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Over the weekend, Pour House Trivia welcomed its newest venue; you can now play our Sunday game at Agave 137 in Frederick, MD! With their first game, we had eight venues and a total of 76 teams.


Friday’s opening round had a question that dealt with a little sports math:

  • What is the minimum number of points required to win a set in a Grand Slam tennis tournament?
  • Bonus: Also called a perfect set, which term describes the act of winning a set without losing a single point?

Just over a quarter of the field figured out that six games at four points a game gets you to 24 points. However, no team added bonus points for identifying the golden set, which has happened only once in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament in history! Other topics in this round included FX’s The AmericansThree Clues about the Porsche brand, and the party game Truth or Dare. All five perfect teams from this round pulled that feat off on Sunday.


The audio question on Friday dealt with three songs with City in the title. Here, 12.8% of the field named all three: Paradise City by Guns n Roses, Suffragette City by David Bowie, and Midnight City by M83. Other audio questions featured songs with NHL teams in the title and song titles that are also superhero names. A literary question in Saturday’s second round proved to be the toughest in that game:

  • After winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama three times during the 1920s, who added a fourth Pulitzer decades later for Long Day’s Journey into Night, a play which did not premiere until after he had passed away?

Eugene O’Neill was named by 23% of that night’s teams. In other second round action, teams looked at the Razzie Awards won by Eddie Murphy’s Norbit, battles from the Korean War, and the attempt at a third Presidential term for Ulysses S. Grant. This round’s perfect teams were Vandelay Industries (South Mountain) and BBQ-Anon (Agave).


During the weekend’s halftime rounds, teams were asked to identify countries from their flag maps, figure out whether each phrase in a list is found as a Magic 8-Ball answer, and name items with Dream in their title. The average score was 15.4 out of 20, while just one Saturday team played a perfect halftime page. These were the highest scores at the halftime break:


On Friday, this look back at a classic cartoon was a bit of a speed bump:

  • Which 1960s cartoon series spawned spinoffs such as Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop?

About 23% of the field knew those were spinoffs of Wacky Races. A baseball query on Sunday also played tough:

  • When the Los Angeles Dodgers lost the 2018 World Series, it marked the franchise’s 14th loss in the Fall Classic, setting an all-time record. That series loss broke a tie for most World Series defeats with which other MLB franchise?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Which team defeated the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series?

Losing that year’s World Series moved them one ahead of the New York Yankees for most Fall Classic defeats; 37% of Sunday’s teams knew that, but none remembered the Boston Red Sox winning that year’s championship. Other topics in this round included Three Clues about fuel on Friday and Lucifer on Sunday, as well as the Celebrity season of CBS’s Undercover Boss. The only perfect score in this round was recorded by Demented and Sad but Social (Belles’).


While ten teams earned the full six points on Friday’s 6-4-2 about Qatar, no team did so otherwise with first clues on Lance Armstrong and the metal lead. The weekend’s hardest wagering question came early in Friday’s last round:

  • In 1999, one of Queen Elizabeth’s personal footmen was demoted and had his pay reduced as punishment for giving alcohol to whom?

Believe it or not, he gave alcohol to the Queen’s dogs! The success rate on that question was about 18 percent. The least successful question on Sunday came at the very end of this round:

  • Zach Galifinakis portrayed a pair of twin brothers named Chip and Dale on which current FX series?
  • Bonus: Which late actor earned an Emmy award for his supporting role on this show?

A quarter of the field correctly named the show Baskets, while 12.5% tacked on bonus points for also identifying actor Louie Anderson. There were no perfect scores in this round. We reached the final questions with these top scores:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (28.21% success rate):

  • When pronounced differently, what common English word becomes the name of a real-life international language?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (57.14% success rate):

  • On the first day of the 20th century, Sir Edmund Barton became the first Prime Minster of which newly independent nation?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.25% success rate):

  • Both nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, two films respectively released in 1939 and 1940 were adapted from books written by which American author?

Friday’s word was Polish, Saturday’s nation was Australia, and John Steinbeck was the author in question on Sunday for adaptations of the novels Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. Unfortunately, there were no teams able to earn a Perfect 21 over the weekend. However, these teams led the overall final standings:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Future Single Dads  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gungan Technology)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 20th Century Elton John Lyrics)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: E Sharps  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Web Design)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Cars (band))

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tater Bois  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Amanda Bynes Films)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schools of Islam)

Agave 137 in Frederick, MD: BBQ-Anon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Heteronyms)