Thursday, August 10, 2006

End of Trivia at Kozak's

As you may have heard, Monday the 7th of August was the final trivia night at Kozak's. Unfortunately, due to some changes in place it was no longer feasible to continue. I've had a lot of fun Quiz-Mastering these last few months and I thank everyone who has joined in, both at Kozak's and through this blog.

I don't currently have plans to start hosting trivia anywhere else; however, I certainly wouldn't rule it out. If I do decide to start again, I'll post information on this blog and send a short note out to the trivia mailing list (subscribe here; no spam, restricted posting) so those would be the best ways to find out.

Thanks again for all of your support!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Night 19: August 7th, 2006

Note: Monday the 7th of August was the final trivia night at Kozak's.

Category 1: Current Events
1. Which actor took out an ad in Variety magazine, pledging “to never work with Mel Gibson – actor, director, producer and anti-Semite”?
A: >Rob Schneider<
2. How many consecutive defeats have the Mariners suffered this season at the hands of the Oakland A’s?
A: >Twelve<
3. Tens of thousands of people from around the world gathered on Sunday to remember what World War II event on its 61st anniversary?
A: >Bombing of Hiroshima<
4. In recent polls, Ned Lamont was leading the incumbent senator by about six points in what state’s democratic primary?
A: >Connecticut<
5. The Blue Angels buzzed Seattle this weekend as part of the annual Seafair festivities. During the performance, do any of the aircraft pass Mach 1?
A: >No (fastest speed is about 700mph, just below Mach 1)<

Category 2: Company initials
What do (or did) the following company names stand for?
1. IBM
A: >International Business Machines<
A: >Government Employees Insurance Company<
3. B&O (railroad)
A: >Baltimore & Ohio<
4. AT&T
A: >American Telephone & Telegraph<
5. UPN
A: >United Paramount Network<

Category 3: Finales
1. Which character was killed in the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but was later resurrected as part of the spin-off series Angel?
A: >Spike<
2. In the final scene of the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard for the first time joins the senior staff in what activity?
A: >Weekly poker game<
3. At the end of the final episode of Sex and the City, the audience learns that Mr. Big’s first name is what?
A: >John<
4. Which character confessed to cheating during “The Contest” in the series finale of Seinfeld?
A: >George<
5. The finale of what show is the top network telecast of all time in the US, with 60.2% of households watching?
A: >M*A*S*H<

Category 4: Classical music
Name the composer.
1. Piano Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight); 1st movement
A: >Ludwig van Beethoven<
2. The Planets, Op. 32; Mars, the Bringer of War
A: >Gustav Holst<
3. Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565
A: >Johann Sebastian Bach<
4. La donna è mobile from Rigoletto
A: >Giuseppe Verdi<
5. The Four Seasons; Autumn, Concerto in F major, op. No. 3; 3rd movement
A: >Antonio Vivaldi<

Category 5: Better known as…
I’ll give you someone’s real name, you tell me by what name they’re more famously known.
1. Singer Paul Hewson?
A: >Bono<
2. Musician Jayceon Terell Taylor?
A: >The Game<
3. Nobel Prize winner Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu?
A: >Mother Teresa<
4. Writer Eric Arthur Blair?
A: >George Orwell<
5. Singer Faroukh Bulsara?
A: >Freddie Mercury<

Category 6: Royalty
1. Which French king held the longest reign of any European monarch, at 72 years?
A: >Louis XIV (The Sun King)<
2. The House of Windsor is the current Royal House of the United Kingdom. Who was the first monarch of the House of Windsor?
A: >George V<
3. Which country has the longest currently reigning monarch, at 60 years?
A: >Thailand (King Bhumibol Adulyadej aka King Rama IX)<
4. Prince Charles is first in the line of succession to the British throne. Who is second?
A: >Prince William<
5. According to the Act of Succession of 1810, which country’s monarch must come from within the House of Bernadotte and must be a Christian?
A: >Sweden’s<

Category 7: Last lines
I’ll quote the last line of a movie, you tell me what movie it’s from.
1. “After all, tomorrow is another day.”
A: >Gone With The Wind<
2. “Sure, I could have stayed in the past. I could have even been king. But in my own way, I am king. Hail to the king, baby.”
A: >Army of Darkness<
3. “This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”
A: >Alien<
4. “You finally really did it. You maniacs! You blew it up! God damn you! God damn you all to hell!”
A: >Planet of the Apes<
5. “You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry: you will someday.”
A: >American Beauty<
6. "Say friend, you got any more of that good sarsparilla?"
A: >The Big Lebowski<

Category 8: Audio mystery category…
Name the artist.
1. Cry Me A River
A: >Justin Timberlake (2004 – Best Male Pop Vocal Performance)<
2. Happiness In Slavery
A: >Nine Inch Nails (1996 – Best Metal Performance)<
3. Ready to Run
A: >Dixie Chicks (2000 - Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal)<
4. If I Ain’t Got You
A: >Alicia Keys (2005 – Best Female R&B Vocal Performance)<
5. Crawling
A: >Linkin Park (2002 – Best Hard Rock Performance)<
Bonus: What do all of these songs have in common?
A: >They are all songs that have won Grammy Awards.<

The best average score was 23 points by Frown Huggers, a three person team. Beer Spill #1 took second place with 26 points while Deflated Maus took first place with a total of 28 points. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who has participated over the last 19 weeks!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Night 18: July 31st, 2006

