Not a bad night of “virtual” trivia overall on April 14, when our only misses were about hit songs used in Pixar movies. Hey forgive us for not having seen the movie, we don’t have kids, and only bother to see Pixar movies if they feature a mostly robot cast or the musical stylings of Trent Reznor. Though The Incredibles was kind of good, but ONLY because of its tribute to legendary Hollywood fashion designer Edith Head. What, Edna Mode wasn’t your favorite character in the movie? And did you know the last film for which she worked as a costume designer was Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid? No? You didn’t know that? Then why are you bothering playing pub trivia? I kid, I kid… But you should watch that movie, especially if you like Steve Martin – and classic movies!
We also missed two mystery questions. We finished with 62 points for the night, in second behind the Philly-based team Bark and Stormy. That’s one of the cool things about virtual trivia as opposed to “in person” trivia – your competitors could be from anywhere! Though, we do miss, on occasion, some of the “usual suspects” we used to be lucky enough to beat in “real life” trivia games!
Here were our questions:
1) Nursery Rhymes What two food items are being eaten by Little Miss Muffet as she sits on a tuffet, before a spider shows up and scares her off?
2) Olympics What city is scheduled to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games for the first time in 100 years? Lucky guess for low.
3) Comic Strips Roger, Andy, Peter, Paige, and Jason are the members of the family whose exploits are at the center of what comic strip by Bill Amend? Mr. “Funny Pages Expert,” aka my husband, was all over this.
4) Food – A variety of pasta dishes in Italian cuisine are described as “al forno,” a term meaning they are most commonly prepared by using what? We hiccuped a bit with this one, but then we figured out what “forno” might translate to and came up with the correct guess.
Our first mystery one was kind of a fun one! The category was celebrity spouses – whom are no longer spouses.
We did pretty well on this round, only missing #2 by two years (I was too years too early in my guess).
5) Same Name – What single word can apply to all the following—a minor Harry Potter character, a light shade of purple, and a soothing botanical oil often credited as a sleep aid?
6) Hit Songs – (AUDIO) What song that spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 is heard in the following clip?
As I already hinted in the intro, this song, which we didn’t know when we heard it, is from a Pixar movie that came out recently. But other than that, I don’t want to “talk about it.” Is this enough of a hint for you?
NERD POINT: Who wrote this song?
When the host revealed the correct song, damn it, I would have known the composer! But alas, sometimes these things happen in trivia, no point crying about them!
8) Math – Named for the mathematician who introduced them in the 1880s, what visual representation of the relationships between varying datasets consists of circles with overlapping sections?
We were tied with a team called My Baronas with 47 points in second place going into the final.
Final Category – Academy Awards
In 2022, Jessica Chastain became the fifth actress who appeared in The Help to win an Academy Award since that film was released in 2011. Name three of the other four actresses.
Thankfully I looked into Oscar winners kind of recently because of the Oscars ceremony. Got this…stayed in the same place.
As always, Go Pods, and stay class, Bruno! Whomever you are… but we’re not supposed to talk about you for some reason!