1. Identify these Norris Trophy winners for ten points each.
- This Red Wings defenseman won the Norris Trophy three straight years -- 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Answer: Nicklas Lindstrom
- This Hall of Fame defenseman won the Norris Trophy eight straight times between 1968 and 1975.
Answer: Bobby Orr
- This 2004 Hall of Fame inductee won the award three times -- twice with the Oilers and once with the Red Wings.
Answer: Paul Coffey
2. Fancy new technology can be a real selling point at the movies. Given descriptions, name the updates used as bragging points for films for ten points each.
- First used in the 1917 film The Gulf Between, this "glorious" method used a camera that recorded the red and blue-green images simultaneously through a single lens using a beam splitter and color filters to record the images stacked one on top of the other.
- This widescreen movie format of the '50s and '60s used anamorphic lenses and 35mm film to project film at a 2.66:1 aspect ratio, twice as wide as conventional lenses could achieve. Movies billed as being shot in this style include The Robe and How to Marry a Millionaire.
- In 1981, John Waters based the marketing of Polyester around this gimmick: a card you received before the film that allowed you to fully experience things like Mr. Fishpaw's flatulence, and glue sniffing.
3. The hottest actor on TV advertisements these days has to be Nate Torrence. Who's Nate Torrence, you ask? Name these companies or brands whose commercials feature Torrence for ten points each.
- Torrence plays David Spade's apprentice/whipping boy at the company that always says "no" in ads for this company which asks "what's in your wallet"?
Answer: Capital One
- In a commercial for this automaker, Torrence starts laughing maniacally when he's told by the car salesman that the automaker makes cars that "accelerate through the turns".
- In this classic cereal ad, Torrence plays a college student returning home with his parents. When Torrence begins to imagine out loud how he would eat all of this cereal when he returns home, his parents toss him out of the car.
Answer: Golden Grahams
4. For ten points each, name the spouses of these titular comic strip characters.
Answer: Dagwood Bumstead
- Hagar the Horrible.
- The Wizard of Id.
5. Name these bands that had success with two different lead singers
for ten points each.
- With Mary Ramsey behind the mike, this quintet enjoyed a Top 40 hit
in 1997 with "More Than This," three years after the band reached the Top
20 with Natalie Merchant as lead singer.
Answer: 10,000 Maniacs
- This longtime backup group for Smokey Robinson had a number-1 hit
in 1975 with "Love Machine," with Billy Griffin as lead singer.
Answer: The Miracles
- This late '70s-early '80s country group's first big hit, 1975's
"Amie", featured Craig Fuller on vocals. Their biggest hit, 1980's "Let
Me Love You Tonight," had Vince Gill on vocals.
Answer: Pure Prairie League
6. For ten points each, answer these questions on the life of GoodFella Henry Hill.
- Raised in Brooklyn, Hill fell in with Paul Vario, who was a member of this New York crime family.
- Hill was involved in setting up a point shaving operation in the men's hoops team at this future Big East and ACC school.
Answer: Boston College (do not accept "Boston University")
- A 2005 drug paraphernalia arrest revealed that Hill was living and working in this plains state.
7. Name these TV cable channels that are part of the Time Warner family for ten points each.
- This film network, a rival of both AMC and Fox Movies, frequently
airs festivals honoring specific actors, as well as "The Essentials,"
movies that define what it means to be a classic.
Answer: Turner Classic Movies or TCM
- If Cartoon Network is too new and confusing for your tastes, try
this cable channel, which airs nothing but classic cartoons, 24 hours a
- This regional channel features shows tailored to residents of such
states as Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. It also shows those Braves
games that TBS doesn't air.
Answer: Turner South
8. For ten points each, name these baseball players who have been named AP Athlete of the Year.
- He is the only baseball player to win the award twice, doing so in '63 and '65, two of the three years this Dodger won the Cy Young Award.
Answer: Sandy Koufax (or Sanford Braun)
- This shortstop won the 1948 award for leading the Indians to victory in the World Series as player-manager.
