The first full weekend of the 2019 Summer Fling season welcomed 46 teams across four venues.
Opening round topics from last weekend included the classic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, the comedy film “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”, multi-sport athlete Sanders, and the Jane Austen novel “Pride & Prejudice”. Three teams earned 36 points en route to a perfect first round: Anything But Sports (Vanish), Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish), and Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’).
Friday’s audio featured three songs named for U.S. cities: “Viva Las Vegas”, “Sweet Home Chicago”, and “Save Me San Francisco”, while, our Saturday teams were asked to identify the respective voices of actors Anthony Hopkins, Will Smith, and Chevy Chase. Other second round topics include General George Custer, the religious period of Lent, and the animated TV series “Phineas and Ferb”. A Saturday question involving the the Broadway musical “Chicago” featured the most difficult bonus question of the the first half, as only two teams knew that former supermodel Christie Brinkley just wrapped up her run portraying the role of Roxie Hart. As a result, Smarty Pants (Belles’) posted the only perfect score of the second round.
Muppets and NBA mascots were the featured topics on last weekend’s halftime pages. Despite a relatively high scoring average of 17.3 points, none of our weekend teams completed a perfect halftime sheet. Here is your weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:
- Anything But Sports (Vanish): 87
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza): 85
- Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’): 83
- New York State of Mind (Springfield Manor): 83
- Mixed Bag of Chinchillas (Vanish): 83
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish): 83
After opening the second half with questions concerning the song “Time After Time” and the original 13 colonies, the most difficult wagering question of the weekend was asked during Friday’s third round:
–> Which athlete recently became the first heavyweight boxing champion of the world from Mexican heritage by scoring a TKO victory over 25-to-1 favorite Anthony Joshua?
Only four of our Friday teams earned points with the correct response of Andy Ruiz, Jr. Meanwhile, we closed Saturday’s third stanza with an equally wicked question regarding namesake scientific equations. None of our teams was able to recognize the Planck-Einstein Relation, leading to just four teams earning wagering points on this question. The third round did not yield any perfect scores this weekend.
Saturday’s final round began with this difficult query on the topic of contemporary fiction:
–> Which 1988 novel follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to the pyramids of Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding a treasure there?
Only four Saturday teams recognized the plot of the Paulo Coelho novel “The Alchemist”. Our Friday teams faced an easier set of final round question, as numerous teams picked up points with correct answers such as the mythological figure Icarus and the upcoming remake of the horror film “Child’s Play”. Crutch McGee and Secret Life of Pets (both playing at Vanish) notched the only final round perfect scores last weekend. Here is your pre-final leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish): 154
- Squad (Springfield Manor): 150
- New York State of Mind (Springfield Manor): 149
- Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’): 147
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 144
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (12.5% success rate):
–> This politician of partial Irish descent won the U.S. Presidential election the same year in which the first modern Olympic Games were held. For your wager, name this U.S. President AND the year in which he won that election.
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75.0% success rate):
–> In 1990, People Magazine began running its annual “Most Beautiful People” issue. Since then, which Oscar-winning actress has graced the cover of that commemorative issue five separate times, more than any other person?
On Friday night, only four teams earned wagering points with the correct answers of William McKinley and 1896. Our Saturday teams fared much better with their final question, as three-quarters of that field responded correctly with Julia Roberts. The only Perfect 21 of the weekend was posted by New York State of Mind (Springfield Manor). Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish): 166
- New York State of Mind (Springfield Manor): 161
- Mixed Bag of Chinchillas (Vanish): 159
- Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’): 157
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 154
- Comfortably Dum (Belles’): 153
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza): 152
- Green Acres (Vanish): 150
- For Those About to Rock (Pretzel & Pizza): 149
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 147
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: New York State of Mind (Next week’s first category: Psychologists)
Black Walnut at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS (NEXT GAME ON JULY 5 – First category: New York Jets)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road (NEXT GAME ON JUNE 21 – First category: 2019 Washington Nationals)
Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “The Office”)
Waynesboro Country Club in Waynesboro, PA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Golf Terms)
868 Estate Vineyards in Hillsboro, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON JUNE 29 – First category: 1980s Films)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Demented and Sad But Social (Next week’s first category: 1990s Grunge Music)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Cultured Heathens (Next week’s first category: “Young Frankenstein”)