Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Trivia Q&A: December 17

We closed out Trivia Night for 2019 last night, with another small crowd on a cold and rainy night. We had a good night of Trivia, with good scores for both Christmas rounds. The top three teams were divided by just three points going into IQ Trivia. The scores were unusually low for that round, and that enabled the team in third place, We're Better Than You, to jump over the the top two teams to pull out a one-point victory, with 35 points. Congratulations to Caroline and Kenton on their first Trivia Night victory.

Second place went to The Jingle Bell Hops with 34 points, and we had a tie for third place with 31 points between I Be Da Brains and I'm Here to Keep Trivia Going. We broke the tie with "How many surface square mile is Lake Erie?" The answer is 9,910 square miles, and I'm Here to Keep Trivia Going was closest and won third place.

I want to thank all of you for your support for my Trivia Night in 2019. We are taking the next two Tuesday nights off, as the holidays both fall on those nights. Trivia Night will return on January 7th at 8:30 PM. Enjoy the holidays, and look forward to seeing many of you then, as I start my third decade hosting Trivia!

Current Events
1. What country was banned from the 2020 Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup by the World Anti-Doping Agency due to doping non-compliance?
2. What film received five Golden Globe nominations last week including two of its stars nominated for Best Supporting Actor?
3. What TV network announced that their New York headquarters building will be sold off in the near future?
4. What Midwest city is becoming the first major US city to make public transit, namely their bus system, free?
5. What Asian country passed a new law last week excluding Muslims migrants from citizenship?
6. A volcano erupted off the coast of what island nation last week, killing eight people and injuring dozens more?
7. NY-born actor Danny Aiello died last Thursday at the age of 86. For what late 1980s movie was he nominated for a Best Supporting Actor?

Christmas Trivia
1. According to legend, candy canes originated in the 17th century in what European country?
2. Between the US, Canada and Germany, which nation exports the most Christmas trees?
3. What Christmas carol carries the nickname “The Counting Song?”
4. What 1990 film is the highest grossing Christmas movie of all-time, bringing in $476 million worldwide?
5. What Christmas movie was primarily set at West 11th Street in Cleveland, Ohio?
6. What horror film star was the narrator of the classic Christmas TV special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas?”
7. If you were born on Christmas Day, what zodiac sign were you born under?
8. BONUS: What are two of three main rituals of the holiday of Festivus?

The Q Train: Christmas Movie and TV Characters
1. Cindy Lou Who (1966)
2. George Bailey (1946)
3. Ralphie Parker (1983)
4. Bob Crachit (1951)
5. Kevin McAllister (1990)
6. Clark Griswold (1989)
7. Susan Walker (1947)
8. Yukon Cornelius (1964)
9. John McClane (1988)
10. Billy Mack (2003)

General Knowledge
1. What country has won the most Olympic titles in basketball? (1 pt)
2. “E” and “O” are each worth how many points in Scrabble? (1 pt)
3. How many candles does a Hanukkah menorah have? (1 pt)
4. Wikipedia began in what early 20th century year? (2 pt)
5. Between the Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, which is not one of the Charters of Freedom? (2 pt)
6. Which of the four British nations has the unicorn as its national animal? (2 pt)
7. At an average depth of 62 feet, which is the shallowest of the Great Lakes? (3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Bluetooth technology gets its name from King Harald Bluetooth, who ruled what European country? (3 points)
2. In 1980, what NFL team became the first Wild Card team to win the Super Bowl? (4 points)
3. What board game was invented by a British musician named Anthony Platt during WWII when he was trapped indoors due to air raid blackouts? (5 points)
4. What is the highest grossing domestic adaptation of a Stephen King novel? (4 points)
5. “The Other Side of the Wind”, a film released in 2018, was the final film by what legendary filmmaker, 33 years after his death due to legal and financial complications? (4 points)

Current Events
1. Russia; 2. “The Irishman;” 3. CBS; 4. Kansas City; 5. India; 6. New Zealand; 7. “Do The Right Thing.”

Christmas Trivia
1. Germany; 2. Canada; 3. “12 Days of Christmas;” 4. “Home Alone;” 5. “A Christmas Story;” 6. Boris Karloff; 7. Capricorn. 8. Festivus Pole, Airing of Grievances and the Feats of Strength.

The Q Train: Christmas Movie and TV Characters
1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas; 2. It’s a Wonderful Life; 3. A Christmas Story; 4. A Christmas Carol; 5. Home Alone; 6. Christmas Vacation; 7. Miracle On 34th Street; 8. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; 9. Die Hard; 10. Love Actually.

General Knowledge
1. USA; 2. One; 3. Nine; 4. 2001; 5. Federalist Papers; 6. Scotland; 7. Lake Erie.

IQ Trivia
1. Denmark; 2. Oakland Raiders; 3. Clue; 4. “It;” 5. Orson Welles.

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