Trivia Recap -Dec. 21, 2016 – Johnny’s Grill

'I had a chance to go out for a solo trivia outing Tuesday, since a couple of my 'Pods teammates were engaged in zombie killing battle elsewhere (aka board game night). So I jumped on the opportunity to battle it out with our friendly rivals @[401709313234240:274:More Beer Less Pants] at @[121979733467:274:Johnny's Grill] in Belleville for a game hosted by @[1328674860490956:274:Sporcle Live Host Elyse]. At first, it looked like it might just be a one-on-one battle. Still wouldn't underestimate a trivia battle against the "Chairman of the Board," OK, that's good! Then right around when the game started his partner "Ging" showed up. OK, game on (I do like a challenge).  Then a short time later, "Mr. People Person" showed up. Now THAT's more like it! Now this is like one of those impossible scenarios in a kung fu movie! Kung fu must not have been far from my mind, as I chose the moniker "Beatrix Squiddo," as a nod to the "Bride" character in the "Kill Bill" films. I was spoiling for a good trivial fight! Not a perfect night by any means, but held my own, won second place/$10 in game one, got both final questions correct and posted the highest solo score ever with 144 points. Which doesn't count because it's the off season. Meh...
Game One
1. Puzzle Games - How many total numbers are contained  in a completed Sudoku grid? Miss for 3. I have zero familiarity with this game.
2. Business Terms - What does DBA   Stand for? 10
3. State Quarters - What state's  reverse quarter image is a bison skull? Nebraska, Montana, South  Dakota or Wyoming? Miss for 2. And damn it, I want my own bison skull! My husband @[100006423469219:2048:Mike] got to see a dead bison when he was living in Kansas. They are SMELLY, yet delicious...
4. New Technology  - What is the name of the Google  smart speaker released last month to compete with the Amazon Echo? For an extra point, within $20, how much does this retail for? Miss on both for 4. I put the name of the Amazon speaker (d'oh), which is also the name of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley's daughter.
5. Catchers - Jason Varitek, who was the first player to have four career no-hitters, played for what team? Miss for 1.
6. Movie Soundtracks  - "I believe I can fly" by R. Kelly was used in what 1996 film featuring  animated and live action characters? 9
7. Comic Strips  - What comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Amend  shares its  name with a type of dance? 8
8. TV Reboots  - What '70s  TV series  starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman  was rebooted  in 2015 with different  actors? Yay I am old,  7
9. Restaurants  - In the mid '90s, what restaurant  chain used the slogan "Have you had your break  today?" 6
10. World Leaders - In 1953, Winston  Churchill  won a Nobel Prize in what category  (not peace)? 5 
Mystery - Identify the countries ending in "ia" based on the following clues  
1. Country that borders  Yemen, Oman and United  Arab Emirates  
2. Country  whose capital is Ulaanbaatar  
3. Landlocked  South American country  
4. Birth nation of Christoph  Waltz
Got them all.
Scores: Seven teams, scores 44 to 63, with MBLP in first. I was in third with 56. 
Final Category - Movie Love Interests
What three actresses portrayed Austin Powers' primary love interests, one in each of the three films in the series?
Started writing all of their names before the question was finished being read. Yay for knowing something, woot!
Final standings: Beatrix Squiddo (aka 'Pods) 76, MBLP, 83.
Game Two
1. Department Stores  -What  department  store  uses the slogan "Expect Great Things?" I work for a store that competes heavily with this store, which is exactly why I knew this answer...3
2. Holiday  Movies  - Which Muppet character  plays Bob Cratchett  in "Muppet Christmas Carol?" 10
3. Magazines  - First published in 1998, what magazine  began publishing  its annual "body issue" featuring  both women and men as a counterpart  to the Sports Illustrated  swimsuit issue? Miss for 2, but seriously, why have I never seen this? Might have to check it out (winks).
4. Military  Programs  - What was the focus of the  U.S. Air Force program Project Blue Book, which operated  during the '50s  and '60s? And I knew this because of the original Michael Bay "Transformers" movie. Not kidding...4
5. Debut  Albums - What singer/songwriter's  1993 debut album had the hits "All I Want to Do"  and "Strong Enough?" 9
6. Baked Goods  - What French bread  known for its  high butter and egg content is commonly served with French desserts? Miss for 5.
7. Draft Picks - Name 1 of the 2 NBA  teams to have picked first overall since the Cleveland  Cavaliers  did so back to back in 2013 and 2014? Nope...miss for 1
8. Neighborhoods  - Fisherman's  Wharf  and Ghirardelli  Square  are located in what major U.S. city? 8
9. Amendments  - According  to the U.S. Constitution, what fraction of U.S. states is required to ratify  a Constitutional  amendment? Big flub for 7. OUCH! Sometimes trivia kung fu battles are PAINFUL! 
10. Interviews  - What  prominent  female  interviewer  is known for her list of "Ten most fascinating  people of the year?" 6
Visual Mystery https://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/term1220/ Got them all
Scores: Seven teams, scores 31 to 64, unsure which team was in first (I don't play here regularly and don't know all of the teams), but I was in sixth with 48 points. Icky...
Final Category - Games and History
The names of five of the original thirteen colonies appear on a standard U.S. Monopoly board. Name all five.
