Trivia Recap May 12, 2015 – Maiz Mexican Cantina

 

Sometimes it’s not just about winning, In the competitive world of pub trivia, sometimes it’s about viewing your “trivia family” as a whole, including the other teams against which you regularly compete. Never was that more true than when we were playing Sporcle Live with Rachel Sue Monday at MAIZ Mexican Cantina. There, we showed our generous spirits toward the other teams by blowing a 10-point question, betting zero on the first final question (which we would have missed anyway) and by not winning any prizes. We are happy to help our trivia “brothers and sisters.” It’s just part of what we do on our team, and we hope our gestures (not hand gestures, mind you!) were greatly appreciated, as we graciously gave up our previously shared #1 spot. Because, as we said, it’s not always about winning. Yeah, right! πŸ™‚ So yeah, we fell to third place, just two points behind the “Fear the Beer” guys. Yeah, you all know who they are, right? And the “Normal Park Trivia Tigers” are happily roaring in first. For now…
Without further “It Takes a Village-esque” BS, on to the questions, which because may be abridged versions of the actual questions that were asked.
Game one
1. Boxers – What boxer won world heavyweight titles in 1973 against Joe Frazier and in 1994 against Michael Moorer?
2. Cars – In 2013, what automaker’s “Model S” received a 99 percent rating from Consumer Reports, the highest rating ever awarded by the magazine? This is one you either knew right away – or put in your best guess, which was what we did. Miss for 1.
3. Number 1 Hits – Name one of the three Steve Miller songs to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. For “nerd” bonus, name both. Got it, but not the “nerd” point.
4. ’90s Movies – The 1995 comedy film “Clueless” is loosely based on what 1813 novel by Jane Austen?
5. Mountains – Mount Ararat, the landing spot for for Noah’s Ark according to Judeo-Christian religions, is located in which country – Turkey, Syria, Russia, or Jordan?
6. Before they were stars – Before becoming a TV personality, Drew Carey served six years in which branch of the military? Nope, picked wrong one, miss for 2.
7. Word Definitions – What eight-letter word beginning and ending with the same letter, could be defined as a brief overview of a movie or play?
8. Historic People – audio clue of African-American contemporary of Martin Luther King, Jr.
9. The Metric System – In the metric system, the prefix “giga” denotes a factor of what number? And our computer guy John showed up just in time for this question. Brilliant timing!
10. Fruit names – what is the Spanish word for pineapple?
Mystery – Twisted Titles
1. Top 10 single for Kansas about a strong sexual desire.
2. 2004 Kevin Smith film set on the East coast about a fish with breathing issues.
3. Ron Perlman comic book character gets a job toting luggate.
4. Prime-time soap opera following adults living in the same apartment community who are obsessed with flatware.
Missed #2. We know Kevin Smith films fairly well, but we just couldn’t come up with this one. The wording was a bit misleading on this one, at least for us.
Heading into the final: Eleven teams with scores ranging from 27 to 66, with More Beer Less Pantsand Normal Park Trivia Tigers (aka Little Lebowski Urban Achievers) tied for first with 66 points, missing perfect games by one point. We were in third with 62 points.
Final category: Grammy Awards. A groaner for our team.
Name one of the four women that have won at least 15 Grammy Awards, as of 2015.
These individuals could have won their awards as a solo artist, collaborator, as part of a group, or as a producer.
Final standings: Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, 86 More Beer Less Pants, 86. Tiebreaker question was about how many Grammy awards have been won by the band U2, to which someone in the bar shouted out “too many.” Ah, opinions, gotta love ’em! They’re like assholes, everyone has one and thinks everyone else’s stinks.
Game two (spoiler alert, doom not far ahead for us)
1. Video games – What video game console was introduced by Nintendo in 2001 to compete against PS2 and the XBox? Yup, we blew our 10 here and missed it. Competing teams? You’re both welcome! We were surprisingly easygoing about this screw-up. Our video games person admitted he does not console systems as well as PC-based systems.
2. Voice roles – What celebrity chef provided the voice for Marlon the Gator in the 2004 Disney film “The Princess and the Frog?” We’ll bet this chef has a delicious frog legs recipe….
3. Samples – Rick James is credited as a songwriter on the MC Hammer hit song “You Can’t Touch This,” because it samples which 1981 song by Rick James? Cocaine is a hell of a drug, to quote the “Dave Chappelle” show.
4. Beetles – The bol weevil feeds primarily on the seeds and flowers of what plant?
5. TV spin-offs – Name one of the two spin-offs of “Saved by the Bell.” For nerd point, name both of them. Nope, and nope. Miss for 2. Heather always secretly hopes the answer to the TV spin-offs category will be “Maude.” Someday….someday. Strangely enough, another spin-off from the same “parent” series as Maude would be [SPOILER ALERT] referenced in the visual mystery round later.
6. Quotes – John Adams was quoted as saying “Without the pen of this author of “Common Sense,” the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain?” Name that author.
7. Flags – Yemen, Morocco, Netherlands, and Lithuania all contain what common flag color?
8. Initials – What do the initials “QVC” stand for? Heather was our superstar here…one of our competing teams groaned when the answer was read to the question. Thanks for providing that fleeting shining moment for us, especially since we blew question #1! Don’t think your gestures aren’t noticed and appreciated! πŸ™‚
9. Film Characters – In what 1993 film did Denzel Washington play a reporter named Gary Grantham? Very weird. Not two hours before the game, Heather actually said “I really don’t know Denzel Washington movies very well, and Sporcle asks about them a lot. And here is one she knew…we turned in an answer slip with a pelican wearing tightie-whities. Because we are immature that way.
10. Baseball – Within three, how many inches wide is the standard baseball home plate? Why couldn’t have this been a nerd bonus opportunity? Our sports man Brad nailed this one dead-on.
Visual mystery: http://www.sporcle.com/live/visual/11tree Got them all.
Heading into the final: Eight teams with scores ranging from 19 to 64, with Little Lebowskis taking first. We were in fifth, playing under the pseudonym “Tom Brady’s Deflated Balls.” Did we mention that we are immature? πŸ™‚
Final category: Presidents. Ah, a kinder category to us than Grammys. But in this case [SPOILER ALERT], perhaps it was a little TOO kind.
Which U.S. President gave Camp David its present name, in honor of his father and grandson?
Host Rachel Sue said this was pretty much a “social,” meaning teams didn’t tend to miss this easy one.
Final standings – More Beer Less Pants, 83, Little Lebowski, 84. Congrats to both of those teams for taking all of the prizes for the night! Hell, we were happy to help πŸ™‚
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