Trivia Recap – March 24, 2016 – Corner Brewery

We knew the risks going into Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery for Sporcle With Tim. Our biggest handicap was having absolutely zero players with decent sports knowledge, which kind of resulted in a trivial punch to the stomach when we had an all NCAA colleges mystery round, and one sports question each round. Ugh…We did, however hold our own, and are now in the top 10 overall teams, finishing in fifth for the night and with a very, very hard won $5 gift card, resulting from a rare double tiebreaker – which we managed to hit on the nose. David Blaine’s nose, to be exact! 🙂 This means we have almost enough to buy an $8 “bucket” of bottled beers when we return in two weeks for the venue tournament! Beer! Wow, a beer sounds good right about now, actually – do I really want to wait until our game tonight? We had four “regular” ‘Pods this time, including Heather, Mike, John and Joel – John’s friend Sylvia also joined in the fun – and helped with an answer about a William Shatner-narrated series! And the questions…
Game One
1. Snacks – What snack has used the tagline “The snack that smiles back?” Ten points.
2. ’90s Movies – Which of the following films starring John Travolta was NOT released in the 1990s? Phenomenon, Swordfish, Broken Arrow or Primary Colors? Heather gets this one, but whined that we didn’t go high enough – six points.
3. Baseball Feats (groan) – Which MLB team has had three perfect games pitched against them since the beginning of the 2009 season? For an extra “nerd” point, name any one of the pitchers who accomplished this. Nope and nope, miss for 1.
4. Audio – American Idol singer no one recognized. Miss for 2.
5. Surgery – What is the more common name for a rhytidectomy? Nine points.
6. Colonies – What country’s colonial possessions in Africa include what are now the independent countries of Mali, Algeria and Morocco? eight points.
7. U.S. History – What historical figure was shot and killed at the Garrett Farm on April 26, 1865? Heather’s good guess for 7.
8. Magicians – What magician wrote the 2002 book “Mysterious Stranger: A Book of Magic” which included an embedded treasure hunt, that was solved by a reader a year later? Nope, miss for 4.
9. Publishers – In 1815, Isaac Kaufman Funk founded a publishing company that would later be better known by what name? Five points.
10. Statues – Unveiled in 2008, the “Bronze Fonz,” a statue depicting the “Happy Days” character Arthur Fonzarelli, is located on the river walk in what midwestern city? Three points.
We had 51 points going into the mystery round and were hopeful we could recover some points. Nope!
Mystery – Name the states where you would find the NCAA colleges.
1. Seton Hall
2. Austin Peay State University
3. Stephen F. Austin University
4. St. Joseph’s University
Should have known at least #1, but we missed ’em all.
Heading into the final: Fifteen teams with scores ranging from 27 to 64, with the “Ted Cruz” team taking the lead. Ennui and Your Resume Sucks were both tied for second with 58, and we were in “meh” eighth with 51.
Final Category: Same Character, Different Movie
Actor Paul Rudd has appeared in three different films directed by Judd Apatow. In which two of those three films did he play the same character?
We wagered 20 and missed. But missing this one allowed us to wager high on a question in game two. More about that later!
Final standings: Money Badgers, 75; Ennui, 78; and Ted Cruz, 79.
Game Two [spoiler – this game will have lower scores across the board for all teams]
1. Neighborhoods – What neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan shares its name with an affluent area of London and an English football team? Ten points.
2. Bread – Within five, in what year did Wonder begin marketing sliced bread? A lot of debate, but committee thinking prevailed and we missed it for 2.
3. TV Debuts – What TV series hosted by William Shatner and featured re-enactments of emergency situations? Sylvia for five points.
4. Wars – What major military campaign of the Vietnam War was named for the holiday on which the first major attacks occurred? Nine points.
5. Directors – What Academy-award nominated director made his directorial debut with the 2004 film “Anchorman?” For nerd bonus, name the 2015 film for which he was nominated. When we missed the final question in game one, we looked up the movie that we thought the characters came from. And saw the name of the director needed for this question. A little gift from the universe, lol!
6. Cars – The 1958 Chrysler Imperial was the first car available with what automotive innovation invented by Ralph Teetor? Miss for 3.
7. Numbers – As a unit of measurement, one gross refers to how many units? Seven points.
8. Cash Crops – By a wide margin, what country produces the most tobacco annually? Someone wrote down the right answer immediately, but we didn’t end up writing it on the slip. Such disrespect…(dramatic sigh). Miss for 4. Bollocks…
9. Art – Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens were proponents of what style art that developed in Rome in the 17th century? Miss for 1.
Visual Mystery: Got them all.
Heading into the final: Fourteen teams with scores ranging from 23 to 50, with Johnny Five is Alive taking the top spot. We were tied for third with 47 points along with Your Resume Sucks and the Money Badgers, and Ennui was in second with 48 points. A doozy of a game…
Final Category: Same Name
A ham and cheese sandwich, dipped entirely in egg batter and then pan fried, and sometimes covered with powdered sugar, shares its name with part of the title of an 1844 novel by what author?
Final standings stayed the same, which meant…tiebreaker time! First tiebreaker for third place: How many different players have won the NHL Hart Trophy more than once? We guessed 12, and so did the Money Badgers. So tiebreaker number two! In what year was David Blaine born? Heather scrawled down a year in the early ’60s, not knowing anything about the guy, but someone said, “No, he’s younger – he’s younger than I am.” So she went with a year later than that guy’s birth year, which turned out to be spot on. Woo hoo! After losing on a tiebreaker for first last week, we’ll take this bit of redemption! And any beer money is better than none. Truth. So this ends our “regular” season at this place. We will be back Wednesday, April 6 for the venue tournament to vie for gift cards, since we are going the “barhop” route this season and do not need to battle for a tournament spot. Tonight, we will visit Original Gravity Brewing Co. for trivia withMichelangelo – Sporcle Live MC. Wow, we could actually tag him this time! Go Pods!

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