AJA Trivia Bowl Questions & Answers
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1. After 67 years calling Dodgers games from Ebbets Field to Chavez Ravine, this Hall of Fame broadcaster retired. Name him.
2. October 17 marked the 27th anniversary of what earthquake, which shook the Bay Area?
Loma Prieta earthquake (some slight misspellings allowed)
3. The government of Ecuador directed its London embassy to do what to long-term guest Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks?
Cut off his internet access
4. Last week, the world’s longest-reigning monarch died at age 88 after 70 years on the throne. Name him and the official name of his country at the start of his reign.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Siam (or simply Bhumibol or Adulyadej)
5. For a hot minute, America fell in love with an undecided voter at the second presidential debate. Name … the brand of the red sweater worn by Ken Bone.
6. Who is the vice-presidential running mate for Green Party candidate Jill Stein?
7. A popular ride at Disney’s California Adventure will close in January. What is the name of this ride, and what Marvel property will be the theme of the new attraction?
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (also accepted Tower of Terror)
Guardians of the Galaxy
8. At the final Democratic presidential primary debate in April, only Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remained. Name the three other candidates who vied with them at the first debate in October 2015.
Lincoln Chafee, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb
9. The Republican field was much more crowded, of course. How many candidates did the GOP have at the time of the first debate in August 2015?
10. Originally created in 1939, the now-famous “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan was never actually used during World War II. Rediscovered and unveiled in 2000, the iconic poster bears an image of the crown of which British king?
King George VI or King George the Sixth
11. A design of a corn maze in Chino, California, celebrates the 50th anniversary of what animated TV special? We are looking for its title.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
12. In August, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the final concert for the band fronted by Gord Downie, who is battling brain cancer. What is the name of this band, one Trudeau said would be “forever in our hearts and playlists”?
The Tragically Hip
13. In September, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature reclassified the status of the giant panda from “endangered” to “vulnerable.” What is the scientific name of the giant panda?
Ailuropoda melanoleuca (also accepted Ailuropoda only)
14. Two seemingly unrelated personalities teamed up to write a controversial op-ed in the August 31 edition of the Wall Street Journal railing against the dangers of pornography. Name them.
Pamela Anderson, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
15. In 1883, Dutch researcher Emil Hansen discovered that undrinkable beer was caused by contamination from wild yeast strains. He isolated a single cell of favorable yeast to create a pure culture that, along with its descendants, has been used ever since to brew what popular style of beer?
16. The Olympic flag with five interlocking rings on a white background was designed in 1912 by whom?
Pierre de Coubertin
17. On October 14, it was announced that what San Diego-based company will provide power to 14 Navy and Marine Corps bases across California?
18. Who was the prime minister of the United Kingdom at the start of 2016, and what is the name of the current U.K. prime minister?
David Cameron, Theresa May
19. In the middle of a concert, Kanye West found out that his wife, Kim Kardashian West, staying in Paris, was tied up, locked in a bathroom and robbed of millions in jewelry. He told the crowd, “I’m sorry. I have a family emergency. I have to stop the show.” What song was Kanye in the middle of performing when he said that quote and left?
20. What is the name of the storm that slammed into China’s southern island province of Hainan on Tuesday?
1. In September, a team of U.S. doctors introduced the first baby born from “three-parent fertilization,” a technique used to avoid a genetic disease carried by the mother. In what country was this baby born?
2. Name the longest river in Asia that does not flow through any part of China.
3. South Korea has about 3,000 islands. What is the name of the country’s largest island?
Jeju or Jeju-do
4. A centerpiece of the Dinosaur Hall at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum is a 34-foot-long skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex named for the brother of schoolteacher Robert Curry, who found the bones in Montana. What is the T. rex’s name?
5. Thanks to its unusually fast motion, about 2.7 inches northward a year, what continent will have to update its latitude and longitude later this year by about 5 feet in order to line up with its GPS coordinates?
6. Emily Blunt currently stats as the protagonist of the film version of bestselling thriller “The Girl on the Train.” Who is the novel’s author?
7. Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature last week. Among his most cited lyrics is “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” What 1965 song does that line come from?
“Subterranean Homesick Blues”
8. Manzanar, California, is widely known as a site of a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Name the county in which it is located.
9. Bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz uses that name to write suspense romance novels and her maiden name Jayne Castle to write futurist romance. What pen name does she use to write historical romance?
