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The Dubliner Pub (Cambridge)
2046 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
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3:38 AM, December 06, 2013
Scores
You May Take Our Lives But You'll Never Take Our Virginity 75

Wocka Wocka Lattke 72

Oh, Man(Dela) 69

9 Rivers Country Club 68

Monstars 62

My Head Hurts 61

King Pageviews 60

The Drunken Giraffe 60

Steve Holt! 56

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Dronedeer 51

Flying T-Rex Skeletons 46

And Here Comes Santa's Little Helper 34

BAMM 26

Super Boners 18

Kick His Ass C-Bass 12

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Thursdays @ 8PM at Dubliner Pub, Wednesdays @ 8 PM at Tavern in The Square (Allston)
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I'm 25. My hair is weird colors sometimes. I collect records, love anime, and for some reason I'm a huge NASCAR fan (go #9!). My first words were "Price is Right" and I was president of my high school quiz bowl team for a year, so now I like to read trivia to my fellow drunks. Knowing answers to silly questions is like, IN MY BLOOD MAAAAN.

Woahwoahwoahwoah…So the question on most quizees’ minds was why the hell there was so damn much presidential history in tonight’s quiz, but I was even more baffled by one particular snafu in Round 2. See, I pity the foo’ who heard Fatboy Slim’s gawdawful remix of Cornershop’s “Brimful of Asha” at some point on the radio in the 90’s and thought somehow that it was the original. That remix, first of all, is the nadir of Norman Cook’s work, literally copypasting a trite drum break over Tijinder Singh’s vocals to place an otherwise brilliant song arbitrarily within the canon of the Big Beat commercial zeitgeist of the time. Fo real, “Brimful” is  wonderful in its’ own right, a bouncy neo-60’s midtempo bubblegum masterpiece that stakes its claim to this day as the most successful (only?) song ever to merge Indian iconography with easygoing Britpop aesthetics. So why should we expect anyone to pick out the tune underneath all that vulgar drum’n’bass hooliganism? Well, our Dubliner Pub patrons are quite adept, so a couple of teams were able to successfully pick out the “bosom for a pillow” lyric underneath all that mess. Kudos! That kinda stuff is what helped make tonight’s quiz such a whiz-banga despite some complications.

 

The quiz delegation this evening was pretty strongly split into two camps: The teams that booed, and the teams that scored well and persevered. The vitriol was kinda half on me and half on the quiz material. In Round 2, I may have fostered some ill will after I made it clear that adding the word “right” to the title of Dead Or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” thus made the answer incorrect. My policy on scoring song titles is pretty clear: Add or subtract a conjunction (like “a” or “the”), it’s cool. Add or subtract an entire substantial word (like, uh, “right”), and that’s a deal breaker. I guess sticking to that policy still gets me a kegful of the ol’ piss n’ vinegar cocktail. Shoot, even BAMM took the opportunity to slam that disagreement into my skull, writing “*FUCK YOU GEEK*” on every other subsequent answer sheet. Well, I’m not 100% sure, but I’m guessing those chumps that complained relentlessly didn’t do so well in the quiz (BAMM were 13th, for example). As per usual, of course, we did have a fair share of stars though. Having seen absolutely no jokers in Round 2 (with not only Cornershop but also M/A/R/R/S as an obscure 90’s one-hit wonder double whammy, it fostered a lot of uneasiness), it was our ol’ buds in You May Take Our Lives But You'll Never Take Our Virginity who slammed out front in Round 3 with a strong jokered 12-point performance as the only team who could sufficiently identify presidents based on some of their menial cabinet members. It also helped that they pretty much crushed the rest of the field, who felt kinda soured at having nothing but mostly dead presidential cabinet alumni tossed at them for an entire round.

 

As Virginity continued to grow their authoritative lead, a baffling Round 7 which required a high degree of acute voice IDing floored the entire field heading towards the end of the quiz, as absolutely no teams scored higher than 3. When the final round arrived with plenty of saved jokers in tow, longtime podium-sitters My Head Hurts and King Pageviews both suffered screwy joker decisions, paving the way for Wocka Wocka Latke (13-point jokered R8) to take over 2nd and Oh, Man (Dela) (12-point jokered R8) to skate into 3rd by one point over 9 Rivers Country Club. And thus, after 2nd place finish after 3rd place finish on and on and on, Virginity were finally able to pop their victory cherry with a three-point victory and a strong 75-point night. They’ll get to defend their title next week with $30 of free schtuff in pocket. Can you lose your Dubliner virginity next week against our tough crowd? All I know is that perhaps karma will provide much less U.S. presidential history next week. Perhaps.

