Merchants Cafe and Saloon
109 Yesler Way # 100
Seattle, WA 98104
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What an exciting, bright, sunny, warm day today was. Someday, you can tell your grandkids that in 2012, summer fell on a Thursday. And there was a quiz at Merchant's Cafe and Saloon that night. And we saw that it was good.
Here are some of the awesome highlights:
Kris Collier Mom had to leave at the end of Round 4 ... but got an extremely respectable 5 out of 8 in our round about oil-producing states. In honor of their effort, I jokered their final round on their behalf. Very nice and subtle play on words in the team name.
Hawaii Victory Team was reluctant to be photographed early on, but overcame their shyness by the end and proved to be quite photogenic. Plus, they came up with by far the most difficult bonus beer answer of the night, with nary a hint. Trapped in the Closet? Uh. Mah. Gad.
America pulled off the high score in both audio rounds, exhibiting their mastery both over songs that make you want to hate love, and songs that make you want to watch world athletes do things you would almost never want to watch more than once very four years. Let's face it, you're probably not gonna hear the Italy national anthem any other time over the next two weeks.
The Berods aced the visual round, and were the only team to come up with the Sparrow as the guilty party in the archery murder of Cock-Robin. They also went above and beyond: team members actually came up and provided me some quite excellent trivia questions of their own after the quiz.
* What Canadian province actually extends further south than the northern border of California? (Answer: Ontario, stretching itself around Lake Huron.)
* How many steps would it take to get to the observation deck of the Space Needle? (Assuming 8-inch steps, 780 steps to the 520-foot deck.)
In the end, Hawaii Victory Team did in fact achieve ultimate victory, but everyone was a winner tonight. I have to say, this was a most satisfying quiz experience. Come aboard next week and we'll do it again!