Trivia Recap – Feb. 22, 2016 – ABC Brewpub

The “stars were right” for the ‘Pods in many, many ways in Sunday’s trivia game at Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor for Sporcle Trivia Nights With Charlie. We were only narrowly edged out of prize money in game one, and just shy of finishing in first in game two. We finished with 133 points overall, and got a second place/$15 gift card in game two. There were more celebratory moments than usual during the game, which we will explain more in a bit! It’s not the first time one of our games at this particular place has treaded into bizarro territory, which is one of the things that keeps us coming back like moth to the flame. We are nothing if not fans of the weird! You just never know what kind of game you’re going to get here. Some really inexplicable things have happened while playing here, like our five-point wager that resulted in a tie for first between two teams at a venue tournament. Answers floating into heads as though by magic. Finding a really, really great player there (Geoff) the night of the blood red moon (blood red moons are meaningful somehow in H.P. Lovecraft lore, Mike is so much better at explaining it, though). We still have no idea why we wagered five points on that final question to this day. Rather than over-think the why, we will continue to embrace the mystery of it all, because why the hell not? 🙂 Representative ‘Pods included Heather and Mike for most of game one, with Geoff joining in on the fun for the game one mystery round. And shout out to Geoff for being our game MVP! Read on to see why…
On to the questions…
Game One
1. Retail – “Geek Squad” is a subsidiary of what retailer, providing technical customer support? Ten points.
2. Dr. Seuss – In “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the Grinch stole presents from residents of what town? Nine points.
3. Measurements – How many feet are equal to a fathom? Nice work Mike, two points.
4. Song Inspirations – The REM single “What’s the Frequency Kenneth?” was inspired by an attack on what CBS news anchor? Had several anchors written down, including the right guy, but we went with a woman anchor instead. Miss for 3. Also missed nerd point for naming the album. Our REM person in attendance does not own this album, and stopped listening to them after “Automatic for the People.”
5. U.S. Senators – In 2013, Tim Scott became the first African-American senator to represent which U.S. state? Educated guess for 4.
6. Hosts – Who hosted “To Catch a Predator” from 2004-2007? Miss for 1. We wanted to save the one-pointer for the last category of the game, but (SPOILER), it turns out we didn’t need to do that, after all!
7. ’80s Movies – What actor and comedian played “Rufus – the most excellent tour guide” in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure?” Eight points.
8. Video Games – Due to its violence, in what video game did Nintendo require that the blood be replaced with sweat before releasing on Nintendo NES? Got this for 6. Memorable quote? “OMFG we got a video games question correct!” Yes, and there were children sitting nearby (so classy)!
9. Canada – Which U.S. state is located closest to Ottawa? Miss for 7, our Canada expert Brad was unfortunately not in attendance.
10. MLB Players – Vince Coleman stole more than 100 bases for three consecutive seasons beginning in 1985 for what National League team? This was getting dicey, we still had our five-point slip to use here, and our sports person Geoff was still not present. So our “next best sports person,” Heather, had to go to work here. Remembering the pine tar controversy question from last Wednesday, she attempted to guess the team that George Brett played for.Why? Sometimes questions in different games are connected to each other. And the George Brett thing happened around the same time. Though she failed to come up with Brett’s correct team, guess what? WE GOT IT RIGHT ANYWAY! Yes, an MLB question for five points, woo hoo! Yes, it was starting to get exciting! And chalk this up to another “weird” occurrence at an ABC trivia night! There is no earthly reason we should have gotten this right. Some kind of magicks surely had to be at work here, lol!
Mystery: Anagrams – guess the Natalie Portman movie based on the anagrams. And Natalie Portman was asked about in the past few weeks. Now what was that question? Hm, will have to look that up later.
1. TV Farted Oven
2. Baked Claws
3. Hearse With Three
4. Taste Danger
Missed #3, never heard of it.
Heading into the final: Twelve teams with scores ranging from 32 to 61 with What the Shibboleth taking the lead. We were in sixth with 53 points playing under the name “A priest, a rabbi, Deadpool and Your Mom Walk Into a Bar….”
Final Category: Grammy Winners (yikes!)
Who was the first country music artist to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist?
This feat was accomplished sometime in the last 25 years. And Geoff, aka “Mr. I grew up without a television and don’t know anything about pop culture” wrote down the answer which would have been correct, alas, we put down another person instead. See, never sell yourself short, bro! We wagered zero. What the Shibboleth was the only “team” to get it right, the Introverts held onto second with a zero bet. We were right behind them in third.
Game Two
1. Construction – What Roman construction was used to move water from a remote distance into towns? Ten points.
2. NASA – Within one, in what year was NASA’s last manned mission to the moon? Heather brainstormed several possible years, and Mike managed to get it for 3. Teamwork!
3. Mythology – In Greek mythology, who is the god of harvest and the father of Zeus? Mike for five points.
4. U.S. states – Cape Fear juts into the Atlantic Ocean in what U.S. state? Nine points.
5. Presidential Number One Hits (love this category name!) – Audio – Who was president when “My Sharona” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts? Heather for four points. Should’ve wagered higher! Geoff: “How do you know this stuff?” Uh…
6, Cocktails – A Scarlett O’Hara cocktail is made from cranberry juice, lime juice and what brand name spirit? Damn, makes so much sense, but no, we missed it and put Jim Beam instead. The correct spirit caused a two-day hangover once and will not ever, ever be consumed again by a certain person on our team. Not ever. So gross….moving on!
7. Track & Field – Which of the following events is not part of a standard decathlon? Pole vault, triple jump, shot put, or high jump? Geoff for eight points.
8. Star Wars – What character speaks both the last line in “Star Wars: Episode Three – The Revenge of the Sith” and the first line in “Star Wars: Episode Four – A New Hope?” Mike’s nerd mojo pays off big here, got this for 7. Only a few teams got this one correct! Keep those nerdy questions a ‘comin!
9. Interviews – In 2013, Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with what person? Geoff again. How do you know this stuff, Geoff? 🙂
10. World Leaders – Who came to power in Italy in a march on Rome in 1922? Got this for 2.
Visual Mystery: Missed #4, though we were in the right ballpark.
Heading into the final: Thirteen teams with scores ranging from 22 to 62, with Apollo 15 taking the spot (with a little help from a “ringer.”). We were in second with 60 points.
Final Category: Quarterbacks
Who is the only quarterback other than Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Ben Roethlisberger to start one of the last 13 Super Bowls for an AFC team?
We wagered 20 (yes really!) and Geoff pounded this question into submission. Watching him work on coming up with the answer was like watching an astrophysicist figure out an equation. Way to be a sports nerd! He waited until the last possible second to hand it in.
Final standings: Miskatonic U., 80; Apollo 15, 82. We will be “bench warming” at Heidelberg Ann Arbor again Tuesday, and a “group game” is planned for Wednesday at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery for host Kuma’s last (sniffle!) trivia show. Say it ain’t so, Kuma? 😦 Go Pods!

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