A New Year of Weekend Trivia!
After Christmas and New Year’s weekends capped off 2022, Pour House Trivia was back with the weekend goods with 57 teams across six venues. On top of that, Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD hosted a Seinfeld theme game for 19 teams!
The most difficult question in any weekend game’s opening round came at the end of Saturday’s round, where we gave our teams something to chew on:
- Currently sold by Mondelez International, which brand of chewing gum formed its name as a portmanteau and partnered with a certain basketball star to sell a flavor called Lightning Lemonade in 2005?
Exactly half of Saturday’s teams correctly identified Bubblicious as the brand in question, while 13% added bonus points for knowing LeBron James was the partnering basketball player. Other first-round subjects included the four title objects in the board game Hungry Hungry Hippos, Ronald Reagan‘s nickname The Great Communicator, and classic TV sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show. Two teams from Mason Social earned perfect scores in this round: George Santos’s LinkedIn Profile and Ten Thousand Dugongs.
For the weekend’s audio questions, we asked about historical speeches, songs in foreign languages, and song titles that are also celebrity names. We took a quick trip to Europe for the hardest second-round question of the weekend:
- With more than 38,000 people crammed into an area of less than one square mile, which wealthy European country is the most densely populated independent nation on earth?
Monaco was correctly named by 63% of our teams. Otherwise, we discussed the medical condition bronchitis, 1989 comedy film Weekend at Bernie’s, and the beginnings of MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays. A weekend-high seven teams recorded perfect scores in the second round.
Over the various weekend halftime pages, teams dealt with things like celebrities from Virginia, film poster logos, and movie aliens! The average score across all halftime results was 17.4 points and 12 teams managed a perfect 20-point score. High scores at the intermission looked like this:
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 89
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason): 89
- WTF (Flying Ace): 88
- Vandelay Industries (South Mountain): 86
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 86
- Booze Clues (Mason): 86
The two most difficult wagering questions all weekend both appeared in the third round, albeit on different nights. On Friday, a question about the human body tested our limits:
- These large Y-shaped proteins fight bacteria and viruses in the bloodstream and are also called immunoglobulins. For your wager, what are they more commonly known as?
That common name is antibodies, which 40% of the field got right. However, the toughest question of the weekend came in Saturday’s third round, where teams got the chance to solve an A+B=C:
- A: although variations exist, this is the standard number of strings on a violin.
- B: the number of films in which Sylvester Stallone played Rocky Balboa.
Teams had to add those together; four violin strings and eight films (that would be six Rocky films and two in the Creed series, by the way) equalled a correct answer of 12, figured out by 22% of our teams. In other third-round weekend action, teams answered questions about Leonardo da Vinci, the York Peppermint Pattie, and country song All My Ex’s Live in Texas. The only perfect scores in this round went to That’s So Clavin (Pretzel and Pizza) and Lone Strangers (Mason).
The 6-4-2 topics over the weekend were Disney classic song When You Wish Upon a Star, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Guns ‘n’ Roses, and the bat. While wagering success rates were fairly solid in the fourth round, correct bonus attempts got a little tough. On Friday, a question about the British dish Beef Wellington pitched a shutout, with no teams claiming the bonus for naming that dish’s namesake, Arthur Wellesley. Saturday’s Three Clues question about the Broadway musical The Full Monty saw just one team name it early for two extra points. Some other fourth-round topics included Sherlock Holmes, the hangover-related phrase hair of the dog, and Crater Lake. No team achieved a perfect score in any fourth round this past weekend. With only the final question left, these teams were on top:
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason): 158
- Murph’s Masters (Belles’): 156
- Barking Bad (Pretzel and Pizza): 155
- Squircle Jerks (Flying Ace): 152
- George Santos’s LinkedIn Profile (Mason): 152
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (35% success rate):
- On the American Film Institute’s List of the top 100 film quotes of all-time, this actor is responsible for the quotes that landed at #2 and #3 on the list. Name this actor, who won an Oscar for both of those roles.
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (36.4% success rate):
- There are about 6,000 languages spoken in the world. About 1,000 of those are spoken on a single island, more than on most continents. Name this island, which is the most linguistically-diverse area in the world.
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (26.6% success rate):
- While most U.S. Presidential inaugurations have taken place within Washington D.C., there are also four U.S. states which have been the site of inaugurations. Name any three of these states.
Friday’s quotable actor was Marlon Brando (for On the Waterfront and The Godfather), Saturday’s linguistic island was New Guinea, and Sunday’s swearing-in states were New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont. One team navigated its night’s questions to earn a Perfect 21 honor: Mungbeans (Flying Ace). A final look at the weekend standings gives you these top-scoring teams:
- Murph’s Masters (Belles’): 168
- George Santos’s LinkedIn Profile (Mason): 164
- WTF (Flying Ace): 163
- Merd’s Nerds (Flying Ace): 162
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 162
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 160
- PB and J (Belles’): 160
- Mungbeans (Flying Ace): 158
- Biscuit Snatchers (Belles’): 158
- Clean Up on Aisle Four (South Mountain): 156
As for the Seinfeld theme game at Dragon Distillery, Real and Spectacular ended up getting its birthday wish with a 168-point victory, followed closely by Little Kicks with 166 points and Big Salads at 165.
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Clean Up on Aisle Four (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Avatar (film) or Avatar: the Last Airbender (TV series))
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Real and Spectacular (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Paul Simon Songs)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: WTF (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marlon Brando Films)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Murph’s Masters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: League of Legends)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: A.C. Gilbert Toys Other than Erector Sets)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: George Santos’s LinkedIn Profile (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hallmark Christmas Channel Films)
Coast Tacobar in Hagerstown, MD: Bad Santa (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Formula One Racing)