Lovely spring evening on Thursday – so I got the extension cord, spread a towel on the outside patio table, pulled up a couple of chairs, grabbed a cold beverage…and played a virtual trivia game on our deck behind our house! Blew big points on a question about French cities (oy)! This time the host was the former Owl trivia host Tyler B. While chatting with him a bit, he kind of hinted that future pub trivia games might become a “paperless” affair – in keeping with the whole “let’s not put our filthy hands on so much stuff” M.O. that the global pandemic has forced upon us. Hmmm!!! Getting pub trivia going again in bars with so many restrictions in place will certainly be a challenge! As of now, Michigan residents are supposed to limit gatherings to 10 people or fewer, and restaurants/bars are supposed to operate at half capacity – in regions that open this coming weekend (two regions “up North.”).
I played mostly by myself, but my trivia pardner joined in on the fun after setting up a board game downstairs. Only minor bickering about populous Asian countries occurred, but all was well that ended well!
Here are the questions, I don’t have the “cover songs” question – didn’t take a photo of it and don’t remember what the question was…
1. Food – Commonly made with chopped tomato, onion and chilies, what Mexican salad has a name that translates into English as “rooster’s beak?” So yummy!!!
2. Books – Zero, Caveman, Armpit, X-Ray and Zig-Zag are nicknames of characters in what 1998 young adult novel? No clue, I put “Not another Tween Novel” as my guess…
3. France – After Paris, name one of the next three most populous cities in France. Apparently Versailles ain’t that populous….fail.
4. TV Characters – On a TV series that aired from 1975-1978, Gabe Kaplan played a title character who held what occupation? Mistah Kottah!
5. Movie Franchises – Who is dead, according to the title of a 1991 film subtitled “The Final Nightmare,” which is the sixth in a long-running franchise? Mike helped me a bit with this one…
6. Middle Names – The last six U.S. presidents collectively have middle names that begin with only three different letters. Name those three letters. We just couldn’t come up with the right letters on time, even though we know all of the middle names…fail.
7. Logos – What restaurant chain, founded in 1988, has used a log that includes the silhouette of a hilly terrain above its name since the mid 2000s? Good guess.
8. Sports Names – A NHL award given to the best defenseman each season and a NHL division that existed from 1974-1993 were both named in honor of a man with what last name? No idea, I put “Bobby Orr” as my guess.
9. Cover Songs – Sorry, I didn’t take a pic of this question, and don’t remember what the question was (or if we got it right)!
10. Holidays – Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is a two-day celebration that most commonly begins in which month of the year?
M1 – Magician best known for his A&E TV series as well as his stage show “Believe,” in collaboration with the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas
M2 – Actress best known for playing Monica on “Touched by an Angel” from 1994 to 2003
M3 – Mathematician and natural philosopher who has been buried in Westminster Abbey since 1727
M4 – Co-founder and lead singer of Evanescence
Final Category – World Geography
Got ’em! My “trivia partner” wanted to go with a country that I insisted was located entirely in Europe (and I was right), and we almost went with a country that is located partially in Europe and Asia (but would have been incorrect), and I had to make the argument that a couple of islands are much, much larger than you would think. So we worked for it a bit, but got it!!! Not enough to put us in the top two, but…yay?
’80s Movies trivia tonight! As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Chriss Angel!