Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Trivia Q&A: February 27

We had 11 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, as we honored the Academy Awards in our special categories. The scores in both were generally pretty strong, as most folks know their films. We had a great three-team race to the finish, with those teams separated by five points. The two giants of our Trivia Night, DIMS and Ask Your Doctor About QuinnTrivia, dominated the night, but the team of Mystery Meats, had a fabulous IQ Trivia round, getting four of five correct, and won the night with 46 points and a razor-thin one point edge over DIMS, who finished second. It was the first time at Trivia Night for Mystery Meats, and congrats to them on their victory. Ask Your Doctor About QuinnTrivia finished third with 42 points.

Best Team Name: Jared Kushner & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Current Events
1. A man died last Thursday as he was attempting to throw a grenade over the wall of the US embassy in what small Eastern European country's capital of Podgorica?
2. Marit Bjoergen, a cross-country skiier from what country, became the most decorated athlete at the Winter Olympics ever, with 14 medals overall?
3. What Oscar-nominated film won 5 awards, including Best Film, at the British Academy Film Awards last week?
4. What Middle Eastern country says it will build its first opera house, in a nation where concerts have been banned for two decades, in an effort for more modernization there?
5. What Oscar-winning actress said last week she is planning to take off one year from acting to become an activist and to "fix our democracy?"
6. Gov. Eric Greitens, of what midwest state, was indicted last Friday by a grand jury on a felony invasion of privacy charge, allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman he has an affair with in 2015?
7. The stock of Snapchat dropped more than 7% last Thursday, the loss of over $1 billion, after what reality TV star tweeted that she never uses that app any more?

Academy Awards Trivia
1. Who is the only actress to win four Best Actress Oscars?
2. What 1993 film is the only film based on a TV series to get a Best Picture nomination?
3. Martin Scorsese won his first Best Director Oscar for what 2006 film?
4. What film did Mel Brooks win his only Oscar for Best Original Screenplay?
5. Who hosted the Academy Awards ceremony a record 19 times?
6. For what comedy did Tom Hanks receive his first Oscar nomination?
7. Name 1 of the 3 sports films to win the Best Picture Oscar.

The Q Train: Oscar Winners' First Win Trivia
1. Helen Mirren
2. Denzel Washington
3. Paul Newman
4. Natalie Portman
5. Tom Hanks
6. Diane Keaton
7. Morgan Freeman
8. Meryl Streep
9. Sean Penn
10. Jodie Foster

General Knowledge
1. The 'T' in the government agency TSA stands for what? ( 1 pt)
2. Darius Rucker is the lead singer in what pop/rock band? ( 1 pt)
3. "The King of Swing" was the nickname of what legendary jazz artist? ( 1 pt)
4. In the 1978 film "Midnight Express", American Billy Hayes was imprisoned in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the most populous US state capital? ( 2 pt)
6. What country is home to the most Noble Prize Laureates in history? ( 2 pt)
7. A funambulist does what a circus? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What country had the most international tourists in 2016? ( 4 points)
2. What actor/comedian made his directorial debut in 2014 with the film "Rosewater?" ( 4 points)
3. A person with the medical condition epistaxis is experiencing what? ( 5 points)
4. Badfinger's song "Baby Blue" played during the final moments of what TV series in 2013? ( 4 points)
5. What game was once banned in the Soviet Union because it was said to promote capitalism? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Montenegro; 2. Norway; 3. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri;" 4. Saudi Arabia; 5. Jennifer Lawrence; 6. Missouri; 7. Kylie Jenner.

Academy Awards Trivia
1. Katharine Hepburn; 2. "The Fugitive;" 3. "The Departed;" 4. "The Producers;" 5. Bob Hope; 6. "Big;" 7. "Rocky", "Chariots of Fire, " "Million Dollar Baby."

The Q Train: Oscar Winners' First Film Trivia
1. The Queen; 2. Glory; 3. The Color of Money; 4. Black Swan; 5. Philadelphia; 6. Annie Hall; 7. Million Dollar Baby; 8. Kramer vs. Kramer; 9. Mystic River; 10. The Accused.

