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Monday, May 02, 2016
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Werewolves are for the Children
Ivan the Adequate

It almost hit 90 degrees in Seattle today, so I’ll forgive those who opted to go enjoy the summer-like evening air, but I will simultaneously pity them for not partaking in some frosty brews in the breezy comforts of our quiz’s fine locale.   Here’s what they missed.   This week’s winners: Wu Tang is For the Children pulled of a narrow photo fish of a victory against Werewolves Not Swearwolves in a sudden death round following a tie for first place. It was a clash of titans that will go down in history and remain unforgettable until next week when one of the two teams inevitably
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Monday, Apr 25, 2016
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Violet Precipitation
Ivan the Adequate

This week’s winners/best team name: The formidable A Team Formerly Known as Slickback, who were not only celebrating two birthdays, but managed to turn the essence of their team name into a touching and classy tribute, unlike A Team Formerly Known as Happy, who did little more than to bum us all out.   Best/worst guess of the week: Pretty much two-thirds of the guesses to the question about Serbia and Montenegro and the dysfunctional bygone republic that used to encapsulate them known as Yugoslavia. I mean, I guess Bosnia is enough of an educated guess that it’s not a shameful attempt, but
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Monday, Apr 18, 2016
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Another express edition
Ivan the Adequate

This week’s winners: The recurring powerhouse Wank Me Off Before You Go-Go takes first place this week using one of their recurring team names.   Best/worst guess of the week: The only thing worse than not recognizing Fred Savage is somehow mistaking him for his brother Ben, who will always have a placed in our hearts as Cory Matthews, but isn’t quite cool enough to have directed a number of Party Down episodes.   Homework from this week’s quiz: The recent career of Anna Chlumsky. I never knew her by name when I was a young lad, but I sure
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Monday, Apr 11, 2016
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Sante Fe? Are you kidding me?
Ivan the Adequate

This week’s winners: As predicted, Werewolves Not Swearwolves dominated and fulfilled the ongoing prophecy of dominating every other week they play.   Best guess of the week: “Ooooh, I know this song – it’s ‘Wake Me Up’ by that one Swedish DJ…um, let me see if I can remember his name…I think it might be Avicii…” “Is it DaVinci?” “Yes, that’s the one!”   Homework from this week’s quiz: Drive Me Crazy. I’ll let you figure
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Monday, Apr 04, 2016
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We've got a lot of time to make up for, so...
Ivan the Adequate

Here we go!   There was that stuff about the Tesla and the FBI and the Kanye and the Cosby and the Harrison and the soccer and the shooting and the food labeling and the saxophone covers and the guy who plays Tony Stark and the people who play all sorts of people and those characters who aren’t quite the main characters and the disappearing statues and the thought crime and that one Radiohead album and that one guy from 12 Years a Slave who apparently didn’t have that happy of an ending in real life and those characters who refer to themselves by names that aren’t their own and that one Shakespeare movie that had no business winning Best Picture and that
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Monday, Mar 28, 2016
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The good news: You're on Dancing With the Stars! The bad news: You're on Dancing With the Stars.
Ivan the Adequate

This week’s winners: O Chang, Where Art Thou, who returned to reign in victory after what feels like a few weeks of absence. Welcome back, gentleman. Werewolves Not Swearwolves, who seem to dominate the rankings only every other week, will be gunning for you next Monday.   Best guess of the week: Say, who was that actor who portrayed Marty McFly for a few weeks on the set of Back to the Future before he was recast with Michael J. Fox. Why, it must have been David Bowie, of course!   Homework from this week’s quiz: The
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Monday, Mar 21, 2016
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Toejam Football
Ivan the Adequate

Today is yet another sick day for me, so since I’m not operating at 100% coherency (coherence? cohesion) right now, it’s time for a …   BLOG POST: EXPRESS EDITION   This week’s winners: Werewolves Not Swearwolves. These guys burst onto the Blue Star Monday night pub quiz scene over the past several months (at least in name) and have slowly but surely established themselves as a force to be reckoned with.   Best guess of the week: Can’t remember the names of three musketeers but you’re able to recall the cadence of two of them? Suddenly it hits
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Monday, Mar 14, 2016
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International Something Something Day
Ivan the Adequate

There’s no escaping quasi-holidays this week, from Pi Day to National Potato Chip Day to the Ides of March to St. Patrick’s Day (which becomes much less legitimate when it is celebrated the weekend before at bars that also serve mozzarella sticks).   In a world where we continue to be oversaturated by media and content left and right, the one thing pushing us past the tipping point toward critical mass is the influx of inane and nonsensical novelties added to calendar days that would otherwise be nice and ordinary.   Upon doing some research at a website that tracks these kinds of holidays, I’ve found that that even just this month
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Monday, Mar 07, 2016
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Presenting Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde 2)
Ivan the Adequate

