DATELINE: May 3rd at the Lion & Crown in Watter's Creek... Team competition was steady, determined and focused as ten of the best struggled to solve last night's King Trivia Pub Quiz.
THE TEAMS: Welcome back to those whom we have not seen in a while - Too Drunk to Remember, Bastard Barristers and Pilarinsky. Regulars Ninja Turtles, Hilltoppers, Blood, Bath & Beyond, Beer Logic, Ship It! and Stealth Texas. A big howdy to a crossover team from sister pub, Kilarney's. Tequila Mockingbirds!
THE QUIZ: Hats off to the quiz makers, who came up with one of the most varied, esoteric and entertaining quizzes this Quizmaster has seen in a long time! Theme Knights (which cued Quizmaster Lou to sing a few bars from Monty Python's Knights of the Round Table!), Find-the-Connection and even the Guess Who Round were all tough, imaginative and crossed generational lines enough to make it challenging to everyone. The Visual Round was especially daunting... And perhaps a bit cruel. Throwing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas into what was essentially a batch of children's books was a little like applying Sesame Street's "One of these Things is not like the Other" song as a guiding principle. Hmmm? Quizmaster Lou, being a movie buff (old, classic movies...) was particularly enamored of the Round Six AFI Top 100 Comedy match up. Had QL been playing instead of running the quiz, he would have Double-or-Nothing'd and won!
THE WINNERS: Stealth Texas Double-or-Nothing'd in Round One and stayed out in front all night. The drama was vying for second place, with resident champs the Ninja Turtles holding steady until Round Six when the Hilltoppers leapt from fourth to take it away. Beer Logic snagged third as they had ridden it most of the evening.
PUB NEWS: Congratulations to Derek the mighty publican, who just fathered his second child! Way to go, daddy!
As always, have an excellent week and hope to see you next Thursday! And if excellent is too high a bar, just do like I do and have a mediocre week. That way, at least your expectations have a better chance of being met.