(STOLEN RECAP) – Bowery Grille and Pub – April 6, 2016 (Venue Tournament, MBLP)

Editor’s note: This is a recap of a venue tournament game as reported by More Beer Less Pants. It’s also a classic example of, “When one door closes, another door opens.” Though they did not qualify in this game, they did wind up finding another team to join forces with for a venue tournament a few days later – and would win first place in that season’s finals (one of the most read trivia recaps of all time on this site with 119 views).

I brought a team out to this game – just for fun (we’d already qualified through barhop), you can read a report of that game here. The place this game occurred – Arbor Brewing Company Brewpub – no longer does Sunday trivia nights, though you can still play there on Thursday. I disliked the changes that happened after the bar/restaurant underwent renovations (made the trivia room too “open” to the rest of the place, plus “beer hall” type tables with benches), so we eventually stopped playing here.

My attempts to answer these questions will be in boldface type.

April 6, 2016

Tuesday night, our Core Four traveled out to The Bowery Grille & Pub for the Sporcle Live venue tournament featuring Sporcle and Shine with Emily. We came… we saw… we got bit in the ass by that blind squirrel.

Now it may just be sour grapes on my part, and it really is, but I’ve always thought that Sporcle put together quality tournament caliber questions. Last night was an exception. There were too many softball questions, and even a multiple-choice mystery round. Points were too easy to come by for most teams, making it impossible to make up points after the rare stumper.

Game 1
1)What line of personal care products, co-founded by Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz, originally started out by selling honey and candles?
– All of us heard “hair products” instead of “care products” when this question was read, changing it from a 10-point to a 3-point answer.

Burt’s Bees.

2)In the musical Guys and Dolls, what game is featured during the song, “Luck be a Lady”?
– Sixth Man pulls this one out of thin air.

Roulette? Was I supposed to pay attention that one time I watched that in college for a theater class? 🙂

3)Because the flowers resemble the face of a legendary lizard, the Antirrhinum plant is better known by what name?


4)Because of their defensive prowess, the defensive line of what NFL team was known as the “Purple People Eaters” in the 1960’s and 70’s?


5)What filling is coated with chocolate in a Hershey’s Heath bar?
– Is this really a tournament question?

Toffee (aka filling killer)

6)What title is held by the head of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps?

Surgeon General? 

7)What French actor and mime, best known for his on-stage character “Bip the Clown” also made an appearance in the 1976 film “Silent Movie”?
– Can anyone name another famous French mime?

Marcel Marceau.

8)Two different US universities, located in the cities of Oxford and Coral Gables, share what geographic word in their name?
– Geographic word?

Another Bradagory.

9)The TV series “The Closer” aired 2005-12 on what network?
Bonus – What spinoff of The Closer has aired since 2012?
– Got the first, but not the bonus. Our only miss of the game, so far.

TNT? No idea on the second one.

10)When first constructed in 1923, what familiar US landmark was used to advertise a housing development?
– Trivia 201.

I have no idea (trivia 201 fail, LOL). 

Mystery – Inventions
Given the inventor, name their most famous invention
This was multiple-choice, but I didn’t write down the choices. I was too dumbfounded by the fact that there was a multiple-choice mystery round… in a tournament game!

a)George Eastman camera
b)James Naismith
c)Michael Faraday
d)Adolf Rickenbacker

I’d need a team to do any better than I just did!

Going into the final, we were up by 2 points over Celtic Pride and The Aristocrats, after only missing the bonus on “The Closer”.

Final – The Beatles
What?!? A Beatles final question, were the stars aligning?
Not with a question in the worst possible format.

Each member of the Beatles has had at least one #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, since the band broke up. Put the members of the Beatles in order, from most recent to earliest, based on when they had their most recent #1 hit song.

Yes, that was a “put them in order” question in a tournament game.
Only the Aristocrats got it right, giving them a 27 point lead going into game 2, with 88 after the league points were added in. We were sitting in 2nd at 61.

