All I Want For Christmas is Weekend Trivia!

Last weekend featured the inaugural game at the newest Pour House Trivia venue: Dragon Distillery in Frederick.  With a mix of both new and veteran teams, we welcomed a healthy crowd of ten teams at this opening night game.  Those new teams were certainly given a trial by fire, as Friday’s game was the most difficult game of the season!  Overall, 45 teams took in a game of weekend trivia across four venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from last weekend included the comedy film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, the classic rock band Santana, the dice game of Cee-Lo, and current women’s tennis stars.  Collectively, the six first round bonus questions were considerably more difficult than usual, yielding an average success rate of about 12%.  But the most difficult bonus question was certainly asked on Friday night, as none of our 29 teams knew that Jim Beam has recently released a line of bourbon called Regent.  Thanks largely to that question, none of our teams earned a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Holiday music was featured in each of our weekend audio questions, as our teams were asked to identify singers of Christmas songs.  Friday’s teams listened to the unique trio of Queen, Ludacris, and Justin Bieber, while Saturday’s audio question featured Elton John, Miley Cyrus, and Pentatonix.  Thankfully, our Friday teams were able to rack up some bonus points in their respective audio question, as the correct answers were much less plentiful during the rest of the second round.  Topics such as current NFL quarterbacks, the 1980s TV series “Amazing Stories”, and the Charles Dickens novel “Great Expectations” doled out very few wagering points to our Friday teams.  Meanwhile, to close their second round, none of our 16 Saturday teams earned bonus points by knowing that the atomic number of radium is 88.  Not only did none of our teams earn a perfect second round score, but only two teams answered all five wagering questions correctly.

HALFTIME:

Halftime topics from last weekend included films released on Christmas Day, historic figures depicted on paper currency, and holiday literature.  Three teams notched a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.4 points.  Here is the weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Third round topics from last weekend included the Biblical concept of Jacob’s Ladder, U.S. President William Henry Harrison, the advertising character of Juan Valdez, and the 1990s R&B hit “Whatta Man”.  Our Saturday teams closed with this difficult question regarding the Academy Awards:

–> Respectively earned for a 2005 romantic drama a 2012 survival film, name either one of the two films for which Ang Lee earned an Academy Awards for Best Director.

Only three Saturday teams earned bonus points by giving us both correct answers of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi”.  For the third round in a row, none of our weekend teams posted a perfect score of 36 points.

FOURTH ROUND:

In last weekend’s final rounds, we discussed the website Angie’s List, the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth, the Christmas carol “The Little Drummer Boy”, Hall of Famers from the Milwaukee Brewers, and the film “Training Day”, the latter of which provided us with the most difficult bonus question of the round.  Only two out of 29 Friday teams knew that this film was directed by Antoine Fuqua.  After we kept the perfect scores off the board for three rounds, I’ll Be Drunk For Christmas (Belles’) broke the string by earning a perfect final round score.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.7% success rate):

–> What is the only U.S. state capital whose name is mentioned in the lyrics of Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire”?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):

–> For the 2011 album “Under the Mistletoe”, Mariah Carey’s holiday song “All I Want for Christmas is You” was turned into a duet with which Canadian singer?

The respective correct answers to these final questions were Little Rock and Justin Beiber.  None of our weekend teams posted a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final weekend leaderboard:

LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 24 – First category: U. S. Presidents)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Anything But Sports   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 3 – Next week’s first category: “Outlander”)

Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Danny Aiello)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD:  Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Shark Tank” or “Dragon’s Den”?)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Demented and Sad But Social   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “The Brady Bunch” or “The Partridge Family”?)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Offbeats   (Next week’s first category: Tax Cuts and Job Acts of 2017)