Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Trivia Q&A: April 10

We had another huge crowd Tuesday night with a Red Sox game on as well. 22 teams took part in the festivities.

It was one of those nights when the Trivia overall was not that difficult. (I don't do that consciously I assure you.) Exactly half the teams ended up with at least 40 points. The toughest round was Maritime Disasters Trivia by far. The scores were close all night, especially heading into IQ Trivia. The top six teams were separated by only two points. Most teams got at least 3 of the 5 questions right, but the team of Santorum Abandons Ship, Makes Oceans Slightly Frothier was the only team who got all 5 correct, and wound up with 52 points, and the win by three points. Congrats to Gillian and her cohorts on the victory.

Second place went to I Love These Nachos As Much As Ozzie Guillen Loves Eating Fidel's Rick Santorum with 49 points, and third place went to What's Going Down Faster Than the Titanic? Carl Crawford's Batting Average with 48 points, and they won a tie-breaker over Romney Squeezes Out Santorum to get it.

I promise next week's Trivia Night will be a bit harder. Just a bit.

Best Team Name: Don't Worry, We're Leaving After a Few Rounds (Unless Jim Says We Can't)

Current Events
1. Forbes magazine recently selected what woman as number one on its list of "The Most Overexposed Celebrities?"
2. Burger King apologized to what R&B singer last week after they released an ad with her prematurely and upset many of her fans?
3. Pal Schmitt resigned last Friday as president of what eastern European country due to allegations of academic misconduct?
4. An employee of what airline resigned last week after it was discovered she was passing along flight details of over 70 celebrities to paparazzi?
5. What country says it plans to launch a rocket carrying a satellite later this month, but other nations say it is really a cover for a ballistic missile test?
6. The trial of a man who killed the mother, brother and nephew of what singer is set to begin in Chicago this week?
7. Florida Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen apologized this past weekend after saying that he "loves" what onetime world leader, and he was suspended for 5 games by his team today?

Maritime Disasters Trivia
1. The SS Sultana was a ship whose three boilers exploded and sank, killing over 1600 US soldiers returning from what war?
2. The Lusitania was torpedoed during World War I off the coast of what European country?
3. What Italian ocean liner went down off the coast of Nantucket Sound in 1956?
4. What Canadian male singer had a hit song called "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" in 1976?
5. The Essex, lost at sea in 1820, was one of the inspirations for what classic Herman Melville novel?
6. The wreck of what battleship has a memorial built on top of it after it sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941?
7. From what English city did the Titanic make its ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912?

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The fastest tennis ball ever hit was measured at over 160 MPH.
2. Cape May, New Jersey's southernmost point, is below the Mason-Dixon Line.
3. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, had a fear of the dark.
4. FDR had only one vice-president.
5. It is impossible to cry in space.
6. Sharks are considered mammals.
7. Electrons are larger than molecules.
8. The study of plants is called botany.
9. Only 1% of the Earth's water is drinkable.
10. Argentina is the largest country in South America by area.

General Knowledge
1. According to John Gray's bestselling book, men are from Mars and women are from where? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the official name for a group of lions? ( 1 pt)
3. Black Friday falls on the day after what American holiday? ( 1 pt)
4. The three famous cartoon "Chipmunks" were named Alvin, Simon and what other name? ( 2 pt)
5. Coined by an AP reporter, what two-word term refers to the drought-stricken American plains of the 1930s? ( 2 pt)
6. What was the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage? ( 2 pt)
7. First distilled by the Spanish in the 1600s, what liquor is made from the succulent agave plant? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. "Il Cacciatore" is the Italian translation for the title of what classic Robert DeNiro film? ( 4 points)
2. The Angkor Wat temple is featured on what Asian country's flag? ( 4 points)
3. What denomination of Protestantism was founded by a Frenchman whose tombstone reads only "J.C."?
4. "Journey Beyond The Stars" was the original name of what classic science fiction film? ( 3 points)
5. What infamous Missouri bank robber was killed by a member of his own gang for a $10,000 reward? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Kim Kardashian; 2. Mary J. Blige; 3. Hungary; 4. Virgin Atlantic; 5. North Korea; 6. Jennifer Hudson; 7. Fidel Castro.

Maritime Disasters Trivia
1. Civil War; 2. Ireland (I also accepted UK); 3. Andrea Doria; 4. Gordon Lightfoot; 5. "Moby Dick;" 6. USS Arizona; 7. Southampton.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. true; 4. false, three; 5. true; 6. false, fish; 7. false; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, Brazil.

General Knowledge
1. Venus; 2. pride; 3. Thanksgiving; 4. Theodore; 5. Dust Bowl; 6. Massachusetts; 7. tequila.

IQ Trivia
1. "The Deer Hunter;" 2. Cambodia; 3. Calvinism; 4. "2001: A Space Odyssey;" 5. Jesse James.

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