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Trivia Semi-Final Tournament Results
November 15th, 2019

We went in with high hopes and were 4th out of 20 going into the finals. We then got both final questions wrong (the last two below) and were passed by a handful of teams, but somehow I just got an email that we made the tournament finals (complete surprise). 😮😮
I've shared a few questions which I found interesting below.

Note: These questions are not my own and are shared for entertainment purposes only. Please do not reuse without permission from Sunset Trivia

#1. Geography: What is the only nation that borders the Caspian Sea which was NOT part of the USSR?
#2. Music: What group released "Long Road Out of Eden" in 2007, their first album since the group reformed in 1994 following a 14-year breakup?
#3. NFL: What quarterback was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980 on his third try despite a losing career record and having thrown 47 more interceptions than touchdowns?
#4. Science: What phenomena, named for a food brand, occurs when floating objects that don't normally float attract one another? The same effect governs the behavior of bubbles on the surface of soft drinks.
#5. Alcohol: What bourbon, introduced in 1996, has an official sponsorship with the Kentucky Derby?
#6. Video Games: What company makes the Unreal game engine?
#7. Advertising/Business: What watch company, founded in New York in 1875, produced the first advertisement broadcast on radio in 1926 and the world's first television advertisement, on July 1, 1941?
#8. Music: What act, made up of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, won the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for their self-titled album?
#9. Tennis: With a win at the 2012 French Open, what female player is the most recent to complete a career Grand Slam?
#10. Movies: Due to commitments to "The West Wing", Martin Sheen was unable to reprise his role as Robert E. Lee in "Gods and Generals", the prequel to "Gettysburg". What Oscar winner, and descendant of Lee, replaced him?
#11. Literature: "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" is a 1997 book by what spiritual teacher?
#12. US History: What city, which had a population of nearly 170k in the 1860 census, was the most populous Confederate city?
#13. History/Music: Jacques Cousteau named his research ship after a nymph in Greek mythology. What close friend of Cousteau wrote a song of the same name as a tribute to him?

Several Updates
November 15th, 2019

I'm making a lot of small, behind the scene changes today:
   - I updated "Study Mode" to display the questions in random order. I went back and forth on this, but I've been using it to prep for a Pub Trivia tournament tonight and I changed my mind on the using the same order every time through.
   - I made a lot of code changes to make the site faster and also easier for me to maintain. These should be transparent, though you may see speed improvements.
   - I added the ability to email me directly from the website (no need to reach out to me from a separate app).
   - I made (and will add more) updates to the quizzes below as I continue to study for the tournament.

Player Movements
Famous Paintings

My Own Trivia Results
November 14th, 2019

Last night my wife and I played pub trivia. After playing I like to jot down some of the interesting questions so that I remember them. I've included them below in "Study Mode" (click the question to see the answer, click the answer to see notes).
The game included a midpoint question where we were given songs from films and had to name the film. We did pretty well, but I still felt the need to brush up a little more, so I created the quiz below (some of them are also the name of the movie, but I included all 100 songs on AFI's list so that you get an awareness for the entire list).

I also began my first season of Learned League yesterday and I won my first game, though I'm not as confident in today's match. I'll continue to provide LL updates as the season progresses.

Note: These questions are not my own and are shared for entertainment purposes only. Please do not reuse without permission from Sunset Trivia

#1. Science: French microbiologist Louis Pasteur developed the first vaccines for anthrax and what other disease, from the Latin for "madness"?
#2. Alcohol: What term describes a Mexican drink made with beer, lime juice, assorted sauces (often chili-based), spices, tomato juice, and chili peppers?
#3. Geography: What Canadian province contains 5 of the country's 10 most populous cities?
#4. Literature: Edith Wharton won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for what 1920 work set in the 1870s in upper-class New York City?
#5. Movies: Anthony Perkins and Vince Vaughn have both played what character on film?
#6. Space: Along with Neil Armstrong, what two other astronauts flew as part of the Apollo 11 mission?
#7. Vocabulary: What interjection, derived from French, is defined as an expression used to indicate a hit in fencing or an expression used for acknowledging a telling remark or rejoinder?
#8. Music: At the 2014 Grammy Awards, Pharrell Williams received nominations for Record of Year for what two songs?
#9. NBA: According to Forbes's 2019 list what team, valued at $4 billion, is the most valuable NBA franchise?
AFI Movie Songs

Quiz Cleanup
November 13th, 2019

I'm pretty busy at work today so I only have one small edit so far...
  - I added some more info to the detailed answers in the population trivia quiz.

Country Populations

New Feature - Study Mode!
November 12th, 2019

Today I added a "Study Mode" to the site, which will display all questions on the screen at once, allowing users to study a topic even faster the "Flash Card Mode". Click a question to reveal the answer, or click a button at the top of the screen to reveal all answers.
I also added an instruction page to the site (new button on the home screen) which describes all of the different game styles and added a new entry (below) in the "Often Confused" study page based on some comments about this week's custom quiz.

⛪ Corcovado - Rio de Janeiro - Granite peak, 2,329 feet tall, just west of the city center. Known worldwide for the 38-meter (125 ft) reinforced concrete and soapstone statue Cristo Redentor ("Christ the Redeemer", completed 1931) atop its peak.
⛰️ Sugarloaf Mountain - Rio de Janeiro - A 1,299 foot tall peak at the mouth of Guanabara Bay, on a peninsula that juts into the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for its cableway and panoramic views of the city and beyond. UNESCO World Heritage Site (2012)

Minor Website Updates
November 11th, 2019

Today I spent the majority of my time working on my 2019 book and contacting some friends for feedback on it. On the site I just did some minor cleanup, adding a new painting to the "Famous Paintings" quiz and posting my new Custom quiz for the week.
Oh, and I also added a new feature... a blog so I can share updates and information about the site and my own trivia experiences. Enjoy!

Famous Paintings

In addition to all of the links available under the "Study Guides" link, this site contains five different styles of study material available under the "Trivia Games" link:

Full Game: These are multiple-choice quizzes with four possible answer choices that include all questions in a given set.

20Q Game: These are similar to full games, but for quizzes larger than 20 questions it will randomly select 20 questions from within the set. This is a quick way to get in some studying of a topic.

Note: Most targetted quizzes will repeat answers in "Full Game" mode. The purpose of this site is to "Study", so this is meant to help reinforce trivia that you get wrong. Quizzes in 20Q mode will not repeat, nor will custom question quizzes.

Flash Card Game: This is an even quicker way to study a topic and without any hints from multiple-choice options. It presents the questions and gives you the option to click either the question itself or a button at the bottom of the screen to display the answer. Once the answer is showing, you can either click it to advance to the next question or click a button at the bottom of the screen. I like to keep my mouse mid-screen and keep clicking to quickly cycle through these questions. They will appear in a random order and all questions in a given set will be displayed before they recycle.

Study Mode Game: This is probably the fastest way to skim a topic. It will display all questions on one page, and you can click each question to reveal the answer (or click a button at the top of the page to show all answers). Once the answer is showing you can click it for detailed information about the answer (if available), then click it (or the popup) to hide this information.
The questions in "Study Mode" are presented in random order, so they will be in a different order every time you "Study".


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