Category 1: Current Events
1. What movie took the number one spot at the box office this weekend?
A: >Miami Vice<
2. The Clerics on Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council have banned that country’s Muslims from using what wrinkle remover for fear that it may contain some substances derived from pigs?
A: >Botox<
3. Which actor was arrested in California on Friday for a DUI and allegedly made several anti-semitic remarks to sheriff’s deputies?
A: >Mel Gibson<
4. A couple in Massachusetts have been charged with practicing medicine without a license after a woman died undergoing what procedure in her home?
A: >Liposuction<
5. Lance Bass recently outed himself and indicated that his boyfriend is Reichen Lehmkuhl, the winner of which reality TV show?
A: >Amazing Race (4th season)<

Category 2: Debunked Science
1. It is understood now that light does not need a medium through which to travel. Prior to this discovery, what was the name of the substance thought to be the medium?
A: >Ether<
2. The germ theory of disease was preceded by a belief that diseases such as cholera and the Black Plague were caused by a noxious form of bad air known as what?
A: >Miasma<
3. Hippocrates believed that the balance of four substances – blood, black bile, yellow bile and phlegm – determined the health of the body. What is the collective name for these four substances?
A: >The Humours<
4. The Steady State theory was introduced by Fred Hoyle, Thomas Gold and others in 1948 as an alternative to which widely accepted theory?
A: >The Big Bang Theory<
5. The Phlogiston Theory held that phlogiston was a substance without color, odor, taste or weight that could be liberated from a material by what process?
A: >Burning it<

Category 3: Coaches
1. Prior to coaching the Seahawks, Mike Holmgren was head coach of what NFL team?
A: >Green Bay Packers<
2. Which World Series winning manager started his playing career with the Montreal Expos in 1981 and also spent time with the Cubs, Reds, Indians and Brewers during his 10-year playing career?
A: >Terry Francona<
3. Who is the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes?
A: >Wayne Gretzky<
4. John Madden is most well known as a color commentator. Which team did Madden coach from 1969-1978 including a win at Superbowl XI?
A: >Oakland Raiders<
5. Which coach was selected as one of the ten greatest coaches in the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Star team and has been head coach for five championships – 4 with the Lakers and 1 with the Heat?
A: >Pat Riley<

Category 4: Word Puzzles
1. What type of tree, native to the US, contains all five vowels?
A: >Sequoia<
2. There is a seven letter word made up solely of the letters A, E, R & S. Take away all the “R”s and you are left with a five letter word that can mean “alleviates”. From this word, take away the “E”s and you are left with a three letter word that informally describes a body part or perhaps someone who is an idiot. Remove the “S”s and you are left with a one letter article. What is the initial seven letter word?
A: >Erasers (Eases, Ass, A)<
3. What Oscar winning movie would spell your phone number, if your phone number were 244-2246?
A: >Chicago<
4. Take an eight letter word which means “brings to life”. Removing one letter and reversing the remaining letters gives a word meaning “enduring strength”. What was the original eight letter word?
A: >Animates (Stamina)<
5. Take a seven letter word which means “come from within”. Move the first letter of the word to the end and you now have a word which describes an aquatic mammal. What is the first word?
A: >Emanate (Manatee)<

Category 5: Gay Celebrities
1. How many members of the Indigo Girls are openly gay?
A: >2 (or both of them – Amy Ray & Emily Saliers)<
2. Which singer, frontman of heavy metal band Judas Priest, came out in 1998?
A: >Rob Halford<
3. Which British actor who came out in 1989 played Julia Robert’s gay best friend in My Best Friend’s Wedding and Madonna’s gay best friend in The Next Best Thing?
A: >Rupert Everett<
4. Which avant-garde composer, famous for his aleatoric pieces, was life partner to choreographer Merce Cunningham?
A: >John Cage<
5. Which tennis player who won Wimbledon this year came out in 1999 following the semi-finals of the Australian Open?
A: >Amelie Mauresmo<

Category 6: Presidents
1. Which president went on to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
A: >William Howard Taft<
2. Which two presidents are the only ones to have been impeached, both unsuccessfully?
A: >Andrew Johnson & Bill Clinton<
3. What is the greatest number of former presidents alive at any time in American history?
A: >Five (for example, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr, & Clinton from 1/20/01 to 6/5/04)<
4. Which former president was elected as vice-president and succeeded Zachary Taylor following Taylor’s death; did not run for the presidency following his term in office; and then four years later ran for president as the Know Nothing Party candidate, finishing third in the voting?
A: >Millard Fillmore<
5. Who is the only person to have held two non-consecutive terms as president?
A: >Grover Cleveland<

Category 7: Mystery Category
1. What was the callsign for Lieutenant Pete Mitchell in the movie Top Gun?
A: >Maverick<
2. The amount of thermal energy necessary to change one gram of a substance from solid to liquid is known as its heat of what?
A: >Fusion<
3. If you were born on May 19th, what would your star sign be?
A: >Taurus<
4. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, which type of skiing was made up of four events – men’s & women’s moguls & aerials.
A: >Freestyle<
5. Which Journey album, released in 1981, features the track “Don’t Stop Believin”?
A: >Escape<
Bonus: What do all these answers have in common?
A: >They are all models of Ford cars<

Category 8: “Weird Al”
I’ll play a Weird Al track, you tell me the artist he’s parodying.
1. A Complicated Song
A: >Avril Lavigne (Complicated)<
2. I Think I’m A Clone Now
A: >Tiffany (I Think We’re Alone Now) [Originally by Tommy James & The Shondells]<
3. Pretty Fly for a Rabbi
A: >The Offspring<
4. She Drives Like Crazy
A: >Fine Young Cannibals<
5. You’re Pitiful
A: >James Blunt<

The best average score was 24 points for Groundhogs, a two person team. Second place was claimed by The Goatses with 31 points. The first place winners were B Tests with 32 points. Congratulations to the winners and thanks everyone for playing!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Night 17: July 24th, 2006

Category 1: Current Events
1. Who won the Tour de France this year?
A: >Floyd Landis<
2. Which actor joked that he’d met his “first stalker” after a woman at a taping of the tonight show approached him and told him, “I’ll see you in court”?
A: >Colin Farrell<
3. Space Adventures, a company that has already sent three people to the International Space Station for touristic purposes, recently announced that future customers can add what to their trip for an additional 15 million dollars?
A: >A spacewalk<
4. A study at the University of Vienna showed that sharing a bed with a partner had what effect on men?
A: >It produces “temporary mental setbacks” – makes them stupider.<
5. Which former mayor of Spokane who was recalled from office following an internet sex scandal, died this weekend following complications from cancer surgery?
A: >James West<

Category 2: Poisonings
1. During what country’s 2004 elections was politician Viktor Yuschenko poisoned with dioxin?
A: >Ukraine<
2. Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago declared that they believed which famous composer died of lead poisoning?
A: >Ludwig van Beethoven<
3. Which Renaissance Italian noble, daughter of the future Pope Alexander VI, is renowned as one of the most famous poisoners of all time?
A: >Lucrezia Borgia<
4. The Peoples Temple cult committed mass suicide on November 18th, 1978, by drinking cyanide laced KoolAid at their compound in what town in Guyana?
A: >Jonestown<
5. Socrates was sentenced to death by drinking a cup of what?
A: >Hemlock<

Category 3: Horror!
1. Which director of the Nightmare on Elm Street series also directed the Scream series, parodying many of the horror movie clichés that he helped make popular?
A: >Wes Craven<
2. Which actress got her first big break as Laurie Strode, the youngest sister of Michael Myers?
A: >Jamie Lee Curtis<
3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacres alleges to be a true story based on which serial killer?
A: >Ed Gein<
4. Ed Wood created several cult classic low budget horror films. Who directed the 1994 biopic of his life?
A: >Tim Burton<
5. Which 1968 black and white horror film directed by George Romero was placed by the Library of Congress on the National Film Registry along with other films considered “historically, culturally or aesthetically important”?
A: >Night of the Living Dead<

Category 4: Combinames
The answer will be a combination of two peoples names with one person’s last name being the other person’s first. For example, “Author of Get Shorty & Beautiful Losers” would be Elmore Leonard Cohen.
1. Top American tennis player who directed the Pink Panther movies.
A: >James Blake Edwards<
2. Beverly Hills actress and top selling country artist.
A: >Jennie Garth Brooks<
3. American patriot who said, “Give me liberty or give me death,” and went to live by Walden Pond.
A: >Patrick Henry Thoreau<
4. Astronaut with a famous recording of the Goldberg Variations.
A: >John Glenn Gould<
5. US President during World War I who wrote the hit song “In The Midnight Hour”.
A: >Woodrow Wilson Pickett<

Category 5: Charlie Sheen
1. Which actor did Charlie Sheen replace on the sitcom Spin City?
A: >Michael J Fox<
2. Which actress initiated divorce proceedings from Sheen in April 2006?
A: >Denise Richards<
3. Charlie Sheen has acted alongside his brother Emilio Estevez in 5 films. Name 2 of them.
A: >Loaded Weapon I; Men At Work; Never on Tuesday; Wisdom; Young Guns<
4. In the movie Major League, Sheen plays pitcher Rick Vaughn. What baseball team does he play for?
A: >Cleveland Indians<
5. Charlie Sheen was cast in the movie Wall Street, directed by Oliver Stone. Stone apparently considered Sheen for a role in his next movie but wound up giving the role to Tom Cruise. What movie was this?
A: >Born on the Fourth of July<

Category 6: Swimming
1. Mark Spitz holds the record for most gold medals won during a single Olympic Games, with seven. During which Olympics (year & city) did he achieve this?
A: >Munich, 1972<
2. In 1998, Benoit Lecomte became the first man to swim across what body of water?
A: >The Atlantic Ocean<
3. Which swimming stroke was considered a variant of the breaststroke until accepted as a separate style in 1952?
A: >Butterfly stroke<
4. What is the acronym for the world governing body of competitive swimming?
A: >FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation)<
5. Which swimmer, born in 1982 and recognized as one of the greatest middle-distance swimmers, has won five Olympic gold medals, more than any other Australian?
A: >Ian Thorpe (Thorpedo)<

Category 7: Political Scandals
1. Which mayor of Washington, DC, was forced to leave office during his third term due to his arrest and conviction on drug charges, but later returned to serve a fourth term?
A: >Marion Barry<
2. Who were the two reporters at the Washington Post who were instrumental in uncovering the Watergate Scandal?
A: >Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein<
3. The Iran-Contra affair under President Reagan involved the illegal selling of arms to Iran and the use of the proceeds to fund the Contras in what Central American country?
A: >Nicaragua<
4. One of the first major scandals in American politics occurred during the adminstration of Warren G. Harding. Harding’s Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall, leased the rights to the emergency oil reserves to Mammoth Oil with no competitive bidding, in exchange for substantial gifts from the oilmen. What is the name commonly given to this scandal?
A: >The Teapot Dome Scandal<
5. In 1985, operatives of the French foreign intelligence services sank a ship in Auckland, New Zealand. The ship was the flagship of what organization?
A: >Greenpeace<

Category 8: Circles!
Name the artist:
1. Round & Round
A: >Ratt<
2. Circles
A: >Mariah Carey<
3. Circle of Life
A: >Elton John<
4. Judith
A: >A Perfect Circle<
5. You Spin Me Right Round
A: >Dead or Alive<

The best average score was an astonishing 28 points, achieved by the one man team, Team Jonathan. Two teams were tied for first with 31 points so there was a sudden death runoff. Two representatives from each team were asked the same question.

