Lots of people ask how I come up with my questions. One answer is it’s easier to think of ideas if you build your quiz around a theme. And it’s easier to think of a theme when there’s some sort of major holiday/event/celebrity death to draft off of.
This past Tuesday, I decided to theme-ify the NHL playoffs. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’d personally love to answer a whole bunch of questions about, say, the Islanders Dynasty, or Conn Smythe winners from losing teams. But everyone’s not me. And they don’t want to answer 10 straight questions about Lanny MacDonald’s facial hair. Although… there was that one time when the answer to every question in the round was ‘Gordie Howe’… But I digress.
As I was saying, I decided to include the name of each of the 16 teams in either the answer or the question.
For example, if New Jersey had made the playoffs, I’d ask something like “Famously appearing in the film ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, Devil’s Tower National Monument is an intrusion of igneous rock that can be found in what US state?”
Categories are in parentheses. Answers are at the end.
And if you’re in the DC-area on a Tuesday night, come out to Ventnor Sports Cafe for the best Trivia Night you will likely ever experience.
- (Animal Kingdom) What bird needs to fatten itself up once a year in order to survive the 2–3 weeks it takes to replace its feathers after experiencing a “catastrophic molt”?
- (Children’s Television) The five members of what teenage superhero group wields the following five weapons: sword, axe, lance, daggers, bow?
- (Movies) What film, starring Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore, chronicles the events of the Battle of Mogadishu?
- (Geography) What phrase refers to the indigenous inhabitants Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia? According to the 2010 Census, there are over 1.2 million of them living in the United States.
- (Famous Figures) Playing the role of Jane in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, what actress portrayed a bisexual in the television series The O.C. and House?
- (History) As far back as 950 BC, when Menelik I was in power, the Emperor of what African nation was known as the “King of Kings” until the abolition of the monarchy in 1971.
- (Animal Kingdom) Indigenous to most of North and Central America, the Red Winged variety of what type of bird is said to be the most abundant and best studied living bird in North America?
- (Musicals) In the Broadway musical West Side Story, which explores the rivalry of two 1950s New York City gangs, Tony falls in love with Maria. But Tony can never be with Maria because she’s a member of which gang?
- (Sports) Dating as far back as 1866, what sport uses the term “duck” to mean “zero”, as in a duck’s egg?
(Health & Medicine) One of the most renowned Canadians of all time, Frederick Banting was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1923 for the discovery of what hormone?
- (Word Play) A “bruin” is an Old English word used for brown bears. It is derived from the word ‘brown’ in what European language?
- (Famous Flags) How many points are there on the Maple Leaf on the Canadian flag?
- (Music) What noted Blues musician was born in Mississippi in 1917, before beginning his career in Detroit in 1948, when he released the song “Boogie Chillen”. He also notably made an appearance and sang his song ‘Boom Boom’ in the film The Blues Brothers.
- (Politics) On July 21, President Barack Obama signed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, named after the congressman and senator who first proposed the law. Who were these two men?
- (Political Cartoons) First appearing in a political cartoon in 1869, what is the profession of Johnny Canuck, a national personification of Canada, and a propaganda WWII-era cartoon superhero? Also appeared on a mask worn by Vancouver Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo.
- (Geography) Capitals of the World Mini-Quiz!
a. Monte Video
i. Port Moresby
(Penguins)(Power Rangers)(Black Hawk Down)(Pacific Islander)(Olivia Wilde)(Ethiopia)(Blackbird)(Sharks) (Cricket) (Insulin)(Dutch)(11)(John Lee Hooker)(Dodd and Frank)(Lumberjack)
Capitals: (Uruguay)(Chile)(Jordan)(Turkey)(Indonesia)(Lithuania)(Bangladesh)(Mozambique)(Papua New Guinea)(Guyana)(Zambia)