Trivia Recap – July 2, 2016 – Maplewood Lanes

You know how you know you’re entering a lion’s den in the pub trivia world? When you overhear players from at least two other teams talking in detail about a final question that was asked two nights earlier! Sigh, how nice to not be the most crackheaded trivia team in the room! Since we’d heard rumors of a competitive trivia crowd at Maplewood Lanes Saline (in the Eleventh Frame Lounge, to be specific), we decided to check it out. Plus, a couple of us really wanted to bowl afterwards. Who can get enough of those two-toned rental shoes and “house” bowling balls that don’t quite fit the fingers properly? No prizes, and blew the final question. We still held our own pretty well in this competitive group of teams overall. Most importantly, it was fun enjoying a rare Friday night out with Dave, who was playing his firstMy Trivia Live game. Representative players this time were Heather, Mike, Dave and Dave’s nephew Abe. And the questions…
Round One
1. Symbols – How many points does the Star of David have? 5
2. U. S. states – In what state would you find the town of Punxsutawney, home of the famous groundhog? Interestingly enough, Mike and I saw one of these creatures before the game in Saline’s Mill Pond Park. Strange being in that park when it’s not filled with the Saline Celtic Festival, lol. Got this for 3.
3. Toys – What toy was originally called “Pluto Platter” and reluctantly changed its name when college students started calling it something else, which would become its new name? 1
Round Two
1. Seas – The islands of Malta, Sardinia, Sicily, and Corsica are located in which sea? 5
2. Greek To Me – What Greek physician is known as the father of modern medicine? Had this as a question in a Sporcle game recently.
3. Sequels – What number was given to the third movie in the “Naked Gun” series? For extra three points, “Shock Treatment” is the name of the follow-up to what 1975 movie? We made wrong guess on the bonus, but guessed the same thing a few other teams did.
Round Three
1. Sportsball – What sport is associated with Flushing Meadows? No? Not competitive pooping? Got this for 1.
2. TV – Portrayed by Joseph Marcel, what is the name for the butler on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?” Dave was the only one of us who’d ever watched that show, and he really, really tried hard to come up with this answer. You should see his “deep thinking” face when he’s in this mode (a look we would see later in the game on a sportsball question) But nope… miss for 3.
3. Food – Made with a variety of meats, cheeses and condiments, what stacked sandwich shares its name with a comic strip character? 5.
Halftime – Identify the song with a woman’s name in the title based on the years given and the artist who performed the song.
1. ’82 – Michael Jackson
2. ’67 Bobby Gentry
3. ’69 Neil Diamond
4. ’58 Richie Valens
Missed #2, but one of us came really, really close on guessing the woman’s name 😦
Standings: Eight teams, scores 26 to 36, with Popcorn Patrol in the top spot. We were in fifth playing under the moniker Ypsitucky Rollers.
Round Four
1. Famous People – What was the most recognizable feature of Moshe Dayan, who from 1953 to 1958 was the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces? Newsletter question, 6.
2. Children’s Literature – What is the name of the lion character in the “Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?” 4
3. TV – While on Dynasty, Heather Locklear also starred in what other network show? Interesting trivia tidbit, two other actresses sharing her first name also appear in the cast list for that show – one of them a regular on the series, another who appeared in one episode. Three Heathers? Here comes trouble! 🙂When this question came up, I started reminiscing about watching “Dynasty” with my mom in the ’80s and told Dave that there were lots of funny scenes in that show that involved Locklear’s character Sami Jo eating something with gusto. Glad to know my memory didn’t fail me, thank you google images!
Round Five
1. Art – In Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” what is Venus standing on when she heads to shore? 6 And here is when we challenged Mike to draw this. “Like I’m going to be able to reproduce this on a napkin.” He did such a good job we wound up giving it away to another player! He didn’t sign it, though (sorry, no photos, but really, there is more where that came from !),
2. World Leaders – What title meaning “general” was held by Japanese military commanders from 1192 to 1867? Hint: (not given in the game) also shares its name with a TV miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain. Mike all over this for 4 (I love how he knows this arcane nerdy stuff that nobody else on the team knows).
3. Video Games – Released in 1984, what video game got its name from a Greek numerical prefix combined with the game designer’s favorite sport? And it’s a rarity indeed when I step up and know a video games answer, woot! 2.
Round Six
1. Adverts – In the mid ’90s, Chris Rock voiced the “little” version of what NBA player in Nike advertising? And this where Dave put on his “deep thinking” face again, where he tries to close off all distractions. Worked this time, he got this at the last second, nice work! 4.
2. Artists – What name did Andy Warhol give to his original New York City studio? Nope, went with the name of the popular decadent disco instead, miss for 4.
3. Landmarks – “Give us your tired, your poor…” is a line in poem about what U.S. landmark? And a couple of teams complained that this question was too easy. Yes, this was a hard core trivia crowd. But the host George held his ground (thank you). Got this for 6.
Standings: Ten teams, scores 53 to 67 with King Kobra in the top spot. We were in fifth again with 61 points.
Final Category: Stamps
Who was the first African-American person to appear on a postage stamp? Bet it all and missed. The additional “jackpot” question was this: What 1985 Euro agreement helped abolish border checks and is considered the first step toward the European Union. No teams got this one.
Did not catch any standings after this, since Dave and I wanted to rent our bowling shoes and squeeze in a game of bowling. In that game, he finished in first, me second, and Abe last. But in terms of wings consumption afterward? Abe was definitely in first place! Our next trivia outing is under discussion, it might be Sunday, but we might take that night off. As always, Go GDX/Go Pods/Go any name we play under.

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