A fun, fun night of all-Halloween trivia Friday playing Sporcle Live – Detroit trivia via Sporcle Live at the RUB BBQ Pub with host Dizzy Miss Lizzy – who obviously loves Halloween as much as we do, judging from her “sad panda” makeup (sorry no pics, left our camera at home, but she may have pictures on her own page). Our ‘Pods contingency was light on man/womanpower but high in brain power, withHeb, Mike Mike 2 and Mike 2’s new wife Kyungjin, both of whom joined us for game 1. Parking was an ordeal, as we had to park on a nearby street, and even that was tight because of the UM hockey game (which they won, apparently). We walked away with 123 points that we’re pretty sure don’t count as league points, but also $25 worth of gift card swag. And if you put together our perfect regular/mystery round in game one with our correctly answered final question in game two, we had one perfect game! Yes we know it doesn’t work that way, blah blah blah…
On to the questions, which may be re-worded for brevity:
1. Actors: What actor was best known for his roles in the “Harry Potter” series, “Willow,” “Star Wars” and the entire “Leprechaun” series? Hint (which we didn’t need), he starred as the leprechaun in the series. We know our diminutive actors, 10 points.
2. Origins: What festive Halloween decoration was originally used as a method to protect the home from undead and evil spirits? Be specific…We were a little less confident here, but got it for 3.
3. Ghostbusters: Which Ghostbuster is responsible for summoning the “Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man?” First name of character acceptable, and after fielding some whining from another team who claimed to know which actor it was, that was accepted too (smooth move, Liz, way to keep the game going). GB expert Mike nails this for 9.
4. Candy: According to advertising, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Hint, the answer is not a number. Mike again steps in for 8.
5. Comics: Who is the only “Peanuts” character who believes in the “Great Pumpkin?” Too easy, 7.
6. Actors: What actor, best known for playing the TV character “Urkel” recently appeared in a 2010 movie called “Megashark vs. Crocosaurus?” Without the “Urkel” clue we wouldn’t have known this, Mike 2 and Heb got this one for 6.
7. Directors: The director of “American Werewolf in London” also directed which popular music video?” Five points.
8. Pumpkin games: In the sport of “pumpkin chunkin,” name 2/5 methods of hurling pumpkins. Mike’s knowledge of medieval weapons helps us here, 4 points.
9. Nicknames: What is the nickname of the serial killer in “The Silence of the Lambs” character quoted as saying, “It puts the lotion on its skin…?” Got it for 2.
10. Book to movie: Originally released in 1960, what movie was released, based on a novel by Robert Block? It’s the reason hippies became afraid to take showers in the ’60s, lol, 1 point.
Mystery: Before and After (Yay!):
1. Collective name of countries of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq plus 1981 Sam Raimi horror film.
2. Actress who played “Hellboy’s” love interest on film and name of horror film set in Burkittsville, MD.
3. Simon Pegg’s first movie in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (also known as the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy or the Cornetto trilogy) and the last movie in the “Dirty Harry” franchise.
4. A 2005 Tim Burton movie and the fourth installment of a horror series featuring Jennifer Tilly.
Got all of these for 8 points, thus ending a perfect game (since we didn’t get the final question right, but got so, so close…)
Leaders going into the final:
Bastion’s Luck Dragon 64, Miskatonic 66. There were a few other teams playing, but we’re only listing the league teams since we didn’t write down all of the other team names.
Final question, category world records: Stephen Clarke of Havertown, PA is the current record holder of being the fastest pumpkin carver. Within a half hour, how long did it take him to carve more than one ton of pumpkins? Scared off by the category, we wagered zero, though our answer of three hours even was so, so close to the correct answer of 3 hours, 33 minutes, 49 seconds. Yes, we are giving out one of the answers, consider it a Halloween treat! Came in second in this game with $10.
Standings after the final:
Miskatonic 66, Bastion’s Luck Dragon 84 (kudos for getting that bitchy final question right).
1. Ghosts: What Travel Channel show features Zak Bagans,
Nick Groff, and Aaron Goodwin? Mike used to love these boring ghost hunting shows back when we had cable TV, 5 points.
2. Which Edgar Allen Poe story is about a man haunted by the spirit of the pet he killed? Drew a blank, lost our 1 here.
3. Gremlins: What are the three rules for caring for your mogwai? Mike steps in for 10 here.
4. Phobias: What is phasmophobia the fear of? Nine points, though we really, really were hoping it would be about coulrophobia.
5. Friday the 13th: What is the name of the camp in the horror movie series? Heather and Mike both know their cheesy horror movies, 8 points.
6. Winchester: On the hit TV show “Supernatural” (ugh, a TV question), what are the first names of the characters that fight evil? The drunken college girls at the next table squealed when they got this one right. Should’ve found some way to cheat, lol, lost our 2-pointer.
7. Awards: What is the only horror movie to be nominated for an Oscar for best picture? After some discussion, Heather remembered this for 7.
8. Scary TV: What horror series, which ran from 1989 to 1996, was based on a comic? Yay a TV question we knew, 6 points.
9. Words: What is the collective word for a group of spiders? And there went our three-pointer. Hint, this is one of Liz’s “pet” categories. You never know when these questions could wind up in a game.
10. What toys based on Scandinavian folklore became popular in the ’60s? Heather remembered these hideous things being owned by some childhood friends, 4 points.
Mystery: Yay, it wasn’t visual! Fill-in-the-blanks, “Thriller” monologue by Vincent Price.
1. Darkness falls across the land/The (blank) is close at hand/Creatures crawl in search of (blank)/To terrorize your neighbourhood
2. And whosoever shall be found/Without the (blank) for getting down/Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse’s (blank)
3. The (blank) stench is in the air/The funk of forty thousand years/And grisly (blank) from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
4. And though you fight to stay alive/Your body starts to (blank)/For no mere mortal can resist/The evil of the (blank).
Got all of these for 8.
Standings going into the final:
Bastion’s Luck Dragon 45, Age and Wisdom 55, Miskatonic 57.
Category: Directors. We wagered 20…
William Friedkin, who directed the 1973 movie “The Exorcist” also directed a movie released two years earlier, which won the Oscar for best director? Heather made an educated guess here. Would it be correct? Would it? YES! Win the game for another $15! Tricky question though, because best director wasn’t the only Oscar this movie won. And Heather could name exactly three facts about that movie, which she’s never seen – name of one actor in the movie, the release year, and it had an epic car chase scene. Oh yeah it won one other Oscar, which we’re not naming here, we want you all try try to figure it out…
Standings after the final, Age and Wisdom 35, Go Green 39, Miskatonic 77.
Have we mentioned that we love themed trivia nights? Go Pods, and thanks Dizzy Miss Lizzy for the entertaining show!