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Trivia Time: November Edition

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Hey, November edition of Trivia Time starts this Sunday. For understandable reasons, we will now be moving to a weekly schedule. This was always my plan but I did want to do something special for both the first one of these and for Halloween. For the next five Sundays, we'll get 10 questions and you'll have all week to answer. Does anyone want to join in?
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
A much easier schedule to keep up with for sure, though I've been enjoying the October barrage as well. I'm in!
 

Nich

stuck in baby prison
(he/him)
I will follow this thread more closely than I managed to in October.
 

Paul le Fou

Pickle Bus Owns Tulip Town
(He)
Not having managed to follow any of the previous, what times are we looking at on Sunday(s)?
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Don't worry. Sadly, the actual Discord game is all but dead (for now) but once I post the questions you'll have all week to send me a list of answers. That said, you are on your honor, sir, not to look up the answers... at least until you send me your PM. Also, now people might want to improve their chances by forming a team.
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Moderator
I'm willing to be on someone's team with the caveat that Team Rocket's score is 90% Daikaiju. That's probably not an exaggeration.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Hey, guys. With America on the cusp of a big... whole thing, I feel like regardless of however things we go down, we need to return to a figure of joy and comfort. And with 35 years after his most famous game dropped, this seems like the month for a trivia month themed around...



The topics!

1. Mario Bros. – Questions About Plumbing
2. Super Mario Bros. – Questions About Mario Andretti and Mario Lemeux
3. Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels – Questions about Missing Floors
4. Super Mario Bros. 2 – Questions About Dreams
5. Super Mario Bros. 3 – Questions About Plays
6. Mario’s Cement Factory – Questions About Cement
7. Mario’s Bombs Away – Questions About Video Game Bombs
8. Wrecking Crew – Questions About the Wrecking Crew
9. Mario the Juggler – Questions About Juggling
10. Dr. Mario – Questions About Medicinal Ingredients

Week 1

1. Why are manhole covers circular?
2. During practice for what race was Andretti the first driver to exceed 200 MPH?
3. In English speaking countries, what floor is sometimes omitted in larger multi-level buildings?
4. What is the name for a dream where the dreamer is aware they are dreaming?
5. In Hamlet, the characters watch a play called “The Murder of Gonzago”, but what title does Hamlet give it?
6. What kind of common cement is named after an island in Dorset, England?
7. What video game adaptation of a film bombed so hard, copies of it were taken by truckloads and buried in a New Mexico landfill?
8. Who left the Wrecking Crew after the success of his solo songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman"?
9. From the 12th to the 17th century, juggling was actually used to describe which different entertaining skill?
10. What metal is found in GST, an injectable treatment for arthritis?
 
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Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Moderator
I'm happy to stay on your team. I'm just not sure I'm pulling my weight.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Remind us when exactly is the deadline for getting in the week's set of answers? Thanks!
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Thanks. Actually a have another, a bit rules-lawyer-y question, while I'm here. Often *after* I submit my answers I'll goo looks them up online to see if I was right. However, in this format, we've got some pretty narrow categories spanning the month, so looking up one answer might inadvertently be educational about future, as yet unseen, questions. Should we, like, avoid this, or is researching the general topics when we don't have any unanswered questions up actually kosher?
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Oh, I forgot to answer this. Probably better to keep away from more obscure categories for the month. You can correct me after its all over.

Also, the week is half done. Don't forget to get your guesses by Saturday!
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Answers for week one.

1. Why are manhole covers circular?
So they don’t fall in when turned on their sides.
2. During practice for what race was Andretti the first driver to exceed 200 MPH?
The Indianapolis 500
3. In English speaking countries, what floor is sometimes omitted in larger multi-level buildings?
13
4. What is the name for a dream where the dreamer is aware they are dreaming?
Lucid Dream
5. In Hamlet, the characters watch a play called “The Murder of Gonzago”, but what title does Hamlet give it?
The Mouse-Trap
6. What kind of common cement is named after an island in Dorset, England?
Portland Cement
7. What video game adaptation of a film bombed so hard, copies of it were taken by truckloads and buried in a New Mexico landfill?
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
8. Who left the Wrecking Crew after the success of his solo songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman"?
Glen Campbell
9. From the 12th to the 17th century, juggling was actually used to describe which different entertaining skill?
Stage magic
10. What metal is found in GST, an injectable treatment for arthritis?
Gold (GST stands for gold sodium thiomalate)

Scores so far...
Kirin - 7
Rascally Bader - 6
ViolentVixen - 6
Team Hot Fuzz - 5
Little Sampson - 5
CaptBlasto - 5
Team Rocket - 4

This week...

