Congratulations to the My Trivia Live teams Pants Team, King Cobra and Better Late than Pregnant for being the top teams Saturday at Maplewood Lanes Saline, where a deciding semifinal game was staged on a bleak, rainy afternoon. We were foolish enough to wager points on the final question that stumped every team in the room, which means the teams wagering zero reigned supreme! We’ve managed to advance to “finals” both ways – by wagering zero on tough final questions that stump enough teams in the room – or by getting them right (so far we’re about 50/50 in this regard). Us advancing Saturday was clearly not in the stars! Hey, if we had to be taken down by a final question, being taken down by a final question about a British female murderer convicted of killing five children between the ages of 10 and 17 and burying the bodies in “the moors” was… apparently the way to go! Side note…how creepy is the word “moors” and why is it exclusively British? What would a “moor” be in the United States (hastily checks Google)…wetland, bog, etc. Yeah, moor sounds cooler! Back to that final question… if we had a choice, we’d prefer to be taken down by a question about a more colorful/ creative/prolific female killer (may I suggest Anne Bonny, Charlene Gallegos, Leonarda Cianciulli or Elizabeth Bathory for future question topics, lol)!
Anne Bonny didn’t give a flying f— about whether pirating was a man’s world or not…when her boyfriend Calico Jack was sent to his death at the gallows, she reportedly said to him, “Had you fought like a man, you needn’t hang like a dog.”
I heard from one of my “field correspondents” that at least a couple of teams playing the semifinals at O’Toole’s Pub in Royal Oak got this final question correct. Before I start getting carried away learning more about famed female murderers (besides those cowards who just poison their victims or smother babies), how about typing up some questions? OK!
1. Terms – Sometimes found in restaurants or cafeterias, what is the word for a small elevator that is typically used for moving items rather than people? 5
2. Fictional Characters – Later portrayed by Guy Williams from 1957 to 1959, which fictional character made his debut in the 1919 novel The Curse of Capistrano? Archie and I teamed up here with success, 3
3. Countries – What country’s name is derived from the Iroquois word for “village” or “settlement?” 1
1. Automakers – What automaker shares its name with the national flower of India? 5
2. Rock Bands – Doug Fieger, the younger brother of Michigan attorney Geoffrey Fieger, was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer of which band, which had a song hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979? 3
3. Phobias – Metrophobia, which commonly manifests itself in school-age children, is the fear of what? One team managed to get this right (not ours), miss for 1. This I don’t get. I can totally dig a fear of clowns (coulrophobia), a fear of heights (acrophobia), a fear of spiders (arachnophobia) and I’ll even hum a few bars and fake understanding the fear of the number 13 (triskaidekaphobia). But I’m not so sold on understanding THIS fear! Hey, I guess that’s why phobias tend to be irrational, not rational!
Which came first – coulrophobia – or John Wayne Gacy? Here he is using his “Pogo the Clown” persona…
1. Sports – What MLB team was the first “wild card” team to win a World Series? Miss for 1.
2. Animated Characters – Justin Long provided the voice for what animated character created in 1958 and later appearing in a film series beginning in 2007? 3
3. Borders – Which country in Africa borders nine other countries – more than any other African nation? We were a little nervous having our five point slip remaining for this one, but Mike managed to slay this question quite nicely (not wanting to gamble, he started writing down as many countries as he could that border this nation).
Halftime – Assassination Attempts
Given the date and the name of the would-be assassin, identify the people they attempted to assassinate
1. June 3, 1968, Valerie Solanis
2. May 13, 1981, Mehmet Ali Agca
3. August 30, 1918, Fanya Kaplan
4. September 5, 1975, Lynnette “Squeaky” Frome
Got #4 correct, talked ourselves out of the right answer for #2, clueless on the other two (though we did put in guesses for all four). Seriously, our team is a bit stronger on assassins who actually “succeeded” in their assassination attempts (but who could forget a nickname like “Squeaky”)?
Scores at the half: Pigeons, 12; Do These Protons Make My Mass Look Big, 17; Pants, 19; That’s What She Said, 21; King Cobra, 23; Better Late than Pregnant, 27 and ‘Pods, 27.
1. Happy Days – What recurring but well-known “Happy Days” character was played by Detroit native and rocker Suzy Quatro? Archie steps up here for this deep “Happy Days” cut for 6 (nicely done)!
“Happy Days” was just a tad bit before my time…
2. Cuisine – Navarin is a French stew made with root vegetables and the flesh of what animal? Miss for 2.
3. Words – What five-letter word originates from the Greek and describes both a female slave and a woman providing help before, during and after childbirth? Nope for 4.
1. Time – How long is a period of time known as a “lustrum?” Miss for 2.
2. Airlines – WOW Airlines was founded in 2011 and is based at Keflavik International Airports in which country? 6
3. Stage Names – Which classic actor’s real name was Archibald Leach? 4
1. State Nicknames – What U.S. state’s nicknames have included “The Lizard State” and “The Yellow Hammer State?” Can we use that yellow hammer to hit ourselves repeatedly in the head, please? Miss for 2.
2. Authors – Which English author penned the postmodern novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman? Dammit, I read this in college…now where’s that hammer? Miss for 4.
3. Surgical Procedures – Otoplasty is the surgical or non-surgical procedure involving correcting deformities and defects of what external body part? 6.
Scores going into the final:
Pigeons, 34; Do These Protons Make My Mass Look Big, 35; Pants/That’s What She Said, 37; King Cobra, 47; ‘Pods/Better Late Than Pregnant, 49.
Final Category – Controversial Art
In 1997, the London Royal Academy displayed the artwork created in the image of what woman, using various childrens’ handprints, whom was also a convicted killer and dubbed in the press as “The Most Evil Woman In Britain?”
Refer back to the first sentence for the game winners…
That’s it for the winter MTL season! We’re heading into game four of the current season, so maybe better luck next time? Our “pattern” seems to be only qualifying for every other MTL finals, so we’ll see…Our next trivia outing will be Monday at Powell’s Pub, so look for our next recap on Tuesday. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Squeaky Frome!