Should I recap the quiz? Let’s recap the quiz.   We had some Trump-heavy current events, a musical celebration of the telephone, a potentially 16-point round for the more daring quizzers, a series of tourism ads for places like Agrestic and Stars Hollow, celebrities in space, doggie bags, a tribute to the career of Bryan Cranston, and a random knowledge round that gave Ride Along 2 a moment in the sun.   Last night’s festivities were as much of a photo finish as you’re ever going to see in our world. Going into the final round of the evening, Werewolves Not Swearwolves had a staggering 13-point lead that
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Monday, Mar 07, 2016
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Drumpf Card
Ivan the Adequate

Two consecutive blog posts alluding to Donald is the exact kind of attention he wants and we shouldn’t be giving to him, but here it goes.   So there we clearly a lot of John Oliver fans in the house, as we had three teams playing under the names Make Donald Drumpf Again, Make Donald Drumpf Again!, and Make Donald Drumpf Again <3, respectively. Given the punctuations (or lack thereof) distinguishing each one, I let them all keep their team names, but…   There was a twist! Up until the very end of the quiz, I didn’t differentiate which team was which when reading the standings, which surely made those teams nervous,
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Monday, Feb 22, 2016
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He's Trump, he's Trump, he's Trump, he's in your head
Ivan the Adequate

And there's nothing you can do about it.  Does it make sense that he's still dominating the headlines a full eight months after announcing his presidential bid that nobody took seriously? Nope.  Does it make any sense that no other GOP candidate has managed to build any kind of meaningful following to combat him? Nope. Is he worse than Hitler? Nope. But that hasn't stopped me from buying the domain neohiter.com and redirecting to his campaign site. There's plenty of reasons to oppose this guy, but one argument for why he would make a terrible president that I have yet to hear is the fact that
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Monday, Feb 15, 2016
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The Curse of the Brittany’s Strikes Again
The Fortress

I can dig it, black women Quiz Mistresses are few and far between; I also know that Baillie isn’t the most common name for a black girl. However, my name is not Brittany, and it seems every time I go to a long time GWD venue someone says to me, “Oh, are you Brittany?” Not to say that Brittany isn’t a brilliant Quiz Mistress and all around person; I’m just not her. So walking into the Blue Star I had one of these encounters, no harm; not foul. There are worst people I could be compared to. #ilovebrittany Now back to the matter at hand: how awesome this quiz was. I cannot say how PUMPT I am that there was a round on Yo Mama jokes. I would also like to give
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Yeah, well what can I say about myself...A LOT! 

But I won't. I'm just your regular quiz-mistressing chick on in the city. Sounds like a million dollar sitcom idea to me. 

Actually QM's are more of 250K reality show idea on MTV. My show would be akin to Jersey Shore, but no fist pumping or pregnant short people. 

...but back to me. I'm called The Fortress...no idea why though, so come out and see me in action and maybe we can come up with some ideas why together! 


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Monday, Feb 08, 2016
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More than just a motherlover
Ivan the Adequate

It’s been a while since I’ve seen one of my own concoctions show up on our Monday quiz, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I was that I was able to share this particular round on the prestigious acting career of one Justin Timberlake with the world.   Now, I know what everything who played the quiz was thinking during the round. There are some glaring omissions here, you all must have remarked. And I get it. But there was only so much I was able to include.   Believe me, I wanted to throw in Model Behavior, the made-for-TV ABC movie co-starring Kathie Lee Gifford. I wanted to include In Time,
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Monday, Feb 01, 2016
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Beam me up, Scott
Ivan the Adequate

So turns out that famous quote by Neil Armstrong is actually, “that’s one small step for a man,” including that tiny extra syllable that threw off everyone’s guess in this week’s word count round.   Some other famous quotes that you may have misheard:   Sherlock Holmes never actually said, “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Since he’s English, it would have actually been “primary.”   Gone With The Wind also had viewers believing that the line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” was directed toward Scarlett, when it
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Monday, Jan 25, 2016
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It goes a little something like this
Ivan the Adequate

Editors’ note: the entirety of this post was written prior to the start of this week’s quiz, and the quizmaster was not able to complete it in time for publication. Due to contractual mandate, included below is the rough draft that had been partially produced.   Wow! What a quiz! A certain number of teams packed the house for an unforgettable night of quiz-filled goodness. It was quite a nail-biter all the way to the end of this here quiz.   Things got a little crazy when <team name> insisted that <solo artist> also had recorded <his/her> own version of <song popularized by solo
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Monday, Jan 18, 2016
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How disappointing
Ivan the Adequate

So just as the blow of David Bowie and Alan Rickman’s back-to-back deaths was finally subsiding, this week’s quiz allowed us to relive the pain all over again, albeit in some of the best ways possible.   I don’t need to say much about Bowie’s musical legacy, but even throughout the past week I feel like there was a continued underappreciation of Rickman’s long and diverse film career.   And it brings me to the following declaration: if there isn’t a single movie in Rickman’s filmography that you enjoy, then you simply don’t like movies.   I mean, let’s say you don’t like
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