2014 AAJA Trivia Bowl XIX Questions and Answers


1. Large water mains have broken and shut down this east-west Los Angeles boulevard at least twice in the past few months, first above UCLA and then in West Hollywood late last month. Name the boulevard.

Sunset Boulevard

2. A nurse’s assistant in what country became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa?


3. Wyatt Isabelle has been born at Cedars-Sinai to the woman who voices Meg on Family Guy and the man who is currently the star of Two and a Half Men. Name the proud parents.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

4. In April, a bus carrying 43 area high school students headed to Humboldt State was slammed head-on by a FedEx truck, killing 10 bus passengers plus the truck driver. In what Northern California city did this accident occur?


5. In July, a CHP officer was caught on cell-phone video punching a woman. Name the officer involved, the woman who was punched, and, by number, the freeway on which this incident occurred.

Officer Daniel Andrew; Marlene Pinnock; and the 10 freeway

6. The 2013-14 water year was the fourth driest on record for the state of California. What month and date does the state’s water year end on?

September 30

7. A pilot was killed Tuesday when his S-2T tanker crashed near Arch Rock while he was fighting a fire at Yosemite National Park. What was the name of the blaze he was battling?

Dog Rock fire

8. In reference to representatives of Scotland, Wales and Northern Island having votes in England-only matters, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron mentioned the (Blank) (Blank) Question. What are the two blanks?

West Lothian

9. A 4-year-old New Jersey boy was recently the first confirmed fatality attributed to a particular strain of enterovirus. What is the two-digit numbered designation of this D strain?


10. At the height of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Oprah Winfrey challenged three people — director Steven Spielberg, actor Manish Dayal of The Hundred-Foot Journey, and an Oscar-winning actress. Name this actress.

Helen Mirren

11. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is exhibiting his most recent collection at this iconic California location. Name it.


12. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are demanding the resignation of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s chief executive. Name him.

C.Y. Leung (Chung-ying Leung)

13. September saw four named tropical storms in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and all four turned into Hurricanes. The first two were Norbert and Odile. Name the next two.

Polo and Rachel

14. The Los Angeles Opera had a live performance broadcast at the Santa Monica Pier last month. What was the name of the opera they performed?

La Traviata

15. Hewlett-Packard announced Monday it was splitting into two separate publicly traded companies. In 1999, HP had spun off the part of the company that made electronic testing gear and hardware not related to computers, storage and printing. What was the name of that spin-off?

Agilent Technologies (or just Agilent)


1. In June, a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges became nationally known as the ‘Hot Convict’ when his mug shot went viral. What was his name?

Jeremy Meeks

2. Three people have been Chancellor of Germany since reunification in 1990. Name these three people.

Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Schröeder, Angela Merkel

3. What automobile company produces Italian car lines Alfa Romeo and Maserati?

Fiat (or Fiat Group)

4. Which vessel in the Sea Shepherd anti-whaling fleet is named after a former game show host?

The Bob Barker

5. By winning this year’s Oscar for Original Song for “Let It Go” along with his wife Kristen, this Filipino-American composer became the only person out of the 12 that have won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, to have done so within the same decade. Name him.

Robert Lopez

6. If you’ve been reading the AAJA-LA website, you should know the answer to this question. How many teams competed in Trivia Bowl III in 1996?

Five teams

7. Oktoberfest had its beginnings NOT at the first AAJA-LA Trivia Bowl but instead in Munich, Germany, as a celebration of the marriage of Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen to this Crown Prince, who would later become King of Bavaria. Name this King. (We just need his first name).

Ludwig I

8. While the shot was taken on her phone, or at least the phone she had on hand, it was not Ellen DeGeneres, the host of the 2014 Oscars, who snapped the famous “A-list group selfie.” Who actually took the photo?

Bradley Cooper

9. On Oct. 5, Disney closed a portion of the Norway section in its EPCOT theme park to install an attraction based on the movie Frozen. What is the name of the popular ride closing to make way for Olaf and friends?

