An Intercontinental Affair at Weekend Trivia!
Pour House Trivia’s weekend games brought in a total of 83 teams to eight venues around the area, including the return to Doc Waters after a winter hibernation!
By percentage, the toughest question of any weekend first round came early on Friday, as 80% of teams earned any points on the Three Clues question about the word storm; Saturday’s Three Clues about almanacs saw no teams earn bonus points by answering correctly before the final clue was read. Otherwise, the weekend’s opening rounds dealt with topics such as the green 0 and 00 spaces on a roulette wheel, the college towns called Athens in both Ohio and Georgia, the TV show Survivor, and the novel Moby-Dick. Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye) and Beer Pressure (Doc Waters) were our pair of perfect first round teams over the weekend.
Audio questions over the weekend had the same ultimate goal: identify the word in common in the titles of the three songs heard. Friday’s set featuring the word alone was the hardest of the night’s second round, with 56.8% of the field figuring out the magic word. We continued on Friday with questions on Edie Falco’s former show Nurse Jackie and the Greek deity Prometheus. The most difficult question of the first half on Saturday came late in the round:
- In 1979, the Chicago White Sox were forced to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader after a between-game promotion involving the destruction of what items went awry?
That was the ill-fated Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park, where an on-field riot following the destruction of disco records forced the White Sox to forfeit Game 2 of a doubleheader, an occurrence correctly remembered by 62.5% of Saturday’s field. Seven teams across our weekend games scored a perfect second round.
Celebrities with Jr. in their names, and logos of charities and non-profits made up the top halves of our weekend halftime sheets. Across the weekend, teams averaged 17.2 points out of 20 on the page, while eight teams earned perfect scores. Weekend teams at the halftime intermission were led by these teams:
- Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye): 92
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 91
- Rufio Rufio (Doc Waters): 88
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 88
- That’s So Clavin (Pretzel & Pizza): 87
- Meet the Press (Pretzel & Pizza): 87
Friday’s third round kicked off with a question about Hollywood couple Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, followed by the hardest wagering question of the round on the Battle of San Juan Hill. The question that got the least amount of correct answers over the weekend, however, came in Saturday’s third round:
- Which board game introduced in 1986, subtitled “The Game of Verbal Explosions,” is played by two teams guessing a set list of ten items on a given topic within a time limit?
About 56% of teams knew that game to be Outburst. After that came topics such as the herb tarragon and the 90s Canadian rapper and one-hit wonder Snow. Perfect third-round scores were achieved by Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye), Beer Pressure (Doc Waters), Silent Thunder (Doc Waters), and Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social).
The 6-4-2 topics before the fourth round on Friday and Saturday were the giraffe and the name Thomas respectively, and five teams were able to guess the latter with just one clue to earn six points. The fourth round on Friday started with the toughest wagering question of the night, as just under 55% of the field knew that Nicole Kidman won her first Academy Award for portraying troubled author Virginia Woolf, and a little below one-fourth of teams correctly named The Hours as the film Kidman acted in to win that Oscar. Other topics over the weekend included the Carly Simon song You’re So Vain, the highly-caffeinated drink 5-hour Energy, and the Paramount Network’s former name, Spike TV. The latter’s bonus question was the hardest of the second half on Saturday; even before Spike, that cable network was named TNN, and eight teams knew those initials stood for either The Nashville Network or The National Network. In all, seven teams went perfect in a fourth round this past weekend. Before the final question, this was your weekend leaderboard:
- Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye): 167
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 165
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 162
- Beer Pressure (Doc Waters): 161
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 158
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (56.9% success rate):
- Which U.S. state is said to have gotten its nickname from the fact the men of this state fought so loyally and stalwartly that it seemed their feet were stuck to the ground?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.2% success rate):
- Which nation has had two different cities host the Winter Olympics; in 1972, the first host with more than one million residents, followed by the southernmost city in the Northern Hemisphere to host the Games?
More than half the field on Friday recognized that state as North Carolina, the Tarheel State. As for Saturday, just under a third of our teams correctly guessed Japan as that country; Sapporo and Nagano were the respective Winter Olympic host cities described in the question. The only Perfect 21 all weekend went to Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye), which answered all 21 wagering questions correctly. Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye): 179
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 170
- Beer Pressure (Doc Waters): 167
- Silent Thunder (Doc Waters): 167
- DJ2 (Springfield Manor): 166
- Demented and Sad but Social (Belles’): 166
- Four Pours and Seven Beers Ago (P. B. Dye): 166
- Yeah That’s Right (Springfield Manor): 165
- Better Luck Next Time (Dragon): 165
- Biscuit Snatchers (Belles’): 162
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: DJ2 (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB World Series)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Long Distance Runners)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Better Luck Next Time (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lord of the Rings (film series))
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: No MSG (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Six Million Dollar Man)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Silent Thunder (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pharmacology)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Demented and Sad but Social (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Bartenders)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: That’s So Clavin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1940s Music)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Australian History)