UMBCBCBC February 8, 1997
University of Minnesota
Singdown Category: Paul Simon or Simon and Garfunkel Songs
1. With a recent appearance on the VH1 Fashion Awards and a new album called Still Waters to
be released in 1997, this band is attempting a comeback, which will no doubt be fueled by the
opening of a London stage production of "Saturday Night Fever" next July. FTP, name this
brother group who have contributed a non-disco song to the show.
2. You might know this actor from such films as "Friday the 13th", "Quicksilver", "Criminal Law",
"JFK", and "The Air Up There." Or you might know him from the Internet game named after him,
which links some other actor to him via co-stars in common. FTP, name this actor, star of
"Animal House", "Diner", "Footloose", and "Tremors".
3. This organization, headquartered in Denver, CO and founded in 1965, builds understanding and
cooperation among people from different cultures through a year-long educational program,
which includes inter-cultural education, community service, extensive world travel, and on-stage
musical performance. FTP, name this organization, whose 4 Super Bowl halftime shows were
parodied on "The Simpsons" with a halftime show featuring "Hooray for Everything".
_UP WITH PEOPLE_
4. Although his brain tumor was removed in 1991, this person remains the subject of an
unauthorized Internet chain letter. The letter wrongly states that there is a terminally ill boy (him)
who wants to receive the most business cards through Make-A-Wish. FTP, name this person,
who as a young boy with a brain tumor in 1990, received 16 million greeting cards to claim the
(now closed) world record.
5. This pair of characters endure, despite rumors of a homosexual relationship and the falsely
reported demise of one of them, all after their creators death in 1990. Named after two characters
from the film "It's a Wonderful Life"; FTP, name this popular pair of educators and entertainers
created by Jim Henson for "Sesame Street", one of whom sings about rubber duckies.
_BERT_ and _ERNIE_
6. This actor created the voice of Yoda for the radio version of "The Empire Strikes Back" but is
better known for his Oscar nominated performances as the transsexual Roberta Muldoon in "The
World According to Garp" and Debra Winger's lover in "Terms of Endearment." For ten points
name this actor who plays deranged villains in the films "Buckaroo Banzai" and "Cliffhanger."
7. Among this artist's recent songs is one with the lyrics, "Make them laugh/ It comes so easy/
When you get to the part/ Where you're breaking my heart..." FTP, name this artist, born in Bay
City, Michigan, whose child's pediatrician is Dr. Paul Fleiss (father of the Hollywood Madam)
and whose early hits include "Borderline", "Lucky Star", and "Like a Virgin".
_MADONNA_ Louise Veronica Ciccone
8. Once a poor kid from Brownsville, Brooklyn, this boxer's laurels include a 1988 Olympic silver
medal in the super heavyweight class. Turning 30 in summer 1997, he announced in January 1997
that he joined the Marines for a three-year tour as an active reserve. FTP, name this boxer whose
unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield on November 13, 1992 made him undisputed
heavyweight champion at the time.
RIDDICK "Big Daddy" _BOWE_
9. "The Magic of You", "Savage Thunder", "Tender Rebel", "Surrender My Love", "Hearts
Aflame" and "Warrior's Woman"; FAQTP all of these were written by what famous historical
10. This fictional character is voiced by Chris Rock, and is a loud, look-alike counter part to a
starter on the 1997 NBA All-Star Team. He has an Orlando Magic jersey with the number 1/2,
and, in a Super Bowl commercial, asked Tyra Banks to marry him. FTP, name this character who
appears in Nike commercials to advertise Anfernee Hardaway's Air Penny basketball shoes.
11. This food, launched in 1937, currently is made in Nebraska and Minnesota. During World
War II, this canned food item was adopted by both the military and the public, as it needed no
refrigeration and was un-rationed. FTP, name this "Miracle Meat", which is the next word in this
phrase from a Monty Python skit; "Well, there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage, and bacon; egg and
12. This web-based soap opera or "cyber-soap", first of the genre, was once Cool Site of the Year
in 1995. However, it has stopped production since its parent company, American Cybercast, went
bankrupt early in 1997. FTP, name this "cyber-soap", set at a mythical beach house with a fake
history of wild partying and debauchery, and a dog named Spotnik.
_THE SPOT_ (prompt on SPOT)
13. Under attack in 1996 from the British government's chief scientific advisor, for the past 6
years this award has been given by The Annals of Improbable Research, and other guilty parties.
This irreverent prize was given in 1996 for such things as lighting a barbecue with liquid oxygen,
& proof that toast always falls on the buttered side. FTP, name this prize, good naturedly given by
scientists to spoof science and the Nobel Prizes.
The _IG NOBEL_ Prize
14. I am a game show on the Lifetime channel testing pop culture trivia. My claim to fame is that
my contestants bring to the show a high state of indebtedness. They compete to have all their bills
paid off and to take home cash. FTP, give my name, given that my host is Wink Martindale.
