Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Trivia Q&A: June 26

We had 17 teams in for Trivia last night, as the crowds continue to grow as we enter the summer. Thanks to all of you for the continued support! We had something unusual happen last night, something I've never seen happen at a Trivia Night before. Our friends from DIMS were having another stellar evening, but they were matched with the same scores with the team of Red Card For Red Hen for the first four rounds. (They both got only one question wrong through those rounds, one in the "Canada Trivia" round!) And both teams were sitting next to each other in the bar! But IQ Trivia is where the sea parted, as Red Card For Red Hen got the win, getting 4 of 5 correct in the final round for 50 points and the win. Congratulations to them on their first ever win.  DIMS finished tied with Ready to Go, Eh? with 45 points, and they won the tie breaker question to finish in second place. (What is Canada's population as of 2017? It was 35.1 million.)

Best Team Name: Quinn-Tesential Knowledge

Current Events
1. 21st Century Fox accepted a bid of $71.3 billion to be acquired by what company last week?
2. What classic rock singer, who is on a farewell tour, announced his final show will be on September 22nd, in the borough of Queens, where he grew up?
3. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, of what country, became the second world leader since 1990 to give birth while holding office?
4. Deandre Ayton, a center from Arizona, was selected number one in the NBA Draft last week by what Western Conference team?
5.What late night TV host said last week he "regrets" having interviewed Donald Trump in 2016 in what was considered a lighthearted interview with no tough questions?
6. What country became just the second in the world, after Uruguay, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
7. What 1980s TV actress was arrested last Sunday night for battery on a police officer for the second time this year and after her release from jail she was rushed to the hospital on Monday after a reported overdose?

Canada Trivia
1. What US state has the longest border with Canada?
2. Of Canada's three largest cities, which one is located on an island?
3. At nearly 600,000 square miles, what is Canada's largest province?
4. What is Canada's largest religious denomination?
5. What was the last Canadian city to host an Olympic Games?
6. Who was the last Canadian hockey team to win the Stanley Cup?
7. What eastern Canadian province was the last to join the Canadian confederation in 1949?

The Q Train: Name the Decade Trivia
1. The 26th Amendment is ratified, allowing 18-year-olds to vote.
2. The first iPod is introduced by Apple.
3. Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" is broadcast and many think an alien invasion is actually happening.
4. Communism fails and the Soviet Union falls.
5. Jackie Robinson becomes MLB's first black player in the 20th century.
6. The first subway line is opened in New York City.
7. The Verazzano-Narrows Bridge opens, connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island.
8. The Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case ends school segregation.
9. The first Academy Awards ceremony is held in Hollywood.
10. The nuclear ractor meltdown disaster at Chernobyl occurs.

General Knowledge
1. Meryl Streep won her first Academy Award for what film? ( 1 pt)
2. The beer festival of Oktoberfest is celebrated in what German city? ( 1 pt)
3. In what Spanish city is the annual "Running of the Bulls"? ( 1 pt)
4. Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie starred together on what reality TV show? ( 2 pt)
5. In the film "Fargo", what device is used in the final death scene? ( 2 pt)
6. How many players does a men's lacrosse team have? ( 2 pt)
7. What country had the most foreign visitors in 2017? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What recording legend released an album in 1991 called "The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?", which was recorded specifically to pay for his tax debt with the IRS? ( 4 points)
2. What country's national anthem is sung using five different languages? ( 5 points)
3. Who was the first sitting US president to win the Nobel Peace Prize? ( 4 points)
4. What Asian country has the strongest passport, allowing holders access to 189 different countries? ( 3 points)
5. South African record producer Robert "Mutt" Lange was married to what country singer, for whom he produced the best-selling album of the 1990s? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Disney; 2. Paul Simon; 3. New Zealand; 4. Phoenix Suns; 5. Jimmy Fallon; 6. Canada; 7. Heather Locklear.

Canada Trivia
1. Alaska; 2. Montreal; 3. Quebec; 4. Roman Catholic; 5. Vancouver (2010); 6. Montreal Canadiens (1993); 7. Newfoundland.

