(BLOG EXCLUSIVE) Trivia Recap – MTL Semifinals – Aug. 18, 2018 (Bobby McShane’s – Belleville)

Editor’s note: This is the “blog exclusive” version of the game recap from Saturday at Bobby McShane’s pub in Belleville, MI. A different version was posted on my trivia team’s Facebook page.

We posted our highest-ever semifinal score today at Bobby McShane’s in Belleville, MI. Our “foursome” today included myself, my dear husband Mike, longtime extended trivia family member Archie (who stepped in to play in Brad’s place so he could parade around in costume at the Michigan Renaissance Festival) and newcomer Matt, who came from “south of the border” to play with us. In Southeast MI parlance, that just means he’s from Toledo! Did you know the Toledo area was the focus of a border war between Michigan and Ohio? Yup, Ohio wound up getting Toledo, and Michigan got the lovely Upper Peninsula. I think we got the better end of the deal, though the Toledo Blade is a pretty damn good newspaper!

Are you wondering if we won a tournament spot or not? I’ll get to that answer in a bit, but first, the questions! Yes, I am breaking ALL of the journalism laws today and “burying the lede!” JK! JK! Yes, we won a tourney spot, along with Boner Emporium, Better Late than Pregnant and King Cobra. There. Are you happy? And here’s some questions and stuff!

Round One

Organizations – “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” was the slogan of what 1972 advertising campaign? 5

Sports News – What former MLB pitcher  recently had his player number 47 retired at Comerica Park? 3

Cover Songs – What 1973 top 20 Bob Dylan song was re-recorded by Guns ‘n Roses and used as part of a soundtrack for a 1990 film?

Round Two

Credit Cards – What credit card company was the first to introduce a magnetic strip on its cards as part of an experimental project in 1970? Miss for 1.

Directors -Though he never won an Oscar for best director, what was the most recently released film by Alfred Hitchcock to be nominated for an Academy Award for best director? Considered the right answer right away, but overthought it, miss for 3.

Planets – Which are the only two planets in the solar system to be classified as “ice giants?” Commence a nerdy Dungeons & Dragons discussion, LOL, got this for 5.

Round Three

Restaurants – What nationally known restaurant chain recently opened a “hybrid” restaurant along with IHOP in Detroit’s Millender Center? They’re still opening NEW ones? That was my response when the answer was revealed…miss for 1.

Toys – What line of collectible stuffed toys included one dedicated to Princess Diana and one dedicated to Jerry Garcia? 5

Presidential Elections – What comedienne ran for president in 2012 on the “peace and love” ballot, winning more than 67,000 votes and placing sixth overall? Nope, msis for 3.

Halftime – “You Go, Girl” – All correct responses will have the word “girl” in the titles

Title of 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn which was adapted into a 2014 film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

Name of teen drama TV series airing from 2007 to 2012 starring Blake Lively and featuring Kristen Bell as the narrator

Title of 2005 Stieg Larson novel adapted into a 2011 film starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig

Name of 1983 Billy Joel single which hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts

Got all of these.

Halftime scores:

8. Pants Team, 22

7. Tongue Twisters, 24

6. Abysmal Failures, 28

5. ‘Pods, 29

4. Boner Emporium, 30

3. Academy/Dead Pigeons, 31

2. King Cobra, 33

1. Better Late Than Pregnant, 34.

Round Four

Airports – Which airport is abbreviated “ORD” because it was previously known as Orchard Field Airport? 6

Actors Who Want to Be Musicians – What was the name of Russell Crowe’s band, which recorded three full-length studio albums between 1992 and 2005, which is commonly abbreviated as TOFOG? One team in the bar managed to get this correct, but not our team, we missed for 2


State Flags – What U.S. flag is the only one to have a different design on the front than on the reverse side? 4

Round Five

Royalty – Who was the sixth and final wife of King Henry the Eighth? 6

Stage Names – What was the better known stage name of Giles P. Richardson Jr. who died in a plane crash in 1959?

Films Within Films – What was the name of the film Kevin McAllister watches in the 1990 film Home Alone, which includes the line “Keep the change, you filthy animal?” Clearly we all needed to pay closer attention to that movie, we missed for 2.

Round Six

Hotels – After being disappointed by the poor quality and inconsistent service while on a road trip with his family, Kemmons Wilson opened the very first Holiday Inn motel in what U.S. city? Miss for 2

Fictional Characters -What is the first, middle and last name of the “Scout” character in To Kill a Mockingbird? Matt the big hero hero for 6.

Fast Food Items – Which fast-food chain has included items such as beefy crunch burrito and cinnamon crispas on its menu in the past?  I liked those cinnamon crispas! 4

Scores heading into the final:

7. Pants Team, 32

6. Academy/Dead Pigeons, 37

5. Abysmal Failures, 44

4. Boner Emporium/Tongue Twisters, 46

3. ‘Pods, 59

2. Better late Than Pregnant, 60

1. King Cobra, 63

Final Category – Psychology

Taking its name from a 1938 play written by Patrick Hamilton, what is the term for the psychological manipulation of a victim by presenting false information and making them doubt their own sanity?

Archie started writing down the answer right away, and so did Matt. Thank the trivia gods! A tie had to be settled between the Tongue Twisters and Boner Emporium. Their question was how much did a barrel of flour cost after the U.S. Civil War ended? Before the war began, it cost $4 a barrel. Boner Emporium came closest.

Special shout out to Matt for helping us wager big on some tough questions – (To Kill A Mockingbird, Henry Eighth, to name a couple)!

Now that we’ve crossed this hurdle, I’m just going to click my tongue and wink (though I do not know how to wink, I guess I was just never a born flirt, LOL). I also do not know how to shoot rubber bands or skip stones. I also can’t play air guitar or those fake guitars in Rock Band, but I CAN play a real guitar. I had to trade the ability to wink in exchange for being able to wiggle my nose… which won’t allow me to win any flirting battles, but I have been told it’s quite entertaining! Wasn’t there a Bewitched character who wiggled her nose? Or was that I Dream of Jeannie? Yeah, that was Bewitched, I just looked at a GIF. And I can do it better! I can do it without twitching my lips! She’s a rank amateur!

Ahem, I’ve digressed quite a bit too much…just hum a few bars and pretend I know how to wink! Are you with me? Good! Now I’m going to look you right in the eye, wink and click my tongue (maybe also do some kind of pointing gesture): “I’ll see YOU at finals!” Sounds and looks a lot better coming out of Zaphod Beeblebrox! Sigh I could only dream of being as cool of a cat as THAT guy! His D&D charisma score would be off the charts! 🙂


Sam Rockwell as Zaphod Beeblebrox in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, whom is much, much better at winking than I am!


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