Trivia Recap April 14, 2015 – Maiz Mexican Cantina

For those of you out there who play pub trivia competitively, you all know the sting of blowing a high-points answer slip on a question that you get wrong. Yes, it is gut-wrenching. And even the strongest relationships can be put to the test. In this case, we were playing Sporcle Live with Rachel Sue at MAIZ Mexican Cantina. You’ll have to read on to see what question it was, but it has to do with a certain TV network where one can watch Oscar the Grouch. In this case, however, it didn’t turn out to bring the apocalypse or anything. Why? BECAUSE (nearly) EVERY TEAM GOT IT WRONG. Misery loves company.
We didn’t win any gift cards and wagered unwisely on both questions. Nothing surprising or earth-shattering there 🙂
Game One
1. Product Placement: In the 2000 film Cast Away, Tom Hanks’s character is an employee of what company?
2. Music: What five letter musical term meaning “loud” is also the name of a compact model made by Kia?
3. Planets: Earth is the fifth largest planet in our solar system by diameter. What is the fourth largest?
4. TV Revivals: What HBO series starring Lisa Kudrow aired a single season in 2005 before being revived nine years later in 2014?
No clue. We put “Romy and Michele’s Terrible TV Series.” Miss for 1.
5. Unions: Name one of the two countries that formed a political union known as the United Arab Republic from 1958 until 1961. Bonus for both.
And what a wonderful time for Joel V. to show up! He happened to know both of these right away.
6. Tennis: What is the term in tennis for a serve that hits the net and then falls into the service box, allowing the serve to be retaken? Miss for 2.
7. Video Games: Which of the following film franchises does not have a game on the original Nintendo Entertainment System: Jaws, Rocky, Terminator, or Home Alone?
Miss for 3.
8. Audio clue featuring one of the stars of “Earth Girls Are Easy.” Though the audio clue had nothing to do with that wonderful film.
9. Women in Rock: What singer/songwriter reached the Billboard Adult Top 40 three times during the 2000s with the songs “Why Can’t I?,” “Extraordinary,” and “Everything to Me?”
Miss for 4.
10. Food and Government: In an 1893 US Supreme Court ruling, what fruit was declared a vegetable due to popular definition and use rather than botanical classification?
Mystery: This Day in History
1. 1997 – What golfer won the Masters tournament by 12 strokes for his first major championship?
2. 1743 – What future US president was born in Virginia?
3. 1970 – What astronaut made the now famous statement “Houston, we’ve had a problem here?”
4. 1941 – The USSR signed a neutrality agreement and nonaggression pact with which Axis power?
**Missed #4.
Heading into the final:
Nine teams with scores ranging from 36 to 63, withMore Beer Less Pants in the leading spot. We were in fourth with 55 points.
Final Category: Sports Movie Geography
Put the following four films in order based on the city in which the primary team plays from west to easy: Major League, Any Given Sunday, A League of Their Own, Friday Night Lights
Final Standings: Clever Double Entendre, 69 Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, 81.
Game Two
1. TV Stations: What does the S stand for in PBS, the American TV distributor?
Judging from the scores from this game, it seems most teams blew this question for big points, too.
2. Animated Characters: What Disney character’s loose pants were based on those worn by MC Hammer?
3. Native Americans: Which of the following tribes was native to the American southeast: Sioux, Pueblo, Iroquois, or Cherokee?
4. Baseball Stars: MLB star Pete Rose spent the majority of his career with the Cincinnati Reds. Name one of the other two teams he played for during his MLB career. Sports guy Brad knew one, but not both.
5. Children’s Novels: In E.B. White’s 1952 novel Charlotte’s Web, what kind of animal is Templeton: goose, rat, pig, or sheep?
It helps when one of your players says that his older brother had to dress like this character in a school play!
6. Coins: In 1909, who became the first real person (and president) to appear on a regular issue US coin?
A lot of debate for nothing, though we got it. The year itself should’ve been the big clue.
7. Colleges: Which US college founded in 1693 in Virginia was named for its British patrons?
8. Quentin Tarantino Films: What was Tarantino’s highest grossing film at the US box office before being surpassed by the 2012 film Django Unchained? Such a great movie, too.
9. Lyrics: What title phrase precedes “Can’t keep his mind on nothin’ else” and “He can do her no wrong” in a #1 song in 1966? Bonus: What artist recorded the song in 1966?
We have heard from at least a couple of players on our team that it is very distracting to have to think of a music-related answer to a question when other music is either playing, or playing too loudly. In this case, John L. had to block out the music to come up with the song name, for which Heather correctly ID’d the artist. So got the bonus! Trivia hosts, think about either turning down the music or turning it off when asking teams to come up with song-related answers. Unless this is just a hang-up for our team. Which could very well be the case!
10. Anatomy: Which organ of the human body shares its name with a type of punctuation mark?
Visual: Got them all. http://www.sporcle.com/live/visual/13exits
Heading into the final:
Nine teams with scores ranging from 20 to 54 points, with Little Lebowski Urban Achievers and Miskatonic U. tied for 54 in first place.This is how we know that (nearly) every team must’ve gotten that PBS question wrong at our venue. Lower scores all around.
Final Category: US Supreme Court
Final Question: The longest serving justice currently on the US Supreme Court is Antonin Scalia. Name three of the other eight justices who were on the court when he was first appointed.
Final Standings: Cumming Tonight, 73, Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, 74. Congrats to them for sweeping both games! Until next time, which in this case will be Wednesday at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, Go Pods!
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