Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Ends With A Bang

Hey hey hey! Contrary to the name, there will not be a party at Ed's house for which Adam buys all the booze but the team that wishes that were true did manage to win the overall and round four but were unable to hit for the cycle and draw the jackpot which means it rolls over into January and the new year.

Here are the topics they'd like you to bone up on before and/or after you enjoy your new year's eve celebrations:

1. Break Bad (TV Show)
2. Uncanny X-Men 1975-1985
3. Pai Gow Poker
4. Stone Roses (Band)
5. Pisces (Astrological Sign)
6. Periodic Table of Elements
7. Episodes of Star Trek (Original Series)
8. Al Qaeda
9. H. P. Lovecraft
10. Edward Hopper
11. European capitols
12. The Odyssey by Homer
13. Storage Wars (TV Show)
14. Medici (Board Game)

An item of note, the last night of quiz in 2011 ended up being a record-breaker in terms of both player count and teams competing with 152 of you joining forces on 30 teams.

We'll see you in 2012!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Leave a little room for the Holy Ghost, Tim makes room for a win

Last week Alana is Satan pulled the double by winning round 4 and the overall but this week, the honor went to the folks who found SNL's Tim Tebow skit as amusing as we did. Here are their topics:

1. Blue Mountain State (TV show)
2. Avengers (comic book)
3. Pai Gow Poker
4. Breaking Bad (TV show)
5. The Saint (literary character)
6. Edgar Allen Poe
7. Elementary Schools in Sanger Unified School District
8. Mike & Molly (TV show)
9. Settlers of Catan (board game)
10. Hunger Games (book)
11. The Smiths (band)
12. Minor Threat (band)
13. Counties in Ireland
14. Astrology (Western)

We hope you have a very happy holiday and enjoy your time with friends and family. Study hard and we'll see you next week for the last pub quiz of 2011.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Alana is Satan powered to a win but they turned me into a newt

Heyo, here are your round two topics fresh from Alana is Satan. Hit the books:

1. Poker
2. 1980 Oakland A's
3. X (Band)
4. Baseball Nicknames (MLB)
5. Statistics (math)
6. Great Lakes (USA)
7. Radiohead (Band)
8. Native California Birds
9. Get Fuzzy (Comic)
10. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
11. Dead Kennedys (Band)
12. Linux OS
13. Barfly (Film)
14. Thai Food

We're excited for next week's pre-Christmas pub quiz and hope that lots of you can make it. Once again, feel free to drag along any visiting relatives. We always like meeting more of you.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Topics 12/14

We were glad to be back in our normal hosting chairs last Wednesday because we again demonstrated that we're much better at asking questions than answering them.  It was a good game, and ended fairly close.  Congratulations go out to You Sank My Battleship. They rose to the top for the win, and pulled the jackpot chip.
Topics from Mitch Cumstein Considers Cleavage Pearl Harbor for next week's round two:
1. Brand New (band)
2. Kill Bill (movie)
3. Structural Engineering
4. Tombstone (movie)
5. UFC
6. Dental terminology
7. Community (tv show)
8. CA Public Contract Code
9. NY Yankees
10. 2011 Detroit Lions
11. Metallica (band)
12. Southern Vampire Mysteries (books)
13. 1990s grunge bands
14. TV chef
*SPECIAL NOTE/HINT - all the music next week has been featured in commercials in the last year

*UPDATE SPECIAL BONUS - We'll be awarding a bonus 1/2 point to teams that can identify the current commercial using the song.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Back to it!

Hey, back to your regularly scheduled pub quiz, here are the round 2 topics from Gina Rebecca Toof & T-Rex:

1. Pez
2. Unicorns
3. They Might Be Giants (Band)
4. Boston Red Sox
5. Firefighting
6. Young Adult Fiction
7. Spelling
8. Dewey Decimal Classification
9. Savannah, GA
10. St. Louis, MO
11. Entrepreneurship
12. Factory Farming
13. MacGyver (TV Show)
14. Morrissey Lyrics

Don't forget that the Landmark has graciously offered to let pub quizzers bring ornaments to hang on the Christmas trees they plan to erect. Buy or make one that represents you or your team. Have fun with it!

See you next Wednesday!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Mexiflips send on their topics for next week's pre-Thanksgiving matchup. Seriously though, if you've got family coming into town and don't have other plans, we'd love if you brought them around to enjoy a night of quizzing. And if you've got family stuff happening that precludes your ability to play, we hope you have a joyous holiday! Study up:

1. Filipino Food
2. Britney Spears
3. Handball
4. World Class Cyclists
5. Corridos (Mexican Music)
6. FSU Basketball
7. New Wonders of the World
8. Beany and Cecil
9. Reality TV
10. Criminal Law
11. Deewop Music
12. Obscure Alcoholic Beverages
13. Calculus
14. American Literature

The only thing we're not sure on is whether the New Wonders of the World topic refers only to the modern 7 or if it merely excludes the ancient 7. Check the Facebook post to see if any of the Mexiflips players is able to clarify.

