Trivia Recap – Dec. 9, 2015 – Johnny’s Grill

'A duo of 'Pods trekked to Johnny's Grill in Belleville Tuesday for Sporcle Live Trivia with Kuma (his last night of hosting there, BTW) and had a bit of a rough time with the questions. Whether they were too hard or we were just too dumb for them? Well, we'll leave those questions for the philosophers! We at least accomplished our mission of spending last week's gift certificate prize, so there's that for you. Pods in attendance this time included Heather and Mike. Mike, BTW, had a pretty sweet contribution in the game on an Academy Award winning movie audio question, which we will explain more later. But it was awesome! On to the questions...
1. TV Characters - If this series took the title characters last names instead, this 2010 series would be called "Biggs and Flynn." Not on our radar, we guessed "Two Broke Girls" incorrectly for 2.
2. Military Vehicles - What is the two-word nickname of a Boeing B17 military bomber aircraft? Bamboo Bomber, Double Dog, Flying Fortress, or Pinball Planter? Alas, an easy one when you have an Army brat in attendance, he started writing the answer before the choices were read...10 points.
3. Singers - What Grammy-award winning tenor became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident? This guy's name didn't even cross our minds, miss for 3.
4. Movie Taglines - What 1988 film used the tagline "A Major League Love Story in a Minor League Town?" For nerd point, name the state in which the movie's events take place. And the "duo" teamed up successfully to get both parts right for 9.
5. Candy - How many different colors come in a regular pack of M&Ms? Miss for 4. Has anyone else ever thought of smuggling candy into trivia games? Not only for the excellent sugar rush, but to help answer these questions? We're joking of course, but seriously, who knows this much about candy off the top of their heads? Now how about some Gummi Bear questions! :)
6. Business Acquisitions - Satellite TV provider DISH acquired what company in 2011 after it filed for bankruptcy because of its inability to compete with Netflix and Redbox? Good guess for 5.
7. Baseball - Other than the Yankees, name two other MLB teams with the top payrolls as of the 2015 season? Miss for 1, though one of our "brainstormed" guesses would have been correct. 
8. Authors - What author published a series of novels in the '30s that became known as the "Dust Bowl Trilogy?" Got it for 8.
9. SCIENTIFIC instruments - What kind of scientific instrument can be separated in different classes including scanning probe, optical, and electron? Seven points.
10. Flags - What is the most common color found on all flags of the world? Agonized until the 11th hour here, but got it right for 6.
Mystery: Which is larger?
1. Greece or Missouri?
2. Spain or Montana?
3. Jamaica or Delaware?
4. Switzerland or South Carolina?
Missed #3.
Heading into the final: Eight teams with scores ranging from 28 to 60, with Weird Smell Coming from the Bedroom logging the top score. We were in third with 55 points.
Final category: Books on TV
In 1996, Oprah Winfrey started a book club, that became a segment on her talk show. Upon its conclusion in 2011, Nielsen compiled a list of the top-selling books from the last 10 years that were part of her book club. Name one of the top four of those books. We wagered 20 and incorrectly guessed "Chicken Soup for the Soul." One of those books figured into a question from the most recent trivia finals in October.
Final standings: I'll Beat You with my Nyquist (??), 74 (moved up from fourth), and Weird Smell Coming from the Bedroom, 80. Congrats to those teams that know about Oprah stuff!
Game Two
1. Pizza - Within 1, in what year did Little Caesar's start offering its $5 "Hot and Ready" pizza deal, which was heavily marketed and geared toward college students and families feeding hungry children? Went too late on this, miss for 3.
2. Magazines - What was the name of the spinoff to Maxim magazine published from 1994-2009 that had all-music content? No clue, miss for 1.
3. Academy Award Winners - What Academy Award-winning film is heard in this clip? Obviously we can't provide the clip, but "coin toss" is the operative phrase from a heated scene in that  movie in a convenience store. And even though Mike had never even seen the movie, he was the one coming up with the correct guess, which was easily backed up for 10 points. Nice work, Mike!
