After a rare two-night break from trivia, we were back last weekend for a brand new game as we count down the last 60 days before World Series XVI. Our weekend game welcomed 18 teams across three venues:
Our first round was a cinch for about half of our teams, as the field came storming out of the gate with correct answers throughout the first stanza. We began the game with a look at this animated TV series:
We enjoyed a quick cocktail (specifically, a Hot Toddy), and finished the round by discussing the recent change to NFL overtime. All told, eight teams swept the first round with a perfect score of 36 points.
Our weekend audio questions dealt with edible song titles, as we asked our teams to identify “Cheeseburger in Paradise” (Jimmy Buffett), “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Def Leppard), and “Lollipop” (Lil Wayne). We continued by looking at the administration of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, discussed the various uses of the word ‘pitch‘, and stumped most of our teams with a bonus question on this Tolkien character:
While most of our teams knew that Sauron was the maker of the One Ring, only three teams knew that he is considered to be the First Lieutenant of Morgoth. As a result, Uncle Jack (Belles’) recorded the only perfect score of the second round.
Our halftime page dealt with pictures of celebrities who were either born or died in 1994. Our teams had no trouble recognizing the ‘older’ celebrities which included Kurt Cobain, Jackie Kennedy, and John Candy, but the faces of Harry Styles and Ansel Elgort (from the “Divergent” film series and “Baby Driver”) were certainly more difficult to pin down. None of our teams were able to notch a perfect score, with the average score coming in at 14.5 points. Here are the weekend’s top overall scores at the halftime break:
- Mr. Jackpots (Belles’ Sports Bar): 89
- Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar): 88
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 87
- Sanford and Son (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 85
- Off Beats (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 85
The third round began with a question concerning the numerous actors who have portrayed Winston Churchill in both film and television. Only three teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing that the current film depicting Churchill (which features Gary Oldman portraying the former Prime Minister) is entitled “Darkest Hour“:
Other topics in the third stanza included nursery rhymes (“This Old Man“) and celebrities sharing the initials B.G., specifically Bill Gates, Benny Goodman, and Betty Grable. Two teams rolled through the third round with a perfect score: Mr. Jackpots and Power Vacuum (both from Belles’).
Friday’s final round asked our teams to LITERALLY “Remember the Maine”, before we looked at this Japanese cooking device whose origins date back more than 1,000 years:
We saved the most difficult bonus question of the weekend for the end of the final round:
–> Sampling off of two hit songs of the 1970s, this singer reminisced about his days growing up in Michigan in the 2008 hit “All Summer Long”. For your wager, name this musician.
2-POINT BONUS: Name BOTH of the 1970s songs that were sampled on this track.
Despite the fact that some teams (jokingly) argued that “he does not qualify as a musician”, the correct answer was indeed Kid Rock. Only two teams earned bonus points with the correct answers of “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Werewolves of London“. As a result, the final round did not yield any perfect scores this weekend. Here are the weekend’s top scores after four rounds of play:
- Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar): 160
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 158
- Sanford and Son (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 156
- Power Vacuum (Belles’ Sports Bar): 154
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 150
FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):
–> What is the only African country with a coastline on both the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Mediterranean Sea?
Exactly two-thirds of our teams answered correctly with this response:
Here are your top overall scores from this past weekend:
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 169
- Off Beats (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 168
- Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar): 167
- Power Vacuum (Belles’ Sports Bar): 166
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 159
- Mr. Jackpots (Belles’ Sports Bar): 158
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 157
- Five Easy Pieces (McAuley’s Pub): 146
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Southern Rock Bands)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Uncle Jack ** NINE WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Boston’s Freedom Trail)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Give Us Your Beer Money (Next week’s first category: Apollo Moon Landings)
McAuley’s Pub in St. Petersburg, FL: Five Easy Pieces (Next week’s first category: “The Brady Bunch”)