10. This Atlantic nation, a self-governing part of the Kingdom of Denmark, can claim to have the most Nobel winners per capita: 1 per 48,000 residents. Name the nation.
11. Julianne Moore may be an Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress, but she is also the writer of a popular children’s book series starring what character?
12. Everest and K2 are the highest mountain peaks in the world. The third-highest is in the Himalayan mountain range between Nepal and India. Name it.
13. On Wednesday night, an unusual lunar event was visible over large portions of the U.S. in which the waning gibbous moon passed over the large orange star of Aldebaran. What is the name of this event?
An occultation (also accepted Blood Moon or Hunter’s Moon)
14. A visiting archaeologist announced last month that he had made a startling discovery in a medieval castle on the island of Okinawa. What 10 copper things did he suspect he found?
Roman coins (also accepted simply coins)
15. Vietnam is bordered by the South China Sea as well as two gulfs. Name them.
Gulf of Tonkin, Gulf of Thailand
16. Motoko Kusanagi is the protagonist for what 1990s manga series?
“Ghost in the Shell”
17. This month, the FAST radio telescope came online in China. At 500 meters in diameter, it is the largest radio telescope in the world. What have scientists nicknamed this device?
The Eye of Heaven or Heavenly Eye
18. Viet Thanh Nguyen received this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his debut novel. What is its title?
19. What two countries sit on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola?
Haiti, Dominican Republic
20. If you suffer from alektorophobia, which farm animal are you scared of?
Chickens (and like fowl, such as roosters)
1. By popular demand, Funko Pop! TV has just released the “Golden Girls” vinyl figure collection. What are the first names of the four Miami-based characters from the 1990s sitcom?
Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia
2. Former One Direction member Zayn Malik has been named the new designer for what fashion line?
3. 2016 brought to the box office the highest-grossing R-rated animated film of all time. Name the film.
4. How many Tony Awards did Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenon “Hamilton” win?
5. In the 1976 Steve Miller Band song “Rock’n Me,” Miller sings, “I went from Phoenix, Arizona, all the way to Tacoma,” and then what three cities before he goes to Northern California?
Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A.
6. Esquire magazine just named “2 Dope Queens” the most essential podcast of 2016. Name the two Brooklyn comedians who host the show.
Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams
7. In June, toy company Hasbro produced an action figure in the image of Candace Payne. By what nickname is Payne better known?
The Chewbacca Mom
8. The American Dialect Society annually names a Word of the Year. For 2012, it was “hashtag.” For 2014, the winner was an actual hashtag. Name it.
9. Who was the first artist to do “Carpool Karaoke” with James Corden on “The Late Late Show”?
10. “Saturday Night Live” kicked off its 42nd season on October 1. Actress Margot Robbie was the host. Who was the musical guest, and who is the musical guest dating?
The Weeknd, Bella Hadid
11. What is the name of the character Rami Malek plays in the USA Network show “Mr. Robot”?
(Note: Our answer key and thus emcee gave this wrong answer. The correct answer is Elliot Alderson, but we accepted Anderton and Elliot.)
12. With what piece of music did conductor Gustavo Dudamel open the Carnegie Hall season on October 3?
“The Rite of Spring”
13. The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., last month. What is the name of the architect for the building?
14. Speaking of museums, a unique one opened in June on the site of the old Frederick’s of Hollywood lingerie store on Hollywood Boulevard. It consists of artifacts reflecting lost love. What is the name of this museum?
The Museum of Broken Relationships
15. Which Gilbert and Sullivan opera is set in Venice?
16. Who is the current president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
17. Derek Zoolander can devastate with his looks Blue Steel and Magnum, but what is the name of the look his son Derek. Jr unleashes at the end of “Zoolander 2”?
18. What is the name of the company that unleashed Pokémon Go on the world?
19. Who was named the United Nations’ Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls?
20. The original “Star Trek” TV series celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. It lasted three seasons but has produced five spin-offs. Name, in chronological order, those five spin-offs, including the one launching in 2017.
“The Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine,” “Voyager,” “Enterprise,” “Discovery”
1. When the Los Angeles Rams left the region in 1994, Chuck Knox was the team’s head coach. He has also been head coach of two other NFL teams. Name them.
Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills
2. Taekwondo athlete Pita Taufatofua became a viral video sensation after he appeared all greased up while carrying his country’s flag in the Olympic opening ceremonies in Rio. What country does he represent?
3. Kobe Bryant wore two numbers during his career with the Lakers. What number was he wearing in 2006 during the game against the Toronto Raptors in which he scored 81 points?
