Cajun Stars at Weekend Trivia!
The final weekend in June was spent with Pour House Trivia and its 106 teams across eight venues across the area.
In the first round, teams over the weekend handled topics such as Lightning McQueen from the Pixar film Cars, Thriller chart-topping songs Beat It and Billie Jean, and words with the letters try contained within. Friday’s toughest wagering question of the round got a little fancy:
- In addition to its successful jewelry and silverware, which multinational company also makes the championship trophies for the NBA and the NFL?
Sixty percent of the field were able to name Tiffany’s as that company. A dozen teams had perfect efforts in one of the weekend first rounds.
Our audio questions over the weekend featured an Andrew Lloyd Webber-composed song from the musical Cats on Friday, while Saturday’s clue was a trio of songs with the word Girl in the title. Each game’s second round also contained a wagering question that approximately half the field got correct. A planetary affair ended up the hardest wagering question of Friday’s game:
- Phobos and Deimos, the sons of the Greek god Ares, are the namesakes for the only two moons of which planet?
About 52% of teams correctly named Mars as the two-mooned planet. On Saturday, we got a bit sweeter:
- Similar to its cousin, this Reese’s candy bar is coated with chocolate and filled with peanut butter, but also sits on top of a nougat layer. Its name is derived from the fact that Reese’s intended on this candy bar being a replacement for breakfast. Name the product.
The feasibility of the Reese’s Fast Break as a breakfast food might not be totally there, but 48% of the field had a big enough sweet tooth to answer that question for their wager. Other second-round subjects included Phoenix‘s Sky Harbor International Airport, the Dillon Panthers depicted on NBC’s Friday Night Lights, the human appendix, and pop-punk stalwarts Blink-182. Five teams achieved perfect scores in this round.
This past weekend’s halftime sheets weren’t easy ventures. Friday’s page contained 12 world flags to match to their respective countries, then terms that contain body part names. Celebrity couples and phrases that start with All were the Saturday topics. No teams over the weekend scored all 20 points, but the average score was 13.6 on the page. These teams led the field at the halftime break:
- Shipwrecked (Springfield Manor): 91
- True BS (Doc Waters): 89
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 89
- Moops (Springfield Manor): 87
- What the Cuss (Dragon): 87
The second half of weekend trivia displayed topics like grocery chain Trader Joe’s, the Triforce featured in video game series The Legend of Zelda, Disney film Tangled, and Naomi Campbell‘s Got Milk mustache. The hardest question over the whole weekend ended Saturday’s third round, and came on the baseball diamond:
- Two in the National League and another in the American League, who are the three active MLB career home run leaders?
Only 17% of the field were able to name two of those players, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, and Nelson Cruz, while two teams earned bonus points for getting all three answers right. Due to multiple difficult bonus questions in the round, no team scored a perfect 36 points.
The 6-4-2 questions over the weekend were about TV Guide and reality show Big Brother. Friday’s fourth round kicked off with its hardest wagering question:
- Though Bette Midler’s 1980 cover version of When a Man Loves a Woman broke into the Top 40, which two male solo artists each took their own versions of the song to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966 and 1991 respectively?
Percy Sledge and Michael Bolton handled those renditions of the ballad; 54% of the field named one of those men for wagering points, while only seven knew both to get the two-point bonus. Otherwise, Friday’s squads had questions on testosterone, colorfully-named geographic seas, and Three Clues about the cone. Saturday’s round started with a question about Greek letter psi that saw a game-low two teams come within one of its placement as the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet. The most difficult wagering query, however, came halfway through:
- Which Mississippi-born author of As I Lay Dying, Light in August, and Absalom! Absalom!, penned his most notable work, a 1929 novel whose title was borrowed from a line in Macbeth?
A third of the field got their wager for naming William Faulkner, while 15% earned bonus points for naming that notable work, The Sound and the Fury. Why Trigonometry? (Springfield Manor) and No MSG (Flying Ace) each achieved perfect scores in the fourth round. We took the trivia highway to the final question off-ramp with these teams leading the race:
- Shipwrecked (Springfield Manor): 160
- No MSG (Flying Ace): 155
- What the Cuss (Dragon): 155
- True BS (Doc Waters): 154
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 154
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (9.8% success rate):
- Which country controlled New Orleans at the conclusion of the American Revolution?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (84.4% success rate):
- Which iconic fictional character celebrated his 50th birthday on November 18, 1978, five days after earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
Despite France controlling the area for a long time, it ceded the area to Spain in 1762! Saturday’s final was a lot more successful, with the majority of teams naming Mickey Mouse for final wagers. One lone Perfect 21 was earned by a weekend team, as The Way She Goes (Springfield Manor) answered all 21 wagering questions correctly on Friday. The final standings for this past weekend ended up like this:
- Meridian Misfits (Mason Social): 167
- Ten Swiss Cheese (Dragon): 163
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 163
- Sad News (Mason Social): 162
- Shipwrecked (Springfield Manor): 160
- The Way She Goes (Springfield Manor): 160
- Kaitlyn’s Version (Springfield Manor): 154
- Grateful Ted (Mason Social): 153
- Two Angry Men (Springfield Manor): 152
- No MSG (Flying Ace): 152
- Rocket Power (Doc Waters): 150
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Shipwrecked (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Petty Songs (audio))
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Rocket Power (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Astrophysics)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: No MSG (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taxi)
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Cleanup on Aisle Four (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kaiju (other monsters from Godzilla films))
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Less Than Jake)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Nerd Birds (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Libraries)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Billiards)