Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Trivia Q&A: April 16

It was nice to see another larger crowd come out to The Mad Hatter for Trivia Night, including old friends/Red Sox fans Rhonda, Ruth and Amy from The Other Place. We continue to get larger crowds as the weeks progress, and some new faces every week.

I had to do Boston Trivia on Tuesday night, in light of the terrible events at marathon on Monday. (I also wore my old Red Sox road jersey, as it says BOSTON across the chest.) I'm glad I did, and the numbers were generally pretty good in that round.

The team HBP led throughout the night, and pulled out a one point victory with 42 points. Ship of Fools finished second with 41 points, and we had a tie for third between Green Monkeys and We Don't Want To See Any More Weiner (which won Best Team Name) with 39 points. We had a tie breaker question: "How many total titles have the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots collectively won in their histories? The answer is 33, and Green Monkeys was closest with their guess and won third place.

Current Events
1. What rock star made a startling confession on Facebook on Monday, saying he relapsed back into alcohol and drug abuse over the past year and a half after years of sobriety?
2. Tim Cook, the CEO of what company, was ranked number one on Out magazine's list of the "50 Most Influential Gay Men and Women in America?"
3. A New York State appeals court declined to revive a $330 million lawsuit brought by what personality against Sirius XM Radio for refusing to pay him stock awards he said he was due?
4. What Oscar-winning film was mysteriously pulled from theaters in China last Thursday, its opening day there, for reasons not specified?
5. A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck what Middle Eastern country last week, killing at least 37 people in a sparsely populated southern area of the country?
6. The BBC announced it will not play what song when it entered the UK pop chart last Sunday, saying it finds it "distasteful" the song's rise up the chart in the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death?
7. Adam Scott became the first golfer from what country to win The Masters tournament last Sunday, after a sudden death playoff?

Boston Trivia
1. Alexander Graham Bell was a professor at what Boston institution of higher learning before securing his telephone patent?
2. At 790 feet, what is the name of Boston's tallest building?
3. Martin Scorsese won an Academy Award for Best Director for what Boston-based film?
4. The Celtics have won the most titles of any Boston sports team. Between the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots, which one has won the second most?
5. What Boston tunnel is named after one of the city's all-time sports legends?
6. True or False: The first subway built in the United States was built in Boston.
7. What American statesman defended British soldiers involved in the infamous Boston Massacre of 1770?

Oscar Winners' Films Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Whoopi Goldberg
2. Christian Bale
3. Geoffrey Rush
4. Sandra Bullock
5. F. Murray Abraham
6. Frances McDormand
7. Tim Robbins
8. Adrien Brody
9. Natalie Portman
10. Judi Dench

General Knowledge
1. What was the last Apollo mission to the moon? ( 1 pt)
2. The town Truth Or Consequences is located in what western US state? ( 1 pt)
3. Hydrography is the science of surveying and mapping what? ( 1 pt)
4. In craps, what roll of the dice is often called "puppy paws?" ( 2 pt)
5. A Queen Conch is what type of animal? ( 2 pt)
6. As of 2013, who has hosted or co-hosted the Academy Awards show the most? ( 2 pt)
7. What South American country's flag most closely resembles the flag of the state of Texas? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What small European country has the world's highest income per capita, as of 2013? (4 points)
2. The Waikato River is the longest river in what country? ( 5 points)
3. What 20th century American historical figure was mockingly called in American newspapers "The Napoleon of Luzon?" ( 4 points)
4. What American automaker launched the EV1 in 1996, billed as the world's first production electric car? ( 4 points)
5. "Remote Control" was what cable channel's first game show? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Ozzy Osbourne; 2. Apple; 3. Howard Stern; 4. "Django Unchained;" 5. Iran; 6. "Ding Dong, The Witch's Dead;" 7. Australia.

Boston Trivia
1. Boston University; 2. John Hancock Tower; 3. "The Departed"; 4. Red Sox; 5. Ted Williams; 6. true; 7. John Adams.

Oscar Winners' Films Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Ghost; 2. The Fighter; 3. Shine; 4. The Blind Side; 5. Amadeus; 6. Fargo; 7. Mystic River; 8. The Pianist; 9. Black Swan; 10. Shakespeare In Love.

General Knowledge
1. Apollo 17; 2. New Mexico; 3. bodies of water; 4. two fives; 5. snail; 6. Bob Hope (18); 7. Chile.

IQ Trivia
1. Luxembourg; 2. New Zealand; 3. Douglas MacArthur; 4. General Motors; 5. MTV.

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