4. What is the motto for the city of Palm Springs?
“The People Are the City”
5. California cities and towns are famous for holding festivals for everything from garlic to roses. What California town has celebrated poison oak in an annual show for the last 30 years?
6. In 1979, the National Hockey League announced that it would no longer allow incoming players to forgo helmets. Those players with existing contracts could go helmet-less if they signed a waiver. Who was the last NHL hockey player to go without a helmet, and what team did he play for?
Craig MacTavish, St. Louis Blues
7. What is the most widely produced wine varietal in California?
8. An American brother-sister duo won the silver medal in ice dancing at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships and became the highest-ranked team of ice dancers of Asian heritage in world championships history. What is their last name?
9. What Los Angeles County city erected a 26-foot monument in 2010 that was inspired by both the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and a Spanish castle?
10. Former Yankee Alex Rodriguez holds the record for career grand slams with 25. Name the two players who are tied for most grand slams in one season.
Don Mattingly, Travis Haffner
11. What is the quote inscribed above the public doorway in Los Angeles City Hall’s John Ferraro Council Chamber?
“Law is reason without passion”
12. What is the combined age of California’s two current U.S. senators?
13. Joseph Schooling won Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold medal when he prevailed in the 100-meter butterfly in Rio. Another record-making mark in that race — the next three swimmers tied for silver. Who were they?
Michael Phelps, Chad le Clos, Lazslo Czeh
14. What is depicted inside the six-pointed star within the insignia for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office?
A grizzly bear (or simply bear)
15. What town in Nevada County holds an annual memorial to the Donner Party, a group of ill-fated pioneers who met disaster in the mid-1800s?
16. Name the men’s and women’s champions of Wimbledon this year.
Andy Murray, Serena Williams
17. The International Olympic Committee agreed to add baseball, softball and karate to its lineup for Tokyo 2020. It also agreed to three other sports designed to appeal to a younger audience. What are they?
Skateboarding, sports climbing, surfing
18. According to the National Park Service, what is the maximum number of people, including children, allowed per campsite at Yosemite National Park?
19. For the first time in its 132-year history, which club won this year’s English Premier League, overcoming 5,000-to-1 odds?
20. In 2013, musician Dave Grohl directed a documentary about legendary recording studio Sound City, which was located in what L.A. neighborhood?
- What popular song has been ruled available in the public domain so anyone can sing it now without seeking a license?
“Happy Birthday to You” or “Happy Birthday”
- Bomb blasts during a peace rally in Turkey’s capital city killed dozens last week. Name this city.
- Last month, a county clerk in Kentucky was sent to jail for contempt of court after refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. She cited her religious beliefs. What Kentucky county is Kim Davis the clerk for?
- Volkswagen named Matthias Müller its new CEO on Sept. 25. What brand of car did Müller preside over before taking control of the German auto giant?
- Scientists announced in Nature this week that a 125-million-year-old fossil of a mammal with intact hair structures and inner organs was found, more than 60 million years older that previous fossilized structures. Dubbed Spinolestes xenarthrosus, in what country was this fossil found?
- On Oct. 9, Governor Jerry Brown signed bill SB 27, which features the nation’s toughest limits on the overuse of what in livestock?
- Last week, the governor also signed a landmark climate-change bill requiring the state to have half of its electricity generated by renewables by 2030. What iconic location did Brown sign this bill at?
- A New York woman who sued her 8-year-old nephew for hugging her too exuberantly on his birthday lost her case on Tuesday. To collect insurance, her lawyer claimed her nephew’s action broke her wrist, which ruined her social life by making it “difficult to hold my… what?”
hors d’oeuvres plate. Also accepted was “appetizers”
- In a highly watched case, a former partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins sued on grounds of gender discrimination, but lost. Name her.
- Washington-state-based grocery store chain Haggen Inc. announced last month they would close more than 100 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona, just months after the chain’s dramatic entrance into those states. What city is Haggen Inc. based in?
- In his remarks to the U.S. Congress last month, Pope Francis highlighted the work of four Americans — President Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., a Trappist monk, and the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. Name the monk, and name the social justice pioneer.
Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day
- U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan jointly announced the name of the National Zoo’s latest panda cub on Sept. 25. What is it?
- Last month, French investigators and the Prime Minister of Malaysia confirmed that, for the first time since its disappearance, wreckage from flight MH370 was found. Name the island on which the wreckage was found.
