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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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"Where's Opus?"
John

A perfectly valid question when your visual round revolves around penguins that I’ve mostly never seen before and could only hazard a guess at maybe two, three tops. But that’s why I had movie buffs on the team back when I played on the regular. SUNY Potsdam has the week off and this week’s attendance was living proof of how much the Bears bring to the table here at the Cactus Grill. The crowd was just as lively as usual though and Bartender Krisha kept the drinks pouring. As I mentioned at Quiz back in February, my day job entails teaching teenagers with autism for St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and many of you eagerly
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Ask the Quizmaster: #1
John

Q. "Quizmaster John, how do you consistently put together such universally appealing and enjoyable musical selections week after week?" A. Glad you asked! Here is Quizmaster John's Guaranteed Formula for Universal Playlist Satisfaction:  -Scan the Quiz on Tuesday night to find references to songs or artists in the questions -If they’ve sent me nothing clever to riff on, pick out some songs I like from Round 2 -Beastie Boys ‘cuz that’s how Bartender Krisha likes it -Whatever sounds catchy on the radio (especially if I’m passing through more densely-populated airwaves) -Songs I
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Is That All You Got, Stella‽‽
John

I thought walking across town last week in the deceptively chilly wind and my shorts was rough. Then we got our annual mid-March blizzard! Nothing like a foot & change of snow and some occasionally-plowed sidewalks/streets to make me appreciate last week’s windy but precipitation-free commute. The regional state of emergency clearly had everyone feeling some cabin fever because HOLY CRAP tonight was the biggest turnout I’ve seen as a host! Bartender Krisha and our servers Delaney and Madison fulfilled everyone’s immediate needs for food & drink and deftly navigated our packed house. Quizmaster
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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On This Week’s Episode of Murphy’s Law
John

Car troubles compelled me to walk to Quiz this evening.  I arrived on the scene and soon realized our supply drop from GWD central hadn’t arrived yet. Worse yet, I’d left the pencil box in my back seat! Would we have enough answer sheets? Pencils? Luckily Senior Quizmaster Jason had a reserve of the retro sheets, but you people still needed something—anything!—to write with. I showed Jason all the back streets between here and my not-so-secret disclosed-to-some HQ, grabbed the pencils, raced across town, fell up the stairs, and we still started on time. Tonight Bartender Krisha was joined at her battle station with her new trainee
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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THIS IS WHY GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS DRINK
John

Y’all really know how to subject a Quizmaster to a rollercoaster of emotion. I typically pinch one of the retro-style answer sheets I threw at you this week (due to a shipping error we are currently overstocked with Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Men, and out of our fancy glossy answer booklets shipped in from GWD HQ) and put together a quick answer key for the answers. When I started this week’s answer key, we had about two or three partially-populated tables; by the time I was done every table was fully occupied with (by my count) ten teams ready to rumble! Latecomers had to flock to the bar. I’ll just take a moment to air my undisguised
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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TAINTed Love and other Perineum Favorites
Jason

There’s something special about standing in front of a crowded room and talking about crotch infections. (while drinking beer and fighting a chest cold and getting paid)   Apparently, today was also National Margarita Day. When your venue’s Mexican themed, that means a metric shit-ton of patrons and players! That said, the way to Quizmaster Jason’s heart is not through promises of porn and kicking ass (yes, a team that left early handed in a slip with their number and promises of the above). It’s also not through Margaritas. QM Jason is battling a chest cold, and while hopped up on cold medicine, anything
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Lupercalia Edition
John

  It finally happened. My perfect record is destroyed.   After ten years of successfully emptying my pockets every time I ran a load of laundry, my almost-indestructible flippy phone did not survive its maiden voyage through my washing machine this week. And so I decided to bite the bullet and join the 21st century, kicking and screaming the whole way. Smartphones are the devil's playthings. In fact, about half of this blog was typed by thumbs on a comically tiny screen!   Tonight my corner of the Cactus Grill enjoyed some extra intimate
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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How Can This Week Possibly Get Any Better?
John

  What a week Geeks fam! My hands are still shaking as I type this. First we had [THPORTHZZZZ!] the biggest Super Bowl comeback in history in the first Super Bowl overtime in history by the now-unquestionably greatest quarterback/Time Lord in NFL history on [/THPORTHZZZZ!] my birthday, then a packed house for Quiz, then Bartender Krisha earned my undying respek by ensuring my Captain-and-Diet never stayed empty. And then…and then…AN DEN! A TRIPLE TIE FOR SECOND. You read that right. A deceptively difficult “Duh!” round, followed by an unusually brutal music round (only one double-digit score on
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Questions That I Always Answer “Yes” To
John

