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Phoenix Landing
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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Super Mega Extreme Ultra Birthday
Travis

Because I am nothing if not a sucker for self-promotion, last night was the BIRTHDAY QUIZ that I'd been hyping for the past six weeks. Boy, did you all celebrate in style. Current regulars, friends, coworkers, and a bunch of other awesome ladies and gents filed in to The Phoenix Landing for eight rounds of celebration and hullabaloo. I couldn't have asked for a better night! Somehow, the birthday deities blessed me one final time this morning when I didn't wake up with a hangover. High-fiving a million angels. As for the quiz... What Did We Learn Here? Words beginning with "ch" Eight pretty fantastic mashups and
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Comey Chameleon
Travis

With one week to go until the totally-not-hyped-incessantly-at-all BIRTHDAY QUIZ~!, we brought a dirty dozen teams into The Phoenix Landing on Wednesday for eight more rounds of nonsense and such -- although this time, there was no Orioles-Red Sox actual nonsense to sift through. What we did have, however, was a pretty damn awesome night! This week's team theme seemed to be one Mr. Comey, the suddenly-ousted director of the FBI: three teams chose to either directly or (very cleverly) indirectly reference his firing. Let's see if you can figure those out over there in the standings, eh? So What Did We Learn Here? Current
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02139
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
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Fiona Apple-gate
Travis

Apparently last night was a night for long names at Phoenix Landing. Not only did multiple teams roll into quiz with absurdly long team names, I experienced one of the greatest moments in my 16 months as Quizmaster around the Boston area. One question in the 50/50 Round 3 about apples asked whether Fiona Apple's longest album title was 45 or 90 words long. Almost everyone answered with the former choice, because who the absolute hell puts out an album with a 90-word title, right? Fiona f'n Apple, that's who. As I read out the actual title of the album (When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02139
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
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Image Macrons
Travis

We Quizzed for a Cause on Wednesday at the Phoenix Landing, and you all did an excellent job supporting a very worthy cause. Before we get to the quiz breakdown, I want to mention once again (as we did at the end of the night) that we raised an amazing $410 for the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion (EMA) Fund! Y'all packed the Phoenix to the absolute brim this week -- seriously, one team joined me on the side of the stage and some of you decided to sit on tables alongside your respective teams -- and I'm so glad to see the show of goodwill from the group. Glad...but somehow not surprised. Not only did we raise all that money for the EMA Fund, we did so while having to trudge
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02139
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017
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Yes, I've Had My Break Today
Travis

This week, as some of you may know, is April vacation for schools in Boston. It's been a pretty relaxing week for yours truly, other than what ended up being a very rowdy Patriot's Day down in the Fenway area. I've played a lot of Xbox One and read a skin-crawling story about how Playstation 4s (Playstations 4?) tend to be havens for roaches. Did you know that? I can't even type this out without shuddering way too much. I've seen Boston playoff teams go 0-5 since my break started. OH AND FIVE. The Celtics dropped two to the Bulls and the Bruins lost three got dang games in a row to flippin' OTTAWA. It's like I was too resigned in that sentence to swear, I know.
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
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Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017
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Hot Takes 4 U
Travis

Deep dish pizza is for chumps. There, I said it. I also said it last night at The Phoenix Landing and promptly had a defender of the deep dish tell me to burn in hell, so I'm guessing this is still a hot-button topic. But shut up Chicago, you got the Cubs last season. You're all set for a few years. Now for the bonus, friendship-devouring, earth-splitting question: pineapple on deep dish? (As a quick aside, deep dish isn't the only pizza form that draws my side-eye. Thin crust is an abomination that should go away and never come back. *That* is sauce and cheese on a damn cracker and I won't hear anything else about it.) In
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Apr 06, 2017
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Not-So-Lonely Souls
Travis

We may not have had any cherry pie or blood-splattered donuts sitting around at The Phoenix Landing Thursday night, but we definitely had a very raucous and passionate crowd of Twin Peaks fans for our first-ever quiz on that show just about set to come back in style! These teams were ready, too. We had t-shirts emblazoned with the face of Special Agent Cooper and references to Ghostwood and the pine weasel. We had a quizzer show up looking just like Maddie Ferguson! (Except, you know, without bits of glass in her face and a letter stuck under her fingernail. Also, our bar didn't look like Missoula, Montana...) The fun part about
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
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Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017
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Trickle-Down Quizonomics
Travis

When it comes to quizzing at The Phoenix Landing, there's one rule lately that seems to be so important to quite a few players: Don't leave before the prizes are given out! Most weeks, I end up with a couple of teams with more than six people -- a move which renders a team ineligible to win any of the team prizes. These teams know this, and they don't mind sticking together and playing for the intrinsic pride of just having the most points (and maybe even...the most fun?). Some of these teams place in the top three in the standings at the end of the night, which means the prizes trickle down to the next eligible team. The quizzers at Phoenix Landing tend to
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
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Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Travis

