Trivia Recap – Dec. 7, 2015 – Maiz Mexican Cantina

'A solo Cephalopod again went on the hunt for gift cards Monday for Sporcle Live with Rachel Sue at MAIZ Mexican Cantina. This time a mere tiebreaker question separated the hunting 'Pod from its prized quarry (which in this case was a second place gift card for $10). Better that than getting devoured by a great white shark, but that goes without saying, right? And 108 points? Not too shabby. Again, better than a face full of fangs. And on to the questions...
1. Pearl Harbor - The Pearl Harbor Naval Station is located on what Hawaiian island? Cautious bet of 2 for success.
2. '90s Movies - What 1998 movie featured Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon and was partially filmed in black and white? Ten points.
3. HBO - What comedy starring Brian Benben aired for six seasons in the '90s and shared its name with an Aerosmith song? Let's see...Love in an Elevator? No. Walk this Way? No. Rag Doll? No. Crazy? No. Sweet Emotion? No. Janie's Got a Gun? No. Yeah, got it right, but only for 3.
4. Latin - What 10-letter latin word meaning "horn of plenty" symbolizes abundance or nourishment? Social for 9.
5. World Series - In 2004, who became the first player in Boston Red Sox history to win the World Series MVP? For nerd point, what team did the Sox defeat in the series? Double zero here, miss for 1.
6. Metals - Pewter consists of at least 85 percent or more of what metal? Risky bet of 8, but got it.
7. Art - What famous work by Leonardo DaVinci was painted in a convent in Milan, Italy? Social for 7.
8. Candy- What is the most common color candy in a standard bag of Reese's Pieces? Picked the color that had to be picked out of M&M bowls for the band Van Halen. Look it up! Miss for 4.
9. Documentaries - In 2005, director Martin Scorsese released "No Direction Home" about what musician? Got it for 6.
10. Commercials - audio clue I had no clue about. Miss for 5.
Mystery: Before and After
1. Soccer club known as Red Devils and country with the tallest building in the world.
2. Naval hero in American Revolution and beverage company founded in 1986 featuring flavors including blue bubblegum.
3. Former Phoenix Suns point guard and current mayor of Sacramento, and company whose products include Band-Aids and Tylenol.
4. Singer of the 2004 song "Collide" and Ohio city nicknamed "Gem City."
Missed #3 and #4. Team would have probably helped with those. Can't wait to play with them again Wednesday (I really miss you guys!). NOTE: Picture with this re-cap is of former Red Devil George Best, as mentioned in #1. Because the tenth anniversary of his death occurred recently, not that the re-cap writer thought it was a cute photo of him or anything!
Heading into the final: Nine teams with scores ranging from 30 to 63, with JC Shooters(?) taking the top spot. The 'Pods "team" was in fourth with 52 points playing under the risque name "Sometimes It's Good to Play With Yourself." 
Final category: Current Television Characters
Carol, Candace and Loretha are names of three sisters on what series that debuted in 2015? Not a clue, did a "Spinal Tap" bet of 11 and missed it. Quizly Bears and Tequila Mockingbird took game one with 71 and 77 points respectively.
Game Two
1. Awards - In 1935, Ed Smith was used as a model that adorns what sports award? Correct guess, but only for 2.
2. '80s Albums - What band's debut album, released in 1981, was called "Beauty and the Beat?" An easy 10.
3. Book to Movie - Name 1/2 films based on Stephen King novels featuring Morgan Freeman. For nerd point, name both. Got it for 3, but no nerd point. Strangely overlooked the obvious movie, which was so, so much better than the book that it's easy to forget it was a King novel (or novella, to be accurate). 
4. Tourist Attractions (spoiler: this category is always death...) - What U.S. tourist attraction has been called the "Crossroads of the World" and "Center of the Universe?" What? Not "My God, it's full of ads?" Total blowout for 9, but judging from the groans, it helped sink some other teams too.
5. Generals - What U.s. general led U.S. Armed forces in the Persian Gulf from 1990-1991? Got this for 8.
6. Outer Space - Within 10 years, how many years passed between the discovery of Pluto and its demotion to dwarf planet status by the IAU in 2006? Miss for 1, but had our "space boy" Mike been there, he would have gotten it within 3. 
7. Comedy Television - Each episode of what  Comedy Central series opens with a viral video? Seven points.
8. Playwrights - What Irish playwright is the only person who has won both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award for his film adaptation of "Pygmalion?" And the inner literature major emerges triumphantly for 6.
9. Lead Singers - Shirley Manson has been the lead singer of what alternative rock band since the mid '90s? Five points.
10. Airlines - In September, 2013, what airline resurrected its old slogan, "Fly the Friendly Skies" for the first time in more than two decades? Miss for 4.
http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/7landmark/ Missed #3 by confusing it with a similar landmark.
Heading into the final: Nine teams with scores ranging from 20 to 63, with Quizly Bears taking the top spot. Miskatonic was tied for third with Shooting for Penultimate with 47 points.
Final category: Olympics
Of the six different U.S. cities that have hosted the winter or summer Olympics, which one is farthest east geographically? Got it and wagered 20, had to answer this tiebreaker with Shooting for Penultimate: In what year did Squaw Valley, California host the Winter Olympics? Both teams were way off, but our team was more wayer off than theirs. Oh well, could've gone either way, especially if they had asked about what year the Winter Olympics were held in Grenoble, France. Que sera, sera. We will be getting "the band" back together soon. Soon....Go Pods!'
