Trivia Recap – Fender’s, June 1, 2017

Not only do we make mistakes during trivia games – like missing a Shakespeare question for 10 points on Tuesday (and multiple other questions) – but we also make stupid mistakes in between games, too! We mistakenly thought it was a “bye” week for My Trivia Live this week, so did what we would normally do during a bye week. In this case, we checked out an MTL trivia scene which we’d never played before, at Fenders Bar and Grill in Milan, a town in which we have vainly attempted to dominate its trivia scene. I emphasize the word “vainly.” In our Thursday games at Original Gravity Brewing Co. in Milan, we’re having a “so-so” season so far. As in “meh.” Mama is not going to put our score sheets from Original Gravity on the fridge! And our score sheets from Johnny’s Grill on Tuesdays? Well, mama would probably put “scratch and sniff” poo stickers on those! We did fairly well at Fenders in our “maiden voyage,” just barely losing out on a tiebreaker for first place. The tiebreaker question was in what year was Orson Welles born. We went too early….oh well, still a pleasant night in this small town, which is hosting Milan Fair and Fireworks this weekend. We were hoping to catch a glimpse of a “carnie” or two before we went into the bar for our game, but no such luck! And let’s jump into those questions, shall we? Some of the questions may be abridged versions of the ones that were asked.
Round One
1. U.S. Cities – What U.S. city’s name comes from the Greek words “to love” and “brother?”
2. Historical People- What famous person disappeared July 2, 1937 at age 39? I did a history report in middle school where I pretended to be this person, and I closed the report with, “Nobody knows where I am.”
3. Music – What does TLC tell us not to chase in their 1995 song? Kimberly, this question has your name written all over it!
Round Two
1. Flowers- Ever since Anna Jarvis delivered 500 of these on the first Mother’s Day celebration in 1908, what flower has come to represent Mother’s Day? Nope, miss for 3. We were saving our one-point wager for the sports question coming up, which of course we got correct!
2. Comic Strips – What title character is “owned” by John Quincy Arbuckle? Yeah, we all know who is really in charge in THAT relationship! This particular host played some musical clue questions, a good song for him to play here would have been “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats. But the one he played, “Stray Cat Strut,” was a bit more obvious…I’m not personally a fan of using musical clues in trivia games, but in some trivia spots, they might be a good idea! Unsure it would be a good idea at our regular trivia spot, The Wurst Bar. Do you agree, Stacy? 🙂 There is no “one size fits all” approach to hosting trivia, that’s for sure!
3. Sports – Actor Paul Giamatti is the son of a Yale professor and the commissioner of what professional sports league? And we saved our one-point for this one…but made the right guess. Balls! See what I did there (groan)? Bonus 3-point question was which team did the White Sox play against in the 1919 “Eight Men Out” World Series scandal? We did not try guessing this, but our teammate Brad would have been all over this like an outfielder on a fly ball. Did I do this sportsball reference right?
Round Three
1. Movies – What movie opens with this line – “For nearly forty years this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart; and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion. To those of you who have been faithful to it in return …and to the Young in Heart …we dedicate this picture.” Nope, miss.
2. College Tragedies – At which university did the National Guard open fire on students for 13 seconds, killing four and wounding several others? And yes, a musical clue song was played here, too, but I am not going to name the song! Gotta get down to it…I am reading a biography of Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders right now, and I am in the part where she is a student at this university. She actually bore witness to this incident.
3. Food – What food spread, patented by a Canadian in 1884, does the U.S lead in terms of its export? Miss. “Patented by a Canadian” threw us off.
Halftime – Give the full name of the U.S. presidents given the following clues.
1. The only president to be awarded a Purple Heart
2. The only president to hold a patent
3. The only president who have died after only 31 days
4. The only president to have killed someone in a duel before becoming president
Got them all.
Six teams, scores 12 to 33, with Keno Bank and Trust in first. We were in second with 30 points, playing under the name “Trust Us – We’re Carnies.” Did not catch the name of the other team tied with us.
Round Four
1. Country Names – The Lusitania is the Roman name for what country? Newsletter answer…
2. Cocktails – What honey liqueur is mixed with Scotch to make a rusty nail? Miss. In the movie “Airplane,” there is brief mention of someone being stationed on an island sharing its name with this liqueur. And this is our photo tie in winner!
3. Military – What did marine Albert Ireland receive nine of during World War 2 and the Korean War? And the musical clue song helped us a bit here…
Round Five
1. Planets – After the sun and the moon, what planet is the brightest object in the sky? Mike was all over this…
2. Animated TV – What is the name of the paper boy who was always annoying Fred on “The Flintstones?” And we were sunk by yet another “old” TV question…
3. Assassinations – Mehmet Ali Ağca attempted to assassinate what figure in 1981? And in our Tuesday game, we flunked an “assassinations” question. But we got this one right (which occurred the same year). Woot?
Round Six
1. Fictional Characters – What fictional movie character trained under Professor Abner Ravenwood? The last name of the guy should’ve been more of a clue, but alas, it wasn’t, miss.
2. Measurements – In ancient times, a half cubit was measured using what body part? Mike with right guess here.
3. U.S. States – Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia all are classified as what in their “official” names?
Heading into the final – five teams, scores 35 to 60, with Rick’s Chicks and us in a tie.
Final Category – TV Theme Songs
What TV theme song, released in 1985, was the last #1 single to be an instrumental before “The Harlem Shake” achieved this feat in 2013?
This put us in a tiebreaker for first with Rick’s Chicks, we had to answer which year Orson Welles born. Rick’s Chicks was closer in their guess and won the first place/$30 prize, we took the second place. And that’s it for now! See y’all in the next recap. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Chicago White Sox!

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