1. Identify the possibly related films from clues for ten points each.
- This 1992 film featured Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer as two sons of a Presbyterian minister -- one reserved and one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana.
Answer: A River Runs Through It
- Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott are potheads, and the title object in question is a Renault 5.
Answer: Dude, Where's My Car?
- Directed by Ang Lee, it featured Jewel, Skeet Ulrich and Tobey Macguire against the backdrop of the Civil War.
Answer: Ride with the Devil
Note: all had gerbils inserted into them at one time or another.
2. They're Scottish, so they're not crap. Name these Glaswegian groups for ten points each.
- You Could Have It So Much Better is the recently released follow-up album to this group's 2004 eponymous smash that featured the ubiquitous song "Take Me Out."
Answer: Franz Ferdinand
- William and Jim Reid were the heart of this Velvet
Underground-influenced band that had a college rock hit with "Just Like Honey" that also appeared over the closing credits to Lost In Translation.
Answer: The Jesus and Mary Chain
- If You're Feeling Sinister was among the albums released by this chamber pop group named not for two early-90s Disney characters, but for a French cartoon about a boy and his dog.
Answer: Belle and Sebastian
3. Identify these pairs of boxers who had so-called "fights of the century" (meaning the past five years). You'll get 10 for naming one boxer, 15 if you can name them both.
- These two lightweights slugged it out twice in five months in 2005. The second match in October was marred by boxers not making weight, but the first saw an epic 10th-round comeback after nine brutal rounds.
Answer: Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo
- HBO had a blast promoting the trilogy of hard-hitting fights in 2002 and 2003 between these two junior welterweights -- a rising Canadian star and a veteran Massachusetts fighter.
Answer: Arturo Gatti and "Irish" Mickey Ward
4. 40-30-20-10-1 Name the author
Answer: L(afayette) Ron Hubbard
- (40) This author wrote books. We're pretty sure on that.
- (30) This author's first published work, Tah, appeared in the
George Washington University student newspaper in 1931. This author
studied engineering at GW for two years before dropping out in 1932.
- (20) His 1930's pulp fiction work includes Final Blackout and
Fear. In the 1970s, he served as Commodore of a paramilitary group
known as "Sea Org". He also wrote an unpublished screenplay called
Revolt in the Stars.
- (10) His later science fiction works included Mission Earth and
Battlefield Earth. Both works were best-sellers, reportedly due to
purchases by members of his Church of Scientology, which he founded in
- (1) His son co-authored a critical biography on him called L. Ron
Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?
5. Subsidiaries of Hasbro for ten points each.
- This game publisher was responsible for popularizing the collectibe card game genre with Magic: The Gathering in the mid-90s.
Answer: Wizards of the Coast (more on "Wizards")
- This toy brand, which makes toys primarily for kids five and under, produces Weebles and Mr. Potato Head, among other toys.
- Absorbed by Hasbro in 2000, this subsidiary was behind the success of such toy lines as Star Wars, MASK, Care Bears and Play-Doh in the 1970s and 1980s.
6. The Internet site The Road from Bristol staged a tournament to
decide the most annoying sports broadcasters on and not on ESPN. Name
these winners or finalists for ten points each.
- The most annoying ESPN broadcaster was this host of Dream Job and
Stump the Schwab and who's responsible for such annoying phrases as
Answer: Stuart Scott
- Scott beat this sportswriter and brother of a former Iron Chef
America challenger in the ESPN final. A Cold Pizza and 1st and 10
regular, this man somehow upset Stephen A. Smith in the semis.
Answer: Skip Bayless
- The most annoying non-ESPN broadcaster is this Chicago White Sox
announcer, known for such inane phrases as "Grab some bench," "Duck
snort" and "You can put it on the boooard, YES!"
Answer: Ken "Hawk" Harrelson
7. They're skinny, they're blonde, they're female, and they're very politically conservative. For 10 points each, name those who fit this description.
- A syndicated columnist and frequent talking head, this former editor of the Michigan Law Review is the author of How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must).
Answer: Ann Coulter
- Once engaged to fellow Dartmouth Review writer Dinesh D'Souza, this former Reagan speechwriter can be heard daily on the Talk Radio Network, where she recently noted her treatment for breast cancer.
