May 12, 2009

Here's what I've determined…

Crash Mansion's video system is not friendly to any kind of puzzle that requires the study of small detail. Especially now, that we've lost the screen in the back of the room. (Bang goes the plan of the all–Magic Eye video round.) That being said, I stand by the inherent quality and cleverness of "Several Pictures Are Worth Fewer than a Thousand Words," and will post it to YouTube at some point. But a lesson has been learned, and the BQT soars ever higher.

Last night was weird—big crowd, but tough crowd; lots of booing at Smart-Ass Point attempts. But hey, we're trivia fanatics; live by the sword, die by the sword, I say. My fault for distributing postcards for a Holocaust-themed play (get your Irena's Vow discount here!).

While I'm at it, I'm going to pat myself on the back and say that last night's show featured a lot of high-quality trivia. I'm reviewing the questions now and damn, I like a lot of these. I'm the greatest person ever, clearly. These especially give me a warm feeling:

What musician regretted the stage name he chose in 1977, since the name’s inspiration had died just a few months later?

What’s the television connection: 1966, 1987, 1993, 1995, 2001?

And of course, a presidential one:

Souter’s retiring! Who’s the most recent President who didn’t appoint any of the current members of the Supreme Court?

On the other hand, yes, this one sucks:

What word for a light shade of yellow is the 32nd most popular name for baby girls in the U.S.?

What I should have written was:

What word—which means both a light shade of yellow and a fragrant flowering shrub—is the 32nd most popular name for baby girls in the U.S.?

Better. Maybe to be used in a future BQT recycle job.

And, of course, the standings:

1. Gerard Depardouche: Fourth time in a row. I'd have to go back and check (and I won't), but I think that in the past year, fewer than five teams have won the Big Quiz Thing (the Big Three of the 'Douche, the Fantastic Fournicators, and Strippers for Stephen Hawking, plus an upset by Cash Cab for Cutie—anyone else? Sugah Titz?). I'm going to think about some new rule that levels the playing field a little.
2. Fantastic Fournicators
3. Incontinental Congress
4. Strippers for Stephen Hawking
5. Sugah Titz

NEXT SHOW IN FOUR WEEKS! June 8. In the meantime, DJ GB and I are doing You Bet Your Ass at the Slipper Room this Saturday. And I promise to get back on the blog tip: more Super Mega Hard Questions of the Week, more self-indulgent entries in my Greatest Hits series, more, more, more.


Anonymous said...

Hate to interrupt you patting yourself on the back, but how about acknowledging the worst question of the night? The California & warn ya rhyme was used first and much more significantly in a different song. Given recent botches like the first female senator and Arthur song title, we figured you just screwed up the year. Boo!

Katie Vagnino said...

Interestingly, my mom also was singing the lyrics to that other older song, which she thought was called something like "It never rains in California"....but regardless, you put the year in the question, so there are no grounds for complaints in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

The grounds for complaint isn't about marking the other answer wrong, it's that it was a lousy question. Technically, the year means ass was covered. But it's still just as dumb as asking about some 1952 movie using the line "Here's looking at you, kid," without acknowledging Casablanca.

AZ Girly said...

Re leveling the playing field - my team strongly supports a cap on the # of team members that is actually enforced. Just throwing in my 2 cents!

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