Monday, November 22, 2010

Pop Culture Trivia # 109: The Holiday Edition

Since it's that time of year, every question is holiday-related.
If you are a Pop Culture Trivia virgin about to be touched for the very first time, please read the remaining rules before taking the quiz:

* Along with the Internet, the use of books, magazines, notes, data stored on a computer, etc. to help you come up with the answers is not allowed.

* Please read the questions carefully. For example, if you mistakenly give a performer's name instead of the movie/TV show, the answer will be marked as incorrect.

* If you give a final answer along the lines of "If it isn't Frosty the Snowman, it's The Little Drummer Boy", it will be marked as incorrect.

* Unless I ask for the correct spelling, you won't lose points for any misspellings as long as I can decipher your answer. If I have no idea what you mean, I'll email you for verification. If I don't hear from you, your answer will be marked as incorrect.

* It's best to provide the full name/title of an answer if you know it. However, for TV series, movies, people, etc. that are often referred to by a shortened name/abbreviation, that shortened name/abbreviation is acceptable (unless I specifically ask for the complete name/title).

* If you are the only player to get a particular question correct, you earn 5 bonus points. The first player to submit their final answers to me will earn 3 bonus points.

* Please do not post your answers in the comments section. Instead, send them to no later than Friday, December 31st at 11:59 PM EST. To make it easier for me to add up your score, please cut and paste the game into the body of an email and type your answers after the point value of each question.

I will no longer be posting the answers here. Although I will email the answers only to those who take the quiz, I will still post the names of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers here.

Have fun, good luck and season's greetings!

1. Telling the story of a despondent Bedford Falls man who runs a Building and Loan, what 1946 film topped the AFI's 2006 list of the most inspiring American movies ever made? 3 pts

2. Narrated by Jimmy Durante (who also appears in animated form) what perennial Christmas special features a lead character who comes to life after a girl named Karen places a magical top hat on its head? 3 pts

3. The following opening lyrics are from what song? 3 pts

Hang all the mistletoe
I'm gonna get to know you better

4. In the 2008 episode of Psych titled "Christmas Joy", what pseudonym does Shawn (James Roday) make up for Gus (Dulé Hill) when the two of them meet a young girl who wants to hire them? 6 pts

a. Scrooge Jones
b. Grinch McCoo
c. Gussie "The Heat Miser" Jackson
d. Blitzen Biletnikoff

5. The photo below features the stars of what TV series? 3 pts

6. What are the complete titles of the three films made from 1994-2006 that star Tim Allen as Scott Calvin? 3 pts each

7. In the 1988 TV movie A Very Brady Christmas, which one of the Brady kids is portrayed by a replacement performer? 5 pts

8. In the first two Home Alone films, what are the first names of Kevin McCallister's four siblings? 3 pts each

9. The photo montage below was used on the DVD cover box for what movie? 5 pts

10. What are the names of the 3 one-named singers who appear on the 1984 charity single Do They Know It's Christmas? 3 pts each

Just to be clear, when I say "one-named singers", I mean they use one name as their professional one (Cher, Madonna, Usher, etc.)

11. Below are 5 "make the connection" puzzlers. Each one will consist of two parts. The way they connect is that the last word of the first part will be the same as the first word of the second part.

Because of the time of year, one half of each Make the Connection puzzler below will be holiday-related.

For example: Christmas song popularized by the Harry Simeone Chorale- Sitcom that starred Fred Savage's younger brother= The Little Drummer Boy Meets World

Note: For each entry, it's all or nothing. For example, if you can only come up with the name of the former SNL regular who is the daughter of singer Minnie Riperton, but not the name of Santa's helper known for their distinctive snout in the 1st one below, you don't get any points for that one.

Each of these are worth 3 pts

a. Former SNL regular who is the daughter of singer Minnie Riperton- One of Santa's helpers known for their distinctive snout

b. Crime comedy film starring Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey, and Jon Lovitz- 1977 Meat Loaf song that includes play-by-play by Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto

c. Blended family sitcom that was a part of ABC's "TGIF" lineup from 1991-1997- Yuletide Elton John tune that was released in 1973

d. 2000 TV movie starring Ving Rhames as a gay drag queen- 1965 top 10 hit by The Yardbirds

e. Vince Guaraldi instrumental that is named after two of the Van Pelt siblings of Peanuts fame- Beatles track inspired by Julian Lennon's drawing of one of his schoolmates

12. The cropped photo below is from the cover of the first Christmas album by what recording artist? 3 pts

13. During the Christmas party scene in the 1953 WW II POW comedy-drama Stalag 17, a drunken Animal (Robert Strauss) mistakes his pal Harry Shapiro (Harvey Lembeck) for which one of the following actresses? 6 pts

a. Rita Hayworth
b. Greta Garbo
c. Betty Grable
d. Lauren Bacall

14. With lyrics that mention such Jewish celebrities as David Lee Roth, Goldie Hawn, and Paul Newman, what Adam Sandler tune was covered my Neil Diamond on his 2009 album A Cherry Cherry Christmas? 3 pts

15. The screen cap below is from what music video? 15 pts

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