Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Trivia Q&A: October 30

Our first Trivia Night in four weeks brought out a nice crowd of 13 teams, many of whom were regulars who were glad Trivia Night was back. It was so great to be back in the Trivia hosting saddle again, and we had a largely two-team race all night, and they were tied going into the final round of IQ Trivia. But it was the guys from DIMS who emerged with the victory, getting 42 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their win.

Second place went to Ready to Go with 38 points, and third place went to I Think It;s Cool the Chinese Made a Whole Language Out of Tattoo Symbols with 31 points.

Best Team Name: Where There's a Will There's a Fenway

Current Events
1. What company announced recently that they were increasing employees' minimum wage to $15 per hour after it came out that a number of employees were reliant on federal assistance programs?
2. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were both recently awarded what Nobel Prize?
3. Mike Sorrentino, who starred on what reality TV show, was sentenced to 8 months in prison for tax evasion?
4. What nation recently became the first G7 country to legalize marijuana sales for all adults nationwide?
5. Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, died recently at the age of 76. What NFL team was he the principle owner of?
6. What controversial female rock singer recently announced that she had converted to Islam, and adopted the name Shudada Davitt?
7. The Boston Red Sox defeated the LA Dodgers, 5-1 on Sunday to win the World Series 4 games to 1. How many total World Series have the Red Sox won in their history?

Halloween Trivia
1. Jack o'lanterns originated in what European country?
2. What midwestern US state produces the most pumpkins yearly?
3. In "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", who does Linus mistake for the Great Pumpkin?
4. According to, what was the most popular Halloween candy in 2017?
5. Between Christmas, Halloween and Valentine's Day, which holiday to Americans spend the most money per year on candy sales?
6. In the movie "ET", what Halloween costume does ET wear?
7. What Michael Jackson song was adapted by director John Landis into a highly successful Halloween themed music video?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. Director Tim Burton's first choice for the title role of Beetlejuice was Sammy Davis Jr.
2. The book "My Friend Flicka" was once banned from many school libraries because it used the word "bitch" to describe a female dog.
3. Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon with his right foot first.
4. Ronald Reagan received one electoral vote in the 1976 presidential election.
5. North Dakota is the only US state that borders three Canadian provinces.
6. At the 2010 Grammys, Taylor Swift won more Grammys than Elvis Presley did in his entire career.
7. December has consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate of any month.
8. More shoplifters are caught on Sunday than any other day of the week.
9. Antarctica is the windiest and driest of the seven continents.
10. The Maurice J. Tobin Bridge is located in Tampa, Florida.

General Knowledge
1. How many US states begin with the letter A? ( 1 pt)
2. Who was the second woman appointed to the US Supreme Court? ( 1 pt)
3. What NBA player has scored the most overall points in history? ( 1 pt)
4. Jennifer Lopez started her career on what TV series? ( 2 pt)
5. The island of Aruba belongs to what European country? ( 2 pt)
6. Sapphire is the gemstone for people born in what month? ( 2 pt)
7. In the Bible, the first five books of the Old Testament are known collectively as what? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1.What politician was invited to be in the Spice Girls' 1996 video "Wannabe", but respectively declined the offer? ( 3 points)
2. What major US city banned burials within the city limits in 1900, and today has only two cemeteries within the entire city? ( 5 points)
3. The largest private residence in the US, the Biltmore Estate, is located in what southern US state? ( 4 points)
4. What 1982 science fiction film was disqualified from the Academy Awards because at the time it used special computer effects? ( 4 points)
5. What is the only US airport that flies directly to all six major continents? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Amazon; 2. Peace Prize; 3. "Jersey Shore;" 4. Canada; 5. Seattle Seahawks; 6. Sinead O'Connor; 7. nine.

Halloween Trivia
1. Ireland; 2. Illinois; 3. Snoopy; 4. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups; 5. Halloween; 6. ghost; 7. "Thriller."

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, left; 4. true; 5. false, Montana; 6. true; 7. false, June; 8. false, Wednesday; 9. true; 10. false, Boston.

General Knowledge
1. Four (AL, AK, AZ, AR); 2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg; 3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; 4. "In Living Color;" 5. Netherlands; 6. September; 7. The Torah.

IQ Trivia
1. Tony Blair; 2. San Francisco; 3. North Carolina; 4. Tron; 5. Chicago O'Hare.

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