The Q Train: Name the Decade Trivia
1. 1970s (1971); 2. 2000s (2001); 3. 1930s (1938); 4. 1990s (1991); 5. 1940s (1947); 6. 1900s (1904); 7. 1960s (1964); 8. 1950s (1954); 9. 1920s (1929); 10. 1980s (1986).

General Knowledge
1. "Kramer vs. Kramer"; 2. Munich; 3. Pamplona; 4. "The Simple Life"; 5. wood chipper; 6. 10; 7. France.

IQ Trivia
1. Willie Nelson; 2. South Africa; 3. Theodore Roosevelt; 4. Japan; 5. Shania Twain.

Monday, June 25, 2018

For Our Neighbors to the North

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 26th at 8:30 PM, with "Canada Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of next Sunday being the national holiday of our neighbors to the north (Canada Day). It will be seven questions connected to the great nation of Canada in history, pop culture, etc. The Q Train lightning round will be "Name the Decade Trivia." I will give you ten events and you have to tell me which decade (mostly in the 20th century) that event occurred in. And every answer will be a different decade.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The beer festival of Oktoberfest is celebrated in what German city?"

The crowds are starting to pick up as we get into the summer, so get in early to get a good table. I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Trivia Q&A: June 19

On a hot night in New York, we had a nice crowd of 15 teams in for Trivia, and very into the night's proceedings. Nice to see the crowds getting bigger as we head into summer. It was another banner night for the boys from DIMS, but they were caught by the fourth round, and we had a tie going into IQ Trivia. But they put together a perfect final round to walk away with their 7th straight victory at Tuesday Night Trivia, getting 49 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their win.

Second place went to Aqua Teen Space Force! with 40 points, and third place went to The Djboutis with 36 points. (There are my pals from my Friday & Saturday softball leagues. Nice to see them back for Trivia.)

Best Team Name: Muh, Muh, Muh Mookie and the Betts

Current Events
1. What male tennis player won his 17th Grand Slam singles title with his win at the French Open last week?
2. A judge approved last week the $85 billion merger of AT&T with what other company?
3. What Oscar-winning actor was accused by a woman of slapping her in the face with his penis back in 2002, an allegation he strongly denies?
4. The state of Kentucky announced a lawsuit against what retail chain, saying they directly contributed to the state's rising opioid epidemic?
5. What Oscar-nominated actor's new film received a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie revire site, the third film of his storied career to a received a 0% rating?
6. What current US senator revealed he won't be endorsing his son's bid for a congressional seat in New Hampshire, as he doesn't like "dynastic politics" and that his son is "on his own?"
7. What US senator defeated late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in a 1-on-1 charity basketball challenge last Saturday, after Kimmel called his a "blobfish" on his show?

Famous Seconds Trivia
1. What European capital city was the second city to host the Olympic Games in 1900?
2. Who was the second man to walk on the moon?
3. What is the second smallest state in the USA in population?
4. Who was the second vice-president of the United States?
5. What was the second James Bond film released in the famous series?
6. What was the name of the second album released by the pop singer Adele?
7. What was the name of the second wife of King Henry VIII?

The Q Train: Movie Heroes & Villains Trivia
1. Andy Dufresne
2. Alex Forrest
3. Sarah Connor
4. Tommy DeVito
5. Biff Tannen
6. George Bailey
7. Alonzo Harris
8. Ellen Ripley
9. Travis Bickle
10. Little Bill Daggett

General Knowledge
1. The sacred Muslim city of Mecca is located in what country? ( 1 pt)
2. The Barbary Coast is located along what body of water? ( 1 pt)
3. Coca-Cola's world headquarters is in what US city? ( 1 pt)
4. What day every year does the Atlantic hurricane season begin? ( 2 pt)
5. What actor-comedian was the narrator of the TV series "How I Met Your Mother?" ( 2 pt)
6. Between "Potpourri", "Before & After" and "Literature", which is the most commonly recurring category on "Jeopardy?" ( 2 pt)
7.In 2013, who became the first person with 40 million Twitter followers? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What country in Central America, following a civil war in 1948, disbanded its armed forces and is one of the largest countries in the world with no standing army? ( 4 points)
2. In the film "Miss Congeniality", Gracie Hart joins the Miss United States pageant representing what state? ( 4 points)
3. What was the name of the very first book in the highly successful Harry Potter series? ( 3 points)
4. In 2012, the tower that houses Big Ben in London was renamed what? ( 5 points)
5. "Suicide Is Painless" is the theme song to what 1970s/80s TV series? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Rafael Nadal; 2. Time Warner; 3. Jamie Foxx; 4. Walgreens; 5. John Travolta; 6. Bernie Sanders; 7. Ted Cruz.

