Pub Quiz
05/24/2012

All apologies to Seaman and Cumming who didn't get credit for Dame Nellie Melba. They should have. They should have had nine points in round four. They should have been in the tie-breaker at the end of the night. That is 100% my fault.

If you want a little pick me up, watch the answer to the common bond in Brazil. And he became governor. What a country!

OJ the Imposter
05/24/2012
1 Random Chaos 56*
Hello My Name Is Inigo Montoya... Seaman and Cumming 56
University of Inwood Agent Kate Conlin Memorial Library 56
2 T-Birds, Esq. 55
3 The Ecstatic Alphabets 53
Inwood Interfaith Chuggers Travelling Circus 52
I Walked On Your Face 48
Woman and Husband 42
Beavis Burbage Fan Club 40
Inferno 651 36
May the Trivialis Be With You 36
Gyroball 35
Touched by an Uncle 29
Pedal and Paddle 17
OJ the Imposter
05/23/2012

When it comes to the bel canto style, I've never gone for Joan Sutherland. I've always preferred her one and only rival.

OJ the Imposter
05/18/2012

Welcome trivia boffins to a very special Friday afternoon edition of the Indian Road Café Pub Quiz Weekly Recapitulation.* If you were there on Wednesday, then you know that this week's quiz was hot. If you weren't there, I'll let you think that "hot" is a reference to the intensity and enthusiasm of all those in attendance and not the oppressive heat and humidity caused by the overcrowding at the front of the room.

As for intensity and enthusiasm, our brainiest quizmaster, OJ the Imposter, came up big with a series of wordplay rounds this week. First was something called "For the Round", where all the answers included the phrase "for the".** Later he offered up a round on Repeat Offenders, where all the answers had repetitive words or names. As for me, I I love love double double Chex Chex.*** Finally, he had a round called "science" that I didn't really understand, but I assume it was also some sort of wordplay. Then this happened...

On the other side of the this-week's-trivia-rounds coin****, I had some trivia as well. There were rounds on Internet memes and initialisms, great mothers in pop culture, and of course the Common Bond round. I hoped to share some facts about everyone's favorite wife-beating crooner, Bing Crosby, but we were a little pressed for time. Now we've got all the time in the world though. So have a seat. Did you know that Bing was not his name at birth? And, not only is Bing a nickname, but it's a nickname for a nickname. He was born Harry Lillis Crosby. When he turned 6 he got his first nickname, Bingo.*****

As much as I tried to screw up the math again this week, at the end of the night there was no denying that University of Inwood Agent Kate Conlin Memorial Library were the outright winners! Congratulations guys, and I promise I won't screw up any math next week ...since I'm not hosting.

Also, there's still time to check out the Five Points Kickstarter Page and support their plans to make the greatest short-form zombie squirrel puppet movie ever!


* - It's a Friday edition because it took two days to write the first sentence.

** - And, most of the questions were about classic rock.

*** - Better better than than the the rest rest.

**** - That's the obverse side for all you non-numismatists out there.

***** - And, Bingo was his name-o. Ha!

Evil Mr. Phil
05/17/2012
1 University of Inwood Agent Kate Conlin Memorial Library 55
2 Ironic Mentalist Society of America 53
3 The Ecstatic Alphabets 52
Hello My Name Is Inigo Montoya... Seaman and Cumming 49
Touched by an Uncle 48
I Walked On Your Face 47
Random Chaos 44
May the Trivialis Be With You 43
Vagifacer 43
The Others 42
Inwood Interfaith Chuggers Travelling Circus 41
Inwood Nation 41
Blame Lindsay 37
Johnny Dive and the Uptown Five 30
Evil Mr. Phil
05/16/2012

Takaki Kanehiro didn't win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, but Christiaan Eijkman did? For the same work? Ten years later?

OJ the Imposter
05/10/2012

Firstly, the Dog Fish Head Palo Santo Marron is a very delicious beer. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate.

