Boom Boom Pow! Weekend Trivia!

With the return of our monthly game (on a new night) at Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, this weekend’s edition of Pour House Trivia welcomed 41 teams across five venues:


This weekend’s opening round topics included the Olympic sport of ice dancing, irregular chemical element symbols, and this Disney villain:

Cruella de Vil

Six of our weekend teams began their games with a perfect first round score.


Friday’s audio question dealt with celebrity voice-overs in commercials, specifically Denis Leary for Ford trucks, Jon Hamm for H&R Block, and David Duchovny for Pedigree.  On Saturday, our teams easily recognized the opening theme song to “Stranger Things”.  The second round also included questions on snowboarding and former Toronto mayor Rob Ford (not in the same question).  Both of our weekend games finished their first halves with extremely difficult questions.  Here is Friday’s version of Round 2 / Question 5:

–> Comprised of a cat on lead vocals, a rabbit on drums, and a penguin on rhythm tuba, the fictitious heavy metal band Billy and the Boingers was once featured in which award-winning 1980s comic strip?

Unfortunately, only two of our Friday teams were able to come up with the correct answer of “Bloom County”:

Bloom County

Meanwhile, Saturday’s final question of the first half was only slightly easier, even with the inclusion of multiple choice options:

–> Although “Space Oddity” topped the British charts six years prior, it was not until 1975 that David Bowie scored his first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with which song?

Only three of our Saturday teams answered correctly with “Fame”.  We did not see any perfect second round scores this weekend.


Halftime topics from this weekend included pictures of children’s dolls and authors of romantic novels.  We saw an overall average score of 15.1 points with just one team notching a perfect 20 points: Uncle Jack (Belles’).  These were our top scores at the halftime break:


Our third round questions touched on such topics as Military Nicknames, the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong, and this classic board game:


Many of our Saturday teams were rolling along nicely until coming upon this final question of the round:

–> Author John Grisham’s first best-seller was the 1989 novel “A Time to Kill”.  Before that book was adapted for the big screen in 1996, three other Grisham novels were adapted into feature films.  Name any two of these three films.

Though most teams scored wagering points with two correct responses, only two Saturday teams picked up bonus points with the three correct answers of “The Firm”, “The Pelican Brief”, and “The Client”.  As a result, we did not see any perfect scores in the third round.


We enjoyed some fondue to begin Saturday’s final round, before moving on to questions concerning Instagram and “Dancing with the Stars”.  Meanwhile, our Friday teams struggled with this question on U.S. History:

–> Name any one of the 11 calendar years that the Republic of Texas existed as an independent nation.

Apparently, our Friday teams did NOT “remember the Alamo”…  Despite a victory by Mexican forces in San Antonio, the 1836 battle took place just as Texas declared its independence.  Its existence as an independent nation would last about ten years before the rogue nation joined the United States.  Only two of our Friday teams earned points here, which meant that none of our weekend teams were able to earn a perfect score in the final round.  Here are your top scores heading into the final question:

FRIDAY / SUNDAY FINAL QUESTION (20.0% success rate):

–> In 2009, which music group set a Billboard record when it spent 26 consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 chart, after two of its songs each spent at least 12 weeks at the #1 spot?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75.0% success rate):

–> Who was the first U.S. President to be elected to a second term in office that he failed to complete?

This weekend’s correct answers included the Black Eyed Peas (with “Boom Boom Pow!” and “I Gotta Feeling”) and Abraham Lincoln.  Congratulations to Uncle Jack, who was the only team to earn the Perfect 21 this weekend with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from last weekend:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Master of Friends  (Next week’s first category: Heisman Trophy Winners)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Ancient Roman History)

Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  Oh Solo Me-Oh  (NEXT GAME ON MARCH 9 – First category: Geography)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: Washington Capitals History)

McAuley’s Pub in St. Petersburg, FL:  Ellis Island  (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock)