Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
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Trivia: The Questions (Part I)

As reported before, Dennis and I were the hosts of the weekly Trivia game held at Champions Bar, across the street from where I live. This never happened in the 16 years (or so) that the bar, and we felt honored. For those of you who want to play the game (you know who you are) I'm going to print the first 10 questions (out of 20) and repeat them under the cut with the answers. The contest is over, so no prizes will be awarded. As always, no wagering.

Yes, I write in my ad libs (though not all of them...). While doing this was fun, I kept having to remind myself that we were doing a trivia game and didn't really have to come up with any sort of Ultimate Trivia or anything like that. Our goal was to make it fun for the contestants as well (and not give answers to our ((usual)) teammates.) And yes, I provided the music. The questions alternate between ones Dennis chose and ones I chose, though we talked about it and edited them down.

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Welcome to Champion’s Trivia Night! I’m Baron Dave Romm, your humble but loveable announcer for the evening. Keeping score and keeping you honest is Dennis Sherwood, The Globe-Trotting Electrician. Rick is off this week, trying to find Brett Favre’s reputation. Bob is here to help us out in case we trip over the wires. Trivia is free for all Champion’s customers, and you could win $10 for third place, $25 for second place and a whopping $50 for first place. Come up and get some paper and pencils, and we’ll start the game in a few minutes.

Question 1 is in two parts.
4 pts: How many World Series did the Yankees win?
2 pts: How many did they lose?

Question 2 is worth 3 points.
What actor played the President in “Independence Day”?

Question 3 is a local sports question, as local as you can get, and is in two parts.
4 pts: Across the street from where we sit is the site of Nicollet Park, where the Wells Fargo bank is currently. From 1895-1955, Nicollet Park was home field for what minor league baseball team?
2 pts: Which player for the team in 1960 went on to have a Hall of Fame pro baseball career.

Question 4 is worth 5 points.
Who wrote “The Phantom of the Opera”? First and last name.

Question 5 is in two parts
4 pts: In the 1964 movie Kissin’ Cousins, who played the air force officer Josh Morgan? First and last name.
2 pts: In the same movie, who played his cousin, the girl chasing mountain man Jodie Tatum? First and last name:

Question 6 is worth 4 points.
How many millimeters in an inch? Must be to the tenth.

Question 7 is in two parts.
In the original run of Saturday Night Live, the shows with two guest hosts have never been aired on NBC again. For four points name one, for six points name both.

Question 8 is worth four points.
What countries border Tunisia? That’s the land borders only. You’ve got to get them all, with no extras, to get the points.

Question 9, comics and movie trivia, in two parts.
4 pts What is the last name of Batman's butler Alfred?
2 pts What is the first name of Commissioner Gordon?

Question 10 is dedicated to Rick Nelson and is worth 4 points
How many Earth years does it take for Uranus to circle the Sun? +/- 2 years.

Okay, we’re going to take a break now and be back with a scoring update.



Question 1 is in two parts.
4 pts: How many World Series did the Yankees win? (26)
2 pts: How many did they lose? (13)
I thought this would be fairly easy, but only a few teams got it.

Question 2 is worth 3 points.
What actor played the President in “Independence Day”? (Bill Pullman)
Both Dennis and I thought this was very easy, hence the three points, but no one got it.

Question 3 is a local sports question, as local as you can get, and is in two parts.
4 pts: Across the street from where we sit is the site of Nicollet Park, where the Wells Fargo bank is currently. From 1895-1955, Nicollet Park was home field for what minor league baseball team? (The Minneapolis Millers)
2 pts: Which player for the team in 1960 went on to have a Hall of Fame pro baseball career. (Carl Yastrzimski)
Somewhat to my surprise, most teams got this one, both parts. And we got thanked for asking a local sports question. This was easily the favorite question we asked, based on response.

Question 4 is worth 5 points.
Who wrote “The Phantom of the Opera”? (The book, we clarified) First and last name. (Gaston Leroux)
No one got this

Question 5 is in two parts
4 pts: In the 1964 movie Kissin’ Cousins, who played the air force officer Josh Morgan? First and last name. (Elvis Presley)
2 pts: In the same movie, who played his cousin, the girl chasing mountain man Jodie Tatum? First and last name. (Elvis Presley):
At the last minute, we decided the two parter wasn't justified and only asked the first part. And then no one got it. Alas, maybe Elvis really is dead.

Question 6 is worth 4 points.
How many millimeters in an inch? Must be to the tenth (25.4)
A few teams got this one. Lots of electricians and DIY builders around.

Question 7 is in two parts.
In the original run of Saturday Night Live, the shows with two guest hosts have never been aired on NBC again. For four points name one, for six points name both. (Milton Berle, Louise Lasser)
I knew this would be hard, but no one got either one.

Question 8 is worth four points.
What countries border Tunisia? That’s the land borders only. You’ve got to get them all, with no extras, to get the points. (Algeria, Libya)

Question 9, comics and movie trivia, in two parts.
4 pts What is the last name of Batman's butler Alfred? (Pennyworth)
2 pts What is the first name of Commissioner Gordon? (James/Jim)
I though this would be easy, given that this has been a favorite trivia question for decades and both names were mentioned in The Dark Knight. But no one got Alfred and only a few got Gordon.

Question 10 is dedicated to Rick Nelson and is worth 4 points
How many Earth years does it take for Uranus to circle the Sun? +/- 2 years. (84.3 years, we’ll accept 82-86)
Bar owner Rick loves to ask astronomical questions the answer to which is "Uranus", pronounced in the scatological way.

Okay, we’re going to take a break now and be back with a scoring update.
If I'd played the CD as designed in a previous post starting with the first question, this would have been the nearly seven minutes of Weird Al's Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota, but I started using my music as soon as we did the sound check, about 15 minutes before the event began, so I that didn't pan out.

ETA Part II
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