Tam O'Shanter

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Los Angeles CA 90039
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Tue Aug 9 2016
| by Quizmaster Michael Miller

This game was one of those mega-events at the Tam O'Shanter; the sort where it feels like there were a million teams playing (18 in the course of the night, though not all finished) and one couldn't help but wonder how so many people were able to fit in so small a place.

The first handout round proved to be difficult for most teams, many of whom were tricked by the first picture, errantly putting Barbie as the answer rather than the correct Skipper.  Not every team was fooled, though, such as our defending champion team The Mules, who doubled down successfully.

As the game continued, scores remained high especially that of The Mules.  However, when the Drinking Round arrived, it was other teams who distinguished themselves.  In honor of Oksana Chusovitina, an Olympic gymnast who has competed in the Games so many times that she's even done so under the flag of the USSR, I tasked teams with naming the former republics of the Soviet Union.  Incorrectly, (extra) humble Quizmaster called the result for Bananas Foster before being quickly challenged by the General Washingtons -- both teams had in fact answered 15/15 correct, and that jolly fool Michael Miller, Qzmstr., had simply read Estonia, a correct answer, as Bosnia, which is incorrect.  Following a tie-breaker in which these two were required to answer closest to the population of the USSR when it dissolved (293 million), the Washingtons were closest by a margin of roughly 70 million.  So strangely, the team with the American name won the round about Communism!  It takes all kinds...

At this time, a few teams checked out - this many teams in such a small space requires a lot of repetition of questions to make sure that everyone hears, meaning a long game, so it's natural that not everybody stays so late on a school/work night.  To the brave survivors, the potential beginning of a dynasty was observed, as The Mules won first place for the second week in a row (interestingly enough, they won it on the same question -- name the 9 original SNL cast members -- that they won their very first game with about 14 months ago)!

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 10190 The Mules 87 16 1.000
2 The Pommel Horses 85 15 0.938
3 10251 Fear of Flying 76 14 0.875
4 10078 Sister Act: Ghost Protocol 68 13 0.812
5 10189 Saus-Tam Party 64 11 0.719
5 10204 Flux Capacitors 64 11 0.719
7 10009 Bananas Foster 60 10 0.625
8 10072 General Washingtons 55 9 0.562
9 Three Amigo-gos 54 8 0.500
10 10385 pobody's nerfect 47 7 0.438
11 Willy's Real Rear Wheel 46 6 0.375
12 Captain Awesome 41 5 0.312
13 The Connecticut Uncles 39 4 0.250
14 Team Scotch 36 3 0.188
15 Beards, Blondes, and Company 34 2 0.125
16 Lando Caltrivians 32 1 0.062
17 Quizzed in my Pants 14 0 0.000


Tue Aug 2 2016
| by Quizmaster Michael Miller

First night of League Play here at the Tam, and the story was one of returning regulars!  I, humble Quizmaster Michael Miller, was delighted to see the return of Whoa Bundy!, a team who played with me years ago at the Eagle Rock Lounge.  Tonight also featured the return of the Tam I Ams, a delightful group who honor their home of the Tam O'Shanter with their name and me with their presence.

While the match started without a single successful double in the first round, the scores quickly began to increase as we got underway.  For the Drinking Round (which at Tam O'Shanter is generally a trivia-based challenge, both due to space constraints and me wishing to give the players what they want) teams were asked to name the 44 countries of the world that have a monarch as a head of state.  The General Washingtons triumphed with 22 correct answers!

Though the Washingtons started the game with an unsuccessful double attempt, they carried on to come in second place for the night!  Aggressive Foreplay, perennial contenders as well, took a strong third place though their faces said that they were hungrier for greater glory.  Meanwhile The Mules, who have become a permanent fixture on Tuesday nights in the last year, went wire to wire as the high scoring victors!  Well done teams, I salute your important trivial exploits, look forward to seeing you next week, and ask you to remember: don't worry about being pedantic on trivia night -- there's no better night for it!

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 10190 The Mules 91 10 1.000
2 10072 General Washingtons 84 9 0.900
3 10070 Aggressive Foreplay 70 8 0.800
4 10078 Sister Act 59 7 0.700
5 Happiest Place in Atwater 58 6 0.600
6 10204 Flux Capacitors 54 5 0.500
7 Tam I Ams 48 4 0.400
8 10196 See You Next Tuesdays 47 3 0.300
9 10189 The Secret Life of Tams 46 2 0.200
10 Whoa Bundy! 40 1 0.100
11 10014 Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! 35 0 0.000