An Animated Set of Weekend Trivia!

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This past weekend wasn’t just for Pour House Trivia playoffs; our regular games were played at seven venues for a total of 53 teams!


The trickiest offering of the weekend opening rounds came on Friday with this literary question:

  • Which Mark Twain novel featured two title characters: a commoner named Tom Canty, and Edward, the son of King Henry the 8th? In 1990, Disney adapted this story into a 31-minute featurette, with Mickey Mouse portraying both of the title roles.

The Prince and the Pauper was named by 46% of the field, while 12% added bonus points for knowing the featurette was shown directly before The Rescuers Down Under in theaters. Saturday featured a question about the state of Connecticut, but nobody received extra credit for naming Bridgeport as its most populous city. Other topics here included frogs, the toy company Mattel, and late night host Stephen ColbertSlime Puppies (Dragon) earned the only perfect score in the first round.


Three musical works with the word water in the title, a trio of songs each named The Power of Love, and famous song intros were the audio offerings over the weekend. In this round, teams encountered questions on subjects like sitcom star-turned-film director Penny Marshall, the disappearing honeybee, and Rick Pitino’s NCAA Tournament runs with ProvidenceKentucky, and Louisville. This Friday question proved to be the least successful of the second round:

  • Which west coast city is known for a being a very happy place, with a name derived in part from the Santa Ana River and in part from the German word for home?

About 53% of our teams knew that city is Anaheim. No teams put up a perfecto in any second round this weekend.


Across the weekend’s halftime pages, teams were asked to name cities by photos of their landmarks, identify world flags modified with hearts, and figure out the NCAA Division I schools by the photographic clue. The average score was 16.9 points, but five teams were able to get all 20 points! We cruised into the halftime break with these teams on top:

  • Slime Puppies (Dragon): 88
  • What the Cuss (Flying Ace): 85
  • Anything But Last (Flying Ace): 83
  • Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason): 83


Saturday’s third round featured its two most difficult wagering chances, beginning with Three Clues about the word dynamo. A quarter of that night’s field earned points there, but just one did so early for two bonus points. At the end of the round, this TV question stumped almost everyone:

  • Celebrating its 35th anniversary last month, which current CBS news program focusing on true crime stories has altered its title several times over the years, temporarily including words such as Investigates, Mystery, and Live to Tell?

Just one team successfully named 48 Hours, and they also added two extra points for knowing Dan Rather was its primary host for its first 14 years on the air. Otherwise, third round weekend topics included the supposedly cursed ninth classical symphony, the Honda Civic‘s three-year run as Japanese Car of the Year in the 1970s, and two 21st-century athletes who share a surname, NFL quarterback Kirk and four-time NBA All-Star Demarcus Cousins. G Money (Dragon) and Donner Party (Flying Ace) were the only third-round perfect teams.


Weekend 6-4-2 answers were the state of Hawaii, the name James, and the sports jockey. Friday’s least-successful wagering try came early in the final round:

  • By definition, rocks and minerals which are described as argentiferous must contain which chemical element?

Those must contain silver, named by 18% of teams. We also talked about theatrical works written by Steve Martin, the official residence of the U.S. Vice President, and the sugar substitute Sweet’N Low. The round ended with no teams able to earn a perfect 36 points. A tie for first at the same venue showed itself before the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (15.62% success rate):

  • According to Box Office Mojo, which 2007 film raked in a whopping $536 million at the worldwide box office, and is the highest grossing traditionally animated film — meaning drawn by hand with no computer graphics or 3-D — that was NOT released by Disney?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (43.75% success rate):

  • The oldest record of a valentine comes from a poem written in 1415 by Charles, the Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in which location?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (0% success rate):

  • While virtually every country has a minimum voting age, what is the only independent nation on Earth with a maximum voting age, currently set at 80 years old?

On Friday, a few teams recognized The Simpsons Movie from those clues. Saturday’s historic valentine was written in the Tower of London. As for Sunday, nobody knew that the Vatican City has an age ceiling for the Cardinals who elect the country’s leader, the Pope. Unfortunately, no team earned a Perfect 21 over the weekend. Not to be deterred, these teams came through with the weekend’s top scores:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: DC Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Constitution)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Beer Pressure  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Microsoft Excel Shortcuts)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Anything But Last  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Back to the Future)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: PB and J  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ozzy Osbourne (audio))

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Nerd Birds  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classical Composers)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Slightly Agitated  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYPickleball)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYAfrican Capitals)