Last night was a rather loose affair that bore little resemblance to the finely tuned machine that is your infallible Indian Road Café Pub Quiz. I know you're all looking for someone to blame last night on, and so I give you the Dog Fish Head Palo Santo Marron. Did you know that the DFH Palo Santo in addition to being very delicious is also quite high in alcohol?*

From the very beginning, there were oversights and mistakes made. Can you believe there was a round on misheard lyrics that didn't ask you what the term is for misheard lyrics? Props to everyone who knew the term was mondegreen.** I tell you what, that oversight really revved up my deuce. After the first round it's normally customary to have the quiz-teams-roll-call, but that was forgotten. Thank goodness we had a superfluous quizmaster in the house to make sure we adhered to all the customs you've all grown accustomed to without too much customizations. Next we had a round on NYC that lacked any questions on Dick Trickle, even though he once visited the city. Can you believe it? Oh, and don't even get me started about one of our very own quizmasters calling a centipede an insect - I don't care how interested he was that the little thing you control in the arcade game Centipede is supposed to be a garden gnome.

Top Women

The second half started off with a flawless movie quotes round. I thought maybe we'd be able to pull this thing together. Then we were invaded by SPACE TRIVIA from SPACE. It was a little indulgent, but the most grumbling came after the quizmaster refused to accept negative space as an acceptable equivalent to white space as a term commonly shared between typography, visual arts, and telecommunications. Finally we got to the final round - the Common Bond round. Dr. Jordan took last night's Common Bond round as an opportunity to teach us about the endless varieties of flies in the world. Everyone please be wary of saw flies and bottle flies this weekend.

As much abuse as we doled out throughout the night, I was amazed that we were still alive at the end of the night and announcing final scores. We'd gotten through what will hopefully go down as the sloppiest pub quiz ever. Almost. After announcing the Ecstatic Alphabets as the winners of the $25 gift certificate for the evening, we were approached by the U of I regarding our accounting. They were right - we*** had recorded the wrong score for them on an earlier round. We adjusted the scores, and although the Ecstatic Alphabets did well for the night, the University of Inwood Agent Kate Conlin Memorial Library were true winners last night! Hey, if Dumbledore can change scores at the last minute, why can't we? Take that Slytherin!

All hail University of Inwood Agent Kate Conlin Memorial Library!

I hope we'll see you back next week when the pub quiz will surely be better than last night's. And, when you're there, try the Dog Fish Head Palo Santo Marron.


* - Me neither.

** - Double props to everyone who kept it to themselves.

*** - Ok, it was me.

Evil Mr. Phil
05/10/2012
1 University of Inwood Agent Kate Conlin Memorial Library 48
2 The Ecstatic Alphabets 46
3 Hello My Name Is Inigo Montoya... Seaman and Cumming 41
T-Birds, Esq. 41
The Manifesto 41
The Mediocrities 41
Inwood Nation 39
Random Chaos 39
The Simpletons 36
I Walked On Your Face 35
Inwood Interfaith Chuggers Travelling Circus 34
May the Trivialis Be With You 31
Zombie Squirrel Brigade 31
Hott Roddz 27
Butt Hole Surfers 20
Evil Mr. Phil
05/09/2012

Gary Owens is well known as an announcer, but let's not forget his contribution to the world of ethereal superheroes.

Evil Mr. Phil
05/03/2012

Since I had the night off from quizmaster duties last night, I thought I'd try something experimental while sitting in your midst. Last night, for the first time ever, the Indian Road Café Pub Quiz was live blogged. Unfortunately, electronics of any kind are expressly forbidden by the rules of the pub quiz, so I had to use pen and paper. The following is a transcript of the live blog. Sorry to anyone who missed it last night.

8:00 Good evening and welcome to our first ever live blog at the IRCPQ. We're currently waiting for the quiz to begin.
8:02 There's a lot of excitement building.
8:06 While we're waiting I'd like to start by apologizing to Brian (now known as Cuban B), who's our guest quizmaster for the night. This recap might not work, but thanks in advance for stepping up to host.
8:10 Dr. Jordan has announced the rules and has just asked the first pint on us question. It's about a dangerous activity banned in Norway.
8:11 Lots of incorrect answers are shouted. He says it involves wrist injuries, and OJ the Imposter (also enjoying a night off) has just shouted "skateboarding" to win a free beer.
8:15 The first round is called "Initially the Same", and we are underway. Did I mention that OJ and I have formed a vacationing quizmasters team for the night, and will be playing along?

