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.
Twas the last Tuesday before Christmas, and all through the hub,
Every person was drinking, after all it's a pub!
The stage lights were on, the mic warmed with care,
In hopes that King Trivia would soon be there;
The patrons were nestled in teams with their booze,
In hopes of winning, no one wants to loose;
Mamma in her hoodie and I with my crew,
Had just settled down with a local custom brew.
When up near the stage there arose such a clatter,
We rose from our barstools to see what was the matter!
When what do my alcohol blurry eyes view?
With clipboard and prize cards, it was Quiz Master Lou!
The little old ham with his cornball wit,
Would soon have us all in a quiz guessing fit.
With a jocular intro, he called us by name,
Laid down the questions and the rules of the game.
"We got General Knowledge and picture round heaven,
We got the usual format in rounds five, six and seven!"
He spoke out a warning before setting to work,
About Double-or-Nothing and betting like a jerk.
Then the quiz started and all was alright,
The questions were varied, amusing and tight.
At the end of the tunnel we eventually saw light,
Quiz Master Lou shouted, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!"
With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore...
Happy Holidays, everybody!