For the first time ever, we hosted regular season games at seven different venues in one weekend. With a combined total of 41 teams, let’s see which squads topped the overall leaderboard:
Each of our three weekend games featured first round bonus questions that stumped virtually our entire field. On Friday, only one team knew the correct spelling of hors d’oeuvre. On Sunday, only one team knew that the Tony Awards are held in June in each year. But our most intriguing question of the first round was asked on Saturday:
–> Among the contiguous 48 U.S. states, Florida contains the southernmost point. For your wager, name any two of the three states which respectively contain the northern, eastern, and westernmost points.
Since most of the maps we see are projections, it can sometimes be difficult to discern which states fit these geographic extremes. But the correct answers we were looking for were Washiongton (westernmost), Minnesota (northernmost) , and Maine (easternm ost):
Our opening round featured no perfect scores.
Our audio questions dealt respectively with movie music (Carly Simon singing “Nobody Does It Better” from the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me”), harmonica players (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and John Popper), and the theme song from the TV series “Bones”. Saturday’s game included a question on the uniquely shaped tongues of reptiles:
Sunday’s game featured our moist difficult bonus question of the second round. First off, we asked a wagering question concerning this political satire starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman:
While most of our teams remembered the film “Wag the Dog”, only one team was able to remember that in the film, the U.S. goes to “War” with Albania. Our only perfect second round score of the weekend was turned in Saturday night by the Off Beats (Pretzel & Pizza Creations).
Across all three weekend days, the average halftime score was 14.8 points, with three teams posting a perfect 20 points. Here are the weekend’s top overall scores at the halftime break:
- Off Beats (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 88
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 85
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 85
- Simple Minds (Belles’ Sports Bar): 83
- You’re a Quizzard, Harry (Vanish Brewery): 83
As usual, we saved our most difficult questions for the third round. Friday’s second half stumper involved the human body:
–> Running from the pelvis, across the front of the thigh, and to the top of the tibia, the sartorius is the longest one of these in the human body.
Only two teams arrived at the correct answer of muscle:
We went in a rather different direction for Saturday’s most difficult question:
–> As seen in some hip hop videos, which action similar to ‘car surfing’ describes the act of a driver exiting a moving vehicle in order to dance beside or around the vehicle while it remains in motion?
Apparently, very few of our Saturday players have participated in ghost riding:
On Sunday, we stumped our field with not one, but two rather difficult questions:
–> Released in 2003, what is the only to film to win 11 Academy Awards (including one for Best Picture) yet not receive ANY acting nominations?
–> A fictional family residing at 15 Robin Hood Lane in Huntington, New York was the focus of what ABC sitcom that ran for seven seasons starting in 1985?
We did not see any teams notch a perfect third round score.
After Sunday’s tough third round, we threw our Florida teams a softball by asking which variety of cheese is found on a traditional Cuban sandwich. As it is the unofficial sandwich of Tampa, a little local knowledge paid off in the form of Swiss cheese. Friday’s final round offered up this query in the subject of Football Coaches:
–> Prior to his 2015 retirement, which Southeastern Conference coach was the only former Heisman Trophy winner who was also a Division I-A (or FBS) head coach?
Now that he has retired, the only place to find Steve Spurrier is in Dr. Pepper commercials:
Across the weekend, only Uncle Jack (Belles’) landed a perfect fourth round score. Here are the weekend’s top scores after four rounds of play:
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 153
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 152
- Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar): 150
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 150
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 150
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.3% success rate):
–> According to its official website, One World Trade Center soars to what symbolic height (measured in feet)?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (80.0% success rate):
–> In November of 1979, the U.S. froze nearly eight billion dollars in assets from this foreign country. On January 20, 1981, those assets were released.
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):
–> For the third year in a row, this musical based on macabre characters from the mid-20th century was the most-performed musical in high schools in America. Name this musical which enjoyed a Broadway run from 2010 to 2011.
Your answers? 1,776 feet, Iran (due to the hostage crisis), and “The Addams Family”. Congratulations to Cultured Heathens and Arrondissements of Ouagadougou, as the only weekend teams to attain the Perfect 21 by answering correctly on all wagering questions. Here are your top overall scores:
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 165
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 164
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 162
- Off Beats (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 161
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 158
- Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar): 155
- You’re a Quizzard, Harry (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 154
- Trivia Newton John (Vanish Brewery): 153
- You’re a Quizzard, Harry (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 146
- Witiots (Tilted Kilt): 146
- Hilltoppers (Springfield Manor Winery): 146
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Trivia Newton John (NEXT GAME OCTOBER 20 – First category: Taylor Swift – AUDIO)
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Hilltoppers (Next week’s first category: Russian History)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Uncle Jack (Next week’s first category: John Wayne Western Films)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Next week’s first category: Award-Winning Cartoonists)
McAuley’s Pub in St. Petersburg, FL: Ellis Island (Next week’s first category: Detroit Lions)
Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “Conan the Barbarian” – original film)
Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD: Witiots (Next week’s first category: Paleontology)