Thanks and see you Wednesday!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Alana is Satan scores a devilish win

In a slightly harder night than most, Alana Is Satan made a strong showing winning both rounds 3 and 4 as well as the overall. Unfortunately for them, they weren't able to draw the blue chip which means next week's overall winner wins the jackpot. Study these topics:

1. 1985 Chicago Bears
2. Barfly (Film)
3. Linux (OS)
4. Probability & Statistics
5. Uproxx Websites
6. Hunter S. Thompson
7. 2nd Wave 2 Tone Ska
8. Fantasy Football
9. U.S. Geography
10. Lakes & Rivers of North America
11. Aztec Camera
12. Single Malt Scotch
13. Black Flag (Band)
14. Hitchhiker's Guid to the Galaxy (Novel only)

If you studied your topics last week, you'll already have a head start on some of these but if not, you better hop to it! See you Wednesday!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Topics and such for the upcoming week

Hey, the team that wanted to raise a little Cain took first and drew a red chip but Alana is Satan scored the round four win and they want you to check out these topics:

1. 1980 Oakland A's
2. Blue Velvet (Film)
3. X (Band)
4. English Premier League
5. Seinfeld (TV Show)
6. Thai Food
7. Black Flag (Band)
8. Radiohead (Band)
9. Futurama (TV Show)
10. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Book only)
11. Probability and Statistics
12. 1985 Chicago Bears
13. NFL Kickers
14. Apocalypse Now (Film)

Good luck studying, we'll see you next week with all your thorough knowledge of a Bay Area baseball club from 31 years ago.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Twofer fer the team that always changes their name

Two wins and two round fours in a row. Winning your topics is key, folks. Will any of you take them on next week?

1. Thin Lizzy

2. Names our team has used when winning PQ

3. HP Lovecraft

4. Fringe (TV show)

5. Selma, CA history

6. William Tecumseh Sherman

7. Home loan refinancing

8. Modern Family (tv show)

9. Doom Patrol (comic book)

10. From Hell (comic book/graphic novel)

11. Instruments played by Tony Banks of Genesis

12. Gibson Les Paul guitar

13. Periodic Table of Elements

14. Akira (anime)

Friday, October 21, 2011

A lot of crabs were got last Wednesday

Team ...And That's The Second Time I Got Crabs managed to win three rounds, including round 4 this last Wednesday but since the jackpot is young, their odds of pulling the blue chip were low. That means that all you other players have five days to put together some phenomenal teams* and study up on these topics:

1. Songs by Blake Jones & The Trike Shop
2. Howl's Moving Castle (Film)
3. Auschwitz Concentration Camp
4. Defenders (Marvel Comic Series)
5. East-West-runnig streets north of Herndon and east of Blackstone
6. Dodgeball (Game)
7. Derek & The Dominos (Band)
8. Birds of the Galapagos
9. Oasis (Band)
10. Names our team has used when winning pub quiz
11. Writings of H.P. Lovecraft
12. Tim Tebow
13. Republican Presidential Candidates
14. Soma (the muscle relaxant Carisoprodol)

Study hard and we'll see you next week! Don't forget that we'll be integrating some Halloween-flavored aspects for the game so feel free to get into the holiday mood early by learning about the ghoulish nights ahead.

*you're all phenomenal teams to us

Friday, October 14, 2011

Riker takes round four

Here are their topics for next week. A new jackpot, a new game, a possible advantage. Happy weekend, quizzers. We love you.

  1. French Revolution
  2. Batman graphic novels of the 80s
  3. Coen brothers films
  4. Big Bang Theory - tv show
  5. Ely, Nevada
  6. Tron (movies)
  7. Disneyland
  8. Feminist lit
  9. New York City
  10. Cowboy Bebop
  11. Armenian culture
  12. Cover songs
  13. Hermaphrodites we know and love
  14. Kau'ai

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fresnocity wins but draws unlucky red

If we recall correctly, this is the second time a team has won the game when it was one red and one blue, and opted to send a new team member up for the chip draw. Both times, red. That's a lot to bear. Take heart rookies, it's pure chance.

Next week, all there is in the bag is a blue chip. Bring your A-game, set your star line-ups, and study hard because you'll be contending with these topics from All My Fascist Friends Are Coming Over Tonight (don't eat saltine crackers while studying, these are dry enough):

1. Warren Ellis Bibliography
2. Allman Brothers Band
3. Home Loan Refinancing
4. Washington DC Punk of the 80s
5. Characters from Game of Thrones
6. Cutter Expansive Classification System
7. Credit Reporting
8. Damages (TV Show)
9. Clan of the Cave Bear (novel)
10. Current NFL Quarterbacks
11. Sister Wives (TV Show)
12. Justice Society of America (Comic Book)
13. Isis (Egyption Goddess)
14. First 6 Black Sabbath Albums

Good luck, have fun!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Beets and Riker, do their thang

We Got Mad Beets, Yo pulled off a win thanks in large part to winning their topics in round two. The fun part was four different teams winning a round, but the most important round to be won was four. Apparently, there is some truth in the team name The Power Of Riker Compels You. Here are their topics for next week:

1. The Matrix Trilogy (films)
2. Batman Graphic Novels (1980's)
3. Yoga Poses
4. Poop
5. Tim Burton
6. Platypus
7. The Beatles
8. Ballet
9. Cloud Formation
10. Ska
11. Hypnotherapy
12. History of Broadcasting
13. Original Indiana Jones Film Trilogy (4th movie sucks)
14. Huell Houser

Study up! Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Taking your team names and the win

Along with round four. Here are the topics for next week's round two. Get a study buddy.