Week 2

1. The word “plumbing” comes from the word plumbum, which is Latin for _____.
2. What is Mario Lemieux’s nickname?
3. In China, what one digit number is often missing, including on floors with multiple digits?
4. During what stage of sleep do we dream most vividly?
5. Clybourne Park (written by a white man), we focus on a white family that sold their house to a black family, is a “spin-off” of which iconic play written by a black woman?
6. Cement is a combination of clay and what common rock?
7. Which beloved game was called "least commercially successful winner of a game of the year award" in the 2010 version of the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition?
8. Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. left the Wrecking Crew and went onto release the hit song "Right Place, Wrong Time" under what name?
9. What does “gentleman juggling” usually involve for props?
10. Byetta and Byduron contains a protein found in the saliva of what large lizard?
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
BTW, I messed up on question 10. I used the descriptor "large" lizard in my head because my brain conflated Gila Monster and Komodo Dragon. I'll give everyone a point for 10 and an extra point for the actual answer I intended. Sorry for the brain fart.

1. The word “plumbing” comes from the word plumbum, which is Latin for _____. Lead
2. What is Mario Lemeux’s nickname? Super Mario
3. In China, what one digit number is often missing, including on floors with multiple digits? 4
4. During what stage of sleep do we dream most vividly? REM Sleep
5. Clybourne Park, in which we focus on a white family that sold their house to a black family, is a “spin-off” of which iconic play written by a black woman? A Raisin in the Sun Despite the weirdness of spinning it off into a "what about the white people" narrative, it apparently was fairly well regarded.
6. Cement is a combination of clay and what common rock? Limestone
7. Which beloved game was called "least commercially successful winner of a game of the year award" in the 2010 version of the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition? Okami
8. Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. left the Wrecking Crew and went onto release the hit song "Right Place, Wrong Time" under what name? Dr. John
9. What does “gentleman juggling” usually involve for props? Gentleman’s attire and paraphernalia (cane, cigar, etc). However, if you said “everyday objects”, I’ll accept that.
10. Byetta and Byduron contains a protein found in the saliva of what large lizard? Gila monster

Kirin - 13
Rascally Bader - 14
Little Sampson - 12
ViolentVixen - 12
Team Rocket - 9
CaptBlasto - 8
Team Hot Fuzz - 5

1. What slightly dirty name is the floating mechanism in the toilet tank called?
2. Through how many decades did Andretti win United States Driver of the Year?
3. What city banned the practice of skipping floors to avoid confusing first responders?
4. In the Ojibwe language, dream catchers are named after which animals?
5. Which actress, who would go on to win an Oscar in 1989, was the only original cast member of A Streetcar Named Desire who didn’t also appear in the film adaptation?
6. What common gas causes non-hydraulic cement to react and dry?
7. What fairy tale-inspired arcade game (called Treasure Hunt in Japan) received no home ports after the arcade failure of the game cost publisher Cinematronics a considerable financial sum?
8. What did the Wrecking Crew refuse to do while recording, resulting in their name (because they were “wrecking” the high standards of the industry with this choice)?
9. What object did DeWitt Cook juggle, which went onto become a juggling mainstay?
10. What noted poison does Fowler’s Solution contain?
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
1. What slightly dirty name is the floating mechanism in the toilet tank called?
Ballcock (someone also said floatball, which despite not appearing on wikipedia does appear to be a term. Floater is not but its close enough I let it by).
2. Through how many decades did Andretti win United States Driver of the Year?
Three (1967, 1978 and 1984)
3. What city banned the practice of skipping floors to avoid confusing first responders?
Vancouver City
4. In the Ojibwe language, dream catchers are named after which animals?
Spiders
5. Which actress, who would go on to win an Oscar in 1989, was the only cast member of A Streetcar Named Desire who didn’t also appear in the film adaptation?
Jessica Tandy.
6. What common gas causes non-hydraulic cement to react and dry?
Carbon dioxide
7. What fairy tale inspired arcade game (called Treasure Hunt in Japan) received no home ports after the arcade failure of the game cost publisher Cinematronics a considerable financial sum?
Jack the Giantkiller
8. What did the Wrecking Crew refuse to do while recording, resulting in their name (because they were “wrecking” the high standards of the industry with this choice)?
Dress formally
9. What object did DeWitt Cook juggle, which went onto become a juggling mainstay?
Clubs/pins
10. What noted poison does Fowler’s Solution contain?
Arsenic

