It wasn’t the first time our dear friend Brad used a trivia game as a means of cheering up his bad self after things went all wrong for him! The poor guy had a flat tire on his car to deal with – and a new novelty ballpoint pen he got for Christmas (it has a little floating owl thingie in it…the man is a nut for owls) – decided to stop working almost right after he started using it!
And so our “three amigos” were among the few teams doing trivia battle Monday at Sticks for the first game of the year 2020. Roaring ’20s? Is that what it’s going to be? Well, we didn’t exactly start the season with a “roar” as it were! We won a $10/second place gift card in game one, and WOULD have done the same in game two – had a couple of other players (who shall remain nameless) – had not thought that wagering points on the category of “music videos” was a bad idea! Tsk, tsk…I told the…nameless fellows – that since we’re not really trying to “win” any single Sporcle Live bar as a semifinals spot, that it behooves us to just f—ing wager on the final questions and not use too much “strategy.” I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes too much “strategy” just makes my head hurt! And sometimes the best laid “strategies” don’t wind up working anyway (vis a vis our doomed attempt to “win” a bar in 2019). Sometimes you’ve just gotta…roll with it! Damn the torpedoes, damn the scary categories – full speed ahead, dammit! Am I channeling some World War 2 general here? Hmmm…best get on with the questions!
Please assume these are abbreviated questions. Though sometimes I do make an attempt to write them down word for word!
1. Sculpture – What statue in Giza, Egypt is 240 feet long from paw to tail – among numerous other dimensions?
2. Families – What is the last name of the father/son MLB players whom each retired with 319 career home runs? Daddy retired in 1998, and the son retired in 2016. We had a couple of possibilities written down here – including the right pair – but we picked the wrong pair. Miss for 4.
3. ’90s Films – Audio clip of actress singing in a 1990s film…thank the gods I recognized her awful voice – had to ID the name of the movie.
4. Music Groups- What vocal group – formed in 1952 – had #1 hits including The Great Pretender, My Prayer, Twilight Time, and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – and were inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 1990? Brad was thinking it might be the duo whom did that song about trying to wake up a certain girl (one of the guys’ daughters wound up romantically linked to Axl Rose later on), then I thought of another “oldie” group it might be that everyone seemed to like better as a guess. How I managed to come up with the name of this group is a…mystery! My folks never listened to them, I couldn’t name one of their songs if I heard them playing, I have no idea what they look like. Thank you brain for this small favor!
Does anyone else ever feel like this during trivia games? This movie/novel will be asked about in a bit!
5. Novels – What satirical war novel set during World War 2 features Army bombardier captain John Yossarian?
6. Space – Name either uncrewed space mission that have at least one probe reach escape velocity venturing beyond the solar system to become interstellar probes – name both for a bonus point. I am not at all convinced that I wrote this one down correctly (I did my best)! This was pretty much all Mike – got the points plus the bonus.
7. Presidents – Nicolàs Maduro and Juan Guaidò both claim to be presidents of which country? Brad all over this…
8. Video Games – Who is the title character of a series of video games set in a haunted mansion in which ghosts are sucked up into vacuum cleaners called “poltergusts?” No clue…
9. Public TV – Christopher Kimball was the host for the first 16 seasons of what cooking show on public TV? There was a lot more to this question but I didn’t write it all down. We went with the “ooh it’s so good” guy instead…miss.
10. Geography – Five-letter word for a marine geographic formation, which is located along coastlines around the world – characterized as an inlet of seawater that diverts from the main ocean (examples include famous ones called Puget and Long Island)?
Mystery – Long Running TV
Given the following seven long-running TV series. pick the four longest running of them.
The Drew Carey Show, Home Improvement, How I Met Your Mother, South Park, That ’70s Show, The Jeffersons, Beverly Hillbillies
Got three of the four correct.
We had 53 points going into the final and were in third place. Pandemonium was in first with 57 points.
Final Category – Flags
In 2015 and 2016, what country held a series of referendums to potentially select a new flag, with the leading candidate featuring a silver fern representing the multi-cultural people of the country, in front of a black and blue background?
Final scores: ‘Pods, 73; Peas, 76.
1. Companies – Yeungling, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium are three companies that primarily manufacture what product?
2. Books – What actress – who won an Academy Award in 2006 – released the 2018 book Whiskey in a Teacup? We picked an actress who won an acting Oscar in 2007 for her role in a 2006 film (so, so close)! Miss.
3. Food – What food is created by heating milk, cooking it, and cooling it and mixing in a bacterial culture and maintaining the temperature for hours to allow fermentation?
4. Not Winners – What country is home to the most French-speaking people outside of France and is the largest such country by area to not have any of its residents win Olympic medals? Miss.
5. 2000s Songs – In a 2001 single, a singer describes his desire to clean his room, go to class and go to work – but does none of those things because…?
6. Babies – Name one of the “Muppet Babies,” which premiered in 1984, to have a twin – with this twin having never appeared as a live action Muppet? FB clue.
7. NFL Players – What player, drafted third overall in 2004, is second in all time receiving yards behind Jerry Rice? Nope…
8. Walls – Hadrian, who served as emperor of Rome from 117 to 138, is known for building a namesake wall in what modern day country?
9. 1950s Films – What 1954 film, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelley, is based on Cornell Woolrich’s short story called It Had To Be Murder? For a bonus point, name the 1954 movie in which Kelley won an Academy Award. Missed the bonus.
10. Colors – A shade of which primary color was selected as the Pantone 2020 Color of the Year – partially as a nod to the color Cerulean – chosen as a color of the year in 1999?
Visual Mystery –
Got them all.
We were again in third heading into the final, this time with 54 points.
Final Category – Music Videos
Mike and Brad didn’t want to wager, and I was “nice” and allowed this (LOL)!
In 2019, YouTube released the list of the most-viewed music videos by decade of release. Of the music videos released in the 1980s and 1990s that reached the top ten for either of those decades, three are songs credited to solo women. Name 1 of those 3.
We were able to name two of these…but wagered zero (D’oh)! No prizes for us…
So that’s the story of the first Sporcle Live trivia game of the “Roaring ’20s.” As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Bonnie Tyler!