Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Trivia Q&A: December 18

We had a terrific crowd in for our Christmas version of Trivia Night, with 20 teams taking part. We had some low scores to open Current Events, but they picked up for Christmas Trivia. It was a close night, especially going into the final round, with the top three teams separated by just two points.

But the team of Tinsel Tweens pulled off the win with 45 points, getting four of the five correct, and pulling out a one-point win over second place All I Want For Christmas Is Jay, who also got 4 of 5 in IQ Trivia. Congratulations to Brian and his team, on his first night ever at Professor Thom's Tuesday Night Trivia.  Third place went to 72 Hours Until Vacation, who finished the night with 42 points.

A reminder that for the next two weeks, Trivia Night will be on Wednesday, due to the holidays. It will be on December 26th and January 2nd at 8:30 PM, and will return to Tuesday night on January 8th.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous Festivus this Sunday. That is, if the world doesn't come to an end on Friday.

Best Team Name: Number of Points That Eli Did Not Score This Weekend

Current Events
1. What late singer was the top Google search for 2012?
2. What superstar rock singer's love letters to a girl friend in 1969 was sold at auction for over $300,000 last week?
3. What classic rocker's album was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as its number 1 album of 2012 in the year-end survey?
4. What film received seven Golden Globe nominations last week, the most of any 2012 film?
5. What Asian country successfully launched its first weather satellite, as weather satellite, into space last week?
6. What English pop group was named MTV's "Artist of the Year" for 2012?
7. ESPN suspended on-air reporter Rob Parker last week after he made some controversial comments about which NFL player?

Christmas Trivia
1. What Christmas movie was primarily set at West 11th Street in Cleveland, Ohio?
2. Jazz piano player Vince Guaraldi did the music for what classic Christmas TV special?
3. How many ghosts visited Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic "A Christmas Carol?"
4. "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" is the opening line to what classic holiday tune?
5. In what country is the Christmas tree believed to have originated?
6. What rock'n'roll singer had a hit single with "Blue Christmas" in the UK in 1964, 7 years after he first recorded it?
7. In the song "The 12 Days of Christmas", my true love gave me what on the 12th day?

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. All babies are born color blind.
2. Sausage is the most popular topping on pizzas in the US after cheese.
3. JFK was buried without his brain, as it was lost during his autopsy.
4. The Democratic "donkey" and Republican "elephant" images were created by the same person.
5. Theologian Martin Luther once claimed he could drive away Satan by farting.
6. The most wild turkeys in the world are found in Turkey.
7. Walt Disney has won the most Oscars in history.
8. St. Paul was the second Pope, after St. Peter.
9. Albert DeSalvo was btter known as The Hillside Strangler.
10. Crystal is the traditional gift given after 15 years of marriage.

General Knowledge
1. Purdue University is located in what US state? ( 1 pt)
2. How many millions are in one trillion? ( 1 pt)
3. What network currently broadcasts Conan O'Brien's late night talk show? ( 1 pt)
4. Geoffrey the Giraffe is what retailer's mascot? ( 2 pt)
5. What soap opera completed its 40-year run on TV in September 2011? ( 2 pt)
6. Which event occurred first: the first man walked on the moon, or the first woman went into space? ( 2 pt)
7. Who was the youngest winner in the history of "American Idol?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who is the only NFL team to have gone to the Super Bowl more than once that has never lost the Big Game? ( 3 points)
2. What Oscar-nominated actor, comedian and writer was born "Albert Einstein" in 1947? ( 4 points)
3. What famous American's complete autobiography was finally released on the 100th anniversary of his death in 2010? ( 3 points)
4. What American was the first athlete to win five individual gold medals at a single Olympic Games? ( 5 points)
5. The characters of Ernie and Bert from "Sesame Street" got their names from a cab driver and a policeman from what classic 1946 film? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Whitney Houston; 2. Mick Jagger; 3. Bruce Springsteen; 4. "Lincoln;" 5. North Korea; 6. One Direction; 7. Robert Griffin III.

Christmas Trivia
1. "A Christmas Story;" 2. "A Charlie Brown Christmas;" 3. four (Past, Present, Future and Jacob Marley); 4. "The Christmas Song;" 5. Germany; 6. Elvis Presley; 7. 12 drummers drumming.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. false, pepperoni; 3. true; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, US; 7. true; 8. false, St. Linus; 9. false, Boston Strangler; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Indiana; 2. one million; 3. TBS; 4. Toys "R" Us; 5. "All My Children;" 6. first woman in space; 7. Jordin Sparks.

IQ Trivia
1. San Francisco 49ers (5-0); 2. Albert Brooks; 3. Mark Twain; 4. Eric Heiden; 5. "It's a Wonderful Life."

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