Pub Quiz

Thank you very much to everyone who showed up for our very special Ash Wednesday installment of the Indian Road Cafe Pub Quiz - it's always fun to have a full house. To all of you that weren't there (you know who you are, you know you were wrong, and you know you should make it right), we're sorry you missed out on an evening of raucous fun and great prizes.

Last night we were joined by Chris and Damian, of Bronx Brewery fame, who brought with them some great looking shirts, hats, and pint glasses (suitable for filling with their upcoming cask-conditioned Bronx Pale Ale) as prizes for the night.

Speaking of the Bronx, did you know that the biggest park in NYC is located in that fair borough (and it's not Van Cortland Park)? You did, eh? Well I guess you're hard to stump then. You probably would have done well on the foods that start with "L" round. In fact everyone did so well on that round that we were forced to award prizes to the teams that didn't get perfect scores. Let that be a lesson to all you over-achievers. After that we catered to both of our key demographics at once with a round on Shakes-beer, including a question about Shakespeare's personal favorite brew from Rogue.

After the half, we got back to pub quiz standard fare with a round of presidential trivia that narrowly avoided being entirely male by including a question about Nicaragua. (As an aside, I still hear some tittering whenever we ask questions about titular characters - thanks.) In the punctuation round, we heard how Kurt Vonnegut really feels about the semicolon; basically, he's against it. Finally we surprised everyone in the room by finishing off the night with something called "The Common Bond" round, wherein the secret connection tying all the questions together was everybody's favorite drinking game, Rock Paper Scissors.

After OJ finished admiring the artwork submitted by all the teams, we awarded the nightly prize of a $25 gift certificate to newcomers Some Kind of Browns, who finished the night with an impressive 54 points. Our congratulations go out to them, and we hope to see them come back for more next week.

Which reminds me, next week is the final week of the month of February. Be sure to come early for a table, because there will surely be a crowd for the crowning of the monthly winners and the awarding of the Quizmasters' Cup. Here's a picture of last month's winners celebrating with the cup.

IRCPQ Champions for January 2012

If you get the most points for the month, this could be you. (I've just reviewed the score sheet, and it looks like they're in position to win for this month as well, so maybe it won't be you.) Anyway, If you can't stand to see your beloved Quizmasters' Cup in their hands for a second month in a row, I suggest bringing your A games next week to close the points gap. See you then!

Evil Mr. Phil
1 Some Kind of Browns 54
2 Comrade Question 50
Super Colon Blow 50
The Uptown Abbots 50
3 I Am So Awesome 49
Besserwisser 48
The Manifesto 48
University of Inwood Mildred E. Seaman Theater Presents "I Cannot Sing a Lie" 48
Motherboy XXX 47
Alles Trivialis 46
Leaping Seaman Cumming Feb 29 46
Inwood Nation 45
Random Chaos 42
DNWR 40.5
The Resolutions 38
Game 7 Featuring the Heights 31
Ruben "That's Hot" Diaz Jrs 29
Viper Teeth 26.5
Hot Rub 21.5
Evil Mr. Phil

Let's return to Muscatine.

OJ the Imposter

It's now Tuesday morning and with tomorrow's pub quiz just a day away I still can't stop thinking about last week's. If nothing else, last week's quiz taught us that Volkswagen is like the wind when it comes to naming their cars, Valentine's Day is better spent watching movies than writing pub quiz questions, and Dvořák is not the same as Dvorak (those little marks on the letters make a difference apparently).

Retired Persons of Limited Means

The questions last week were so exciting that we had to resort to questions about baseball movies for round 5 to make sure everyone would make it all the way through the last round of the night. The last round as always was The Common Bond round, which contained 9 questions all related to the War of Northern Aggression.

Interspersed between the rounds we gave Mike (of Comrade Question fame) a send off the only way we know how - by making him publicly chug beer after every round with no chance of actually winning any prizes. Mike was a good sport about it, and we'll miss seeing him every week. We can't wait to hear about his exciting new endeavor overseas - we at the Indian Road Pub Quiz have great respect for all those who devote their time to testing watersides at tropical theme parks (I think that's the job he got, but I may be wrong).

Well, I hope everyone else is recovering from their President's Day hangovers and getting ready to drink some more, because tomorrow really is just a day away. Oh, and did I mention that OJ is going to dance for you tomorrow?