  1. Washington DC Punk of the 80s
  2. Tarot cards
  3. Artemis (Greek Goddess)
  4. Pai Gow poker
  5. Alfred Hitchcock films
  6. Swimming pool care
  7. Banned books week
  8. Darker than Black (anime)
  9. The Wire (HBO series)
  10. Episodes of Star Trek (original series)
  11. Duane Allman
  12. Stephen Jay Gould
  13. Twelve Tone Composition
  14. That Metal Show (VH1 show)

Friday, September 16, 2011

And the jackpot rolls

Bavmorta won the game for the second week in a row, but failed to pull the blue chip. Our jackpot gets bigger next week, and round four winners always have an edge for the next week's round 2. Here are your topics, the work of Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers:

  1. periodic table
  2. Washington DC punk of the 80s
  3. Artemis (Greek Goddess)
  4. Modern Evolutionary Synthesis (1930-1960)
  5. 90s Britpop
  6. Belgium
  7. St. Augustine of Hippo
  8. Pai Gow poker
  9. Claymore (anime)
  10. Guns N' Roses
  11. Tarot cards
  12. Chris Farley
  13. Game of Thrones characters
  14. Veronica Mars

Friday, September 9, 2011

Results from 9/7, topics for 9/14

Congrats to The Work of Bavmorta. They won an overall tie-breaker an pulled the jackpot chip! Very well done. Next week the jackpot starts over. Thanks everyone for coming out and playing. We appreciate all of you being a part of what we do and love that you keep coming back for the fun.

Fresnocity won rounds 3 & 4, snuck into the overall tie-breaker at the end, and here are their topics to study up on:
  • Disney movies, 
  • pre-1990 spelling 
  • state capitals 
  • Reel Pride film fest history 
  • Chubby Checker 
  • Tudor dynasty 
  • Nursery Rhymes 
  • Fresno History 
  • Jesus Christ Super Star at the Tower Theater 
  • Fresno State Men’s Hoops Academic Scandal 
  • Black Sabbath 
  • Mario Bava films 
  • Downtown Fresno 
  • Heathers - film

Friday, September 2, 2011

Gray Matters materializes with round 4 victory

Crackers and Beans in Straw Hats gave We Might Be Dethroned Tonight a serious run for their money - neck and neck tie from round two on - that lead to an overall tie-breaker.WMBDT came out on top again, but they didn't pull the blue chip, so next week's winner has a 50% chance at taking the pot.

Here are Grey Matters's topics for next week's round two. Don't forget it's a holiday weekend and Wednesday might feel like Tuesday. Hooray for an early hump day!

  1. Nicola Tesla
  2. California Geography
  3. Jimmy Buffett
  4. Three Stooges
  5. Peter Frampton
  6. Magnum PI
  7. Civil War Battles
  8. Metallica
  9. Baseball Hall of Fame nicknames
  10. Fresno State Men's Basketball
  11. The Godfather (not the sequels)
  12. Attack on Pearl Harbor
  13. Alexander Calder
  14. Abe Lincoln

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Results from 8/31

We're Getting Dethroned Tonight was not, in fact, dethroned. Congrats on their win, but they just can't seem to pull the jackpot chip. Grey Matters won round 4, and their topics will be posted on Friday or Saturday. Thanks again to everyone for coming out and supporting Fresno Pub Quiz.

A friendly reminder: If you have a disagreement on an answer, please come up after a round and speak to Ed. Carrie and Adam are generally busy grading & scoring responses, and so Ed will hear your issue out. The three of us will discuss it as a team and come to a decision on the issue. We don't mind if you have a disagreement, but we want to make sure everything is handled in an appropriate fashion.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Well Whaddya Know

The team that always wins won again, in a surprise upset after trailing the first 3 rounds. These guys know how to play the game. My Wife Doesn't Know How To Wrestle, But You Should See Her Box also secured round four for the first time in a while; below are their topics for next week's round two. WHO WILL DETHRONE THEM? It's up to you, quizzers! Blue chip wasn't pulled so the money rolls to next week's jackpot. Do it.

