Trivia Recap Oct. 23, 2014

So let me get this straight. People can bring their own bottles of wine to fancy restaurants to drink and the restaurant can charge a particular fee for doing so? Does anyone else’s mind go to a potentially hilarious place picturing someone bringing a box of wine (and possibly a can of aerosol cheese) to a fancy restaurant? Oh, so it’s just us, then? The name of that wine surcharge was just one of several interesting questions we had Wednesday at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery playing Sporcle Live Trivia with Kuma.
But it’s the big question we got wrong in game two that got everyone really talking. We’ve been playing pub trivia with this company on a league level since February, 2012. And during that time, we’ve started to notice particular patterns, including favorite topics that trivia question writers seem to like. The topic in this case was a certain lake, located out in the western United States. It’s a fairly common topic for questions, so when we got this question: “The largest freshwater lake above 7000 feet in elevation in North America is located in which US national park which shares its name?”
We were so, so certain of the answer to this question. Why? Because we’ve been asked about it so freaking much. Only problem is it wasn’t the answer and we burned our 9-point slip on it. We weren’t the only ones blowing this question – NO teams got it right at the place we played. And a cursory look at scores at other Wednesday locations tells us that few or no teams playing had “perfect” games.
We’re not complaining about the question by any means, it was certainly fair game, and perhaps we deserved to be punished for betting so high on something we technically didn’t know for sure.
Now on to the questions:
1. Stars: What star, the brightest in the night sky, is also known as the Dog Star?
2. Fast Food: The name of which fast food restaurant fills in the blanks in the following ad slogans: “It’s *blank* good” and “This is how you *blank*?”
3. Rock and Roll: Which guitarist has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once as a member of the Yardbirds and once as a member of Led Zeppelin?
4. War History: Which Japanese city was the target of the second atomic bomb dropped by the US in August 1945?
5. Novel Characters: What 1964 children’s novel features characters with surnames of Teevee, Salt, Gloop, and Beauregarde?
6. TV Personalities: Audio clue involving the painter of “happy little trees” and nerd point for naming his TV show Got them both.
7. 90s Movies: What 1997 film directed by and starring Kevin Costner takes place in 2013 after a post-apocalyptic event has decimated the world and destroyed most technology?
8. Golf: The Masters Tournament is held annually during which month of the year? Our first miss of the night for one point.
9. Seas: In which ocean is the Coral Sea located?
10. Marriages: Actress Nicole Kidman married what country music star in 2006?
Mystery Round: Sports Team Colors – Identify the team given the league and colors.
1. NFL: dark green, gold, white
2. MLB: black, purple, silver, white
3. NHL: blue, green, silver, white
4. NBA: royal purple, gold, white
Missed #3.
Heading into the final:
Twelve teams with scores ranging from 45 to 67. Kudos to the Debacles for having a perfect game with nerd point! We were second behind them with 64 points.
Final Category: 1970s TV
Final Question: Among the six main members of the Partridge Family, two were played by actors/actresses who sharing their first names. Name both. We got it wrong, and our re-cap writer was away from the table when game winners were named.
Game Two
1. On the Radio: What long running radio call in program first aired in 1983 and notably featured Adam Corolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky as co-hosts from 1996 until 2005?
2. Lakes: The largest freshwater lake above 7000 feet in elevation in North America is located in which US national park which shares its name?
Yes, we put Crater Lake. No it wasn’t correct.
3. Sports on Film: The 2005 film Fever Pitch stars Jimmy Fallon as Ben Wrightman, an obsessed fan of which MLB team?
**And this one was the Facebook clue…. Because it’s tough?
4. 90s TV: What NBC sitcom that ran from 1990 until 1997 starred Tim Daly and Steven Weber as brothers Joe and Brian Hackett?
5. Song Lyrics: According to the lyrics of the 1973 Steve Miller Band song “The Joker,” what are two of the three names that “some people” call him? Nerd bonus: Name all three. Got them all.
6. Dining Out: What is the name of the charge that a restaurant adds to the bill for patrons who bring their own bottle of wine? Yes. I want to see someone from Honey Boo-Boo’s clan bringing a box of wine to a fancy restaurant. I need to see that before I die.
7. Olympic Moments: In which US state did the famous “Miracle on Ice” occur during the 1980 Winter Olympics?
8. Studies: Which –ology is the study of words, their history, and their origins?
9. Airlines: Handley Page Transport, founded in 1919, was the first airline company to offer what service to its passengers?
10. Politicians: Who succeeded Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives in January 2011?
Visual: missed two of them, see Spaceballs: The Trivia Team for the pictures if you’re curious.
Heading into the final:
Again, 12 teams, this time with scores ranging from 38 to 61. We were in a miserable seventh place before the final.
Final Category: North American Geography
Final Question: Two of the seven Central American countries have capital cities that contain the word “City” in the English spelling. Name both. Got them both, but so did the teams ahead of us.
Final Standings: More Beer Less Pants, #3, Your Resume Sucks, #2 and Debacles, #1. We’re thinking the Debacles were actually Cool People and Jeff using a pseudonym. Well played. Until next week. Stay classy, Ypsilanti. Go Pods!
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