The dictionary defines delectation as delight or great pleasure. That was the atmosphere at Kilarney's last night as six teams all jockeyed for the top prize in the KT quiz. The two main factors that contributed to that sublime state were the closeness of the competition and the content of the questions.
The contest itself was like watching a close run horse race with a bolt out of the gate by a solitary thoroughbred (IFFY!) and a line of contenders grappling to get ahead by their noses. IFFY! stayed ahead all night until the final round, then fell back into third place. Poonswagglers, Alcoballics and the Divorcee's ran a three way tie for two rounds running with the eventual break outs only getting them a point or so distance from the rest of the pack. Blood, Bath & Beyond acted as border collie, nipping at the heels of the pack to keep them motivated forward. Resident champs, Tequila Mockingbirds, made a fatal, if understandable, Double-or-Nothing attempt in round seven. This all led to an exciting first place tie breaker between the Alcoballics and the Poonswagglers, which the latter won first place by getting closest to the top of the Eiffel Tower (plus antennae!)
"If diversity be the food of pleasure, play on!" I hope I didn't make ole Wild Bill Shakespeare turn over in his grave with that paraphrase. I make that comment on the quality of the questions, which were well balanced and spread across a wide variety of fields that proved successfully challenging and intellectually stimulating. The crowd especially appreciated the historical aspect of the Guess Who round and Find the Connection was tough but fair. The Visual round, Theme round and the Match round were all great! The Box Office Mojo stats were creative, too. All in all, a perfect storm of a quiz. So sayeth Quizmaster Lou!
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How cosmic is it that National Batman Day should fall on a Tuesday?!? Tuesdays at 7:30pm is when Kilarney's Irish Pub holds its weekly King Trivia Pub Quiz! Imagine that! And this Quizmaster must say that the bat mask does indeed work, given that the contestants knew the actors, but they couldn't quite match them up to the batman pictured. Well, Tequila Mockingbird, did. They got them all in a Double-or-Nothing bid and won!
Speaking of Tequila Mockingbird, Kilarney's may need to invest in a sign for their table that reads, "Resident Champions". The TM's have been knocking them out of the park regularly and may have hit their peak with three, count 'em, THREE Double-or-Nothing wins last night! The first two were in rounds one and two and the third came in round five. Let's just say that TM trotted into the lead and stayed there for an astounding 79 point first place win!
Pain for the Poonswagglers, who Double-or-Nothing'd three times as well, but nose dived each time, finishing 6th out of seven places. Having been the high scorers previously, I think the Poonswagglers will have to do some strategy reassessment before next Tuesday.
The Divorcees came in second and newbie team Plan B took third place, with IFFY! following close behind, just brushing up against the winners circle, but always watching from the outside. (Sigh...) Newbies Casino Bound came in 5th, but had loads of fun doing it.
And one more first for this Quizmaster... All teams got the Guess Who on the first clue!
That's all, folks! And this bein' Kilarney's, remember...
Here's to you and yours
And to mine and ours.
And if mine and ours
Ever come across to you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours!
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We're getting some crossover action from the L&C, as Blood, Bath & Beyond became the third team to come play on a Tuesday night here at Kilarney's. Other teams to make the switch include IFFY! and Ship It!. (I should actually include Stealth Texas, though he didn't stay for the duration due to an emergency call, but the time Quizmaster Lou found out, it was too late to remove him from the line up!)
Kilarney's teams that have established themselves firmly in their own right include Tequila Mockingbirds, Allcoballics, the Divorcees and the always effervescent Poonswagglers. Until next week players, I remain, humbly yours...
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