A solo Cephalopod again went on the hunt for gift cards Monday for Sporcle Live with Rachel Sue at MAIZ Mexican Cantina. This time a mere tiebreaker question separated the hunting ‘Pod from its prized quarry (which in this case was a second place gift card for $10). Better that than getting devoured by a great white shark, but that goes without saying, right? And 108 points? Not too shabby. Again, better than a face full of fangs. And on to the questions…
1. Pearl Harbor – The Pearl Harbor Naval Station is located on what Hawaiian island? Cautious bet of 2 for success.
2. ’90s Movies – What 1998 movie featured Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon and was partially filmed in black and white? Ten points.
3. HBO – What comedy starring Brian Benben aired for six seasons in the ’90s and shared its name with an Aerosmith song? Let’s see…Love in an Elevator? No. Walk this Way? No. Rag Doll? No. Crazy? No. Sweet Emotion? No. Janie’s Got a Gun? No. Yeah, got it right, but only for 3.
4. Latin – What 10-letter latin word meaning “horn of plenty” symbolizes abundance or nourishment? Social for 9.
5. World Series – In 2004, who became the first player in Boston Red Sox history to win the World Series MVP? For nerd point, what team did the Sox defeat in the series? Double zero here, miss for 1.
6. Metals – Pewter consists of at least 85 percent or more of what metal? Risky bet of 8, but got it.
7. Art – What famous work by Leonardo DaVinci was painted in a convent in Milan, Italy? Social for 7.
8. Candy- What is the most common color candy in a standard bag of Reese’s Pieces? Picked the color that had to be picked out of M&M bowls for the band Van Halen. Look it up! Miss for 4.
9. Documentaries – In 2005, director Martin Scorsese released “No Direction Home” about what musician? Got it for 6.
10. Commercials – audio clue I had no clue about. Miss for 5.
Mystery: Before and After
1. Soccer club known as Red Devils and country with the tallest building in the world.
2. Naval hero in American Revolution and beverage company founded in 1986 featuring flavors including blue bubblegum.
3. Former Phoenix Suns point guard and current mayor of Sacramento, and company whose products include Band-Aids and Tylenol.
4. Singer of the 2004 song “Collide” and Ohio city nicknamed “Gem City.”
Missed #3 and #4. Team would have probably helped with those. Can’t wait to play with them again Wednesday (I really miss you guys!). NOTE: Picture with this re-cap is of former Red Devil George Best, as mentioned in #1. Because the tenth anniversary of his death occurred recently, not that the re-cap writer thought it was a cute photo of him or anything!
Heading into the final: Nine teams with scores ranging from 30 to 63, with JC Shooters(?) taking the top spot. The ‘Pods “team” was in fourth with 52 points playing under the risque name “Sometimes It’s Good to Play With Yourself.”
Final category: Current Television Characters
Carol, Candace and Loretha are names of three sisters on what series that debuted in 2015? Not a clue, did a “Spinal Tap” bet of 11 and missed it. Quizly Bears and Tequila Mockingbird took game one with 71 and 77 points respectively.
Game Two
1. Awards – In 1935, Ed Smith was used as a model that adorns what sports award? Correct guess, but only for 2.
2. ’80s Albums – What band’s debut album, released in 1981, was called “Beauty and the Beat?” An easy 10.
3. Book to Movie – Name 1/2 films based on Stephen King novels featuring Morgan Freeman. For nerd point, name both. Got it for 3, but no nerd point. Strangely overlooked the obvious movie, which was so, so much better than the book that it’s easy to forget it was a King novel (or novella, to be accurate).
4. Tourist Attractions (spoiler: this category is always death…) – What U.S. tourist attraction has been called the “Crossroads of the World” and “Center of the Universe?” What? Not “My God, it’s full of ads?” Total blowout for 9, but judging from the groans, it helped sink some other teams too.
5. Generals – What U.s. general led U.S. Armed forces in the Persian Gulf from 1990-1991? Got this for 8.
6. Outer Space – Within 10 years, how many years passed between the discovery of Pluto and its demotion to dwarf planet status by the IAU in 2006? Miss for 1, but had our “space boy” Mike been there, he would have gotten it within 3.
7. Comedy Television – Each episode of what Comedy Central series opens with a viral video? Seven points.
8. Playwrights – What Irish playwright is the only person who has won both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award for his film adaptation of “Pygmalion?” And the inner literature major emerges triumphantly for 6.
9. Lead Singers – Shirley Manson has been the lead singer of what alternative rock band since the mid ’90s? Five points.
10. Airlines – In September, 2013, what airline resurrected its old slogan, “Fly the Friendly Skies” for the first time in more than two decades? Miss for 4.
http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/7landmark/ Missed #3 by confusing it with a similar landmark.
Heading into the final: Nine teams with scores ranging from 20 to 63, with Quizly Bears taking the top spot. Miskatonic was tied for third with Shooting for Penultimate with 47 points.
Final category: Olympics
Of the six different U.S. cities that have hosted the winter or summer Olympics, which one is farthest east geographically? Got it and wagered 20, had to answer this tiebreaker with Shooting for Penultimate: In what year did Squaw Valley, California host the Winter Olympics? Both teams were way off, but our team was more wayer off than theirs. Oh well, could’ve gone either way, especially if they had asked about what year the Winter Olympics were held in Grenoble, France. Que sera, sera. We will be getting “the band” back together soon. Soon….Go Pods!
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