Colorful Borders with Weekend Trivia!

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Nine locations hosted a total of 85 teams for the weekend’s Pour House Trivia events.


Wagering questions over the weekend were no trouble in the opening round. However, a couple of bonus chances proved to be difficult. Friday’s first round featured this Broadway question:

  • Which three U.S. Presidents are portrayed as characters in the Broadway musical Hamilton?

Just 24% earned two extra points for naming all three figures: George WashingtonThomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Sunday’s round gave a question about the Roman Colosseum; a sixth of the field knew its alternate name of the Flavian Amphitheater. Other topics in this round included Nike co-founder Phil Knight, the island of Greenland, and Monday Night Football‘s original home of ABC. This round’s perfect teams were Educated Guessers (South Mountain), Big Into Karate (Flying Ace), and Sexual Chocolate (Garage).


Movie music, song titles with household items, and zoological song lyrics were the subjects of the weekend’s audio questions. The latter topic featured the tarantula in Harry Belafonte’s Day-Ojaguar named in Maneater by Hall & Oates, and lion in Katy Perry’s Roar; 16% of teams named at least two of those animals, but no team knew all three. We also discussed Kelly Ripa’s former Live co-hosts Regis PhilbinMichael Strahan, and Ryan SeacrestThree Clues about Oakland, California, and various people named Daniel. Eight perfect scores were recorded in this round.


Teams had to list answers that end with the letters -an, match space-themed films to their director, and identify TV shows from their fictional restaurant logos. The average team scored 16.7 points, but 14 teams recorded all 20. At the halftime intermission, these teams were in the lead:


The two most difficult wagering questions were given in the third round. Early on, Friday’s teams got this country music query:

  • Also known for the songs Invisible and I Want Crazy, this alliteratively-named country singer became the youngest male artist to top the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Name this singer who scored that #1 at 20 years old with the 2012 song Wanted.

Singer Hunter Hayes was named by 24% of the field. The end of Sunday’s third round had this question:

  • What DC comic book character introduced in 1940 has been played in feature films by Jackie Cooper, Frank Langella, and most recently, Laurence Fishburne?

Roughly 11% of teams correctly identified Perry White. Some other questions in this round dealt with the Czech Republic, the astronomical retrograde movement, and street artist Banksy. This was the only round with no perfect scores.


The weekend’s 6-4-2 questions gave clues about the number four, the state of Hawaii, and Franklin Roosevelt. Sunday’s Three Clues question had a tough phrase to figure out early on:

  • The top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.
  • An alternate name for the extinct animal known scientifically as Ursus arctos californicus.
  • The nickname of golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

Only one team recognized the phrase Golden Bear early enough for bonus credit. In other fourth-round action, we discussed Helen of Troy, NFL rookie touchdown leaders Justin Herbert and Baker Mayfield, and the element calcium. This round’s only perfect score was earned by Beer Pressure (Doc Waters). After four rounds, these were the leading teams:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (27.42% success rate):

  • Name both the U.S. state which has the longest border with Canada, and the Canadian province which has the longest border with the United States. As a hint, these answers do not border each other.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (60% success rate):

  • In 2012, which shade of orange was named as the Pantone Color of the Year? Its two-word name consists of a citrus fruit and a dance, both of which begin with the same set of four letters.

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (0% success rate):

  • On March 20, 2015, which pop hit of the 1980s saw a massive spike in streaming from online music sources, including a 214% increase on Spotify? On August 21, 2017, this same song had a 503% increase in record sales and reached #1 on the iTunes chart.

Friday’s locations were Alaska and Ontario, Saturday’s shade was tangerine tango, and we blanked the Sunday field with the Bonnie Tyler hit Total Eclipse of the Heart which reappeared on the streaming charts during actual total eclipses. There were no Perfect 21 teams in any weekend event. These teams topped the final weekend leaderboard:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Hot Singles in Your Area  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jedi Council Members)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Moonlighting)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Mouse Rat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek: Enterprise)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Beer Pressure  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Band Names in Other Words)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Big Into Karate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Groundhog Day (film))

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pippin (musical))

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Billy Joel (audio))

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Archived!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Clue (film))

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Party of Two  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Roman Mythology)