Trivia Recap Dec. 15, 2014 – Maiz Mexican Cantina

Walked away from a trivia hot spot Monday with $15 and one first place finish playing Sporcle Trivia Nights With Rachel Sue at MAIZ Mexican Cantina. With competing teams including More Beer Less Pants and Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, that was not a simple task! Thankfully we had a little luck on the round two final question about high-grossing movies – a topic that we are usually only 50/50 on getting right.
On to the questions, which may be abridged for brevity.
Game one
1. First names – What first name is shared by Kevin’s best friend on “The Wonder Years,” one of the Beatles, and a 2012 Republic presidential nominee?
2. Classic movies – In the classic film “Wizard of Oz,” which character pulled back the curtain, revealing the wizard to be a charlatan?
3. U.S. cities – As of the 2010 Census, what is the largest city by population in New Jersey? Got it, but for only three points.
4. Comedians – What actor plays Tom Haverford on “Parks and Recreation?” We weren’t even thinking of the right character. We put down Rashida Jones just to be smart-alecky.
5. Presidents – Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States. Who was the 35th president? Easy peasy.
6. NHL players – Hockey player Ray Bourque spent parts of 21 seasons playing for what NHL team? For nerd point, ID the number retired in his honor. Got the first part, and came so close to the nerd point. Good work, Brad! He was within 10 on the correct number.
7. Stage names – What was the stage name of Jiles Perry “J.P.” Richardson, who died in a tragic plane crash in 1959? Picked wrong dead person who died at the same time.
8. Subtitles – What was the three-word subtitle for the 1995 sequel to the 1994 comedy film “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective?” All teams got this one.
9. CEOs – Meg Whitman served as CEO of what company from 1998 to 2008 before taking the same position at Hewlett-Packard? Miss, but considered writing down the answer that would’ve been correct. Balls…
10. Trees – Black, white, peach leaf and weeping are all types of what tree?
Mystery “U2 vs. T2 – Identify whether the quote is from “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” or from a U2 song.
1. “I don’t know. We just cry. You know, when it hurts.”
2. “Face to face. In a dry and waterless place.”
3. “Aren’t we changing things, I mean right now, changing the way it goes?”
4. “It’s no secret that a liar won’t believe anyone else.”
Mike and Heb tag-teamed on this round, with Mike easily picking the “T2” quotes and Heb picking the song lyrics. Interesting concept for a mystery round!
Heading into the final:
Nine teams with scores ranging from 40 to 67 – More Beer Less Pants posted a perfect game including (presumably) the nerd bonus point, too. We were in fifth place.
Final category: Prestigious awards
The Nobel Prize is awarded annually in several categories, including peace. Name three of the other six categories for Nobel Prizes.
Easy for us. Also easy for just about every other team playing. Little Lebowski Urban Achievers held onto second place and More Beer Less Pants took first place.
Game two
1. 2014 in Music (groan) – In 2014, who became the first female artist to replace herself on the Billboard Hot 100 chart? For nerd point (double groan), with what song did she accomplish this feat? We had several female artists written down, except, of course, the one we needed. Not a good start to a game.
2. Wonders – According to legend, which of the ancient wonders of the world was built by King Nebuchadnezzar II?
3. Movie quotes – “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” is a quote from which 1987 movie? FB clue.
4. Novels – What 1945 novel ends with the following quote: “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
5. Sports – What color is the standard center of an archery board? Miss for two points.
6. Geography terms – What is the geographical term for the narrow strip of land that connects two larger land masses, usually with water on either side?
7. “The Grinch” – Audio clue. Had to pick which three words followed this line in the song: “You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch.
You’re a nasty wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks.
Your soul is full of gunk,
Mr Grinch.
The three best words that best describe you,
Are as follows, and I quote…”
8. Months of the year – Established in 1990 by George H.W. Bush, which month is Native American Indian Heritage month – January, March, October, or November? We figured it wasn’t October because of Columbus Day, and also not March because of Women’s History Month. Still didn’t arrive at correct month!
9. Medical terms – What is the medical term for ringing of the ears that can only be heard by person afflicted with the condition?
10. Reality TV (groan) – Through season 29 of “Survivor,” which two continents have hosted at least seven seasons of the show? Got one, but not both. Our only player who admits to having watched this show was absent during this game 😦
Mystery: http://www.sporcle.com/live/visual/war15
Heading into the final:
Seven teams with scores ranging from 46 to 57. Handjobs Across America was in the top spot, we were in third with 53 points. Rough game all around, even for the heavy-hitting teams. Those questions sank some ships!
Final category: High Grossing films
Normally we are not 100 percent confident with this kind of category. But we knew we could be potentially punished by using anything but “go big, or go home” as our betting strategy at this particular trivia spot.
“The highest-grossing film at the U.S. (domestic) box office, unadjusted for inflation, to also win the Academy Award for best picture was Titanic. Name three of the five next movies on the list to have also won best picture and appear on the highest-grossing movies list. All were released within the past 30 years.”
Our movies person Heb started writing down all of the Oscar winning movies starting with 1984. Wound up coming up with all five correct movies. Sweet!
With that, More Beer Less Pants moved up from fifth place to take second, and we moved up from third to take first. This means we might use our gift card during the holiday week next week. Depending upon what kind of incentive there will be to play on a week when points aren’t going to count. This will be our last “regular” game before next year. So until next time, stay classy, Arkham, MA and Go Pods!

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