Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Trivia Q&A: October 23

We had 20 teams in on a night with no major sports to deal with, and it was also nice to see an old Trivia regular, Dave, who had moved to Vietnam because of his job earlier this year. He was in New York for a week, and stopped in with some old regulars I hadn't seen in quite some time.

I was surprised that the numbers on the World Series Trivia were as high as they were. I know I didn't make it very difficult, but I thought they would still be a bit low, as many of my regulars aren't huge baseball fans. Nice to see so many do well in that category.  And as it turned out, two of the answers in Name the Continent Trivia were in "dispute", namely the "longest river" and "hottest temperature" ones. So I accepted "Africa" and "South America" for the former, and "Africa" and "North America" for the latter.

This would also be a night when the IQ Trivia was rather difficult, and only 3 teams got as many as 3 correct in that round. And one of the teams in fifth place, Horses and Bayonets Are Lame, Bikes and Lances Are Dope jumped over the four teams ahead of them and won the night by a single point, with 43 points. Nice job by Joe, Gillian and Andrew.

Second place was a tie at 42 points between Romney's Foreign Policy Has Been Endorsed By Colonial Williamsburg and I'm Bringing Ashley Back. We broke it by asking, "How many official Broadway theaters are there in New York?" Romney's guess closer to the answer (it is 40), and were awarded second place.

Best Team Name: John Quinn's Questions Often Give Me Romnesia

Current Events
1. What 80-year-old magazine will cease publication this December 31st, and go to a digital-only format?
2. What 1980s rap star was arrested last week in Las Vegas on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and battery domestic violence?
3. What Hollywood actress drew fire last week from Mitt Romney's supporters after she tweeted "you have to be stupid to vote for such a racist/misogynistic twat?"
4. George McGovern, the senator who unsuccessfully challenged Richard Nixon for the presidency in 1972, died on Sunday at the age of 90. What state did he represent in the US Senate?
5. Lance Armstrong was striiped of his Tour de France titles and banned for life by the International Cycling Union on Monday. How many Tour de France titles had he previously won?
6. Which comedienne was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center last night?
7. What Oscar-winning actor let loose with the F-bomb in promoting his new movie during an interview on "Good Morning America" last week?

World Series Trivia
1. What MLB Hall of Famer holds the record for the most World Series home runs in a career with 18? a. Babe Ruth; b. Mickey Mantle; c. Joe DiMaggio; d. Reggie Jackson.
2. In how many total games did the St. Louis Cardinals win the 2011 World Series? a. 4; b. 5; c. 6; d. 7.
3. Who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history? a. Bob Gibson; b. Cy Young; c. Don Larsen; d. Roy Halladay.
4. What team has currently gone the longest without winning a World Series? a. Cubs; b. Indians; c. Tigers; d. Astros.
5. Which NL team did the New York Yankees defeat in 1923 to win the first ever World Series? a. Dodgers; b. Giants; c. Phillies; d. Pirates.
6. Which AL team did the New York Mets defeat in 1969 to win their first ever World Series? a. Red Sox; b. Yankees; c. Orioles; d. Tigers.
7. What team has won the most World Series after the New York Yankees? a. Dodgers; b. Red Sox; c. Tigers; d. Cardinals.

Name the Continent Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Continent with the most countries
2. The world's longest river
3. Continent with the fewest people
4. Angel Falls (the world's largest waterfall)
5. Mount Everest is located on this continent
6. Only continent with no deserts
7. The largest volcano on earth
8. Deadliest earthquake in history (800,000 deaths in 1556)
9. The hottest temperature ever recorded on earth
10. Longest bridge in the world

General Knowledge
1. Ray Kroc opened the first franchise of what restaurant chain in California in 1955? ( 1 pt)
2. The Willis Tower is a skyscraper found in what US city? ( 1 pt)
3. What ship is a national memorial for those killed at Pearl Harbor? ( 1 pt)
4. Whitehorse is the capital city of what Canadian territory? ( 2 pt)
5. What letter vitamin is nicknamed "the sunshine vitamin?" ( 2 pt)
6. Actor Vic Morrow was killed on the set while filming a scene in what 1982 film? ( 2 pt)
7. What city is the administrative capital of South Africa? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is First Lady Michelle Obama's maiden name? ( 4 points)
2. What country produced about 75% of the world's platinum for the year 2011? ( 4 points)
3. The Hanging Towers of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is found in what modern-day country? ( 4 points)
4. The first Space Shuttle was launched on April 12, 1981. What was the name of the shuttle? ( 3 points)
5. What was the only Alfred Hitchcock-directed film to win the Oscar for Best Picture? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Newsweek; 2. Flavor Flav; 3. Eva Longoria; 4. South Dakota; 5. seven; 6. Ellen DeGeneres; 7. Tom Hanks.

World Series Trivia
1. b; 2. d; 3. c; 4. a; 5. b; 6. c; 7. d.

Name the Continent Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Africa; 2. Africa (I also accepted South America); 3. Australia; 4. South America; 5. Asia; 6. Europe; 7. North America; 8. Asia; 9. Africa (I also accepted North America); 10. Asia.

General Knowledge
1. McDonald's; 2. Chicago; 3. USS Arizona; 4. Yukon; 5. D; 6. "Twilight Zone: The Movie;" 7. Pretoria.

IQ Trivia
1. Robinson; 2. South Africa; 3. Iraq; 4. Columbia; 5. "Rebecca."

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