Evil Mr. Phil
1 I Am So Awesome 54
2 Random Chaos 51
3 The Unregistered Sex Offenders 50
Comrade Question 49
Super Colon Blow 49
Leaping Seaman Cumming Feb 29 47
Air Bud 2: Golden Receivers 46
Motherboy XXX 46
Episcobums + Jew 45
T-Birds 44.5
University of Inwood Mildred E. Seaman Theater Presents "I Cannot Sing a Lie" 41.5
Inwood Nation 37
Woman & Husband 31
Evil Mr. Phil

Based on BPI certifications, it's clear that Brit's love two albums above all others.

(And, based on an informal survey, it's clear that IRCPQ regulars prefer two IRCPQ quizmasters above all others.)

Evil Mr. Phil

February is shaping up to be another tight month. Three teams are separated by one point and those three teams have vowed to shower each other with Valentine's Day gifts. We've always felt that trivia is the perfect place for love triangles. If we cannot manufacture real ones, we can at least manufacture a round on love triangles. One day. Not this week.

February 8th was not a good night for those suffering from pogonophobia, but if you knew what that was, you were set to win yourself three-fourths of a pint of a beer.

We missed some regulars. Where was Scottish Robin? Where was the Evil Mr. Phil? Where was Noah from the University of Inwood? Were they all still reveling over the Giants victory? Were they suddenly curious about the true meaning of Santorum after the former senator's victories on Tuesday night? Was another type of trivia triangle building? Yikes!

That said, welcome back to IMSA.

So, what were the rounds from Wednesday? The first round was an early word play round where you had to figure out the band from synonyms about their name. Most teams did well, but no one knew what Bhut Jolokia is. It's the hottest of all the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You thought it was Flea, didn't you?

Round two was by request. It was all about celebrities' children. However, Bill from the Ignorant Virtuosos, who requested the round, was in absentia. Another one intrigued by Santorum, perhaps?

Round three was a doozy. Teams were leveled by a round about Valentine's Day. We hope, at the least, they walked away a little wiser.

The second pint on us asked what plant was used to kill Baldur. Perhaps you once used it to get to first base.

Round four was also by request. It was all about the British Empire. It included a question about the thin red line, which was the answer to that morning's hint. The British Empire is something that English Mark from Seaman and Cumming would have aced. He wasn't there. Scottish Robin would have shouted Freedom! He wasn't there. Geoff from the Bunny Slipper? Nope. Absent.

In round five, Dr. Jordan pulled out A Huge Pile of Ship. It was the type of round that Phineas K. Turniphausen would love, but trivia regulars wouldn't.

Round six was the common bond and everything linked to Han Solo. Everyone except for the Bunny Slippers nailed the bond, but only three teams had a perfect ten, which introduced the most shocking part of the evening. In the chug off, champion chugger George from Motherboy XXX was almost bested by George Lucas of Woman and Husband. While George was ready to admit defeat, the quizmasters conferred and declared the chug a tie. In the tie breaker, order was restored and George bested George Lucas. Neither one of the them claimed the t-shirt. Alas.

That's when the Evil Mr. Phil burst through the glass doors to claim his ipod. The one we appropriated.

Congrats to Comrade Question on a terrific win.

OJ the Imposter
1 Comrade Question 51
2 Random Chaos 48
3 I Am So Awesome 47
Motherboy XXX 47
University of Inwood Mildred E. Seaman Theater Presents "I Cannot Sing a Lie" 46
Super Colon Blow 44
Leaping Seaman Cumming Feb 29 42
The Manifesto 42
The Bunny Slippers (Something More Creative to Follow) 37
Karlan's Birthday Means She's Always Right 29
Woman & Husband 22
OJ the Imposter

What color should I wear for the Battle of Balaclava?

OJ the Imposter

Some recaps take longer to post than others.
Some quiz nights resist descriptions.
Some people will never have their druthers.
Some poems don't rhyme.

Senior Citizens in New Ulm, Minnesota, Making a Quilt...

We're still getting comfortable with our new oversized quizmaster's table, so please forgive us if we seem to be adrift. And, I'd like to remind everyone that we still don't have a good name for the provisionally-named Quizmaster's Cup and are accepting suggestions.

We did indeed have a fantastic quiz last week with record attendance. But enough about that, in just two days we're going to have an even better quiz. Can you imagine? How exciting this must be for y'all?

See you in a couple days. Until then take deep breaths and try to remain calm.

Evil Mr. Phil