A Puzzling Finish to Saturday Night Trivia!
The midweek snowstorm was still showing its effects this weekend, as our regular Friday game was postponed, leaving just two Saturday games this weekend. But both of those games welcomed at least ten teams, leading to some great competition.
Saturday’s first round provided few surprises for the field, with six of our 21 teams sweeping the opening stanza with 36 points. The first speed bump of the night came in the audio question, where we played songs from artists with four-letter stage names. Cher? No problem! Pink? Easy! Korean pop superstar Rain? Uh… no.
The second round also included the most difficult wagering question of the first half:
–> After more than 51 years in the major leagues, which National League East team saw one of its players toss the first no-hitter in franchise history in 2012?
Sure, it may seem as though the obvious answer here is the Washington Nationals, but the franchise is not quite as old as the early 1960s, and Expos pitchers tossed four no-hitters while playing in Montreal. Just under half of our teams gave us the correct answer of the New York Mets, with three of those teams adding two bonus points by knowing that Johan Santana tossed that no-hitter:
Unfortunately, the obscurity of K-Pop singers kept the perfect scores off the board in the second round.
Saturday’s halftime page dealt with “Saturday Night Live” impersonations and international companies. We saw an overall average score of 17.2 with six teams recording a perfect 20 points. These were our top scores at the halftime break:
- Randy Watson (Belles’): 89
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 87
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 87
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 87
Saturday’s second half began smoothly with questions on preening and the lawsuit filed by Mattel against the writers of the Aqua song “Barbie Girl”. The success came to a screeching halt with a literature question, as we asked out teams about this quote from the late 19th century:
–> “He that travels the fastest, travels…”
Teams earned points by naming the word that completes the quote or the author who wrote it. Only seven teams earned points with “alone“ or Rudyard Kipling, but none of our teams knew both answers. The final round began with a question on the current sci-fi film “Pacific Rim Uprising”, the association of jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi with the comic strip “Peanuts”, and this career of this sports legend:
After a difficult third round, five teams bounced back to sweep the final stanza. Here are your weekend’s top scores after the fourth round:
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 158
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 158
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 156
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 156
- Randy Watson (Belles’): 153
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.0% success rate):
–> Also the nickname of film character John Kramer, this is the name of a pastime that is thought to have been first been used as a learning tool in the 18th century, to help people learn about geography.
Only four teams arrived at the correct answer of the jigsaw puzzle. None of our Saturday teams earned the Perfect 21 this weekend. Here are your top overall scores from last weekend:
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 169
- Randy Watson (Belles’): 150
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 147
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 144
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 144
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 143