Trivia Recap – Nov. 21, 2018 – Tower Inn

Answers in the comments! Yes, this is something I’ll be “experimenting” with…
A ‘Pods “Dynamic Duo” hit up the Sporcle Live trivia scene at Ypsilanti’s Tower Inn Cafe Tuesday. I’m just kidding about that “dynamic” part! We weren’t THAT dynamic! Game one went fairly well, aside from missing the final question, and we made multiple flubs in game two. Including blowing our nine point slip. But that’s…OK! It’s all part of our “Don’t sweat the small stuff…OR big stuff – in fact, don’t sweat at all if you can help it” mantra we’ve been trying out in the past few months. We did manage to win a $10/second place prize in game one. The trivia scene is really starting to pick up here, which is a good thing! We’ve played in trivia spots that wound up having to close up after just a short time, like the Canton Bistro in the MTL league, which offered a 3 p.m. Monday show for a while. They moved to a different night and time, but that didn’t wind up working out, either. A TGI Fridays Sporcle Live show didn’t wind up working out, either.
And now, the questions! Which will all be abbreviated.
Game One
1. Novels – What Harry Potter book was the only one to win a Hugo Award? It was the fourth book in the series. 5
2. ’00s Movies – A woolly mammoth, a sabretoothed tiger and a sloth are the main characters in what film franchise which debuted in 2002? 10
3. TV Hosts (ugh – this is NEVER a good category for us – none of us watch a lot of shows with “hosts”) – Who is the host of the only TV show with a JD Power stamp of reliability for hosting a “mid-sized talk show” for more than 15 straight years? Miss for 2.
4. English – In English, what part of speech describes a location? Examples include before, above and except? 10
5. Empires – Cuzco, the historic capital of the Incan Empire, is located in what modern day country? A friend of ours visited this country in the past couple of years and brought us back souvenirs…and hooch! The “hooch” is called Pisco, which is is a high-proof wine. Got this for 9. Makes up for missing the “empires” question for big in our venue tourney last week!
Here are some pictures of the souvenirs brought to us from this traveler:
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Shot glasses and airline bottles – which previously held Pisco.
6. Cheese – What American company known for its Italian style cheeses was the first to use zipper packaging for its cheeses? 7
7. Olympians – Alex and Maia Shibutani and Sasha Coen are among the big medalists in what Olympic sport? Mike with right guess for 3.
8. Schools – Harvard was established in 1636. After its establishment, name any one of the next three secondary schools of higher learning in the United States. Two for an extra bonus point. Got this for 4 but missed the bonus.
9. Video Games – What video game based on Greek mythology made its debut in 1987 on Nintendo NES and featured characters named Pit and Pelutena? Miss for 1.
10. Singers – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole plays what instruments in cover versions of Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World? 6
Mystery – This Day In History
On this day in:
M1. 1945 – 24 members of the Nazi party began their trial for atrocities committed during World War 2 in what city?
M2. 1947 – Princess Elizabeth of the U.K. married a man with what first name?
M3. 1967 – San Jose college students protested the use of what chemical used by the U.S. military?
M4. 1982 – What obstacle was on the field during a game between the Stanford Cardinal and California Golden Bears in what has been described as “The Play?” Brad would have helped with this one.
Missed #3 and #4.
Scores: Seven teams in contention…top three scores were 51, 59 (us), and 63 (did not catch their name).
Final category: Same Name
What name is shared by the second single from Tenacious D’s self-titled debut album and the baseball bat created by Roy Hobbs in the novel The Natural?
Almost got the right name, but not quite…
Game winners: ‘Pods, 39; ???, 43.
Game Two
