September 15, 2015

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Round 1

  1. For his role in American Psycho, Christian Bale said he was inspired by what celebrity’s “intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes”?
    Tom Cruise
  2. What is the only U.S. state whose flag depicts a specific historical person?
    Washington
  3. How many days of horse racing are there at the Saratoga race course each summer?
    40
  4. What is stored in a rickhouse?
    Whiskey (during barrel-aging)
  5. What five letters of the alphabet are not found in the Italian language, other than in foreign loanwords?
    • J
    • K
    • W
    • X
    • Y
  6. What Manhattan tourist attraction was originally a Nabisco cookie factory?
    Chelsea Market

Round 2

  1. The film 2001: A Space Odyssey is based on a novel by what sci-fi author?
    Arthur C. Clarke
  2. Name either of the two magazines commonly distributed door-to-door by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    • The Watchtower
    • Awake!
  3. What are the three longest team names in the four major North American sports leagues, at 12 letters each?
    • Diamondbacks
    • Timberwolves
    • Trail Blazers
  4. The coats of arms of Albania, Montenegro, Russia, and Serbia all feature what animal, with what strange mutation?
    Eagle with two heads
  5. In what cities will the 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions be held?
    • Philadelphia (DNC)
    • Cleveland (RNC)
  6. Fletcherism was a nutrition fad in the early 20th century centered around doing what to one’s food?
    Chewing thoroughly

Round 3

Name the main U.S. city corresponding to each group of outlying cities or towns.

  1. Amherst; Lockport; Olean
    Buffalo, NY
  2. Annandale; Reston; Rockville
    Washington, DC
  3. Auburn; Everett; Kirkland
    Seattle, WA
  4. Baytown; Pearland; Sugar Land
    Houston, TX
  5. Blaine; Brooklyn Park; Fridley
    Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN
  6. Boulder City; Henderson; Paradise
    Las Vegas, NV
  7. Brisbane; Emeryville; Larkspur
    San Francisco, CA
  8. Carnegie; Monroeville; Mount Lebanon
    Pittsburgh, PA
  9. Carrollton; DeSoto; Richardson
    Dallas, TX
  10. Castle Rock; Centennial; Lakewood
    Denver, CO
  11. Chandler; Glendale; Peoria
    Phoenix, AZ
  12. Chesterfield; Florissant; St. Charles
    St. Louis, MO
  13. Cranston; Johnston; Lincoln
    Providence, RI
  14. Dearborn; Livonia; Troy
    Detroit, MI
  15. Decatur; Dunwoody; Roswell
    Atlanta, GA
  16. Doral; Homestead; Kendall
    Miami, FL
  17. Dundalk; Hunt Valley; Towson
    Baltimore, MD
  18. Edmond; Midwest City; Shawnee
    Oklahoma City, OK
  19. Gretna; Kenner; Slidell
    New Orleans, LA
  20. Independence; Liberty; Shawnee
    Kansas City, MO
  21. Lemon Grove; Oceanside; Vista
    San Diego, CA
  22. Milton; Wakefield; Wilmington
    Boston, MA
  23. Oak Creek; Oconomowoc; Racine
    Milwaukee, WI
  24. Ogden; Orem; West Valley City
    Salt Lake City, UT
  25. Pflugerville; Round Rock; San Marcos
    Austin, TX

Round 4

  1. The expression “to pull out all the stops” originated as a reference to what musical instrument?
    Pipe organ
  2. What type of professional is the most likely to make use of a Snellen chart?
    Optometrist
  3. What fictional character is the personification of England, similar to Uncle Sam in the United States?
    John Bull
  4. Who was the first President to travel outside the United States while in office?
    Theodore Roosevelt
  5. In horse breeding, what are the specific terms for the stallion and mare who are the parents of a horse?
    Sire and dam
  6. What do the movies Ishtar, The Piano, Wayne’s World, and American Psycho have in common?
    They were all directed by women (Ishtar by Elaine May; The Piano by Jane Campion; Wayne’s World by Penelope Spheeris; American Psycho by Mary Harron)

Round 5

  1. The Hindu god Hanuman has the appearance of what type of animal?
    Monkey
  2. What TV series co-created by Steven Bochco ran for 11 episodes in 1990 and was dubbed by TV Guide “the single most bizarre TV musical of all time”?
    Cop Rock
  3. The Victoria Cross was originally created to honor veterans of what war?
    Crimean War
  4. Gene Kelly’s last film credit was in what infamous 1980 flop?
    Xanadu
  5. Single-coil and humbucker are the two most common types of what?
    Electric guitar pickups
  6. Who was the last person to serve simultaneously as a player and manager of a Major League Baseball team?
    Pete Rose

Final question (Category: Universities)

What is the only Ivy League university with Hebrew text in its official seal?
Yale University