General Knowledge
1. Transportation; 2. Hootie and The Blowfish; 3. Benny Goodman; 4. Turkey; 5. Phoenix, AZ; 6. United States; 7. tightrope walker.

IQ Trivia
1. France; 2. Jon Stewart; 3. nosebleed; 4. "Breaking Bad;" 5. Monopoly.

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Best In Celluloid Trivia Tomorrow

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 27th at 8:30 PM, with "Academy Awards Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the upcoming Oscars next Sunday. It will be seven questions connected to the awards. The Q Train lightning round will be "Oscar Winners First Win Trivia." I will give you the names of ten Oscar-winning actors and actresses, and you have to tell me the name of the film they won their first (or only) Oscar for.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The 'T' in the government agency TSA stands for what?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night as we honor the movies' biggest night with a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Trivia Q&A: February 20

We had 14 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, on a night where we honored the US presidents in both of the special categories (we rarely have both of those categories with the same subject). The scores in both of those rounds were both generally pretty good, and we had a tight two-team race going into IQ Trivia. But it was the boys from DIMS who came away with the win, as they got 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia and finished with 47 points. Congrats to Mike, Ken and Darek on another impressive win.

Second place went to Stupid Sexy Flanders with 40 points, and third place went to Hendrix Isn't The Best with 37 points.

Best Team Name: Fergie's Back Up Singers

Current Events
1. President Jacob Zuma, of what African country, resigned last Wednesday in a televised address over numerous scandals that plagued his time in office?
2. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced last Friday that he is running for a Senate seat in what US state?
3. What rock star had a meltdown at a concert on Long Island last Thursday night, mumbling through just 5 songs, improvising bizarre lyrics before walking off stage?
4. What Oscar-winning actor walked off an on-camera interview on ESPN last week after he was asked a question about his rumored relationship with actress Katie Holmes?
5. What rap star released a new video of a single called "God's Plan" where he gives away $1 million to various people in the Miami area, to complete strangers, a women's shelter and to the fire department?
6. What country was struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Friday, and was followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock?
7.What nation is currently leading the overall medal count at the Winter Olympics, with 29?

Presidential Trivia
1. Who was the first US president to travel abroad while in office? a. Warren G. Harding; b. Teddy Roosevelt; c. Calvin Coolidge; d. Woodrow Wilson.
2. Besides Abraham Lincoln, who was the only president to die in his second term in office? a. William McKinley; b. Warren G. Harding; c. Zachary Taylor; d. John Tyler.
3. Who was the only president born in the state of New Jersey? a. Woodrow Wilson; b. James K. Polk; c. Grover Cleveland; d. Martin Van Buren.
4. Who is the only president to earn a Masters of Business Administration? a. George W. Bush; b. Bill Clinton; c. Woodrow Wilson; d. Jimmy Carter.
5. Who was the last president who did not attend college? a. Ronald Reagan; b. Teddy Roosevelt; c. Dwight D. Eisenhower; d. Harry Truman.
6. Who was the first Republican elected president? a. James Buchanan; b. Abraham Lincoln; c. US Grant; d. James K. Polk.
7. Name 1 of the 2 US presidents who never made a State of the Union address.

The Q Train: Presidential True or False
1. The teddy bear was named in honor of Teddy Roosevelt.
2. Bejamin Harrison served two non-consecutive terms.
3. James Buchanan was the only bachelor president.
4. William McKinley was president during the Spanish-American War.
5. Ronald Reagan was the only president born in California.
6. Abraham Lincoln scrawled the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope.
7. George Washington had wooden teeth.
8. Barack Obama was the first president born outside the contiguous United States.
9. Ronald Reagan is the oldest man inaugurated president.
10. FDR was the first president to appear on TV.