- Who is The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band leader and what is the name of his group?
Jon Batiste and Stay Human
- Last month, search engine giant Google changed its eponymous logo to a new sans-serif font. While the design of the letters has changed, their colors have stayed the same. In order, what color is the second G, the L and the E (i.e. last three letters)
blue, green, and red
- So far this year, three women have graduated from the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, the combat leadership course of which was open to women earlier this year. At what U.S. Army base is the first phase of Ranger School located?
- In August, a series of explosions and subsequent fires in a Chinese city killed more than a hundred people, including responding firefighters. Name this port city.
- A pro-democracy working collective in Tunisia won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015. What is this group known as?
The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. The Quartet acceptable
- In mid-August, Mayor Eric Garcetti held a media event at the Los Angeles Reservoir where millions of black “shade balls” were released to help with drought efforts. In what L.A. neighborhood is this reservoir located?
- Name the first two Asian nations to sign on, in 2006, to what is now the 12-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Brunei and Singapore
- Australia’s quarantine control got upset with superstar couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard when they brought their two dogs into the country illegally this year. What are the names of Depp’s dogs?
Pistol and Boo
- A cargo ship owned by TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico sunk off the Bahamas earlier this month during Hurricane Joaquin. Name this ship.
- This year marks the 10th anniversary of YouTube, and Swedish comedian and gamer Felix Kjellberg is now the channel’s biggest star, with 39 million subscribers to his channel. By what name is Kjellberg better known
- This week, London Metropolitan Police, citing costs, stopped 24-hour watch on the embassy that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is said to be hiding out in as an asylum seeker. What country’s embassy is this?
- Doctors Without Borders said last week it wants an independent commission set up under the Geneva Conventions to investigate the attack that killed 12 medical staff and 10 patients at its northern Afghan hospital in what town?
- Speaking of dogs, earlier this month, home surveillance video of a small French bulldog scaring off brown bears that had wandered into a yard in this Southern California town went viral. Name the town.
- A nonprofit and a UC Berkeley law center released their grades of Los Angeles metro stations last week. A Red Line station received the survey’s highest mark. Which station is it?
- In September, the Valley Fire erupted with fury, killing four civilians and destroying nearly 2,000 structures. The fire was in Napa and Sonoma counties, but did most of its damage in what third California county?
- A Kerman, California high school used an actor’s movies as the theme for their homecoming on Oct. 9 and were treated to a surprise video message by the actor as a thank you for the honor. Who is the actor?
- After spending billions of dollars, Royal Dutch Shell announced at the end of September that the energy company would not continue its exploration program for gas and oil in the Arctic Ocean. Name the sea in which Shell had been drilling in at what’s called the “Burger J” Well.
The Chukchi Sea
- Hope you read the AAJA-LA website and/or your program tonight. The Japanese American National Museum hosted Trivia Bowl for its first time in what year?
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, staff writer for The Atlantic, has received many accolades this year for his book Between the World and Me, a letter to his teenage son. What is his son’s first name?
- On this day in 1853, a war began, the first covered extensively by newspaper reporters and photographers. Name it.
The Crimean War
- What city in Santa Barbara County is largest by population?
Santa Maria (with 101,000. Santa Barbara nearly 90,000)
- A dog is the central character of The Call of the Wild, an early 20th century novel centered on the gold rush in Canada’s Yukon. What was the name of the dog?
- El Niño is one phase of a global climate pattern abbreviated as ENSO or E-N-S-O. What does the S-O stand for?
- The first new book in many years by the late Dr. Seuss was published this July. What is its title?
What Pet Should I Get?
- According to the 2015 edition of the AP stylebook, thirty (30) U.S. cities stand alone in datelines. Of those, only two have neither an NFL or NBA franchise. Name them.
Las Vegas and Honolulu
- What fictional town in New York state was critical to the plot of Paper Towns, a 2008 novel by John Green, as well as the the 2015 film adaptation of the same name?
- In September, Queen Elizabeth the Second became the longest reigning monarch of the British Commonwealth. Who was previously the longest reigning British monarch?
- In September, scientists from the University of Arizona wrote a paper titled “Multi-century evaluation of Sierra Nevada snowpack,” published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The authors said California’s drought was probably the worst in 500 years. What did they measure to determine that? Be specific.
Blue oak tree rings. Tree rings okay. Just “trees” not acceptable.
- Forty nine states in the U.S. have two chambers in their legislature, a lower and upper house. Name the only state with a unicameral, or single-chamber, legislature.
