Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Trivia Q&A: June 24

We had another fine turnout on Tuesday night, matching last week's number of teams at 8. My two favorite regular teams took the night off, but it was nice to see an old familiar face. Michael, who was a Trivia regular from the old days in the first place I did my Trivia Night, came in and surprised me with two friends. Always good to see friends from the old days.

It was a lively crowd on Tuesday. The scores weren't particularly high all around, but that didn't dim anyone's enthusiasm. The team of I May Have Opted Out of the Knicks But I Opted Into Trivia (who also took Best Team Name) won the night with 37 points. Congrats to Larry and his friends on the win.

Second place went to Tom Cordell with 24 points, and third went to Team Babe with 22 points.

Current Events
1. 14 people were killed last Wednesday when a bomb went off as fans were watching the World Cup at a public viewing site in what African country?
2. Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won multiple Super Bowls with what team, died last week at the age of 75?
3. What country's president ordered a week-long ceasefire in his nation last Friday, in the hope the fighting in that country that has killed hundreds will subside?
4. What eastern US state's legislature last week approved a bill raising the minimum wage to $11 per hour, which will become the nation's highest?
5. Pope Francis denounced what group last Saturday, and announced they were all officially excommunicated from the Catholic Church?
6. What 16-time Grammy-award winning British rock singer said in an interview last Sunday that his six children will not be inheriting his $300 million fortune, saying it would be an albatross around their necks?
7. The Presbyterian Church in the US voted last week to divest its holdings with companies that do business with what nation?

TV Trivia
1. What Saturday Night Live cast member left the show in 1994 after having been in a record 153 shows?
2. What rock band performs the opening theme to the TV series "The Big Bang Theory?"
3. What groundbreaking 1970s TV series was based on an English series called "Til Death Do Us Part?"
4. "I Want to Believe" was a phrase featured on a poster in what 1990s TV series?
5. What TV actor had to reject the offer to follow Roger Moore in the 1980s to play James Bond because of his TV commitments?
6. On the TV series "Glee," what was the name of the high school on the show?
7. What current TV talk show host almost single-handedly made the word "truthiness" a word in the dictionary?

Even Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The highest number on a standard dartboard is this number.
2. The pearl wedding anniversary is this number of years.
3. This is the number of dominoes in a standard dominoes set.
4. Virgo is this number astrological sign of the Zodiac.
5. Ronald Reagan was this number US president.
6. This is the freezing point of water in degrees Fahrenheit.
7. This is the total number of lines in a sonnet.
8. This was John F. Kennedy's age at the time of his assassination.
9. Visa bank cards have this many digits.
10. In a normal deck of cards, there are this number of red cards.

General Knowledge
1. Jazz musician Dave Brubeck was famous for playing what instrument? ( 1 pt)
2. How many Russian cosmonauts have ever walked on the moon? ( 1 pt)
3. "The Fame" was what pop singer's 2008 debut album? ( 1 pt)
4. Robert Morris University is located in what eastern US state? ( 2 pt)
5. Which of the following people lived the longest: Michael Jackson, Robert F. Kennedy or Emily Bronte? ( 2 pt)
6. In 1990, what was the first country to declare its independence from the Soviet Union? ( 2 pt)
7. A typical human body has how many ribs? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What female author wrote six Romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott? ( 4 points)
2. Leslie Lynch King Jr. was the birth name of what 20th century US president? ( 3 points)
3. In 1960, the largest earthquake ever recorded, 9.5 on the Richter scale, occurred in what South American country? ( 4 points)
4. Who is the only artist to have a song in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart every year from 1970 to 1999? ( 5 points)
5. In 1975, what sport banned lefthanders from participating for safety reasons? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Nigeria; 2. Pittsburgh Steelers; 3. Ukraine; 4. Massachusetts; 5. The Mafia; 6. Sting; 7. Israel.

TV Trivia
1. Phil Hartman; 2. Barenaked Ladies; 3. All in the Family; 4. The X-Files; 5. Pierce Brosnan; 6. McKinley High School; 7. Stephen Colbert.

Even Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. 20; 2. 30; 3. 28; 4. 6; 5. 40; 6. 32; 7. 14; 8. 46; 9. 16; 10. 26.

General Knowledge
1. Piano; 2. none; 3. Lady Gaga; 4. Pennsylvania; 5. Michael Jackson; 6. Lithuania; 7. 24.

IQ Trivia
1. Agatha Christie; 2. Gerald Ford; 3. Chile; 4. Elton John; 5. polo.

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