Game 1 started out strong with the following questions:
1) What 2013 film is the 16th film in history to surpass $1Billion in worldwide box office gross?
2) Mila Kunis was born in the city of Chernivtsi, formerly in the USSR, which is located in what country?
– Yes, they asked this question exactly one week after the Esquire debacle…
3) What Israeli prime minister was assassinated on Nov. 4, 1995 by Yigal Amir?
4) In what major body system would you find leukocytes (white blood cells), tonsils, adenoids and the spleen?
5) What 90’s sitcom was set in Oakland, CA, and starred Mark Curry and Holly Robinson. For 3 of its 5 seasons it was part of ABC’s “TGIF” lineup.
Then we hit a slight speed bump with a question about #1 hits:
6) What English band is best known for the #1 hit, “I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight”?
Although we bounced around the correct answer, none of us were confident enough to go with it. After that, it was smooth sailing to the finish line with a few “Betsy Ross” questions thrown in:
7) What kind of dog is Marmaduke?
8) The audio question was the voice of a famous sports announcer, primarily college football on ABC, that used the famous catchphrase “Whoa Nellie!”.
9) What former president, from Tennessee, had the shortest retirement of any president, dying 143 days after leaving office in 1849?
10) What international casual dining chain, based in Kirkwood, MO., is known as The St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metro area?
The Mystery Round in Game 1 was all about music lyrics that mention other musicians (name the artist/band singing):
1) “I hope Neil Young will remember, a southern man don’t need him around anyhow.”
2) “WC Handy won’t you look down over me. Yeah, I got a first class ticket…”
3) “That’s when the taxi man turned on the radio and that Jay-Z song was on.”
4) “Dio has rocked for a long, long, time. Now it’s time for him to pass the torch.”
Going into the first final, we held a comfortable 9-point lead. But the question about Academy Award nominees was our downfall:
What 2011 nominee for Best Picture ends with actress Kerris Dorsey singing the song “The Show”, but changing the lyric from “I want my money back” to “you’re such a loser dad”?
Congrats to Sparty On for knowing that one right off the bat (no pun intended) and taking home 1st prize in game one.
With our 12 point wager, and miss, we slipped down to 2nd. The best part about game 1 was the unknown team that accused us of cheating. Evidently, we were turning in our answers so fast, and getting them right, that they didn’t notice we had turned them in before some MBLP member got on their phones to look at baby furniture. They must have just been sore losers because they eventually stormed off after accusing another one of the regular teams of cheating. Don’t let the door hit ‘ya where the good lord split ‘ya!
Game 2 was a little bit tougher all around for us, but the end results were more in our favor.
1) What US river’s bed and banks were almost completely encased in concrete by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1930’s, as a way to control flooding?
2) Ron Kovic is the author of what memoir that was turned into 1989 movie of the same name, which starred Tom Cruise?
3) Within one year, when did all of the following shows debut: House, Lost and The Apprentice?
4) What is the name of Dr. Suess’ egg-hatching elephant?
5) What author wrote “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and “Around the World in 80 Days”?
6) What is the highest two-digit prime number?
7) What 1976 film won 4 Academy Awards (best actor, actress, supporting actor & actress) and famous for the line, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”?
8) “Making technology work for you” is an advertising slogan used by what American consumer electronics company?
9) What was the last political party, other than Dem or Rep to get at least 1 electoral vote in a US presidential election, doing so in 1972?
10) Sonja Blade was the first female character in what video game?
The Quickfire round asked us to name the last 10 winners of the Best New Artist Grammy.
The visual mystery round was a relative disaster for us, only getting 2 of the 4 names for Disney/Pixar animal characters.
Final #2 was also a bit tough for us. Luckily, we were holding onto another double-digit lead and no one else seemed to know this question about cereal boxes either, so we came out on top:
The first non-orange Wheaties box was produced in the 1990’s to commemorate a US professional sports team’s championship season. What were the two colors?
We were torn between two teams, one of which was correct… too bad we couldn’t used our re-rack on the final!
We’ll be back at it again next week. If you think your team can take down our merry band of “cheaters”, use one of your passes and come on out JT’s. The beer is cold and the food is good.