A packed house at Vanish Brewery in Leesburg highlighted our weekend games of trivia. With the 17 teams that crammed into the Brewery on Friday night, we welcomed a total of 36 teams across our four venues:
Friday’s first round included our nightly Three Clues question, as we quizzed our teams on a certain two-word phrase:
CLUE 1: The doo-wop group The Marcels took their version of this song to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1961.
CLUE 2: The name of a detective agency featured on an ABC series of the 1980s.
Only four out of our 17 Friday teams picked up this early answer bonus. Meanwhile, our Saturday / Sunday game featured an opening round that was no match for our veteran teams, with some of our teams recognizing the name Graham Greene as both an early 20th century author AND the name of a First Nations actor who earned an Oscar nomination for “Dances With Wolves”. The difficulty level increased dramatically on our audio questions. Our Friday teams were asked to decipher songs that were sped up to twice the normal speed, while our Saturday teams were quizzed on the name of the late 1990s ska band Reel Big Fish. But the most difficult bonus question of the entire weekend was soon to follow, as we asked our Saturday and Sunday teams about this NFL stadium:
Most of our teams knew that Arrowhead Stadium is the current home of the Kansas City Chiefs, but NONE of our teams knew that this venue (along with the Royals’ home of Kauffman Stadium next door) comprise the Harry Truman Sports Complex. All told, six weekend teams notched a perfect first round score, but only one team (Abraham Drinkin’ from Vanish Brewery) was able to match the feat in the second round. After our halftime pages were tallied, it was Trivia Newton John (Vanish Brewery) that led all weekend teams with 85 points at the break.
The third round kept our Friday teams close at the top of the standings, hitting on such diverse topics as Kelly Clarkson, Peter Pan peanut butter, and this legendary athlete:
Meanwhile, the rest of our weekend players were given this wordplay puzzler:
–> Not only are these 15-letter words anagrams of each other, but both words can be used to describe a person who indulges in dialogue about the preservation of natural resources. Name BOTH of these anagrams.
Our lexicography enthusiasts picked up points with conservationist and conversationist. We saw just one perfect score in the second half this weekend as Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar) notched 36 points in the final round on Saturday. Here are the top weekend scores after the final round:
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 157
- Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar): 150
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 148
- Tequila Mockingbird (Vanish Brewery): 148
- Trivia Newton John (Vanish Brewery): 146
- Five Easy Pieces (McAuley’s Pub): ???
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (28.6% success rate):
–> Who was selected as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year for both 1996 and 2000, becoming the first person to win the award twice?
SATURDAY / SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):
–> Among the independent island nations of North America, name the only one whose national capital is NOT located on its largest island by area.
Our correct final answers this weekend were Tiger Woods (winning his awards after his first victories as a professional and after his record U.S. Open win at Pebble Beach), and The Bahamas. We did not see any teams earn the Perfect 21 this weekend. Here are your top overall scores from this past weekend:
- Wyld Stallyns (Vanish Brewery): 154
- Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar): 153
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 153
- Milkshake Duck (Belles’ Sports Bar): 152
- Demented and Sad, But Social (Belles’ Sports Bar): 152
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Wyld Stallyns NEXT GAME ON JAN. 5 (First category: Early 2000s Pop Punk)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Give Us Your Beer Money (Next week’s first category: “Scrooged”)
McAuley’s Pub in St. Petersburg, FL: Just The Tip NEXT GAME ON JAN. 7 (First category: Cultural Marxism)