General Knowledge
1. In Roman numerals, what number does the numeral "C" represent? ( 1 pt)
2. The medical condition known as aFib is an ailment associated with what organ? ( 1 pt)
3. In the Star Trek universe, what color is Mr. Spock's blood? ( 1 pt)
4. The city of Milwaukee, WI sits on which of the Great Lakes? ( 2 pt)
5. What cartoon dog was born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm? ( 2 pt)
6. The dimples of Venus are located where on the human body? ( 2 pt)
7. What country has the most volcanoes in the world? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Rio Manzahares and Rio Jamara are two rivers that run through what world capital city? ( 4 points)
2. What is the only city to host the Olympic Games three times? ( 4 points)
3. Who is the only musician to top the singles charts as a solo artist, in a duo, in a trio, in a quartet and a quartet? ( 5 points)
4. "Star Beast" was the original title of the screenplay that became what 1980 Ridley Scott film? ( 3 points)
5. Steve Balmer resigned from board of Microsoft in 2014 after purchasing what NBA team? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. South Africa; 2. Utah; 3. Marilyn Manson; 4. Jamie Foxx; 5. Drake; 6. Mexico; 7. Norway.

Presidential Trivia
1. b; 2. a; 3. c; 4. a; 5. d; 6. b; 7. William Henry Harrison and James Garfield.

The Q Train: Presidential True or False
1. true; 2. false, Grover Cleveland; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Richard Nixon; 6. false; 7. false, he had lead, gold and ivory false teeth; 8. true; 9. false, Donald Trump; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. 100; 2. heart; 3. green; 4. Lake Michigan; 5. Snoopy; 6. lower back; 7. USA.

IQ Trivia
1. Madrid; 2. London; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. "Alien"; 5. L.A. Clippers.

Monday, February 19, 2018

We Honor The Presidents Tomorrow

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 20th at 8:30 PM, with "Presidential Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of Monday being President's Day. It will be seven questions connected to those who have held the highest office in the land, and it will be multiple choice. The Q Train will further celebrate the holiday, with "Presidential True or False Trivia." I will give you ten statements connected to the US presidency, and you have to tell me if it is true or not.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In Roman numerals, what number does the numeral "C" represent?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this coming Tuesday night at Professor Thom's for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Trivia Q&A: February 13

We had 14 teams in for Trivia Night last night, as we had a Valentine's Day themed Special Category and Q Train lightning round. The scores for both rounds were generally on the higher side for most teams. We had a four-team horse race going into IQ Trivia, and the possibility of a four-way tie at the end was there (the teams were separated by just two points), as that has never happened before. But the team of Turkey Club got 4 of the 5 IQ Trivia questions correct, and finished with 48 points and the victory. Congrats to Bob and Cato on a great win.

Second place went to Professor Thom's Bar-Crossed Lovers with 44 points (they also won Best Team Name, and it was their second straight second place finish), and third place was a tie between DIMS and Oh-Yum with 43 points (Oh-Yum won the tie-breaker).

Current Events
1. What country recently passed a new defamation law that makes it illegal there to accuse that the country was complicit with the Nazis in the Holocaust?
2. What Grammy-winning recording legend gave a lengthy rambling interview to Vulture magazine claiming among many things that he once dated Ivanka Trump and knows who killed JFK?
3. Which Ivy League school said last week it will not be rescinding the honorary degree it gave Bill Cosby in 2003 because it has never rescinded one before?
4. Jimmy Garoppolo, the QB on what NFL team, signed a 5-year, $137.5 million deal last week, the largest contract in NFL history?
5. What retail chain announced that they will no longer sell CDs in their stores and will remove them by July 1st?
6. Redmond Gerard won the first gold medal for the USA on Sunday at the Winter Olympics in what sport?
7. Reg E. Cathey, a character actor who won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for what TV show in 2015, died last Friday at the age of 59?

Heart Trivia
1. "Places in the Heart" was a 1984 film that what actress won her second Best Actress Oscar for?
2. "Heart of Darkness" was an 1899 novella written by what British author?
3. "The Heart of Rock 'n' Roll" was a 1984 Top 10 hit song bt what San Francisco-based rock band?
4. "The Tell Tale Heart" was a 19th century short story by what American author?
5. "Achy Breaky Heart" was a 1992 hit song by what country artist?
6. "Crazy Heart" was a 2009 film that what actor won a Best Actor Oscar?
7. "The Heartbreakers" was the backing band for what Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame rock star?

