It was a more crowded night than usual at Sticks Thursday night…and a bit loud! It’s a good thing we were able to see the questions on the screen, or else we might have had a bit of a rough go of it! We had “pinball wizards” right behind us – and a very large party of non-trivia players sitting in front of us, who had probably about five tables pushed together. This meant that the teams who typically show up right around game time might have had to be a bit “creative” about where they were sitting! When we arrived, all of the booths along the window were already occupado – and the only table suitable for a “trio” was sitting lonely in front of the pinball machines, so I snagged it up. We never like to sit at the table right next to the host stand, since it’s #1 right by the speaker – and #2, makes it difficult to see the questions on the screen (the TV screens are mounted near the ceiling).
Despite these “distractions,” we didn’t do TOO badly, winning a $15/first place in game one – and a $10/second place prize in game two on a tiebreaker. Ah, tiebreakers! It’s always exciting to me to be involved in a tiebreaker! This tiebreaker Thursday made me think of a three-way tiebreaker at Maiz a few years ago, which involved naming the year in which Porsche was founded. The tiebreaker last night was also about cars – and wanted to know the exact year in which the first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line. We managed to nail this tiebreaker, which made us feel a bit better about having screwed the pooch on the game two final (my bad for thinking about which bassists were cutest – not which ones were the best LOL).
And here are the questions…assume they will be reasonable facsimiles of/abbreviated versions of the questions that were asked during the game, assume they were NOT all written down word for word, and assume that there may be additional qualifiers for some of the questions that were not written down. Now let’s go to last night’s trivia game!
1. Technology – What Amazon product launched in 2007 has a name that means “to set on fire” or “to inspire?” 10
Sometimes my husband likes to have a bit of fun with PhotoShop! A Nicholas Sparks question is coming up (though it wasn’t about this movie).
2. Book To Movie – What 2004 film adapted from a Nicholas Sparks film is the only Nicholas Sparks adaptation to receive a Rotten Tomatoes score of higher than 50 percent? 9 I did a blog a while back about Nicholas Sparks, click here to check that out.
3. Capitals – Of the U.S. states that border the Pacific Ocean, which one has a capital city with the fewest letters? 8
4. Hall of Famers -Gary Carter, André Dawson and Tim Raines are depicted on plaques wearing what team’s logo that no longer exists? Evan and I both agreed that this was a “Bradegory,” sadly Brad was not able to attend this late night game (and yes he would have known this)! Miss for 1.
5. TV Series – The Japanese series Super Sentai is the basis for what American media franchise that begin in the 1990s? Miss for 3.
6. Firsts – What type of amusement park ride opened in 1884 at Coney Island and had speeds of up to 6 miles per hour? Wow…six miles per hour? Must’ve been impressive for folks in 1884! Facebook clue, 7.
7. Animals – What animal is known to the Chinese by names including Bamboo Bear and Bear Cat in addition to many other names?
8. Hit Songs – Audio clue of band whose highest-charting single was Lovesong in 1989 (other high-charting songs by the band played in this clip as well). When I handed in my slip to the host Shane, I said “That’s my jam.” Did y’all know they have a new album coming out this year (squeal)? This kind of makes me wonder if a Sporcle question writer follows this blog, since I recently posted a blog about this band. Hmmm….!
9. Oil – As of April, 2019, what is the largest oil company headquartered in the U.S.? For a bonus point, in which state is this company headquartered? Got both.
10. Drinks – What is the colorful three-word name for a beer cocktail that consists of a pale beer and a dark beer? Once, I made the mistake of mixing a dark beer (chocolate oatmeal stout) that was 11 percent ABV – with a raspberry ale that was 5 percent ABV. Guess who was 100 percent drunk by the end of the night? It really was delicious – and no hangover the next day, strangely enough! Antioxidants from the chocolate/berries? Fairy magic? Who knows!
Mystery – Add ‘Em Up
The numbers required for the following answers will, if correct, add up to the number 28
M1 – 1999 movie starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube
M2 – Max number of clubs allowed in a bag during play per USGA rules
M3 – Number referred to in Beatles song that begins “Oh I need Your Love, Girl”
M4 – Number of children Claire and Bill Dunphy have on Modern Family
Evan could have rocked this round by himself…got ’em all.
Scores – 14 teams, scores 26 to 67 with ??? in first. We were in fourth with 63 points.
Final Category -Elements
What element that was discovered by William Ramsay and Morris Travers in 1898 shares its name with a fictional location first introduced forty years later?
Mike started writing down the answer almost right away, and when I saw what the forty years later year was, I knew this had to be right…
Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams, 78; ‘Pods, 83.
1. Across the River – Camden, N.J. is right across the river from what major U.S. city?
2. Athletes – What quarterback won the Heisman Trophy in 1993 but never played in the NFL – instead going on to play in the NBA? Miss for 1.
3. Same Name – What 1940 Ernest Hemingway novel shares its name with a 1985 single by Metallica? The host played the Metallica song by Mike’s request – which result in more than one reported sighting of “head banging!” You had to be there…it was pretty sweet!
4. Cereal – What Post cereal introduced in 1985 shares is name with a structure used by insects?
5. Muscles – Myocardium is a type of muscle found only in what organ of the human body?
6. Art – Dating to the 1470s, Anunciation is a painting generally thought to be the earliest known work by what artist?
7. Movie Endings – What film that received seven Adademy Award nominations ends with two friends hugging on a beach in Zihuatenejo, Mexico?
8. TV Shows – Cousin Skeeter, which ran 1998 to 2001 and revolved around the title puppet who moved to New York City to live with his cousin Bobby aired on what network? For a bonus point, who played Cousin Skeeter? Miss and miss. Whodat? This was a stumper. A kind of question that could ruin a team’s perfect game if they were rocking a perfect game up to this point (jussayn).
9. Instruments – The Minimoog, Moog Satellite and Moog Sonic Six were models of what instrument invented in the 1960s?
10. Presidents – Who is the most recent Republican candidate to lose a presidential election?
Visual Mystery –
Got them all.
Scores – Eight teams, scores 40 to 60, with us, Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams and One is the Loneliest Number all tied for first.
Final Category – Slappin’ The Bass
In 2011, Rolling Stone conducted a reader poll to select the top ten bass players of all-time. Victor Wooten, Cliff Burton, Jaco Pastorius, and Les Claypool all made the list. Name two of the other six musicians in the top ten.
This poll didn’t ask ME who best bassists were!
Came up with one correct person right away, talked ourselves out of not one – but TWO other correct people and wrote down a wrong person. Classic ‘Pods move!
This put us in our second tie of the game with Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams for second place. Our question was in what year did the first Ford Mustang roll of the assembly line?
One of our former teammates Sam formerly owned a Mustang from the first model year, and my dad’s a “car guy,” so yeah…I got this one right! Sam and my dad were both at this game in spirit (we still miss you on trivia nights, Sam)!
Final standings: ‘Pods, 40, One is the Loneliest Number, 80.
Until next time, which will be our Monday game at Sticks. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Lex Luthor!