Trivia Recap March 17, 2015 – Maiz Mexican Cantina


Perhaps it was the luck of the Irish. Or because we have a leprechaun on our trivia team. Yes, you read that right. We indeed have a leprechaun on our team – Brad N. dresses as a leprechaun every St. Patrick’s Day. And gets a lot of free drinks and camera time with lovely lasses. When he’s not dressed as a leprechaun, he’s helping our trivia team answer tough questions, like he did on Monday atMAIZ Mexican Cantina. We wound up in second place ($10) in game one, first place ($15) in game two. And we are currently on top of the “venue” standings at Maiz! We know this is not likely to last, but will enjoy the fleeting thrill for now.
And on to the questions…
1. Novels – What title character did Jonathan Swift send on wild adventures in a 1726 novel? For “nerd” bonus point, what was the character’s first and last name? Got both.
2. Bodyguards – Since 1506, the Pope has been protected by soldiers from what country?
3. Award-winning roles – For what 1995 film did John Travolta win a Golden Globe award for best comedy or musical performance? Picked wrong movie. We stand by the “Futurama” character Calculon’s assertion that the Golden Globes are “The emmys of movie awards.” Miss for 3.
4. U.S. Geography – Mount Mitchell is gthe highest point in the Appalachian Mountains and is located in what U.S. state?
5. Math class – What is the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle whose sides have lengths of 7 and 24? And this is why you bring scrap paper to games, people. Mike was the hero here.
6. Sitcom actors – Of the three male leads on “Full House,” which actor is the youngest? Heather could only name two of the male leads, thankfully the one she picked was right!
7. Soccer – In yards, how wide is a standard international soccer goal? Six yards, 8 yards, 10 yards, or 12 yards? Mike used his Sherlockian power of deduction with success here.
8. Commercials – What company known for its “Straight from the Bog” campaign featured two farmers – one knowledgeable, and one clumsy?
9. ’70s movies – What 1978 movie starred Warren Beatty as a football player who is sent back to earth in the body of a murdered millionaire? For “nerd” bonus point, what football team did he play for? Got the first part, not the nerd point. Strangely enough, there were a good number of teams who knew the nerd bonus, but not the regular question.
10. Concerts – On Dec. 12, 2012, a benefit concert was held in New York’s Madison Square Garden in response to what natural disaster? We saved up our one pointer for this potentially horrible category. And of course the answer came easy to us!
Mystery – Twisted Titles – by changing one letter in a movie, book, or TV show title, list the “new” title based on the following clues.
1. Brett Favre makes an appeareance as a former love interest of Spongebob Squarepants’ pet snail.
2. IN 2030, a dad recounts to his kids how he lost their mother in a high-stakes poker game.
3. Ringo Starr sings about a really laid-back watercraft.
4. Group of Russian fortresses multiply after getting wet.
Got ’em all.
Heading into the final: Nine teams with scores ranging from 42 to 68, with Little Lebowski Urban Achievers/aka Normal Park Trivia Tigers leading the pack with a perfect game and both nerd bonus points attached (bravo!). We were in second with 64 points (darn Golden Globe question, grrr!).
Final category – World Geography
The Arctic Circle passes through seven other countries besides Greenland. Name six of those countries.
Final standings – Miskatonic U, 84; Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, 88.
Game two
1. The human body – What is the largest type of cell that the human body produces – and is large enough to be visible to the naked eye? Nice work, John L…
2. Battles – The Battle of Gettysburg happened in what year? And for “nerd” bonus point, identify any one of the three days that the battle occurred. Got both.
3. Audio – instrumental piano version of a 2013 song from a band with whom none of us old fogeys recognized. Miss for 1.
4. Asia (we asked, it was not going to be about the ’80s arena rock band) – Which of the following countries is landlocked? Pakistan, Oman, Cambodia, or Laos?
5. Record holders – Who was recognized in 2014 for having the longest TV career for a female entertainer? Mike rocks out the correct guess on this one. Nice!
6. Currency- What currency uses the symbol “AUD?”
7. Academy Awards – What man holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations with 59, and 22 wins? Now this is an award category we pay attention to. Not the “emmys” of movie awards…
8. Dunks – As of 2015, who is the shortest player to win the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest? For nerd point, who was the tallest player to win the same? Got the first part, not the bonus point.
9. Italian food – What Italian dish is traditionally prepared by lightly frying rice and pouring broth over it repeatedly?
10. Music origins – In what country did reggae music originate in the ’60s? Just to be smart alecks, we included crossed-off answers of North Korea and United Arab Emirates in addition to our correct answer.
Visual mystery – Got them all thanks to Brad the Leprechaun.
Heading into the final:
Seven teams with scores ranging from 39 to 63, with “Cthulhu Isn’t Irish, but He Loves the Green” (aka Miskatonic U) leading the pack.
Final category – Car companies
Two of the top 10 companies on Fortune magazine’s 2014 list of the 500 largest companies ranked by revenues are automobile manufacturers. Name one of the two.
Final standings – Touch Me Where I Pee, 72, Miskatonic U., 75 (we opted for a strategic bet of 12 points for the final question). Stay Classy, Ypsilanti, and we’ll be back on Thursday with a re-cap of Wednesday’s game at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery. Go Pods, and have a nice St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

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