1. Wars – What series of religious wars aimed at recovering the Holy Land from Muslim rule were waged in the 1000s? This question is essentially re-written and abbreviated, since a player blurted out the answer while it was being asked. So we were given this next question instead:
1. Sequels – Return of Jafar is the sequel to what 1992 animated film? 10
2. Hit Songs – It’s No Secret, Can’t Get You Out of My Head and Love at First Sight were hit singles for what Australian artist? I really failed at “reading” the crowd here. This question seemed to stump some of the younger players in the room. My initial answer was correct, but I went with more a “modern” one which was incorrect. In retrospect, the name that came easily to me may have been a bit harder for the younger crowd to come up with. Oh well, lesson learned! This is a new trivia spot, so I’ll have to try a bit harder in the future! Miss for 2.
3. Food – Beef stroganoff is a traditional recipe from what country? Commence corny (but filthy) joke from Mike. “What do you call a bunch of cattle masturbating in a field?” Groan! Got this for 5.
4. New Movies – What word completes the title of The Nutcracker and the Four (blank)? Miss for 9.
5. Balls – What number is found on either of the blue balls in a game of pool? Miss for 3.
6. MVPs – Who is the only non-quarterback to win the NVL MVP award, doing so in 2012? Miss for 1.
7. Rivers – In what U.S. state would you find the Upper and Lower Gauley rivers, commonly used for whitewater rafting? Miss for 4.
8. SCIENCE! – What is the science of language, including the study of sound changes over time? Considered the right answer, but missed this for…8! Oh well!
9. TV Stars – Lee Majors starred in three different series in which he appeared in 19 episodes or more. One was in the 1960s, one was in the 1970s, the third was in the 1980s. Name two for a bonus point. Got the 1970s series for 7. Funny, an episode of Family Guy that we watched before the game did a parody of the 1970s series! Not that we would have missed THIS question as properly schooled Gen-X kids! 🙂
10. Fairy Tales – What is the name of the diminutive princess in a Hans Christian Anderson tale who falls in love with a small prince? 6
Mystery – Last name is just one letter
Based on the following clues, identify the following people who are known by last names consisting of one letter.
M1. – Sascha Baron Coen character from an early 2000s TV show
M2. – Civil rights leader assassinated in 1965
M3. – Actress known for her performances in the Die Hard series, MI3, Nikita, and Divergent. Also Balls of Fury (though that was not a clue that was given, this is how I remembered her). Love that movie!
M4. – Lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Missed #1 and #4. I was very happy to remember the name for #3!
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Actress from #3 in Balls of Fury.
Scores: Seven teams, scores 31 to 51, we were in sixth with 32. Meh…
Final Category – Tennis
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Pete Sampras have the most major men’s singles titles at the four Grand Slam Tournaments since the Open Era began in 1968. Name three of the next five men with the most major titles, each with at least eight.
We managed to get two of these correct. No teams got all of these.
No change in standings, the top two teams heading into the final both wagered zero and won prizes.
Until next time, which will be next Tuesday. Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone! A group of ‘Pods will be out playing at Arbor Brewing Company (Ypsilanti) but I will not be among them since I have to work! Unsure if I will be able to do a recap of this game (that depends upon whether any of the others write down or somehow get the questions for me). There will be a special “300th game” party at this bar tonight with groovy prizes! I would be ecstatic if any ‘Pods win some “swag!” As always, Go ‘Pods, and stay classy, Christopher Walken’s character in Balls of Fury. Seriously, go see that movie if you have not already! It’s delightfully funny…