The Maelstrom

10. Name the first man elected president of the United States who represented the Whig party.

William Henry Harrison

11. An area east of the Salinas Valley in Central California, known for great hiking among its rock formations, was named the most recent U.S. National Park in 2013. What is the name of this park?


12. A 37-year-old lawyer in Mexico has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records by amassing the world’s largest collection of a particular franchise of memorabilia, having 3,097 pieces. “My salary, my bonuses, it all ended up here,” he told the AP. What does this man collect?

Harry Potter

13. Kidrobot founder Paul Budnitz launched an invite-only social media network this summer that promises users no ads and no data mining. What is the name of this network?


14. In March 2003, the Secret Service became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Before 2003, which department oversaw the Secret Service?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury

15. Jean-Claude Duvalier, the notorious dictator of Haiti who was ousted in 1986, died of a heart attack on Oct. 4 at the age of 63. What was Duvalier’s famous nickname?

“Baby Doc”


1. Not only did this actress win her sixth Tony Award this year, she is the only actor to win a Tony in each of the four major competitive categories. Who is she?

Audra McDonald

2. Hello Kitty, who we now know — although deny — is a little cartoon girl, has a pet cat. What is the name of Hello Kitty’s pet kitty?

Charmmy Kitty

3. While he’s an accomplished producer, and had one of the biggest hits of the year in “Happy,” Pharrell Williams has gotten much attention for the oversized ranger-style hat he debuted at the Grammys. Name the designer of this hat.

Vivienne Westwood

4. The two Fridays at Coachella 2014 were headlined by a reunited hip-hop act while the Sundays were headlined by a Canadian band. Name these two groups in order.

Outkast and Arcade Fire

5. In The Chainsmokers’s song “#selfie”, a female voice asks what Instagram filters she should use when taking a selfie. Name the two filters she considered.

XX Pro, or X Pro, and Valencia

6. In the 2004 movie Mean Girls, Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, must deal with a mean group of girls led by Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams. What is the name of Regina’s clique?

The Plastics

7. This deejay is well known for throwing sheet cakes at members of the audience during his energetic shows. Name him.

Steve Aoki

8. What 1973 film made iconic use of the Scott Joplin ragtime classic “The Entertainer”?

The Sting

9. What was the first name of Lizzie McGuire’s best female friend on the early aughts TV series by the same name?


10. The CBS drama The Good Wife stunned fans in its fifth season with the death of an original character. Name the character and the actor who portrayed him.

Will Gardner, played by Josh Charles

11. Tom Clancy’s CIA agent character, Jack Ryan, has been depicted by four different actors in five feature films. Name those four actors by their first and last names.

Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine

12. In the film The Return of the Jedi, Jabba the Hut had a lizard-like court jester by his side, known for his shrill laugh. What was the two-word name of this creature?

Salacious Crumb

13. As the World War I flying ace in “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” Snoopy listens to to Schroder play a medley of World War I songs on his toy piano, starting with a song titled, “It’s A (Blank) Way to (Blank).” Fill in the two blanks for the song’s title.

Long and Tipperary

14. Last Christmas, Kanye West commissioned an artist whose work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim and MOMA to hand-paint an Hermès Birkin bag for his wife Kim Kardashian. New York Magazine’s fashion website The Cut called it “the ugliest bag in the history of civilization.” Name the bag’s artist.

George Condo

15. At the end of Grey’s Anatomy’s last season, Dr. Christina Yang, played by Sandra Oh, left Seattle’s Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital for a job at a hospital in which European city?



1. In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel set in Nazi Germany, the story is narrated by an iconic mythological character. Name this character.


2. This Greek scholar and one-time chief librarian for the Great Library of Alexandria, calculated the circumference of the Earth to the equivalent of about 40,000 kilometers. Not bad for around 200 BC. Name this scholar, who was name-checked by Neil Degrasse Tyson on Cosmos.


3. In August, coastal waters off California and other parts were invaded by giant floating herds of this blue animal, similar to a Portuguese man-o-war. Name the genus to which this animal belongs.


