An Erie Case of Weekend Trivia!

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Ten venues and 94 total teams took part in a weekend game of Pour House Trivia.

FIRST ROUND:

Friday’s first round ended with this film query:

  • Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis are the main characters in which 1990 romantic comedy film which was adapted into a Broadway musical in the late 2010s?

About 31% of teams earned their wager with the correct film, Pretty Woman. Sunday featured Three Clues about a certain name:

  • The surname of the musician who released MTV’s most-played music video of all time.
  • The first name of the only Colombian author to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • The name of the archangel who foretold the births of Jesus Christ and John the Baptist.

Gabriel was named by 54% of teams for wagering points and 18% for two bonus points. Other topics in this round included Football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, the centipede, and the original Top Gun. There were five perfect scores in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

For audio questions, teams encountered TV game show revivals, as well as songs with GOT in the title on Saturday and Shuffle on Sunday. On Friday, these question played tough:

  • Which author is typically credited with creating the modern detective genre, starting with his 1841 work The Murders in the Rue Morgue?

One third of teams correctly named Edgar Allan Poe. A geographic question on Sunday was another difficult one:

  • The Luzon Strait extends for more than 150 miles between the island of Taiwan to its north and what country to the south?

About 45% of the field correctly named the Philippines. This round’s perfect scores were earned by Full-Time Moms (South Mountain) and Sexual Chocolate (Garage).

HALFTIME:

Japanese loanwords into English, animal classifications, and celebrities who are also grandparents were some topics on display across the weekend’s halftime pages. The average team scored 18.2 points, but 28 perfect pages were turned in. We reached the halftime intermission with these highest scores:

THIRD ROUND:

Change a Letter question on Friday proved to be the toughest wagering question all weekend:

  • If you change one letter among these two words, you’ll go from the title that is alphabetically first among books of the Old Testament to an adverb meaning to behave violently and uncontrollably. Name both words.

Just 13.6% of teams provided both Amos and amok. Saturday’s third round had this history question:

  • What political episode from the late 18th century derives its common name from the substitution of letters for the names of French diplomats Hottinguer, Bellamy, and Hauteval, in documents released by the Adams administration?

The XYZ Affair was named by 29% of the field. Other topics in this round included the Sazerac cocktail, Three Clues about ABBA’s Dancing Queen, and African nations gaining independence. Sexual Chocolate (Garage) had the only perfect score in the third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Our 6-4-2 clues referenced the word rand, the golden eagle, and the name Beth. The hardest question on Saturday waited until the last round to show up:

  • For his portrayal of a pair of identical twins, Ewan McGregor earned an Emmy nomination for the third installment of which current FX series?

McGregor’s Emmy nomination came for Fargo, named by 23% of teams. Other tricky subjects here included a three-parter in which each answer contained the letters MOD, the directors who followed George Lucas in the original Star Wars trilogy, and the Mexican port city of Veracruz. Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor) triumphed in this round as its only perfect team. These were the top scores after four rounds:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.18% success rate):

  • Cartoonist Matt Groening has given many of his characters the same middle initial as an homage to the creator of which cartoon duo, both of whom have the same middle initial?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (11.76% success rate):

  • Including both land and water borders, which U.S. state shares the shortest border with Canada?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (36.36% success rate):

  • What is the only sign on the Chinese Zodiac that, depending on the translation, can also refer to an animal found among the astrological signs of the Western Zodiac?

Friday’s final referenced the middle initial J as a reference to Rocky & Bullwinkle, Saturday’s last question took us to the 42 miles on Lake Erie which separate Pennsylvania from Canada, and Sunday’s Zodiac animal could have been the goat, ram, or sheep. Unfortunately, there were no Perfect 21 teams this past weekend. The highest weekend scores belonged to these teams:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Full-Time Moms  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars Mothers)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Yeah, That’s Right  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON APRIL 5: Seinfeld)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cruciferous Vegetables)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: March Madness)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Big Into Karate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Good Friday)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)

The Links at Challedon in Mount Airy, MD: Vikings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pharmaceuticals)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Demented and Sad but Social  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1998 East African Embassy Bombings)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Naruto)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON APRIL 7: Historic Battles)

Agave 137 in Frederick, MD: Late to the Party  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON APRIL 7: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV))