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1974 Shattuck Ave,
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Monday, May 15, 2017
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Topical team names 'r' us
QM Rockjaw

In today's always-on, 24-hours-60-minutes-60-seconds news cycle... it's easy to come up short on a team name. What is topical today, might be old news tomorrow. Hell it might be old news by the end of the quiz. So, pity the teams that felt last night was time to show off their carefully constructed James Comey related puns (step forward Easy Comey, Easy Gomey and Didn't See That One, Comey). While they got laughs, they felt overshadowed by our President's chummy meeting where everybody attending got an intelligence tidbit, like he was some sort of shadowy spy version of Oprah. In many ways it's better to go with a perennial name, such
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, May 08, 2017
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So... rude?
QM Rockjaw

Relatively speaking, I've been lucky at quiz. Precious few hecklers have heckled, even less dicks have dicked. Generally, I'm happy with my quizzers and I hope you're happy with me. But, y'know, sports. Last night with a back-to-back sportstravaganza of The One With the Baskets and The One With the Bases, we had some sports fans in, some of whom decided to join us and lo! They did quite well (hat-tip to them). Others decided shouting was the order of the day, so Bad Rockjaw had to come out and bare his teeth for a minute. I don't like doing that. Of course as is always the case, after the fact you think of a thousand more erudite and disarming things to say other than "Shut up" (I
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Thursday, May 04, 2017
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The Force is strong in this one... or is it...
QM Rockjaw

... just the Midichlorians? The eternal question may have been answered last night as we flung open the doors of Spats to Star Wars fans, for our Let The Wookiee Win themed quiz. This was not a quiz for the faint of heart or smalloflightsaber, people, with eight increasingly devious rounds to test the smartest of Jedi. From the off however it seemed obvious that three teams - Smells Like Palpatine Spirit, TK-420 and The Midichlorian is the Powerhouse of the Force ranking high early on. It's never over until something gets blown up however, and we had a way to go until the last round. There were sterling performances by It's
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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Spats
1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, May 01, 2017
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O.M.A.Q.C
QM Rockjaw

Sometimes you send one man to do a team's job. I didn't think anything much of the guy. People arrive solo for quiz sometimes, it's no big deal. I always ask if they want to join a team; maybe they're looking to make new friends. Sometimes team even ask solo folk to join. And sometimes, those solo players just say "No... I'm going to see how I do on my own." When I scored round 2 and saw a perfect 16 (with a joker), I wondered who this wünderteam might be. That's when I found out the 'team' was one guy. A one-man... army... quiz... corp. If you get that side-reference WELL PLAYED. Almost as well played as The Brotherhood of Eta Smegma Pi,
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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Spats
1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Apr 24, 2017
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Like fish in a barrel inside a can inside a submarine
QM Rockjaw

We were super busy last night at Spats! Which was awesome, I love a big crowd! But also there was a Warriors game on right in the middle of quiz! Which meant we adjourned to the Smoking Room! This is not as exciting as it sounds and doesn't justify this many exclamation points in this opening paragraph! (!) So. Yes. With a storming 18 teams in the house and with our space reduced by roughly a third, it was a tight fit at Spats last night - but a rare occasion, too. Murphy's Law applying here folks - anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, so of course on the night when we're a little space-restricted we get our BIGGEST CROWD EVER! Despite a few rubbed shoulders
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Apr 17, 2017
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Where's that guy?
QM Rockjaw

We were sending out search parties at quiz last night, with two teams asking Where's Matt? and Where's Addison? Where were they indeed - missing out on the quiz is the answer. What a whopper they missed out on too, with the entire night being a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, as part of our 'Quiz for a Cause' efforts. In the end we pulled together $164 in donations, so thank you to all the quizzers who chipped in. I pushed the pot up to $200 total for the cause, hurrah! As for those all-important winners, I feel the need to give a shout-out to guest teams Bo$$ Bitch and Totchos who both
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Apr 10, 2017
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Cheers to Major Minors Who Don't Want To Be Last Place
QM Rockjaw

I think I've talked about team names before. Team names matter, people. They're not just for your personal amusement: these babies are going to be read aloud, people. That means they gotta perform. Of course, as well as that, you've got to think about your team identity. Most people come along to quiz week after week, so for some, they get identified by their team name. See: Major Haters & Math Minors, Rocket Surgeons, etc etc (ironically, neither were in attendance last night). Then there are the nights when we get all newcomer teams. So, while you have some old favorites (hello, Legosaurus and our perennial Cheers to... teams) you also get new folk trying out their team
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Apr 03, 2017
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Full speed ahead
QM Rockjaw

I'm on the clock for every quiz. We try to make sure a quiz is finished in 2 hours, tops, because hey! It's a school night or a work night or someone's anniversary or they really want to get home to watch The Late Show or whatever. So, 8-10pm, that's my remit, every Monday. Except when there's sports-a-sportsing. Which throws everything to hell. Last night was the NCAA finals, which is basketball, I'm reliably informed. That meant that the game went over by about 45m, by which time we were revved up and ready to quiz. So we did! And to my own personal surprise, we actually finished in less than two hours. It's amazing what cutting out repeats of audio rounds does to your timing. Some
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Mar 27, 2017
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Spring Break? Spring BROKE more like aha ha haaa
QM Rockjaw

It's spring break. As an Englishman, I barely know what that means. It's spring? Time for a break? I guess? Generally my perceptions about 'spring break' are informed by 'Girls Gone Wild' videos (not that I've ever watched those I mean I just know about them ahem it was in the box when I got home I was trying to rent Wild At Heart honest) but, there were no wet t-shirt contests or DJs at quiz last night. Instead we had a merry band of folk, including a few new faces to round things out and some far-flung visitors. Our usual 'left of the entrance' team swelled with some relatives from way out of town (the UK, to be precise) so became two teams - San Franquizco and
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Mar 20, 2017
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How many pluckers can a pheasant plucker pluck
QM Rockjaw

So. Tongue twisters eh? That's your game. Well, I'm onto you, team to my left. I'm on to you. After last week's tongue defeating team name, last night they returned as The Pheasant Pluckers. Aha! The double entendre tongue twister! Fine, I'm all-in, people. Come at me with your punnage, your tongue twisters, your double entendres. I shall defeat them all. For example! One Erection. Yes, that is the level of team name I had to deal with, people. But I persevere! Comey Chameleon - well, it was topical, but c'mon, you needed that extra 'Comey' to get the 80s pop band vibe going. Between The Rock and a Vin Place
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Mar 13, 2017
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Tongue twisters are evil
QM Rockjaw

As a person who regularly has to spend time speaking into a microphone in front of a crowd, I'm a little aware of the potential pitfalls. First of course there are the pronunciation traps, which I've spoken of before; as an Englishman I can't even be guaranteed to get the names of cities or states right sometimes, but I rely on my trusty quizzers to help me out. Sometimes... those quizzers turn against me. As it was last night, when I looked at the first set of answer sheets and (a) needed several rounds before I figured out how to write (and say) The Majestical McKuelys as well as (b) rolled my eyes at the tongue-twisting team
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Mar 06, 2017
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Underdogs forever
QM Rockjaw

I like underdogs. Specifically, I like rooting for underdogs. The little guy! The last to be picked! The valiant loser! Gimme a longshot any day of the week and I'll waste my money on it, cheer it on and say "Sucks to be you, big guy!" on their behalf. So, it was with great pleasure that as I came to our first standings of the evening last night, I was able to say that the brilliantly named "... and in last place" were not in last place at all. In fact they were first! And they remained that way for much of the night! Unfortunately for them, in the end as has happened so many times before, that tricksiest of tricky rounds foiled them. Only managing a 7
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Feb 27, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:00 pm]
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Herdy gerdy flerdy
QM Rockjaw

Look, it's unoriginal, it's sorta been done and hey - it's even kind of racist - but dammit I can't help it. Last night we had an audio round featuring covers of songs by the Swedish Chef (okay, fine, people pretending to be the Swedish Chef for there is only one Swedish Chef and baby, he don't get out of bed for less than a grand) and it was AWESOME. Never before have you heard such random gibberish, so delightfully spoken, or sung, or... clucked... in the case of his chicken backup singers. I'd give you links but I don't have any! Rest assured it's better than you think. With the room rocking to the finest Scandinavian singing
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Feb 20, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:00 pm]
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Topical is so last week
QM Rockjaw

Every week our valiant quizzers have to make up a team name. For some, this is easy, because they've been using their team name for a long time (Hello, Major Haters & Math Minors). For others, it's a weekly puzzle. Generally, teams go topical, and with... let's just say... recent current events... there's usually no shortage of good subjects to choose from. That said, if you wanna be topical, you gotta be quick. A few weeks ago we had a team name that referenced Mike Flynn - and he resigned half-way through the quiz. How embarrassing. Which is why, when I saw the team name Bowling Green Massacre, I had to shake my head. That was last
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Feb 13, 2017
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A new challenger emerges
QM Rockjaw

Sometimes at quiz, it's a case of "Well, you either know it or you don't". Pester any person with random trivia questions and the chances are, some people will know some answers, and some won't. However, to succeed at quiz and to succeed consistently... well, that doesn't just take random luck. Or indeed, uh, random knowledge. It takes... less random knowledge? I swear that metaphor made more sense in my head. Anyway, my point is: if you randomly walk in the door on any given quiz night it's possible you might win, because hey, the stars might align and you might know the answer to every single question. Come by again though and you might find that sometimes quiz is a little
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.


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1974 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA
94704
Monday, Feb 06, 2017
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Return of the Majors
QM Rockjaw

For months here at quiz only one team ruled: the Major Haters and Math Minors, creators (at least around our way) of the infamous 'wait until the last round and double your score' move, AKA the 'Kobayashi Maru'. I think. Anway, they went through a rough few months, losing some team members, gaining some others. Other teams came to prominence (looking at you, Alex and Max) and it seemed as though their wings may have been permanently clipped. Not so! Last night after a tumultuous evening they once again triumphed with their signature move, seeing off competition from Tom Brady Still Sucks and the topically-themed-for-Berkeley New
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Writer of stuff, professional community-type, Brit in the US, geek of many colo(u)rs, definite cat person and podcaster. I love movies, nerdy pop culture, games (board and video!) and procrastination. My only claim to Geeks Who Drink fame is that I won. Once. Years ago.