4. Name the three countries that began with the letter H that are also members of the United Nations. And no, we are not looking for Holland.

Haiti, Honduras, Hungary

5. The Fault in Our Stars, a novel by John Green, features a cancer patient and cancer survivor as the main protagonists. What are these characters’ first names?

Hazel and Augustus

6. As part of their recent April Fool’s Day tradition, Google Maps turned into a hunting game of sorts this year, so users could use the app to find… what?


7. Emma Thompson starred in the movie Saving Mr. Banks as the author of Mary Poppins. What is the author’s name?

P.L. Travers

8. If you listed the European capital cities in alphabetical order, which one would be last? Name it and the country.

Zagreb, Croatia

9. The famous character Captain Nemo appears in two of Jules Verne’s novels. One was Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. What was the other?

The Mysterious Island

10. If you’re driving from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, to Peshawar, Pakistan, you’ll have to take Asian Highway 1, or AH1, through this particularly treacherous mountain pass. Name this pass.

The Khyber Pass

11. There may be a murder of crows, a convocation of eagles and a kit of pigeons, but if you have a group of owls or rooks, what is the traditional “noun of assembly,” or collective noun, for those birds?

A parliament

12. What synonym for ‘devil’ literally translates from Hebrew as ‘The Lord of the Flies’?


13. On the Nutrition Facts information label on U.S. food packaging, Percent Daily Values are calculated based on a diet of how many calories per day?


14. In physics, what is the derived unit for Force, according to the International System of Units?

Newton, or N.

15. In the beloved children’s classic The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, what is the first name of the main character?



1. A win, a tie and a loss was the record for the US men’s soccer team in group play during the 2014 World Cup. What country did they draw against?


2. Its most famous race is the Daytona 500. What does the acronym NASCAR stand for? Be exact.

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing

3. In 1949, this three-year girl fell into a well in San Marino and died. Though a local story, the rescue attempt was a major national television broadcast event. Name this girl by her first and last name.

Kathy Fiscus

4. In August, the designer behind the look of the Santa Monica and Culver City buses, and the 1984 Olympics, died. Name her.

Deborah Sussman

5. In June, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw pitched a no-hitter widely regarded as one of the best pitching performances in Major League history. However, his bid for a perfect game was ruined by an error from one of his teammates. Who was the Dodger charged with the error?

Hanley Ramirez

6. With a silver medal in the women’s bobsled at the Sochi Games, this American sprinter became the fifth person to medal in both the Winter and Summer Olympics. Name her.

Lauryn Williams

7. Two universities joined the Big Ten athletic conference this year. Name both schools, and how many total schools are now in the Big Ten.

The University of Maryland, Rutgers University, and 14

8. The NBA finals MVP was San Antonio Spurs small forward Kahwi Leonard. What California university did he attend?

San Diego State University

9. The defensive backfield of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, which includes the now well-known Richard Sherman, has its own nickname. What is it?

The Legion of Boom (or LOB)

10. Located on the Pacific Coast Highway between Malibu Canyon and Kanan Dume roads, this state beach is named after a former star of the Bonanza TV series. Name him. (We are looking for his real name)

Dan Blocker

11. Known as the granddaddy of Latin music programs, KXLU’s long-running weekend radio program from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. is called what?

Alma del Barrio

12. In July, this Texas resident became the first woman to qualify for the finals of American Ninja Warrior. The video of her completing the semi-final course went viral. Name her.

Kacy Catanzaro

13. Speaking of nicknames, what is the nickname given to the defensive threesome of Jeff Carter, Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli when they appear on the ice together for the LA Kings?

That 70’s Line

14. The world’s oldest operating McDonald’s is in the city of… Downey. And the original mascot of the burger chain stands atop a large street sign at this location. What is the mascot’s name?


15. At the beginning of Sheryl Crow’s 1993 hit song “All I Wanna Do,” she says, “This ain’t no (Blank). It ain’t no (Blank) (Blank) either. This is L.A.” Fill in the blanks.

disco, country club

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