So do you think you know it all about the “Star Wars” universe? Three members of our trivia team put our brains to the test recently in metro Detroit. Turns out even our best attempts at Jedi mind tricks fell flat. Well played, Pub Trivia Company. Well played. It was a nice challenging mix of questions encompassing the whole “Star Wars” universe. Turns out it’s a pretty vast universe, largely unexplored by all but only the most intrepid trivia adventurers. And yes, some of those ventured into the winners’ circle, with the first place team Wraith Squad taking home $150 in cash and 122 points. Cha-ching! Who knew such nerdy knowledge would pay off? They did, apparently. Nice work!. Here are the questions. Let’s see how all of you “Star Wars” fan boys and girls fare on them – but to make it fun for everyone to play, don’t share your answers in the comments – though it’s OK to indicate which ones you know. Thanks!
1. In what month were episodes 1-6 of the “Star Wars” movies released in theaters? A softball to start things off…
2. In “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” who voiced “Boss Nass?” Whosis? Huh? We started to get a bad feeling about this…
3. What is the last name of the family whose star cruiser crashed on the Forest Moon of Endor in the 1984 TV film “Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure?” We guessed “Antilles.”
4. Who was Darth Sidious’ master?
5. What was the name of the ship which carried Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi to the Trade Federation in “The Phantom Menace,” which crashed in the opening minutes of the film?
6. Who are the only two actors to appear in all six of the “Star Wars” movies? Yay, our second question right of the night. Wild Bill’s musical clue song “Mr. Roboto” was a bit of a help to those who were stumped – but the actors still had to be named, not the characters.
7. To date, what is the most recent official canon “Star Wars” movie to be released in theaters? “Official canon” threw us for a loop here, which is why we didn’t put down the right answer (though it was debated). D’oh!
8. What was the name of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s astromech droid in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith?” Uh, you mean it’s not R2D2?
9. Which two “Star Wars” films are among the highest grossing of all time when adjusted for inflation? Third question correct of the night. One member of our team actually attempted to study this topic.
10. What was the name of Lando Calrissian’s co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon in “Return of the Jedi?” Our descriptive answer of “that creature that looked like a little Chinese guy wearing a hat” was not enough to earn points. Apparently a team drew a picture of this guy for their answer, too.
Mystery: eight questions containing “Star Wars” quotes, had to ID the person speaking the lines. One point per correct answer.
Mystery 1. “You do have your moments – not many, but you do have them.”
Mystery 2. “We are keepers of the peace, not soldiers.”
Mystery 3. “At last we will reveal ourselves – at last we will have revenge.”
Mystery 4. “Who’s the more foolish – the fool or the fool who follows him?”
Mystery 5. “I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.”
Mystery 6. “Sorry about the mess.”
Mystery 7. “Anakin Skywalker- I expected someone with your reputation to be a little older.”
Mystery 8. “It’s a Trap.” We got three of the quotes correct. And on to round two, This was played as one long game with one final question.
1. How many “Star Wars” movies have received PG-13 ratings? We were pretty sure, but used our re-rack to provide two guesses with success.
2. Who is the only actor to have been nominated from the “Star Wars” series for an acting Oscar for their performance in one of the films?
3. What is the name of the first “Star Wars” comic series published by “Dark Horse” comics in 1991 after taking over the license from Marvel Comics? Uh, nope. Not a clue.
4. What actor plays Yoda in the National Public Radio broadcast version of “Star Wars?” You mean it”s NOT Gilbert Gottfried? Face slap…
5. What company released the first licensed “Star Wars” video game for the Atari 2600 in 1982? Even an educated guess simply would not do on this question. You would have to own this game to know this answer…it’s not what you would expect.
6. What is the official name of the cantina band that plays in the background at Mos Eisley when Luke and Obi-Wan are visiting? Oooh, we were so close…we knew part of the name, just not enough parts for credit. On a related note, we discussed using the name “Revenge of the Bith” as our trivia team name for the night.
7. Who kills the bounty hunter Zam Wessell in “Attack of the Clones?” We made a guess here, but turns out all teams (including ours) got it right. Cheers!
8. “Star Wars” came about after George Lucas failed to get the rights to what comic released in 1934? Yay! Two correct answers in a row!
9. Which pilot used the call signal “Red Six” during the battle of Yavin? Darn, we discussed the guy who turned out to be right, but didn’t write it down. Hint – his name pokes fun at his physical appearance.
10. The “Star Wars” films have received the most Oscar nominations in which category? Got it…
Mystery: paper visual round – had to ID characters and planets where events occurred. We did fairly well on this one, getting 6/8 total points (thank you Sporcle nerd Mike).
There were 20 total teams playing, with scores before the final question (for both games) ranging from 40 to 122. We wound up in roughly the middle of the heap with (cough) 74 points. Here’s a sample of some of the”Star Wars” themed names used during the games – Calrissian Rhapsody, Red Five, Nerf Herders, Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herders, Bantha Fodder, Let the Wookiee Win, Sith Happens, It Ain’t Easy Being Greedo, Now This is Pod Racing, Aluminum Falcons and Bo Shuda, Bitches.
Final category: “Star Wars” actors Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles, is the uncle of which “Star Wars” actor? Turns out a lot of teams, including ours, knew this. A surprisingly easy final question after a night of challenging questions. Top finishers: 3. Calrissian Rhapsody, 2. Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herders, and 1. Wraith Squad. We were overdue for a stinker of a trivia game. Hopefully this will be considered an ample sacrifice for our overlord Cthulhu. He can be a hard creature to please sometimes. Until next time – Go Pods!