Boulder quizzes

Harpo's Sports Grill, 2860 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-444-9464

Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.

Baker Street Pub and Grill, 1729 28th St., Boulder, 720-974-9490

Monday and Saturday 9 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m.

The Sink, 1165 13th St., Boulder, 303-444-7465

Sunday, 9 p.m.

The Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill, 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-3355

Wednesday, 10 p.m.

George's Food and Drink, 2028 14th St., Boulder, 303-998-9350

Wednesday, 8 p.m.

What's the name of the cult band that plays the South Park theme song? Primus, duh. Name four of the six members of New Edition. Eww, Bobby Brown. OK, that's all I got.

Answering random questions at trivia nights in Boulder is a great way to showcase your knowledge of random factoids, and this town hosts a plethora of quizzes. But if your quiz scores at trivia night mirror that of the chemistry exam you didn't bother to study for, there's no better time to improve than now.

"You better be reading your college textbooks," said Lena Klein, who writes the questions and hosts Baker Street Pub and Grill's thrice-weekly quizzes.

So here are some tips for making your trivia team more competitive and making your overall trivia experiences more enjoyable.

Naming your team


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In many ways, your trivia team name can make or break the evening. No one wants to go by Charlie Sheen's School of Winners and completely fail. That's just embarrassing. "The team names that are topical and push the boundaries are always good," said Dave DeNovellis, the Geeks who Drink quizmaster at Harpo's Sports Grill. "I like filthy too, but it has to tie in and be humorous." The best he's heard was a subtle play on "Touched by an Angel." The name? Touched by an Uncle.

The power of numbers

A six-person team is more likely to win than someone flying solo, that's just math. So if you want to improve your chances of winning, you need to gather up your phone-a-friends and head to the bar.

"You need to have a diverse group of people," said DeNovellis. "You need somebody that's good with science, somebody that's good with reality TV, somebody that's really good with late- '80s R&B, because I guarantee there will be that mix at every quiz."

If you don't know the answer...

There's no reason anyone should know the dialogue from every Matt Damon movie, and if you don't the answer, do your best to make your quizmaster laugh. Damon starred along side Ben Affleck in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, right? Or was that, Sixteen Candles? Chances are that if you can make your quizmaster laugh, you might earn a couple of pity points.

Don't yell out the answer

Did I know the man from Strasburg, N.D., who hosted a TV show from 1955 to 1982 was Lawrence Welk? Shit, no. But thanks to the drunkard who just proudly called it out, I do now. Yes, it is a pub quiz, and yes, you're most likely drinking. But don't be that person.

Losers win

OK, so maybe your team could only answer three questions correctly out of a possible 50. It was an off night, right? (Yeah, keep telling yourself that.) Often, the team with the worst score wins a pitcher of beer -- or something of the sort -- to help drown the embarrassment. So if all else fails and things are going bad, you can always sabotage your team and enjoy the prize for not knowing any Lady Antebellum songs.