And To Think That I Saw It At Weekend Trivia!
A nine-venue weekend of Pour House Trivia saw a total turnout of 93 teams play the latest in questions and answers. We also welcomed our newest venue, Hidden Brook Winery in Leesburg, VA!
Opening rounds over the weekend were very successful overall. Friday’s most difficult wagering question was a three-parter on F-words, featured in the middle of a round that also contained topics like Santa’s reindeer and female fox namesake Vixen and the record-setting viewership of the M*A*S*H series finale. The hardest question in this round over the weekend came on Saturday:
- With about 1,050 stores nationwide, which prescription eyewear chain is the largest optical retailer in the U.S.? While you might think its name consists of two words, it is officially written as a single 12-letter name with a capital C as the fifth letter.
About 78% of Saturday’s teams named LensCrafters for their points. Later in that round, a question on the funny bone saw just 9% of the field get bonus points for guessing $200 as its worth in the board game Operation. Eight teams in all scored all 36 points in this round.
Friday’s audio clue showcased three songs with poker terms in the title, while Saturday’s played a trio of tracks with words that begin with Z. A Saturday game-low 58% of teams got at least two of those latter titles for wagering points, while 21% knew all three for a bonus. On Friday, the toughest wagering chance all game came in the fashion department:
- Named for its creator, which German luxury fashion house produces clothes and fragrances with off-shoot lines known as Green and Orange? You could say this brand is always in charge.
Just under a third of the field successfully named Hugo Boss. We followed with Friday’s hardest bonus question; a query about Superman villain General Zod saw only 8.2% of teams name either Terence Stamp or Michael Shannon as the actors who portrayed that role in Superman II or Man of Steel respectively. Other topics in this round during the weekend included the military origin of the word dogfight, the Luther Burger‘s usage of doughnuts as buns, and football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders. The only perfect score in this round all weekend went to Shark Fin Pizza (Flying Ace).
At halftime, teams on Friday had to identify Broadway musicals by photo, then match amusement parks to their respective location. Saturday’s sheet dealt with items that start with double-letter initials and answers that begin with SH. Combined, our weekend squads averaged 16.8 points with five teams getting perfect scores. These teams reigned supreme at the halftime break:
- Blue Banner Bombers (Doc Waters): 91
- Legalized Gambling (Mason Social): 89
- Two Chicks and a Chris (Doc Waters): 87
- Beer Pressure (Doc Waters): 87
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 86 POINTS
On Friday, the third round began with Three Clues about the first name Andy, then pivoted to the round’s hardest wagering question:
- What illegal activity is said to have inspired stock car racing, which later became NASCAR?
Wagering points went out to the 62% of teams that answered anything close to bootlegging alcohol during Prohibition. On Saturday, we had an 0-fer on a bonus question which piggybacked that round’s toughest wagering chance:
- What recurring character on The Simpsons is reunited with his estranged father, a Rabbi with the first name of Hyman, in an episode from the 3rd season?
That character, Krusty the Clown, was named by 62% of the field, but none were able to name late actor Luke Perry as his in-universe half-brother. Otherwise, weekend teams handled questions on the laboratory item crucible, Pokemon GO‘s usage of AR or augmented reality, and the first two U.S. Ambassadors to France, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Perfect scores here were earned by five teams.
The 6-4-2 questions over the weekend dealt with the number three and the trombone; each topic had four teams name it after a single clue for the full six-point boost. The Paul Brown-founded Cincinnati Bengals and the origin of the slang phrase willy-nilly opened Friday’s fourth, continuing into its most difficult wagering question:
- Before going on hiatus in 2020, which annual music and arts festival was held each June on a 700-acre farm in Tennessee. It is named after a New Orleans slang word with French roots that translates to best on the streets.
Almost half of Friday’s teams named Bonnaroo for their points. Saturday’s topics included Twilight author Stephenie Meyer‘s novel The Host, the Lhasa Apso dog breed of Tibet, and the Monsanto company. Blue Banner Bombers and Beer Pressure, both of Doc Waters, recorded the fourth round’s only perfectos. They would also end up leading the pre-final weekend scoreboard:
- Blue Banner Bombers (Doc Waters): 167
- Beer Pressure (Doc Waters): 163
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 158
- Legalized Gambling (Mason Social): 158
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 157 POINTS
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (52.5% success rate):
- Kathleen Krull’s The Boy on Fairfield Street is the first picture book biography of what bestselling author, written especially for his young fans?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25% success rate):
- In the French version of this film, the lead character is erroneously referred to by another character as Pierre Cardin while in the Spanish version, they are mistakenly called Levi Strauss. Name that film.
Friday’s teams crossed the 50% threshold with a correct answer of Dr. Seuss, while Saturday’s question handled Marty McFly of Back to the Future; while the English version used Calvin Klein, other countries went with their own most-popular clothing brands instead. Perfect 21 honors were deservedly earned by Blue Banner Bombers (Doc Waters) and Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza), the pair of teams that answered all 21 wagering questions correctly in a weekend game. A Doc Waters trifecta topped the weekend standings:
- Blue Banner Bombers (Doc Waters): 179
- Fogg (Doc Waters): 168
- Two Chicks and a Chris (Doc Waters): 168
- Shark Fin Pizza (Flying Ace): 168
- Squircle Jerks (Flying Ace): 167
- True BS (Doc Waters): 164
- That’s No Moon (Flying Ace): 164
- Slightly Agitated (Springfield Manor): 162
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 162
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 160
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Slightly Agitated (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mars Attacks!)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Mouse Rat (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Blue Banner Bombers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Universal Studios)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Shark Fin Pizza (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Avett Brothers)
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: War of the Roses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New York Yankees)
Hidden Brook Winery in Leesburg, VA: Kat Girl (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Dukes of Hazzard)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Hobbit (film series))
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2022 Formula One Season)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gymnastic Skills)