The Dubliner Pub (Cambridge)
2046 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
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3:30 AM, November 22, 2013
Scores
Nine Rivers Country Club 77

Kennedy-Connolly Double Penetration 75

The Dead Kennedys 68

PSG 67

Jake & The Fatties 67

Filabuster Bluth With Wine 66

Wingless Butterfly 66

I Just Got Back From The Azores 64

The Applebottoms 62

Box Full Of Tacos 62

Habitat For Huge Manatees 61

The Drunken Giraffe 60

The Heather Pop-and-Locklears 59

Chick-fil-atio 55

Incognito School Of Etiquette 52

More Free Samples @ Table 12 37

Oprah Gave Me A Car 30

Victor's Victors 28

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Thursdays @ 8PM at Dubliner Pub, Wednesdays @ 8 PM at Tavern in The Square (Allston)
Jon Gabso ()

I'm 25. My hair is weird colors sometimes. I collect records, love anime, and for some reason I'm a huge NASCAR fan (go #9!). My first words were "Price is Right" and I was president of my high school quiz bowl team for a year, so now I like to read trivia to my fellow drunks. Knowing answers to silly questions is like, IN MY BLOOD MAAAAN.

What a slammin’ night at the Dubliner this evening! Considering the fact that we’re facing two very unfortunate circumstances: the likely cancellation of next week’s quiz for Thanksgiving, and the possible dissolution of one of the Dub’s most resilient GWD regulars Box Full Of Tacos (two of their key members are moving to NYC, some self-professed trivia lightweights remain in town), it’s at least awesome that we had such a fun night. A strong 18-team crowd came out to take in tonight’s quiz, and although it got messy at times, some teams charged real hard to try and unseat our defending champs Nine Rivers Country Club. They were able to defend for a solid back-to-back title run, but it wasn’t without a hard fight from some other Dubliner giants.

 

“Life In A Northern Town” fucking rips, by the way, lemme just say that. Any song whose centerpiece is complete gibberish inherently becomes genius. “Return To Innocence”?  “Sssudio”? “The Fox”? You get my point. The classic Dream Academy tune stumped a lot of folks in Round 2, mostly because the clip didn’t get to the “heyaa-ma-ma-ma-daydootin’ daya” part it’s famous for. Dah needah dow. A couple teams thankfully knew it, with Habitat For Huge Manatees getting the song title but not the name of the artist. Y’know, I can’t blame ‘em, because even though I have “Life” on 7”, I still mix up the Dream Academy with the Dream Syndicate all the time. And of course, who else to take the reins with a huge performance in this round but last week’s champs, an undeniably strong Nine Rivers Country Club, who jokered their killer 13-pointer.

 

Nearly everyone showed off their Simpsons know-how in our Round 3, which closed out a ridiculous trifecta of JFK rounds to start the quiz. All ya had to do in this round was attribute various absurd quotes to either JFK or Mayor Quimby. 10 of the 18 scores in that round were perfect 8’s, a pretty thoroughly impressive domination of the topic. Kennedy-Connolly Double Penetration, who managed a tie for 5th last week as They’ll Take Our Lives But They’ll Never Take Our Virginity, were silently making their surge as they picked up a total of 3 points on Nine Rivers in rounds 3 and 4. Kennedy-Connolly would then join fellow early frontrunners The Dead Kennedys in hitting a wall for the remainder of the quiz up until the very last round. Kennedy-Connolly then notched their own 13-point jokered round in the finale to match Nine’s and cut their once quite sizeable lead to only two points. Wingless Butterfly would finish a quiz chock full of terrible rounds to snag a 15-point doubler in the 8th to finish tied for 6th. Whilst they triumphed at the end, I Just Came Back From The Azores (yep, still doing so, much like they were weeks ago) ended with a major flop, notching a solid 13 after they had jokered an 8-point Round 2. There’s always at least one team that messes up their joker, and this one really hurts as a correct joker would have landed them in 3rd rather than the 8th they actually got. Instead, The Dead Kennedys were able to hang onto the 3rd prize by one single point. Lots of impressive scores at the top of the field despite the leaders’ complete collective brain-block in the Gettysburg Address tribute of Round 4.