Q: In what year was the Battle of Hastings?
A: >1066<

Team Emo answered the question correctly and won first place. The Great Triviadini therefore finished in second place. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone for playing!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Night 16: July 17, 2006

Category 1: The 16th century

1) On January 23, 1556, the deadliest earthquake in recorded history killed more than 800,000 people. In which modern-day country would one find the quake's epicenter?
A: >China<
2) Sir Thomas More, one of the greatest literary figures of the 16th century, coined a term that's still used regularly to this day. The term involves a little bit of wordplay: it simultaneously suggests Greek terms for 'no place' and for 'good place'. What is the term?
A: >'Utopia'<
3) One of the most supremely cynical works of political philosophy was published during the 16th century. This work, entitled The Prince, is in many ways an instruction manual for dirty politics, and even today many politicos turn to it for inspiration. Who was the author of The Prince?
A: >Niccolo Machiavelli<
4) The 16th century saw the initiation of contact between Japan and modern Europe, beginning with the arrival in 1543 of trade ships blown off course en route to China. From which European nation did these traders hail?
A: >Portugal<
5) One of the most colorful characters of the 16th century was Henry VIII, famous as much for his six marriages as for any of his governmental accomplishments. After his first divorce, Henry famously married Anne Boleyn. Who was it that he divorced in order to marry Anne?
A: >Catherine of Aragon<

Category 2: Arr! Pirates!

1) The novel Treasure Island is the source of many popular ideas about pirates and piracy; among other things, the novel introduced the idea of a treasure map with X marking the spot, as well as the saying "Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum". Who was the author of this seminal adventure novel?
A: >Robert Louis Stevenson<
2) One of England's most celebrated mariners actually began his career as a pirate, raiding Spanish holdings throughout the Caribbean and even at one point capturing Spain's Silver Train. He went on to become the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe, claiming huge parts of western North America along the way; later, he was instrumental in Britain's annihilation of the Spanish Armada. What was this former pirate's name?
A: >Sir Francis Drake<
3) In November 2005, the American luxury cruiseliner The Seabourn Spirit was attacked by a band of pirate speedboats off the coast of a particular African nation. Which nation was this?
A: >Somalia<
4) The latest Pirates of the Caribbean film - Dead Man's Chest - recently set the all-time record for opening weekend ticket sales, taking in over $135 million dollars in its first three days. Which 2002 film was the previous record holder, with sales of nearly $115 million in its first three days?
A: >Spider-Man<
5) A number of professional sports teams around the world include pirate-related themes in their names or logos. In the Big Four American professional sports leagues, three teams have images of pirates in their official logos. One of these teams is baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates. What are the other two?
A: >Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders<

Category 3: Prime ministers

1) Which country's prime minister stepped down this past April after more than one third of his country's voters opted for 'none of the above' on their ballots?
A: >Thailand<
2) In many countries, the prime minister's official title is, sensibly enough, a term derived from the country's official language. In which country is the prime minister known as the 'Taoiseach'?
A: >Ireland<
3) Which nation's president has found himself in hot water in recent weeks after he appointed his identical twin brother to the post of prime minister?
A: >Poland<
4) The office of prime minister of India has been utterly dominated by a single family since India achieved independence. The first prime minister of India served for more than 16 years; later, one of his children served as prime minister, followed by one of his grandchildren. All told, the first prime minister and his descendents have held the office of prime minister for more than half of India's history. What was the name of the first prime minister of India?
A: >Jawaharlal Nehru<
5) One of the United Kingdom's best-known prime ministers, and its only one of Jewish descent, was a well-known literary figure long before his ascent to the top ranks of politics; his works included the romance novels Sybil and Vivian Grey. What was his name?
A: >Benajamin Disraeli<

Category 4: Disemvowelled words

Five words have been stripped of their vowels (a, e, i, o, u, y). Using the consonants (which are given in order) and the given lengths, reconstruct the original words by adding back the missing vowels.

1) cff (6 letters)
A: >coffee<
2) sll (7 letters)
A: >usually<
3) vrn (8 letters)
A: >everyone<
4) prtn (9 letters) (Note: a mea culpa is in order here. When I asked this question, I said that the answer had 8 letters. There is no eight-letter word that fits the bill. Profound apologies to all of the teams who racked their brains during the break trying to come up with a non-existent word.)
A: >operation<
5) ngh (6 letters)
A: >enough<

Category 5: Mystery category

1) Which single, which reached the top 20 in the United States and the top 10 in Britain, is considered to be Madonna's first true hit song?
A: >Holiday<
2) Which flower is the national flower of the United States?
A: >Rose<
3) What was the skateboarding nickname of Mark Rogowski, the former professional skater who, following a conversion to evangelical Christianity, brutally murdered a long-time fan and acquaintance, a crime for which he's currently serving a 31-year prison sentence?
A: >Gator<
4) In the 1985 film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Pee-Wee is told by a psychic that his beloved bicycle is hidden in the basement of a particular historical building; Pee-Wee, on arriving at this building following a lengthy journey, discovers to his shock and dismay that the building does not in fact have a basement. What was this historical building?
A: >The Alamo<
5) Which color was worn by those Ukrainians protesting the widespread fraud and corruption marking Ukraine's 2004 presidential election?
A: >Orange<
Bonus) What's the common thread linking all of the answers in this category?
A: >They're all names of major NCAA bowl games.<