If you see me at all this week and notice that there's just a little added kick to my steps, just know that this is absolutely my favorite time of the year (non-birthday edition. Just wait until mid-May for that!) and it makes your friendly neighborhood Quizmaster the happiest boy in dinosaur land. Why, you may ask? Let's quickly go over the hurricane of awesomeness that is mid-March-to-early-April: 1) the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The first round makes for two amazing days; twelve hours of games each day, barely a break in the action, and (because I'm undoubtedly in several pools each year) I have some pretend newly-found stake in every single game.
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02139
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017
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Quiz Through the Looking Glass
Travis

It hasn't even been two months into my run as host of quiz at Phoenix Landing, but I think our teams are starting to form bizarro-world versions of themselves. As I've mentioned in blogs past, a team of regulars started quizzing here the week I started hosting, and thought it would be super awesome and cool to name themselves You're Not Our Real Bobby. I still love their explanation of their name after that first quiz: "We don't even know who Bobby is!" You're doing the Lord's work, fellas. They won quiz for the first time two weeks ago and, as such, rolled into quiz last week with the new name of You ARE Our Real Bobby. I will very
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02139
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
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I Much Prefer Macho Madness
Travis

It took seven weeks of being the new guy on the mic at The Phoenix Landing, but it finally happened. I became the guy! A team started quizzing the same week I became Quizmaster and upon hearing I was the newbie, their team name was easy: You're Not Our Real Bobby. It took some convincing and some joking (and, by their admission, climbing the ladder to earn their first win last week), but I got their Round 1 answers last night and there it was, beautiful and shiny and new: You Are Our Real Bobby. Whew. At this point, I don't even care they still have to progress to get my actual name
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02139
Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017
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They Do Run the World. I Checked.
Travis

On International Women's Day, it was a fine evening for some quiz awesomeness. We welcomed in a lot of red-clad quizzers for eight rounds of flotsam and jetsam and such, but I have to give a special shoutout to a team who went above and beyond for their naming efforts. Team names are a fickle thing. You get a lot of quizzing in the face, references to Super Troopers and Will Ferrell movies and (lately) alternative facts, but it takes a lot of effort to come up with a name that I'm going to (a) laugh like crazy upon reading, and (b) remember for a while. So major props to the team sitting closest to my stage last night: I'm Not Wearing Red, It's Just Blood
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02139
Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017
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Hearty Quiz For All
Travis

Tonight was a very special quiz at The Phoenix Landing, as we played host to Hearty Meals For All and a Quiz For a Cause to benefit that excellent organization! They took in over $330 thanks to a lot of the quizzers who were kind enough to donate. They obviously thank you all, and so do I. Today was also Ash Wednesday -- what are you giving up for Lent? I'm giving up soda and, since I despise coffee, it looks like I'll be majorly laying off the caffeine over the next month-plus. Be sure to take pity on me and my headache-laden life as you quiz with me in the near future. It's gonna be great! Team names ran the gamut from the
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02139
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
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Teachers Who Drink. And Quiz. And Drink.
Travis

February break is a wonderful thing. I grew up in Maryland, so I never knew the benefit of having a week off from school smack in the middle of the winter doldrums. I just dealt with being freezing cold and stir crazy from going to class five days a week pretty much from the start of the new year until getting a couple of days off around Easter. Here in Massachusetts, where I work as a teacher, it's a whole different story. You get a December break! You get a February break! You get an April break! I love my job, but those breaks are a very necessary thing for everyone involved. Last night at the Phoenix Landing,
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02139
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
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That Blog Had a Family, Bah Gawd!
Travis

Hey, I'm back! Did ya miss me? (Maybe don't answer that.) Andrew held down the fort last week and did so quite honorably, but I returned to Phoenix Landing on Wednesday to give fourteen groups of quizzers the cure for the middle-of-the-week blues. On top of the usual bonus prizes, we also invited Harpoon in for some extra swag in the form of Harpoon IPA tees for the five individual bonus winners as well as Big Swinging DKEs, the lowest-scoring team to play the entire quiz. They absolutely rocked it and were a great group to have around, so hopefully we see them on Wednesdays again soon. The top of
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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Phoenix Landing
512 Massachusetts Avenue
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02139
Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017
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Icemageddon
Shillbert

I moved to the Boston area last year. It wasn’t my first time spent in Massachusetts - I went to school in Worcester for four years - but living on your own is certainly different than living on a college campus. And last year there was barely any snow. Now, I’m no snow novice. I grew up in Southwest Connecticut and I’ve lived through my fair share of storms. But certainly living through a storm when your parents are around to do the heavy lifting is quite a different experience. But today? Today I made it through a storm. A foot of snow on the ground. Cars getting towed like its going out of style. Wind whipping around at full speeds. But
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A fan of professional wrestling. A sketch comedy enthusiast. A bass player/vocalist. These are the many personalities of Shillbert (his real name is Andrew, but this name is way more fun!). Join him as he quizzes patrons all across the Boston region.