Famous Seconds Trivia
1. Paris; 2. Buzz Aldrin; 3. Vermont; 4. Thomas Jefferson; 5. "From Russia With Love;" 6. 21; 7. Anne Boleyn.

The Q Train: Movie Heroes & Villains Trivia
1. The Shawshank Redemption; 2. Fatal Attraction; 3. The Terminator; 4. Goodfellas; 5. Back to the Future; 6. It's a Wonderful Life; 7. Training Day; 8. Alien; 9. Taxi Driver; 10. Unforgiven.

General Knowledge
1. Saudi Arabia; 2. Mediterranean Sea; 3. Atlanta; 4. June 1; 5. Bob Saget; 6. Before & After; 7. Justin Bieber.

IQ Trivia
1. Costa Rica; 2. New Jersey; 3. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"; 4. Elizabeth Tower; 5. "M*A*S*H."

Monday, June 18, 2018

Heroes & Villains Coming This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 19th at 8:30 PM with "Famous Seconds Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about famous people, places and things that were "second", in pop culture, history, and very other subjects. The Q Train lightning round will be "Movie Heroes and Villains Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters from the movies who were either heroes or villains, and you have to tell me what film they were in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The sacred Muslim city of Mecca is in what country?"

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trivia Q&A: June 12

The return of Tuesday Night Trivia last night after last week's hiatus was a successful one, as we had 12 teams take part. The category of "Final Jeopardy Potpourri Trivia" probably scared a few people, but it wasn't as tough as it sounded, and the scores were actually pretty good for that round. The guys from DIMS posted a wire-to-wire win, rolling up 50 points to gain the winner's circle. Congrats to Ken and Michael on another solid win.

Second place went to It's Think It's Gonna Be a Long Long Time with 42 points, and Star Spangled Banter (which also won for Best Team Name) finished third with 41 points.

Current Events
1. Eric Greitens, the governor of what midwestern US state, recently resigned after a threat of impeachment and an extramarital affair hung over him?
2. What retail chain announced they will close more stores, as many as 72 this year, as sales have shrunk for the 26th consecutive quarter?
3. Actor Jerry Maren passed away last week at the age of 98, and he was the last surviving actor from what classic 1939 film?
4. People magazine reported last week that what late pop star admitted to documentary makers that he didn't have dementia at the end of his life but was actually drinking again, after supposedly being sober?
5. The NY State Senate unanimously passed a bill to amend the name of what NYC bridge, which had been misspelled since its opening?
6. More than 100 people were killed last week when a volcano erupted in what Central American country?
7. Justify won horse racing's Triple Crown with his win in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, and became what number horse to turn the trick and win the Triple Crown?

Final Jeopardy Potpourri Trivia
1. Who was the only grandson of a president to become US president himself?
2. In 1993, two men, one white and one black, from what country won the Nobel Peace Prize?
3. In 1999, what game show became the first in over 40 years to lead the Neilsen ratings for a full year?
4. Of all the countries where Arabic is the official language, which is the first listed alphabetically?
5. Who served as the longest reigning premier of the Soviet Union?
6. What basketball star scored 63 points in a playoff game against the Boston Celtics on April 20, 1986?
7. Name one of the two people to make Time's list of the 100 most influential people for both the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Q Train: Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia
1. Brazil
2. North Korea
3. Czech Republic
4. Iraq
5. Russia
6. Costa Rica
7. Germany
8. Nicaragua
9. Netherlands
10. South Africa