 

Speaking of Round 4, why is it that in a round where one of the subjects is “getty”, and you needed to figure out which Canadian band’s frontman was born with the name “Gary Lee”, the majority of people end up answering “Barenaked Ladies”? Too much Big Bang Theory, perhaps? My god, some folks need to shut off CBS and pick up a copy of 2112.

 

Man, you guys look gorgeous blurry. My shitty camera phon…I mean, my sudden penchance for impressionistic photography really softens the features and brightens the aura, right?

 

And Box Full Of Tacos? Tied for 9th. Welp, at least they were fun to have around like always. They’re Dubliner-trained quizzees, though, so I’m sure they’ll crush whatever kinda pub trivia exists in Brooklyn. It’ll be tough to find a heckling section to replace them. Feel free to try in a couple weeks when we return to the Dub!

The Dubliner Pub (Cambridge)
2046 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
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4:10 AM, November 15, 2013
Scores
Nine Rivers Country Club 79

The Easter Bunny Hates You! 73

Box Full Of Tacos 65

Walter's Palms 63

They May Take Our Lives But They'll Never Take Our Virginity 61

Going Down Like Healthcare.gov 61

Alec Baldwin Promised Us Omelettes For Life 58

No Bees Necessary 57

The Drunken Giraffe 55

When's Karaoke 53

I'm Gonna Get You Sucka! 53

Boo Radley and the Heartbreakers 52

Incognito School Of Etiquette 51

Dinovember 35

Unicorns 22

Jon Gabso


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Quiz Schedule
Thursdays @ 8PM at Dubliner Pub, Wednesdays @ 8 PM at Tavern in The Square (Allston)
Jon Gabso ()

I'm 25. My hair is weird colors sometimes. I collect records, love anime, and for some reason I'm a huge NASCAR fan (go #9!). My first words were "Price is Right" and I was president of my high school quiz bowl team for a year, so now I like to read trivia to my fellow drunks. Knowing answers to silly questions is like, IN MY BLOOD MAAAAN.

Holy sports questions! We were flingin’ ball sports around like crazy at the Dub, and you could tell when teams were hurting because if it. A good couple of teams tonight were so in the dark about sportsball they couldn’t even muster guesses, and just scrawled pleas for a relent of all those questions.  I answered the pleas as best as I could, allowing teams to get points for only writing the team name and not the city in Question 3, a speed round requiring a list of professional sports teams named after cats. Those folks didn’t realize that they could only get one point for only answering “Panthers” once, whereas writing it twice with “Carolina” and “Florida” in front of it earned you a whole two. Just like when you’re asked to identify the right Austin Powers film, it helps to consider that specificity is key.

 

Alas, focusing intensely on ballsport brings different faces to the front of the field, and this was certainly true today, with our 15 teams being dominated by two Dubliner GWD rookies. Bar-bound duo The Easter Bunny Hates You! rolled out of the gate in peculiar style by notching an astounding 15 points and completely neglecting to joker. Nine Rivers Country Club, on the other hand, were rookies who did Round 2 right. Their 14-pointer was resolutely jokered, putting them ahead by a considerable margin. Add to that their consistency in scoring at least a 7 on most of the 8-point rounds, and they were looking at a lead stretching into the mid-teens midway through the quiz. The two of them, as well as Box Full Of Tacos, took advantage of a visual round on TV doctors where I allowed quizzees to only provide last names for the point. Most teams still struggled despite the concession, registering 4’s. However, the aforementioned 3 teams held tight with solid 7’s to gain further authority.

 

It was Easter Bunny and Nine Rivers who surged ahead, and no amount of jokering could catch them, as they smashed the 13 non-winners by 8 and 14 points respectively to be 1 for 1 in winning stuff at the Dub on a Thursday. They dominated a crowd that was often solid right out of the blue, a humbling moment for our cast of regulars. I wonder if their dominance would persist if next week’s quiz was proliferated with fashion or chick-lit questions (to follow this week’s Chiclet question) rather than so much sportingballs.

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