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The feast of St. Brigid is February 1
The feast of St. Colm Cille of Iona or St. Columba is June 9
I am looking for a place to host semi-annual trivia events on a weekend date near those dates.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Second Sunday Trivia at An Tobar Irish Pub January 11, 2015

Second Sunday Trivia at An Tobar Irish Pub January 11, 2015
Round One
1. A real celebration Waiting for us all If we want it, really want it Can you dig it?

2. Connect these words: Bees, Whales, Serial

3. Which sportscaster popularized phrases such as these?:
"He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin' him to school."
"They call him the Windex Man 'cause he's always cleaning the glass."
& "You ain't gotta go home, but you gotta get the heck outta here."

4. The lion itself is gold and some of the writing and designs are in white, but what is the base color of the Orlando City Lions MLS soccer team as seen on its crest and uniforms?

5. What awards show did Tina Fey describe as the only time when "the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television."

6. How many total pieces are there on a chessboard at the beginning of a game?

7. Which Shakespeare play was set in Scotland and England?

8. Which main Star Trek TNG character was designed and built by Doctor Noonien Soong?

9. Pilsener, porter, and stout are all styles of what?

10. In addition to mice, kangaroo rats, and pocket gophers, what dam-building animal is the fourth of the suborder of rodents known as Castorimorpha?

Round Two
1. Which has more Spanish-speaking people: Los Angeles or the entire Madrid Metropolitan area?

2. What villain did Vincent Price portray in the 1960s Batman TV series?

3. What country produces approximately 36% of all clothing purchased in the United States?

4. In which of TV's Breaking Bad's five seasons did the character Saul Goodman first appear?

5. In which sport do we see two teams of 15 each using a spheroid ball with an elliptical profile on a rectangular field having capital H-shaped goalposts on each "try line"?

6. Why was a U.K. farmer was compelled to kill some of his Heck cattle?
They were a reservoir source for the Ebola virus
They had a different bola virus that cows chiefly get
They showed telltale signs of Mad-cow disease
They were descendants of the so-called Nazi Super Cows and were, hence, too dangerous and aggressive.

7. Within 10: How many member states are there in the United Nations?

8. A xenophile is a lover of what?

9. There are plans in the works for Lee Major's The Six Million Dollar Man to be remade into movie starring Mark Wahlberg as a bionic man costing how much?

10. What mythical female warriors from Asia Minor fought with Troy against the Greeks?

Harry Potter
1. Name one of the three things J.K. Rowling wrote made Harry Potter an unusual boy in the opening paragraph of The Prisoner of Azkaban?

2. What was the name of the hippogriff that attacked Draco Malfoy?

3. Which team handed Harry Potter his first Quidditch defeat ever?

4. When Harry was anonymously sent a Firebolt Quidditch broom as a gift, who did Ron initially think sent it?

5. Who or what verified for Ron that the owl Sirius Black gave him was definitely an owl?

Round Three
1. Which organ, which may be even larger now that you've spent a couple of hours at a Pub, is the largest internal organ in the human body?

2. How much is a "dime" bet in gambler's parlance?

3. What is the only fantasy (or science fiction) movie to win an Oscar for best picture?

4. What HBO TV show, which ended earlier this year after 7 seasons, was based on southern, mystery vampire novels by Charlaine Harris?

5. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson portrayed two basketball hustlers in what 1992 film?

6. What is the title of Korean-rapper Psy's rapping-dance video that broke the YouTube counter at 2,147,483,647 views (greater than a 32-bit integer's handling capacity), as announced on December 1, 2014?

7. What number is both an area code of Los Angeles and a Boeing Wide-body, long-range jet airliner?

8. Who is the only U.S. president to have an African nation's capital named after him?

9. Who framed Roger Rabbit?

10. What adult magazine publisher was shot and paralyzed by racist-extremist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin in 1978?

Bonus Round
1. What was Martin Luther King Jr.'s legal name at birth (he had just a first and last name)?

2. Who were the only two human characters in the Bible (specifically the Old Testament) who did not die?

3. Name three artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA.

4. Name the four states that allow, or have voted to allow by February 24, 2015, recreational use of marijuana. Do not include the District of Columbia in your answer.

5. Among teams with a minimum of 600 wins.
Name the NCAA Division-I football teams with the five highest all-time winning percentages.

Sudden Death
Are the following celebrities dead or alive?
Buddy Ebsen
Eva Gabor
Eddie Albert
Bob Denver
Florence Henderson

Closest to the pin
By how many years did Joe Cocker outlive John Belushi? (In other words, how many years after Belushi died did Cocker die?)

