Free Beer and $15? Now We're Talkin'

So, Steve talked me into going to another quiz night last night. It was at the Harry Buffalo in Lakewood, which I've been too oodles of times but apparently not since February, which is when they started having a Trivia Tuesday.

Jamie, the quiz hostess, explained the (somewhat more complicated than your average bear) process, but I'm still not sure I completely understand it.

For each round (there are six), she names three categories — stuff like Movies, TV, Video Games, Sports, History, Geography, or Science. There will be a question from each category, and you're supposed to decide how many points you want to win for each question. In the first three rounds, the choices are 1, 3, or 6 points; in the last three rounds, 2, 5, or 7 points. So, you can bet heavy on your strong subjects, cleaning up by identifying the general subject area of the bookstore Hugh Grant's character runs in Notting Hill (travel) and the California band whose song "Fight Like a Brave" is featured in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and avoid being penalized for not knowing the baseball player who titled his memoirs Wizard (Ozzie Smith) or the country that is home to the most types of poisonous snakes (Australia).

Once she reads a question, you write your team name, point bid, and answer on a little slip of paper, which someone from the team takes up to Jamie. Teams have about two minutes to figure out an answer while she plays some music. When the music stops, she'll announce the right answer and which teams got points.

After each round, there's also a bonus question; teams have the chance to win not only points but also a pitcher of beer. On top of that, there seemed to be some additional bonus questions before halftime and after the final round. Plus, if you're really hurting, you can buy her shots and score a point or two for each one.

We did pretty well in the first few rounds, but our failure to name all eight of Jon & Kate's kids for the pre-halftime bonus signaled a sharp decline in our point-scoring abilities for the rest of the evening. However, we did win a free pitcher of beer after the second round, so I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

We must have managed to answer at least a few right in the second half, though, because we came in second (I think) and won a $15 Harry Buffalo gift card. Woo hoo!

As an added bonus: I got to use the timely team name "Andy Rooney Is Next." I would have used it at the next Mike D Pub Quiz — carrying on the grand tradition started by "Betty White Is Next" — except that it's not until September and everybody will have forgotten about Walter Cronkite by then.

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