A Mutiny at Weekend Trivia!
Across six weekend games of Pour House Trivia, a total of 60 teams battled it out for bragging rights and bar cash.
Our Friday teams opened their game with a question regarding last weekend’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, while Saturday’s field reminisced about the song “I’m Too Sexy”. The first round also looked at topics such as nursery rhymes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, U.S. state capitals, and the 1958 NFL Championship game. Friday’s teams were dealt the most difficult wagering question of the opening round:
–> During 2019, which American League Central team finished with the worst record in the majors at 47 wins and 114 losses?
Only 30% of our Friday teams responded correctly with the Detroit Tigers. Across both nights of trivia, six teams began their game with a perfect first round score.
Saturday’s audio question featured three songs played in reverse, but our teams had no trouble identifying Michael Jackson (“Billie Jean”), Nirvana (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”), and Katy Perry (“Firework”). Meanwhile, Friday’s audio question featured the theme song from the TV series “Family Matters”, but the bonus question stumped the entire field. Though he sang theme songs for numerous ABC sitcoms, none of our Friday teams could identify Jesse Frederick as the man behind the distinctive voice. Saturday’s second round also featured a treacherous bonus question, as none of our teams (prior to being given multiple choice) knew that petrology is the branch of geology dealing specifically with rocks. Despite closing with easier topics such as pop singer Kesha, folklore character Paul Bunyan, and the TV series “The Love Boat”, the second round did not yield any perfect scores.
For the weekend halftime pages, the featured topics included brand logos, movie props, and February events. The combined average reached a respectable 17.3 points, but only two teams (both from Pretzel & Pizza) recorded a perfect score: Ah Ha and Cultured Heathens. Here is the weekend leaderboard after one half of play:
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 89
- Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Vanish): 88
- Anything But Sports (Vanish): 87
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza): 87
- Francis Scott Answer Key (Springfield): 86
- Barking Bad (Pretzel & Pizza): 86
Third round topics from last weekend included greenhouse gases, the nation of Ethiopia, and saddle shoes. In each of our weekend games, the fourth question of the third round proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the night. First up, Friday’s teams dealt with this query concerning the Ivy League:
–> Among the eight schools in The Ivy League, which New York school is by the far the newest, created nearly 100 years after the other seven?
One would assume that this question would have boiled down to a simple 50/50 selection between Columbia and Cornell, yet only nine out of 40 Friday teams gave us the correct answer of Cornell. Saturday teams dealt with U.S. politics in their most difficult question:
–> Who was the last person to receive a state’s electoral votes while not running as a Democrat or as a Republican?
Despite earning nearly 20 million popular votes in 1992, Ross Perot did not carry a single state that year. Instead, former Alabama governor George Wallace fit the bill, as he carried five southern states while running as an independent in 1968. Over three out of 20 Saturday teams earned points on this question. All of the perfect scores from last weekend’s third round were recorded on Friday night, as seven of the nine teams that earned points with Cornell ran the table in the third stanza.
Hopes for a perfect final round were immediately dashed for most our Friday teams, as only two teams knew that “Love” is the title of the most recent album from singer Michael Buble. Other final round topics included the novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, the classic radio and TV western “Gunsmoke”, and the mythological river Styx. In their most difficult question of the round, our Saturday teams closed with a Triple 50/50 question asking if these professional athletes played soccer or hockey: Robin van Persie, Mike Richter, and Tony Amonte. Only six teams earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, while Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza) was the only Saturday team to earn bonus points by giving us all three correct answers (respectively, soccer, hockey, hockey). As a result, Irish Beer Mafia notched the only perfect score of last weekend’s final round. Heading into the final question, these were your highest scoring weekend teams:
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 159
- Francis Scott Answer Key (Springfield): 156
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 154
- Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Vanish): 154
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 153
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.0% success rate):
–> Who is only person in history to be elected twice to the office of the U.S. Vice President and twice to the office of U.S. President?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (27.8% success rate):
–> The only instance in which three different men were nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for the same film was for this movie that took place on the high seas. Identify this film that was released over 70 years ago.
For these final questions, we were looking for the correct answers of Richard Nixon (who served eight years as V. P. under Dwight Eisenhower) and “Mutiny on the Bounty”. For the second weekend in a row, Killer Snails (P. B. Dye) recorded the only Perfect 21 among both games. Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 164
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 162
- Slightly Agitated (P. B. Dye): 158
- Anything But Sports (Vanish): 157
- High Crimes and Misdemeanors (Belles’): 156
- You Had Me At Trivia (P. B. Dye): 154
- Ah Ha (Pretzel & Pizza): 153
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza): 149
- Francis Scott Answer Key (Springfield): 149
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 149
An honorable mention goes out to Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Vanish), who recorded the highest unofficial score of the weekend at 166 points while playing ‘over the limit’.
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Francis Scott Answer Key (Next week’s first category: Andy Reid)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Anything But Sports (Next week’s first category: “Degrassi: The Next Generation”)
Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Dragon Ass (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Feb. 21: Tottenham Hotspur F.C.)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: High Crimes and Misdemeanors (Next week’s first category: U. S. Constitution)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: Pickleball)