Category 6: Traitors

1) One of the most infamous traitors of World War II was a Norwegian fascist politician, nicknamed "the Hitler of Norway", who announced during a news program that he was staging a coup d'etat against the Norwegian government. This man's name has subsequently been adopted into the English language as a synonym for 'traitor'. What was his name?
A: >Quisling<
2) Which convicted traitor is sometimes described by cynical British people as "the only man to enter Parliament with honorable intentions"?
A: >Guy Fawkes<
3) The soldiers of the High Priest Caiphus, who were sent to arrest Jesus following Judas's betrayal, required Judas's help in determining which man it was they were to arrest. Which gesture did Judas use in order to identify Jesus to the soldiers?
A: >A kiss<
4) One of the most infamous incidents of anti-semitism in modern French history involved the wrongful conviction for treason of a Jewish artillery officer serving in the French army. This officer was eventually exonerated; many credit this outcome largely to writer Emile Zola, who famously published an open letter entitled "J'accuse!" which brought the issue worldwide attention. What was the name of the Jewish officer who was the target of this injustice?
A: >Albert Dreyfus<
5) According to Dante, in his epic poem The Divine Comedy, one of the nine levels of Hell is reserved for traitors. Which level is this?
A: >The 9th, or bottommost, level.<

Category 7: TV shows within TV shows

1) Joey, everyone's favorite character from Friends, was an actor who seemed to be perpetually unlucky in landing choice roles. At one point, however, Joey managed to land a role on Days of Our Lives. What was the name of Joey's character on that show?
A: >Dr. Drake Ramoray<
2) An Invitation to Love was an overwrought soap opera popular among some characters on a 1990s mystery-drama show. Which show was this?
A: >Twin Peaks<
3) Which TV character appeared on TV shows as diverse as "Alien Nose Jobs", "Let's Save Tony Orlando's House", and "Out with Gout '88"?
A: >Troy McClure<
4) Which television show featured the character of Rob Petrie, a comedy writer for the fictional New York TV series The Alan Brady Show?
A: >The Dick van Dyke Show<
5) Which popular and long-running comedy show saw one of its main characters host Vermont Today, a local TV talk show featuring interviews with a number of eccentric guests?
A: >Newhart<

Category 8: Bond themes

For each James Bond theme song, name the artist who performed it.

1) Song 1
A: >Live and Let Die, performed by Paul McCartney and Wings (either individually is also acceptable)<
2) Song 2
A: >Tomorrow Never Dies, performed by Sheryl Crow<
3) Song 3
A: >Thunderball, performed by Tom Jones<
4) Song 4
A: >Nobody Does It Better, performed by Carly Simon<
5) Song 5
A: >Goldfinger, performed by Shirley Bassey<
6) Song 6
A: >A View to a Kill, performed by Duran Duran<

This week's winning team was The Great Triviadini, a team of four with a score of 34 out of a possible 41 points. Second place went to Mike and the Tri-State Mechanics, a team of five with a score of 32. The prize for highest average score went, after a thrilling sudden-death runoff, to Ippiki Ookami, a one-man team with an impressive score of 17. Congratulations to the various winners, and thanks to everyone for playing. And apologies again for this week's frustrating slip-up; with regular host Colin's return, we'll be back to first-rate trivia. See you next week!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Night 15: July 10th, 2006

All of tonight's questions somehow involved the World Cup or the nations that participated. If the answer to a question is a country, it will be one of the 32 countries involved in the 2006 World Cup.

Category 1: Current Events
1. Italy won the 2006 World Cup. What was the score of the final match?
A: >1-1 (Italy beat France on penalties after extra time)<
2. Italy is also in the throes of a football match-fixing scandal. Which team’s former general manager, Luciano Moggi, is at the center of the allegations?
A: >Juventus<
3. Junichiro Koizumi, the Japanese Prime Minister, recently visited George Bush. What American landmark did they become the first sitting world leaders to visit, at the Prime Minister’s request?
A: >Graceland<
4. Which nation’s election results are being contested by the two candidates since there appears to be less than a percentage point difference between them?
A: >Mexico<
5. The Wimbledon men’s singles final was contested yesterday by Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal, citizens of which two World Cup nations?
A: >Switzerland & Spain<

Category 2: National Facts
1. Which World Cup nation has the smallest population?
A: >Trinidad & Tobago<
2. Which World Cup nation has the most southerly point?
A: >Argentina<
3. Accra is the capital of which World Cup country?
A: >Ghana<
4. Which World Cup country’s currency is the Riyal?
A: >Saudi Arabia<
5. Which of the following countries is not a member of the European Union: Czech Republic; Poland; Sweden; or Switzerland?
A: >Switzerland <

Category 3: History
1. Which former colony of Portugal played Portugal in the opening round of the World Cup?
A: >Angola<
2. In what century did Australia gain its independence from the UK?
A: >20th<
3. Which two nations were involved in the Falklands War in 1982?
A: >England (UK) & Argentina<
4. The Koreas were famously divided by the US & the Soviet Union at what parallel?
A: >The 38th Parallel<
5. Which US president authorized the CIA to assist British Intelligence in overthrowing the Iranian prime minister and re-installing the Shah?
A: >Eisenhower<