- In the book and film adaptation of The Martian by Andy Weir, astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on Mars and presumed dead, uses *what* to establish initial contact with Earth? Be specific.
Pathfinder. “Mars probe or Mars rover” not acceptable
- What is the name of the NASA space probe that reached, and very quickly streaked, beyond Pluto and its moons earlier this year?
- On September 3, President Otto Pérez Molina resigned from office following corruption charges and was later arrested. Molina was president of which country?
- Of all the states in the U.S., Oregon is the only one with a state flag that has two different designs on each side. The state seal is on the front. What animal is represented on the reverse side?
- Inside Out is an animated film that explores the inner workings of a teen girl’s brain. What are the five emotions brought to life as characters in the movie?
Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger
- Knock Knock Knock, Penny… The sitcom Big Bang Theory has a long-running gag of Sheldon’s particular obsessive-compulsive knock on Penny’s apartment door. What is Penny’s apartment number?
- In the 1983 hit movie Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, the pair make a monetary windfall while financially ruining their former employers, Duke & Duke, by shorting the future of what commodity?
Oranges. Orange Juice okay. Just “juice” is not acceptable
- So Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have gone their separate ways. At the start of the new Muppets TV series, Kermit took an interest in another porcine paramour. What’s her new girlfriend’s name?
- The megahit public radio mini-series podcast Serial reexamined the case of the 1999 murder of a 19-year-old woman. What was her full name?
Hae Min Lee
- One of the most talked about works on display at the recently opened Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles is titled “Infinity Mirrored Room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away.” Who is the artist who created this work?
- The film Pitch Perfect 2 centered on the Barden Bellas, a university a cappella team and their continuing adventures. A central plot point of this sequel is the World A Cappella Championships. In what country does this competition take place?
- Taylor Swift’s music video for her megahit “Bad Blood” was an homage to blockbuster action movies. The video featured a long list of A-list co-stars, including Selena Gomez as “Arsyn,” Jessica Alba as “Domino,” and Hailee Steinfeld as “The Trinity.” What is Swift’s name in this video?
- The film The Sound of Music, based on a musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. In order from youngest to oldest, what are the first names of the four youngest Von Trapp children in the film.
Gretl, Marta, Brigitta and Kurt
- “Sábado Gigante,” the weekly Spanish-language variety show hosted by Don Francisco, ended a 53-year run last month. What country did this program start out in?
- Move over, R2D2. Make way, C-3PO. A new droid will feature in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one that looks like a robot on a ball. What is the name of the new droid?
- In June, Misty Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the 75-year history of what dance company?
American Ballet Theatre
- Next year, season 15 will be the last for American Idol, first won by Kelly Clarkson in 2002. Who won this year’s title?
- Name the actor who will play Doctor Strange in a film based on the Marvel comic character next year.
- After a music writer focused his concert review this month on what singer Bethany Consentino was wearing rather than performing, she took to Instagram to write, “Sexism is alive and well people!!!!! If you aren’t happy with my show that’s perfectly fine, but leave my looks + outfit out of it.” What Los Angeles band is Cosentino the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for?
- At the 2015 Track and Field World Championships in Beijing, this sprinter again won titles in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, and as part of the Jamaican 4-by-100 meter sprint relay squad. Name him.
- The Los Angeles Lakers have retired nine players’ numbers. Name the player with the lowest retired L.A. Laker number, provide that number, then name the college he attended.
Wilt Chamberlain, 13, Kansas
- Who is the Anaheim Ducks franchise leader in goals and assists?
- US Women’s National Team player Carli Lloyd’s first-half hat trick stunned Japan’s side in the Women’s World Cup Final, held in British Columbia earlier this year. Two other players scored goals for the U.S. Name ONE of them.
Lauren Holiday or Tobin Heath
- According to company history, this mid-20th century inventor originally wanted to call his company the “Paramount Engineering Company” to honor the L.A. County city in which his fledgling company was founded. But as the Paramount name was taken, he used his last name instead. What is the name of this still-in-existence company?
- South San Francisco’s “Sign Hill” displays the name of the city in big bold white letters. What three-letter phrase is below it?
The Industrial City *This question was not used in the scoring because of the confusing way the question was phrased.
- The drunk-driving arrest of a 21-year-old man in August 1965 touched off the Watts riots. Name him.
Marquette Frye. Will accept Marquette Price as Frye later changed his name.
