Trivia Recap April 28, 2015 – Maiz Mexican Cantina


We knew having a first-place sweep one week ago at MAIZ Mexican Cantina for Sporcle Live TriviaSporcle Live with Rachel Sue could potentially be a bad omen. Without fail, we almost always have a bit of a “slump” after our big trivia victories. And if our games from Monday’s game at Maiz, and last Wednesday’s game at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (a game we did not even officially “recap’) are our just punishments for that, well then slap us silly with a big ‘ol sack of Sacajawea dollar coins! Or doubloons, or any other bizarre coin. Preferably donut-shaped ones. Whew. Now let’s do our best to rehash this less than stellar trivia night, which was not without its brief triumphant moments. That all-baseball mystery round notwithstanding. Now let us not speak of that mystery round again, bleah! Congrats to More Beer Less Pants for their first-place sweep and double perfect games, and thanks to Brian Williams Reporting Live for providing the questions we we don’t have to refer to our horribly hand-written notes.
And the questions…
Game One
1.Olympians: What US Olympian won gold medals in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, long jump, and 4 x 100 meter relay?
2.Websites: What 1999 film setup a real life website for the fictional corporation MetaCortex?
3.Battles: Which of the following generals present at the Battle of Gettysburg commanded Confederate troops: George Meade, George Pickett, Abner Doubleday, or John F. Reynolds?
4.Dramas: On the Netflix series House of Cards, Kevin Spacey plays a congressman turned president from which southern US state?
5.Classical Music: What poem by Friedrich Schiller is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony?
Heather initially began humming the wrong symphony, then corrected herself, Good thing there are essentially only two Beethoven symphonies anybody really knows about.
Bonus: In what century was Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony completed?
Got ’em both.
6.Audio: Name the scientist talking. He’s an astrophysicist and semi-regular guest on the Daily Show.
7.Novel Characters: Which main character in Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe is named for the day of the week on which he meets the title character?
8. Mountains: The second highest mountain in Africa is located in and shares its name with which east African nation? Picked a neighboring nation instead, our first miss of the night.
9. Condiments: What brand of condiment, known for their mayonnaise, has used the slogans “A taste too good to waste” and “Bring out the best?”
10. Directors: Who directed the blockbuster films The Rock, Armageddon, and Pearl Harbor?
Mystery Round: Before and After
1. U2’s fourth studio album released in 1984/Web browser developed by Mozilla
2. 1997 British comedy film about six unemployed men/Long time host of Let’s Make a Deal
3. Single by the Who that became their first US Top 40 hit/Character played by John Ritter on Three’s Company
4. Body of water separating the Italian peninsula from the Balkan peninsula/City and state where Jimi Hendrix was born.
Picked wrong body of water for #4, oops.
Heading into the final:
MBLP 67, Miskatonic University Fighting Cephalopods 64, Little Lebowskis 62
Final Category: Companies
Final Question: What Internet-based company’s acquisitions included Skype in 2005 and Stubhub in 2007? The company has since sold Skype in 2009.
Our “People Person” was all over this one. Finals standings had MBLP at 85 and the Pods in second at 64.
Game Two
1. Government Agencies: The USGS is a scientific agency of the US government. What does the second S stand for in USGS?
You’re bound to learn this little fact if you have pored over enough topographic maps…
2. Long Running Sitcoms: Within one, for how many seasons did the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men run? Bonus: For how many seasons did Charlie Sheen star on the show?
We got one part of this question correct, don’t recall which part.
3. US States: What is the smallest US state by total area (land and water) that was not one of the original 13 colonies?
4. Film Characters: Sidney Prescott is the primary protagonist in which horror film series? “Hello, Sidney…”
5. Tennis: In 1985, Boris Becker became the first native of which country to win the men’s Wimbledon championship: Sweden, Italy, Germany, or Switzerland? Every time a tennis category comes up, Heather pleads “Please be about ’80s tennis.” This time she got her wish.
6. Food: The name of which popular Greek food is derived from a Greek word meaning “to turn?” Nice work, Brad.
7. Grammy Award Winners: What singer/songwriter won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1989 largely due to the success of the song “Fast Car?”
8. Anatomy: In which organ of the human body is insulin produced?
9.World Leaders: Who served as chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization from 1969 until his death in 2004?
10. Reality TV: What Food Network reality cooking competition which pits four chefs against each other is hosted by Ted Allen? Nope, didn’t get this.
Visual: Every. Single. One. Just didn’t have the right brains in the mix for this particular mystery round, though Brad made an honest effort anyway.
Heading into the final: MBLP 64, Lebowskis 63, didn’t catch the rest of the standings.
Final Category: What Decade am I?
Final Question: In which 20th century decade did all of the following occur: the deadliest floods on record occurred in China, killing approximately 3.7 to 4 million people; Louisiana governor Huey Long is assassinated; the Golden Gate Bridge is opened to traffic.
Our host gave the option of a harder or easier version. She picked the harder version, which left off this final clue: Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is born.
The right answer was discussed, but alas, not turned in as the answer. More Beer Less Pants won game two, and someone else took second (don’t recall whom). We shall overcome this slump or suck trying! Go Pods!

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