Category 4: National Anthems
I'll play a national anthem, you tell me which country has it played before their World Cup games.
1. Anthem 1
A: >United States<
2. Anthem 2
A: >Germany<
3. Anthem 3
A: >France<
4. Anthem 4
A: >Brazil<
5. Anthem 5
A: >England<

Category 5: What’s My Country?
I’ll name a player for a World Cup team, you tell me what country he plays for.
1. Hernan Crespo
A: >Argentina<
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A: >Sweden<
3. Carlos Bocanegra
A: >United States<
4. Michael Essien
A: >Ghana<
5. Mark Viduka
A: >Australia<

Category 6: Germany
1. What city was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990?
A: >Bonn<
2. In what place did Germany finish in the 2006 World Cup?
A: >3rd<
3. Who succeeded Gerhard Schröder as the German Chancellor?
A: >Angela Merkel<
4. What German quartet, founded in 1970 by Florian Schneider-Esleben and Ralf Hütter, released an album titled Autobahn and are credited with significant contributions to the development of electronic music?
A: >Kraftwerk<
5. Richard Wagner was born in what city, the only former East German city to host games during the latest World Cup?
A: >Leipzig<

Category 7: The World Cup
1. Whose goal against England in the 1986 World Cup was voted as the greatest World Cup goal of all time?
A: >Diego Maradona<
2. In what year did the US host the FIFA World Cup?
A: >1994<
3. Which player received the Golden Ball at the 2006 World Cup?
A: >Zinedine Zidane<
4. How many times have Italy won the World Cup?
A: >4<
5. Which player has scored the most ever World Cup goals?
A: >Ronaldo<

Category 8: Name the Country
I’ll play a song, you tell me which World Cup country the artist or band is from. Bonus point for naming the artist.
1. Torn
A: >Australia (Natalie Imbruglia)<
2. Twiggy Twiggy
A: >Japan (Pizzicato Five)<
3. La Puerta Negra
A: >Mexico (Los Tigres del Norte)<
4. Hate To Say I Told You So
A: >Sweden (The Hives)<
5. Mas Que Nada
A: >Brazil (Tamba Trio)<

The best average score was an impressive 20 points by the one-man team, Vault 13. In second place with a score of 34 (despite some erroneous information from the trivia host) was Super Karate Monkey Death Car. First place was won by Les Nacheaux with 36 points. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone for playing! Less World Cup next week!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Night 14: July 3, 2006

#1: The 1400s

1) We all learned in school that Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492. But on which island did Columbus first land?
A: >San Salvador<
2) Shakepeare's play Henry V, which treats the events of the Battle of Agincourt of 1415, includes one of the Bard's best-known monologues, which begins "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; / For he to-day that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother". This monologue is delivered on the feast day of a particular saint. Which saint is this?
A: >St. Crispin<
3) In May of 1453, the Ottoman Empire, led by Sultan Mehmed II, finally took the city of Constantinople. Which country did the Ottomans take Constantinople from?
A: >Byzantine Empire<
4) For over thirty years during the 1400s, the House of York and the House of Lancaster fought over the rights to the English throne. By what name is this intermittant civil war known today?
A: >The War of the Roses<
5) The 1400s saw the emergence of one of the more colorful characters in Romanian history, namely Vlad the Impaler, a crusading Christian prince with a reputation for savagery. By what name do we know Vlad the Impaler today?
A: >Dracula<

#2: Rocket science

1) Which American physicist and member of the committee investigating the Challenger disaster famously demonstrated the problem with the Shuttle's O-rings by placing a small O-ring into a glass of ice water?
A: >Richard Feynman<
2) When sending probes into the outer reaches of the Solar System, NASA often employs trajectories which bring the probes very near to one or more planets. The practical effect of this is to substantially accelerate the probes as they pass those planets, allowing them to reach the outer solar system more rapidly. What is the common name for this technique?
A: >Gravitational slingshot<
3) What is the term describing the minimum speed an object must be traveling if it is to indefinitely move away from the source of a particular gravitational field?
A: >Escape velocity<
4) Which German scientist, despite being a member of the SS and having been heavily involved in the design of the German V-2 rocket, went on to become director of NASA, after being granted U.S. citizenship under Operation Paperclip?
A: >Wernher von Braun<
5) Author Arthur C. Clarke is credited with popularizing the idea of placing communications satellites in a particular type of orbit in which objects remain fixed above a certain point on the earth's surface. What is the name for this type of orbit?
A: >Geosynchronous orbit<

#3: Interesting failures

1) Richard Hatch, winner of the original US version of Survivor, won, in addition to his million dollars, a new Pontiac SUV. This SUV went on to become one of the greatest failure stories in recent automotive history, largely because of its appalling looks; one Pontiac executive remarked that it looked like an 'angry appliance'. What was the name of this SUV?
A: >Aztek<
2) The Macintosh was not the first Apple computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface. Two years before the Macintosh was introduced, Apple released a computer which reteailed for nearly $10,000, and featured a 5Mhz chip and a whopping 1 MB of memory. This computer turned out to be an absolute flop. What was its name?
A: >Apple Lisa<
3) One of the greatest failures in sporting history occurred during the sixth game of the 1986 World Series, when a ground ball rolled between the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, leading to a Mets victory. Who hit the ball that rolled between Buckner's legs?
A: >Mookie Wilson<
4) Geraldo Rivera in 1986 hosted a two-hour syndicated television special, the most widely watched show of its kind, in which he hoped to reveal the secrets of one of the twentieth century's most notorious men by opening that man's secret vault. Inside, before a vast TV audience, Geraldo found little more than some dust and a glass bottle. Whose vault was it that Geraldo opened?
A: >Al Capone<
5) One of the more spectacular dot-com failures involved a company whose business consisted of, incredibly, the free delivery, in less than an hour, of a variety of small-ticket items, such as DVDs and snacks, to addresses in roughly ten major urban areas. This amazingly dubious business model nonetheless managed to attract around a quarter of a billion dollars of venture capital; the company quickly burned through this pile of cash before closing its doors in April of 2001. What was the name of this company?
A: >Kozmo<

