Trivia Recap Aug. 20, 2015 – Corner Brewery


Perhaps our post about the “Bridge of Death” in Monty Python while referencing an upcoming trivia game was prophetic. For Sporcle Live Trivia with Kuma Wednesday at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, we battled the most difficult round of questions we’ve seen all season. We didn’t have to identify the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow, but we were equally stymied by questions about: Robin Williams characters, musicals (that one was totally our fault, we’ll get to that later), B-list actresses, children’s TV, the Internets, presidents who used to be governors and Sgt. Pepper. We squeaked through with just 93 points for the night and one second-place prize in game one. And we moved into second venue place, though the competition is still tight among teams 2, 3, and 4.
We know you all are just dying to know those questions that stumped us, so without further ado…
Game One
1. Gifts – Following President Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, the Chinese government gave what animal to the U.S. as a gift?
2. Musicals – What 1955 film starring Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons was based on a 1950 musical of the same name? Epic fail for six points. Proof that we know far too much about “The Simpsons” than is healthy. D’oh!
3. Clothing – What children’s clothing company based in Wisconsin is known primarily for its overalls?
4. 2015 TV – What ABC drama premiering in June, 2015 is based on a book by the same name? Nice work, Chris. We should’ve bet higher than 1, but question #2 left us a little gun-shy.
5. Athletes – Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Cadel Evans are associated with what sport? Discussed the right answer, but alas went with a related sport instead. Miss for 2.
6. Number One Hits – In 1987, who was the first solo artist born in the ’70s to have a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts? For “nerd” bonus, identify the song. Heather managed to get both. She said quietly before the question was asked, “Please be about ’80s music.” Sometimes prayers are answered on trivia night! She did something similar in round two for a ’90s music question, more about that later.
7. Video Game Characters – Although he has appeared as white, Nintendo character Kirby has also appeared in what color? Easy for most members our team except Heather. “Who’s Kirby?” she asked.
8. Movie quotes – Audio clue from 1989 film starring Robin Williams. Had to name the character he played in that movie. Nice work Johnny S. for identifying the movie – we just couldn’t come up with the name, though we included a very detailed description of the character. Miss for 3.
9. Universities – Opened in 1912, Rice University is located in which U.S. city? Nice Brad and Chris.
10. SCIENCE! – What classification of a living organization comes between class and family? At least four different members of our team had a different mnenomic device for remembering this. Let’s take this moment to thank our clever science teachers!
Mystery: This Day in History
1. In 1909, the first auto race was held at this famed auto race venue.
2. In 1993, actor Alec Baldwin married what actress in NY?
3. In 1946, what U.S. president was born?
4. In 1951, who became the shortest player in MLB history when he made a single game appearance for the St. Louis Browns?
Missed #4.
Heading into the final: Ten teams with scores ranging from 39 to 66, with “How Did Jared Lose 40 Pounds? By Breaking Up With His Girlfriend” taking the top spot. We think this team name was a pseudonym for “Don’t Forget to Strip Your Bartender.” We also used a Jared-related team name and used ‘Jared’s Sub Shop and Day Care” in game one, and were in fifth place with 54 points. We decided to make our name a little more edgy in game two [SPOILER ALERT].
Final category: Rich Actors
For the third year in a row, actor Robert Downey, Jr. topped the 2015 Forbes list of highest paid male actors. Name one of the other five American-born actors who ranked in the top 10.
Got it, but for only 13 points. Our team was not in unanimous agreement as to how to wager on this question, so we split the difference in an attempt to appease both camps. Turns out wagering 20 would have put us in the same place anyway.
Final standings: Stout Competition, 60; Miskatonic U., 67, and 81, Full Monty.
Game Two
1. Surgery – Tommy John surgery is a procedure on what part of the body? Elbow, knee, shoulder, or ankle? Nice work, Brad.
2. ’90s Bands – What alternative rock band had hits with “Lighting Crashes” and “All Over You?” And Heather’s request of “please be about early ’90s music” was heard. Two favors granted in one game. However will we have to pay these back? 🙂
3. World Capitals – The world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign nation is in what country?
4. College football – Did not write this question down in its entirety, had something to do with naming both college football teams who were top rated according to the AP and some other entity. Brad got both.
5. Actresses – What actress’ credits include Primal Fear, Mystic River, and the Truman Show? Nope, a miss for 1.
6. Fruit- The kumquat is native to what continent?
7. Internet – Within one, in what year was the crowdfunding web site Kickstarter launched? Talked ourselves out of the right answer, a miss for 6.
8. Children’s TV – Leo, Annie, Juna, and Quincy are characters in what TV series that aired from 2005 to 2009 in which their primary mode of transportation was a rocket? WTF? Miss for 3.
9. Trademarks – “Walkman” is a trademark name for what corporation?
10. Presidential Firsts – Who was the first former governor to be named president of the United States? We were off by just one president, miss.
Mystery: #3.
Heading into the final: Nine teams with scores ranging from 38 to 54, with Don’t Forget to Strip Your Bartender taking the top spot. Playing under the name “Jared’s Favorite Sizes are Six and Twelve,” we were in seventh place with 46 points.
Final category: Album Covers
Six of the real people whose images appear on the cover of the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band were still alive as of January 1, 2015.
4 are known primarily for music, 1 primarily for acting, and 1 primarily for art. Name 3 of the 6.
We got the first two obvious ones and made an educated guess on the third by putting Eric Clapton. Heather’s logic was, “He f—ed George Harrison’s wife, after all” and also added that he was a co-writer of a song on “The Beatles” album, aka “The White Album.” Only one team, Titanic Swim Club, managed to get this one right, congratulations to them!
Final standings: 3. Don’t Forget to Strip Your Bartender, 34, Consistently Inconsistent, 43, and Titanic Swim Club, 67.

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