Wow! I've never seen Kilarney's so full before! I blame Google. Google Meet-Ups, that is. Ten
teams. Eighty-three players. One Quiz Master. All fun! Except for the spoiler. Yeah, we get
them from time to time. Usually, they keep their mouth shut after the first warning. Not this
guy. Oh, no. He had to shout out the answer in both Round Three and in Round Five. He was
definitely mental. The power of the mob's displeasure did not fall on deaf ears. Kudo's to
Niko, Kilarney's stalwart manager, who threw the bum out! Good vanquished evil. Order was
restored and the game went on!
Quite the quiz. Three of the teams were huge. Between 16 to 14 players per table! Even so,
while having a large brain trust is a key ingredient to a winning formula, it is not a guarantee.
The newly formed Grand Mustangs and the G.C.'s, while game, just didn't have the right kind of
stuff to advance beyond Round Four and bailed early. As it turns out, Not Suitable For Work, a
returning team, (they actually won third place the last time they were here...) also numerous
with players, couldn't cut it in Round Seven.
The struggle for supremacy transpired between the usual suspects. Resident champs Tequila Mockingbird
regained their throne after a perilous clash with Age & Treachery, who elevatored to first place in
Round Six, only to drop into second in the end. The Poonswagglers swaggled into third place very
neatly while Wossamata-U's learned halls of edu landed just outside the winner's circle.
The IFFY!/Blood, Bath & Beyond alliance, Allen Fairview Chamber Friends and Alcoballics rounded
out the rooster with their usual antics. Ahhhh. Joy!
The competition at Kilarney's last night was extreme. The lead hopped around like a department
store duck on a hot plate. (I know. They used to do that...) Age & Treachery fared best with
the top score in Round 2, then in Round 5 and finally shooting to victory with a Double-or-Nothing
in Round 7. The lead was also held by Tequila Mockingbird in Round 3, Wassamatta-U in Round 4 and
IFFY!/Blood, Bath & Beyond Alliance in Round 6. So, quite a horse race.
Welcome to newbies Mozart, who came in just as the symphony started, began their movement impetuoso,
gained points prestissimo and finally finished forte with a second place tie, losing out to the
Brenda O'Malley was in the kitchen washing dishes, waiting for her husband Shamus to come home,
when she heard a knock at the door. There was Shamus' friend, Tim Finnegan, with a long face.
Brenda intuited immediately that something had happened to Shamus. Fearful and sad, Tim told
Brenda that Shamus had died in a freak accident at the Guiness brewery. After the expected
histrionic grief and wailing, Brenda managed to ask how it happened. Tim told her Shamus had
fallen in a vat of Stout and drowned. Through tears, Brenda muttered, "Did... Did he at least
go quickly?" Tim shook his head solemnly and replied, "No. I'm afraid not. He got out three
times to pee..."
Have a great week everybody!
* Won Tiebreaker
At 7:02 pm, three tables and two guys at the bar were all that occupied Kilarney's in Fairview Center last night. Then, at 7:30pm, the joint miraculously swelled to ten tables and a full bar! Such is the effect of a King Trivia Pub Quiz at your local watering hole, even on a Tuesday with rain!
Lots of regulars filled the hall along with newbie team EZ ZZ's. The couple explained E and Z were their pair of beloved Basset hounds. I just love a good animal story. Another terrific question set from our quiz writers out west as well. Quiz Master Lou thought that the domestic pig question was too easy, but I think maybe Beijing Black and Tamworth might have thrown some doubt into some people's minds. (Actually, those names sound like some exotic pot one might obtain?)
Round Three's theme of frogs and toads was a real stumper for a lot of folks. QM Lou was surprised at how many teams knew about the company LeapFrog, but virtually no one got the Star Fox mechanic name of Slippy Toad. However, style points go to some hilarious guesses... Kermit Jones, Toad Eddie, Space Toad, Toadworth and Joe Toad. Team AFCF (Allen Fairview Chamber Friends) got style points practically every round after incorrectly identifying Anchorman's famous mutt as Walter Cronkite. Nearly everyone of their default guesses that night was Walter Cronkite. As a frog. As one of Hollywood's highest paid actresses. As their Guess Who Round choice (crossed out of course). Just to see if they could get a chuckle out of ole Quiz Master Lou. Uh, you guys do know that style points don't count, right?
As Kilarney's is an Irish pub in Texas, it is only fitting that QM Lou offer this classic jape...
A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and says, "I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I'll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back."
The room is quiet and no one takes up the Texan's offer. One man even leaves. Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. "Is your bet still good?" asks the Irishman.
The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses drinking them all back-to-back. The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement.
The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, "If ya don't mind me askin', where did you go for that half hour?"
The Irishman replies, "Oh...I went to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first".
Have a great week everybody!
* Won Tiebreaker