#4: Palindromes (each answer is a palindrome)

1) What an aspiring band might drop off at the offices of the Sub Pop record label.
A: >Some demos<
2) A beer fit for a king.
A: >Regal lager<
3) A possible motto for a union of seamstresses.
A: >We sew.<
4) Made off like a bandit.
A: >Stole lots<
5) Someone who really enjoys a good uprising.
A: >Revolt lover<

#5: Mystery category

1) Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle describes the plight of a Lithuanian family working in the Union Stock Yards of which major U.S. city?
A: >Chicago<
2) Which man, who ranked number 2, behind Albert Einstein, on Time Magazine's list of people of the 20th century, spent his college years at University College London training to be a barrister?
A: >Gandhi<
3) Which U.S. military figure, nicknamed "Old Blood and Guts", believed that he was the reincarnation of a Roman legionnaire as well as of the ancient Carthaginian general Hannibal?
A: >Patton<
4) Which Shakespeare play is the origin of the well-worn phrase "To thine own self be true"?
A: >Hamlet<
5) What's the smallest army unit that's led by a commissioned officer?
A: >Platoon<
Bonus) What's the common theme among all the answers in this category?
A: >They're all titles of winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture<

#6: Famous addresses

1) Which well-known fictional character lived at 221b Baker Street?
A: >Sherlock Holmes<
2) Whose official residence is Number One Observatory Circle?
A: >The Vice President, Dick Cheney<
3) Who lived for a time at 263 Prinsengracht, Amsterdam?
A: >Anne Frank<
4) Which fictional character lived at 7 Eccles Street, Dublin?
A: >Leopold Bloom<
5) The official residence of the Prime Minister of the UK is 10 Downing Street. Whose official residence is 11 Downing Street?
A: >The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown<

#7: Dramatis Personae (name the fictional work in which these characters appear)

1) Jack Torrance, Wendy Torrance, Dick Hallorann
A: >The Shining<
2) Winston Smith, Emmanuel Goldstein, O'Brien
A: >1984<
3) Lucy Honeychurch, George Emerson, Charlotte Bartlett
A: >A Room with a View<
4) Josef K, Frau Grubach, Fraeulein Buerstner
A: >The Trial<
5) Alfred Lambert, Enid Lambert, Gary Lambert
A: >The Corrections<

#8: Theme songs (identify the corresponding TV show for each theme song)

1) Click here to listen to song 1
A: >Peter Gunn<
2) Click here to listen to song 2
A: >Doogie Howser<
3) Click here to listen to song 3
A: >Dawson's Creek ("I Don't Want to Wait" by Paula Cole)<
4) Click here to listen to song 4
A: >Doctor Who<
5) Click here to listen to song 5
A: >Perry Mason<
6) Click here to listen to song 6
A: >Charmed ("How Soon Is Now?" by Love Spit Love)<

This week's winning team was I'll Wear My Lederhosen, a team of six with a score of 35 out of a possible 42 points. Second place went, after a tense and action-packed playoff round, to Double Tree Team, a team of five with a score of 28. The prize for highest average score went to Vault 13, a one-man team with an impressive score of 13. Congratulations to the various winners, and thanks to everyone for playing. See you next week!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Night 13: June 26th, 2006

#1: Thirteen

1) What is the term for the fear of the number 13?
A: >Triskaidekaphobia<
2) The current official motto of the United States - In God We Trust - contains 12 letters. The original official motto of the United States, in what may have been a deliberate symbolic gesture, contained 13 letters. What was this original motto?
A: >E Pluribus Unum<
3) Five different basketball teams - the Warriors, the Globetrotters, the Lakers, the Kansas Jayhawks, and the 76s - retired jersey number 13 in honor of one particular basketball great. Who was this great player who wore unlucky 13 throughout much of his career?
A: >Wilt Chamberlain<
4) Four states - New Jersey, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Delaware - rejected the 13th Amendment when it was initially up for ratification; those same four states later reversed course and ratified the amendment, the last of them doing so in 1995. What is the subject matter of this controversial amendment?
A: >The abolition of slavery<
5) The poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird begins with the lines: "Among twenty snowy mountains / The only moving thing / Was the eye of the blackbird." Which American modernist poet wrote this piece?
A: >Wallace Stevens<

#2: Etymology

1) This term, which comes to us from the Old French for "cover fire", originally denoted the custom of sounding a signal, such as a bell, to indicate that all of the fires in a village should be extinguished for the night. What is this term?
A: >Curfew<
2) Which word, somewhat out of step with its current usage, is from a Latin term meaning "to punish every tenth person"?
A: >Decimate<
3) Which animal's name comes from the Spanish term for "the lizard"?
A: >Alligator<
4) This term, denoting a seemingly unstoppable force, comes from the Sanskrit for "Lord of the Universe", one of the names of Krishna. The term originates from the observations by British missionaries of an annual chariot procession from one of Krishna's temples, in which a 45-foot-tall multi-ton chariot is wheeled along. What is this term?
A: >Juggernaut<
5) This term, used to describe someone you share an experience or journey with, comes from the Old French term for "one who breaks bread with another". What is the term?
A: >Companion<

