Trivia Recap Jan. 7, 2016

And so the ‘Pods have dipped their toes (or tentacles) into the waters at three very different trivia spots this week in their ongoing quest to find “the” spot(s) that will best help them qualify for the Sporcle Live League Championship in April. And have one more spot to visit after Jan. 24, which will have to wait because they will be closed for remodeling. But then, maybe we could just sit out the season and skip the tournament this time. Yeah, we didn’t think any of you would buy THAT for a dollar! We made an impromptu visit to Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery for Sporcle Live Trivia with Kuma Wednesday because of a sudden schedule change at work that gave our re-cap writer today off from work. A whopping 17 teams came out to do trivia battle! Congrats to Ennui for being the only team to crack 100 points overall, with 123. We’d like to thank the people who took the time to offer words of concern, when upon seeing that there were only two ‘Pods, thinking the rest of our team had abandoned us. Not the case! We just didn’t bother summoning the troops for this game. ‘Pods in attendance were Mike and Heather. No prizes, but came so, so close in game two. So close. It would have been epic. A true Cinderella story. Please check in withhttp://www.sporcle.com/live/venue/162/arbor-brewing-company-microbrewery later today for the properly worded final questions. We’re pretty sure we are not going to properly nail down the convoluted final question from game one about Hall of Famers! Which we missed, of course…
Game One
1. Toys – What line of wooden toys made by a Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen debuted in the 1940s? We latched onto the “wooden toys” clue too much and blew 10 points here.
2. NBA Teams – Two NBA franchises debuted in the 1988-1989 season. Name one of those teams – for extra point, name both. Nope. Miss for 1.
3. Comedians – What comedian co-wrote, produced and provided a character’s voice in the 2007 animated film “Bee Movie?” Got this for 9.
4. TV Settings – Highclere Castle is the filming location of what period TV drama? Good guess for 5.
5. Rivers – The world’s first tunnel under a river opened under a river in which European country in the 1840s? Two points.
6. ’80s Hits – What Swedish group had hits in the ’80s with “It Must Have Been Love” and “Listen to your Heart?” Heather got this for 8. And Mike, did you really have to ask “Are you sure” on an ’80s music question? 🙂 Silly boy…
7. Human Brain – Multiple choice – which part of the brain governs motor function? Cerebellum, medulla oblongata, temporal lobe or hypothalamus? Got this for 7.
8. Medications – The medication commonly known as Viagra was made by scientists at what company? Wanted to go higher on this, but the Danish toy debacle forced us to go for 4 instead.
9. High-grossing films – What is the highest grossing film at the U.S. box office starring Robin Williams with a two-word title? Six points.
10. Politicians – Who served as Attorney General from 1961 to 1964? Gotta love nepotism…3 points.
Mystery – Twisted Titles
1. Elvis Presley’s 1956 hit song about a popular dating app involving “swiping right.”
2. John Grisham’s 1992 thriller about a really sad bird.
3. Declaration of nuptials between Nia Vardalos and John Corbett involving hunter, emerald and malachite.
4. TV show about the Salinger sisters who became apiarists after their parents’ death. What’s with the bee questions this week? Had a bee mystery question Tuesday, #3 references bees, and this question. Which we missed..and the NBA question had a tenuous connection to a bee relative. Does one of the Sporcle writers like bees? Mike read a great book about bees a few years ago, maybe he will remember the title…he says bees are like “Rain Man” from that one movie. They do not like disruptions in their routine. And they have to watch “People’s Court,” lol.
Heading into the final: Seventeen teams with scores ranging from 37 to 67 with Awkwardly Warm Toilets (aka Don’t Forget to Strip Your Bartender) posting a perfect game. We were in 11th with 53 points playing as Two Tentacles to Paradise. The league team Two Trivias to Paradise, strangely enough, was not in attendance to hear our parody of their team name (which was accurate because we actually had two rubber tentacles that we fidgeted with during the game),
Final Category: Hall of Famers (here goes…)
Notre Dame and USC both have had 12 players inducted into teh Pro Football Hall of Fame. Name 2/5 other schools that have had at least seven players or coaches inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Four teams got it right (we have the correct teams written down if anyone wants to know what they are).
Final standings: Strangers, 66; Ennui, 79, and Rodan, 79. Rodan and Ennui had to battle this tiebreaker: Total worldwide box office for Mrs. Doubtfire, Ennui’s guess was 60 million, Rodan won the tiebreaker for first with their guess of $94 million.
Game Two
1. Abbreviations – RSVP is an abbreviation of a phrase in what foreign language? Ten points.
2. U.S. Geography – multiple choice – Which state was not part of the original Louisiana Purchase? Minnesota, Wyoming, Utah, or New Mexico? Miss for 9. Ouch…we thinks Brad would have helped us avoid this disaster.
3. Pitchers – In 2004, what 40-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher becamethe oldest player in MLB history to throw a perfect game? What, our guess of “Old Man Strongarm” wasn’t right? 🙂 Miss for 1.
4. Narrators – Who served as narrator for the survival series “Man Vs. Wild?” For nerd point, on what channel did this show air?
5. American Actresses – What actress appeared in American Beauty, American Pie, and American Virgin? Heather insisted on writing down the actress’ name herself, because in a previous game in which she was asked about, Mike misread her horrible handwriting and wrote a different first name for the actress.
6. SCIENCE! – What type of acid is used in lead acid car batteries, known as battery acid? Could have used help from the team here, miss for 3.
7. Rappers – Audio clue of Tupac song, had to ID the title. Nope, miss for 2.
8. Legends – What legendary Greek King devised using the Trojan Horse? Apparently Mike, who is normally good at this nerdy ancient history stuff, needs to hit the books! 🙂 Miss for 4.
9. Musicals – What 1940 musical features characters named Curley and Laurey? See photo with this re-cap for very, very tenuous tie-in…
10. Retailers – What department store chain was the biggest seller of general merchandise until being overtaken by Wal-Mart in 1990? Incorrectly guessed another chain with a similar name. Miss for 5. The “retailers” category is our Kryptonite! Ugh, not a good game so far…
Visual Mystery: http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/smart16/
Missed #2 and #3.
Heading into the final: Thirteen teams with scores ranging from 35 (yeah, that’s us…bottom of the ocean!) to 60, with Ennui taking the top spot.We played under “Swipe Right for Cthulhu” in game two.
Final category: Soundtracks
In 2013, “Frozen” became the fourth animated film in the 21st century to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Name two of the other animated movies to previously achieve this feat – one was released in 2004, another in 2006. We had both correct answers but changed the 2006 one. Would have come from behind to win the game! Oh well, we shrugged it off and nobody was injured or killed! 🙂 No teams got it right, zero bets reigned supreme! A team we were tied with for 35 wound up placing third for betting zero! Game winners: Awkward, 35; Ennui, 40; and Corn Fritters, 49. Ennui only one of these teams not to wager zero on the final. Whether we play here regularly is still up for debate. We know we can compete very well here when all teams have to slim down to five players for the venue tournament, but it’s rough for us to compete against the larger teams that regularly play here during the rest of the season (though we have gotten lucky and won sometimes). We never like to shy away from a challenge, but it may be time to swim in other trivial waters. Does this mean we won’t play here anymore? Hell no! But this will probably be the last re-cap of a Wednesday game you will see for a short while. We will be back at it next week, Go ‘Pods!

 

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