Answer: Lou Boudreau
- Nicknamed "The Wild Horse of the Osage," this rookie outfielder wasn't even the best hitter on the Cardinals in 1931, but won the award in its first year after batting .500 in the World Series that year.
Answer: Johnny (Leonard Roosevelt) "Pepper" Martin
9. Some video games you buy, and some video games are thrust upon you. For ten points each, identify:
- The "Breakout" clone that ships with the iPod, which shares its name with a Ben Folds Five song.
- This game ships with many Nokia phones. You are one of the eponymous reptiles. You keep eating dots, and you keep getting longer and longer....
- The other two -- two! -- versions of Solitaire that ship on Windows XP besides Solitaire. (Two -- two! -- answers required)
Answer: Spider Solitaire and Freecell
10. For ten points each, name these shows with dead characters who keep showing up:
- Concetta Tomei died in the first episode of this NBC drama starring Melina Kanakaredes, but would frequently appear in future episodes to give Melina's character, Dr. Sydney Hansen, advice.
- Despite dying on September 11, Jimmy Keefe apparently has conversations with his cousin, Tommy Garvin, on this FX show.
Answer: Rescue Me
- Despite dying hundreds of years ago, Gaheris Rhade [rah-day] made several appeances in flashbacks and even an alternative universe. Later, his descendant and genetic reincarnation Telemachus Rhade became a character.
Answer: Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda
11. For ten points each, name these acts with #1's on Billboard's Hot Dance
chart in 2005:
- The first dance chart topper of 2005 was her first solo single, "What
Are You Waiting For?"
Answer: Gwen Stefani
- She hit #1 in June with "One Word" off her sophomore album Sleeping
in the Nothing.
Answer: Kelly Osbourne
- They had a #1 with "Breathe" eighteen years after their other #1
dance hit, "Victim of Love."
12. In Kill Bill vols. 1 and 2, Uma Thurman's Bride character kills a lot of people not named Bill. Given the method of demise, give the victim's actual name for ten points each or take five for his or her Deadly Vipers code name.
- The Bride throws a knife into her chest and kills her while her 4-year-old daughter looks on.
Answer: Vernita Green or Copperhead
- The Bride slices the top of her head off after killing most of her minions in the Crazy 88.
Answer: O-ren Ischii or Cotton Mouth
- The Bride can't win them all. She may or may not have killed this Deadly Viper, who she blinded and left in a confined space with a black mamba snake.
Answer: Elle Driver or California Mountain Snake
13. For 10 points each, identify these things to do in Denver when you're living.
- You can visit this women's house and museum, bought after her husband found gold near Leadville, and 18 years before she took an infamous ocean trip with her friends Jacob and Madeline Astor.
Answer: Margaret Tobin "Molly" Brown
- Just outside Denver, you can visit this geographically-named concert venue, whose live concerts have produced albums by the Dave Mathews Band, the Moody Blues, and John Tesh.
Answer: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
- If they'll let you in, you can visit the California Street World Headquarters of this S&P 500 communications company with a one letter stock symbol and commercials voiced by Willem Dafoe.
Answer: Qwest Communications International
14. For ten points each, given tracks, name the albums which may or may not
be, but which probably are, related:
- "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
Answer: Abbey Road by the Beatles
- "From a Buick 6" and "Like a Rolling Stone"
Answer: Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
- "Zanzibar" and "Big Shot"
Answer: 52nd Street by Billy Joel
15. Editorial cartooning must not be a lucrative position, because many cartoonists have to do daily strips as well. For 10 points each,
- This Dayton Daily News cartoonist did his namesake postcripts for the NBC Nightly News in 1981 and began doing the Mother Goose & Grimm strip in 1984.
Answer: Mike Peters
- Chris Cassat of the Aspen Times and Gary Brookins of the Richmond Times-Dispatch now do this daily strip, which was done by three-time Pulitzer winner Jeff MacNelly until his 2000 death.
- He got his start as a part-time Editorial Cartoonist for the Austin American-Statesman. The winner of a Pultizer prize in 1987, he now only does a Sunday-only strip.
Answer: Berkeley Breathed
16. TV for preschoolers. For ten points each:
- This spinoff of Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer features the
title character, Dora's cousin, who happens to have the ability to talk
to and hear animals.
