Editor’s note: This is the “second day” version of a trivia recap I initially posted on Saturday, In journalism speak, this means that it’s a slightly updated version of the story and verb tenses also have been changed. Otherwise, the story is essentially the same!
We posted our highest-ever semifinal score Saturday at Bobby McShane’s in Belleville, MI with us having 59 points going into the final question. Our “foursome” Saturday included myself, my dear husband Mike, longtime extended trivia family member Archie (who stepped in to play in place of Brad so he could wear one of his many costumes at the Michigan Renaissance Festival) and newcomer Matt, who came from Toledo to play with us. There was good teamwork all around, but Matt easily won the MVP award for the afternoon. Who knows things like Scout’s whole name from To Kill a Mockingbird? Well, he did! As serendipity would have it, not only did he watch the film recently, but also saw a stage production recently in Stratford, Ontario. You just never know when a life experience will wind up helping out in a trivia game!
Without burying the lede too much…yes, we were one of four teams at Bobby McShane’s winning a coveted “finals” spot for the championship Saturday, Aug. 25 at Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill (South Lyon, MI). We can hardly wait to make the pretty country drive out there…The other teams winning spots were King Cobra, Better Late than Pregnant and Boner Emporium. I did not write down their whole name, perhaps Stacy recalls what it was!
I had a set of “eyes” in the field at another semifinal game going on the same time as ours, and learned that team Keerok and One is the Loneliest Number also won finals spots at Palmer House in Westland. Three other teams at that bar also won spots, but I do not know which teams those were. Thanks David C. for being a “field correspondent” (LOL)!
And the questions…
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?
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.
A frost giant and a puny human.
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, miss 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
My husband is always asking what Christie Brinkley could have seen in Billy Joel. My answer is always, “It was his writing skills, dude.” He probably “wrote” his way into her heart! Musicians have a sex appeal all of their own which can (and does) supercede their looks (IMHO). Plus, while she was modeling she had to hang around beautiful people all day, which could probably be quite boring!
Got all of these halftime questions correct.
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.
Airports – Which airport is abbreviated “ORD” because it was previously known as Orchard Field Airport? Archie and Matt both all over this one for 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
South Park’s take on Russell Crowe.
State Flags – What U.S. flag is the only one to have a different design on the front than on the reverse side? 4
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.
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.
Our next trivia outing will be Monday at Powell’s Pub. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Roseanne Barr!