answering questions

8:23 The first round is being collected, and Cuban B is sidling up to the microphone.
8:25 Second round is called "Why did the chicken cross Indian Road?" Nice.

answering questions

8:43 We just handed in our answer sheet containing everything you ever wanted to know about chickens but were afraid to ask. We think we did pretty well.
8:45 Dr. Jordan is letting us know how we did on round 1, where all the answers had the same initials, DT, but no mention of fan-favorite Dick Trickle. Five teams were tied and had to compete in a chug-off of Genesee Cream Ale to break the tie. Oh, I get to chug as well.
8:49 I don't know who won the chug-off since I was preoccupied with not spilling it all over myself. Anyway, round 3 is beginning. It's on capital cities.
8:51 The Genny I just "chugged" isn't feeling so good right now.

answering questions

8:57 Dr. Jordan's going through repeats on the capital cities questions. For better or worse, our answers are set. Looks like Cuban B is pouring beers for a tie-breaker round as well.
9:02 Cuban B is going over the answers to the chicken questions. We didn't do as well as we though. The round has an outright winner, but Phil Ryan, last week's truant birthday boy, will be forced to chug to make up for his absence.
9:05 Phil Ryan has been forced to double fist the chug.
9:06 Phil Ryan has transformed into a one-man, two-fisted, beer-chugging, crowd-pleasing spectacle. OJ and I are moved to tears by what we're witnessing.
9:09 Phil Ryan has finished his beer.

halftime

9:25 We're back from halftime and Dr. Jordan has capital city answers. We went 8/10 which I thought was pretty good, but 5 teams went 10/10 so I guess it wasn't. They all knew that Tokyo is the most expensive capital city in the world.
9:26 ROBIN JUST WON A CHUG OFF.
9:27 Cuban B is on the mic with some halftime scores. Random Chaos has the lead with 27 points. Cuban B also has a pint on us, but I'm a little addled right now and I'm not entirely sure what's going on. Also, I've lost my teammate and I'm trying to get psyched for more trivia.
9:30 Round 4 is all about Pie! Yay, pie!
9:31 Uh-oh, Cuban B wants to know the volume of a sphere. It's all about Pi. The anti-math-ites are gonna be restless.

answering questions

9:43 I tried to hit the head after that round, but the line was too long. Dr. Jordan is asking questions about brains, but my brain is still thinking about the bathroom.

answering questions

9:52 Seems like most of these questions are about eating brains.
9:55 Now that my brain has been thoroughly eaten away by the last round, it's time to hear Cuban B's Pie/Pi answers. Hmm, none of those sound like answers I put down. At least everyone else did well.
10:00 They made Phil Ryan chug again, but PJ from Trivialis won it.
10:02 The Common Bond round begins! Cuban B has the attention of the entire room. Our minds are like putty in his quizmasterly hands. The place is so quiet you could hear a pin drop. But, no pin drops. No pin would dare drop.

answering questions

10:04 I've abandoned my team. I'm sure I was going to get the top score on the common bond, but I'd rather not chug anymore beer.
10:15 The Common Bond has been collected. Now we wait. Dr. Jordan is telling us all about zombies and their favorite food. Oh, the outermost part of the brain is called the cortex - not the candy shell.
10:20 Dr. Jordan is now soapboxing for keeping the bar open late on Wednesday nights to accommodate... more soapboxing?
10:30 B is going through the common bond answers. The first three ranks in the Navy are known as seaman. Lots of cheers from the Seaman and Cumming team.
10:31 The common bond is that all the answers are roadways in Manhattan, and six teams went 10/10. There is another chug-off.
10:32 Final Scores for the night... Drum roll please... In third place is Random Chaos. In second place is Hello My Name Is Inigo Montoya... Seaman and Cumming. And, in first place for the night, and winners of $25 to the IRC is The Ecstatic Alphabets!
10:33 Dr. Jordan is looking for the closing credits music.
10:34 There it is. We're out!

See you next week!

Evil Mr. Phil