The early-semester honeymoon is over and our team count moved closer to the average tonight accordingly. Bartender Krisha ensured we lived up to our name, Jackson kept us well-fed, and Senior Quizmaster Jason ensured we finished on time by reading back answers while I scored. Our might-as-well-be-official new house champions Wildcard Bitches! YEEHAW! couldn’t be beaten, securing an early lead and tenaciously holding it all evening. At halftime I was positively thrilled by the prospect of emceeing my first dance-off as Quizmaster, between Do You Want A Handie In A Corolla? and We
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Same…Stuff, Different Hashtag
John

  Every table in the Cantina side of the Cactus Grill was packed! For the second week in a row I printed exactly enough visual rounds (whew!). Bartender Krisha worked her magic behind the bar tonight, pouring liquid knowledge and keeping me adequately moistened in today’s humidity. Senior Quizmaster Jason joined up with kilt-clad BROWN as he does when he’s not up here doing the hard work, and was crucial in taking pictures & reading back answers while I scored all your answers. I’ve been pleased to see several new faces such as Smart Garfunkel and the majority
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Comin' in hot from the ice storm
John

Twelve (and, for a short while, thirteen) teams braved this morning’s ice storm to heat up the Cactus Grill this evening! New faces and familiar veterans packed the bar, with a few squads testing the limits of how many chairs could fit around our teeny tiny table tops. Bartender Krisha kept our glasses full, Senior Quizmaster Jason spent the night hiding from the icy doom of the Elm Street commute, so it was up to me to keep the show rolling. Tonight’s questions challenged everyone tonight. This week one-man-army BROWN stood alone at the bottom of the first with a perfect answer sheet. Our usual
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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“Louisiana” is Hard to Say After “Arkansas” (and 4 Beers)
Jason

QM John has been taking the brunt of all things quiz recently while I adjust to my triumphant return to the working world. (After 3 years of working evenings and weekends, sandwiched between two bouts of unemployment, I’m back to the 9-5 grind!) Tonight marked my first night on the mic since before the holidays and I missed it! It was good to be back doing things like trolling you with music and inciting small riots. I like to claim it’s all about the entertainment, but we all know it’s the power trip.   Lots of familiar faces, a few new faces, and a bunch of old regulars (Tony! What?) were in the house and ready to quiz!
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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new year who dis
John

Happy new year everybody! During our extended break (you’ll have to wait until next December for the awesome Christmas playlist I curated before I found out we were off for the 21st), I trained our newest Quizmaster, so if Wednesdays aren’t enough to slake your competitive thirst, go check out how Quizmaster Mike runs his show on Mondays at Skewed Brewing in Watertown, or Thursdays at The Hops Spot in Sackets Harbor (link unavailable as GWD apparently doesn't believe their venue exists. But
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Bernie Sanders Still Bae
John

  Neither cold nor snow nor finals week could deter old friends and new from coming out for Quiz in Potsdam this week! A fully packed house made for a great evening. Bartender Anna kept everyone properly lubricated while Servers Meghan & Jackson fed the masses. After last week’s technical difficulties resulting from the awful hardware configuration that is the iPhone (proprietary headphone jack design for protective cases is the devil’s madness), I made sure to download a copy of Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” in order to troll Annie every week she shows up until I quit Quizmastering or the end of
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Postmodern Jukebox is good and all but Pitbull tho
John

I got a real charge out of the concept of a sweet potato clock. But I was shocked to discover that at least half the teams flubbed electrical terminology. Revolted, even. Senior Quizmaster Jason took the week off to play Quiz tonight with All His Friends (though I did put him to work on photography and reading back answers). He proved his honesty by trailing the field from the first round, though he like every other team were able to solve the mystery of the visual round. Good Morning, That’s a Nice TNETENNBA
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Heard ya missed me… I’m back!
Jason

Quizmaster John took the helm for a couple of weeks while I attended an Arlo Guthrie concert and then trekked to PA to celebrate Thanksgiving in the greater Philadelphia area. All reports said he did a good job, so the only beatings that may commence will be voluntary. With QM John out of town this week, I took back the reins and rode ‘em hard! (with the obligatory fat jokes, “that’s what she said”s, and repetitive humor - “penal” - that I know you expect and missed oh-so-much (ymmv)).   For some unbeknownst reason, it occurred to me that in the 9 years since I left PA, that this recent visit was my
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I'm not fat; I'm retaining awesome!