Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trivia Q&A: November 14

It was our third time back on Tuesday nights last night at Professor Thom's for Trivia, and we had a terrific crowd in, 18 teams. It was also nice to see some old Trivia regulars back from my days of doing Trivia at the Caledonia bar on the Upper East Side from three years ago. It's always a nice surprise seeing folks from years ago (and they were sentimental choice for Best Team Name).

We had unusually low scores for both Current Events and for General Knowledge this week, as I guess this was one of those weeks I made the categories a little too difficult. But that happens, and we had three teams were fighting out to finish, separated by two points going into IQ Trivia. But our friends from DIMS pulled out the victory, getting 44 points. Congrats to the boys on a hard-fought win last night.

Second place went to last week's champions, The B Team, who just missed repeating, ending up with 42 points. Third place went to My Wife, That Tramp with 41 points.

Best Team Name: RIP Caledonia

Current Events
1. Last week, actor Corey Haim claimed that what controversial actor sexually assaulted him over 30 years ago on the set of a movie they were making, a charge the actor denied?
2. Pope Francis announced that Vatican employees can no longer purchase what common product, with the Vatican store giving up an estimated $11 million a year in profit?
3. What American athlete was barred from entering Chile last week and returned to the US because of his rap sheet that includes a rape conviction?
4. What perennial soccer powerhouse nation was eliminated from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, and will be missing the tourney for the first time since 1958?
5. What cable channel was hit with a racial discrimination class action lawsuit last Thursday, after having had one dismissed earlier this year?
6. President Trump reportedly wants what church to lose its tax-exempt status, one it acquired after a long battle with the IRS in 1993?
7. What country singer was hammered on social media last week for lip-synching his new single at the CMA Awards but explained he did it to save his voice for his upcoming tour?

American Music Trivia
1. In 1997, what famous rapper was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles?
2. What was Elvis Presley's first number one single in the US in 1956?
3. What legendary R&B singer was nicknamed "Soul Brother Number 1" and "Mr. Dynamite?"
4. Dave Grohl rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of what rock band?
5. In 1999, what American pop singer is the oldest woman, at 52, to have the number one single on the US charts?
6. Who replaced David Lee Roth as Van Halen's lead singer in 1986?
7. In 2017, what artist scored his 14th number one album on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, the most by any American artist?

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. The second point gained in a game of tennis is this number.
2. The golden wedding anniversary is this many years.
3. This is the total number of minutes in a regulation soccer match.
4. The Hebrew people lived in the desert for this many years, according to the Bible.
5. Venti size coffees at Starbuck's are these many ounces.
6. Nicolas Cage starred in a 2000 film called "Gone in __ Seconds."
7. Benjamin Franklin is on this US numerical bill.
8. A traditional Snellen chart uses this many different letters.
9. This is the maximum age for a cardinal to vote in a papal election.
10. This number USA interstate highway runs from Utah to Maryland.

General Knowledge
1. Pinot noir is what color wine? ( 1 pt)
2. "Semper Fidelis" is the motto of what branch of the US armed forces? ( 1 pt)
3. What part of the body is inflamed by hepatitis? ( 1 pt)
4. The city of Winnipeg is located in what Canadian province? ( 2 pt)
5. In Morse Code, what letter is denoted by a single dash? ( 2 pt)
6. Kato was the sidekick to what masked superhero? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the largest US city in population named after a US president? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What western US state is the only state with a bilingual constitution? ( 4 points)
2. "Submitted For Your Approval" was a 1995 documentary about what TV legend? ( 4 points)
3. What iconic Disney cartoon character received 291 votes in Sweden's general election in 1985? ( 3 points)
4. In what city would you find Antoine's, founded in 1840, the oldest family-run restaurant in America? ( 4 points)
5. What naturally occurring phenomenon generates heat equal to five times the surface of the sun? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Charlie Sheen; 2. cigarettes; 3. Mike Tyson; 4. Italy; 5. CNN; 6. Church of Scientology; 7. Garth Brooks.

American Music Trivia
1. Notorious BIG; 2. "Heartbreak Hotel;" 3. James Brown; 4. Nirvana; 5. Cher; 6. Sammy Hagar; 7. Jay-Z.

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. 30; 2. 50; 3. 90; 4. 40; 5. 20; 6. 60; 7. 100; 8. 10; 9. 80; 10. 70.

General Knowledge
1. Red; 2. Marine Corps; 3. liver; 4. Manitoba; 5. T; 6. The Green Hornet; 7. Jacksonville, FL.

IQ Trivia
1. New Mexico; 2. Rod Serling; 3. Donald Duck; 4. New Orleans; 5. lightning.

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