Trivia Recap – Dec. 16, 2015 – Johnny’s Grill

'Maybe it would have been a better night for a solo trivia-playing Cephalopod to just hide under a nice rock deep beneath the sea and maybe munch on some nice shrimp or any other creature not putting up too much of a fight. However, that was not to be, as one of our solo players quickly learned Tuesday playing @[438889949644060:274:Sporcle Live with MC AC] at Johnny's Grill on the Lake in Belleville. Not the friendliest questions for this particular player by any stretch! Still managed to squeak through with at least 40 points per game heading into each final question (both of which were spectacular failures). This was the debut show for new host "A.C.," who, among other things, has brought back the re-rack "bonus point" opportunities (including "musical clues"), some of which we will explain more later. On to the questions...
1. Comedians - What blue-collar comedy star is actually named Daniel Whitney and hails from Nebraska? Correct guess for 2.
2. European Countries - Which of the following countries was not part of Yugoslavia? Macedonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, or Croatia? An easy 10 points.
3. Juice - What orange juice brand is distributed by PepsiCo and uses the tagline "100 percent pure squeezed sunshine?" Correct guess for 1, no confidence.
4. Guitarists - Which member of Aerosmith includes a a one-of-a-kind signature guitar pick with each autographed bottle of "Rock Your World" hot sauce? Had right last name, picked wrong first name, big miss for 9.
5. Reality TV - The 13th and current season of "Top Chef," which began airing in 2015, is primarily set in which state? Incorrect for 3.
6. Historic Legislation - President Calvin Coolidge signed the Snyder Act of 1924 which granted full U.S. citizenship to what group of people? Came up with right answer initially, but put in different answer after listening to the lyrics of Duran Duran's "The Reflex," which mentioned "a lonely child." Uh, just as a suggestion, maybe Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" would have been a more effective musical clue song, or maybe "Cherokee" by Europe. But it was totally our bad for relying on the song for a hint too much, so we will take our lumps! Miss for 4.
7. Medical Acronyms - In physiology, what does BMR stand for? Usually this player is decent at anything involving acronyms, no such luck this time, miss for 5.
8. Olympics -In 2012, what city became the first city to host the modern Summer Olympics for the third time? For bonus point, name one of the other years this city hosted the Olympics. Would have known this without the really obvious musical clue "London Calling" by the Clash. Not that it's ever a bad idea to play a Clash song imho! Missed nerd point, got the points for 6.
9. Facebook - In April of 2012, FB announced the acquisition of what major app for $1 billion? Miss for 8. Now where is that nice secluded rock to hide underneath? :)
10. Drugs - What sedative is known on the streets as "Special K?" Correct for 7.
Mystery: Before and After
1. Title of Deep Purple song that precedes the lyric "Fire in the Sky" and post-apocalyptic Kevin Costner film.
2. Movie featuring a plane full of inmates and a movie featuring a basketball-playing dog.
3. The second largest country by area in South America and singer who released 1984 album "Private Dancer."
4. A 1939 Clark Gable film and a children's novel by Kenneth Graham featuring Mr. Toad and Mr. Badger.
Got them all.
Heading into the final: Seven teams with scores ranging from 27 to 66, with "Team 7" taking the top spot. Our "team" was in sixth with 40 points, playing under the name "Trivia is More Fun Than Settlers of Catan." Though after that game, we kind of questioned it.. :) And in reality, the gaming group actually played a Star Wars themed game with miniatures that didn't look too bad!
Final category: Animals
Bears live naturally in the wild on four continents. Name them. Nope, initially had all four right, but talked self out of one of them.
Winners: Caldwells, 46, You're Killing Me Smalls, 73.
Game Two
1. Political Slogans - "We are the 99 percent" was coined by what protest group and received widespread attention in New York City? for nerd bonus, in what year did they get their start? We have quite a few political nerds/junkies on our team. Unfortunately, none of them were at this game. Miss for 1.
2. Harry Potter - Which character was initially tasked with killing Dumbledore? We incorrectly guessed Hagrid, miss for 3.
3. University Geography - What state is home to Colgate University, "Home of the Raiders?" Nope, miss for 2.
4. Country Singers (holy hell, can this game get any worse? SPOILER - yes, it does. It does!) - What singer's 1992 "Pure Country" album sold 6 million copies? Even the musical clue with a song by the artist we needed to write down was not enough to help here. Miss for 4.