- At Los Angeles International Airport, in the order you would drive past them, what domestic airlines are the major tenants of terminals 1, 4, 5, and 7?
Southwest, American, Delta, then United
- Boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who worked with Manny Pacquiao leading up to his fight with Floyd Mayweather, owns and operates this world-famous gym in Hollywood. Name it.
Wild Card Gym or Wild Card Boxing Club, or just Wild Card
- Jason Day is the current World No. 1 in golf, but he has to follow the rules like everyone else. According to official PGA golf rules, what is the maximum number of clubs a golfer can carry in a golf bag?
- Three weeks into the NFL season and the Miami Dolphins have already sacked head coach Joe Philbin. Who did the Fins name their interim coach?
- MMA champion Ronda Rousey became the first U.S. woman to win a medal in Olympic judo when she got a bronze at the Beijing Games in 2008. In which year did women’s judo make its Olympic debut?
- Serena Williams completed her second “Serena Slam” this year, holding all four major tennis titles at once by defeating Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza in the Wimbledon finals. Name the two former World No. 1 players she beat in this year’s Wimbledon quarterfinals and semifinals.
Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova
- The northbound 5 freeway crosses from Orange County city Buena Park into a Los Angeles County city, right where Knott Street and Firestone and Artesia boulevards meet. Name this L.A. County City.
- In the 1985 hit “We Built This City” by San Francisco band Starship, a DJ says, “Here’s your favorite station, in your favorite radio city, the city by the blank, the city that blanks, the city that never blanks.” Fill in the blanks.
bay, rocks, sleeps
Grasshopper Cup Tiebreaker
- The animated series Peppa Pig details the anthropomorphic family of Peppa, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and Peppa’s little brother. What is her brother’s first name?
- 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.
- A nurse’s assistant in what country became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa?
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- 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
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is exhibiting his most recent collection at this iconic California location. Name it.
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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?
- Three people have been Chancellor of Germany since reunification in 1990. Name these three people.
Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Schröeder, Angela Merkel
- What automobile company produces Italian car lines Alfa Romeo and Maserati?
Fiat (or Fiat Group)
- Which vessel in the Sea Shepherd anti-whaling fleet is named after a former game show host?
The Bob Barker
- 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.
- 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?
- 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).
- 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?
- 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?
- Name the first man elected president of the United States who represented the Whig party.
William Henry Harrison
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- This deejay is well known for throwing sheet cakes at members of the audience during his energetic shows. Name him.
- What 1973 film made iconic use of the Scott Joplin ragtime classic “The Entertainer”?
- What was the first name of Lizzie McGuire’s best female friend on the early aughts TV series by the same name?
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- 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
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- Emma Thompson starred in the movie Saving Mr. Banks as the author of Mary Poppins. What is the author’s name?
- If you listed the European capital cities in alphabetical order, which one would be last? Name it and the country.
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- What synonym for ‘devil’ literally translates from Hebrew as ‘The Lord of the Flies’?
- 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?
- In physics, what is the derived unit for Force, according to the International System of Units?
Newton, or N.
- In the beloved children’s classic The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, what is the first name of the main character?
- 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
- Its most famous race is the Daytona 500. What does the acronym NASCAR stand for? Be exact.
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
- 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.
- In August, the designer behind the look of the Santa Monica and Culver City buses, and the 1984 Olympics, died. Name her.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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
- The NBA finals MVP was San Antonio Spurs small forward Kahwi Leonard. What California university did he attend?
San Diego State University
- 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)
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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?
- 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
- The City of Los Angeles elected a new mayor this year. Name him.
- Twerking pop singer Miley Cyrus caused a stir at the VMAs and hosted SNL. She also got in a Twitter war with a former pop singer, who had written her several open letters. Name that singer.
- Name the Army captain who received the Medal of Honor this week for his actions in the 2009 Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan.
- In March, Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, were delivering newspapers in Torrance when a hail of bullets pierced their pickup truck as LAPD officers mistook it for the one driven by then-fugitive Christopher Dorner. What were the color, make and model of their truck
Blue Toyota Tacoma
- Spanish businessman Amancio Ortega rose this year to No. 3 on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people on the strength of his fashionable stores. Name his retail empire.
- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce in June from his wife of 14 years. What is her name?
- A marine science teacher needed more than a dozen people to help her haul in to Catalina Islandʼs shore the carcass of a rarely seen, 18-foot-long serpent-like fish. What is the common name for this fish?
