We had another big crowd in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and 20 teams took part. The crowds haven't been as big as they were in early March, but they have picked up again for the second straight week.
The numbers for Current Events were lower than I thought, as I was thinking I had made it too easy. (No one knew that "Pennsylvania" was the answer to the very first question.) But the next three categories featured a lot better numbers, with some perfect scores in both MLB Trivia and General Knowledge.
The team of Squam Rock Land Trust was in first place all evening, and wound up winning the night by four points, with a total of 49. Second place went to Britney Griner's 8-Inch...Vertical with 45 points, and third place went to The Thrill of the Chafe with 44 points.
Best Team Name: I'm Not Just Sure, I'm Positive That You Should Dodge Magic's Johnson
1. What eastern US state lawmakers passed a resolution last week calling 2012 "The Year of the Bible" and are being sued by an atheist group?
2. Which Oscar-winning actress has been tapped to play Nancy Reagan in an upcoming film, raising eyebrows as she and Mrs. Reagan are on different ends of the political spectrum?
3. Will Ferrell announced on Conan O'Brien's show last week that he will do a sequel to what popular 2004 comedy film he starred in?
4. A flight from New York to Las Vegas had to make an emergency landing in Texas last week because of the strange behavior of its pilot, who had to be restrained. What airline had the flight?
5. Six rugby players drowned last week after they were swept out to sea by strong currents at a beach off the coast of what country?
6. What Communist country shut down numerous websites last Sunday after many social media sites circulated rumors of a coup there?
7. What actor will portray Apple founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming indie biopic?
1. Which Red Sox player holds the record for playing the most games in MLB history playing for one team for an entire career? a. Carl Yastrzemski; b. Ted Williams; c. Jim Rice; d. Dwight Evans.
2. What current MLB team was once known as The Highlanders? a. Orioles; b. Phillies; c. Yankees; d. Giants.
3. Which MLB player won a record seven MVP awards? a. Albert Pujols; b. Barry Bonds; c. Mickey Mantle; d. Willie Mays.
4. Which Mets pitcher won three Cy Young Awards in his career? a. Dwight Gooden; b. Nolan Ryan; c. Johan Santana; d. Tom Seaver.
5. Which current NL team will change leagues in 2013 and make both the NL and AL 15-team leagues? a. Astros; b. Brewers; c. Pirates; d. Marlins.
6. Babe Ruth was born in what eastern US city? a. Boston; b. New York; c. Baltimore; d. Philadelphia.
7. What is the record for the most strikeouts by a pitcher in a nine-inning game? a. 18; b. 19; c. 20; d. 21.
Country Nicknames ("The Q Train")
1. The Land of the Rising Sun
2. The Red Dragon
3. The Boot
4. The Pearl of the Antilles
5. The Land of the Incas
6. The Holy Land
7. The Land of Milk and Honey
8. The Hermit Kingdom
9. The Land of Hope and Glory
10. The Land Down Under
1. What US state has the slogan, "Great potatoes, tasty destinations?" (1 pt)
2. The Marquess of Queensbury Rules regulate what sport? ( 1 pt)
3. What famous waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans opened in 1914? ( 1 pt)
4. In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered what medicine used to fight bacterial infections? ( 2 pt)
5. What is Prince Charles of Great Britain's actual last name? ( 2 pt)
6. What rap artist once released an album under the alias Makaveli? ( 2 pt)
7. What Confederate general lead a famous but disastrous "charge" against Union forces at the Battle of Gettysburg? ( 3 pt)
1. Which notorious 1930s bank robber held the dubious distinction of having killed more FBI agents in his criminal career than any other gangster? ( 4 points)
2. What is the only nation in the world named after its current royal family? ( 4 points)
3. What is the largest island in area in the continental United States? ( 3 points)
4. Which cabinet post, the last one created, is last in line for presidential succession? ( 4 points)
5. In 1932, who became the first American woman to be the Nobel Prize winner for literature? ( 5 points)
1. Pennsylvania; 2. Jane Fonda; 3. "Anchorman;" 4. JetBlue; 5. South Africa; 6. China; 7. Ashton Kutcher.
1. a; 2. c; 3. b; 4. d; 5. a; 6. c; 7. c.
Country Nicknames ("The Q Train")
1. Japan; 2. China; 3. Italy; 4. Cuba; 5. Peru; 6. Israel; 7. Switzerland (I also accepted Israel); 8. North Korea; 9. England; 10. Australia.
1. Idaho; 2. boxing; 3. Panama Canal; 4. penicillin; 5. Windsor; 6. Tupac Shakur; 7. George Pickett.
1. Baby Face Nelson; 2. Saudi Arabia; 3. Long Island; 4. Secretary of Homeland Security; 5. Pearl S. Buck.