Trivia Recap – April 12, 2016 – Powell’s Pub

Team “Generation Double X” made its official “debut” Monday at Ypsilanti’s Powell’s Pub for a My Trivia Live game to start out the league’s new season. This was just our fifth time playing a My Trivia Live game, and we managed to win a first place/$30 prize – the first prize we have ever won in a MTL game! Heather started out as a “soloist,” but was graciously joined by Mike, her normal “partner in crime,” partially into the second half…and it was good that he did! He came through on some tough questions, though the tiebreaker question at the end was completely handled by the other half of the duo. Sometimes you get really super lucky on tiebreaker questions. Really lucky…but more about that later! On this night, there were at least four teams represented by just one or two players, and a couple of other larger teams in the mix, too. And without further ado, the questions…
Round One
1. TV – What was the name of the series that aired from 2001 to 2011 that shared its name with the fictitious town in which Superman grew up on Earth? Five points on a TV question? Yes, please!
2. Fragrances – What actress, singer and current TV show host has a fragrance called “Glow?” Yep, previous experience working at a perfume counter was helpful here for 3 points.
3. Musical Instruments – Steinway is famous for making what musical instrument? Wayyyy too easy for a former “band geek,” 1 point.
Round Two (this is going to get ugly, brace yourselves!)
1. Nursery Rhymes – Little Jack Horner sat in a corner eating what? Google this answer and tell us it doesn’t sound like code word for a prostitute! Not revealing the answer here, but if you are super lazy, here’s a link Miss for 1.
2. Astronomy – What are the events that happen twice a year when the plane of the earth’s equator passes through the sun and day and night are equal lengths? Tsk, tsk, miss for 3. Mike would not have allowed this one to be missed! πŸ™‚
3. Bottles – What is the bottle shape for the vodka bottle designed by John Alexander for Dan Aykroyd’s company? No, our guess of “cone” was not correct, miss for 5. Trivia is like gambling, sometimes you’ve just gotta “let it ride.” Did not attempt to answer bonus question for how many liters are in an imperial wine bottle for fear of not getting any points. So much for that strategy!
Round Three
1. Beverages – What berry gives gin its distinctive flavor? Five points.
2. U.S. Flags – The Indiana state flag has 19 stars and what object in the middle of the stars? Wait, race car isn’t correct? πŸ™‚ Miss for 3.
3. Deserts – What desert spans two countries – Mongolia and China? One point. Why did I wager three on that last one? D’oh….
Identify the artist who sang the James Bond theme song in the following movies along with their release years:
’73, Live and Let Die
’77 The Spy Who Loved Me
’02 Die Another Day
’97 Tomorrow Never Dies
Got them all for a much needed 10 points! “Nobody….does….it better…” Don’t you hate it when trivia questions get songs stuck in your head? Seriously, though, “For Your Eyes Only” is one of the best Bond theme songs ever. Sorry Adele! Wow, surprised none of these required Shirley Bassey as the answer.
Scores heading into the second half: Drinking Team with a Trivia Problem, 7; One is the Loneliest Number, 23; Not (did not catch the whole name), 24; Generation Double X, 28; Bacon (also did not write down this whole name), 30; and Combat Wombats, 32.
Round Four
1 Mystery Characters – What was the first name of Miss Marple in the Agatha Christie books? Six points.
2. Literature – What 1877 novel by Anna Sewell was written as a protest involving cruelty to horses? Lucky guess for 4.
3. Animals – What animal’s name means “river horse?” Two points.
Round Five
1. Musicals – For what musical did Hugh Jackman win a Tony in 2004? No clue, miss for 2.
2. Medical Conditions – What does bruxism involve? And a very nice time for Mike to join in on the fun, six points.
3. Olympics – There are three former host countries that no longer exist, including West Germany, USSR, and what other country that hosted the ’84 Olympics, another easy one for Mike, got this for 4.
Round Five
1. Currency – The Balboa along with the U.S. dollar is the main currency of what Central American country? Third one in a row for Mike, who previously lived in this country, six points.
2. Country – What country was known as Siam until 1948? “One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble..” See what we mean? Darn question getting songs stuck in the head! It truly is a sickness πŸ™‚ Four points. And…”Siam’s gonna be the witness to the ultimate test in cerebral fitness.” Ahem…
3. Cards – In a standard deck of cards, what do the queens hold in their hands? Mike for 2 – thanks for helping round 2, bro! What can Heather do to restore balance? Hmmm….
Scores heading into the final: Seven teams with scores ranging from 35 to 62, with Generation Double X ending up tied with Combat Wombats for first with 62 points.
Final Category: Inventions
What invention by the Zenith Corporation was originally called “Lazy Bones” and was made wireless in 1955?
The last time we had an easy final MTL question we were too far behind to get any prize love. Would that happen again? First a tiebreaker! Had to answer this tiebreaker: How many square miles is Rhode Island? Heather pulled the guess of 1,200 miles from “the depths,” and Combat Wombats guessed 60. The correct guess was 1,214 (jaw drops, OMG!). Pretty exciting! We are pretty hot and cold with tiebreaker questions, so hitting it nearly dead on? Yess!!! Let’s see if we can keep up this momentum playing MTL Wednesday at the Wurst Bar, where the “all-women” lineup will see what they can do to shake things up. Go Gen Double X!

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