Thursday, May 26, 2011

Trivia Q&A: May 26

On a rare Thursday night, I was pleasantly surprised to see 14 teams come out for Trivia Night, and many of them were regular teams who adjusted their schedules and took part. I thank you all so much for your undying loyalty to my Trivia Night.

We had some strong scores for Current Events and True or False Trivia (I did make a mistake on one question, as Vermont was also an independent republic before it became a state. So I awarded a point to everyone.) They were a little less than I would have thought for General Knowledge.

Most teams got at least 3 of the 5 IQ questions right. (I thought the scores would be pretty good this week.) But the team of For a Half Million Dollars, You Should Get Breakfast, Lunch AND Dinner at Tiffany's led the final two categories and wound up the champions for the night with 47 points and a five-point win.

Second place went to Just One Guy and third place was a three-way tie with 38 points between Temp Suzanne, We Thought You Were British and Nacho Man Randy Savage.

Next week, Trivia Night returns to its regularly scheduled day and time. It will be Tuesday night, May 31st at 9 PM, as there will be no Stanley Cup finals game on Tuesday to interrupt us should the Bruins win Game 7 on Friday night.

Best Team Name: Two People Who Aren't Getting Laid 2Nite

Current Events
1. What magazine publishing company reached an agreement to lease one million square feet in the new 1 World Trade Center and become the building's corporate anchor?
2. Actress Rosie Perez is suing the producers of what NBC show she appeared on after she suffered a back injury during an epoisode earlier this year?
3. Herman Cain, the CEO of what pizza chain, announced last Saturday that he will seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012?
4. What British actor and comedian was deported last weekend from Japan for what his wife said were his "priors from over 10 years ago?"
5. Over 100 people were killed on Sunday night when a tornado touched down in what midwestern state?
6. What US automaker eliminated most of its bailout debts this week by repaying $7.6 billion to the US and Canadian governments?
7. What pop singer's new CD was in such demand last Monday on (selling for just 99 cents) that it shut down the site's servers during the day?

1980s Trivia
1. The Berlin Wall collapsed in November of what year? a. 1986; b. 1987; c. 1988; d.1989.
2. The 1984 Summer Olympics, dominated by the US, were held in what city? a. Los Angeles; b. Seoul; c. Barcelona; d. Atlanta.
3. In what US city did the Live Aid concert of July 1985 take place? a. New York; b. Miami; c. Chicago; d. Philadelphia.
4. Clint Eastwood became mayor of what California city in 1986? a. Monterey; b. Carmel; c. San Jose; d. Oakland.
5. What rock guitarist did the guitar solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It" single in 1983? a. Stevie Ray Vaughan; b. Eric Clapton; c. Eddie Van Halen; d. Keith Richards.
6. Meryl Streep won an Oscar in 1982 for Best Actress for what film? a. Sophie's Choice; b. The Deer Hunter; c. Kramer vs. Kramer; d. Out of Africa.
7. What R&B legend was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987? a. Tina Turner; b. Diana Ross; c. Aretha Franklin; d. Darlene Love.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Chinese is the most spoken language in the world.
2. The world's largest pyramid is found in Mexico.
3. The US has the longest coastline of any country in the world.
4. holds the Guinness record for the most expensive domain name.
5. Glasgow is the capital of Scotland.
6. A baby giraffe is called a calf.
7. Cucumber is the main ingredient in guacamole.
8. Kate Winslet won her Oscar for Best Actress for "Little Children."
9. Texas is the only state that was once an independent republic.
10. George Washington was the first president to appear on a US coin.

General Knowledge
1. Keyser Soze was a mysterious character in what 1995 film? ( 1 pt)
2. Which of New York City's boroughs has the largest current population? ( 1 pt)
3. Olympic and Britannic were thetwo sister ships of what famous liner? ( 1 pt)
4. How many countries border North Korea? ( 2 pt)
5. Elton John wrote "Philadelphia Freedom" in honor of what famous person? ( 2 pt)
6. What immortal figure was credited with saying, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration?" (2 pt)
7. Who was the first American to become a billionaire? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Iowa state quarter depicts a childhood schoolhouse of what famous painter? ( 4 points)
2. What sporting event did Pheidippides inspire in 490 BC? ( 4 points)
3. In what country is the Hunter Valley, famous for its wines? ( 5 points)
4. In what mountain range was the Borscht Belt found? ( 3 points)
5. What 1991 film's iconic catchphrase became "Sayonara, baby" in its Spanish-language versions? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Conde Nast; 2. "Law and Order SVU;" 3. Godfather's; 4. Russell Brand; 5. Missouri; 6. Chrysler; 7. Lady Gaga.

1980s Trivia
1. d; 2. a; 3. d; 4. b; 5. c; 6. a; 7.c.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, Canada; 4. true; 5. false, Edinburgh; 6. true; 7. false, avocado; 8. false, "The Reader;" 9. true (since Vermont was also an independent republic before statehood, I awarded everyone one point); 10. false, Abraham Lincoln.

General Knowledge
1. "The Usual Suspects;" 2. Brooklyn; 3. Titanic; 4. three (South Korea, China and Russia); 5. Billie Jean King; 6. Thomas Edison; 7. John D. Rockefeller.

IQ Trivia
1. Grant Wood; 2. The marathon; 3. Australia; 4. The Catskills; 5. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."

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