Yup, got it - but so did enough teams ahead of me. 
Until next time, which will be tonight at @[282357178481266:274:The Wurst Bar] with my "team." And happy belated birthday to @[1401533798:2048:John] (his birthday was Tuesday). As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Ebenezer Scrooge!'
I had a chance to go out for a solo trivia outing Tuesday, since a couple of my ‘Pods teammates were engaged in zombie killing battle elsewhere (aka board game night). So I jumped on the opportunity to battle it out with our friendly rivals More Beer Less Pants at Johnny’s Grill in Belleville for a game hosted by Sporcle Live Host Elyse. At first, it looked like it might just be a one-on-one battle. Still wouldn’t underestimate a trivia battle against the “Chairman of the Board,” OK, that’s good! Then right around when the game started his partner “Ging” showed up. OK, game on (I do like a challenge). Then a short time later, “Mr. People Person” showed up. Now THAT’s more like it! Now this is like one of those impossible scenarios in a kung fu movie! Kung fu must not have been far from my mind, as I chose the moniker “Beatrix Squiddo,” as a nod to the “Bride” character in the “Kill Bill” films. I was spoiling for a good trivial fight! Not a perfect night by any means, but held my own, won second place/$10 in game one, got both final questions correct and posted the highest solo score ever with 144 points. Which doesn’t count because it’s the off season. Meh…
Game One
1. Puzzle Games – How many total numbers are contained in a completed Sudoku grid? Miss for 3. I have zero familiarity with this game.
2. Business Terms – What does DBA Stand for? 10
3. State Quarters – What state’s reverse quarter image is a bison skull? Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota or Wyoming? Miss for 2. And damn it, I want my own bison skull! My husband Mike got to see a dead bison when he was living in Kansas. They are SMELLY, yet delicious…
4. New Technology – What is the name of the Google smart speaker released last month to compete with the Amazon Echo? For an extra point, within $20, how much does this retail for? Miss on both for 4. I put the name of the Amazon speaker (d’oh), which is also the name of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley’s daughter.
5. Catchers – Jason Varitek, who was the first player to have four career no-hitters, played for what team? Miss for 1.
6. Movie Soundtracks – “I believe I can fly” by R. Kelly was used in what 1996 film featuring animated and live action characters? 9
7. Comic Strips – What comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Amend shares its name with a type of dance? 8
8. TV Reboots – What ’70s TV series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman was rebooted in 2015 with different actors? Yay I am old, 7
9. Restaurants – In the mid ’90s, what restaurant chain used the slogan “Have you had your break today?” 6
10. World Leaders – In 1953, Winston Churchill won a Nobel Prize in what category (not peace)? 5
Mystery – Identify the countries ending in “ia” based on the following clues
1. Country that borders Yemen, Oman and United Arab Emirates
2. Country whose capital is Ulaanbaatar
3. Landlocked South American country
4. Birth nation of Christoph Waltz
Got them all.
Scores: Seven teams, scores 44 to 63, with MBLP in first. I was in third with 56.
Final Category – Movie Love Interests
What three actresses portrayed Austin Powers’ primary love interests, one in each of the three films in the series?
Started writing all of their names before the question was finished being read. Yay for knowing something, woot!
Final standings: Beatrix Squiddo (aka ‘Pods) 76, MBLP, 83.
Game Two
1. Department Stores -What department store uses the slogan “Expect Great Things?” I work for a store that competes heavily with this store, which is exactly why I knew this answer…3
2. Holiday Movies – Which Muppet character plays Bob Cratchett in “Muppet Christmas Carol?” 10
3. Magazines – First published in 1998, what magazine began publishing its annual “body issue” featuring both women and men as a counterpart to the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? Miss for 2, but seriously, why have I never seen this? Might have to check it out (winks).
4. Military Programs – What was the focus of the U.S. Air Force program Project Blue Book, which operated during the ’50s and ’60s? And I knew this because of the original Michael Bay “Transformers” movie. Not kidding…4
5. Debut Albums – What singer/songwriter’s 1993 debut album had the hits “All I Want to Do” and “Strong Enough?” 9
6. Baked Goods – What French bread known for its high butter and egg content is commonly served with French desserts? Miss for 5.
7. Draft Picks – Name 1 of the 2 NBA teams to have picked first overall since the Cleveland Cavaliers did so back to back in 2013 and 2014? Nope…miss for 1
8. Neighborhoods – Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square are located in what major U.S. city? 8
9. Amendments – According to the U.S. Constitution, what fraction of U.S. states is required to ratify a Constitutional amendment? Big flub for 7. OUCH! Sometimes trivia kung fu battles are PAINFUL!
10. Interviews – What prominent female interviewer is known for her list of “Ten most fascinating people of the year?” 6
Visual Mystery https://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/term1220/ Got them all
Scores: Seven teams, scores 31 to 64, unsure which team was in first (I don’t play here regularly and don’t know all of the teams), but I was in sixth with 48 points. Icky…
Final Category – Games and History
The names of five of the original thirteen colonies appear on a standard U.S. Monopoly board. Name all five.
Yup, got it – but so did enough teams ahead of me.
Until next time, which will be tonight at The Wurst Bar with my “team.” And happy belated birthday to John (his birthday was Tuesday). As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Ebenezer Scrooge!
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