1. Curb Your Enthusiasm

2. The Matrix (first movie)

3. Fawcett Comics

4. Grateful Dead lyrics

5. the hymns of Charles Wesley

6. Isis (Egyptian goddess)

7. Books by Juliet Marillier

8. Martin Luther

9. Romeo and Juliet (just the Shakespear play)

10. Modern Evolutionary Synthesis (1930-1960)

11. 1994 World Cup

12. 90s Britpop bands

13. Washington DC punk of the 80s

14. XXX Holic (anime)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hello Riker, Goodnight Moon out-guessed two other teams on song length

Thus winning round 4 by a half point for next week's Round 2 advantage. Here are their topics:

  1. David Lynch Films
  2. So You Think You Can Dance
  3. Yoga Poses
  4. U2
  5. 80s Orange County Punk
  6. Disneyland
  7. Burlesque Dancers
  8. the Platypus
  9. Canadian Geography
  10. Poetry
  11. Meteorology
  12. Star Trek: Next Gen
  13. The Damned (punk band)
  14. WWII Pacific Theater

Friday, August 12, 2011

668: The Neighbor of the Beast

The last game started out good for some teams, but they trailed off and 668: The Neighbor of the Beast came over for the win, and they pulled the jackpot chip.

Round four was won by the Catalina Winemixers, who snuck out before giving us their round 2 topics. But have no fear, we tracked them down, and got their topics. Enjoy yourselves as you study up.
1. Surfing Terminology
2. Oceanography
3. The Soup(TV Show)
4. Alkaline Trio(Band)
5. The Life Aquatic(Movie)
6. House on Mango Street(Book)
7. MLA Format
8. Star Wars
9. Entourage(TV Show)
10. Anchorman(Movie)
11. Jimmy Eat World(Band)
12. Flipping Out(TV Show)
13. Breaking Dawn-Twilight Novel
14. Fresno Pub Quiz History

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Congratulations to Mmmmmmm...Gamecocks for their win on Wednesday. They scored a 10 in round 1, and a 10.5 in round 2 and hung on for the win. It was a fresh jackpot, but it wasn't won so the odds get better and rolls on to next week.

Clown Practice didn't win round 2, featuring the topics they picked a few weeks back, but they did win round 4, and so here are their topics for next week's round 2. Study up, and we'll see you on the 10th.

1. Dialysis
2. C.S. Lewis
3. Scott Pilgrim vs the the World (movie)
4. English Premiership Soccer Stadia
5. Iron Maiden (band)
6. Dungeons & Dragons Online
7. The BElgariad
8. Avatar the Last Airbender (tv cartoon)
9. Reptiles
10. Fight Club (movie)
11. Yo Gabba Gabba
12. The Simpsons
13. Battlestar Galactica (all versions)
14. Norse Mythology

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Thanks and here we go again

One more time, thanks to Finding Strangers In The Alps for guest hosting. I hope they don't mind if at some point in the future we re-use their movie dialogue gimmick because that was fun.

And looking forward at the next week, here are the topics brought to you by round four winners from July 20th, Clown Practice:

1. English Premiership Soccer
2. The Sookie Stackhouse novels
3. Berries
4. Diabetes
5. Child Support Federal Performance Measures
6. Dialysis
7. Drop Dead Fred (film)
8. Organic Chemistry
9. Pulp Fiction (film)
10. The Belgariad
11. Social Penetration Theory
12. XKCD (web comic)
13. Firefly (TV Show)
14. Radiohead

Definitely some obscure and unique topics mixed in there. Have fun studying and we'll see you on Wednesday, same place, same time, with your regular hosts (well, except for Carrie who'll be out of town for work).

Monday, July 25, 2011

Here's the deal

All right, here's the deal. Finding Strangers In The Alps will be
hosting and they want you to know that music won't be in play this
week. Instead, they'll play audio clips of film dialogue and you'll
have to name the actor(s)* involved, the film, and your guess at the
length of the film.

*Not sure if it's actor or character but we'll get you some
clarification at some point.

So, if you heard this bit of dialogue:

"Describe what Marsellus Wallace looks like!"
"Say 'what' again. Say 'what' again, I dare you, I double dare you
motherfucker, say what one more Goddamn time!"

Your answer would be Jules and Brett (or Samuel L. Jackson and Frank
Whaley depending on the clarification we get), Pulp Fiction, and if
you're really good 154 minutes.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pub Quiz 7/20 results

We were so giddy about beaver drawings that we forgot to tell you what happened last week. The Work of Bavmorta won it all, including the week old jackpot. Clown Practice won round 4, and we'll use their topics in 2 weeks (8/3). Next week, Finding Strangers in the Alps will be our guest hosts for a stand alone, winner take all game. We'll join you in playing as well.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Pub Quiz Round 2 topics for 7/20

Here are the topics from I Heard it was Consensual. Study up, it's your chance to win a fresh jackpot.

1. Elliot Smith music
2. Physics
3. Calculus
4. Star Trek
5. Electric Guitars
6. Tudor Dynasty
7. California Water - seas, lakes, canals, etc
8. Fresno History
9. Medici Family
10. Catholicism
11. Valley Ag
12. Spanish language
13. The IT Crowd (tv show)
14. Cuba

Monday, July 11, 2011

Double win

Congrats to Picard Requests Commander Ryker to Update his Log for winning last Wednesday's game with a whopping 36 points. They also won the jackpot, so double congrats. A duo named I Heard it was Consensual pulled out the round 4 win, so you'll see topics from them in a little over a week. That's right, no Pub Quiz this week (7/13) because Landmark is closed for vacation. See you all on 7/20.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Alana Is Satan dominates but the jackpot rolls

