Quiz Master Lou here, reporting on Thursday night's King Trivia Pub Quiz at the Lion &
Crown in Watter's Creek. Eight teams participated including a duo calling themselves
Mardi Gras Mambo. A great name for a trivia team, but unfortunately, they had to cut
out early, leaving the heavy lifting to the regs. We're always looking for young bloods
at the pub, everyone!
Stealth Texas stole the thunder with a phenomenal Double-or-Nothing in the Find-the-
Connection Round, probably by virtue of the fact that Jason actually knew the title to
Cecil B. DeMille's 1953 Best Picture Oscar winner. That move propelled them into the
lead where they stayed until game's end with a 66 point victory. (They got their kicks
on score 66!) Beer Logic, enjoying the glow of the winner's circle lately, came in
second with 57 while Deadly Alliance (aka Blood, Bath & Beyond) claimed third. DA seems
to have a semi-permanent seat in the winner's circle lately. Though rarely blue ribbon
winners, it's almost as though they're using frequent flyer miles to stay in first class!
Oh well, consistency is also the quality if a winner.
Some interesting queries from our quiz writing overlords at corp HQ included the Theme
Round's Coffee motif. The crowd at the pub obviously don't hang in coffee houses because
their guess at what the ingredient was in a Red Eye offered whiskey, tabasco or Red Bull.
Ah well, that's Texas for you. Another oddity (but a great trivia question) concerned
the withdrawal of the USA from the International Coffee Agreement in 2018. Well gosh!
What a scandal! Because, you know... International coffee cartels NEED the support of
the world's biggest superpower... To, umm, enforce... Like, global coffee superiority,
right? I mean, don't you want a bunch of coffee importer/exporters writing public policy
for you locally? Makes sense, right? Perhaps the best round was our Round Seven two
parter. The first part was to name the five universally accepted senses of taste. Most
teams got bitter, salty, sour and sweet, but only a few in the know knew about Kikunae
Ikeda's discovery of glutamic acid, which he re-named "Umami". Umami? No, you mommy, me
daddy! He brother, she sister. We go home now. The second part of the round was naming
the five countries other than Germany which officially spoke German. Style points went
to the team that put down Argentina!
Have a great weekend everybody and don't let that Coronavirus get ya!