Bill Clinton; 6. Ivory Coast; 7. Charlie Sheen.

General Knowledge
1. Switzerland; 2. Ulysses S. Grant; 3. "The Bionic Woman;" 4. William Henry Harrison; 5. 5 1/2 ounces; 6. we; 7. Crimean War.

Name The Decade ("The Q Train")
1. 1970s (1978); 2. 2000s (2001); 3. 1930s (1938); 4. 1990s (1991); 5. 1940s (1947); 6. 1900s (1904); 7. 1960s (1964); 8. 1950s (1954); 9. 1920s (1929); 10. 1980s (1986).

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

IQ Trivia
1. coins; 2. DNA; 3. Henry Fonda; 4. Uruguay; 5. USA, Canada and Russia.

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