Trivia Recap Jan. 8, 2015

Started 2015 with our highest-scoring game since that one week during the holidays when points didn’t count for anything playing Sporcle Live Trivia with Kuma Wednesday. One of our players was still recovering from a cold, and another recovering from something a bit more sinister than a cold, still he came out for one game anyway. That’s how we roll. Took two second-place prizes for our efforts, and missed first place in game two by just one point. Unfortunately, that’s also how we roll sometimes! Still had a decent mix of players overall, starting with five and being joined with a sixth still sick (say that three times fast) player for game two.
The questions, special thanks to Spaceballs: The Trivia Team for the write-up work.
Game One
1. TV Settings: Which series took place primarily in an establishment beneath Melville’s Fine Seafood?
2. Famous Names: Actor Brad Pitt goes by his middle name. What is his given first name: William, George, Charles, or Raymond?
Bet low but guessed right.
3. Rock Bands: What German hard rock band released the album Love at First Sting in 1984, featuring the hit “Rock You Like a Hurricane?”
4. Monopoly: Other than Park Place, two other spaces on the standard Monopoly board contain the word “Place.” Name both. A Toledo venue had to name both for their “nerd” bonus, this was not the case for our team. Our “nerd” point was for a different question in game one.
5. Europe: What is the only European country that borders both France and Slovenia?
Our “Europe expert” Brad took care of this one easily…
6. College Conferences: During 2011 and 2012, four schools left the Big Twelve Conference to join other conferences. Name two of these schools. Brad, Dave and Chris all huddled with success here.
7. Upcoming Films: Audio clip of two men discussing groomsmen. Had to identify both actors. Grrr… Could name one for sure and knew what the second guy looked like but couldn’t think of his name. We even sketched a little picture of what the guy looks like on our slip just for fun…
8. Blood Vessels: In which part of the human body is the brachial artery?
Our science professor Chris knew this one because of how apes traverse from tree to tree. Nice work…we almost went with the wrong answer.
9. Musicals: Who wrote the music for the musical Evita, which debuted on Broadway in 1979? “Dang, we need a girl for this question,” someone said. Oh the trials of being female on a trivia team who doesn’t know a bunch of “girly” stuff. This “girly topic” happens to be something she knows a lot about, so there! Now don’t make her mad lest she break into a song from “Evita!”
10. Mascots – “Elsie” the cow was the longtime mascot for what company? For nerd bonus, ID the year she became that company’s mascot. Got it, but missed the nerd bonus. A Toledo venue had this question instead for #10: Animated Films: In which animated film did Will Smith voice a character named Oscar? Glad this wasn’t our question…
Mystery Round: NFL Quarterbacks. All answers will contain the last name of an NFL quarterback that starts for a team that qualified for this year’s playoffs.
1. English scientist who wrote Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, first published in 1687
2. US Congressman and the title character of a 2007 biographical film starring Tom Hanks
3. A type of student loan named in honor of a US Senator from Vermont
4. 2007 romantic comedy film starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba
Missed #4, we knew the movie and even its insipid plot, just couldn’t come up with the name.
Heading into the final:
9. Full Monty, 45; 8. Gentlemen Kangaroos, 52; 7. Corn Fritters, 55; 6. Your Resume Sucks, 57; 4. (two way tie) Two Trivias to Paradise and Babies are Stupid, 58; 3. Jim Harbaugh’s Khakis; 2. Cthulhu Presents Ice Cthpades, 62 and 1. The Team That Jim Harbaugh Leaves for in 2017, 65.
Final Category: Asian Geography
Final Question: Saudi Arabia separates four other nations on the Arabian peninsula from the rest of Asia. Name three of them.
Final: 3. Jim Harbaugh’s Khakis, 80; 2. Cthulhu Presents Ice Cthpades, 82 and 1. The Team That Jim Harbaugh Leaves for in 2017, 85.
Game Two
1. Shakespearean Quotes: Which Shakespearean character was the recipient of “the most unkindest cut of all?”
We were guilty of over-thinking this one, missed our 1.
2. US History: Which founding father of the US composed the original draft of the Declaration of Independence?
3. Film Ratings: What does the “NC” stand for in the NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America?
Sparked a brief conversation about the lovely NC-17 film “Showgirls” and the comment that this particular rating is “box office poison.”
4. Strikes: In which month of the year did the 1994 MLB strike begin?
Nope…
5. Cereal: Which Star Wars character was featured in a Kellogg’s cereal introduced in 1984 using the slogan “A New Force at breakfast:” A Toledo venue had multiple choice here, but we did not.
6. Mergers: In 2013, office supplies company Office Depot merged with which other office supply retailer?
7. 90s Hits: Which musician had a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the 1999 song “Mambo No. 5?” FB hint. And we thought they would ask about the women’s names again…
8. Narrators: Which TV series credited country singer Waylon Jennings as the Balladeer as he served as narrator and also sang the show’s theme song? Nerd bonus: What is the title of the theme song? Got both, thanks to Heb making a blind guess for the song name. And she’s never even seen a whole episode of the show (chalk it up to “spousmosis,” or absorbing knowledge of something a spouse likes into your own knowledge). Yes that is a totally made-up word.
9. Volcanos: Olympus Mons, the largest known volcano in the solar system, is located on which planet?
10. Flags: What is the predominant color found on the flag of New Zealand?
Visual: www.is.gd/7firework Got them all.
Heading into the final:
8. Ostriches, 24; 5 (three way tie) Babies are Stupid, Jim Harbaugh’s Khakis and Gentlemen Kangaroos, 51; 4. Corn Fritters, 56; 3. The Team that Jim Harbaugh Leaves for in 2017, 58; 2. Miskatonic University Frozen Cephalopods, 59; and 1. Your Resume Sucks, 60.
Final Category: The Ivy League
Final Question: Name two of the three Ivy League schools whose athletic nicknames contain a color. All three of them do not end in the letter S.
Final: 3. The Team That Jim Harbaugh Leaves for in 2017, 78; 2. Miskatonic University Frozen Cephalopods, 79 and 1. Your Resume Sucks, 80. Great teamwork, every single player pulled their weight and more on the questions. Go Pods!

— at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery.

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