Answer: Laura Ingraham
- Played by Emily Proctor, she was hired as Associate White House Counsel at President Bartlet's request, after she thrashed Sam Seaborne on Capitol Beat.
Answer: Ainsley Hayes (accept either part)
8. Answer these questions about an NFL record for ten points each:
- This Chargers running back recently tied the NFL mark by scoring a touchdown in 18 consecutive games.
Answer: LaDainian Tomlinson
- Tomlinson tied the mark set by this Hall of Fame Colts running back of the 1950s and 1960s.
Answer: Lenny Moore
- Tomlinson broke the record of 13 straight games with a rushing touchdown held by George Rogers and this former Redskins star.
Answer: John Riggins
9. The Star Wars Holiday Special. Broadcast on CBS in 1978, it made The Phantom Menace look like Citizen Kane. Answer these questions about said TV special for ten points each.
- About the only thing good that came out of the Star Wars Holiday School was a cartoon that marked the first appearance of this bounty hunter, who would later appear in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Answer: Boba Fett
- This actor, best known for playing Ed Norton on TV's The Honeymooners, played trading agent Saun Donn in the special. His highlight: giving a Wookie some kind of a holographic sex toy.
Answer: Art Carney
- This Carol Burnett Show alum plays several roles in the special, including a four-armed robotic chef, as well as a man who tries to hit on Bea Arthur at the Mos Eisley cantina.
Answer: Harvey Korman
10. The worst thing about one-hit wonders is they never seem to write just one song --- there's always an entire album of suck surrounding one disturbingly catchy song. For ten points each, given a year and the name of an album, name the one-hit-wonder song. If you need the artist, you'll earn five points. Note: all these songs were top-five hits.
-  1992, Some Gave All.
 Billy Ray Cyrus
Answer: Achy Breaky Heart
-  1982, After the Snow.
 Modern English
Answer: I Melt With You
-  1991, Mo Ritmo.
Answer: Rico Suave
11. You never know what crazy adventures will befall hapless young saints on their missions. Name the recent films about Mormon missionaries, for ten points each.
- This farce, featuring a prominent cameo by Ron Jeremy, stars South Park's Trey Parker as a Mormon missionary who ends up making porn.
- This 2003 indie pic starred Steve Sandvoss as a Mormon missionary who falls in love with a gay party boy, much to the horror of his mother, played by Mary Kay Place.
Answer: Latter Days
- Based on the memoirs of prominent LDS Bishop John H. Groberg, this film stars Christopher Gorham as a missionary who survives a hurricane, severe rat bites and the mistrust of the indigenous people during a two-year stint in Tonga.
Answer: The Other Side of Heaven
12. Identify the following about samples you can enjoy at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta for ten points each.
- The "Tastes of America" exhibit features this rhyming citrus soda that has been more popular in the Southern United States than other regions.
Answer: Mello Yello
- The exhibit also features this popular sports drink in its original Mountain Blast flavor. Other flavors include Jagged Ice, Arctic Shatter and Green Squall.
- A running gag at the "Tastes of the World" exhibit is to encourage tourists to try Beverly, a bitter aperitif from this country. Tourists try it, and promptly spit it out in disgust.
13. If you get to know an umpire's name, it's usually bad news. Name these men in blue who unwittingly have become part of baseball history for ten points each.
- Angels fans have a major beef with this umpire who cost their team a win in the 2005 American League Championship Series by ruling catcher Josh Paul dropped a third strike.
Answer: Doug Eddings
- Eddings' call came 20 years after this longtime umpire ruled the Royals' Jorge Orta was safe on a grounder in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series.
Answer: Don Denkinger
- Orioles fans are still steamed that this umpire ruled young fan Jeffrey Maier did not interfere with Tony Tarasco in the 1996 ALCS, allowing a Derek Jeter homer to stand.
Answer: Richie Garcia
14. In October 2005, TV Guide published nine "collector's covers" for the final issue of its "classic format" edition. Answer the following for ten points each.
- One cover saw the cast of this Fox sitcom recreate a 1974 cover featuring the cast of Good Times.
Answer: The Bernie Mac Show
- This man aped a 1954 TV Guide cover by playing Buffalo Bob Smith and posing with Howdy Doody.
Answer: Conan O'Brien
- For some reason, TV Guide had Greg Gumbel and Dan Marino ape a 1985 cover honoring this show.