Rascally Bader - 21
Kirin - 18
Violent Vixen - 17
Little Sampson - 16
Team Rocket - 14
CaptBlasto - 13
Team Hot Fuzz - 8

1. Which physicist did the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union in Washington, DC make an honourary member after claiming if he could do it all again, he’d be a plumber?
2. What team did Lemieux spend his 17 year career playing for before retiring and becoming the team’s owner?
3. What letter is sometimes used to replace 13 on elevator buttons?
4. In the Mandukya Upanishad, part of the Veda scriptures of Indian Hinduism, a dream is one of three states that the soul experiences during its lifetime. What are the other two (hint, they are closely related)?
5. In Death of a Salesman, what does Uncle Ben make his money from?
6. Though not cement in the strictest sense of the word (IE, needs to be limestone), what material did the Babylonians and Assyrians use for cementation that is still commonly used today?
7. Which failed video game promised “John Romero’s Going to Make You His Bitch” before an incredibly poor reception when the game was finally released?
8. Despite last week’s story, the name “The Wrecking Crew” wasn’t popularized until near the end of their career. What inner circle-themed name did Carol Kaye claimed they used?
9. How many balls could Enrico Rastelli, considered to be the greatest juggler, juggle?
10. What compound used in embalming does Hiprex, a medicine for urinary tract infections, contain?
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
1. Which physicist did the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union in Washington, DC make an honourary member after claiming if he could do it all again, he’d be a plumber? Albert Einstein
2. What team did Lemieux spend his 17 year career playing for before retiring and becoming the team’s owner? The Pittsburgh Penguins
3. What letter is sometimes used to replace 13 on elevator buttons? M
4. In the Mandukya Upanishad, part of the Veda scriptures of Indian Hinduism, a dream is one of three states that the soul experiences during its lifetime. What are the other two (hint, they are closely related)? Awake and Asleep
5. In Death of a Salesman, what does Uncle Ben make his money from? Diamonds
6. Though not cement in the strictest sense of the word (IE, needs to be limestone), what material did the Babylonians and Assyrians use for cementation that is still commonly used today? Asphalt (bitumen)
7. Which failed video game promised “John Romero’s Going to Make You His Bitch” before an incredibly poor reception when the game was finally released? Daikatana
8. Despite last week’s story, the name “The Wrecking Crew” wasn’t popularized until near the end of their career. What inner circle-themed name did Carol Kaye claimed they used? The Clique
9. How many balls could Enrico Rastelli, considered to be the greatest juggler, juggle? Ten
10. What compound used in embalming does Hiprex, a medicine for urinary tract infections, contain? Formaldehyde

Rascally Bader - 26
Kirin - 24
Violent Vixen - 22
Little Sampson - 20
Team Rocket - 17
CaptBlasto - 15
Team Hot Fuzz - 12

Last week! New topic next Sunday!

1. What is the name of the communal latrine found in mediaeval monasteries in Western Europe and later also in some New World monasteries?
2. Though Andretti’s parents were Italian, what nation was he born in?
3. In the Simpsons, after Moe loses his bar floor to repo men, he’s told he can get it back if he pays his bills. What is stopping Moe from doing this?
4. What is the study of dreams called?
5. Which play includes Roy Cohn, The Ghost of Ethel Rosenberg and a messenger from Heaven who tells the lead character he is a prophet?
6. According to the World Cement Organization, concrete is the second most used commodity in the world. What is the first?
7. What unsuccessful game, sharing a title with an Isaac Asimov anthology and an Eando Binder short story, was the first to use 3D polygons with flat shading?
8. The Wrecking Crew was the de facto house band for which famous producer/murderer?
9. According to the Talmud, what liquid was Shmuel able to juggle eight glasses of without spilling a drop?
10. Premarin contains the urine of what kind of animal while it is pregnant?
 
I'd just like to say that I spent the first half of this game thinking The Wrecking Crew was the Traveling Wilburys, and then still forgetting who was in the Traveling Wilburys, so that's how this is going for me.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
I mean, the Wrecking Crew is a loose collective of session musician who worked with some of the biggest names in music and also some of them became pretty big names themselves, if that helps.
 
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