Trivia Recap – Dec. 1, 2015 – Maiz Mexican Cantina

'Our team captain decided to put herself to the test Monday for Sporcle Live with Rachel Sue at MAIZ Mexican Cantina by doing a solo game. Walked away with 115 points (this is corrected from previous post), no prizes, but came very close to being the in the prize zone in game one due to strategic wagering. Some questions happened to be very friendly for this player, with no heavy sports questions and a '80s movies question with a nerd point, and a music mystery round involving a hair band that sang about statutory rape, among other things. More about that later, on to the questions!
Game One
1. Logos - What two colors are found in the Baskin Robbins logo? Got one, but not both, miss for 3.
2. Famous Buildings - From what Boston building was the signal "one if by land, two if by sea" given in April, 1775? Was in the ballpark, but didn't know exact name. Wrote down Fenway Park, miss for 1.
3. '80s Movies - Name 1/2 movies that were number one and number two at the U.S. box office Aug. 23-25 1985 starring Michael J. Fox? For nerd bonus, name both. Got both, but so did every other team, so a "social," for 10 points.
4. Kids' TV - What animated TV title character is known for the catchphrase "Can we fix it?" Good guess for 2.
5. Bodies of Water - The Isle of Man is located between Great Britain and Ireland in what sea? Nine points, only two teams got it right.
6. Surgery - Which part of the eye is re-shaped by laser during Lasik surgery? Miss for 4.
7. Motown Music - Who recorded the 1964 single "Where Did Our Love Go?" And this song was playing while the question was asked. But apparently it was not enough of a clue for all teams to get it right, according to host Rachel Sue, got it for 7.
8. Novels - The ship in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island" is named for what Caribbean island? Jamaica, St. Thomas, Dominica, or Hispaniola? Incorrect for 5, this is why we have Mike on the team! :)
9. Thrillers - In the 2002 film "Phone Booth," what actor plays the man held hostage in a phone booth by a sniper? Eight points.
10. Sports Scandals - Jeff Gilooley was a figure involved in a scandal for what sport? What a relief...had six point slip left and was hoping the "sports scandal" would either be about Pete Rose or the "Eight Men Out" scandal without asking for too much detail.  This was so, so much better. Thank you Sporcle!
Mystery: Identify the band named after one or more of its members based on the year and title of one of its singles.
1. 1973 "Top of the World"
2. 1990, "Hold On."
3. 2006, "It's Not Over."
4. 1989, "Headed for a Heartbreak."
Missed #3. Ours was only team getting #4 right. It would be very unusual for an '80s hair band question to get by this person!
Heading into the final: Eight teams with scores ranging from low 40s (did not catch the bottom score) to 62, with Tequila Mockingbird taking the top spot, and Gobias Industries in second with 59. Miskatonic was in third with 52 points.
Final category: Companies (ugh...)
What company founded in 1888 was the world's most valuable brand in the world as late as 1996 but in 2012 filed for bankruptcy due to its inability to adapt to the digital age? Having teammates here may have helped, had no clue and wagered zero. Very, very obvious when the answer was revealed (message the page or page admin if you need to know the answer). The two fourth-place teams were tied and wound up getting the final right. Game winners were JC and the Cougars and a team with the name "Shooting" in it. Nicely played! They were just behind us heading into the final with 50 points.
Game Two
1. 2015 Albums - In October, 2015, what a cappella group debuted in the Billboard Top 200 with a self-titled album? No clue, miss for 1.
2. Spinoffs - Airing from 1979 to 1986, what spinoff of "Soap" starred Robert Guillaume? For nerd point, what was the name of the character he played in a Disney animated film? Got it for 10, but missed the bonus, wrote down "some character in -----(correct movie name)." Interestingly enough, more teams got the nerd point than the actual question right. Cheers to being old enough to remember that show!
3. State Flags - Which U.S. state uses a flag depicting the North Star and the Big Dipper? Got it for 9.
4. Star Wars - What is the subtitle of the Star Wars film released in May 2005? Eight points.
5. Companies - Swedish-born Ingvar Kampard founded what company when he was just 17? Good guess for 7.
6. Elements - Name 2/3 of the first 20 elements on the Periodic Table whose names begin and end with the same letter. Got it for 3. Brad would be proud! :)
7. Wars - What type of race was named for a race between Athenians and Persians? Stupid miss for 4, kind of misunderstood the question, d'oh.
8. Musicals - audio clue of family musical with Nazi undertones.
9 .Golf - How many inches in diameter is a standard golf hole? 2 1/2, 3 1/4, 4 1/4 or 5 1/2? And what a strange, strange, universe it is when this player gets a golf question right...2 points.
10. Beer - What brand of German beer has used Playboy playmates Angela Little and Stacy Fuson as spokesmodels? Picked wrong German beer, another dumb mistake (probably because too much beer was consumed, perhaps?).  Miss for 6. Any one of the other guys on our team would have prevented this mistake, especially Dave ;)
Mystery: http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/30game/
Heading into the final: Five teams with scores ranging from 45 to 60, with Gobias Industries taking the top spot, and JC and the cougars taking second. Yup, our team, playing under pseudonym "Cthulhu: Live from the Hollywood Bowl" was bottom dwelling (fitting for a cephalopod) with 45 points.
Final category: U.S. Capital Cities
Among all U.S. capital cities with more than one word in their names, name two out of three that are farthest north. Came up with two right away, but even with wagering 20, not enough to hit the prize zone. 
Game winners: Tequila Mockingbird, 76, Gobias Industries, 80.
Playing solo was fun. No arguing about answers is the best part - not having help on them is the toughest part! But it does make you really, really appreciate your teammates. Go Pods!'