Alana is Satan won two rounds including a round four win on their road to victory. They drew a red chip though so you'll want to make sure you stake out a table next week before the Landmark closes for their regular summer vacation in two weeks. Yes, that's right, no pub quiz on July 13th so you better get your fix this coming week. And, you'll want to study these topics for round two so you can have the best chance of winning:

1. Fresno Punk Rock
2. Kurt Vonnegut
3. Statistics
4. Ecology
5. Micro-Brewed Beers
6. South East Asia
7. X (band)
8. Montreal Expos
9. 1980 Oakland A's (seriously, just that one year)
10. Poker
11. Kevin Smith Films
12. CAKE (band)
13. Netherlands
14. US Civil War

Make sure you study Netherlands, not nether regions or you'll be ill-prepared for quiz night (though you might be prepared for some other night). See you next week!

Music Twist!

Okay folks, Adam is throwing a twist into next week's music. He's going to try to come up with some leitmotifs (probably from film and television, maybe from video games) for your music. You'll have to guess the film, the character (or group of characters) represented by the motif, and the length of course. Just a heads up!

Don't know what I'm talking about, need an example? The music that plays whenever Jaws appears or is about to appear on screen, that's the shark's leitmotif. Your answer would be Jaws, Jaws, and a length.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Table Possessiveness Exposed in Wednesday Night Pub Trivia Ring

The team that wins a lot, won again, and tricked you all into thinking they were the Bavmorta "table stealers" with their similarly themed team name. A big first jackpot was not claimed, and rolls over to next week. Will regulars show up early next week to claim their favorite spots? They better - first come first served with no reservsies. Here's hoping our new players give everyone a run for their money. But they have to win the game, and with these proposed topics from round four winners, Alana is Satan, we wish you good luck.

1. Baseball Nicknames (MLB)

2. Simpsons

3. Chicago Bears (NFL)

4. Thoroughbred Horse Racing

5. Geography

6. Aztec Camera

7. 1980s Oakland A's

8. Barfly (the movie)

9. Mel Brooks movies

10. The Ramones

11. Ecology (science)

12. Starline Grill

13. Statistics

14. WWII

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Michelle Bachman for Prez takes the jackpot and Cho-Stix secure round 4

Too bad their star quizzer Kathy had her last pub quiz last week but we hope it made it memorable! Here are their topics:

1. Secret Life of the American Teenager
2. Battlestar Galactica
3. Phineus and Ferb
4. Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps
5. Logo Therapy
6. B.A.R.T.
7. Book of Mormon (musical)
8. Car parts
9. Detroit
10. Fleet Foxes
11. Federal court system
12. Movie directors
13. Menu of Luby Chinese Retaurant (willow and nees)
14. Sex toys

Great seeing you all out this week. See you Wednesday!

Friday, June 10, 2011

New team "Here for the Specials" surprises themselves with round 4 win

...but we think its awesome. Below are their topics for next week's round two. Will it be enough to keep Weiner is Coming from a 4-peat overall win next week? It's up to you to stop them, quizzers!

1. Propane and propane accessories

2. Global warming

3. Dark ages

4. Nintendo

5. John Steinbeck

6. European history

7. Philosophy

8. Astronomy

9. Country music

10. Walmart

11. Baseball

12. Pink Floyd

13. Social media

14. Traffic signals

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Winter is Coming wins, Bavmorta takes round 4

Congrats to Winter is Coming for winning the first 3 rounds and winning with 33 points. They didn't win the jackpot, and The Work of Bavmorta pulled out round 4. Here are the topics Bavmorta picked for round 2 next week:

Sons of Anarchy (tv show)
Kings of Leon (band)
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (movie)
music theory
Richard Nixon
Fresno county history
Theodore Roosevelt
The Fleshtones
National Lampoon's Animal House
Western outlaws
Beethoven (composer)
Stanley Kubrick films
All in the Family
Dragnet (tv show)

Friday, May 27, 2011

An overall win, a blue chip draw, and round four win for Oneders

Makes the recap easy and gives the Oneders the advantage for the new pot next week. Study up quizzers, we like a little variety around here once in a while!

Topics for next week's round two could be any of the following:

1. Green Lantern (comics)

2. Oasis (band)

3. Spanish-American War

4. Clan of the Cave Bear (novel)

5. Led Zeppelin (band)

6. Episodes of Star Trek (original series)

7. Tetrapod evolution

8. Galapagos fauna

9. The Anna Magdalena notebook

10. Marvel comics of the 1980s

11. Gastric bypass surgery

12. The West Wing (tv series)

13. Romeo and Juliet (play)

14. 1970s American Politics

Thanks for the big night this week and to everyone who showed up. We love seeing all of your faces. A big thanks to Steve Portola for being our Ed stand-in, and saving you all from having to listen to Carrie or Adam's voices for a night. See you Wednesday!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Round 2 Topics 5/25

The Work of Bavmorta returns to the top of the heap with a fine score of 35.5. They didn't pull the jackpot chip, which will roll for the second week in a row. It's Not a Tumah, It's a Baby won round 4 and selected these fine topics to impregnate your minds:
Assassin's Creed (game)
Cutter Expansive Classification System
Storage Wars (tv show)
Periodic Table
Songs by Elvis Costello
Greek Mythology
Credit Reporting
Fawcett Comics
Major League Baseball 1st Round draft picks
Oingo Boingo
Pai Gow
Hard-Fi (band)
Mendelian Genetics
Pretty in Pink (movie)

There you have it. Study up, and we'll see you next Wednesday @ Pub Quiz.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Alana Is Satan seeks redemption with a half-point win

It was another close game this week but Alana Is Satan eked out a win in an effort to counter their previous week's half-point loss. Team We Can't Think Of Anything Funny played a strong round 4 and gave us these topics to pass on. Have fun learning!