Did the question specify whether duets with Beatles members counted here? I think Paul had a #1 with MJ in 1982-1983..George had a #1 in 1988 (or thereabouts), and Ringo had a couple of #1s in the early 1970s. John probably scored a #1 with “Starting Over,” after he was killed, so I would say 1981. So my guesses would be Ringo, John, Paul, George…but all guesses – I don’t know if Paul had any #1 songs after the 1990s (will check his discography now). 

And I did  not read the question criteria  so this is reverse  order   (duh).

Game 2
1)Wonder Wheel, one of the largest Ferris wheels on the US east coast is located in what NYC neighborhood?
– Free points all around!

Coney Island? 

2)In what 2002 psycological thriller is Robin Williams’ character obsessed with the Yorkin family?
Bonus – What 2011 sequel was Williams final animated film before his death?

One Hour Photo, I’m guessing Robots for the sequel.

3)According to Alexa.com, what bank’s website is the 17th most visited site in the US, the most for a banking institution?
-Nope. We never fare well when the question starts off, “according to some website you’ve never heard of”.

Capital One? No clue.

4)What model lost endorsements from H&M, Burberry and Chanel in 2005, after pictures surfaced of her snorting cocaine?
– So that’s how she kept so thin!

Ha with Scott’s clue here…Kate Moss? 

5)What product, available since the 1950’s, has used a beret-wearing boy named Pete as its mascot?

Drawing a blank on my own, teammates might help…

6)In the Orson Welles broadcast of “War of the Worlds”, Martians landed in what US state?
– Got it, but not making up any points here.

Need Mike for this one.

7)The only platinum hit song by Kenny Rogers, was what 1982 single written by the Bee Gees?

Islands in the Stream (this would be a “triviagasm” question for me). 

8)The birthplace of Christopher Columbus is in what modern day country?
– Seriously, how is this a worthy “tournament” question?


9)Which of the following is the smallest unit of measurement: millimeter, nanometer, picometer or micrometer?
– Ditto.


10)“The Hills” was a spinoff of what other series?
– Every team named one of two So-Cal set shows. We picked the wrong one.

OC? No idea.

Mystery – Sesame Street Names
Each answer will include the name of a Sesame Street character
a)Baseball player inducted into the HOF in 2011, and is the Minnesota Twins current color man Not sure what color man means
b)1985 film starring Emilio Estavez, Demi Moore and Rob Lowe Elmo
c)Name of a recurring Family Guy character who gets into sudden and violent fights with Peter Griffin Chicken, don’t know anything else
d)Irish writer of “Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” Oscar

Missed C, as did many teams.

Going into the final, we were again on top of the heap up by 3 points over Celtic Pride and 5 points over the Aristocrats. At this point, we were mathematically eliminated, since the Aristocrats held a 22 point lead over us for the venue bid to the finals.

Final – Beer Geography
What beer brand shares its name with a European river whose name is derived from the old Dutch word for “a lot of water”?

I actually don’t know this…(but should, my friend Amy used to drink the light version of this beer like it was going out of style). 

I think most teams got this one.

So 13 weeks of venue domination go by and we’re stymied by a “put these in order” question. As I said after the Maiz venue game last year, where we got the question right, those questions should never be used when money/qualifying is on the line. Straight up and down questions are a necessity.

In case you’re keeping score, this is the first time MBLP has not qualified for a Sporcle/GLT/MCT season ending Final since we began playing in 2009. It hurts. Oh well, we’ll just be over here drinking beer while the others are wracking their brains for answers on the 17th.

No rest for the wicked! At least three of them would wind up playing on that day…AND WINNING FIRST! As they said in Jurassic Park, “Life finds a way,” and so it goes with trivia… Well played! I joked that they took a page from my team’s playbook by using a second qualifying spot when they fail on the first try (failing on the first try is something I know about far too well). 

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