As a trivia team, we had no clue which controversial and deceased world leader was awarded the keys to the city of Detroit in 1980, much less who would want the keys to the city of Detroit. But we did know we weren’t likely to have much of a chance in the tournament.
We battled against some powerhouse teams and some tough, tough questions. And saw some shining moments, though they were few and inbetween. What the Shibboleth wound up taking first place/$420 and Sparty On took third place and $100. It was the first-ever money win for Sparty On, so our congratulations goes out to all of them!
1. Ads: What telephone company is credited with releasing the first banner ad on the Internet when it placed an ad in 1994 on Hotwire as part of its “You will” campaign?
2. TV Settings: What is the nickname of Gulf Haven, Florida, a fictional town created for a sitcom that debuted on ABC in 2009?
Great work, Brad – who has never even watched the show.
3. US Cities: What is the only US state whose capital city and largest city by population (must be two different cities, so states like Arizona and Ohio are out) both begin with the same letter?
Heb started frantically writing down capital city names. Got the answer in just before the final whistle – and got it right. But for low points 😦
4. Female Firsts: What artist released an album in 1983 that became the first debut album by a female artist to score four top five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?
5. Movie Websites: The website www.klumps.com is devoted to the films in what movie franchise?
6. World Leaders: What now deceased and controversial world leader was awarded the key to the city of Detroit in 1980 in recognition of donating a large amount of money to a Detroit church?
Wait what? Nope.z
7. Elements: 99% of the mass of the human body is made up of only six elements. The top three are oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. Name two of the next three.
This was NOT our question, but the question asked in the Toledo tournament. Here is our question (which we flunked)
7. SNL Sketches: Identify the real “fake commercial” from an SNL sketch:
a. Jon Hamm’s John Ham, b. John Goodman’s Good John Man, c. John Candy’s John candies, d. Jon Stewart’s John art.
8. MLB Players: Prior to Justin Verlander accomplishing the feat in 2011, who was the most recent American League player to win both the Cy Young Award and the MVP Award in the same season?
9. Ice Cream: In 1984, what month of the year did Ronald Reagan designate as National Ice Cream Month?
10. Hotels: What hotel chain founded by Kemmons Wilson in 1952 was named after a 1942 film starring Bing Crosby?
Mystery Round: Before and After and After That
1. Arcade game released in 1980 featuring enemies colored red, cyan, pink, and orange/2013 film directed by Zack Snyder/1987 play written by Robert Harling that was adapted into a 1989 movie of the same name
2. TV series featuring Liz Lemon/Energy drink with flavored named Pure Zero and Perfect Berry/Six pointed emblem found on the flag of Israel
3. 2006 Christmas movie featuring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet/long-running NBC soap opera that aired its 12000th episode in 2013/Term for domestic animals such as sheep or cattle
4. 2004 US presidential candidate/1998 National League Rookie of the Year/the 28th president of the US
Missed #3, didn’t get the middle part of it just right.
Visual Round: see the Spaceballs: The Trivia Team‘s post to see the picture round. We got only two of them right.
1. Famous Lasts: To date, Eugene Cernan is the most recent person to do what, doing so in 1972?
Turns out our newest player is a “space man.” Good to know…
2. Magazines: The cover of the June 1985 issue of what magazine featured a now-iconic photograph titled “Afghan Girl?”
3. Director/Actor Pairs: This week, on November 14, Dumb and Dumber To will be released, which is the third film directed by the Farrelly Brothers starring Jim Carrey. The other two were the original Dumb and Dumber movie and what other film?
Nailed it. Now I want to watch that movie!
4. Video Games: When you include each world and sub level, how many levels are there in the original Super Mario Bros. game?
A great effort was put toward getting this right. But we failed by just two.
5. Mountains: Until the record was broken in 1996, the strongest wind gust ever recorded (231 miles per hour) occurred at the Mount Washington Observatory in which US state?
Our pilot Joel was all over this one.
6. Vaccines: The bifurcated needle (a two-pronged forked needle) was developed in the early 1960s for the administration of which vaccine?
7. Super Bowls: As of fall 2014, there are only two teams to win the Super Bowl in three different decades. Name both.
8. World History: Between 1976 and 1983, over 13,000 people are estimated to have been killed or disappeared in what is known as the “Dirty War” which took place in which South American country?
Picked the wrong South American country which also had similar activities that began just a couple of years earlier. For big points.
9. Music: What is the only school mentioned in the lyrics of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire?”
We must, we must, we must memorize this song! (Gollum voice) “But we hates it, we do. Stupid, stupid song.”
10. TV Actresses: Heather Locklear has appeared in more than 50 episodes of four different series. One of these is Melrose Place. Name two of the other three.
Mystery Round: Twisted Titles – each clue describes a fictitious movie whose title is one letter removed from a real one.
1. Movie starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach in which a Russian agent helps a British agent relocate.
2. 1970s sitcom starring Esther Rolle as a housekeeper who loves really excellent citrus fruit
3. Movie starring Al Pacino as an ex-con trying to stay straight but is pulled into the straw black market by farmers
4. Novel by Ernest Hemingway about a group of ex-patriates who travel from Paris to see a pop rock group led by Nate Ruess.
Missed #3. We put “Sodfather Part III.” Also missed #4.
Final Category: Famous First Names
Final Question: The five people described below all share a common first name (some are spelled differently, but all are pronounced the name). Give that common first name.
• The winner of an Academy Award for Best Actor for a role in a 1963 film
• The winner of an Academy Award for Best Director for a 1985 film
• An athlete who has won two Hart Trophies and two Art Ross Trophies
• A fictional character played by actress Laura Leighton
• An author whose final novel in 2004 shared its title with a TV series featuring the Midnight Society
Got it, but our 87 points leading into the final was not enough to get into the cash prize zone.
Final Standings: Sparty On, Cable Guys, What the Shibboleth.
Until next time – if there is a next time! Go Pods!