15. This author's 1972 book "Golf In The Kingdom" continues to sell many copies despite a style
that could be best described as "Jospeh Campbell crossed with Harvey Penick." FTP, provide the
name of this author who shares his name with the singer of the 70s hit "Wildfire."
16. This company began with a restaurant founded by two brothers in San Bernadino, California
in 1937. A Multimixer salesman came across it in 1954, and franchised it, first starting up in the
Chicago area in 1955. Eventually the brothers were bought out by the salesman and this
restaurant company grew to have over 18,000 locations in 79 countries. FTP, name this company,
which has been involved in a 'McLibel' suit with environmentalists.
17. Rabid fans of this long running NBC show know that past and current cast members include:
Anthony Michael Hall, Randy Quaid, Joan Cusack, Darrell Hammond, Cheri Oteri, Molly
Shannon, Christopher Guest, Brad Hall, and Mary Gross. FTP, name this show whose most
famous alumni include two brothers named Belushi.
_SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE_ (prompt on SNL).
18. Many talk show hosts come from a stand-up comedy background; few however are women or
African-American. Of these, few have won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording, and
several NAACP Image Awards; _and_ had a recurring role on "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
FTP, name this host of a 1992 talk show, better known for her Best Supporting Actress Oscar
for "Ghost" in 1990.
19. Around the world, this drink is spelled with an 's' and misspelled with an 'x'. Not known to
contain milk, it is occasionally made using steam, but the steam only moves the hot water. It is
brewed by quickly forcing hot water through darkly roasted, finely ground coffee beans. FTP,
name this drink commonly served at Caribou Coffee, and Starbucks.
_ESPRESSO_ (or EXPRESSO. Whatever)
20. This actor is not one of the cast members of the sitcom "Cheers" to guest star on "Star Trek:
The Next Generation". Instead, this actor is the only "Cheers" alumni to appear in a LucasFilms
science fiction classic. FTP, name this actor who has a small role as a minor Rebellion officer in
_The Empire Strikes Back_.
21. Members of this girl group include Victoria, Emma, Mel C., Mel B., and Geri, whose first hit
single in the UK was "2 Become 1" in 1996. FTP, name this group which in January 1997,
cracked the US Billboard Hot 100 music chart at Number 11, the highest ever entry for a British
artist, with their hit single "Wannabe".
22. Defying typecasting, this actor has done voices for the animated movies "An American Tail"
and "Rock-a-Doodle." He has appeared in such works as "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered
Country", "12 Monkeys", "Dolores Claiborne", "Wolf", "Dragnet" and "Jesus of Nazareth". For
ten points name this actor who is best known for his starring role in "The Sound of Music"
23. Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner and Mel Gibson. In recent years, this actress
has played the love interest in films with all of these actors. FTP, name this co-star of "In The
Line of Fire," "Outbreak", "Tin Cup" and "Ransom."
24. This actor did not appear in his first film until the age of 32, although it may seem as though
his career lasted "from here to eternity." FTP, name the Oscar-nominee of "Birdman of Alcatraz"
and "Atlantic City" who took home the Best Actor Oscar in 1960 for "Elmer Gantry."
25. Her early death in a plane crash at the age of 33 cut short a film career that included the films
"Twentieth Century", "My Man Godfrey" and "To Be Or Not To Be." FTP, name this zany
actress who was married to Clark Gable at the time of her passing.
26. Despite having 13 other number one singles in Europe from their last four albums "Scoundrel
Days", "Stay on These Roads", "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", and "Memorial Beach";
they are better known in the US for their first album "Hunting High and Low" which contained
the hit "The Sun Always Shines on TV". FTP, name this band, the only Norwegian band ever to
hit number one in the US with "Take On Me."
_A-HA_ (spelled a-ha)
27. It is a state of psychological preparedness. It can also be a permanent change of form. Or
even, it can be the act of arranging hair by curling or fixing it. An easier definition is a collection
of things of the same kind. FTP name this word of at least 23 different definitions.
28. This daily parade ended in November 1996, ending a 24 year run with a total audience of
about 75 million. Several thousand light bulbs from this parade have been sold for charity. FTP,
name this nighttime parade, which on its final night, drew such huge crowds that officials had to
close the gates at Disneyland.
Main Street _ELECTRICAL PARADE_
29. On "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" in October 1996, Tyco Preschool supplied 200 of these toys
as an audience giveaway. This toy, based on a prototype giggling monkey made in 1994, begin
shipping in July 1996. FTP, name this toy which commanded high black market prices and was
the most wanted Sesame Street toy during the 1996 Christmas season.
