Don’t Be Scared, It’s Weekend Trivia!

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This past weekend’s Pour House Trivia games were played at nine venues for a total of 86 teams.

FIRST ROUND:

Saturday’s opening round contained a tricky question about a certain toy:

  • This plastic doll from Mattel may have debuted wearing just a swimsuit, but has held over 40 occupations since, most recently a marine biologist in a 2017 Netflix film. Name that characters whose last name is Carson.

Just 30% of teams recognized that doll is Ken. Some other topics covered in this round included North America’s most populous cities Mexico City and New York City, soap operas The Young and the Restless and General Hospital, and Gordon Ramsay‘s newest TV series Next Level Chef. Eleven teams recorded a perfect score in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

Saturday’s audio clue contained three songs with the word knock in the title, a word named by 60% of teams. Other audio topics were astronomically-named song titles and films based on literary works. A medical malady question on Friday stumped the majority of teams:

  • What is the more common name for plumbism or saturnism, a medical disorder whose incidence in children has decreased dramatically since the early 1970s?

Those are terms for lead poisoning, named by 29% of the field. A question later in the round about children’s poem characters Wynken, Blynken, and Nod saw 15% of teams earn bonus points for naming the wooden shoe they sailed off in before hosts revealed a multiple-choice component. In other second-round action, teams handled questions on Eddie Mathews’s time in all three cities for the MLB’s Braves, the Greek mythological Fates, and the supposed origins of former music group Daft Punk. This round’s perfect teams were Independent Panda (Garage), STFU (Mason), and Mean Girls (Mason).

HALFTIME:

Halftime topics over the weekend included newsmakers from 1992, musicals based on literary works, and pop culture captains. The average weekend team scored 16.3 points on their halftime page, but seven teams were able to score all 20 points. We reached the halftime break with these teams atop the leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Friday’s game contained the weekend’s toughest wagering question, which was rather elemental:

  • Sporting the chemical symbol Tc, which element earned its name from the fact that it was the first element to be artificially produced?

Just under a quarter of our teams successfully named technetium for credit. Saturday’s game also contained a difficult wagering chance:

  • Though it began several years prior, the conflict known as Tecumseh’s War is often considered to be a part of which larger war, since its namesake Native American chief received support from the British Empire?

The War of 1812 was correctly identified by 30% of Saturday’s teams. Some other third-rounders covered topics like Tolkien’s Elvish language, some prominent ballet dancers, and country singer Brad Paisley. The only team to put together a perfect score in this round was Loose Seal (South Mountain).

FOURTH ROUND:

In our 6-4-2 questions over the weekend, we discussed the country of Latvia, the sport of bowling, and the city of San Francisco. A 2010s film question on Friday tripped up a lot of teams:

  • This 2012 film earned eight Oscar nominations, including four nominations for acting. In the film, the lead character’s mental problems are triggered by hearing the Stevie Wonder song My Cherie Amour. Name that film.

About 25% of the field was able to name Silver Linings Playbook, while 5.1% added bonus points for also identifying David O. Russell as its director. Teams also encountered questions about Billy Joel song Movin’ Out, the literary Baby-Sitters Club, and the steampunk design movement. This was the only round of the weekend in which no teams had a perfect score. These teams were in the overall lead before the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (46.55% success rate):

  • Though it is debatable as to whether the condition actually exists, the term Kinemortophobia is listed at UrbanDictionary.com as a fear of what?

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

  • As a reference to the Triple Crown, which term is currently used to refer to the three most prestigious American horse races run exclusively by fillies?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.67% success rate):

  • In 1857, two men developed what came to be known as the Greensward Plan, which was selected as the winning design for a contest to improve and expand upon what locale that is presently one of the most filmed locations in the world?

Kinemortophobia is the fear of zombies, that horse racing term is the Triple Tiara, and the Greensward Plan served as the design for New York’s Central Park. No teams were able to earn a Perfect 21 at any of our weekend games. At the end of the weekend, these were the top-scoring teams:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Loose Seal  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bands Named for Films/TV Shows)

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

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s Bruce Springsteen Lyrics)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Beer Pressure  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Dr. Seuss Line or Weird Al Lyric?)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Squircle Jerks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYWashington Nationals)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The West Wing)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYRock Bassists)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Mean Girls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYTwilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2)