The Q Train: Number One Songs With Love In The Title
1. Love Takes Time (1990)
2. A Groovy Kind of Love (1988)
3. That's the Way Love Goes (1993)
4. I Knew I Loved You (2000)
5. The Greatest Love of All (1986)
6. You Give Love a Bad Name (1986)
7. Justify My Love (1991)
8. Love Yourself (2016)
9. Crazy In Love (2003)
10. I'll Make Love To You ( 1994)

General Knowledge
1. Besides Mercury, which other planet in our universe has no moons? ( 1 pt)
2. 31,538,000 seconds is approximately equal to what length of time? ( 1 pt)
3. What animal is in the logo of the World Wildlife Fund? ( 1 pt)
4. A cube has how many total edges? ( 2 pt)
5. Who has been the band leader on "The Tonight Show" since 2014? ( 2 pt)
6. What insect was named to honor the Virgin Mary? ( 2 pt)
7. "The Dismal Science" is a derogatory term for what academic subject? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who was the first pope to make an official visit to the United States? ( 4 points)
2. Stanley Ann Dunham was the mother of what famous American man? ( 4 points)
3. What 21st century pop group is the only music group to have their first three albums debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200? ( 5 points)
4. What iconic book and movie character got its name from a birdwatching book its author discovered it in? ( 3 points)
5.What 1961 movie ranks as the number one "must-see romantic movie" for Valentine's Day, according to Netflix audience scores? (4 points)

Current Events
1. Poland; 2. Quincy Jones; 3. Yale; 4. San Francisco 49ers; 5. Best Buy; 6. snowboarding; 7. "House of Cards."

Heart Trivia
1. Sally Field; 2. Joseph Conrad; 3. Huey Lewis & The News; 4. Edgar Allan Poe; 5. Billy Ray Cyrus; 6. Jeff Bridges; 7. Tom Petty.

The Q Train: Number 1 Songs With Love In The Title
1. Mariah Carey; 2. Phil Collins; 3. Janet Jackson; 4. Savage Garden; 5. Whitney Houston; 6. Bon Jovi; 7. Madonna; 8. Justin Bieber; 9. Beyonce; 10. Boyz II Men.

General Knowledge
1. Venus; 2. one year; 3. panda; 4. twelve; 5. Questlove; 6. ladybug; 7. economics.

IQ Trivia
1. Pope Paul VI; 2. Barack Obama; 3. One Direction; 4. James Bond; 5."Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Monday, February 12, 2018

Love Reigns On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 13th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "Heart Trivia" as the Special Category. In honor of the following day being Valentine's Day, I will ask you seven questions that have something to with hearts, mostly in music, literature and the movies. The Q Train lightning round will be "Number One Songs With Love in the Title." I will give you the names of ten songs that topped the US charts within the last 30 years that has the word "love" in it (continuing the Valentine's Day theme), along the year it was released, and you have to tell the artist who had that hit.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Besides Mercury, what other planet in our universe has no moons?"

Hope to see many of you for Trivia on Tuesday night, as love will surely be in the air then!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Trivia Q&A: February 6

We had 12 teams in for Trivia last night, with some large sized teams (in number of players that is, not the girth of players), and a rather fun night all around as well. The top five teams were neck and neck all night long, at one point only separated by just two points. But the team of DIMS pulled out the win by getting 4 of 5 correct in the IQ Trivia round, and jumped from third place and won with 45 points. Another great win for them.

Second place went to The 2018 Quinnter Olympics with 43 points, and third place went to The Iron Bank with 42 points.

Best Team Name: You Should All Be Standing and Applauding Me (which they did all night long!)

Current Events
1. What rapper was accused of sexually assaulting two women in the UK in 2016 and 2017 in a lawsuit revealed last week?
2. What Oscar-winning actor is set to Fred Rogers of PBS fame in an upcoming biopic called "You Are My Friend?"
3. Roger Federer won the 2018 Australian Open Men's Final last week, and how many Grand Slam titles has he now won?
4. What female pop singer canceled the last 10 dates of her current European tour due to severe pain, as she suffers from fibromyalgia?
5. What Republican congressman announced he was not running for re-election this November and would be returning to the justice system?
6. The NFL announced last week that what TV network will pay $3 billion for the next five years to broadcast Thursday Night Football?
7. What classic rock star announced on social media on Monday that he is retiring from touring when the current tour ends, citing the personal toll of touring and the recent death of his lead guitarist?