4. Superstitions - Among gamblers, which denomination of currency is called "frog" and is considered unlucky? Miss for 5.
5. Video Games - What is the name of the character that declares control in a 1991 Sega Genesis game "Quack Shot?" Strangely enough, we made the right guess here, but only for 2.
6. Dance - What dance act debuted during intermission at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest and continues to be performed all over the world? Got it for 9.
7. Tall Buildings - Name after the railway company that built the structure, what do the letters CN stand for in "CN Tower?" Miss for 6, but so, so obvious when the answer was revealed. We incorrectly thought of a portion of a province name for the "C" portion.
8. Sports Broadcasting - Sports broadcaster Jim Rome refers to his loyal fan base as Romeos, hounds, clones, or burners? Miss for 4.
9. Presidential Elections - Despite only receiving 30 percent of the vote, who was elected president in 1824? By this point we'd blown so many points we didn't even put too much effort into this one, but still came close to the right guy. Miss for 8.
10. Classic Rock Lyrics - What classic rock song by Thin Lizzy had the lyrics "Friday night they'll be dressed to kill/Down at Dino's Bar 'n' Grill?" Heather got it at literally the last second for 7. It's tough coming up with "lyrics" answers when there is completely different music playing in the background! Maybe the trivia host should play more ambient or even "elevator" music during these questions. Jussayn...
Visual mystery: http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/8cards/ Missed them all. Put "Gordie Howe" for each answer spot out of desperation. 
Heading into the final: Ten teams with scores ranging from 20 to 57. Teams in 10th through fourth place all had scores in the '20s, including ours, with an abysmal 28 points putting us in fourth place.  SOL took the top spot with 57.
Final category: Movie Last Lines
What movie, which was #1 at the U.S. box office in October, 2003, featured the line, "One more thing, Sofie... is she aware her daughter is still alive?" And we blew this one for 20 points too. Did not write down the game winners (we were settling our tab, forgive us). And that's the story of us. That is a hint for that final question answer, BTW (though it is a bit obscure). Until next time, Go Pods!'
A duo of ‘Pods trekked to Johnny’s Grill in Belleville Tuesday for Sporcle Live Trivia with Kuma (his last night of hosting there, BTW) and had a bit of a rough time with the questions. Whether they were too hard or we were just too dumb for them? Well, we’ll leave those questions for the philosophers! We at least accomplished our mission of spending last week’s gift certificate prize, so there’s that for you. Pods in attendance this time included Heather and Mike. Mike, BTW, had a pretty sweet contribution in the game on an Academy Award winning movie audio question, which we will explain more later. But it was awesome! On to the questions…
1. TV Characters – If this series took the title characters last names instead, this 2010 series would be called “Biggs and Flynn.” Not on our radar, we guessed “Two Broke Girls” incorrectly for 2.
2. Military Vehicles – What is the two-word nickname of a Boeing B17 military bomber aircraft? Bamboo Bomber, Double Dog, Flying Fortress, or Pinball Planter? Alas, an easy one when you have an Army brat in attendance, he started writing the answer before the choices were read…10 points.
3. Singers – What Grammy-award winning tenor became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident? This guy’s name didn’t even cross our minds, miss for 3.
4. Movie Taglines – What 1988 film used the tagline “A Major League Love Story in a Minor League Town?” For nerd point, name the state in which the movie’s events take place. And the “duo” teamed up successfully to get both parts right for 9.
5. Candy – How many different colors come in a regular pack of M&Ms? Miss for 4. Has anyone else ever thought of smuggling candy into trivia games? Not only for the excellent sugar rush, but to help answer these questions? We’re joking of course, but seriously, who knows this much about candy off the top of their heads? Now how about some Gummi Bear questions! 🙂
6. Business Acquisitions – Satellite TV provider DISH acquired what company in 2011 after it filed for bankruptcy because of its inability to compete with Netflix and Redbox? Good guess for 5.
7. Baseball – Other than the Yankees, name two other MLB teams with the top payrolls as of the 2015 season? Miss for 1, though one of our “brainstormed” guesses would have been correct.