_TICKLE ME ELMO_
UMBCBCBC February 8, 1997
University of Minnesota
1. It is always interesting to watch tv shows portray their versions of quiz bowl/academic bowl
type games. FTPE, identify the show from the description:
A. This show starred Mike Tyson's former wife as an anchor to the team when the cast had a
competition in Russia.
_HEAD OF THE CLASS_
B. In this show the boy crazy, clothes lover answered questions while the know-it-all Republican
brother sat there overcome with fear of the camera.
C. In this show, the lead character bombed on Jeopardy! until she mistakenly buzzed in without
listening and asked Alex "What is, uh what?" and got it right. She won a trip to Hawaii.
2. For 5 points each, given the following list of Quiz Bowl related acronyms, expand them. The
_For A Quick Ten Points_
_Colvin Unfair Result_
_Honda Classic All-Star Challenge_
_Academic Competition Foundation_
_National Academic Quiz Format_
_College Bowl Company, Incorporated or Inc._
3. FTPE, name the TV show, based on these 'twin' clues.
A. The twins play a single character living with her father, two sisters, an aunt, an uncle, a friend
and a dog.
B. This show is produced by the author who in her several book series' created the characters of
Jessica and Elizabeth living in sunny California.
_SWEET VALLEY HIGH_
C. This show, popular in the 1980's, centered on twins- who after high school went to New York
so that one could be a dancer and the other could go to fashion design school.
4. Kevin Bacon has been in a lot of movies, but so has Christian Slater. Name the Christian Slater
movie from his beautiful co-stars for five points each.
A. Winona Ryder, Shannon Doherty
B. Mary Stuart Masterson
_BED OF ROSES_
C. Milla Jovavich
D. Helen Slater
_LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN_
E. Samantha Mathis (2 movies, 5 pts for each) (Tell them they are looking for two)
_PUMP UP THE VOLUME_
5. 30-20-10, name the book from quotations
30 - "Poo-tee-weet?"
20 - "So it goes"
10 - "Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time."
6. Ever played Monopoly? How well do you know the board? Answer these questions FTPE.
A. When landing on this space, the player picks up a yellow card and has a opportunity to
advance, pass go, go to jail, lose money, or make money.
B. For this space, located marks from Go, the player either loses $200 or %15 of all of his/her
C. In some versions of the game, players get the money thrown into the middle of the board, other
versions just let people rest their piece in this space for one turn.
7. In the DC Comics Universe, there is only supposed to be one Green Lantern appointed as a
guardian from each planet for that planet. Earth must be a very troubled planet, as five different
men have been chosen to protect Earth at various times in history. Name them for five points each
and a five point bonus for all.
Alan _SCOTT_, Hal _JORDAN_, John _STEWART_, Guy _GARDNER_, Kyle _RAYNOR_
8. Many characters on popular TV shows are known by their last name or a nickname only. Given
the name of the character, FFPE, supply the part of the name asked for. (Show name in
A. MacGyver's first name (MacGyver, of course)
B. Norm Peterson's real first name (Cheers)
C. Gilligan's first name (Gilligan's Island)
_WILLY_ (also accept Will or William)
D. "Skipper's" real name (Gilligan's Island)
E. Kramer's first name (Seinfield)
F. "Bull" Shannon's real first name (Night Court)
9. In J. R .R. Tolkien's trilogy "Lord of The Rings" most people can name the characters "Frodo
Baggins" and "Gandalf the Grey" as the principal members of the Fellowship of the Ring. FTPE,
name any three of the remaining six members of the group that were picked to travel to the land
of Sauron in order to dispose of the ring.
(Hint, they consisted of an elf, a dwarf, two humans and two hobbits)
Legolas _GREENLEAF_ (elf); _GIMLI_ (the Dwarf); Sam _GAMGEE_ and Peregrin _TOOK_
(the hobbits); _ARAGORN_ (or Strider) and _BOROMIR_ (the humans)
10. FTP each, give the coffee-related word from a brief definition.
A. A serving of equal parts espresso, steamed milk and froth.
B. The dense, golden foam that forms on top of a freshly pulled espresso.
C. A professional espresso bartender.
11. Given two stars of a TV show that debuted in Fall 1996, name the show for five points each.
A five point bonus for all correct.
A. David Conrad, Kimberly Williams
B. Greg Giraldo, Megyn Price
C. Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis
D. Eric Close, Megan Ward
E. Megan Gallagher, Lance Henrikson
12. Here are five songs from Entertainment Weekly's 100 Greatest Summer Songs published in
1996. For five points each, given the song and the year of the summer it came out, provide the
artist. A five point bonus for all correct.
A. #1 "Summer In The City", 1966
The _LOVIN' SPOONFUL_
B. #14 "The Message", 1982
_GRAND MASTER FLASH & FABULOUS FIVE_
C. #21 "Go All The Way", 1972
D. #62 "Fooled Around and Fell In Love", 1976
E. #100 "See You In September", 1966
13. FTPE, given the description of an entry from Spy's list of the 100 Worst People, Places and
Things of 1996, provide the entry.
