A Weekend of Must-See-Trivia!
Our five weekend games of trivia encompassed 34 teams across three nights. Which teams topped the overall field this weekend?
Saturday’s game brought us our most difficult first round question of the weekend:
–> This U.S. Supreme Court case decided on December 12, 2000, a mere 35 days after the notable event from which it stemmed. What is the common name of this case?
Obviously, 35 days is a remarkably short amount a time to argue and decide a Supreme Court case, but backing up 35 days from December 12 landed you on November 7, 2000. Only 40% of our teams could then decipher that we were looking for this Supreme Court case:
Saturday also gave us our most difficult bonus question of the weekend, as we asked teams for either one of the two Best Picture Oscar-winning films to feature John Goodman. Only two teams earned a bonus by knowing both “Argo” and “The Artist”. Sunday’s opening stanza proved to be slightly easier, as Boh’s and Hoes (Captain Benders) was the only team this weekend to sweep the opening round.
Our Sunday teams struggled a bit with their audio question, as we played tunes from three rock bands fronted by women. Only two of our Sunday teams earned bonus points by recognizing Jefferson Airplane (“Somebody to Love”), The Cranberries (“Salvation”), and Paramore (“Ain’t in Fun”). Friday’s game asked about a celebrity who landed a bit part on “General Hospital” in the early 1990s, portraying portraying Puerto Rican bartender Miguel Morez. Before his solo music career took off, it was Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin who landed that role:
Saturday’s final question of the first half asked about this Super Bowl-winning head coach, as well as his reality TV show appearance depicted here:
Once again, only one perfect score was turned in during the second round, and once again it belonged to as Boh’s and Hoes (Captain Benders). What an amazing first half!
This weekend’s halftime pages were slightly more difficult than usual, dealing with topics such as soda cans, “invisble film scenes”, and literature. Overall, the average score reached only 14.2, with no team able to record a perfect score. Here are the top scores from the weekend after the halftime page:
- Boh’s and Hoes (Captain Benders): 90
- The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Captain Benders): 86
- Off Beats (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 84
- Shakeweight (Vanish Brewery): 83
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Captain Benders): 82
After our Sunday teams enjoyed the benefit of a slightly easier than normal first half, this question in the third round was easily our most difficult wagering question:
–> Eric Clapton once called this Mississippi man “the most important blues singer that ever lived”. An urban legend exists that he sold his soul to the Devil for blues immortality. His untimely death in 1938 made him one of the first members of the so-called “27 Club”. Name this blues legend.
If you’ve ever heard the Cream song “Crossroads”, you may have noticed that Robert Johnson is given a writing credit. In the early 1990s, Johnson was immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp:
Following in the musical theme, Friday’s game featured a question on pop singer Kesha, who recently initiated this awkward encounter with Jerry Seinfeld (who admitted to not knowing who she was):
Once again, only one team swept this round, but this time it was Tequila Mockingbird (Tilted Kilt).
On Friday night, we saved the most difficult question for the end of round four:
–> What is the only product inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame with a number in its name?
We presented this question as multiple choice with an early-answer bonus. No teams decided to go for the bonus, so we presented our field with these four choices:
A) 52 Pick-Up, B) Connect Four, C) Atari 2600, D) Crazy Eights
Apparently, Connect Four was much more enticing, as no team was able to come up with the correct response of the Atari 2600. No team scored 36 points with a perfect final round over the weekend. Here are the weekend’s top scores after the fourth round:
- Boh’s and Hoes (Captain Benders): 164
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Captain Benders): 159
- Shakeweight (Vanish Brewery): 154
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Captain Benders): 152
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 149
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75.0% success rate):
–> Over the last 30 years, 14 different series have topped the overall Nielsen ratings for a full season. Half of these shows aired a majority of their episodes on which day of the week?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):
–> Though its modern form did not take shape until the mid-19th century, which invention owes its roots to John Serson’s Whirling Speculum, a level he invented in 1783 to locate the horizon in dense fog?
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):
–> The U.S. Congress has made an official declaration of war on 11 separate occasions. Who was serving as U.S. President when the first of these 11 declarations was made?
The correct answers? Thursday night, the gyroscope, and James Madison. Congratulations to Boh’s and Hoes, as the only team to score the Perfect 21 this weekend. Here are the top ten scores overall from last weekend:
- Boh’s and Hoes (Captain Benders): 176
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Captain Benders): 165
- Tequila Mockingbird (Tilted Kilt): 156
- Shakeweight (Vanish Brewery): 156
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 153
- We Are Out (Vanish Brewery): 148
- Off Beats (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 145
- Fat Kids are Hard to Kidnap (Tilted Kilt): 144
- W (Belles’): 143
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Captain Benders): 140
THIS WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Shake Weight (NEXT GAME ON AUGUST 18 – First category: Marlee Matlin)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Uncle Jack (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – James Monroe or Marilyn Monroe)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Off Beats (Next week’s first category: World War II Aircraft)
Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD: Boh’s and Hoes (Next week’s first category: “Sausage Party”)
Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD: Tequila Mockingbird (Next week’s first category: “Singin’ in the Rain”)