A Rich Flood of Weekend Trivia!
August’s weekend trivia action kicked off with 67 teams across seven locations playing Pour House Trivia.
On Friday, we had questions about late-night maven Stephen Colbert and the definitions of the word glaze before reaching the weekend’s trickiest first-round question, a three-part Over/Under deal which had a wagering get rate of 52% and a round-low 10% of teams earning bonus points for getting all three answers correct. Saturday’s teams took a trip to the nation’s capital for their hardest wagering query:
- In spite of a persistent urban legend, there is no law stating that structures within Washington D.C. cannot be taller than the top of what government building, the fourth-tallest structure in the District?
A little more than two-thirds of the field recognized the Capitol building from that urban legend, while just one team earned bonus points for getting within 20 feet of its height of 289 feet. Other Saturday topics included the hermit crab and Three Clues about the cherry. However, no teams were able to earn a perfect score in this round.
Friday’s audio clue contained theme songs from three TV shows with city names in the title, while Saturday’s dealt with quick snippets of famous brand-name foods. The most difficult wagering chance in the second round came immediately after the audio question on Friday:
- After retiring from more dangerous work, which crime fighter worked for the U.S. Surgeon General during World War II? He has been portrayed on screen by Robert Stack and Kevin Costner.
About 42% of teams correctly named Eliot Ness. A question at the end of the round on the Ice Age film franchise saw only one team get bonus points for naming its 2022 spinoff, The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild. A pair of questions at the end of Saturday’s second round proved to be tricky for those teams, starting with this:
- In the early 2010s, 7’3″ actor Peter Mayhew was confronted by TSA agents in Denver for having a suspicious cane. What iconic film character was the late Mayhew best known for portraying?
Mayhew was the man in the Chewbacca costume for the Star Wars series, and 57% of the field got that right. The same percentage correctly answered the round’s final question about the origin of the Mercedes-Benz logo. Once again, a perfect score was just out of reach of our weekend teams.
On Friday, teams had to spend their halftime naming films with forms of transportation in the title, then give a set of answers that contain the letters FAT. Saturday’s halftime sheet dealt with celebrities with initials that match chemical element symbols and films with numbers in the title by their year of release and top-billed actors. The average score was 13.4 points and only four teams (all on Saturday) claimed perfect scores. These were the leaders as of the halftime break:
- Kitten Mittens (Mason Social): 87
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 87
- Clean Up on Aisle Four (South Mountain): 85
- Shipwrecked (Flying Ace): 85
- You’re a Quizard, Harry (Dragon): 85
- Murph’s Masters (Belles’): 85
After a question about Boca Raton, Florida, we hit upon the third round’s hardest question over the weekend:
- A group of British women known collectively as the Canonical Five are most often associated with which other infamous historical person?
Those were the five women known to be victims of Jack the Ripper, who was named by 34% of the field for wagering points. Saturday’s teams had to wait until the end of the third for that game’s most difficult wagering question:
- Which director was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Director for films released in 1940, 1944, 1945, 1954, and 1960, but never won a single Oscar in that category?
Alfred Hitchcock was unsuccessful in all five of his Best Director Oscar nominations, but was successfully named by 36% of teams. Other third-round topics included Three Clues about the word pioneer, Expedia’s purchases of Travelocity and Orbitz, the opera Aida, and Amnesty International. The Bad Backs (Belles’) posted the only perfect third round score last weekend.
The only team to get all six points on a weekend 6-4-2 was Sherlock Homies (Dragon), which did so on Friday’s first clue about Uranus; no teams named Starbucks after one clue on Saturday. The toughest wagering query on Friday showed up in this round:
- Her real name was Beatrix Kiddo, while her codename was Black Mamba. However, this character portrayed in an action film by Uma Thurman was most often referred to by what other name?
A little less than one third of the field named The Bride from the Kill Bill double-volume film series. Teams also encountered questions over the weekend about the three most populous cities in Italy, the cable channel Disney XD, the apparent literary death of Sherlock Holmes, and alphabetically-bookmarking Summer Olympic sports archery and wrestling. We finally had a perfect score in this round! Lone Strangers (Mason Social) took that honor by getting all 36 points. Before the final question, the top three scores belonged to the same venue:
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 156
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 154
- Kitten Mittens (Mason Social): 152
- Bad Backs (Belles’): 151
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 150
- Sherlock Homies (Dragon): 150
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (34.2% success rate):
- How many humans sailed on Noah’s Ark, according to the King James Bible?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (57.9% success rate):
- What is the only independent nation outside of North or South America which currently uses the peso as its official national currency?
Eight humans sailed on the Ark: Noah, his three sons, and each of their wives. On Saturday, that final answer was the Philippines since Spain pivoted to the Euro earlier in the 2000s. A Perfect 21 was earned by Lone Strangers (Mason Social), which was able to get all 21 wagering answers right! The top of the final standings featured two venues in the top six:
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 168
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 165
- Bad Backs (Belles’): 163
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 162
- Kitten Mittens (Mason Social): 157
- Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor): 156
- Virtual Cigar (Mason Social): 156
- Shipwrecked (Flying Ace): 155
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 154
- Sherlock Homies (Dragon): 154
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Prime Numbers)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Sherlock Homies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Navy SEALs)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ireland)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Shipwrecked (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bowhunting)
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Clean Up on Aisle Four (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Daddy’s Home or Daddy’s Home 2?)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Bad Backs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Constellations)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psych)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Appalachian Trail)