Round One Answers
1. yes, I can
2. Killer
3. Stuart Scott
4. purple
5. Golden Globes
6. 32
7. Macbeth
8. Lieutenant Commander Data
9. Beer
10. the beaver

Round Two Answers
1. the Madrid Metropolitan area (6.5 million vs. LA's 4.4 million; 3.3 million in Madrid proper)
2. Egghead
3. China
4. Season 2
5. Rugby
6. They were descendants of the so-called Nazi Super Cows and were, hence, too dangerous and aggressive.
7. 193 (183–203)
8. strangers, foreign peoplesmanners, or cultures
9. Six Billion Dollars ($6,000,000,000)
10. Amazons

Harry Potter Answers
1. he hated summer holidays (vacation); he wanted to do his homework; he was a wizard
2. Buckbeak (after he attacked Malfoy he was given the alias "Witherwings")
3. Hufflepuff
4. Dumbledore
5. Crookshanks

Round Three Answers
1. the liver
2. $1,000.00
3. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
4. True Blood
5. White Men Can't Jump
6. Gangnam Style
7. 747
8. James Monroe (Monrovia, Liberia)
9. Judge Doom
10. Larry Flynt

Bonus Round Answers
1. Michael King
2. Enoch (Genesis:5:24; Hebrews 11:5)  and Elijah (II Kings 2:10-11)
3. saccharin or Sweet'N Low;
aspartame or Nutrasweet;
sucralose or Splenda;
Neotame or Newtame;
acesulfame potassium or Sweet One;
 and advantame
[Cyclamate banned in 1969; Stevia banned in 1987, but given no objection status in 2008; Lead acetate not used in most of the world anymore; Mogroside]
4. AlaskaColoradoWashington, and Oregon
5. Notre Dame (.732), Michigan (.729), Ohio State (.720+), Oklahoma (.718), Alabama (.716)

Sudden Death Answers
1. d. (2003)
2. d. (1995)
3. d. (2005)
4. d. (2005)
5. a. (b. 1934)

Closest to the pin Answer
32.8 years [9 months 17 days 3.5.82 12.22.14]

Monday, December 15, 2014

An Tobar Trivia 12.14.14

An Tobar Trivia 12.14.14
Round One
1. Who's got a beard that's long and white? Who comes around on a special night? Who wears boots and a suit of red? Who wears a long cap on his head? Who's got a big red cherry nose? Who laughs this way HO HO HO? Who very soon will come our way?

2. Based on the lyrics to the song, how many golden rings does the man or woman receive from his or her true love during The Twelve Days of Christmas in all?

3. At the Christmas party during the ninth and final season of NBC's The Office, which character dressed up as Belsnickel instead of Santa?

4. According to legend, which saint's statuette should you bury on your property to help speed the sale of your home?

5. Chris Hemsworth, People Magazine's sexiest man alive for 2014, portrays what Norse god/superhero in the Marvel Studios films?

6. What is the coldest planet in our solar system?

7. Whose all-time NHL goal record did Wayne Gretzky break when he scored his 802nd goal on March 23, 1994?

8. In the movie ''Scrooged,'' Bill Murray plays a TV network president whose version of ''A Christmas Carol'' featured what former Olympic athlete in the role of Tiny Tim?

9. As a result of the Missouri Compromise (1820), was the state of Missouri admitted to the union as a slave state or as a free state in 1821?

10. In 46 BC Julius Caesar penned the words, "Veni, vidi, vici" to the Roman Senate. Which is the best translation of this phrase?
I saw. I came. I conquered.
I saw. I conquered. I came.
I came. I saw. I conquered.

Round Two
1. In which sequel to the movie Rocky did Rocky Balboa knockout Ivan Drago in the 15th round of an unsanctioned boxing match on Christmas Day?

2. What 1936 best-selling Christmas gift featured rich Uncle Pennybags?

3. Which happened first: the U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach President Bill Clinton or The Sopranos is first broadcast on HBO?

4. Connect these words: Blue, Straw, Dingle

5. Ponch and Jon were the two lead characters on what late 70s/early 80s TV show?

6. Though Marcellus might have been surprised it's not rotten, which of the world's nations is the least corrupt (according to Transparency International's rankings)?

7. "Crow's feet," when they occur, are located to the sides of what human organ?

8. What famous reindeer is portrayed as Donner's son in the 1964 Rankin-Bass TV show, and as Blitzen's son in the GoodTimes' Entertainment 1998 movie (the latter movie was presumably based on more recently developed DNA evidence)?

9. What celebrity has made famous Andrea Constand, Tamara Green, Barbara Bowman, Janice Dickinson, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz, Angela Leslie, Renita Chaney Hill, Victoria Valentino, Joyce Emmons, and Jewel Allison? (And those are only the ones with names I can easily pronouce.) Or, phrased more tastelessly, What could be the new name for this drink: a Bloody Mary topped off with a beer and a quaalude?

