Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Trivia Q&A: July 31

We had 13 teams in on Tuesday night, and good to see a few regulars back, including an old friend from Australia, Brad, who was one of my regulars from when I returned to Professor Thom's last year. He's now in London, but was back in NYC for a short stay. Always good to see old familiar faces!

This was one of those nights where I made both General Knowledge and IQ Trivia a little harder than I thought, from the scores that came about. I was surprised to see no one got either the "McDonald's" or the "Snatch" questions correct! Well, that happens. It was a two-team rcae going into IQ Trivia, but our friends from DIMS won for the second straight week, getting 3 of the IQ questions correct and winning the night with 42 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Karen (nice to see her back after a long absence) on their win.

Second place went to The Fighting Amish with 39 points, and third place went to Reality Kings with 38 points.

Best Team Name: ; (Semi-Colon) Powell

Current Events
1. The International Monetary Fund said last week that the historic economic crisis in what country could make inflation top 1 million percent by year's end?
2. Over 80 people have died as a result of wildfires erupting last week in what European country?
3. What corporate CEO lost $16 billion in one day last week after his company reported weaker-than-expected second-quarter results?
4. What 84-year-old US senator was reported by Google as having died last September, and the Senator's office sent Google a tweet saying "We might need to talk..."?
5. A former cricket star last week named Imran Khan declared victory as what Asian country's new prime minister?
6. 14 people died on Sunday when a powerful earthquake struck the tourist island of Lombok in what southeast Asian country?
7. Geraint Thomas became the first Welshman ever to win what sports championship event last Sunday?

Memorable Talk Show Appearances Trivia
1. During a 2005 appearance on Oprah, what actor famously leapt on a ouch to show his love for his future wife?
2. In 1995, what actress made headlines when she jumped on top of David Letterman's desk and flashed him?
3. "What the hell were you thinking?" asked Jay Leno of what British actor during a 1995 interview?
4. What actress/singer dropped 14 F-bombs during an infamous 1994 appearance on David Letterman's show?
5. Security dragged what TV actor off Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2007 after he began grouping Ivanka Trump?
6. In 1982 on "Late Night With David Letterman", what late actor/comedian was involved in a staged fight with wrestler Jerry Lawler?
7. What talk show host was criticized for playfully messing up Donald Trump's hair during a 2016 appearance?

The Q Train: US Cities and States Nicknames Trivia
1. Big Sky Country
2. The Iron City
3. The Gem State
4. The Emerald City
5. The Mitten State
6. The Biggest Little City In The World
7. The Bread & Butter State
8. The Space City
9. The Silver State
10. The Hub

General Knowledge
1. What breed of dog is the standard for the US military's working dogs unit? ( 1 pt)
2. What letter is not found in any US state? ( 1 pt)
3. In the film "Jerry Maguire," what position does football star Rod Tidwell play? ( 1 pt)
4. In what midwestern state did the Oregon Trail begin? ( 2 pt)
5. Between the Quarter Pounder, medium French Fries, and six McNuggets, which McDonald's item has the most calories? ( 2 pt)
6. On what kind of musical instrument could you play a "paradiddle?" ( 2 pt)
7. How many time zones are in use in Antarctica? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In the 1988 film "Die Hard," what classic music piece is the terrorists' theme song? ( 5 points)
2. In 2016, what European nation became the first in the world to pass a law banning plastic dinnerware (plastic plates and cutlery)? ( 4 points)
3. What US president briefly lived in Barbados in his youth? ( 4 points)
4. "You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity" is a famous line from what 2000 comedy film? ( 4 points)
5. What car, since 1972, ranks as the world's best-selling automobile of all-time? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Venezuela; 2. Greece; 3. Mark Zuckerberg; 4. Orrin Hatch; 5. Pakistan; 6. Indonesia; 7. Tour de France.

Memorable Talk Show Appearances Trivia
1. Tom Cruise; 2. Drew Barrymore; 3. Hugh Grant; 4. Madonna; 5. Andy Dick; 6. Andy Kaufman; 7. Jimmy Fallon.

The Q Train: US Cities and States Nicknames Trivia
1. Montana; 2. Pittsburgh; 3. Idaho; 4. Seattle; 5. Michigan; 6. Reno; 7. Minnesota; 8. Houston; 9. Nevada; 10. Boston.

General Knowledge
1. German Shepherd; 2. Q; 3. wide receiver; 4. Missouri; 5. Quarter Pounder (530 calories); 6. drums; 7. nine.

IQ Trivia
1. "Ode To Joy" ( Beethoven's Ninth Symphony); 2. France; 3. George Washington; 4. "Snatch;" 5. Volkswagen Beetle.

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