5. Party Games - The name of what party game by Hasbro is also the Polynesian word meaning "forbidden?" FB clue.
6. Cartoon Characters - Audio clue of loud-mouthed Looney Tunes character who lives in a barnyard. Got 9 points.
7. Legal Terms - What civil wrong, encompassing both libel and slander, involves the act of making untrue statements about a person that harms their reputation? Eight points.
8. Iconic Vehicles - In what decade did the Goodyear Blimp take its first flight? 1920s, 1900s, 1940s, or 1960s? Blew re-rack here for 7. Knowing exactly what year the Hindenburg disaster occurred was absolutely no help in coming up with this answer.
9. '90s Movies - What 1999 Matthew Broderick film depicts his character attempting to sabotage Reese Witherspoon's character's student council bid? Six points.
10. Coffee - What coffee drink is made from a single shot of espresso and two ounces of milk? Just drink it black, damn it! Why add stuff to coffee? Rant over, miss for 5.
Visual Mystery: http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/15cake/ Missed 1 and 4.
Heading into the final: Five teams with scores ranging from 34 to 63, with You're Killing Me Smalls taking the top spot. Our team was fourth with 41 points. Some of those points were probably "bonus" points, as attempts to do lame drawings were made, including one of Hagrid holding a gun and saying "I must kill Dumbledore."  Desperation can drive a trivia player to do some pretty pathetic things! 
Final category: MLB Pitchers (yeah, just shove that knife right in there, hit the sweet spot!)
Name both pitchers in the top 15 in MLB history for career strikeouts who have not yet been elected to the MLB Hall of Fame and who also finished their final regular seasons in 2007. Joked about this question after the game: "If this question had more qualifiers, it would be a World Cup soccer team." Amazingly enough, managed to come up with one of the people, but wagered zero. Desperation, ya know? Same game winners this time Caldwells, 48, and Smalls, 77. Back at it with "the team" tonight at The Tilted Kilt in Canton, hopefully this game is not as disastrous, Go Pods!'
Maybe it would have been a better night for a solo trivia-playing Cephalopod to just hide under a nice rock deep beneath the sea and maybe munch on some nice shrimp or any other creature not putting up too much of a fight. However, that was not to be, as one of our solo players quickly learned Tuesday playing Sporcle Live with MC AC at Johnny’s Grill on the Lake in Belleville. Not the friendliest questions for this particular player by any stretch! Still managed to squeak through with at least 40 points per game heading into each final question (both of which were spectacular failures). This was the debut show for new host “A.C.,” who, among other things, has brought back the re-rack “bonus point” opportunities (including “musical clues”), some of which we will explain more later. On to the questions…
1. Comedians – What blue-collar comedy star is actually named Daniel Whitney and hails from Nebraska? Correct guess for 2.
2. European Countries – Which of the following countries was not part of Yugoslavia? Macedonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, or Croatia? An easy 10 points.
3. Juice – What orange juice brand is distributed by PepsiCo and uses the tagline “100 percent pure squeezed sunshine?” Correct guess for 1, no confidence.
4. Guitarists – Which member of Aerosmith includes a a one-of-a-kind signature guitar pick with each autographed bottle of “Rock Your World” hot sauce? Had right last name, picked wrong first name, big miss for 9.
5. Reality TV – The 13th and current season of “Top Chef,” which began airing in 2015, is primarily set in which state? Incorrect for 3.
6. Historic Legislation – President Calvin Coolidge signed the Snyder Act of 1924 which granted full U.S. citizenship to what group of people? Came up with right answer initially, but put in different answer after listening to the lyrics of Duran Duran’s “The Reflex,” which mentioned “a lonely child.” Uh, just as a suggestion, maybe Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills” would have been a more effective musical clue song, or maybe “Cherokee” by Europe. But it was totally our bad for relying on the song for a hint too much, so we will take our lumps! Miss for 4.
7. Medical Acronyms – In physiology, what does BMR stand for? Usually this player is decent at anything involving acronyms, no such luck this time, miss for 5.