- What is the full name of the health law now commonly called Obamacare?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (also ok: Affordable Care Act)
- Mitch McConnell is the minority leader in the Senate and Harry Reid is the majority leader. Who is the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate?
- Two weeks ago, police in Ventura County arrested 21 people allegedly tied to the sales of prescription drugs through…what?
- Whistleblower Edward Snowden said he last worked within the NSA as a contractor for a consulting firm. Name the consulting firm.
Booz Allen Hamilton or Booz Allen
- Iran recently inaugurated a new president. Name him.
- Australia also elected a new prime minister in September. Name him.
- In May, one of the largest and fastest tornados recorded touched down in Central Oklahoma, killing 23 people. Name the town that bore most of the destruction.
- Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student who has become a girls’ education activist, was just announced as an honorary citizen of what country during its annual throne speech?
- In August, the National Institutes of Health announced it was giving the family of this woman some control over the use and distribution of genetic code that was acquired from her in the 1950s without her knowledge. Name her.
- In September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average expunged three companies from their index to add Nike, Visa and Goldman Sachs. Name one of these three former members.
HP (or Hewlett-Packard); BofA (or Bank of America) or Alcoa.
- Half-Donut, Half-Croissant — “cronuts” have been immensely popular since they were introduced in May at a bakery in New York Cityʼs SoHo. Name this bakery.
Dominique Ansel Bakery. (Ansel Bakery and Ansel okay. Dominque NOT okay)
- In June, the President and Mrs. Obama took a short tour of Africa, including a stop in this country on Africaʼs west coast. Name it.
- The alleged owner of an illegal drug-trading site, Ross William Ulbricht, a.k.a. “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was arrested by the FBI in what major U.S. city?
- In 1954, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company took on a new name. What was that name?
British Petroleum, or BP
- The remains of King Richard III were discovered this year under a parking lot in which English city?
- In April, the Boston Marathon was attacked with explosives at its finish line. Name the street that the Boston Marathon finishes on.
- What is founder of the Nobel Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel, famous for inventing?
- Their scientific name is Sula nebouxii, and since last month, several of these seabirds have been showing up along the Southern California coast. Whatʼs is common name of this bird? Be specific.
A blue-footed booby
- Fifty years ago, Congressman John Lewis was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. What is the full name of the organization that Lewis was chairman of at that time?
Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee or Student National Coordinating Committee
- Name the artist who worked on the cover of Lady Gagaʼs third album, ArtPop, released Oct. 5?
- What is the name of the San Diego Zoo panda that gave birth to now 7-month-old panda cub Xiao Liwu?
- This yearʼs massive Rim Fire became the third largest wildfire in the history of California. Name the National Forest where this fire started.
Stanislaus National Forest
- Mexico ceded California to America with the signing of the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hildalgo in what year?
- Chili Palmer was a main character in this Elmore Leonard novel, adapted into a 1995 movie with the same name. What is the title?
- In May, Angelina Jolie announced she had undergone a double mastectomy because she carried a defective gene associated with a dramatic increase in rates of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Name this gene.
BRCA1 or BRCA
- The Costa Concordia was uprighted in September through a system of pulleys. Whatʼs the term for this technique?
- In John Milton’s poem “Paradise Lost,” which word, meaning “riotous uproar,” was the name of Satan’s capital?
- An ‘astronomical unit,’ abbreviated as ‘au,’ is the measure of length between which two celestial bodies?
The Earth and the Sun
- That thing? The metal band that keeps the rubber eraser attached to the pencil? It has a name. What is it?
- Tarzan and John Carter are characters created by what American author
Edgar Rice Borroughs
- What is the first, or given, name of Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice?
- A baby crow is called a chick; a baby goose is called a gosling. What is a baby swan called?
A cygnet; flapper also acceptable.
- What nine-letter word represents a chain of islands, a syrup, and a kind of necktie?
- Who wrote the opera Tosca?
- In culinary terms, what is the verb for cutting food into long thin slices?
Julienning, or to julienne
- What country seceded from Pakistan in 1971?
- In the 1989 Tom Petty song “Free Fallin,” he sings of a long day living in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood, with a freeway running through the yard. Name this neighborhood.
- Scott OʼDellʼs book “Island of the Blue Dolphins” was based on the true story of a Nicoleño Indian woman, Juana Maria, who was stranded on an island off Californiaʼs coast for 20 years. Name this Island.
- In the Jackson 5ʼs hit song “The Love You Save,” Michael Jackson describes what “S-T-O-P” stands for. What two-word phrase does “O” stand for?
