The first weekend of 2019 welcomed 38 teams across three venues, including a massive field of 22 teams at Vanish Brewery in Leesburg:
Early topics from last weekend’s games included the Pixar film “Up”, the Murphy bed, and these co-hosts of the upcoming Golden Globes ceremony:
For our weekend audio questions, our Friday teams dealt with three “beautiful” songs, while our Saturday squads were asked to recognize karaoke versions of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Yellow”, and “See You Again”. The last of those songs proved to be quite difficult to pin down, as only two of our 16 Saturday teams pulled in the bonus with three correct answers. Later, we played a little Wii Sports, picked up a 7-10 split at the bowling alley, and armed ourselves with this action comedy film:
Nine of our weekend teams swept the first round with 36 points, while five teams replicated the feat in the second stanza.
Weekend halftime topics included animals in films, breakfast cereals, and TV characters. Overall, the average score landed at 17.2 points, while five teams managed to secure a perfect halftime score. These were your highest scoring weekend teams at the halftime break:
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish Brewery): 92
- Fan Club (Vanish Brewery): 92
- Here For the Beer (Vanish Brewery): 89
- Clashburn (Vanish Brewery): 89
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 89
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 89
After a relatively calm first half, Saturday’s third round got off to a rocky start with this game-changing question asked in the the Three Clues format:
CLUE 1: This American gangster was born in 1908 with the real name of Lester Gillis.
CLUE 2: He killed three FBI agents before being gunned down by in 1934 at the age of 25.
CLUE 3: Because of his youthful appearance, he took on a nickname that is also associated with musician Kenneth Edmonds.
None of our Saturday teams even ventured a guess in an attempt to earn the two-point bonus. But upon hearing the third clue, several teams coughed up their largest wager with the incorrect answer of “Pretty Boy” Floyd. Instead, we were looking for “Baby Face” Nelson. Our Saturday teams rebounded by scoring points with topics such as Heisman Trophy winners, the Australian duo Savage Garden, and kachina dolls:
We threw our Saturday teams another curve ball on the 6-4-2 question, as the first clue asked for the celebrity who was married to Lisa Marie Presley from 2002 to 2004. Numerous teams turned in the early (and incorrect) response of Michael Jackson. Those two were divorced in 1996, while Lisa Marie married Oscar winner Nicolas Cage in 2002. While our Saturday teams were dealing with that roller coaster, the Friday team breezed through topics such as kitten heels and Chinese Checkers. The only perfect scores of the second half were posted during Friday’s third round, as Green Acres and Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap each both ran the table in the third stanza. These were your highest scoring weekend teams heading into the final question:
- Fan Club (Vanish Brewery): 164
- Here For the Beer (Vanish Brewery): 161
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 161
- Clashburn (Vanish Brewery): 160
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish Brewery): 159
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (73.9% success rate):
–> Given its geographic location, ancient civilizations believed this body of water to be in the middle of the earth. Hence, its name is taken from Latin words meaning “middle of the earth”.
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):
–> As one of the longest-running shows on Fox, which show was once described by its producers has “the only show with no script, no actors, no host, and no re-enactments”?
Overall, our weekend teams were largely successful with these final questions, with more than half responding correctly with Mediterranean Sea and “Cops”. Congratulations to the three teams (all from Vanish Brewery) that earned the Perfect 21 by answering all wagering questions correctly: Fan Club, Here For the Beer, and Third or Nothing. In addition Fan Club becomes the first team this season to earn at least 175 points twice during the same week. Here is your final overall leaderboard:
- Fan Club (Vanish Brewery): 176
- Here For the Beer (Vanish Brewery): 173
- Clashburn (Vanish Brewery): 172
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish Brewery): 171
- Third or Nothing (Vanish Brewery): 169
- Our Cup Size is Stanley (Belles’): 164
- Tequila Mockingbird (Vanish Brewery): 164
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 163
- His and Her Peas (Vanish Brewery): 160
- FOUR TEAMS TIED 158 POINTS
An honorable mention goes out to Smarty Pants (Belles’), who recorded 165 points while playing ‘over the limit’.
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 18 – First category: “Pushing Daisies”)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Fan Club (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 18 – First category: “The Good Place”)
Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: World Cup Skiers)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Our Cup Size is Stanley (Next week’s first category: “The Breakfast Club”)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Cultured Heathens (Next week’s first category: “Bird Box”)