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Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 08/21/2006

Time for a Pop Quiz!

By Fritz Hahn

Neal Racioppo has a loyal following for his Quizzo trivia night, which packs the Pour House on Capitol Hill every Tuesday night. Staffers, wannabe "Jeopardy" stars and barflies all come out for the weekly dose of pop culture, trivia and the occasional historical fact. Last week, Racioppo announced he was extending his budding trivia empire, starting a weekly event at the Palace of Wonders. Even better: It's a late-night quiz, beginning at 10 p.m., which is when most others are finishing up.

Never ones to pass up a quiz night, my friend Kathryn and I headed out to Wednesday's debut. There were about eight teams total, all vying for bragging rights and bar tabs: $30 for the winners, $20 for second place and $10 for third. The best team name is worth a round of beers.

Most of it runs like a standard quiz night: Racioppo reads three rounds of 10 questions. Players write the answers on the sheets provided. After each round, answers are collected by Scorebabe Rebecca, who tallies the scores and reads out the current standings.

However, there are two quirks. The first is a new "Sideshow" question in each round. This is a query with multiple answers. For example, you may be asked to name the four defenders picked in the 1981 NFL draft who have been elected to the Hall of Fame. You write one of the correct responses on usual line -- make this the one you're most sure of -- and all the other answers in a box at the bottom of your answer sheet. You get one additional point for every "bonus" answer. There's no penalty for guessing, but the extra points only count if the initial response is correct. In this example, you may have Ronnie Lott, Mike Singletary and Howie Long in your bonus points box -- all correct answers -- but if the answer on line 4 of your answer sheet is Darrell Green instead of Lawrence Taylor, you don't get any points at all.

Also going with the Palace of Wonders theme, Racioppo asks all players to predict their total score for the round and enter it in the "Predicto!" box. Be honest with yourself, because if you're right, it's worth an extra point.

Here's a sample round drawn for questions asked at the initial event, which, for some reason, had a recurring Canadian theme. We've changed some wording to protect the innocent.

Oh, and if you were wondering: We won, beating teams with two or three times as many players.

On to the questions:

1. What is the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States?

2. Which of these Canadians has had the longest career in television: Alex Trebek on "Jeopardy," Paul Schaeffer on "The Late Show" and "Late Night With David Letterman," or Lorne Greene on "Bonanza"?

3. This 1986 movie, based on a work by Stephen King, received an R rating solely for foul language.

4. Priscilla Barnes replaced Suzanne Sommers's ditzy Chrissy on "Three's Company" after the sitcom's fifth season. Years later, the tables turned: Sommers replaced Barnes on a sitcom after Barnes filmed the pilot and stunk up the joint. What TV show was it?

5. Which NBA team holds the record for most losses in a season?

6. This word is a planet, a god, a Mozart symphony, a city in Florida and a character in the Three Investigators series of detective stories.

7. SIDESHOW QUESTION: Madonna's never won an Oscar, but she's won seven Razzie awards, which honor the worst big-screen performances of the year. For which movies did Madonna take home the statuette? You get one point for each.

8. The title for this movie was allegedly inspired by Louis Malle's "Au Revoir Les Enfants" and Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs."

9. C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley both died on the same day. Ordinarily, this would have been news, but it was buried by the news of the death of this person, whom many people considered more important than the two authors. Who was it?

10. This Canadian actor dated a 17-year-old Kirsty Swanson, had his nose broken by Gordie Howe in a celebrity hockey game, and was named the #37 TV dad of all time by TV Guide.

Pencils down. Click here for the answers.

By Fritz Hahn  | August 21, 2006; 10:08 AM ET
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Quizzo is AWESOME... Neal is the host with the most, and Scorebabe sizzles.

Posted by: Quizzo Fan | August 28, 2006 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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