General Knowledge
1. What is the stretch of water between Russia and Alaska called? ( 1 pt)
2. In "E.T.", what candy does Elliott leave a trail of for his alien friend? ( 1 pt)
3. Sir Alexander Fleming discovered what in 1928? ( 1 pt)
4. Bruce Jenner won what athletic event at the 1976 Summer Olympics? ( 2 pt)
5. What continent has the most landlocked countries? ( 2 pt)
6. What country produced the most movies in 2017? ( 2 pt)
7. St. George's Channel separated what two countries? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What US president officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty? ( 3 points)
2. In what city would you find Europe's largest port? ( 4 points)
3. What South American country has over 2,000 endangered species, the most of any country in the world? ( 5 points)
4. Who was the first actor to be nominated for an Academy Award in which he portrayed 3 different characters in one film? ( 4 points)
5. What is the only country in Central America with English as its official language? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Missouri; 2. Sears; 3. "The Wizard of Oz;" 4. David Cassidy; 5. Verrazzano Bridge; 6. Guatemala; 7. thirteen.

Final Jeopardy Potpourri Trivia
1. Benjamin Harrison; 2. South Africa; 3. "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire;" 4. Algeria; 5. Josef Stalin; 6. Michael Jordan; 7. Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates.

The Q Train: Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia
1. no; 2. yes; 3. yes; 4. no; 5. yes; 6. yes; 7. no; 8. no; 9. yes; 10. yes.

General Knowledge
1. Bering Strait; 2. Reese's Pieces; 3. penicillin; 4. decathlon; 5. Africa; 6. India; 7. England and Ireland.

IQ Trivia
1. Grover Cleveland; 2. Rotterdam; 3. Ecuador; 4. Peter Sellers; 5. Belize.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Trivia Returns With Final Jeopardy Q&A

Trivia Night returns after last week's hiatus this Tuesday night, June 12th at 8:30 PM, with "Final Jeopardy Potpourri Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions that have appeared as the final question on the legendary game show "Jeopardy!" over the years, and it will be on various topics (hence the "potpourri" in the title). And don't worry, you don't have to put your answers in the form of a question. The Q Train lightning round will be "Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia." In honor of Flag Day later this week, I will give you the names of ten countries from around the world, and you have to tell me whether that country has red, white and blue in its nation's flag.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the stretch of water between Russia and Alaska called?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for what should be a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Friday, June 08, 2018

Fight AIDS, Win Cool Red Sox Stuff

I received a nice email from Sean O'Neill of IfOnly earlier this week, and they are sponsoring a great promotion for Red Sox fans in the fight against AIDS. It includes four Monster Seats for a game later this month, and a chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game at Fenway. Here it is:

I wanted to alert you and the Mighty Quinn Media Machine readers about a fundraising sweepstakes the Red Sox are doing in partnership with (RED) in their efforts to end AIDS. 

As you can see the Red Sox just tweeted about the opportunity for fans to receive the ultimate game-day package befitting this worthy cause. For just $10, fans will be entered for a chance to win the following: 
  • 4 front row Green Monster tickets to the Boston Red Sox vs. the Seattle Mariners on June 22, 2018
  • 4 on-field passes to get an up-close view of the Red Sox batting practice
  • Access for 1 person to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the game 
  • On-field photo opportunity for you and your guests
  • Join an exclusive group tour of the ballpark to learn the history behind Fenway Park
  • 1 (RED) swag bag
  • Round trip flights within the continental United States and accommodations for you and your guests are covered:
    • Includes two (2) hotel rooms for one (1) night and airfare for four (4) people

Fans can enter today at They will want to do so quickly as the sweepstakes ends in nine days. For those wanting to not leave it to chance we are also auctioning a suite package that fits 20 people, allowing them on-filed access and a tour fo the stadium. Both packages benefit (RED).

Good luck everyone!

Monday, June 04, 2018

No Trivia Tomorrow, See You All Next Week

Hello Trivia Players: Just a reminder that Trivia Night is taking this week off, so there will be no Trivia Night this Tuesday, June 5th. Trivia will return to Professor Thom's the following Tuesday, June 12th at 8:30 PM. I'll have the Sneak Peek question, along with the Special Category and Q Train lightning round at Facebook next Sunday, and new blog post next Monday. Have a great week and I hope to see many of you on the 12th!