A Fantastic Filly Finish at Weekend Trivia!

There may have been controversy at the track on Saturday night, but everything ran smoothly for our 56 trivia teams playing at one of four weekend venues.


We kicked off our weekend games with questions concerning the film “The Fifth Element”, Twizzlers candy, and DNA.  We played “Dead or Canadian” in a Triple 50/50 question with our Friday teams and gave Three Clues to our Saturday teams in regards to the term ‘vertigo’.  The most difficult bonus question of the weekend was actually asked in Friday’s opening round, as we nearly stumped the entire field with a closing question about this young adult book series:

Only one of our 33 Friday teams could successfully identify Francine Pascal as the creator of the “Sweet Valley High” novel series.  Goobers (Springfield Manor), Smarty Pants (Belles’), and Uncle Jack (Belles’) posted the only perfect scores of the first round.


Friday’s teams opened their second round by listening to the protest song “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield, a tune which famously does not mention the title in its lyrics.  As evidenced by the scores, our Friday teams faced quite a challenge in remembering the actual title of this song.  Meanwhile, our Saturday teams listened to the theme song to the TV drama “NCIS”.  Those teams also got into the “Star Wars” spirit (with Saturday’s game taking place on May the 4th) by answering a question about the term Rogue.  Other second round topics included The Masters golf tournament and this notable Super Bowl commercial:

Apparently, it has been quite a long time since this ad was played during the Super Bowl, as only five of our Friday teams earned wagering points.  Two teams notched 36 points in the second round: Fan Club (Vanish) and Uncle Jack (Belles’).


The weekend halftime topics included famous people named May, clever stock symbols, and sword fights in film.  Overall, five teams recorded a perfect score as the weekend average landed at 17.4 points.  Here is your weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:


Friday’s second half began with a look at the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser” and the nursery rhyme “Little Jack Horner”.  While our Friday teams dealt with a rather difficult third round, our Saturday teams breezed through their third round topics of sweetbread (which is not what it sounds like), the upcoming film “Tolkien”, Appalachian mountain geography, and this festive dance:

The only perfect scores of the third round were posted by at Belles’, as Rumble in the Bronx, Comfortably Dum, and God of Hammers each earned 36 third round points.


Friday’s teams began their final round with the most difficult wagering question of the entire weekend:

–> This actor made his film debut in 1967 at the age of 30.  Three years later, despite having only appeared in four feature films, he had already earned two Academy Award nominations for Best Actor.  For your wager, name this two-time Oscar winner.

In the three years following his film debut, Dustin Hoffman earned Oscar nominations for both “The Graduate” and “Midnight Cowboy”, but only five of our Friday teams arrived at this correct answer.  Saturday’s final round gave us one more chance to squeeze in a “Star Wars” question:

–> As of today, “The Last Jedi” is the only film in the “Star Wars” universe to NOT feature this iconic phrase.  It has been spoken by Anakin, Luke, Han, and Leia, but in “Rogue One”, K2SO starts to say it before being cut off.  For your wager, name this phrase.

Ironically, a number of our Saturday teams had a “good feeling” about their answer of “May the force be with you”, but we were instead looking for this phrase:

The only perfect scores in the final round were posted at Pretzel & Pizza Creations, as Quality Guesswork and Cultured Heathens each ran the table in the final round.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams heading into the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (27.7% success rate):

–> As a reference to the Triple Crown, which term is currently used to refer to the three most prestigious American horse races run exclusively by fillies?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75.0% success rate):

–>  Currently owned by the Kraft Heinz Company, which food brand derived its name from a combination of the names of two U.S. states, the border of which was the location of its first processing facility?

The correct answers to these questions were the Triple Tiara and Ore-Ida.  Congratulations to Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza), who posted the only Perfect 21 of the weekend by answering all wagering questions correctly.  These were your highest scoring teams from last weekend:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Wolverines   (Next week’s first category: “The Tudors”)

Black Walnut at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Internet Memes)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Fan Club   (NEXT GAME ON MAY 17 – First category: “Community”)

Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “The Flash”)

868 Estate Vineyards in Hillsboro, VA:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME ON MAY 25 – First category: History of Wine)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Rumble in the Bronx   (Next week’s first category: “Con Air”)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Quality Guesswork   (Next week’s first category: “Santa Clarita Diet”)