|THE FORM OF A QUESTION
|And then there were two: Trivia nights in Eugene are breeding like bunnies! OK, maybe not quite that quickly. But you can now test your wits twice a week. Both nights — Friday at Eugene City Brewery and Tuesday at Max's — have their charms, but they've got distinct personalities and crowds. We went, we answered, we didn't exactly conquer — but we did make a handy little chart for your edification! — Molly Templeton
MR. BILL'S TRIVIA
at Eugene City Brewery
8 pm Fridays, 844 Olive St. (345-4155)
Minors welcome until 10 pm
TUESDAY TRIVIA NIGHT
at New Max's Tavern
8 pm Tuesdays, 550 E. 13th Avenue
21 and over
||Genial, low-key, tuxedo-clad Mr. Bill, trivia master since 1984.
||Mr. E. Geek, decked out in a white lab coat and taped glasses, trivia master since 2006.
||Bright, spacious, cafeteria-like.
||Dark, cozy, boisterous, loud.
|More than 30 microbrew taps and a full — though small — bar.
||Eight or 10 taps: Deschutes, Bud, Guinness and Widmer Hef; dozen or so bottles; wine.
||Delicious fish and chips, burgers, addictive buffalo chips.
||Hypnotically spinning hot dogs and endless, buttery, delicious bowls of popcorn.
||Wildly eclectic: College kids, grown-ups, hipsters, children, parents, hippies, guys in suits (well, maybe not) …
||Mostly college-age and twentysomething participants with large lung capacity and a liking for punny team names.
|Generally three rounds of 18 questions each, broken into three-question clumps.
||Three rounds of three sets of six questions; bonus question at the end of the last round.
|ABOUT THOSE QUESTIONS
||General knowledge: geography, sports, history, entertainment. Seem to get harder as the night goes on. Occasional name-that-tune questions.
||Feels a little tailored to the audience: late '70s/early '80s name-that-tune, sports, geography, movies, music and, inexplicably, algebra. Math is trivia?
|Name the three presidents who were governors of states west of the Mississippi.
||What 1995 movie had the working title I Was a Teenage Teenager?
||Random raffle-ticket numbers are chosen for prizes, which are mostly $1 off coupons; end-of-night prizes include T-shirts and gift certificates for various establishments at which Mr. Bill plies his trivia trade.
||Round-winning teams earn cash; top three teams pick from the overflowing table of prizes: toys, Bud gear, candy, snacks, keychains ...
||The Trivial Pursuit of trivia night: Solid, established, general and accessible. You might not win anything even if your team wins, though, which competitive types can find frustrating.
||Winning goofy prizes = fun. But sometimes the best questions are softened: close guesses count, or Mr. E. gives too much information (like, say, the entire plot of Macbeth). Still, the madcap enthusiasm of regular teams is unbeatable.