Editor’s note: this is a recap from the team More Beer Less Pants of a game played in June , 2014 at Powell’s Pub in Ypsilanti. My attempts to answer the questions and commentary will be in this color.
We can’t get no satisfaction… except when we go to Powell’s Pub and dominate. Well, dominate might be a strong word. We played a mediocre game last night, but pulled off our third consecutive victory by being the only team to get the final question correct.
1) Billionaires – Rupert Murdoch comes from which country? Australia
2) Celebrities – Magician David Kotkin changed his name to what? Copperfield
3) TV – What did George do on an episode of Seinfeld that was reported on in a 2008 issue of The Journal of Food Safety? Double dipping?
1) US Presidents – Spiro Agnew was VP to which US President? (First and Last name) Richard Nixon
2) Vocabulary – What 9 letter word, meaning “Large”, made it into the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary two years after a majority of visitors to their website voted it their favorite word not in the dictionary? Ginormous is my guess, Mike is better at this kind of stuff.
3) College Basketball – What men’s college team was coached by Jerry “The Shark” Tarkanian from 1973-1992? This is something Brad would likely know…
4) College Basketball Bonus – What men’s division 1 team broke UCLA’s 88 game win streak in the 1970’s? No bonus for us. Had an idea about the region the team was from, but not the right school. Nope.
1) Movies – What 1977 sci-fi movie was inspired by the 1958 movie The Hidden Fortress? My guess would be Star Wars, but Close Encounters of the Third Kind also released this same year. My google check tells me Star Wars correct.
2) Sailing – If a sailor has changed from a “pollywog” into a “shellback”, what have they done? Huh? Turned from a frog to a turtle? No clue. If this is a Navy thing Brad might know.
3) Airports – Logan International Airport is located in what US state? Not an air traveler nor am I knowledgeable about this kind of thing, but with a team effort my team usually gets these.
Halftime – Match the celebrities to their autobiographies (there are 6 titles but only 4 celebrities… this did not end well for most teams, including us)
1) Larry King
2) Dick Van Dyke
3) William Shatner
4) Betty White
Up Till Now: The Autobiography
Me: Stories of My Life
My Remarkable Journey William shatner my guess
My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir Dick Van Dyke my guess for this one
If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) Larry King my guess for this one
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir Betty White my guess here
1) Composers (Newsletter) – What composer wrote the collection of music entitled The Well-Tempered Clavier, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach or Haydn? Newsletter answer, do not need to know…but my guess would be Bach.
2) US History – The US Revolutionary War started in 1775. Within one, what year did it end? Ouch, we got cocky on this one and blew 4 points. Ooh, I’m guessing 1778…ooh not even close.
3) Art – What Washington DC monument is portrayed as a pair of scissors by Claes Oldenburg? This question made no sense to us and many of the other players. But a blind squirrel eventually finds a nut, +2 for MBLP! Huh?
1) Holidays – In what month is Administrative Professionals Day celebrated in the US? I’m guessing April. Yay google says I’m right!
2) TV – What was the first name of George Clooney’s character on ER? McDreamy? I don’t know doctor cop lawyer stuff that good.
3) Movies – Who plays a female incarnation of Bob Dylan in the movie I’m Not There? We were drawing a blank on this one, as neither of us had seen the film. Cate Blanchett.
1) Poetry – What color is the wood in which “two roads diverged” in Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken? This poem has come up before, but for some reason we never seem to look it up. The correct answer was in our list of possibilities, but in the end we chose poorly. No idea.
2) Music – Until his death in 1969, Brian Jones was in what band? Rolling Stones.
3) World History – The Dalai Lama fled which country in the 1950’s? Gosh, I don’t know…China? Tibet is not really a “country,” though that would be my first guess.
Final – Jeopardy!
In 2004, when Ken Jennings’ streak of 74 games came to an end, the Final Jeopardy! question was “Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year”. The correct answer was “What is H&R Block?”. What was Ken’s (incorrect) answer?
Another classic MTL final question (big duh from me).
In my opinion, this is an awful question. I mean, come on, a question about a wrong answer from a specific episode of a long running quiz show? But, in the end it’s ok since we were the only ones to get it right and took home another $30 in Powell’s cash.