Answer: Go, Diego, Go
- This two-hour morning block on Cartoon Network focuses on fostering
humor and optimism in preschoolers, and features the "Mommy Bar," which
provides adults with ongoing info on the show.
Answer: Tickle U
- This new cable channel, a service of PBS, Comcast, Sesame Workshop
and Hit Entertainment, features PBS preschool fare like Sesame Street
and Barney, plus ads.
Answer: PBS Kids Sprout
17. On July 4, 2005, KCMP-FM radio in Minnesota broadcast nothing but
songs mentioning all the states in the United States. Answer the
following for ten points each:
- South Dakota was represented by "South Dakota Morning" by this
trio, who were not only not from the United States, but were better known
for such '70s hits as "How Deep Is Your Love" and "Tragedy".
Answer: The Bee Gees
- This British invasion group, led by the Davies brothers, made the
list with the single "Oklahoma, USA".
Answer: The Kinks
- This Georgia city received its own special segment on the marathon,
thanks to such hometown bands as Pylon, Of Montreal and the B-52's.
18. What if they handed out book awards, and nobody gave a rat's patoot? That
was the case with the 2005 Quills Awards, sort of a People's Choice Award
for lit. Name these winners of 2005 Quills for ten points each.
- This singer/songwriter's Chronicles: Volume One won Best
Biography or Memoir.
Answer: Bob Dylan or Robert Zimmerman
- Stephen King won an award, but it was for Best Sports Book for
co-authoring this take on the 2004 Boston Red Sox.
Answer: Faithful: Two Diehard Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season
- Janet Evanovich won Best Mystery Novel for this latest book in the
Stephanie Plum series.
Answer: Eleven on Top
19. Bad books sometimes make passable movies. And sometimes they make movies that suck. Given clues, identify the crap books-turned-films for ten points each.
- This lame 2004 movie based on a novel by schlockmeister Nicholas Sparks starred Ryan Gosling and James Garner as the same character at different ages.
Answer: The Notebook
- Based on the novel of the same name by Whitney Otto, this 1995 snooze fest starred Winona Ryder as a sociology student writing a thesis about her grandmother's hobby and featured a supporting turn by Ellen Burstyn.
Answer: How to Make an American Quilt
- Based on one of the worst novels ever written, this 1995 film starred Merryl Streep as a bored housewife and Clint Eastwood as the traveling photographer who makes her day with a brief adulterous affair.
Answer: The Bridges of Madison County
20. Old sports leagues never die, they just get asked about in trash. For ten points each, name these XFL head coaches.
- The Birmingham Thunderbolts were led by this former Vanderbilt, LSU and Indiana coach.
Answer: Gerry DiNardo
- Although soon made head of the competition committee and replaced by Ron Meyer, the first XFL head coach named was this Hall of Fame linebacker who was handed the reins of the Chicago Enforcers.
Answer: Dick Butkus
- The XFL's only Coach of the Year as head of the Orlando Rage, he became Penn State's offensive coordinator in 2004. Scandal forced him out as Florida's head coach after the 1989 season.
Answer: Galen Hall
21. While it will take a lot to replace Ted Koppel as host of Nightline, you wouldn't think it would take three people. But it apparently does, as a trio of anchors will replace him starting November 28. For ten points each, name these three new anchors, one of whom will also continue to anchor Primetime Live, one who is best known for a controversial interview with Michael Jackson, and one who will continue to anchor World News Tonight Sunday and serve as ABC's White House correspondent.
Answer: Cynthia McFadden, Martin Bashir, Terry Moran
22. Identify these MASH episodes that Alan Alda has publicly stated were some of his favorites for ten points each.
- This award-winning episode from 1976 saw real-life LA newscasting legend Clete Roberts speak to members of the 4077th about being in Korea.
Answer: The Interview
- This 1978 episode was told from the perspective of a wounded soldier, the camera as his eyes.
Answer: Point of View
- A 1979 episode done in real time, a soldier will suffer permanent injury, or death, if he is not treated within 20 minutes.
Answer: Life Time