What better excuse than a long trivia season where your lowest scores are thrown out -than to try a “let’s bet it all on both final questions regardless of the category” strategy? Perhaps there are teams that already do that all the time! Or the opposite – never wagering on the finals. That’s actually kind of a popular “strategy” in the My Trivia Live league..
“Go big or go home” is exactly what we did in Monday’s game, perhaps venting our frustration at having wagered low- or zero – on six different final questions this season and ending up getting them right. Wagering low – or zero – on Monday’s finals would’ve put us in the “prize zone” in both games! So I guess we’ll be going back to our vain attempts to wager “wisely?” Bwa ha ha ha! We wouldn’t want to falsely give the impression that we actually know what we’re doing to the competing teams, would we? How much fun would that be? There have been games where we used multi-sided game dice to determine what to wager on final questions! Why resort to strategy – when you can resort to probability? Once – in a “50/50” halftime round in a MTL game, I flipped a coin to “choose” my answers and wound up getting three out of the four questions correct! It goes to show you never can tell – which sounds better coming out of the late Chuck Berry. And looks better with a speedballed-up Uma Thurman and John Travolta dancing to the song like in Pulp Fiction.
C’est la vie! How about some questions?
1. Time – Not including Alaska and Hawaii or overseas territories, how many time zones are there in the United States? 10
2. Sports – What sport which held its 12th annual U.S. championship in April is played by people on brooms and is based on a sport introduced in a 1997 novel? 9
3. Netflix – Audio clue of a trailer from a Netflix series debuting in April 2019 starring Sean Astin. All teams missed this.
4. Marriages – Since 2010, Calista Flockhart has been married to what man – born 22 years before her? For an additional bonus point, name one series besides Ally McBeal in which she appeared in more than 100 episodes. Missed the bonus, got this for 8.
5. Baseball – What MLB player had the most regular season hits from 2000 to 2009 with 2,030? Miss for 2.
6. Songs About People – The British virtual band Gorillaz included a song on each of their first two albums about what Academy Award winning director? 7
7. European History – The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was a plan by a group of English Catholics including Guy Fawkes to blow up which chamber of the U.K. Parliament? Torn between two possibilities, picked the right one for 3. If you’re interested in suggestions for celebrating Guy Fawkes day, check out this blog I wrote.
8. Art – Pointillism and impressionism are are movements that began in what century? 6
9. Chocolate – The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company was founded in 1852 in what U.S. city? 5
10. 2010s Movies- Natalie Portman won an Academy Award for her performance opposite Mila Kunis in what 2010 film which is centered around a Tchaikovsky ballet 4
Mystery – OMG – All correct answers will have some variation of these letters in their first or last names
M1 – Birth name of rapper Eminem
M2 – Painter born in 1889 nicknamed the mother of American modernism
M3 – Actress whose credits include Ed, Big Love and Once Upon a Time
M4 – Former first lady who began her “Let’s Move” program aimed at ending childhood obesity
Missed #2 and #3. Want to read an older blog I did about Once Upon a Time? It’s like FIVE YEARS OLD (wayback machine time)! Click here.
Scores – 11 teams, scores 36 to 64 with Peas Above Stick in first. we were in sixth with 59 points.
Final Category – NFL Records
Yes, we really wagered 20 on this…
Name three of the five most recent NFL running backs to have rushed for at least 2,000 yards in a single regular season.
Brad, our default “sports” person, put in a noble effort here, and we managed to get one correct guy (nice try).
Peas Above Stick held onto their first place lead, unsure who took second…
1. Planets – Which planet in the solar system has the shortest year at 88 Earth days? 10
2. Sports Cities – What is the only city that is home to at least three teams playing “Big 4” sports where all teams use the same team colors? I actually came up with the right guess here. What madness is this? I got a sports question right in Saturday’s MTL finals – and got this one right, too! I’m not starting to learn sports stuff, am I? Perish that thought! I should probably (spoiler alert) focus on studying AFI lists a bit more thoroughly (ugh)! Got this for 4.
3. Capitals – Charlottetown is the capital of which Canadian province? Brad the “Canada Man” earned his poutine here for 9.
4. Duos – Icky Thump, Blue Orchid and Seven Nation Army are the highest-charting songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for what rock duo? 8
5. Cocktails – The International Bartender’s Association official recipe for what cocktail includes vodka, orange juice and Galliano – and is traditionally garnished with an orange slice and maraschino cherry? Ours was the only team getting this correct. Yes, I can’t believe it either – getting a cocktails question correct? 7
6. Groups – Reed Richards was the founding member of what superhero group? For a bonus point – within one – in what year were they first introduced in comics? Got this for 6, no bonus point.
7. Not Promoted – Who was the first person to have served as vice president who did not later serve as president? Facebook clue, 5.
8. Early Roles – what Academy Award winning actor first appeared in recurring roles as Garry Buckman on Parenthood and as Luke Brower on Growing Pains? Seemed so “duh” when the answer was revealed, miss for 1.
Recognize these women? They’ll be asked about next!
9. Film Inspirations – What 2002 film starring Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake is based on a 1998 magazine article by Susan Orlean titled “Surf Girls of Maui?” Didn’t quite have this movie title correct, miss for 3.
10. Games – What dice game patented in 1956 consists of 13 rounds of rolling dice up to three times per player to make certain combinations? 2.
Visual Mystery –
Got them all.
Scores – Eight teams, scores 16 to 62 with Styx is a Hades Hair Band in first. We were in second with 59 points.
Final Category – Movie Music
In April 2004, the American Film Institute released their list of the top 100 movie songs of all time. Name one of the three songs on the list that are from a movie released in the 2000s; one in 2001, and the others in 2002.
Damn it…I’ve studied AFI lists – but focused more on the movie titles than on the songs. Though I did think about a song from the 2002 movie (obviously didn’t think hard enough about it)…
Scores – Styx, 42; How Old Are We, 66.
Until next time, which will be Wednesday, where we will make a likely not triumphant return to The Owl! We’re not setting the bar too high for us these days! As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Rumplestiltskin in Once Upon A Time!