Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Trivia Q&A: September 25

We had 25 teams in on the first Trivia Night at the new time of 8:30 PM, and it sure brought out the players. It was a noisy night with many teams basing their names on the NFL replacement refs.

The Q-Tip numbers were very good, as were the ones for True or False Trivia. The numbers for General Knowledge were down slightly, as I think I made the category a bit harder this week. We had seven teams within seven points of the lead going into IQ Trivia. But the team in second place, Mitt the Twit, got three of the five questions right (one of just five teams to do so), and jumped into the winners circle with a three point win, with 47 points. Nice job as always by Emily and her team.

Second place went to The Seahawks & Fiona Apple Love Joint Possession with 44 points, and third place went to The Replacement Refs Suck So Much, The Least They Could Do Is Swallow with 43 points.

Best Team Name: It's My Birthday, Clap Really Loud If You Want Me To Lose My Virginity

Current Events
1. According to Forbes' latest rankings, who is the richest person in the US, with a current net worth of $66 billion?
2. What late British rock superstar was recently voted the "Ultimate Icon" in the English music magazine New Musical Express' recent poll?
3. Nielsen reported last week that which speaker was the most watched of any who spoke at either political convention in August or September?
4. Travel & Leisure magazine recently took a poll of tourists, and what major US city was voted "The Dirtiest City in America?"
5. What drama series ended "Mad Men"'s run of four straight Emmy awards for Best Drama Series at last Sunday's awards and won four major awards?
6. The State Department slammed what news organization for using slain Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens' journal that was found in the embassy in a recent report?
7. Apple sold how many units of its iPhone 5 over the first three days since it went on sale to the public, which was actually less than many analysts expected?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of the following events happened in the 20th century? a. Assassination of President James Garfield; b. The first World Series is played; c. Frank Sinatra dies; d. The iPod is introduced for the first time.
2. Which of the following cities have hosted the Winter Olympics? a. Montreal; b. Moscow; c. Helsinki; d. Tokyo.
3. Which of these US states does not have a team in any of the four major North American sports leagues? a. Oregon; b. South Carolina; c. Nebraska; d. Oklahoma.
4. Which of these singers were born in Canada? a. Sarah McLachlan; b. Joni Mitchell; c. James Blunt; d. Jim Morrison.
5. Which of these planets have more than one satellite? a. Mars; b. Uranus; c. Neptune; d. Saturn.
6. Which of the following states are considered key "swing states" in this year's presidential election? a. Connecticut; b. Georgia; c. California; d. Ohio.
7. Which 20th century US presidents were elected with less than 50% of the popular vote? a. Dwight D. Eisenhower; b. Richard Nixon; c. Ronald Reagan; d. Bill Clinton.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The Bank of America was originally called the Bank of Italy.
2. Chicago built the first subway system in America in 1897.
3. Next to man, the gorilla is the most intelligent creature on earth.
4. The Secret Service was originally formed to capture Confederate spies during the Civil War.
5. The best-selling Baskin Robbins flavor ice cream is vanilla.
6. A typical lead pencil can draw a line that is 35 miles long.
7. It costs about 20 cents to make a $1 bill.
8. "The Flintstones" was the first 30-minute cartoon aired on prime time TV.
9. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has never been colonized by a Western power.
10. Ireland's national symbol is the shamrock.

General Knowledge
1. What soft drink once billed itself as "The Uncola?" ( 1 pt)
2. In "Superman", Clark Kent was a reporter for what major metropolitan newspaper? ( 1 pt)
3. The geographic term "America" is derived from the first name of what 16th century explorer? ( 1 pt)
4. Which sports league was the first to cancel an entire season due to a labor dispute? ( 2 pt)
5. In a game of craps, if the dice show "boxcars", what was your roll? (2 pt)
6. The "Teapot Dome" scandal occurred during what US president's administration? ( 2 pt)
7. What European country's name is derived from a Phoenician word meaning "land of rabbits?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The West Side Highway was renamed in 1999 after what baseball legend? ( 3 points)
2. What company's stock ticker symbol at the NYSE is "ZZ"? ( 5 points)
3. Which southern African nation has an AK-47 assault rifle on its national flag? ( 4 points)
4. US police departments buy more than 60% of their firearms from the Glock gun maker, which is located in what European country? ( 4 points)
5. Bay Street is the center of what major Canadian city's financial district? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Bill Gates; 2. John Lennon; 3. Joe Biden; 4. New York City; 5. "Homeland;" 6. CNN; 7. 5 million.

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

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. false, Boston; 3. false, porpoise; 4. false, catch counterfeiters; 5. true; 6. true; 7. false, 3 cents; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, Celtic harp.

General Knowledge
1. 7-UP; 2. The Daily Planet; 3. Amerigo Vespucci; 4. NHL; 5. two sixes; 6. Warren G. Harding; 7. Spain.

IQ Trivia
1. Joe DiMaggio; 2. The Sealy Corporation; 3. Mozambique; 4. Austria; 5. Toronto.

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