From the looks of game one playing Sporcle Live – Detroit trivia Wednesday at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (aka Corner Brewery), it looked like we had maybe, possibly, gotten our “groove” back. Sixty-four points, missing only one mystery round question about politician authors. Then came the question that sunk us in game two (read on for details). We lost a tiebreaker for first following game one but still got a $10 gift card for our efforts. Total points 117. Still not in the upper echelon of scores for the “cash rewards,” so until we up our game even more, the pressure is off and we will say “meh” when we blow big points. No big, right? It’s not like we have to qualify for a you-know-what at the end of the you-know-what, right?
1. SNL Sketches: In a classic SNL sketch, Patrick Swayze was auditioning for a job at Chippendale’s. Who was his competition for that job?
2. Beer: Within 2, how many US gallons are contained in a standard US beer barrel?
Our home brewer Sam was absent for this question but we still somehow got it right, but for low points.
3. US History: 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the defense of Fort McHenry, during which Francis Scott Key wrote the poem The Star Spangled Banner. This took place during the battle of which port city?
4. Musicians: What musician was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1992, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006?
See photo with this post. One of the ‘Pods actually saw him live in Crisler Arena with her folks in the ’80s and used to have this shirt (picture taken from Etsy).
5. Islands: In which ocean will you find Reunion Island and Cockatoo Island? Re-rack between two saves the day here.
6. Audio: Identify the movie with the line “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” Damn. Would have known before that quote was uttered. Too easy.
7. Games: At the age of 22, Norwegian grand master Magnus Carlsen became the new world champion of which game in November 2013? Are there grand masters of anything besides the answer to this and possibly rap music?
8. Language: What is the most common word in the English language that begins with the letter E? FB hint.
9. Cars: What car company got its name from the Latin translation for the last name of its founder, August Horch? Horch is German for “listen.”
Sometimes it pays to listen to Dad ramble on about automakers when you’re hanging out with him at the Detroit Auto Show.
10. Dr. Seuss: Which Dr. Seuss book contains the line: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in whatever direction you choose?”
Mystery Round: Politician Authors
1. An Inconvenient Truth, 2006
2. Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President, 1982
3. No Apology, 2010 (fiddlesticks! Should have listened to Brenan’s answer!)
4. Profiles in Courage, 1955
Final Category: Fortune 500
Final Question: On the 2013 Fortune 500 list, there are five companies that are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. One of these is a construction company called Kiewit. Name two of the other four.
Wagered 20. Kinda had to. And we got it! Too bad our wily competitors Your Resume Sucks, with whom we were tied for 64 points, also got it right. On to the tiebreaker:
Tiebreaker: In what year was the Flatiron Building in Manhattan completed?
We guessed 1912. They guessed 1895, and were closer to the answer (which I can’t recall, early 1900s sometime). Oh, so close…only 17 years divided our answers.
QUICKFIRE: Name the six US states that are found on the Continental Divide.
Got three points. In our test anxiety failed to come up with a key non-contiguous state. Balls.
1. Natural Disasters: The 1960 Valdivia earthquake registered 9.5 on the Richter scale, marking the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. In which South American country did this occur?
2. Diets: What popular diet is based on the notion that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture and consists of meat, fruit, and vegetables and avoids grains and dairy?
Someone mentioned having a FB friend who frequently posts about this particular diet. Social media to the rescue!
3. Architecture: Tuscan, Doric, and Corinthian are all types of which architectural element?
Our art major Mike ran this one up without having to consult the team.
4. Academy Award Nominations: For what 2005 drama did Keira Knightley earn her nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress?
We were oh, so confident but blew our 8-pointer here. Went with another of her “gimme an Oscar” roles.
5. Sportscasters: What longtime sportscaster created the basketball catchphrase “Dipsy-do dunk-a-roo?” Yea sports guys Brad and Dave!
6. First Ladies: What former first lady earned the derogatory nickname “Queen” due to her decisions to redecorate the White House, wear expensive clothing, and replace the White House china during a recession?
7. Slogans: What Calvin Klein perfume completes the ad slogan “Between love and madness lies *blank*?”
8. Duets: Nominated for the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Pink’s 2013 song “Just Give Me a Reason” was cowritten and coperformed by Nate Ruess who is the lead singer for what indie rock band? Boo. Why couldn’t it be about “Islands in the Stream?”
9. TV Characters: On the 1960s series The Munsters, what were the first names of Mr. & Mrs. Munster? This is why you have an “old fart” on your team.
10. Weather Terms: What is the fruity term used by the news media for a fast moving heavy rainfall from the waters of Hawaii that extends to the mainland Pacific coast? Good going, Sammy…
Visual mystery round was singers, we missed #4 (see Steele Shivers post if you want to see the photo).
Meh. Only 53 points going into the final question. Wagered 20 on the final Category: Film firsts: What film that was released in 2013 was the first film to be entirely distributed digitally? It also has the dubious honor of containing the highest number of F-bombs of any major studio film.
So, so easy. But kudos to “Don’t Forget to Strip Your Bartender” for winning the tiebreaker and taking the top prize in game two!
Tiebreaker: How many episodes were there of The Munsters?
Sorry don’t recall the answer. Google it, people!
Until next time, Go Pods!