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Blue Star Cafe & Pub
4512 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
Mondays: 8:00 PM
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11:25 PM, August 18, 2014
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RPF140492 A Team Named Slickback 77

Hilarious Reference 76

RPF140680 Baseball Erotica 75

Callie's Fall Fave 73

RPF140398 You Can't Spell Subtext Without Buttsex 69

We went through the trivia on a team with no name 66

1 64

Dr Spaceman 63

Miserly Non-Myopic Misanthropes 60

Boobs 47

I Really Don't Care About The Name 30

Eesh 7

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Starting with last night’s quiz, I've decided that quizzers who are caught cheating enter an unspoken agreement to take part of the ice bucket challenge - the same one that has become an internet sensation in the past few days.

A friend of mine recently returned to the country after being away two weeks, and upon his return I sent him the text: “Welcome back to America. Things you missed: the ice bucket challenge, Edge of Tomorrow being retitled for its DVD release, our landlords cutting down the tree by our balcony so now we can see the Space Needle. Enjoy freedom!”

His response: “Hahaha, thanks. Still need to figure out what the fuck the ice bucket is. You forgot about Missouri’s exploding racial tensions, but this must be what Jon Stewart feels like after coming back after a week.”

(I also I neglected to bring up Robin Williams, who received a lovely tribute in last night's quiz in the form of a Round 7 that highlighted his dramatic roles. It definitely got me a little emotional.)

This particular version of the challenge for the quiz wouldn't be for the purpose of raising awareness of ALS, but let's face it: over half the people who've been posting those videos on your Facebook feed also have no idea what ALS actually is. The ice bucket challenge is the latest online feel-good reposting fad that is arguably making as much of a difference as Kony 2012.

Okay, that might have been overly cynical. It's probably doing some good. But realistically, most of its viewers/posters have pretty much just been getting caught up in the celebrity factor and have probably give you a blank stare if you mentioned the name Lou Gehrig.

The internet, man. It's, like, annoying sometimes.

What's not annoying is the quiz, which was a competitive one last night. The regular gang that is A Team Named Slickback took the first place spot by a single point, inching past Hilarious Reference and Baseball Erotica, who were also both separated just as closely.

See you all next week!

Blue Star Cafe & Pub
4512 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
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11:17 PM, August 11, 2014
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Constantine 75

Baseball Erotica: Take Me Out To The Ball-Gag 72

Dr Spaceman 70

Oh Captain, My Captain 70

Sneathal Weapon 68

RPF140398 You Can't Spell Subtext Without Buttsex 68

RPF140414 Would the real geeks who drink please stand up 67

RPF140338 Puddin' Pops & Sweaters 63

Teem 51

Samthony 44

Scotty Dogs 32

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Quizmaster (Emeritus?) Colin has agreed to provide the bulk of this week's blog so that there's less work for me to do we can get an update on how life has been treating him down in the Southern hemisphere, and he has elected to do it in the form of his travel journals:

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Hello Ivan, hello Blue Star! 

As per his specialists, Dr. Spaceman, orders Colin has been keeping a rehab journal to record his progress through breaking free of his two year addiction to hosting quiz. below you will find his entries from the past two weeks. 

Day 80 Without Quiz - It is Monday night and my hands are shaking. I keep standing up as people walk into the bar adoing if they are interested in quiz. The looks they responded to me with were confused. Mostly because they didn't speak English and also because the makeshift visual I was handing out looked more like religious propaganda with the theme 'Name the statues from Rio de Janeiro' 

Day 90 Without Quiz - Was able to attend a Futbol match at the original world cup stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. It was pretty neat to see where it all started back in 1930. Afterwards it was drinks and amazing barbeque. 

Day 94 Without Quiz - I woke up in the middle of my hostel while holding my tablet and grading peoples travel books for errors. With everyone looking at me like I had just forgotten to them off the shuffle option I worked quickly to give an explanation. The whole building now knows my real profession. It isnt safe anymore. 