10. What it the well-known Scottish phrase for "times gone by" or "days long ago?"

Harry Potter Questions
1. What two Christmas gifts did Harry Potter receive from Mrs. Weasley during his first Christmas vacation at Hogwarts? (1/2 point each, question is worth 1 pt total)

2. What did Veron Dudley's sister Marge give Harry Potter for Christmas the same year she gave Dudley Durley a computerized robot?

3. Who was Harry Potter's date to Professor Slughorn's Christmas party in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince?

4. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, what attacked Harry and Hermione on Christmas Eve in Godric's Hollow?

5. Which member of Dumbledore's Army, prior to this incident still at Hogwarts, was abducted by Death Eaters over the Christmas holidays in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

Round Three
1. What Will Farrell movie character said, “I'm just a cotton-headed ninny muggings?”

2. Who are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to be 100 or more games over .500 in wins and losses? (2 pts)

3. In what two states would you find a city, town, or hamlet called "North Pole"? (2 pts.)

4. What is the Oxford English Dictionary 2014 word of the year?

5. Who came in second to "Otherwize" in the 1997 Rap Olympics?

6. What hyphenated word has come to be defined as, "something that shows or teaches you something in a surprising way," but in the 18th and 19th centuries usually just meant "a drink of alcohol in the morning"?

7. What instrument did George Carlin's character, Rufus, play in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure?

8. Composer of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, what is Beethoven's full name?  (Must answer full name for 1 pt.) [If you're trying to answer this at home, this is asking you to come up with the first and second words/names that precede his well-known third word/name, "Beethoven"]

9. What country artist did a 2002 cover of Nine Inch Nail's 1994 song Hurt?

10.  In what Florida city does the most famous annual "drag queen drop" occur each New Year's Eve?

Bonus Round
1. Analogy: The Gillette Mach3 razor blade : The Gillette Fusion razor blade :: the _____ dinosaur  : the pentaceratops dinosaur

2. Which is the hottest month of the year in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and which is the coldest? (2 pts)

3. Name the three actors who have portrayed the Hulk in major motion pictures since 2003?

4. What are the four days following Thanksgiving on the retail-sales/charity calendar called? Note: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, are insufficient.

5. List five of the women's names in Lou Bega's song Mambo Number 5.
A little bit of don-da-da in my life
A little bit of don-da-da by my side
A little bit of don-da is all I need
A little bit of don-da is what I see
A little bit of don-da in the sun
A little bit of don-da all night long
A little bit of don-da-da here I am
A little bit of you makes me your man

Sudden Death
Bing Crosby [White Christmas]–
Gene (Orvon Grover) Autry [Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer]–
Connie Francis [Baby's First Christmas]–
Perry Como [Home for the Holidays]–
José Feliciano­ [Feliz Navidad]–

Closest to the Pin
What number wedding anniversary are William Henry and Camile Olivia Cosby due to celebrate on January 25, 2015?

Round One Answers
1. Santa or Must Be Santa Claus [Mitch Miller & The Gang, 1960]
2. 40 [5 × 8 = 40]
3. Dwight
4. St. Joseph
5. Thor
6. Uranus
7. Gordie Howe
8. Mary Lou Retton
9. slave state
10. I came. I saw. I conquered.

Round Two Answers
1. Rocky IV
2. Monopoly
3. Clinton impeached December 1998 [Sopranos first aired in January 1999]
4. Berry or berries
5. CHiPs
6. Denmark
7. eyes
8. Rudolph
9. Bill Cosby
10. auld lang syne

Harry Potter Answers
1. hand-knitten sweater in emerald green and a large box of homemade fudge
2. box of dog biscuits
3. Luna Lovegood
4. Nagini
5. Luna Lovegood

Round Three Answers
1. Buddy the elf
2. Tom Brady (158–46)* and Peyton Manning (177–76)* [Roger Staubach 85–29; Joe Montana 117-47; Terry Bradshaw 107–51; Ben Roethlisberger 103–52*; Bret Favre 186–112; John Elway 148–82)] *active, in flux
3. Alaska; New York
4. vape
5. Eminem
6. an eye-opener
7. the guitar
8. Ludwig van Beethoven 
9. Johnny Cash
10. Key West

Bonus Round Answers
1. triceratops (other possible answers: Eotriceratops; Einiosaurus; Diabloceratops, but unless you can prove to me that you are professional paleontologist, I will not accept any other dinosaur)
2. hottest—July; coldest—January
3. Eric Bana (Hulk 2003), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk 2008), and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers 2012)
4. Black FridaySmall Business SaturdayGood-shopping Sunday, and Cyber Monday, (the following Tuesday is Giving Tuesday)
5. AngelaPamelaSandra and Rita mentioned in the lead-up, and MonicaEricaRita (again), TinaSandraMary, and Jessica are in the chorus

Sudden Death
d. (1977)
d. 1998
a. (b. 1938)
d. (2001)
a. (b. 1945)

Closest to the Pin
51 (1964)