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Updated: 08/20/2014 08:00:00AM

Trivia — it’s more than a game

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The Irish Elephants on trivia night.

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Full house one recent night at Big Dog’s Live Trivia Challenge.

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Gene (“Big Dog”) and Clare Donaldson, hosts of Big Dog’s Live Trivia Challenge at Chubbyz 2 Tavern.

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Getting ready to play trivia at Chubbyz.

Sue Wade

By SUE WADE

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It’s nearly 7 o’clock Wednesday night at Chubbyz in Port Charlotte. All eyes are riveted on the back of the dining room, where bartender Clare Donaldson wields the microphone to launch Big Dog’s Live Trivia Challenge, with husband Gene (said “Big Dog”) by her side.

The crowd roars as each team name is announced. Sixteen teams in full regalia — with names like Betty’s Kids, The Cat’s Meow, It’s Only a Game, Here for the Beer, The Irish Elephants, all friends for years — nudge each other and joke, “Did ya study?”

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