An Insightful Weekend of Trivia…
Last weekend’s games of Pour House Trivia welcomed 61 teams across six venues.
Opening round topics from last weekend included Animal Crackers, the stiletto high heel, the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the astrological sign Capricorn, and the (reported) split between NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and his fiancé Shailene Woodley. Our weekend teams performed very well with their respective wagering questions, but the collective bonus questions fell on the more difficult side, yielding an average success rate of just 18%. The Saturday squads dealt with the most difficult bonus question of the opening round, as only three teams knew that Italian fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo introduced the stiletto heel. As a result, Beer Pressure (P. B. Dye) posted the only perfect first round score last weekend.
Our weekend audio questions included clips of items released in 2001 (the film Ocean’s Eleven and the song Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse) and cover songs as performed by the Vitamin String Quartet. Other second round topics included explorer Ferdinand Magellan, the SI units of Ampere and Kelvin, the upcoming NBA All-Star Game, and the television show Saved By the Bell. Once again, Saturday’s teams were given the most difficult bonus question of the round, which in this case was asked in the form of a Three Clues question:
- CLUE 1: This state joined the Union in 1867 as the 37th state.
- CLUE 2: It is the only U.S. with a unicameral state legislature.
Only two Saturday teams did not need the third and final clue to submit the correct answer of Nebraska. Killer Snails (P. B. Dye) and The Imminent Invasion Begins After Trivia (Mason Social) each earned a perfect second round score.
Topics from last weekend’s halftime pages included guest stars from 30 Rock, musician self-portraits, and phrases bearing the initials ‘P. H.’ Six teams earned a perfect halftime score, as the overall average reached 15.1 points. Here is last weekend’s halftime leaderboard:
- Beer Pressure (P. B. Dye): 91
- Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye): 88
- Smarty Pints (Flying Ace): 86
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 86
- The Imminent Invasion Begins After Trivia (Mason Social): 86
Third round topics from last weekend included the Gospel According to Luke, the classic sitcom Punky Brewster, the casino game of roulette, the trapezoidal Chunky chocolate bar, and Best Picture Oscar winners whose titles begin with a number (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Million Dollar Baby, and 12 Years a Slave). To begin their third round, Saturday’s field dealt with the most difficult bonus question of the entire weekend, as none of our teams knew that the R.E.M. song It’s the End of the World As We Know It was originally released on the album Document.
Each of our final rounds from last weekend began with sports questions, as we discussed the two worst teams of the current NHL season (the Arizona Coyotes and Seattle Kraken) and Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison. We also looked at Marie Antoinette, the Mexican resort city of Acapulco (and its namesake cocktail), the courtroom drama film A Few Good Men, and the work of the late guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Three weekend teams closed their game with a perfect final round score: Killer Snails (P. B. Dye), Sexual Chocolate (Belles’), and Legalized Gambling (Mason Social). After four rounds of play, the weekend leaderboard included these teams:
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 161
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 157
- Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye): 156
- Beer Pressure (P. B. Dye): 152
- That’s So Clavin (Pretzel and Pizza): 149
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 149
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):
- During the early 1910s, which future world leader began referring to himself with a pseudonym that is translated as man of steel in his native tongue?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.0% success rate):
- Two years after the Toyota Prius became the first mass-marketed hybrid automobile in the world, which make and model from a different company became the first hybrid vehicle to hit the mass market in the United States?
These respective correct answers to these final questions were Joseph Stalin and the Honda Insight. Killer Snails (P. B. Dye) earned the only Perfect 21 of the weekend by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly. Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 169
- Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye): 168
- Beer Pressure (P. B. Dye): 164
- Slightly Agitated (P. B. Dye): 156
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 154
- Leprechauns (Pretzel and Pizza): 153
- Smarty Pints (Flying Ace): 153
- Legalized Gambling (Mason Social): 150
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 149
- Musketeers (Dragon): 149
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON MARCH 4 – FIRST CATEGORY: Magic)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: George Harrison – AUDIO)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Musketeers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Medieval Weaponry)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Smarty Pints (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Walt Disney – Person)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Doug – TV cartoon)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Legalized Gambling (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lake Erie)