Our team captain decided to put herself to the test Monday for Sporcle Live with Rachel Sue at MAIZ Mexican Cantina by doing a solo game. Walked away with 115 points (this is corrected from previous post), no prizes, but came very close to being the in the prize zone in game one due to strategic wagering. Some questions happened to be very friendly for this player, with no heavy sports questions and a ’80s movies question with a nerd point, and a music mystery round involving a hair band that sang about statutory rape, among other things. More about that later, on to the questions!
Game One
1. Logos – What two colors are found in the Baskin Robbins logo? Got one, but not both, miss for 3.
2. Famous Buildings – From what Boston building was the signal “one if by land, two if by sea” given in April, 1775? Was in the ballpark, but didn’t know exact name. Wrote down Fenway Park, miss for 1.
3. ’80s Movies – Name 1/2 movies that were number one and number two at the U.S. box office Aug. 23-25 1985 starring Michael J. Fox? For nerd bonus, name both. Got both, but so did every other team, so a “social,” for 10 points.
4. Kids’ TV – What animated TV title character is known for the catchphrase “Can we fix it?” Good guess for 2.
5. Bodies of Water – The Isle of Man is located between Great Britain and Ireland in what sea? Nine points, only two teams got it right.
6. Surgery – Which part of the eye is re-shaped by laser during Lasik surgery? Miss for 4.
7. Motown Music – Who recorded the 1964 single “Where Did Our Love Go?” And this song was playing while the question was asked. But apparently it was not enough of a clue for all teams to get it right, according to host Rachel Sue, got it for 7.
8. Novels – The ship in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “Treasure Island” is named for what Caribbean island? Jamaica, St. Thomas, Dominica, or Hispaniola? Incorrect for 5, this is why we have Mike on the team! ๐Ÿ™‚
9. Thrillers – In the 2002 film “Phone Booth,” what actor plays the man held hostage in a phone booth by a sniper? Eight points.
10. Sports Scandals – Jeff Gilooley was a figure involved in a scandal for what sport? What a relief…had six point slip left and was hoping the “sports scandal” would either be about Pete Rose or the “Eight Men Out” scandal without asking for too much detail. This was so, so much better. Thank you Sporcle!
Mystery: Identify the band named after one or more of its members based on the year and title of one of its singles.
1. 1973 “Top of the World”
2. 1990, “Hold On.”
3. 2006, “It’s Not Over.”
4. 1989, “Headed for a Heartbreak.”
Missed #3. Ours was only team getting #4 right. It would be very unusual for an ’80s hair band question to get by this person!
Heading into the final: Eight teams with scores ranging from low 40s (did not catch the bottom score) to 62, with Tequila Mockingbird taking the top spot, and Gobias Industries in second with 59. Miskatonic was in third with 52 points.
Final category: Companies (ugh…)
What company founded in 1888 was the world’s most valuable brand in the world as late as 1996 but in 2012 filed for bankruptcy due to its inability to adapt to the digital age? Having teammates here may have helped, had no clue and wagered zero. Very, very obvious when the answer was revealed (message the page or page admin if you need to know the answer). The two fourth-place teams were tied and wound up getting the final right. Game winners were JC and the Cougars and a team with the name “Shooting” in it. Nicely played! They were just behind us heading into the final with 50 points.
Game Two
1. 2015 Albums – In October, 2015, what a cappella group debuted in the Billboard Top 200 with a self-titled album? No clue, miss for 1.
2. Spinoffs – Airing from 1979 to 1986, what spinoff of “Soap” starred Robert Guillaume? For nerd point, what was the name of the character he played in a Disney animated film? Got it for 10, but missed the bonus, wrote down “some character in —–(correct movie name).” Interestingly enough, more teams got the nerd point than the actual question right. Cheers to being old enough to remember that show!
3. State Flags – Which U.S. state uses a flag depicting the North Star and the Big Dipper? Got it for 9.
4. Star Wars – What is the subtitle of the Star Wars film released in May 2005? Eight points.
5. Companies – Swedish-born Ingvar Kampard founded what company when he was just 17? Good guess for 7.
6. Elements – Name 2/3 of the first 20 elements on the Periodic Table whose names begin and end with the same letter. Got it for 3. Brad would be proud! ๐Ÿ™‚
7. Wars – What type of race was named for a race between Athenians and Persians? Stupid miss for 4, kind of misunderstood the question, d’oh.
8. Musicals – audio clue of family musical with Nazi undertones.
9 .Golf – How many inches in diameter is a standard golf hole? 2 1/2, 3 1/4, 4 1/4 or 5 1/2? And what a strange, strange, universe it is when this player gets a golf question right…2 points.
10. Beer – What brand of German beer has used Playboy playmates Angela Little and Stacy Fuson as spokesmodels? Picked wrong German beer, another dumb mistake (probably because too much beer was consumed, perhaps?). Miss for 6. Any one of the other guys on our team would have prevented this mistake, especially Dave ๐Ÿ˜‰
Mystery: http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/30game/
Heading into the final: Five teams with scores ranging from 45 to 60, with Gobias Industries taking the top spot, and JC and the cougars taking second. Yup, our team, playing under pseudonym “Cthulhu: Live from the Hollywood Bowl” was bottom dwelling (fitting for a cephalopod) with 45 points.
Final category: U.S. Capital Cities
Among all U.S. capital cities with more than one word in their names, name two out of three that are farthest north. Came up with two right away, but even with wagering 20, not enough to hit the prize zone.
Game winners: Tequila Mockingbird, 76, Gobias Industries, 80.
Playing solo was fun. No arguing about answers is the best part – not having help on them is the toughest part! But it does make you really, really appreciate your teammates. Go Pods!
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