Burrrrr! A Cold Weekend of Trivia!
After a wild week of Pour House Trivia, we got back to normal with a full slate of weekend games. Across five weekend venues, we welcomed a total of 57 teams.
Opening round topics from last weekend included the TV series “The Waltons”, Prohibition, the Hindu festival of Duwali, and the Coen Brothers film “O Brother, Where Art Thou”? Our Saturday teams dealt with the most difficult bonus question of the first round, as only one of 21 teams knew that excessively laid back singer Jack Johnson recorded a song entitled “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. As a result, the only perfect first round scores were recorded by Friday teams: Anything But Sports (Vanish), Uncle Jack (P.B. Dye), and Jeopardy Rejects (P.B. Dye).
For last weekend’s audio questions, our Friday teams were asked to identify the theme song from the TV series “Smallville”, while our Saturday teams listened to two different songs sharing the title of “Sweet Dreams” (respectively recorded by Beyonce and The Eurythmics). Across both weekend games, the second round featured a number of rather difficult bonus questions:
–> Excluding the non-playing captain, how many golfers are included on each squad during the Ryder Cup?
–> Which 1996 film featured the big screen debut of Charlize Theron?
–> What is the surname of the murder victim in the novel “Murder on the Orient Express”?
Respectively, the correct answers to these bonus questions were twelve, “2 Days in the Valley”, and Ratchett. While we did see at least one correct answer on each of these questions, the success rate fell under 15% for each query, leading to an absence of perfect scores in the second round.
After suffering through a difficult second round, our weekend squads cleaned up at halftime, as more than a dozen teams notched a perfect score of 20 points. With topics such as athletes found on Wheaties cereal boxes, stock symbols, and British slang, the overall average score reached a healthy 18.3 points. Here is the weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 89
- Jeopardy Rejects (P.B. Dye): 87
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza): 87
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 86
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 85 POINTS
A diabolical question awaited our Friday teams in the middle of their third round. In a three-part question, we asked our teams to identify the TV soap operas that were respectively set in the fictitious towns of Genoa City, Oakdale, and Salem. Only 13% of Friday’s field earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, while just one of those teams tacked on two bonus points by giving us all three correct answers of “The Young and the Restless”, “As the World Turns”, and “Days of Our Lives”. Meanwhile, our Saturday dealt with their own TV question to open the second half:
–> Both premiering during the 1980s, name either one of the two TV sitcoms that featured families bearing the last name of Tanner.
Though nearly every Saturday team earned wagering points with one correct answer of “Full House”, only three teams snagged bonus points by also remembering that a different Tanner family was featured on “ALF”. Another difficult bonus question closed Saturday’s third round, as only two teams knew that Flight of the Conchords once recorded a hip hop song about the hippopotamus. Once again, we did not see any perfect scores in the third stanza.
Final round topics from last weekend included the hits of Guns ‘N’ Roses, the African nation of Liberia, the film “The Hurt Locker”, and the Broadway musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. In a Pour House Trivia first, our Saturday teams dealt with the category of Three Clues / One Washington Capitals Player. Despite an enormous increase in the popularity of Capitals hockey over the last three years, this also might be the last time we feature this category. Even after hearing all three clues, only four Saturday teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of John Carlson. Just as in the first round, the only perfect scores in the final round were recorded on Friday: Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Springfield Manor), and Uncle Jack (P.B. Dye). These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:
- Uncle Jack (P.B. Dye): 158
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 156
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Springfield Manor): 153
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza): 152
- The Boar and His Babe (Springfield Manor): 149
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (58.7% success rate):
–> Which notorious individual once presided as President of the U.S. Senate even though he was under indictment for murder?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (52.6% success rate):
–> Though he didn’t enjoy the victory very long, who was the first U.S. President to earn more than one million votes in a Presidential election?
The respective correct answers to these historical questions were Aaron Burr and William Henry Harrison. Congratulations to D.C. Swampers (Pretzel & Pizza): , who recorded the only Perfect 21 of the weekend by answering every wagering question correctly. Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 165
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Springfield Manor): 165
- Staff Infection (P.B. Dye): 161
- The Boar and His Babe (Springfield Manor): 161
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza): 160
- D.C. Swampers (Pretzel & Pizza): 159
- Offbeats (Pretzel & Pizza): 155
- Uncle Jack (P.B. Dye): 154
- Fab Four (Springfield Manor): 154
- Lucky Shamrock (Springfield Manor): 153
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Next week’s first category: 1980s Hair Bands – AUDIO)
Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD: Staff Infection (Next week’s first category: Maryland History)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: D.C. Swampers (NEXT GAME NOV. 15 – First category: Pacific Islands)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Really Rottens (Next week’s first category: Famous Ronalds)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: 2019 Washington Nationals)