Pub Quiz
12/15/2011

Thanks to everyone who came out on a surprisingly mild night in Mid-December. The scores were not nearly as lopsided as last week's, which we take to be a good thing. We hope we've challenged you and you also had fun.

There's not enough to be said about the Bunny Slippers who affixed their 12 Days of Christmas carol to each sheet they handed in. It goes:

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... 12 Chuggers Chugging, 11 Cans of Genny, 10 Connected Questions, 9 Common Bond Clues, 8 Questions that use the word 'titular,' 7 Is too many, 6 Rounds of trivia, FIVE BUNNY SLIPPERS, 4 Lobster Macs, 3 Quizmasters, 2 Named Jordan, And a loud cheer of "HOORAY BEER!"

The evening started off with a pint on us about the word with the most definitions in the OED and continued to a round that was initially the same. Every answer had the initials R.N.

The second round was titled cutlery and every question or answer was an oblique reference to a fork, spoon or a knife. At this point, everyone was doing well.

Then the leaders separated from the pack. The third round was a tough round on current events, many of which were foreign, which requires two things. 1)An awareness that the rest of the world exists. 2)An interest in what might be happening in said rest of the world.

The fourth round asked you to identify the artist of famous paintings. The fifth round was about a family of yellow animated characters in Springfield. Finally, there was a seasonal common bond about Christmas Trees.

A big hand to Burt Reynolds is My Spirit Guide who won five of six rounds, both pints on us, had a decisive victory, and are organizing a caroling for Saturday night.

Just a reminder, holidays shmolidays. There will be a pub quiz on the Winter solstice and on December 28.

OJ the Imposter
12/15/2011
1 Burt Reynolds Is My Spirit Guide 52.5
2 O Come All Ye Faithful to the University of Inwood 47.5
3 How the Grinch Stole Trivialis 46.5
Five Bunny Slippers 45
Deck the Halls With Seaman and Cumming 43.5
The Manifesto 41
Panko Crusted Crispy Chicken Schnitzel Fingers 37
Two Turntables and a Microphone 36.5
Random Chaos 33
Battle Toads 32.5
Ignorant Virtuosos 26
OJ the Imposter
12/14/2011

Biggest mistake I ever made: going to Jack Nicholson's house. I think I'll stay in Gstaad. Thanks, Jack. That's as good as it gets.

OJ the Imposter
12/08/2011

You may not have known it, but last night was very special for those of us at the IRCPQ. Last night was the third anniversary of the quiz! To commemorate the occasion we did the most amazing thing that's ever been done before - our usual Wednesday night pub quiz. Bam!

Actually, there was one notable change to the format last night. We had the IRCPQ's first ever three-quizmaster night. Unfortunately, Dr. Jordan was home sick last night so it ended up being very similar to our usual two-quizmaster nights.

You may think that giving away 750ml beers for the pint on us questions was part of the festivities, but in fact there's another reason. We at the IRCPQ have spent the last week reflecting on all the times we've not lived up to our "pint" of beer promise, and we decided to spend December atoning for the last eleven months' transgressions in the hopes that by Christmas we'll be on everyone's nice list. (For those of you not accustomed to the metric system these beers are equivalent to about 1 hoppus foot.) Oh, and here is the son of President John Tyler - this man had children when he was in his seventies.

Lyon Gardiner Tyler

During the quiz, while everyone in attendance was counting all of the US state capitals whose names end in the letter N, we the quizmasters were sitting at the front of the room trying to memorize the words to our new favorite Christmas carol written by the Bunny Slippers (who have proven yet again that they spend way more time preparing for these quizzes than we do).

On the 12th Month of Trivia My Quizmaster Gave to Me

12 Chuggers Chugging
11 Cans of Genny
10 Connected Questions
9 Common Bond Clues
8 Questions That Use the Word "Titular"
7 is Too Many People
6 Rounds of Trivia
5 Bunny Slippers
4 Lobster Macs
3 Quizmasters
2 Named Jordan
And a loud cheering of "Hooray Beer!"

Maybe we can have a singalong later this month!

All the scores were above average for the night, and we were sorry to have to dock Random Chaos half a point for adding extraneous details to their common bond answer. But, having a team score 59.5 points for the night seems a lot more legitimate than having them score 60. It makes me think we're not doing our job right if somebody gets too perfect a score.

That's it for this week. We'll see you next week! But, here's one final question - did anyone try Seaman and Cumming's namesake cocktail last night?

