How the magnificent seven became the magnificent eight is Up the River without a Paddle...
That's the name of the newbie team that joined the ranks of the usual suspects last night at
Kilarney's. A big welcome back to Not Suitable For Work who dominated with numbers (I
counted eighteen people sitting at their table!) if not with scores, though they gave a
good run for their money. Seal Team 3, IFFY! and the Poonswagglers all kept the other
teams on their toes right through to the end, but it was Pickles on a Plate, Wossamatta-U
(who made an astounding bound into second place with a 6th round double-or-nothing!) and
Tequila Mockingbird who placed three, two and one respectively.
So, the magnificent 7 to 8 thing was how seven teams became eight, just to clarify. But
it played well from stage, anyway... Big kudos to our quiz writing staff who came up with
some pretty groovy (and suitably tough) question sets. Some queries were a little bit
country while others were just a little bit rock-n-roll. Enough to keep the smart and the
bold that smidgen of 'off-balance' to doubt the outcome. Like Magneto's helmet for example...
We got Flash Gordon and Loki. (Although Quiz Master Lou thought Maleficent's horns would
be more Loki's style.) And woe to the team that guessed Boba/Jango Fett's head bucket
belonged to Lando Calrissian. I mean, really?!? But the best answer was, in this Quiz
Master's opinion, question six from our theme round. Thoroughly Modern Millie making the
'Thor' connection was inspired! And two of our teams got it! Nice going all!
This week, I'd like to leave you all with one small opine on vandalism. The statue of the
Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park in London (which commemorates the RAF in WWII) was
splattered with paint last weekend. Such protestations are unjust, unreasonable and un-
civilized. It spells out barbarians at the gates. Never have so unenlightened, tried to
diminish the effort of so few, whom are owed so much by so many. With apologies to Mr.
Have a wonderful 'rest of your week'!
Oh, and a big thank you to John, who covered for me last week while I was sick. Nice job, John!
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.