1. Little House on the Prairie (books)
2. Doctor Who (new series: 2005-present)
3. Stranger With Candy (TV show)
4. Panic! At The Disco
5. Weird Al Yankovic
6. Disneyland Rides
7. The Producers (play)
8. WW I Aviation
9. A Clockwork Orange (film)
10. Spongebob Squarepants
11. Stanley Ann Dunham
12. Titanic (the ship)
13. Raymond Chandler novels
14. Famous Entertainers from Fresno

Some wide-ranging topics. Study and build your teams well. See you on Wednesday.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Masticating In Public With Thespians wins a new jackpot

It was another close game with Alana Is Satan playing bridesmaid again. But neither team was able to outscore Grey Matters in round 4 giving them their first opportunity to choose the topics for round 2 next week. They've got some good ones so study up:

1. Jimmy Buffett
2. Napoleon Dynamite (film)
3. WW II
4. Geography
5. U2 (band)
6. Nicola Tesla
7. War Films
8. Bridge (card game)
9. Saturday Night Live
10. Magnum, P.I. (TV show)
11. Family Guy (TV show)
12. Fresno State Men's Basketball
13. George Thorogood & the Destroyers
14. '55-'57 Chevy Bel Air

Good luck!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A real birth certificate, Trump's fake hair wins the jackpot

I'm The Special For Tonight won the coveted round 4. Here's what they
want you to study:

1. Boy Meets World (TV show)
2. Repo! the Genetic Opera
3. Tegan & Sara (band)
4. Philo T. Farnsworth
5. Volkswagens
6. Walter Cronkite
7. The Sounds (band)
8. Deadliest Catch (TV show)
9. Belgian Beer
10. The current season of Doctor Who
11. Carpentry
12. The Music Man
13. Solvang, CA
14. A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Have fun and we'll see you next Wednesday!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Smells Like Skunk in Here secures round 2 advantage for the second week in a row

If you want it back, come and get it. Here are the topics you have to best them at (besides winning round 4):

1. Mass Effect (video game)
2. Cutter Expansive Classification
3. Asterios Polyp (graphic novel)
4. Fractal Geometry
5. Travis (band)
6. 'Game of Thrones' characters
7. Bleach (anime)
8. Carthage
9. National Lampoon's Vacation
10. Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones album)
11. Greek Mythology
12. Chess openings/defenses
13. Almost Famous (film)
14. European Geography

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bavmorta Returns

The Work Of Bavmorta returns to their winning ways this last week but failed to draw the jackpot so it rolls to next week where you'll want to be well-versed (or at least quasi-versed) in these topics from team Barry's Bail Bonds:

1. Frisky Dingo
2. Grateful Dead
3. Periodic Table of Elements
4. Sister Wives (TV show)
5. Cutter Expansive Classification
6. Arcade Fire
7. Fractal Geometry
8. Kevin Garnett
9. George Orwell
10. Jack Kirby and Joe Simon
11. Evolutionary Biology
12. Ancient Carthage
13. Chicago Bears
14. (Possible) Republican Presidential Candidates for 2012

That last one should lead to some interesting rumor-based research. Have fun and we'll see you on Wednesday!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Beck's a Loser, Baby resets the jackpot...

...and Sugar Dumpling Muffin Baby Pumpkin Pies secures round 4 to offer you these topics:

  1. David Tennant
  2. Portlandia
  3. The X-Files
  4. Lemonheads
  5. Bathroom habits around the world
  7. Fresno County Government
  8. The West Wing
  9. History of the Phillipines
  10. Diablo Cody
  11. Crystal Castles (band)
  12. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  13. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  14. Avenue Q

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Snicklefits Take Round Four - not an April Fools joke

And here are your categories for next week's round 2:

  1. A Separate Peace (book)
  2. Alkaline Trio (band)
  3. Clueless (movie) quotes
  4. Jim Gaffigan
  6. Health Care Reform
  7. Twilight Series novels
  8. Glee (Fox series)
  9. 2011 Summer Blockbusters
  10. Weezer (band)
  11. Plate Tectonics
  12. Entourage (HBO series)
  13. 2011 SF Giants
  14. Tennis terms

Thanks to all of our regulars and the new faces that showed up this week. We love doing this and love that you love it too. (soo much LOVE!) See you next week!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Once You've Had a Fortensky, Everything Else is Gravy wins the night

With a dominating score of 34 points, team Fortensky swept round 4 and the overall win this last Wednesday but failed to draw the blue chip. Turnout was low, probably due in part to the rain and weather, but we hope the one in three chance of winning the jackpot pulls a few more of you out next week. Should you decide to quiz it up, we suggest you study up on the following topics so you don't get left behind in round 2 next week:

1. Evolutionary Biology
2. Judge Judy
3. Greek Mythology
4. Friday (film)
5. Blur (band)
6. Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones album)
7. The novels of Ira Levin
8. MLB no-hitters
9. Teddy Roosevelt
10. State Birds
11. Ouran High School Host Club (anime)
12. The novels of Jules Verne
13. European Geography
14. Jack the Ripper

A nice mix of broad and narrow topics. Good luck!

