Competition is definitely heating up in the Monday trivia nights at Sticks! We’re “barely” in the lead position as of Monday night’s game, with Peas on a Sticks narrowing the scores gap and now only trailing us by seven points. We had the bad luck of having a NBA final question in game two and were forced to wager nothing on it since we didn’t have the right “sporto” in our mix (Brad does pretty well with most sports categories, but NBA is not one of his strengths). The final category in game two could just as easily have been “80s Music,” “Best picture winning movies,” “Provincial capitals” or any other category that would’ve been more “friendly” to us than this sportsball category! Yes, we’ve gotten NBA final questions correct – it all depends upon which players we happen to have available on the particular night! Maybe next time? Mike was our MVP of game one, nailing the final question about poetry (nice work).
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. Athletes – What six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback was drafted by the Montreal Expos as a catcher in the 18th round in the 1995 MLB draft?
2. Airlines – The name of the airline Qantas is derived from an acronym for its original name in which the Q stood for the name of which state?
3. Fictional Bears (really, are there any other kind – what other bear are they going to ask about – the Hamm’s beer bear – or that bear that killed “Grizzly Man?” I digress) – What bear, introduced in 1958 by children’s author Michael Bond, wears a duffel coat and loves marmalade sandwiches?
How much do you know about this Hanna-Barbera series? Read on!
4. Animated TV – The Mean Machine, Compact Pussycat and the Arkansas Chugabug are three vehicles driven in what Hanna-Barbera series premiering in 1968 – and revived in 2017? For a bonus point, on what streaming service can you watch the rebooted series? Miss and miss. Mike and Brad really tried on this one (they were our best hope on anything pertaining to Hanna Barbera, I’m pretty much a miss on this topic except knowing that Jabber Jaws and Captain Caveman were both pretty awesome – and maybe a couple of things about title HB characters).
5. Advertising – What was the name of the bearded pitchman best known for his enthusiastic selling of products including OxiClean, Orange Glow and Kaboom – among others?
6. Copyright – What is the two-word phrase describing a copyright that has expired or becomes inapplicable? This question is heavily abbreviated.
Imagine you’re John Cusack in the 1985 movie Better Off Dead, and your character just got…dumped. This is what you look like when EVERY song you tune into on the radio is about breakups! One of the songs playing in this scene will be asked about in the next question…
7. ’70s Music – In what 1975 song does the singer suggest “one can slip out the back,” “make a new plan” or “hop on the bus” as methods of stepping out of a relationship? We leaned on Brad a bit for this one and he didn’t disappoint and make us want to hop on the bus and leave the game! We did make some silly off-color jokes pertaining to “slip out the back” changing “out the” to “in the.” We are SO mature!
8. Words – What person/occupation is mot likely to encounter “scree?” A cook, geologist, electrician or pilot? And we went on a tangent with this… “In what occupation are you most likely to encounter (insert name of disgusting substance here)?”
9. Name Changes – In 2003, French fries and French toast’s names were changed to what word substituted for French – at the behest of the U.S. House of Representatives?
10. Movie SCIENCE! – Element #33 on the Periodic Table’s name is included in the title of what 1939 play which was adapted into a 1944 film starring Cary Grant?
Mystery – U.S. Cities
Identify the state in which these cities (the fourth, fifth and sixth most populous in their states) belong.
M1 – Chattanooga, Clarksville and Murfreesboro
M2 – Dover, Rochester and Keene
M3 – West Jordan, Sandy, and Orem
M4 – Richmond, Newport News and Alexandria
Scores – Seven teams, scores 58 to 66 with Peas On a Stick in first. We were one point behind with 65 points.
Final Category – Poetry
Who was awarded the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature, for “his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry,” which includes The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, “The Hollow Men,” and Four Quartets?
Mike all over this one…
Final standings: ‘Pods, 75; Peas, 86.
1. Last Names – Mountbatten-Windsor is a last name used by some of the ruling family members of what country?
2. Food – Masa is a dough used in making tortillas, tamales and other Latin American dishes that is made with what grain?
3. Conferences – Beginning in 1968, the conference known as the PAC-12 was known as the PAC-8. They changed their name to the PAC-10 in 1978 with the addition of two universities – name either of those schools – both for a bonus point. And Brad got both of these for us (nice play)!
4. TV Finales – Audio clip of a song from the final episode of a TV series, nope…
5. Designs – What ornamental design consists of teardrop shapes with curved upper ends and originated in 15th Century Persia and is commonly seen on ties? If you want another hint that was not given during the game, the name of this design is also part of the name of a recording studio near Minneapolis, MN.
6. Rappers- What rapper’s highest-charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 include Big Ole Freak and Hot Girl Summer – both released in 2019 – the latter of which won her a MTV Video Music Award for best power anthem? Nope…
7. Mythology – What Norse god was raised as Thor’s brother and was played by Tom Hiddleston in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films? Another very, very abbreviated question…this was the FB clue.
8. Movie Characters – What character was distinguished by his red and black tattoos in the 1999 movie Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace?
9. Video Games – The three most recent main games in what survival horror video game series first introduced in 1999 are subtitled Downpour, Shattered Memories and Homecoming?
10. Languages – What language has official status in nine sovereign nations including Mozambique, Angola and Brazil?
Visual Mystery –
Scores – Eight teams, scores?? to 59 with ??? in first. We were tied in fifth with 53 points.
Final Category – Sports Venues
The most recent time that the host venue of the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament was also serving as the home of an NBA team at the time was in 1996 at what was then named Continental Airlines Arena, home of which NBA team?
We finished one spot out of the money by wagering zero, but two teams ahead of us got it. Congrats to Peas for getting a first place sweep (unsure who finished second).
Until next time, which will be Wednesday, when we will return to The Owl after a four-game absence. We still have a prize certificate to use, and will (fingers crossed) get more of those when we go out to play! As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Darth Maul!