Bold Strategy, Weekend Trivia!

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A 29-team showdown at Springfield Manor Winery highlighted a nine-venue, 97-team summer weekend of Pour House Trivia.

FIRST ROUND:

A pair of bonus chances over the weekend ended up being a tough get for our teams. The end of Friday’s round showcased Three Clues about a musician:

  • This artist was one of the first musicians signed to Def Jam Recordings.
  • His first studio albums were 1985’s Radio and 1987’s Bigger and Deffer.
  • In addition to being one of the most successful rappers of all-time, he can also be seen on the recently-ended TV series NCIS: Los Angeles.

Just under a fifth of the field named LL Cool J before the final clue for two bonus points. On Saturday, we asked a question about Michelle Obama‘s memoir Becoming, at which just one team was able to also identify her 2002 book, The Light We Carry. Other topics in this round included Greek tzatziki sauce, parks in London, and Buzz Lightyear voice actors Tim Allen and Chris Evans. In this round, twelve teams had perfect scores.

SECOND ROUND:

Audio questions in the weekend games dealt with TV commercials and songs with NFL team names in the title. Sunday’s most difficult wagering question ended this round:

  • As the first novel in a four-part series, which work written by Judy Blume introduced readers to a two-year old named Farley Drexel Hatcher, also known as Fudge?

About 20% of Sunday’s teams correctly named Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, while 8.3% tacked on two bonus points for getting within three years of its 1972 publication. Back on Saturday, Three Clues about 1990s film The Crow saw just 37% of teams receive their wager with a correct guess. As for Friday, some tough bonus chances came on Canada’s Baffin Island and Free Willy animal star Keiko. The only perfect team in this round was Member Berries (Pretzel and Pizza).

HALFTIME:

Subjects covered across the weekend’s halftime rounds included current NFL head coaches, animated characters, and U.S. state parks. On average, the score was 17.2 points out of 20; 25 teams secured a perfect score. At halftime intermission, these were the top squads:

THIRD ROUND:

The least-successful wagering question in the third round came on Friday evening:

  • The Khitan were a nomadic people that founded China’s Liao dynasty in the 10th century. What term derived from their name is sometimes used as alternate name for modern China?

Even with a crossword-style clue, just 24% of teams correctly named Cathay as the alternate name. Saturday’s third round featured this 21st-century film question:

  • Smack destiny in the face was the tagline for which 2007 film about an amateur stuntman who tries to raise money to save his dying stepfather, so that he can beat him up and gain his respect? This film featured the big screen debut for Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg.

A quarter of the field knew the title of that film, Hot Rod. We also covered topics such as the cerebellum, the Malagasy people and language of Madagascar, and the 1990s Apple Newton PDA. There were two perfect teams in this round: Sexual Chocolate (Garage) and Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mason).

FOURTH ROUND:

Weekend 6-4-2 subjects were the number 38 and the nations of New Zealand and Indonesia. The weekend’s most difficult wagering query came in this round on Friday:

  • The sports marketing company Competitor Group, Inc. manages this series of nationwide endurance races which often feature live bands and cheerleaders.  For your wager, what is the collective name of these events?

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon was named by 8.7% of the field. Sunday’s round contained this TV question:

  • Before starring on The Big Bang Theory, actress Kaley Cuoco gained fame by portraying teenager Bridget Hennessy on an ABC sitcom. Later, she spent one season playing Billie Jenkins on a WB drama. What were those shows?

About 41% of teams named at least one of 8 Simple Rules and Charmed for wagering credit, while 8.3% had both answers for a two-point bonus. In other fourth-round action, we had a Name’s the Same about Oracle, had a knee-jerk reaction, and took some Vitamin A. This was the only round with no perfect team scores. A two-way tie stood atop the standings before the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.58% success rate):

  • In 1895, Andrew Lawson became the first person to identify which geological feature? Eleven years later, it was discovered to be more than 750 miles long.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (43.75% success rate):

  • A Monsanto product known as Bollgard is a genetically modified brand of what plant?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.83% success rate):

  • In addition to his acting work, this man has been credited as a screenwriter on 24 feature films.  In one of his earliest works as a writer, he also appeared as the title character in a film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Name that performer.

Lawson discovered the San Andreas Fault 11 years before the infamous San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the Bollgard is a modified cotton brand, and that performer is Rocky Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone. A knockout across the board meant that the weekend had no Perfect 21 teams. However, the final leaderboard showcased these teams:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Educated Guessers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U2 (audio))

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Portly Sardines  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: K-Pop)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Witiots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidential Elections)

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

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Magnificent Seven  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bourbon Brands)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beavis and Butt-head Do America)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: You Had Me at Chester Arthur  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1940s Music (audio))

The Garage in Frederick, MD: DC Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYLabyrinth (film))

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYHumphrey Bogart Films)