Answers will be in the comments. Also some additional commentary.
Well, it was fun while it lasted! On Tuesday night when the Sporcle Live trivia games ended at Tower Inn Cafe, the host Kat announced that beginning Tuesday, January 29, game times will be moved from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Unfortunately, 9 p.m. games don’t work well for our team of “old fogeys,” especially the “old fogey” who has to work early morning shifts! Thinking of this trivia spot located near the Eastern Michigan University campus, however, perhaps the later start time will snag more of the late night happy hour college-aged crowds, some of whom will (hopefully) sign up to play trivia! Since Sporcle started offering trivia games here in mid October, there have been few trivia nights where more than 5 teams are in contention, even on nights when the restaurant is pretty busy.
So what does this mean for our trivia plans? Well, we didn’t really have any solid “plans” this season anyway! But this does mean we will be playing a bit more often at Arbor Brewing Company (Ypsilanti) (though not every week).
As for the game, we finished with 114 league points and won a $10/second place prize in game one. Hats off to our former rivals Cool People and Jeff for amping up the competition and beating us in game one (and possibly game two as well if they got the Bronte sisters final question correct, which we did not).
And the questions, which will be very abbreviated…
1. History Channel – What History Channel series that debuted in 2010 centers around Mike Wolfe and his business called Antique Archaeology? 2
2. Toys – The Swedish company Brio makes wooden sets of what type of vehicle? 3
3. Anatomy – The pylorus connects what two organs in the human body? 9
4. ’90s songs – Audio clue of a hit song from 1993, had to ID the artist, 10.
5. Books – The Stone Sky, a 2017 sci-fi novel by N.K. Jemison won what award for best novel? 6
6. Populations – Name one of the two most populous cities in the U.K. that are not located in England. Name both for a bonus point. Got one but not both for 7.
7. Voices – What actor provides the voice of Lightning McQueen in the Cars movie series? FB clue, 8.
8. Food – The french fry originated in what country that borders France? 5
9. Nicknames – Bill Monroe is known for being the father of what type of music known for its use of instruments including the guitar, mandolin and banjo and played prominently in Appalachia? 4
10. Spring Training – Since 1997, the Atlanta Braves have done their spring training at what popular tourist attraction? 1
Mystery – Current Events
Note: we didn’t hear any of the questions in this round very well at all (in game two, the host agreed to tilt the speaker more in our direction as we were in kind of a black hole of sound). As a consequence, they weren’t written down very well…
M1 – ???? Something about a guy named Kenneth gaining 100,000 Instagram followers following what event? I could not confirm this person’s name with Google. But I will say the answer to this one is The Golden Globes, if that helps any of you! We pulled this correct guess out of our asses.
M2 – Utah police issued a warning following an incident involving a 17-year-old girl crashing her car while wearing a hat pulled over her eyes while doing a “challenge” based on what film? I did confirm the details of this question with Google!
M3 – What athlete proposed to former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters?
M4 – What California national park was briefly closed due to its iconic trees being damaged by park visitors?
Missed #2 and #3.
Scores: Four teams – Huron, 49; Punch, 55, ‘Pods, 62 and Cool People and Jeff, 65.
Final Category – Similar Movies
A 1991 film directed by Steven Spielberg shares a similar plot premise with a 2018 film directed by Marc Forster. Both both films, which are sequels to classic literary works.
Mike came up with the 2018 film, and I came up with the 1991 film (as soon as I knew it was a 1991 film and not a 1999 film – seriously – could we have been seated in a WORSE spot for hearing these questions)?
Final scores: ‘Pods, 82; CP&J, 85
1. Mottos – What four-letter word is the state motto for Rhode Island, which means “the desire for something to happen?” 10
2. Mythology – The Golden Apple of Discord is associated with what conflict? 9
3. Hockey – What NHL “original six” team has won the fewest Stanley Cup championships? Being the “taskmistress” that I am, I made Brad write down every single one of these teams just so we could (hopefully) pick the right one. When I asked him about the team that would wind up being correct, he said, “Well, they had a good run for a while there.” Sadly, that was not the team we put down, miss for 2 (nice try, Brad)!
4. TV Characters – In addition to appearances on eight episodes of Friends, the character Ursula also appeared on 20 episodes of what other ’90s sitcom? Miss for 1.
5. Stage Names – Singer Edward Mahoney had a string of Billboard hits from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. He is better known by what stage name? For a bonus point, what was his highest charting hit in 1986? Got both for 8. Interesting story about this 1986 song (which is a duet), the singer REALLY had to persuade the other singer to participate in this song. Mike’s off-color comment about the other singer? “She had a real f— me voice.” Classy…
Who can ID this singer?
6. Planes – The F-22 is better known by what name that also means “bird of prey?” 4
7. Rivers – Name two of the three countries through which the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers flow. 7
8. Adaptations – What 2000 film starring Aaliyah and Jet Li is loosely based on a Shakespeare play? 6
9. Lullabies – What common lullaby includes these lyrics: “Papa’s going to buy you a mocking bird, Papa’s going to buy you a diamond ring and Papa’s going to buy you a billy goat?” 5
10. Resignations – On Dec. 20, 2018, who announced his resignation as the U.S. Secretary of Defense? 3
Missed every single one of these…
Scores: Cool People and Jeff, 28; Jordan, 48; ‘Pods, 52 and Team #5, 57.
Final Category – 19th Century Literature
What is the first name of the only one of the four Brontë siblings to write exactly one novel?
Every time we have a Bronte question I think of this sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which featured a semaphore code version of Wuthering Heights.
Unsure how the final standings shook out, did not catch the scores and they were not yet posted online.
Until next time…which MIGHT be Saturday (weather permitting). We’ll play the last 8 p.m. game at Tower Inn next Tuesday, but continue flying by the seats of our pants after that – playing when and where we damn well feel like it! Or not! As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Phil Spector! Yes, he has a tenuous connection to someone mentioned in these questions (see if y’all can figure it out)!