Evil Mr. Phil
12/08/2011
1 Random Chaos 59.5
2 Burt Reynolds Is My Spirit Guide 57
Five Bunny Slippers 57
3 Deck the Halls With Seaman and Cumming 56
How the Grinch Stole Trivialis 56
O Come All Ye Faithful to the University of Inwood 55
Panko Crusted Crispy Chicken Schnitzel Fingers 54
The Manifesto 48
Ignorant Virtuosos 45
Battle Toads 41
Inwood Nation 38
Ridin' in the Cain Train 34
Team Rif Raf 21
Evil Mr. Phil
12/07/2011

IRCPQ exclusive: I got a hold of Cee-Lo Green's first draft.

I see you walking in the Old Town with a Toblerone and I'm like man, gee whiz. I guess polychromic street signs weren't enough. I'm like, bring on a pub quiz.

OJ the Imposter
12/01/2011

If you couldn't make it to the quiz last night or you're having trouble remembering what happened, have no fear. This is a recap of last night's events.

We had yet another full house at the Indian Road Café and extended our consecutive pub quiz record to 159 weeks. Pub Quiz regular Alicia almost managed a perfect night of consecutive chug-off wins as she celebrated another consecutive year of life - we wish her silence and low-lighting on this the day after her Birthday.

As always, there was a mixed bag of questions and mispronunciations, and here are some of the highlights. The night of light entertainment opened with a round of "weighty" questions, and I finally learned just what the heck a Bantam is. As usual, Dr. Jordan was obdurate in his grading, but oblivious to all your objections for his What About Ob? round. I mailed it in for round 3 with a Mini Common Bond round about holiday eating habits - what do thrift stores, minutes, and quizmasters at Thanksgiving Dinner all have?

The second half of the night gets a little fuzzier, but I believe there was a round on literature. Ah, yes, now I remember. You were all asked who wrote, "Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes"? Which begs the follow-up question, who read "Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes"? In the Jeopardy! round (where all the questions and answers were in the form of a question) we had a lengthy discussion about Paul Marcarelli's many on-screen roles. And finally, Dr. Jordan baffled many with his cryptic common bond about Mustachioed Men.

Mustache-Brow

This really shouldn't have been that cryptic since every other word out of Dr. Jordan's mouth was "mustache" as he showed off the fruits of his Mo-vember labors and asked for donations. In fact, if you didn't get a chance to donate last night you can make a donation via the Mo-Space page.

Congratulations to the winners of the night: A Team With True Gout. If I may don the doctor's hat for a moment, I think they should use their prize money to buy some True Vitamin C which might help with their condition.

Oh, and did I mention that this was the last quiz of the month and that we crowned our November trivia champions? Yes, it's true. Perennial favorites Seaman Cumming To Baste Your Turkey showed great finishing skills in maintaining their lead and holding on for their first monthly win in a long, long time. To them goes the All Shows theater-concert-sporting-event tickets and also the high esteem of their competition.

They are also the inaugural winners of the Indian Road Café Cocktail Naming Rights and next week will have a punch named for and inspired by their team. Rachel, thanks for doing this and we hope this team name offers enough of a challenge to your mixological skill-set.

Anyway, thanks again to everyone who kept reading for this long and to everyone who showed up this month. See you next week!

Evil Mr. Phil
12/01/2011
1 They Tell Me You Are a Team With True Gout 52
2 Seaman Cumming to Baste Your Turkey 51.5
3 Inwood Nation 51
Mr. McGiblets 50
The Manifesto 47.5
Occupy the University of Inwood 46
Rabbit Hood: Men in Slippers 46
Occupy Trivialis 45.5
Battle Toads 43.5
Random Chaos 39.5
Ain't No Chuggers 39
Trader Ho's 28
Evil Mr. Phil
11/30/2011

Was anyone else watching The Price Is Right on October 12, 2009?

Evil Mr. Phil
11/24/2011
1 Occupy the University of Inwood 60
2 Rabbit Hood: Men in Slippers 59
Seaman Cumming to Baste Your Turkey 59
3 Battle Toads 53.5
Random Chaos 53
They Tell Me You Are a Team With True Gout 53
T-Birds 51
Tryptophenatics 50
Jiggles and Tickles 43
Inwood Nation 40
The Nightmare Before Thanksgiving 34
Ice Road Truckers 31
Donna 28
JK-KJ 21
OJ the Imposter