Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Trivia Q&A: February 19

We had 12 teams in The Mad Hatter on a rainy night in Manhattan for Trivia. The crowd was down slightly from last week's debut, but the bar was still filled and everyone enjoyed the night.

The Academy Awards category was a tough one, as the scores were mostly on the lower end. But they bounced back nicely in Over or Under 50 Trivia.

I made a goof in the IQ Trivia round, when I said "hydrogen" instead of "nitrogen", in this question, "After hydrogen (actually nitrogen) and oxygen, what is the third most abundant element in the earth's atmosphere?" It's actually argon, but I tossed the question out and gave everyone four points. But in that round, the team in second place, Just Got Back From Brussels, The Drinks Are On Me got all but one question in the round correct, and won by two points, with 45. Second place was yet another tie, and it was won by I'd Like To Make a Deep Impact Into Your Siberian Tundra, who guessed "400" to the tie-breaker, "How many games have the Pittsburgh Steelers won since the merger in 1970?" (The answer was 404.) Third place went to She Came In Through the Bathroom Window.

Best Team Name: I Just Quizzed In My Pants

Current Events
1. The International Olympic Committee announced last week that what sport, an original one at the first Summer Olympics of 1896, will be discontinued in 2020?
2. American Airlines announced last week they are merging with what other airline to form the world's largest airline in an $11 billion deal?
3. 36 people were killed last week during a festival when a stampede occurred in what Asian nation?
4. Which 1950s rock'n'roller is suing HP for $500 million over a novelty app bearing his name that allows users to guess someone's penis size?
5. What American business magnate announced last week that he has teamed with a Brazilian financier to purchase the HJ Heinz Co. for $23 billion?
6. According to the latest poll from Quinnipiac, who was voted the most popular politician in the US?
7. Tony Sheridan, an English rock singer and songwriter, died Sunday at the age of 72. What rock group made their first ever appearance on vinyl with him singing lead on the song "My Bonnie?"

Academy Awards Trivia
1. Which film by The Beatles won an Academy Award for Best Original Score?
2. What is the only film this year to be nominated in all four acting categories?
3. What 1985 film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won no awards, tied for the most in history without a win?
4. What 1976 film was the last one to win three acting Oscars?
5. Name 1 of the 2 male actors who have won three Oscars in their careers.
6. Name 1 of the 2 films nominated for a record 14 Academy Awards.
7. Name 2 of the 3 sports films to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

Over or Under 50 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Michelle Obama
2. Eddie Murphy
3. Charlie Sheen
4. Sean Penn
5. Russell Crowe
6. Ellen DeGeneres
7. Quentin Tarantino
8. Sandra Bullock
9. George Clooney
10. Brad Pitt

General Knowledge
1. According to the 2010 US Census, what city is second behind New York in overall population? ( 1 pt)
2. The Canadian city Edmonton is located in what province? ( 1 pt)
3. On what northeastern river did Robert Fulton test his first steamboat? ( 1 pt)
4. The law of Venice requires that all gondolas should be painted what color? ( 2 pt)
5. The largest county in area in the United States is located in what state? ( 2 pt)
6. William Bonney was better known as what 19th century outlaw? ( 2 pt)
7. What fictional character was known as "Knight of the Woeful Countenance?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. After hydrogen (actually nitrogen) and oxygen, what is the third most abundant element in the earth's atmosphere? ( 4 points)
2. In 2009, Forbes magazine declared what athlete to be the first to make $1 billion in his career? ( 3 points)
3. Which NFL team has won the most regular season games since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970? ( 4 points)
4. Hanson's Disease is better known by what more common name? ( 4 points)
5. In 2009, Alysa Stanton of North Carolina became the first African-American female to hold what position? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Wrestling; 2. US Airways; 3. India; 4. Chubby Checker; 5. Warren Buffett; 6. Hillary Clinton; 7. The Beatles.

Academy Awards Trivia
1. "Let It Be;" 2. "Silver Linings Playbook;" 3. "The Color Purple;" 4. "Network"; 5. Jack Nicholson and Walter Brennan; 6. "Titanic" and "All About Eve;" 7. "Rocky", "Chariots of Fire" and "Million Dollar Baby."

Over or Under 50 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. under (49); 2. over (51); 3. under (47); 4. over (52); 5. under (48); 6. over (54); 7. under (49); 8. under (48); 9. over (51); 10. under (49).

General Knowledge
1. Los Angeles; 2. Alberta; 3. Hudson; 4. black; 5. California (San Bernadino); 6. Billy the Kid; 7. Don Quixote.

IQ Trivia
1. argon; 2. Tiger Woods; 3. Pittsburgh Steelers; 4. leprosy; 5. rabbi.

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