Winter Olympics Trivia
1. Which nation has the hosted the Winter Olympics more times than any other? a. Switzerland; b. Russia; c. USA; d. Norway.
2. What nation did the US hockey team defeat to clinch the gold medal in 1980? a. Sweden; b; Finland; c. Czechoslovakia; d. West Germany.
3. The first Winter Olympics took place in 1924 in what country? a. France; b. USA; c. Russia; d. Norway.
4. Tonya Harding's infamous attack on Nancy Kerrigan took place just prior to what year's Winter Olympics? a. 1988; b. 1992; c. 1994; d. 1998.
5. What was the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympics? a. Montreal; b. Calgary; c. Vancouver; d. Toronto.
6. What country's Olympic bobsled team was the subject of a 1993 feature film? a. Brazil; b. Cuba; c. Bahamas; d. Jamaica.
7. Tara Lipinski of the US is the youngest athlete to win a gold medal in 1998 in what sport? a. figure skating; b. speed skating; c. ski jumping; d. cross-country skiing.

The Q Train: 21st Century Oscar-Winning Characters
1. Abraham Lincoln
2. June Carter Cash
3. Harvey Milk
4. Stephen Hawking
5. Katherine Hepburn
6. King George VI
7. Idi Amin
8. Ray Charles
9. Margaret Thatcher
10. The Joker

General Knowledge
1. "The Truth is Out There" is the tagline for what popular sci-fi TV series? ( 1 pt)
2. "Straight Out of Compton" was a 1988 album by what rap group? ( 1 pt)
3. The Arabian Sea is part of what ocean? ( 1 pt)
4. What amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery? ( 2 pt)
5. According to Google Trends, between "beautiful", "license" and "accommodation", which is the most misspelled word in the US? (2 pt)
6. The Winter Palace is a famous building located in what country? ( 2 pt)
7. Steely McBeam is the official mascot of what NFL team? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What female rock singer performed with a band called Big Brother and the Holding Company in the 1960s before embarking on a solo career? ( 4 points)
2. Joseph-Armand Bombardier received a patent for what vehicle he invented in 1937? ( 5 points)
3. What is the only surname shared by a US president and a UK prime minister, both serving in the 20th century? ( 4 points)
4. Who is the only actress to portray Queen Elzabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II in the movies? ( 3 points)
5. What international company took its name from the First Mate in the novel "Moby Dick?" ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Nelly; 2. Tom Hanks; 3. 20; 4. Lady Gaga; 5. Trey Gowdy; 6. Fox; 7. Paul Simon.

Winter Olympics Trivia
1. c; 2. b; 3. a; 4. c; 5. b; 6. d; 7. a.

The Q Train: 21st Century Oscar-Winning Characters
1. Daniel Day-Lewis; 2. Reese Witherspoon; 3. Sean Penn; 4. Eddie Redmayne; 5. Cate Blanchett; 6. Colin Firth; 7. Forest Whitaker; 8. Jamie Foxx; 9. Meryl Streep; 10. Heath Ledger.

General Knowledge
1. "The X-Files;" 2. NWA; 3. Indian; 4. 13; 5. beautiful; 6. Russia ( I also accepted Austria); 7. Pittsburgh Steelers.

IQ Trivia
1. Janis Joplin; 2. snowmobile; 3. Wilson; 4. Helen Mirren; 5. Starbucks.

Monday, February 05, 2018

The Games of Winter Trivia On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 6th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's with "Winter Olympics Trivia", seven questions about the history of the games that begin later this week. It will also be a multiple choice round. The Q Train lightning round will be "21st Century Oscar-Winning Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten characters from recent films that won Oscars for those actors and actresses who portrayed them. You will tell me who won those Academy Awards.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"'The Truth is Out There' is the tagline for what popular sci-fi TV series?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!