The Ides of January match at Killarney's featured seven teams initially, but the Bar Flies had to drop out due to work, and lack of support, so six teams competed. Two new teams matched wits with regulars IFFY/Blood, Bath, and Beyond Alliance, resident champs Tequila Mockingbirds, the Alcobalics, and Seal Team 3. Newcomers Mooncrushers and New York, New York did well. A word about New York, New York--the golden oldies from Heritage Ranch were a subset of the New York club there, and had just under thirty members in attendance, but it was combined into one team of manageable size. They did well for a bunch of geezers, nailing Sarah Silverman before anyone else for ten points (Quizmaster John is also a Heritage Ranch geezer, so this is not a dig). As far as the match went, IFFY and the Alcobalics jumped on the first question, double or nothing it, and got off to an early lead they would not relinquish. Tequila Mockingbirds decided to dig themselves in a hole, spotting the other teams their zero score by missing one of the first batch after going double or nothing.
IFFY slowly pulled away, the Alocobalics followed, and Tequila Mockingbirds slowly overtook the others to take third by seven points over NY, NY. You can't expect these old folks to know those darn rappers that kept appearing in the questions! Most everyone nailed the pictures although Merv Griffin did give some trouble.
Last night's King Trivia Pub Quiz at Kilarney's was an interesting mix of survey and
cosmic coinky dink, at least for Quiz Master Lou. Tuesday's FB question kind of got
things rolling with the image of Eisenstein's baby carriage cavorting down the Odessa
steps. (Got things rolling. Get it? Oh, well...) QM Lou got blank stares when he
tried to relate that one. As the late, underrated Richard Dawson used to quip, "Our
survey says..." [Insert sound of buzzer here with a big fat zero.]
The cosmic coinky dink came in when QM Lou decided to substitute the Franz Liszt question
not just because they are both Hungarian, but because asking what the ingredients of
sangria are in a bar is way too easy.
The turn out was huge! Managing 14 teams of 63 people was daunting when one is by their
lonesome. QM Lou barely had time eat his chocolate cake, thoughtfully provided by the
Tequila Mockingbirds on account of it was Hannah's birthday, which got announced and the
entire pub sang along on a schmaltzy rendition of Happy Birthday led by QM Lou's warbles.
Their stars must have aligned because they took first place, too. IPMP (not gonna say
their nasty name, not while I'm eatin' choco cake, no, uh-uh...) got second place while
the unholy alliance of Blood, Bath & Beyond/Ship It! got third.
Poor Jenny Agutter from Logan's Run was the wrench in the works for the Picture Round,
but also generated the most intriguing guesses...
*Planet of the Apes 3 (which QM Lou pointed out there was no such title, it was called
Escape from the Planet of the Apes!
And the round that angered the crowd award goes to the Find-the-Connection round, in which
no team guessed the answer was 'chairs', but possibly the best wrong answer was sex toys.
That's all the news that fits! Until next week, I remain... You know.
Happy New Year! At least, that's what the calendar tells us. When Quiz Master Lou woke
up yesterday morning, it still felt like 2018. Maybe it's just me. In any case, the
teams that showed up to play at Kilarney's were ready to start their new year with that
certain staple of life that keeps one guessing... You guessed it. King Trivia Pub Quiz!
Guess what? As empty as the pub was, there were still five teams present who came to
play! One of them was a newbie, the Mighty Mellons! This new duo proved quite brainy,
hanging onto a third place position all the way up to the end before getting knocked
back in the seventh round. They even registered their team! Quiz Master Lou hopes they
become regular players in the future.
One unfortunate happenstance occurred. Due to the holiday lull, some players at the bar
unaware, I'm sure, that their voices were carrying as they were venturing guesses, said
the name of the Round Four Guess Who loud enough for other teams to hear. Normally, a
speaking voice in the cavernous hall at Kilarney's gets drowned out by the ambient chatter
that permeates the venue, but on this particular occasion, it was so quiet that their words
reverbed off the whiskey bottles and wafted across the pub. Unfortunately, Quiz Master
Lou had to invalidate the Round and move forward. No Shouts Outs in this case proved to be
"No Speak Outs". Make of that what you will...
Kudos to the Quiz Writers at KT, who provided this Tuesday Night with one of the most
difficult and challenging Find-the-Connection rounds this Quiz Master has ever seen!
Brain strain is the great equalizer!
Happy 2019 everyone. And as a side note, QM Lou would like for anyone who's reading this
to get to a quiet place, sit back with a cup of coffee and give a good strong listen to
Tears for Fears 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World'. Stop. Pause. Consider.