A. Their "angry" husbands gave us the 104th congress.
B. Denied reports that the Democratic party offered to pay off her campaign debt if she would
give up her seat when her term expires in 1998.
C. According to the company president, this food product was "never intended to be a silver
bullet. Only those expecting a miracle were disappointed."
14. 30-20-10, name the actor.
30 - In 1926 George M. Cohan told this 26-year-old actor from Milwaukee "You're the best damn
actor I ever saw."
20 - Given his problems with alcohol, his secret of success - "Know your lines and don't bump
into the furniture" - takes on an interesting twist.
10 - His roles included Father Flanagan, Thomas Edison and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
15. FTP each, given a description of a weapon used in fencing, give its name.
A. A descendant of the 18th century small sword, it has a thin, flexible blade with a small bell
guard and a square cross-section.
B. Like mid-19th century dueling swords, it has a stiff blade with a triangular cross-section and
large bell guards.
C. A light fencing or dueling sword with an arched guard that covers the back of the hand and a
tapering flexible blade with a full cutting edge along one side and a partial cutting edge on the
back at the tip.
16. 30-20-10, name this group from selected lyrics from its top hits.
30 - "Body, wanna feel my body, body, baby, such a thrill, my body."
20 - "Yes, you can sail the seven seas."
10 - "Young man, there's a place you can go I said, young man, when you're short on your dough
You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find Many ways to have a good time."
The _VILLAGE PEOPLE_
17. In recent years, NFL Super Bowl halftime shows have featured big name stars. FFP each and
a 5 point bonus, given a star or list of stars from a Super Bowl halftime show, identify the Super
Bowl by number _or_ location.
A. New Kids on the Block
XXV/Tampa Stadium, TAMPA BAY, FL
B. Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano,
XXVI/HHH Metrodome, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
C. The Blues Brothers
XXXI/Superdome, NEW ORLEANS, LA
D. Winonna, Naomi Judd
XXVIII/Georgia Dome, ATLANTA, GA
E. Michael Jackson
XXVII/Rose Bowl, PASEDENA, CA (Accept LOS ANGELES)
18. FFP each, given an Olympic team sport, name the nation which won the gold medal in that
sport in 1996. A bonus five for all correct.
A. Synchronized Swimming
C. Men's 400 Meter Relay
D. Men's Soccer
E. Women's Beach Volleyball
19. Name this popular alkaloid chemical, 30-20-10
30 - People reducing their intake of this chemical may end up with headaches initially, which can
be cured with analgesics such as aspirin, which ironically contain this alkaloid anyway.
20 - It usually found in foods made from cacao (KUH-ka-oh) beans, which also contain a different
alkaloid which at high doses is known to be toxic to dogs.
10 - The Canadian version of Mountain Dew contains none of it.
20. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" was the first and most famous of the Chronicles of
Narnia by C.S. Lewis. However, there were six other books in the series. For five points each,
"PRINCE CASPIAN"; "THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER"; "THE SILVER
CHAIR"; "THE HORSE AND HIS BOY"; "THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW"; "THE LAST
21. 30-20-10, Name the television show from quotes from it's lead character
30 - "You know, when a tomato grows out of your forehead, it makes you think."
20 - "Apocalypse is coming, and I've been his janitor for the past month!"
10 - "Whoa! They've got guns! This is definitely illegal!"
22. FTPE, name these people who died in 1996.
A. Living with a price tag on her head, her shrill "Howdyyyyyy!" made her the first country
comedian known worldwide.
B. Played 2nd base in the Negro League's Indianapolis Clowns, thus became 1st woman to play
on a big-league professional team.
C. Matt Groening's father
_HOMER_ P. _GROENING_ (do NOT prompt on Groening or Mr. Groening)
22. A surprising number of novels written by Roald Dahl have been made into full-length motion
pictures. FFPE and a 5 pt bonus for all 5, name them.
_CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY_, _THE WITCHES_, _JAMES AND THE
GIANT PEACH_, _DANNY, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD_, _MATILDA._
23. For the stated number of points, identify the following children's games.
A. For 5, Players form two opposing lines and attempt to "break through" the opposing team's
B. For 5, One person plays the "stop light" and the rest try to touch him/her.
_RED LIGHT/GREEN LIGHT_
C. For 5, Players sit in a circle facing each other. One person is "it" and walks around the circle,
tapping people's heads, and saying one of two things.
DUCK DUCK GOOSE (prompt on "GREEDUCK" or "GREENDUCK")
D. For 10, Give the name many Minnesotans use for DUCK DUCK GOOSE.
DUCK DUCK GREEDUCK or DUCK DUCK GREENDUCK