Cowabunga, Dude! It’s Weekend Trivia!
Over the weekend, 72 teams showed up for a game of Pour House trivia at one of our eight area venues, including a massive 27-team outing at Springfield Manor!
The toughest bonus question on Friday came on the easiest wagering question of the night, which provided an interesting start to the game. Almost every team successfully finished the Shakespeare quote the world is my oyster, but no teams were able to identify The Merry Wives of Windsor as the comedy that quote was pulled from. Other first-round topics over the weekend included the Green Lantern, the Himalayas mountain range, and the mullet hairstyle. Biscuit Snatchers (Belles’) and Wingardium Mimosa (Mason Social) were able to put together perfect rounds to open their weekend Pour House game.
We kicked off the second round as usual with the audio questions, and both the Friday and Saturday games saw these end up the most difficult wagering questions of their respective rounds. On Friday, just over half the field named at least two of the elementally-named Iron Man (Black Sabbath), Lithium (Nirvana), and Gold Digger (Kanye West and Jamie Foxx) for their wagered points. Saturday’s audio set got a little more dangerous with weapons-based music groups; 64% of teams earned their wagers by identifying two of the trio of Molly Hatchet, Poison, and Velvet Revolver. The toughest non-audio question here came at the end of Friday’s second round:
- At least eight of the minor roles in the 1999 Hugh Grant film Mickey Blue Eyes were played by actors who would go on to play characters on which similarly-themed HBO show?
A little over three-fifths of the field correctly named The Sopranos, which was mob-themed just as Mickey Blue Eyes was. Overall, six weekend squads played their second rounds perfectly.
The halftime sheets over the weekend dealt with topics such as things that start and end with the letter O and female celebrities with first names across the Katie-Catherine-Cate-Kathy spectrum. The average score for the page was 16.5, while ten teams scored a perfect 20 points. Here is your halftime weekend leaderboard:
- L and L (Springfield Manor): 89
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza): 88
- Comfortably Dumb (Belles’): 88
- Biscuit Snatchers (Belles’): 87
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 87
Topics in Friday’s third round included Dark Horse Records founder and former Beatle George Harrison, the Magna Carta, and Mel Brooks film and Broadway musical The Producers. The hardest question of any over the weekend, however, came here on Saturday in the French Literature category. Exactly 20% of teams got their wager by naming either author Marcel Proust or his work In Search of Lost Time from the French title À la recherche du temps perdu or the incorrectly-translated English title Rememberance of Things Past. Saturday’s third round finished with questions on the Baskin-Robbins logo and famous people with beverages in their names. No teams were able to score perfect 36s in the third round.
European country Belgium and satire newspaper The Onion were the weekend 6-4-2 topics bringing us into the fourth round. The first question on Saturday provided the hardest wagering question of the round:
- In addition to creating the song standards Over There, Give My Regards to Broadway, and You’re a Grand Old Flag, this composer was the subject of the 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy. For your wager, name him or name the tough-guy actor who played him in that film.
That composer was George M. Cohan, portrayed by Jimmy Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy; 36% of teams were able to name either of those men, while four teams successfully named both to score bonus points. We also asked our teams questions on gelling agent pectin, the Öresund Bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden, and the pharynx found behind the mouth and nasal cavity. The fourth round also saw no perfect scores over the weekend. With that, these were the top teams going into the final question:
- L and L (Springfield Manor): 158
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 157
- Comfortably Dumb (Belles’): 157
- DC Swampers (P. B. Dye): 156
- Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye): 155
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.4% success rate):
- Which person, told by Pope Paul III in the 16th Century, I have waited 30 years for your services. Now I’m pope, can’t I satisfy my desire? produced significant works during Paul’s papal reign, including some commissioned by Paul himself?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (60% success rate):
- Which person born in 1971 in Long Beach, California has 17 Grammy nominations — including four times for Best Rap Song and once for Best Reggae Album — but no Grammy wins to date?
Pope Paul III was a huge Michelangelo fan, while Snoop Dogg is a cool 0-for-17 in Grammy success rate. DC Swampers (P. B. Dye) and Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social) achieved the Perfect 21 by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly! Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- DC Swampers (P. B. Dye): 168
- Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye): 167
- Comfortably Dumb (Belles’): 164
- Murph’s Masters (Belles’): 163
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 163
- L and L (Springfield Manor): 159
- Cleanup on Aisle Four (Dragon): 158
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 157
- Wingardium Mimosa (Mason Social): 156
- Sexy Bitches (Mason Social): 150
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: L and L (NEXT GAME APRIL 22 – FIRST CATEGORY: Philosophers)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: DC Swampers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Agatha Christie Films)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Cleanup on Aisle Four (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Teen Wolf (TV series))
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: No MSG (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Little House on the Prairie)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Beer Pressure (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumb (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Matthews)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Cultured Heathens (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Greek Mythology)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs (NEXT GAME APRIL 24 – FIRST CATEGORY: War Films)