The first games of December also meant a return to our Friday game after two weeks off, as Vanish Brewery in Leesburg once again hosted our busiest game of the weekend. All told, we welcomed 30 teams at four venues.
Friday’s opening round asked our teams to name the only two articles of clothing worn by this character (excluding his iconic chapeau):
The most difficult bonus question in our opening round was featured as the third clue in a three-part question in which the answers began with ‘PRO’:
–> A former Los Angeles plastic surgeon was the lead character on which drama series which ran for five seasons on NBC?
Only two teams gave us this correct answer:
The first round did not yield any perfect scores this weekend.
Our weekend audio questions offered up some unique cover songs, as we heard alternate versions of “Roxanne”, “Jump” (by Van Halen), and “When I Come Around”. On Friday, we might have been called out for jinxing a certain college football team, thanks to this question:
–> After a string of upsets over the last two weeks, which Big Ten team remains this season’s only undefeated college football team playing in a major Division I conference?
Just one day later, the University of Wisconsin lost its first game, missing out on the chance to win a National Championship. Sorry, Badgers! Just as in the first round, we saved the most difficult bonus question for last, asking our teams to name either of the “Bridget Jones” sequel films:
Our weekend halftime page looked at celebrities sporting the initials “J.C.”, with Uncle Jack (Belles’) taking home the only perfect score of the weekend. Here are the top overall scores at the halftime break:
- Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar): 86
- Irish Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 85
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 84
- Smarty Pants (Belles’ Sports Bar): 82
- Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’ Sports Bar): 82
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 82
Saturday and Sunday’s third round included our nightly Three Clues question, with this version dealing with a number:
CLUE 1: On the standard American version of the TV show “Survivor”, contestants compete for a maximum of this many days.
CLUE 2: It is the title of three different songs, respectively record by Queen, The Cure, and Tenacious D.
Only two teams were able to answer correctly after hearing just two clues, with most opting to (successfully) wait for the final clue, which involved a little bit of mathematics:
CLUE 3: It is the sum of five consecutive prime numbers, starting with the number three.
Starting with 3, the next four prime numbers are 5,7,11, and 13, which leads to the correct answer of 39. None of our teams were able to sweep the third round with a perfect score of 36 points.
Friday’s final round looked back the career of this late pitcher:
We saved the most difficult wagering question of the weekend for the final round:
–> August was the first name of this 19th century German mathematician whose namesake object can be formed by taking a slip of paper, giving it a half twist and taping the ends together. What was this man’s last name?
Those are the directions on how to create the namesake Mobius Strip:
A correct answer there was the key to sweeping the final round, a feat achieved by Uncle Jack and Smarty Pants (both from Belles’). Here are the top scores of the weekend after four rounds of play:
- Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar): 162
- Smarty Pants (Belles’ Sports Bar): 158
- Five Easy Pieces (McAuley’s Pub): 153
- Simple Minds (Belles’ Sports Bar): 149
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 149
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):
–> After earning her degree from the University of Hawaii, Ann Dunham became a noted anthropologist who specialized in rural development. But she is certainly more famous for the achievements of her son. Who is this celebrity?
SATURDAY / SUNDAY FINAL QUESTION (75.0% success rate):
–> Loosely translated from the Potawatomi word meaning ‘trusted scout’ or ‘faithful friend’, this word was used to refer to a fictional character introduced in 1933. By the 21st century, its use was so widespread that it was officially entered into Webster’s Dictionary. What is this one word?
Your answers this weekend were Barack Obama and kemosabe. Congratulations to Uncle Jack, the only team to notch the Perfect 21 this weekend. Here are your top overall scores from this past weekend:
- Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar): 171
- Smarty Pants (Belles’ Sports Bar): 170
- Simple Minds (Belles’ Sports Bar): 161
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 157
- Sanford and Son (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 153
- Five Easy Pieces (McAuley’s Pub): 153
- Tequila Mockingbird (Vanish Brewery): 152
- Trivia Newton John (Vanish Brewery): 151
- Demented and Sad, But Social (Belles’ Sports Bar): 149
- Irish Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 149
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Tequila Mockingbird (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 15 – First category: Southern Rock Bands)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Cultured Heathens (Next week’s first category: Stephen King)
McAuley’s Pub in St. Petersburg, FL: Five Easy Pieces ** FOUR WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Winnie the Pooh)