8. Authors – What author published a series of novels in the ’30s that became known as the “Dust Bowl Trilogy?” Got it for 8.
9. SCIENTIFIC instruments – What kind of scientific instrument can be separated in different classes including scanning probe, optical, and electron? Seven points.
10. Flags – What is the most common color found on all flags of the world? Agonized until the 11th hour here, but got it right for 6.
Mystery: Which is larger?
1. Greece or Missouri?
2. Spain or Montana?
3. Jamaica or Delaware?
4. Switzerland or South Carolina?
Missed #3.
Heading into the final: Eight teams with scores ranging from 28 to 60, with Weird Smell Coming from the Bedroom logging the top score. We were in third with 55 points.
Final category: Books on TV
In 1996, Oprah Winfrey started a book club, that became a segment on her talk show. Upon its conclusion in 2011, Nielsen compiled a list of the top-selling books from the last 10 years that were part of her book club. Name one of the top four of those books. We wagered 20 and incorrectly guessed “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” One of those books figured into a question from the most recent trivia finals in October.
Final standings: I’ll Beat You with my Nyquist (??), 74 (moved up from fourth), and Weird Smell Coming from the Bedroom, 80. Congrats to those teams that know about Oprah stuff!
Game Two
1. Pizza – Within 1, in what year did Little Caesar’s start offering its $5 “Hot and Ready” pizza deal, which was heavily marketed and geared toward college students and families feeding hungry children? Went too late on this, miss for 3.
2. Magazines – What was the name of the spinoff to Maxim magazine published from 1994-2009 that had all-music content? No clue, miss for 1.
3. Academy Award Winners – What Academy Award-winning film is heard in this clip? Obviously we can’t provide the clip, but “coin toss” is the operative phrase from a heated scene in that movie in a convenience store. And even though Mike had never even seen the movie, he was the one coming up with the correct guess, which was easily backed up for 10 points. Nice work, Mike!
4. Superstitions – Among gamblers, which denomination of currency is called “frog” and is considered unlucky? Miss for 5.
5. Video Games – What is the name of the character that declares control in a 1991 Sega Genesis game “Quack Shot?” Strangely enough, we made the right guess here, but only for 2.
6. Dance – What dance act debuted during intermission at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest and continues to be performed all over the world? Got it for 9.
7. Tall Buildings – Name after the railway company that built the structure, what do the letters CN stand for in “CN Tower?” Miss for 6, but so, so obvious when the answer was revealed. We incorrectly thought of a portion of a province name for the “C” portion.
8. Sports Broadcasting – Sports broadcaster Jim Rome refers to his loyal fan base as Romeos, hounds, clones, or burners? Miss for 4.
9. Presidential Elections – Despite only receiving 30 percent of the vote, who was elected president in 1824? By this point we’d blown so many points we didn’t even put too much effort into this one, but still came close to the right guy. Miss for 8.
10. Classic Rock Lyrics – What classic rock song by Thin Lizzy had the lyrics “Friday night they’ll be dressed to kill/Down at Dino’s Bar ‘n’ Grill?” Heather got it at literally the last second for 7. It’s tough coming up with “lyrics” answers when there is completely different music playing in the background! Maybe the trivia host should play more ambient or even “elevator” music during these questions. Jussayn…
Visual mystery: http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/8cards/ Missed them all. Put “Gordie Howe” for each answer spot out of desperation.
Heading into the final: Ten teams with scores ranging from 20 to 57. Teams in 10th through fourth place all had scores in the ’20s, including ours, with an abysmal 28 points putting us in fourth place. SOL took the top spot with 57.
Final category: Movie Last Lines
What movie, which was #1 at the U.S. box office in October, 2003, featured the line, “One more thing, Sofie… is she aware her daughter is still alive?” And we blew this one for 20 points too. Did not write down the game winners (we were settling our tab, forgive us). And that’s the story of us. That is a hint for that final question answer, BTW (though it is a bit obscure). Until next time, Go Pods!
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