An “Unforgettable” Weekend of Trivia!
For the last weekend in July, our six games of Pour House Trivia welcomed a total of 58 teams.
Opening round topics from last weekend included the TV series “Dexter”, the Mariah Carey album “The Emancipation of Mimi”, Bic pens and razors, and former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle. The latter topic included the most difficult bonus question of the first round, as only two of our 38 Friday teams knew that Dan Quayle’s real first name is James, as in James Danforth Quayle. Meanwhile, our Saturday teams were asked the most difficult wagering question of the first round, as less than half of the field knew that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will grace the cover of the next installment in the John Madden video game series. None of our weekend teams earned a perfect first round score.
For the weekend audio questions, our Friday teams listened to a medley of three notable versions of the song “Personal Jesus”: the original recording from Depeche Mode, as well as cover versions respectively recorded by Johnny Cash and Marilyn Manson. Meanwhile, our Saturday teams listened to trailers of films starring Tom Hanks: “Cast Away”, “Big”, and “Catch Me If You Can”. We continued the second round with topics such as the Shakespearean drama “Romeo and Juliet”, NBA MVPs, the cable network QVC, and the Louvre museum in Paris. Four teams earned 36 points en route to a perfect second round: Pawsitive Vibes (P.B. Dye), Uncle Jack (Belles’), Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza), and Ah Ha (Pretzel & Pizza).
Last weekend’s halftime pages included depictions of alternate MLB uniforms and game show boards. Overall, our teams averaged 17.2 points, while five teams earned a perfect score of 20 points. Here your weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 88
- Weasigators (Springfield Manor): 87
- Pawsitive Vibes (P.B. Dye): 86
- Simple Minds (Frey’s Brewing): 86
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 86
Topics from the third rounds included the literary villain Professor Moriarity, the 2019 Emmy Award nominees, and Daytona 500 champions. Saturday’s third round included this question which forced our players to think a little differently:
–> Just a few days after his birth in 1918, this future movie star was rescued from a World War I battlefield by an American soldier. He would go on to appear in 27 feature films before his death in 1932. For your wager, name this classic Hollywood star.
Appearing in 27 films before passing away at the age of 14 sounds like a hell of a film career, but it made more sense to the teams that realized that we were not talking about a human, but canine film star Rin Tin Tin. Two teams earned a perfect third round score: Fan Club (P.B. Dye) and Bluesmen (P.B. Dye).
Each of our weekend games featured a wickedly difficult bonus question in the final round. On Friday, none of our 38 teams knew that the Syrian Desert is the third largest in the world. The following night, our Saturday teams dealt with a rather difficult start to a Three Clues question:
CLUE 1: This person graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 and received a J. D. from Yale Law School three years later.
CLUE 2: This person’s memoir “My Beloved World” was published in 2013.
None of our 20 Saturday teams even ventured a guess at this points, instead opting to forgo potential bonus points in favor of hearing a third clue, which pointed virtually every team to the correct answer of Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Needless to say, we did not see any perfect scores in the final round last weekend. These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:
- Fan Club (P.B. Dye): 163
- Weasigators (Springfield Manor): 159
- Minnie Mouse Rat (Frey’s Brewing): 156
- Canadian Rejects (Springfield Manor): 156
- Simple Minds (Frey’s Brewing): 154
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (60.0% success rate):
–> This song with a one-word title was first recorded in 1951. More than 40 years later, a unique version of this song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. For your wager, name that song.
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):
–> For more than 100 years, this country has been home to the oldest continuously-running military base in U.S. history, among those located outside the United States. For your wager, name that country.
The correct answers to these final questions were “Unforgettable” (by Natalie and Nat King Cole) and Cuba (Guantanamo Bay). Thanks to a stellar second half, Fan Club (P.B. Dye) posted the only Perfect 21 last weekend. Here is your final overall leaderboard from last weekend:
- Fan Club (P.B. Dye): 171
- Weasigators (Springfield Manor): 170
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 163
- Canadian Rejects (Springfield Manor): 162
- Your Mom (Springfield Manor): 160
- Jeopardy Rejects (P.B. Dye): 156
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 154
- Pawsitive Vibes (P.B. Dye): 153
- Grandma (P.B. Dye): 153
- New York State of Mind (Springfield Manor): 153
An honorable mention goes out to Simple Minds (Frey’s Brewing), who earned an impressive 166 total points while playing ‘over the limit’.
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Weasigators (Next week’s first category: Canadian Provinces)
Black Walnut at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD: Fan Club (Next week’s first category: Oscar Winning Films)
Frey’s Brewing in Mount Airy, MD: Minnie Mouse Rat (Next week’s first category: “Captain Planet”)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Virginia Tech or UVa?)
Waynesboro Country Club in Waynesboro, PA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME AUG. 30 – First category: John Hughes Films)
868 Estate Vineyards in Hillsboro, VA: Buckskin Bullets (NEXT GAME AUG. 31 – First category: Military History)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Uncle Jack (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Baltimore Orioles or Washington Nationals?)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: Children’s Books)