Pub Quiz

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OJ the Imposter

As a special Christmas treat (for me) the weekly recap has been written by last night's pint on us champion Jon Wunder (while fortified by the two 750ml bottles of Corsendonk he won).

See you in the footnotes. Here's Jon...

Hi everybody. It was another great night of trivia this week. A true Festivus for the "best" of us. Bwaa-ha-ha!*

But seriously, things started out a little fishy with oddly enough a round devoted to fish related questions. Do you know the only state in the US whose name does not contain any of the letters in the word "mackerel"?

Anyway, riddle me this, what type of round could summarily irritate everyone at once? A round about riddles of course! There was little rejoicing (and many math related complaints). Once the boos and hissing subsided, Evil Mr. Phil rang in the holiday season with a round about Christmas movies. There were questions about Ralphie, Durante, and Elf, and a '98 Affleck movie that flies off the shelf.**

Hoorah, sweet redemption. Dr. Jordan's next round was all about word origins. (Not great but better than riddles.)*** Who gave us the word "aardvark" or the word "caribou" or that majestic word "moustache". Sweet glorious moustaches.

It's Christmas time at IRC and Phil's rockin' tunes 'bout days of the week. Audio rounds have failed us in the past, but tonight it was oh so sweet. Any night the Bay City Rollers get a shout out is a good night.****

Finally we came to the bond, the ... Common Bond. In a surprising non-Christmas twist the bond was all about the fabulous theaters of Broadway. The lights, the festivity, the bearded men... wait, that's trivia nights at IRC. (Yeah, shameless plug.)

On a side note, the pint on us questions were both won by one singularly generous individual who shared his Corsendonk Christmas Ale with his amazing team.*****

Peace out kids. Come back next week for the excitement, pageantry, and spectacle of the IRCPQ.

* - This joke may have been funnier last night.

** - Irony alert. The Affleck movie is not desirable at all.

*** - Ouch. That's harsh.

**** - Sorry to any Scotsmen that may have been absent.

***** - Did I mention that Jon wrote this? Also, do you know what 750ml of beer is 100 times better than?

Evil Mr. Phil
1 Random Chaos 55
2 Panko Crusted Crispy Chicken Schnitzel Fingers 53
3 The Noodle Incident 49
Deck the Halls With Seaman and Cumming 47
Bob Costas is the Sexiest Man in America 45
Five Bunny Slippers 45
Screwged 44
O Come All Ye Faithful to the University of Inwood 38
Thunder Cats 37
Burt Reynolds Is My Spirit Guide 35
Battle Toads 31
Monterey 24
Yule Log 20
Evil Mr. Phil

I hope everyone's in the holiday spirit for this week's quiz, I know we at the IRCPQ are. To help you celebrate, we (plan to) have a lot (six) of exciting (complete) rounds for you (to scoff at) tonight.

Here's your hint, may it aid you in your quest for trivial knowledge: "Maybe he should have retired after Ronin."

Evil Mr. Phil

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
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

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

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
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

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