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had a big hit this year titled “Same Love” featuring a female singer on the chorus. Name this singer.
- In an iconic scene from the 1989 movie “Say Anything,” Lloyd Dobbler, played by John Cusack, holds a boombox over his head to get the attention of valedictorian Diane Court, played by Ione Skye. Name the song played at this scene in the movie.
“In Your Eyes”
- In September, Warner Bros. announced a new film franchise based on a J.K. Rowling book in the Harry Potter Universe. Name the full title of this book.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- The early 90s Nickelodeon show “Rugrats” centered on baby Tommy Pickles and his playmates. Two of these friends were twins. What are their first names?
Phil and Lil
- #WorldWarA was the trending hashtag for this hour-long TV showʼs recent season finale. Name this show.
Pretty Little Liars
- Denzel Washington has signed on to star in The Equalizer, a film based on the 80’s CBS TV drama that starred what actor as the title character?
- What was the last film with a one-word title to win Best Picture at the Oscars?
- On the HBO series Game of Thrones, the episode entitled “The Rains of Castemere,” and the main event that happened in the episode, are better known by fans of the show and books as what?
The Red Wedding
- In 1999, Sanrio introduced a boyfriend — well, a close male friend — to Hello Kitty. What is his name?
Dear Daniel (Daniel Starr or Daniel acceptable)
- The 1986 film Top Gun was released this year in 3-D. In order, what are the pilot nicknames for the characters played by Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer?
Maverick, Goose and Iceman
- Helen Hunt got a bit of red carpet notoriety when she revealed her navy silk strapless gown at this yearʼs Oscars did not come from a high-end designer. What mass retail brand did Hunt wear?
- Which Cole Porter musical features the song “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire”?
- In the original Star Wars film released in 1977, Obi-Wan Kenobi says of the port of Mos Eisley, “You will never find a more wretched hive of ______ and _______?”
Scum and villainy
- In the TV series Breaking Bad, protagonist Walter White used to work at a carwash with the slogan “Youʼve tried the rest. Now try the best.” What was the name of the car wash company?
A1A Car Wash
- Tokyo won the bid to host the Games of the 32nd Olympiad in 2020, becoming the first Asian city to host the Olympics twice. When did Tokyo last get the Summer Games?
- Chicago Blackhawks captain Patrick Kane won this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs MVP title. For that, he gets a trophy. What is the name of that trophy?
The Conn-Smythe Trophy
- Now a rookie with the Utah Jazz, this former guard for the Michigan Wolverines received this yearʼs John R. Wooden award for the nationʼs most outstanding menʼs college basketball player. Name him.
- Aside from a flip, what are the three main types of jumps in figure skating that usually involve at least two revolutions?
axel, lutz, salchow
- In June, Kerry Washington, star of ABCʼs Scandal, married a cornerback from the San Francisco 49ers. Name him.
- On May 16, soccer star David Beckham announced his retirement from the sport after a 20-year career. What was the name of the last city and club for which Beckham played?
- What jersey number does Dodger rookie sensation Yasiel Puig wear?
- In ascending order from lowest to highest by their one- or two- digit designations, name all six federal Interstates that cut through California and into a neighboring state.
5, 8, 10, 15, 40, 80
- The Los Angeles County Registrarʼs headquarters is in this Los Angeles County City. Name it.
- You probably have a green-capped bottle of Sriracha hot chili sauce in your refrigerator. Name the Southern California company that manufactures the sauce.
Huy Fong Foods, Inc. or Huy Fong
- One was famous in his commercials with his dog Spot, the other for his public television show that traveled around the state, yet neither were native Californians. Name the birth states for Cal Worthington, and for Huell Howser, respectively.
Oklahoma and Tennessee
- Only one Los Angeles County North-South surface street has onramps to the 5, 10, 60 and 210 freeways. Name this street.
Rosemead Blvd. Will accept Route 19
- The 10th UC system campus opened in 2005, the nation’s first public research university to be built in the 21st century and the first new UC campus in 40 years. Where is this campus located?
- In the lyrics to Ice Cubeʼs classic song “It Was a Good Day,” what team did the Los Angeles Lakers beat?
Supersonics (Seattle okay)
- In Woody Allenʼs 1977 Best Picture winner Annie Hall, his character said of Los Angeles: “I don’t want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a _____ _____ on a ______ ______.” Fill in the four blanks.
Right Turn, Red Light