Friday, March 18, 2011

We should wash your mouth out with soap, but we won't

Well, team I Like To Pretend My Dick Is A Microphone rolled to a commanding win with 34 points this last Wednesday. They won three rounds on tie-breakers including round 4 so let's just cut to the chase and see what they want you to study this week:

1. Episodes of Star Trek (original TV series)
2. Elvis Costello Songs
3. Evolutionary Biology
4. Frisky Dingo (cartoon)
5. Fawcett Comics
6. Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare)
7. Cowboy Bebop (anime)
8. Preacher (comic series)
9. Sanger, CA
10. Dewey Decimal System
11. Periodic Table of Elements
12. Thin Lizzy (band)
13. The Goonies (film)
14. Poplord (local band)

Some repeats, some new ones. We hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend and we'll see you next Wednesday!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Round 2 topics 3/16

round 2 topics:
Laurie Berckner band
East Bound & Down
Yo Gabba Gabba
Fun (band)
SF Giants
Garth Brooks
Monopoly board game
Paula Dean
Daniel Tosh jokes
Dinuba, Ca
Future Farmers of America
HVACR - Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration
Ca. Penal Code
Tom Delonge

Friday, February 25, 2011

Holy Scorgasms, Batman, we're down to one chip again!

Once again, the jackpot reaches maximum capacity as the final token is yet to be pulled, with no other token to get in the way. Big ups to the come-back team, the Multiple Scorgasms, who pulled a last minute half point victory in round four to take the whole game. Alas, they'll have to do it again next week to finally win the big prize. Here are their topics for next week's round two, giving them an edge unless you are an expert in the following too:

1. Parks and Rec (TV show)

2. Twin Peaks

3. Doctor Who

4. Autism

5. Jersey Shore

6. Cheesecake Factory Menu

7. Scrabble

8. Tectonic Geology

9. Rademacher

10. Constitutional Law

11. They Might Be Giants (band)

12. General William T. Sherman

13. Exeter, CA

14. Joy Division

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fresnocity gets ferocious

Fresnocity won round one and never looked back this week. Though they never won a round after that, their consistent play led to a solid overall win. The Work of Bavmorta worked for a win in round four so they could bring you these topics:

1. Music Theory
2. Bob's Burgers (TV Show)
3. The Fleshtones
4. House M.D. (TV Show)
5. Nixon
6. Social and Cultural Taboos
7. Winchester Mystery House
8. The Ramones
9. JFK (person, not the film)
10. Monty Python
11. 1971 music hits
12. Serial Killers
13. Linda Rondstadt
14. Connecticut

For those of you that get Monday off, enjoy your three day weekend. For those of you that don't, our sincerest condolences. Study hard and we'll see you on Wednesday!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Superfriends...With Benefits enjoy some perks

We had our first ever three-way tie after the final round of this week's game. Superfriends...With Benefits, Fresnocity, and Starring Commander Riker as "The Beaver" all finished with 30 points. It was a close game with a good showing from many teams but these three rose to the top. As the tie-breaker we asked the teams what the combined score of Super Bowl 45 was and Superfriends...With Benefits managed to get the right answer giving them the win. Alas (for them), they did not draw the jackpot.

In news that matters to all you studious types, The Snicklefits won round four and submitted these topics for your pain and suffering:

1. Breaking Dawn
2. Stephanie Plum Novels
3. Anne of Green Gables (mini-series)
4. Layers of the Atmosphere
5. The Great Gatsby (book)
6. Backgammon Terms
7. The Bouncing Souls (band)
8. Oh No They Didn't (Livejournal website)
9. Hell's Kitchen (American TV Show)
10. 2010 S.F. 49ers
11. Mechanical Watches
12. Handguns
13. Dog Breeds
14. Pillars of the Earth (book)

Have fun learning things for round two and we'll see you next week!

Friday, February 4, 2011

One night, five different team winners

We love it when a different team wins each round. Couple that with an overall winning team that won no rounds, and I'd call it a pretty good quiz night. Congratulations to Anderson Cooper Chin Check for their overall win, and congratulations to the rest of you for them not pulling the blue chip. We hope we see you all next week, charged up and ready to conquer round two with your in depth knowledge of the following categories, thanks to Committee to Re-elect Mubarak:

1. John Irving
2. Green Lantern
3. Chris Colfer
4. Battlestar Gallactica
5. New Testament
6. Android OS
7. Sandra Bullock movies
8. Musical Theater
9. French Architecture
10. Bruce Springsteen
11. Meteorology
12. Tom Selleck's Mustache
13. The Big Bang Theory: TV show
14. Sid and Marty Kroft Shows

Friday, January 28, 2011

topics for 2/2/11

Congrats to Alana is Satan for their win this week. They took down a good pot in a close game.