2 thoughts on “Trivia Recap – Nov. 21, 2018 – Tower Inn

  1. Game One

    1. Novels – What Harry Potter book was the only one to win a Hugo Award? It was the fourth book in the series? Goblet of Fire

    2. ’00s Movies – A woolly mammoth, a sabretoothed tiger and a sloth are the main characters in what film franchise which debuted in 2002? Ice Age

    3. TV Hosts (ugh – this is NEVER a good category for us – none of us watch a lot of shows with “hosts”) – Who is the host of the only TV show with a JD Power stamp of reliability for hosting a “mid-sized talk show” for more than 15 straight years? Jimmy Kimmel.

    4. English – In English, what part of speech describes a location? Examples include before, above and except? Preposition.

    5. Empires – Cuzco, the historic capital of the Incan Empire, is located in what modern day country? Peru.

    6. Cheese – What American company known for its Italian style cheeses was the first to use zipper packaging for its cheeses? Sargento.

    7. Olympians – Alex and Maia Shibutani and Sasha Coen are among the big medalists in what Olympic sport? Figure Skating.

    8. Schools – Harvard was established in 1636. After its establishment, name any one of the next three secondary schools of higher learning in the United States.
    William & Mary, St. John’s College, Yale.
    9. Video Games – What video game based on Greek mythology made its debut in 1987 on Nintendo NES and featured characters named Pit and Pelutena? Kid Icarus.

    10. Singers – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole plays what instruments in cover versions of Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World? Ukulele

    Mystery – This Day In History

    On this day in:

    M1. 1945 – 24 members of the Nazi party began their trial for atrocities committed during World War 2 in what city? Nuremberg

    M2. 1947 – Princess Elizabeth of the U.K. married a man with what first name? Phillip

    M3. 1967 – San Jose college students protested the use of what chemical used by the U.S. military? napalm (we put agent orange)

    M4. 1982 – What obstacle was on the field during a game between the Stanford Cardinal and California Golden Bears in what has been described as “The Play?” marching band

    Final category: Same Name

    What name is shared by the second single from Tenacious D’s self-titled debut album and the baseball bat created by Roy Hobbs in the novel The Natural?

    Wonderboy

    Game Two

    1. Wars – What series of religious wars aimed at recovering the Holy Land from Muslim rule were waged in the 1000s? This question is essentially re-written and abbreviated, since a player blurted out the answer while it was being asked. So we were given this next question instead: Answer to q 1 Crusades.

    1. Sequels – Return of Jafar is the sequel to what 1992 animated film? Aladdin

    2. Hit Songs – It’s No Secret, Can’t Get You Out of My Head and Love at First Sight were hit singles for what Australian artist? Kylie Minogue
    3. Food – Beef stroganoff is a traditional recipe from what country?Russia.

    4. New Movies – What word completes the title of The Nutcracker and the Four (blank)? Realms.

    5. Balls – What number is found on either of the blue balls in a game of pool? #2 and #10

    6. MVPs – Who is the only non-quarterback to win the NVL MVP award, doing so in 2012? Adrian Peterson.

    7. Rivers – In what U.S. state would you find the Upper and Lower Gauley rivers, commonly used for whitewater rafting? West Virginia

    8. SCIENCE! – What is the science of language, including the study of sound changes over time? Phonology.

    9. TV Stars – Lee Majors starred in three different series in which he appeared in 19 episodes or more. One was in the 1960s, one was in the 1970s, the third was in the 1980s. Big Valley Six Million Dollar Man Fall Guy

    10. Fairy Tales – What is the name of the diminutive princess in a Hans Christian Anderson tale who falls in love with a small prince? Thumbelina
    Mystery – Last name is just one letter

    Based on the following clues, identify the following peiople who are known by last names consisting of one letter.

    M1. – Sascha Baron Coen character from an early 2000s TV show Ali G

    M2. – Civil rights leader assassinated in 1965 Malcolm X

    M3. – Actress known for her performances in the Die Hard series, MI3, Nikita, and Divergent. Also Balls of Fury (though that was not a clue that was given, this is how I remembered her). Love that movie! Maggie Q

    M4. – Lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Karen O

    Final Category – Tennis

    Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Pete Sampras have the most major men’s singles titles at the four Grand Slam Tournaments since the Open Era began in 1968. Name three of the next five men with the most major titles, each with at least eight.
    Novak Djokovic
    Bjorn Borg
    Jimmy Connors
    Andre Agassi
    Ivan Lendl (we came up with Lendl and Borg but incorrectly put McEnroe)

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