Day 96 Without Quiz - The pain of now hearing my voice projected over a speaker has increased to my lower left leg. Karen, a nurse, recommended alcohol as a pain reliever. It was 12km to the nearest internationally famous winery, but thankfully we made it in time to administer 3000 ml of a red and white vintages orally. The pain has lessened thanks to making it just in wine o'clock. 

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He missed a hell of a quiz this week. We had three teams from the Rumble in the Pub participating, and not a single one of them made it to the Top 3 tonight. Adding insult to injury was the fact that tonight's victors were Constantine, a team of two. Behind them was Baseball Erotica: Take Me Out To The Ball-Gag followed by Oh Captain, My Captain, who triumphed over Dr Spacemen in the third-place tiebreaker.

But the hightlight of the evening was undoubtedly the Round 8 bonus question, in which there was no less than a full minute of rapid-fire guesses for which instrument Carol Kaye played (it was bass) Before the correct answer finally came up, these were among the seemingly endless guesses:

  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Whistle
  • Triangle
  • Flute
  • Accordion
  • Harmonica
  • Oboe
  • Viola
  • Piano
  • Banjo
  • Kazoo
  • Tambourine
  • Drums
  • Finger Cymbals
  • "Her Voice"

Yeah. That happened.

See you all next week!

Blue Star Cafe & Pub
4512 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
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11:40 PM, August 04, 2014
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Not Great, Bob! 80

RPF140398 You Can't Spell Subtext without Butt Sex 79

RPF140492 A Team Named Slickback 78

Mr. C Cubed 78

Baseball Erotica: Randy Johnson 75

Massive Shedding Event 73

Bed Bugs 71

J+M 69

Team Awesome! 68

The Surprise Finish 68

Barrabajaggles 67

Dr Spaceman 64

Turk Turkleton 60

Westfied High School JV Girls Bball Team 43

State of My Nachos 26

You don't want to ask me about grim fandango 23

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I went to my first proper pub quiz on my 21st birthday. It was a Monday night and I didn’t have much interest in doing a 21-run, so following a fancy dinner I met up with some friends at a University District bar (one that isn’t there anymore) and, to our delight, our combined knowledge base of four people secured us a second-place victory. 

Flash forward a year later, and we had a regular group playing a Geeks Who Drink quiz on Tuesday nights. We were pretty committed to making sure our team had some sort of presence at the quiz every single week. Incidentally, a lot of us are from the Portland area, so when we found ourselves there for the holidays one year, we got together and found a GWD pub in the Northwest District down there and did the quiz the day after Christmas. We probably took it more seriously than we needed to.

What I love about pub quizzes is how they give groups of friends an excuse to meet on a regular weekly basis and hang out in a way that gives them the opportunity to chat and relax while simultaneously engaging in something mentally stimulating and, most importantly, pretty damn fun.

As our gang kept on playing from week to week, the roster would occasionally get a little tweaked, and I’d meet new people through our team that have now gone on become some of my best friends. We continue to play the quiz together regularly to this day.

Since I took over as the interim quizmaster at the Blue Star while the other guy (whose name seems to escape me nowadays) is gone, I’ve invited groups from all over the place to participate. Last night’s random assortment included my girlfriend’s meet-up event for her co-workers that all work remotely and don’t have a chance to ever see each other as well as an unofficial gathering of listeners of my favorite local podcast, who coordinated the get-together through a Facebook fan page. A couple weeks ago, my girlfriend and I played a quiz where we were unexpectedly joined by a girl who was there to meet a Tinder date and figured a pub quiz was a cool way to break the ice. And sure enough, what I figured would almost certainly start off a little bit awkward once the guy got there ended up being really natural and relaxed. I’d like to think it was all thanks to the quiz.

There’s just something about the setting, the atmosphere, and the structure of the quizzes that creates a dynamic that I feel you can’t replicate with any other kind of weekly gathering.

Not Great, Bob! made a triumphant appearance in first place last night, with We Are Groot (if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy by now, you’re doing it wrong) following behind in second, while Mr. C ³ inched a head in a tie-breaker against A Team Named Slickback for the third place slot. It was a really tight point spread across the top 10, however, so kudos to all the teams last night.

See you next week, friends and strangers alike.

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