Wednesday, October 19, 2011

PT's Trivia Q&A: October 18

It was a bit of a mellower night at Professor Thom's on Tuesday night, with 16 teams in.

The scores were a bit lower than I would have thought for October 18th Trivia and for General Knowledge (I was accused of making the latter category too hard, perhaps that is true). And we had a two-team race for first place going into IQ Trivia, but the team of Team Plotz got four of five correct to win the title by an amazing 15 points, one of the highest margins of victory ever. Congratulations to Dave and Anton on another victory with 49 points.

Second place went to "Occupy My Pants", A John Quinn Movement (again you have to have a thick skin in this business) with 34 points, and Third place was a tie between Is Richard Pryor The Answer to Number Two? and An App For Pancreatic Cancer Would've Done The Job, both with 33 points.

Best Team Name: Ken Can't Get Barbie Pregnant Because He Cums In a Different Box

Current Events
1. What country's former prime minister was sentenced to 7 years in prison after being found guilty of abuse of office after a 2009 gas dispute with neighboring Russia?
2. Name 1 of the 2 southern cities that were at the top of Travel & Leisure magazine's list of "America's Worst Drivers?"
3. Prime Minister Iveta Radicova's government fell last week after failing a vote of no confidence over the European Financial Stability Facility. What European country was she prime minister of?
4. What Oscar-nominated actor asked an audience at a tribute to him last Friday to give Mel Gibson, who made a surprise appearance there, a second chance after all his well-documented troubles?
5. Dan Wheldon, two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, was killed in a 15-car crash last Sunday at a race in what US city?
6. The YouTube channel for what popular children's show was temporarily shut down on Monday after hackers loaded x-rated material on it?
7. A letter written by what rock superstar over 50 years ago to an unknown drummer asking him to tryout for his band was recently found at a yard sale and will be auctioned off for $11,000 next month?

October 18th Trivia
1. On this day in 1851, what classic novel was first published under the title "The Whale?"
2. In 1944, the Soviet Union began the liberation of what eastern European country that had been under Nazi control since 1939?
3. In 1867 on this date, the US took possession of what territory, that had been purchased from Russia?
4. In 1967, the Soviet probe Venera 4 became the first spacecraft to measure another planet's atmosphere. What planet was it?
5. On this day in 1968, US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos were suspended by the USOC for giving the black power salute at what city's Olympic Games?
6. In 1767, the Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon, as a boundry between which two US states?
7. On this date in 2004, David Ortiz drove in Johnny Damon in the 14th inning to win Game 5 of the 2004 ALCS, the midway point of the Red Sox historic comeback. Who was the Red Sox winning pitcher that night?

Robert DeNiro Characters Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Travis Bickle
2. Jake LaMotta
3. Jack Walsh
4. Bruce Pearson
5. Rupert Pupkin
6. Ace Rothstein
7. Jimmy Conway
8. Paul Vitti
9. Jack Tiberius Byrnes
10. Al Capone

General Knowledge
1. Who has been the only bachelor President of the United States? ( 1 pt)
2. Julius was the real first name of which of the Marx Brothers? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the second largest city in Canada by population after Toronto? ( 1 pt)
4. What current African nation was formerly called Rhodesia? ( 2 pt)
5. Bianca, Miranda and Portia are all moons of which distant planet? ( 2 pt)
6. The daiquiri cocktail is named after a town in what Caribbean country? ( 2 pt)
7. What initials are shared by the winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar from 1978-81?

IQ Trivia
1. What was the first southern state capital to fall to Union troops during the Civil War in 1862? ( 4 points)
2. Name 1 of the 2 Central American countries that has the "colon" as their official currency, named in honor of Christopher Columbus. (3 points)
3. What island's official language is Kalaallisut? ( 5 points)
4. This past September, which college football team topped the AP poll for the 100th time, the first ever to do so? ( 4 points)
5. What classical composer's music serves as the official anthem of the European Union? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Ukraine; 2. Miami and Atlanta; 3. Slovakia; 4. Robert Downey Jr; 5. Las Vegas; 6. Sesame Street; 7. Paul McCartney.

October 18th Trivia
1. Moby Dick; 2. Czechoslovakia; 3. Alaska; 4. Venus; 5. Mexico City; 6. Pennsylvania and Maryland; 7. Tim Wakefield.

Robert DeNiro Characters Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Taxi Driver; 2. Raging Bull; 3. Midnight Run; 4. Bang The Drum Slowly; 5. The King of Comedy; 6. Casino; 7. Goodfellas; 8. Analyze This; 9. Meet the Parents; 10. The Untouchables.

General Knowledge
1. James Buchanan; 2. Groucho; 3. Montreal; 4. Zimbabwe; 5. Uranus; 6. Cuba; 7. M.S. (Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Mary Steenburgen and Maureen Stapleton).

IQ Trivia
1. Nashville, TN; 2. Costa Rica and El Salvador; 3. Greenland; 4. Oklahoma Sooners; 5. Ludwig Van Beethoven, "Ode to Joy."

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