#3: The Northwest on film

1) What local natural feature and landmark features prominently in the opening credits of David Lynch's series Twin Peaks?
A: >Snoqualmie Falls<
2) Name the 1989 movie, filmed largely in Portland, which follows a group of junkies as they rob hospitals and pharmacies in an effort to support their habits.
A: >Drugstore Cowboy<
3) The movie My Own Private Idaho features Keanu Reeves as Scott Favor, son of the wealthy mayor of Portland. Which Shakespearean character is Scott Favor based on?
A: >Prince Hal, or Henry V<
4) On the subject of Shakespeare, which 1999 film based on The Taming of the Shrew prominently featured Tacoma's Stadium High School?
A: >10 Things I Hate About You<
5) Set in Seattle, John Woo's 2003 film Paycheck was based on a 1953 short story of the same name. Name the writer of this story.
A: >Philip K. Dick<

#4: Mystery category

1) Name the breed of dog which, with a top speed of up to 45 mph, is among the fastest of all land mammals.
A: >Greyhound<
2) What's the popular name of the Scottish outlaw hero who was granted a full pardon in the wake of the publication of the novel Highland Rogue, a fictionalized account of his life written by Daniel Defoe?
A: >Rob Roy<
3) Which magazine in 1988, while under the editorship of Helen Gurley Brown, controversially claimed that women having sex with HIV-infected men were at little risk of contracting the disease, and further claimed that HIV could not be transmitted via sex in the missionary position?
A: >Cosmopolitan<
4) What's the term for a skilled craftsman who works on large-scale iron fabrication, including the construction of bridges and blast furnaces?
A: >Boilermaker<
5) What is the popular name of the British paramilitary force, formally known as the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, which was infamous for its brutal suppression of the Irish Republican movement?
A: >Black and Tans<
Bonus) What's the theme of this category?
A: >All of the answers are names of alcoholic beverages.<

#5: Fine cuisine

1) The Michelin Red Guide, arguably the world's most highly-regarded restaurant guide, awards stars to those restaurants it regards as truly outstanding. What's the maximum number of stars a restaurant can be awarded by Michelin?
A: >3<
2) What is the term chefs use to refer to the thymus and pancreas of piglets and calves?
A: >Sweetbreads<
3) Auguste Escoffier is regarded by many as the father of modern French cuisine. One of his primary contributions was his identification of the six basic sauces of French cooking. Which of Escoffier's basic sauces consists largely of milk whisked into a white roux made from butter and flour?
A: >Sauce Bechemel<
4) Which great delicacy, which grows in the wild at the base of oak trees, was traditionally sought with the help of pigs?
A: >Truffles<
5) Which prominent chef spent nearly all of the 1960s working as the director of research and new development for Howard Johnson's?
A: >Jacques Pepin<

#6: West Africa

1) From which West African nation does UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan originally hail?
A: >Ghana<
2) Three different West African nations competed in the World Cup for the first time in 2006. Name any two of these three countries.
A: >Ghana, Togo, Cote d'Ivoire<
3) Which ex-warlord and former Liberian president has been charged by the UN with war crimes and was recently sent to the Hague to await trial?
A: >Charles Taylor<
4) Which nation, Africa's smallest, is surrounded on three sides by Senegal?
A: >The Gambia<
5) Which Nigerian author is perhaps best-known for his book Things Fall Apart, which has been translated into around 50 languages and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide?
A: >Chinua Achebe<

#7: Medical history

1) One particularly influential ancient medical hypothesis held that disease was caused by an imbalance in a patient's four humours. Name any two of the four humors.
A: >Blood, yellow bile, black bile, phlegm<
2) Which slang term for a British person derives from a practice in the Royal Navy intended to help sailors ward off scurvy?
A: >Limey<
3) Which ailment, termed "sweet urine disease" by ancient Chinese doctors, was diagnosed, by those same doctors, by observing whether ants were attracted to the urine of patients thought to suffer from it?
A: >Diabetes<
4) Which term describes the once-common medical practice of removing small pieces of bone from the skull?
A: >Trepenation<
5) Edward Jenner devised the smallpox vaccine after observing that women who engaged in a certain occupation were substantially less likely to develop the disease than the general population. What was the occupation of these women?
A: >The women were milkmaids.<

#8: Guest artists (name the guest artist on each of these songs)

1) Click here to listen to song 1
A: >Money for Nothing by Dire Straits, featuring guest artist Sting<
2) Click here to listen to song 2
A: >The Girl Is Mine by Michael Jackson, featuring guest artist Paul McCartney<
3) Click here to listen to song 3
A: >You Got Me by The Roots, featuring guest artist Erykah Badu<
4) Click here to listen to song 4
A: >E-Bow the Letter by R.E.M., featuring guest artist Patti Smith<
5) Click here to listen to song 5
A: >Protection by Massive Attack, featuring Tracey Thorn<

This week's winning team was Quattro Formaggi, a team of four with a score of 34 out of a possible 41 points. In second place was Jake's Sweaty Friends, a team of five with a score of 28. The prize for highest average score went to Occam's Toothbrush, a team of two with an impressive score of 27. Congratulations to the various winners, and thanks to everyone for playing. See you next week!