Answer: Miami Vice
15. Some great artists only had one number-one pop hit. For ten points each:
- Aerosmith's only number one single was this 1998 ballad off the
Answer: I Don't Want To Miss a Thing
- Despite all his acclaim, Chuck Berry's only number one single was
this 1972 novelty recording loaded with double entendres.
Answer: My Ding-A-Ling
- Although Bruce Springstreen never released a number one single, he
did write this number one single for Manfred Mann's Earth Band in 1976.
Answer: Blinded By The Light
16. Answer these questions about modifications in video games for ten points each.
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas received scorn from Hillary Clinton
courtesy of this two-word mod which, when downloaded or unlocked, allows
the main character to have uncensored sex with women.
Answer: Hot Coffee
- The first mod to receive critical acclaim was this mod to the
original Half-Life which modified the multi-player aspects of the game
to make it more team-oriented.
- This MTV-2 show combines the worlds of video games and music to
show what would happen if, say, Star Wars Episode 3 video game
characters play Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out".
Answer: Video Mods
17. For ten points each, name the following concerning plastic surgery:
- From the Greek for "nose" and "to shape," this is the technical term for what is commonly called a "nose job."
- A rhytidectomy is the technical name for thie plastic surgery procedure.
Answer: face lift
- Blepharoplasty is a reshaping of this body part.
18. For ten points each, name these rappers involved in lyrical feuds
with LL Cool J:
- Claiming that LL stole his style, he showed his rival's hat being crushed by a truck on the album cover for How Ya Like Me Now?. LL replied with "Jack the Ripper" and this member of the Treacherous Three then produced "Let's Go".
Answer: Kool Moe Dee or Mohandas Dewese
- After a dispute over lines guesting on an LL Cool J album, this
rapper's debut single "Second Round K.O." had a music video
resembling that of "Mama Said Knock You Out".
Answer: Canibus or Rip the Jacker (or Germaine Williams)
- In response to LL Cool J stealing a beat, the song "Beat Biter"
was released by this rapper whose biggest mainstream appearance was
on Snow's "Informer".
Answer: MC Shan or Shawn Moltke
19. Harry Potter will make piles of cash at the box office no matter who directs the movies, so directors aren't important. This bonus isn't going to make any money, so directors are back on the table. For ten points each, given clues, name the Potter directors.
- This director of the Home Alone movies also helmed the first two
Potter films in 2001 and 2002. His latest effort, Rent, premieres
later this year.
Answer: Chris Columbus
- This Mexican-born director who helmed 2001's Y Tu Mama Tambien
directed 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Answer: Alfonso Cuaron Orozco
- 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is directed by this
Englishman, who also helmed Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie
Brasco and Mona Lisa Smile.
Answer: Mike Newell
20. Macy's is evil, unless you are registered for a wedding there. Answer these questions about department store chains swallowed up by Macy's in recent years for ten points each
- By the end of 2006, the Macy's name will replace this 125-year-old Midwest retail chain, whose flagship store is on State Street in Chicago and is headquartered in Minneapolis.
Answer: Marshall Field's
- No longer affiliated with the famous "Basement" store of the same name, this Northeast chain will be renamed Macy's by the fall of next year.
- This is the parent company of Macy's, whose 2005 purchase of rival May Company launched all this nonsense.
Answer: Federated Department Stores
21. For ten points each, name the authors who used these pseudonyms:
- Richard Bachman, under which he wrote Rage and The Long Walk.
Answer: Stephen King
- Jeffrey Hudson, under which he wrote the Edgar Award-winning mystery
novel A Case of Need.
Answer: Michael Crichton
- Robert Markham, under which he wrote Colonel Sun, the first James
Bond book not written by Ian Fleming.
Answer: Kingsley Amis
22. Answer the following related questions for ten points each.
- Jamey Sheridan plays Captain James Deakins on this NBC show.
Answer: Law and Order: Criminal Intent
- This cowboy hat-wearing Oklahoman was fired as the long-time play-by-play announcer for WWE Raw in a rather dopey October 2005 angle.
Answer: Jim Ross
- Both Jim Ross and Jamey Sheridan suffer from this condition that causes facial paralysis. Storylines on both shows were changed to note the existence of this condition.
Answer: Bell's Palsy