Trivia Recap – Aug. 17, 2017 – Wurst Bar

I think the trivia team I have playing with me every week at The Wurst Bar in our My Trivia Live hosted by Stacy is pretty damn good! Our normal roster is myself Heb, Mike, Brad and John. Truth be told, most of the time, those other three don’t even need me too much during games! If I sat out the next few games, they’d probably still kick a lot of ass! That being said, that explains why I’ve posed a couple of challenges to them in the past couple of games. Last week, when we had two more people show up than usual, I split off and played solo against a team of five of them, with Sylvia and Joel added to our normal roster. They managed to finish with the highest points for the night, and the “team B” finished with the first place prize. Now that’s what I call teamwork! Team B finished with 51 points, Team A finished with 69 points. Successful experiment! Wednesday night, the challenge I posed to them was when we got to the final question. I said, “If we don’t win prize money tonight, last week’s prize money is getting put away until next week.” And since we won second place/$20, we got to use the $30 prize we won last week. When you’ve been playing together as long as we have, it’s good to shake things up a bit from time to time! Really, I am happy to have these three playing with me every week…and there’s no better sound than John saying “Oh God…,” which is his “tell” for knowing an answer – and Brad saying, “That’s easy,” when he knows an answer. And I guess I have my own “tells,” too, which anyone who has ever played with us already know (cough…triviagasm…Tom Cruise question in MTL finals). We would have finished first Wednesday had we picked the correct South American country….grrr! And the questions, some of which may be abridged.
Round One
1. Music – What singer wrote and sang the song “Rocky Mountain High?”
2. Weather – What does NWS stand for in weather parlance?
3. Mythology – Which branch of mythology does Thor belong to?
Easy first round…
Round Two
1. Sports Celebrities – What sports figure’s likeness, following a 1997 sporting event, was placed next to Hannibal Lecter’s in the Hollywood Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors? Interestingly enough, a friend of mine was in this very bar – when it was using a different name – watching this 1997 sporting event. Mike was all over this one…
2. Literary Characters – Dan Brown protagonist Robert Langdon was a professor at what college? A bit of debate, but got this….
3. Comic Books – What are the last names of the Human Torch and the Invisible Woman in the “Fantastic Four?” For an extra three-point bonus, what is the name of the alter ego of Namor McKenzie in Marvel Comics? Mike and Brad were both all over the bonus…seriously, I’ve never even heard of this character! Nice work, guys! Photo tie-in time…wow, this guy is kinda cute…
Round Three
1. TV – What is the name of the current judge on the “People’s Court?” We could picture the person, but nope…miss for 1.
2. Extreme Sports – The modern version of what extreme sport featured four British men at the Golden Gate Bridge in 1987?
3. Poets – Dying in 1886 at age 55, what poet had fewer than a dozen poems published during her lifetime out of 1,800 poems?
Halftime – Name the animated Disney movies based on the names of the songs that were used in them.
1. A Whole New World
2. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
3. Reflections
4. Why Should I Worry
We initially had the right guess for #3, but talked ourselves out of it. Bummer. I have attempted to brush up on Disney stuff by learning the names of all of the animated films/release years, but really, it’s SUCH a huge genre! And I don’t have any kids, so it’s not like I watch any of these movies on purpose! Woe is me, lol…Missed ALL of these…
Scores: Nine teams, scores 14 to 29, with us, It’s OK to kick a Nazi in the Pants (aka Team Pants) and Pabst Blue Ribbon (or whomever they were) all tied for first with 29 points. Guess we weren’t the only ones crying “uncle” on that halftime round!
Round Four
1. Taxes – What sex symbol served an 18-day prison sentence in 1982 for tax evasion? Newsletter clue…
2. Organizations – In 2002, what European country joined the United Nations – becoming the first country to join based on a popular vote? We were way off here…miss for 2.
3. Presidents – Who was the most recent president born in the 19th Century? And this was the first question these guys really needed me for…(I told you), got this for 4.
Round Five
1. Comic Books – What superhero made their first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in May, 1939? And yay, they needed me for this one, too! Nice to feel needed….six points.
2. Baseball – In what decade did the Cleveland Indians last win a World Series? Way off here, miss for 2.
3. Actors – What British actor/singer played “The Artful Dodger” in a 1962 stage production and returned to the United States to star in a brand new sitcom? Shenanigans were called, and we had this replacement question.
3. Sports – What team is known as “The Aints” when they are on a losing streak? And we recovered 4 points here…
Round Six
1. Poker – What cards are involved in a “Broadway Straight?” Nope, miss for 2.
2. World Elections – What South American country’s election, which was interfered with by the United States, was Henry Kissinger referring to when he said, “I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist?” I heavily pushed for the right country…repeatedly…but we went with another one instead. Funny, I pushed for this guy/country in a trivia tournament in 2014 and it ended up being wrong. My how the worm has turned…miss for 4, which would end up costing us first place (sigh).
3. Animals – Including its claws, how many legs does a lobster have? Mike is a huge fan of this animal, so he was all over this, with an assist from Brad.
Finished the round with 55 points, which put us just ONE POINT behind Total Eclipse of the Shart.
Final Category – U.S. states
Which territory was acquired by the U.S. following the Mexican War and would later become the 31st state? Got this, and so did the Shart Team, so we finished in second… Well that’s it for this game! Our next trivia outing is TBD, all part of our “play it by ear” game plan! If we manage to get out for this game, look for a recap on Sunday! As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Augusto Pinochet! This guy may have been an asshole who hid POWs in the national soccer stadium in Chile during a FIFA visit – and was instrumental in human rights violations so terrible that THE SOVIET UNION forfeited instead of playing in a World Cup qualifying match there? His name does kind of roll off the tongue, though. Say it with me…Augusto Pinochet! Seriously, when your human rights violations are so atrocious they make the Soviets quake in their boots? SMH…🐙

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