Trivia Recap Feb. 5, 2015 – Corner Brewery


Illness and poorly plowed roads nearly kept our team away on Sporcle Live Trivia with Kuma’s night of hosting trivia at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery Wednesday. But alas, the most intrepid among our ranks still managed to battle snow and ice, Yetis, a slight lack of confidence and a few tough questions. Logged 117 points for our efforts and zero gift cards for the second week in a row. On the bright side, one of the new teams wound up rightfully taking game two from us, thereby spanking us for our lack of confidence in final question wagering. We’ll be honest with you – we really needed a good spanking anyway! 😉
Game one
1. U.S. geography – Which two U.S. states share the longest border with Mexico?
2. Iconic actors – Cal Trask, Jett Rink and Jim Stark are all characters played by what deceased actor? Nope. We guessed Bruce Lee.
3. Political philosophies – Karl Marx was influential in which of the following philosophies – feudalism, communism, federalism, or capitalism?
4. Football players – Where did San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick play college football? This is where we might have been able to use Brad’s help…Dave made a noble effort, but alas, a miss for 2.
5. Cars – The Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV marketed by what car manufacturer? Had to be specific here, not just name the parent company. For nerd bonus, name what year, within one, the car first made its debut. Missed the nerd bonus by a hair.
6. Cocktails – A Paloma is most commonly made with grapefruit soda and what liquor? Dang that sounds good with the liquor we chose, but not so much with the correct liquor. Miss for 3.
7. Soul music – What soul musician wrote the theme music for the 1972 film “Super Fly?” It all came down to Heather on this one….she closed her eyes, tried her hardest to block out the background noise and successfully pried the right answer out of the deepest crevices of her brain. Yes, brain! OK, ass. But only for 4 points.
8. Crime dramas – Emily Prentiss, Dr. Spencer Reid and Aaron Hotchner are characters on what CBS crime drama series that first aired in 2005? We get multiple choice on that gimme Karl Marx question but no multiple choice here? Miss…
9. Owners – did not write down this question, had to do with the Facebook clue about Labatt beer and the Toronto Blue Jays.
10. SCIENCE – Name the process used by plants where light is converted into food and energy? This is a very abridged version of the question that was asked. And it was a groaner….
Mystery – Two-letter links – the last two letters in each clue will be the first two letters in the subsequent clue.
1. Traditional birthstone for October
2. Actress who played Samantha on “Who’s the Boss”
3. Horror movie released in 1922 featuring Max Schreck as Count Orlock
4. A tight-fitting strapless garment made of stretchy material that wraps around the body? “Band-aid” is NOT the correct answer 🙂
Got them all.
Leading into the final: Fourteen teams with scores ranging from 38 to 65, with the Corn Fritters leading the pack.
Final category: Songs about history. Yes we worried it would be about that Billy Joel song…it wasn’t.
“Within one, what is the number of full years between the events in the song “Ohio” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?” Since neither song mentions the year, this question forced teams to know a bit of their recent history – and specifically, Michigan history. We were one of just five teams getting this correct, but our efforts were not enough to get us out of fifth place. Final standings – Your Resume Sucks, 82; Cool People and Jeff, 64 and Corn Fritters, 65 (the same teams that led going into the final). Go Corn Fritters!
Game two
1. Actresses – What actress starred in the 2000s comedy “Samantha Who?” Guest player Scott from More Beer Less Pants nailed this one for us. Our TV mojo is not very strong on our team. Unless it’s about “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Animaniacs,” “The Simpsons,” “Futurama,” or “Doctor Who.”
2. NHL – Within two, in what year the the Minnesota North Stars move to Texas? Again, we needed an absent player here. We missed you, Brad! And missed the question, too for 2.
3. Universities – In which Alabama city would you find Alabama State University? Several of us teamed up with success here.
4. Movies – What was the name of the opposing dojo in “The Karate Kid?” For nerd bonus, in what year was the movie released? Got both.
5. Scientists – What physicist wrote “A Brief History of Time?” D’erp…
6. Laundry – What laundry product touted its ability to fight “ring around the collar?” Heather remembered this stupid ad easily for 8 points.
7. Press conferences – audio clue of someone talking about something, which we got.
8. Constellations – The constellation Aquila is better known by what animal name? Bear, eagle, snake, or lion?
9. Bands – What song originally written by Bob Dylan became a hit for the Yardbirds? Teamwork again here…
10. Wars – In 1756, England declared war on what nation, beginning the Seven Years War?
Mystery round – see Your Resume Sucks‘ post to see the visual clues. Got them all.
Leading into the final: Thirteen teams with scores ranging from 26 to 64, with us leading the pack with a perfect score. What better opportunity to ruin that than by wagering poorly on the final question and losing out on money? Don’t mind if we do!
Final category – Authors (groan). A loaded and potentially terrifying category. Wagered zero.
“Match the first names of the Bronte sisters Emily, Charlotte and Anne to the books that they penned. – Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey, and Wuthering Heights. Yes, because we bet zero, we knew it (facepalm). Oh well. Sparked an interesting conversation about a “Monty Python” sketch that showed Wuthering Heights characters communicating via semaphore code (see photo with this post), and also video here, fast-forward to 1:06). to “Junkie Smurf,” a new team who finished one point behind us heading into the final, for spanking us good and hard and taking the game. Your Resume Sucks took second, and “Insert Clever Trivia Name Here” took third. Go Pods!

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