8. Olympics -In 2012, what city became the first city to host the modern Summer Olympics for the third time? For bonus point, name one of the other years this city hosted the Olympics. Would have known this without the really obvious musical clue “London Calling” by the Clash. Not that it’s ever a bad idea to play a Clash song imho! Missed nerd point, got the points for 6.
9. Facebook – In April of 2012, FB announced the acquisition of what major app for $1 billion? Miss for 8. Now where is that nice secluded rock to hide underneath? 🙂
10. Drugs – What sedative is known on the streets as “Special K?” Correct for 7.
Mystery: Before and After
1. Title of Deep Purple song that precedes the lyric “Fire in the Sky” and post-apocalyptic Kevin Costner film.
2. Movie featuring a plane full of inmates and a movie featuring a basketball-playing dog.
3. The second largest country by area in South America and singer who released 1984 album “Private Dancer.”
4. A 1939 Clark Gable film and a children’s novel by Kenneth Graham featuring Mr. Toad and Mr. Badger.
Got them all.
Heading into the final: Seven teams with scores ranging from 27 to 66, with “Team 7” taking the top spot. Our “team” was in sixth with 40 points, playing under the name “Trivia is More Fun Than Settlers of Catan.” Though after that game, we kind of questioned it.. 🙂And in reality, the gaming group actually played a Star Wars themed game with miniatures that didn’t look too bad!
Final category: Animals
Bears live naturally in the wild on four continents. Name them. Nope, initially had all four right, but talked self out of one of them.
Winners: Caldwells, 46, You’re Killing Me Smalls, 73.
Game Two
1. Political Slogans – “We are the 99 percent” was coined by what protest group and received widespread attention in New York City? for nerd bonus, in what year did they get their start? We have quite a few political nerds/junkies on our team. Unfortunately, none of them were at this game. Miss for 1.
2. Harry Potter – Which character was initially tasked with killing Dumbledore? We incorrectly guessed Hagrid, miss for 3.
3. University Geography – What state is home to Colgate University, “Home of the Raiders?” Nope, miss for 2.
4. Country Singers (holy hell, can this game get any worse? SPOILER – yes, it does. It does!) – What singer’s 1992 “Pure Country” album sold 6 million copies? Even the musical clue with a song by the artist we needed to write down was not enough to help here. Miss for 4.
5. Party Games – The name of what party game by Hasbro is also the Polynesian word meaning “forbidden?” FB clue.
6. Cartoon Characters – Audio clue of loud-mouthed Looney Tunes character who lives in a barnyard. Got 9 points.
7. Legal Terms – What civil wrong, encompassing both libel and slander, involves the act of making untrue statements about a person that harms their reputation? Eight points.
8. Iconic Vehicles – In what decade did the Goodyear Blimp take its first flight? 1920s, 1900s, 1940s, or 1960s? Blew re-rack here for 7. Knowing exactly what year the Hindenburg disaster occurred was absolutely no help in coming up with this answer.
9. ’90s Movies – What 1999 Matthew Broderick film depicts his character attempting to sabotage Reese Witherspoon’s character’s student council bid? Six points.
10. Coffee – What coffee drink is made from a single shot of espresso and two ounces of milk? Just drink it black, damn it! Why add stuff to coffee? Rant over, miss for 5.
Visual Mystery: http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/15cake/ Missed 1 and 4.
Heading into the final: Five teams with scores ranging from 34 to 63, with You’re Killing Me Smalls taking the top spot. Our team was fourth with 41 points. Some of those points were probably “bonus” points, as attempts to do lame drawings were made, including one of Hagrid holding a gun and saying “I must kill Dumbledore.” Desperation can drive a trivia player to do some pretty pathetic things!
Final category: MLB Pitchers (yeah, just shove that knife right in there, hit the sweet spot!)
Name both pitchers in the top 15 in MLB history for career strikeouts who have not yet been elected to the MLB Hall of Fame and who also finished their final regular seasons in 2007. Joked about this question after the game: “If this question had more qualifiers, it would be a World Cup soccer team.” Amazingly enough, managed to come up with one of the people, but wagered zero. Desperation, ya know? Same game winners this time Caldwells, 48, and Smalls, 77. Back at it with “the team” tonight at The Tilted Kilt in Canton, hopefully this game is not as disastrous, Go Pods!
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