Here are your potential round-two topics provided by Fresnocity for next week's Pub Quiz, back to 5 chips in and no rolled-over jackpot! Hope to see you all next week. Let's juice up this jackpot same as you did this past time!

1. Fresno History
2. Downtown Fresno Buildings
3. Central Valley Towns (CA)
4. L.A. Law TV Series
5. Mathematics
6. Willie Nelson
7. Elliot Smith
8. Corey Haim/Corey Feldman movies
9. Linguistics
10. DC Comics Characters
11. New Kids on the Block
12. National Parks (U.S.)
13. Star Trek
14. Octavia Butler

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Multiple Scoregasms achieve the three-peat

It wasn't looking like they'd manage at some points of the night but Multiple Scoregasms did it and achieved three wins in a row. That enters them into the pantheon of previously dominant and sometimes "hated" teams including The Work Of Bavmorta, The Mad Figs, and team-who-changes-their-name-every-week. It's tough being on the top and the reign inevitably has to come to an end, but we'll see how long Multiple Scoregasms can keep the streak alive. I Am An FBI Agent! pulled a round four win that we think surprised even them. Will their potential round 2 advantage be enough to unseat the current champions or will some other teams mount an offense? This week we're down to the blue chip only. That means that the winner takes it all! Use your time wisely to study up:

1. Weezer
2. Rent (Musical)
3. Big Break (Golf Channel)
4. Oi! Bands
5. Breaking Dawn (Novel)
6. The Office (TV Show/U.S. version)
7. Entourage (TV Show)
8. Banking Regulations
9. San Jose Sharks
10. Interpol (Band)
11. KMJ Radio Shows
12. California Surf Spots
13. Cooking Terms (Not Baking)
14. Banking Terms

Those are some tough ones. Good luck and we'll see you next week!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Multiple Scoregasms gets the repeat win, they're hungry for more

We sorely missed Carrie at the head table for our one year anniversary pub quiz and the night was not without it's issues but we made it! One whole year of pub quiz. Here's to many more. Thank you for your support and your desire to play. We couldn't do it without your enthusiasm for trivia.

And in true dramatic fashion, it came down to an overall tie breaker in which we asked the two tied teams to guess what our highest weekly turnout was for the year. Multiple Scoregasms guessed 134 and Say My Name, Mitch guessed 183. The answer was 144 and so the answer was clear. But Say My Name, Mitch pulled out their first round 4 victory securing them the opportunity to amuse and confuse you with their topics. Enjoy and we'll see you next week!

1. Typography
2. Criminal Minds (TV Show)
3. Abstract Expressionists
4. Charles Bukowski
5. World Series of Poker
6. Golf U.S. Open Winners
7. Cary Grant Films
8. Weight Watchers
9. Medical Anthropology
10. Kentucky Bourbon
11. Human Anatomy
12. Vivid Productions (porn)
13. New York City Hotels
14. Tulare, CA

Um...have fun "studying" number 12?

Friday, January 7, 2011

It was a Scoregasmic week

We started the new year off with a bang. 134 of you showed up to play on 25 teams. At the end of round 3 three it looked as if Grey Matters had a lock on their first win, but Multiple Scoregasms won round four and secured an overall win at the buzzer (as it were). They didn't draw the blue chip but you'll have to study their topics for next week's round 2 if you want the edge.

1. Exeter, CA
2. Doctor Who (TV Show)
3. Constitutional Law
4. Perez Hilton
5. U.S. Revolutionary War
6. John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson
7. Peter Gabriel (Solo and Genesis work)
8. Applied Behavioral Analysis
9. Agatha Christie
10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
11. Dexter (TV Show)
12. Brian Clough
13. Jimi Hendrix
14. Adam Carolla

Study hard.

In other news, next week marks Fresno Pub Quiz's one year anniversary (give or take a day). We'll be talking to the Landmark to see if we can work out anything special in terms of food and/or drink and it looks as though we'll be trying to put together a special round 3 which will include five (you read that right, five!) bonus points. The way it will work is we'll be asking questions about historical dates (tie-in to our historical date *wink, wink*). If you can remember the year, you'll get a point. If you can remember the month and day, you'll get a half point bonus. An example:

Q: Remember when the airline attacks on the World Trade Center took place?
A: September 11, 2001

If you put 2001, that's one point. If you get it all correct, you'll get 1.5 total points for that question. Don't let the example lull you into a false sense of security. This will be round three and they won't all be so easy to remember.

We'll see you next week!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

LIttle hint 2?

2nd hint for tonight (and it's not much of a hint): the song questions are super short, so you better have your listening ears fine tuned.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A little hint?

Here is what may be a hint (who knows how helpful it is) for this week's Pub Quiz.

Samples aren't always samples.