“There is no ‘i’ in team though there is one in “Miskatonic University Fighting Cephalopods.” OK, there is more than one “i” in that lengthy trivia team name, we know, we know! Back to the subject of “team,” this team captain couldn’t be prouder of how well-oiled of a team we were Wednesday playing Sporcle Live – Detroit trivia at our beloved Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. Superstar Brad nailed three consecutive questions in game one. Every single player – Heb, Mike, Brad, Dave, Joel, John and Sam – chimed in for correct answers, sometimes as solo artists but usually as part of a team effort. Great work all!
Now onto the questions:
1. Slogans: “American by birth, rebel by choice,” is the slogan for which company?
Good guess for 2.
2. 2013 in Music; Which alternative rock band reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 with their song “Demons” in 2013?
Ugh. One of our rare misses of the night, 1 point.
3. Prime Ministers: Who has been the prime minister of Canada since February 2006?
Brad’s first in the hat trick series, 10 points. One of his “jobs” on the team is to be an expert in our northern neighbor Canada.
4. Coaches: In which sport did Herb Brooks lead the US to two Olympic medals, one in 1980 and the other in 2002?
Again, thanks Brad, 9 points.
5. Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart won his first Primetime Emmy award in 2013 for a guest appearance as Professor Proton on which comedy? Brad finishes his hat trick, 8 points.
6. Audio clue from 1969’s “True Grit,” 7.
7. Language: What word that is commonly used in English comes from the Japanese for empty orchestra? Johnboy steps in for 6.
8. European Geography: Which European country is the only one to share a land border with exactly six other nations? Facebook clue, 5.
9. Gems: The Star of India, one of the largest of its kind, is what type of gem: diamond, ruby, sapphire, or emerald?
Mike trusts his gut for 4.
10. Architecture: The Chrysler Building in New York is often cited as a classic example of which 1920s architectural style? Mike has a soft spot for this style – in fact, it’s going to be part of our new T-shirt design, 3 points.
Mystery Round: This Day in History.
1. In 1991, Islamic militant released journalist Terry Anderson after 6 ½ years of captivity in which Middle Eastern country?
2. In 2009, what American exchange student was convicted in an Italian court for the 2007 murder of her roommate?
3. In 1918, who departed Washington DC for the first European trip taken by an American president?
4. In 1997, which Golden State Warrior was suspended for a year after choking his head coach a few days earlier?
Only missed #4.
Heading into the final, 13 teams were playing, only top teams listed:
5. Gentlemen Kangaroos 57
4. Voiceless something or other….god the team names are long at Corner, aren’t they? But hell who are we to talk? 59
3. Don’t Forget to Strip Your Bartender (using an alias, as always) 60
2. Corn Fritters 62
1. Miskatonic 63 (think we tied with Your Resume Sucks, who played at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor with the same question set).
Final Category: Restaurants
Final Question: In March 2007, the Seminole tribe of Florida finalized the purchase of which worldwide chain of restaurants for $960 million? The chain was founded in 1971 and is now headquartered in Orlando.
Dave said “I love food” so we wagered 20. Didn’t know this right off. We initially thought of IHOP and Denny’s, but someone chimed in with the right answer. Great work!
3. Cup of Pickles (advancing from 10th, good job!) 68
2. Corn Fritters 82
1. Miskatonic, 83.
1. Famous Americans: Howland Island, located about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, is home to a beacon named after which Kansas native? Heb’s first answer contribution of the night, she remembered watching a cable TV show about this some time ago, 10 points.
2. Parodies: What is the name of the 1996 song by Weird Al Yankovic that parodied “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio?
Love, love Weird Al!
3. Spices: Which spice gets its name from the Hungarian word for pepper? Our gourmet guru Sam said anyone not knowing this is an idiot. Word, 9 points.
QUICKFIRE: Name the seven movies that Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson have starred in together, ignoring sequels.
Ugh. Though we officially “love” quickfires, we didnt’ fare so well on this one. Only named three. We blame test anxiety.
4. Volcanoes: In what US state will you find Lassen Peak, one of the only two volcanoes in the contiguous states to erupt during the 20th century?
Picked the wrong western state, our first game two miss, 3 points.
5. MLB Teams: Which MLB team has a fan interactive team called the Orange and Black Attack, whose goal is to enhance the fan experience in their home ballpark?
Re-racked between two teams with those colors with success, 7.
6. Mythology: What is the name of the Greek goddess who personified victory? A favorite Sporcle topic, 6 points.
7. Exploration: In March 2012, what man piloted a submersible named Deep Sea Challenger to challenge the deepest known point on the earth? Funny – Heb initially thought Mike was writing “Jacques Cousteau” when she saw him writing the letter J. He wrote down the right answer instead (whew!), 5 points.
8. Original Titles: Which 1968 satirical comedy did Mel Brooks originally want to title Springtime for Hitler?
9. Reality TV: Within one year, in which year did the first season of MTV’s The Real World air?
Heb nailed it dead on, and because of Kuma’s new house rule about year questions that ask for a range, earned 1 extra bonus point! Woot! But we only wagered 1. Reality TV is an icky one for us, we got lucky this time.
10. Stocks: What company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HD? Dave slam dunks this one for 2.
Visual mystery round: got them all, images from various Chuck Lorre shows.
Heading into the final:
5. Sterno ??? 57
4. Full Monty, 58
3. Miskatonic, 61
2. Gentlemen Kangaroos, 63
1. Corn Fritters 64
Final Category: NBA
Final Question: During the 1980s, there were three different players who won more than one MVP award. Name two of them.
Wagered 20 again. Did not seal the deal, unfortunately, only came up with one.
Leaders after the final (including a tiebreaker for third place):
3. Quizbags, 65 (jumping up from 11th place)
2. Cup of Pickles, moving up from 6th, 75
1. Full Monty, 78
We tentatively plan to play at Fraser’s Pub next week. Go Pods!