A ‘Pod “soloist” played one game Wednesday at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery for a Sporcle With Tim game. Wound up finishing in fourth in game one after wagering zero points on a tough music final question that NO teams got correct. Had I won any money, I’d say sometimes it pays to do a “suckers bet,” a term coined by a rival team of my acquaintance. Only I didn’t win any gift cards, so it technically didn’t pay this time (pffft…details). You know who you are! No tagging necessary! Now to drink my “shamrock shake of beers” (aka Bell’s Oberon) favored by “neckbeards” while I type up question commentary, lol…Commentary by me for game one questions only. Thanks to Your Resume Sucks for providing the question set.
1) Popular Items – What brand of sleeved blankets became popular in the late 2000s and was described by the Associated Press as a “monk’s ensemble in fleece”? Just wear a damn robe, already! 10
2) Sesame Street – What is the name of the orange worm that Oscar the Grouch keeps as a pet on Sesame Street? No teams got this one, I missed for 1. I put “Oscar Junior.”
3) Rap Albums – Released in 1988, what is the title of the debut studio album by influential rap group N.W.A.? Yay, I get a rap music question for 9!
4) Books – Ships named the Mongolia, Rangoon, and General Grant are essential to the travels of the main character in what novel? Miss for 2
5) Memorials – Two tapered walls approximately 10 feet high where they meet, covered with more than 58,000 names, make up the center piece of which Washington D.C. war memorial? 8
6) Champions – What was the only city to have both its NBA and WNBA teams win multiple league championships in the 1990s? Miss for 3.
7) Math – How many degrees is the internal angle formed by each of the sides of a regular hexagon? Miss for 4. Needed Mike, Brad John, Dave…everyone on my team but me, lol…
8) Animated Voices – Alan Tudyk voiced the Duke of Weselton in one Disney animated film and Duke Weaselton in another. Miss for 7, I went with a Clooney animated fim (which I thought was a really good guess…so sad!)
9) Coastline – The White Cliffs of Dover make up a portion of the southeastern coastline of what island? Overthought this one…miss for 5.
10) Controversies – What band caused controversy in 2003 when, at a concert in London, its lead singer said “We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”? 6
Mystery – Category Anagrams – decipher the anagram to reveal the name of a film starring Reese Witherspoon.
1) Long Blade Yell
2) Clone Tie
3) A Feather Rents Plow
4) Kill New Heat
Missed 3 and 4. question. Category #1 Albums
Standings: Sixteen teams, scores from 27 to 64, with Ennui in first. I was in 14th with 40 points playing under the name Whore Island High School Quiz Bowl Team (Kimberly…your kind of name?). I wagered zero on the final category of #1 Albums.
Who is the only band or group to have four albums reach #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the same calendar year? They achieved this feat in 1967.
I wound up in fourth at the end of it all thanks to ballsy betting by EVERY OTHER TEAM. No teams got it correct. A tiebreaker for first was battled by Ennui and another team whose name I did not write down: To the nearest million, how much did “Walk the Line” make at the worldwide box office? Ennui’s guess was closest. And ‘Pods commentary officially ends here and is replaced by YRS commentary…
a. Winged Victory of Samothrace is a marble status housed at the Louvre that depicts what Greek goddess? Hit for 5
2) Reality TV Personalities
a. In 2016, what TV personality known for her appearance on The Apprentice was announced as Director of African-American Outreach for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign? Hit for 9
a. What Asian country uses a national flag that includes a red and blue circle, representing the balance of the universe? Hit for 8
4) Middle Names
a. What middle name of former President Bill Clinton is also the last name of a 19th century U.S. president? Hit for 7
a. What actress won an Academy Award for her performance as Edith Piaf in the film La Vie en Rose, marking the first time an Oscar had been given for a French-language role? Miss for 1
a. Within three, in what year was the first text message sent to a cell phone? Hit on the nose for 3
a. First held in 1999, what annual music and arts festival is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California? Hit for 10
8) Chemical Compounds
a. When dissolved in water, sodium hypochlorite is best known by what name? Nerd point: What is the chemical formula for sodium hypochlorite? Miss on both for 4
9) TV Intros (audio)
a. What five words fill the muted portion in the following clip? Sorry don’t have the clip, but here is the line “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory…___ ___ ___ ___ ___…”
a. In 1907, what car company’s Silver Ghost model was declared by AutoCar to be the best car in the world? Hit for 2
Mystery Round Visual: “M” Companies by Logo. Name the “M” company or brand based on the logo.
http://is.gd/logo1012 or http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/logo1012
Got them all for 8 and 58 points going into the Final in a tie for 2nd place.
Final Category: MLB MVPs
Only four current MLB franchises have never had a player win the league MVP award. Name three of those four franchises.
Only got 2 of the possible 4 teams. We went with Tampa bay, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. No swag at all for Wib.
We didn’t play “ALL FOR WIB, AND WIB FOR ALL”!