Don’t Mess with Weekend Trivia!
Last weekend’s games of Pour House Trivia welcomed 35 teams across four venues.
Our weekend teams performed very well with their respective first round wagering questions, breezing through topics such as 1980s rock music, Trident gum, and the 2019 MLB playoffs. On each night, an incredibly difficult bonus question kept the perfect scores off the board. On Friday, our teams were asked to name the three most populous cities in Montana. Just under half of our teams earned wagering points by giving us two correct answers, but none of our 19 Friday teams could name all three cities of Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls. On Saturday, a bonus question asked who had earned Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for the movies “Hud” and “Being There”, but none of our 16 Saturday teams came up with Melvyn Douglas.
In our audio questions, the Friday field was asked to identify the voices of three fictitious doctors: Hannibal Lecter, Frederick Frankenstein (that’s “FRONK-EN-STEEN”), and Gregory House. The following night, we played three songs whose lyrics mention the names of celebrities. Other second round topics included the comic strip character Dilbert, the TV series “Survivor”, the island of Borneo, and the sci-fi film “Total Recall”. Thanks to an easier trio of bonus questions, four teams swept the second round with 36 points: 2uvy or Not 2uvy (Springfield), Positive Vibes (P. B. Dye), Killer Snails (P. B. Dye), and Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza).
Topics from the weekend halftime pages included Emmy-winning TV dramas, opening lines from novels, and stage names. None of our weekend teams recorded a perfect halftime page, as the overall average came in at 15.4 points. Here is the halftime leaderboard from last weekend:
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza): 85
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 84
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 84
- Comfortably Dum (Belles’): 83
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 83
Most of our Friday teams began their second half with bonus points, as they named Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush as the three most recent U.S. Presidents who had also served as the Governor of a state located west of the Mississippi River. Other third round topics included the 1980s TV cartoon “Snorks”, the province of Quebec, and the life of General George Patton, the latter of which included another total stumper as a bonus question, as none of our Saturday teams knew that Patton is buried in Luxembourg. The only perfect score of the round was recorded on Friday, as Killer Snails (P. B. Dye) ran the table in the third stanza.
Final round topics from last weekend included the rock band Evanescence, the nation of Ecaudor, caber tossing, and explorer Vasco de Gama. In each game, the fourth round included the most difficult wagering question of the night. First, our Friday teams were surprised to the hear the answer to this question:
–> The Taj Mahal is recognized as the artistic jewel of which religion?
With most teams responding with Hinduism, only two Friday teams gave us the correct answer of Islam. Saturday’s teams closed their game with this difficult query:
–> First published in 1880 and adapted into three different feature films released in 1907, 1925, and 1959, what was the first work of fiction to be blessed by a pope?
Only three of our Saturday teams responded correctly with “Ben-Hur”. Just as in the previous round, the only perfect score of the final round was posted by Killer Snails (P. B. Dye). These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 161
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 151
- Comfortably Dum (Belles’): 147
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza): 145
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 144 POINTS
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):
–> Deriving its title as a play on words referencing a particular Christmas carol, which 1999 animated TV special featured Drew Barrymore voicing a Jack Russell Terrier and Ed Asner voicing Santa Claus?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (14.3% success rate):
–> Now considered to be an unofficial state slogan, which four-word phrase was coined as part of a state highway administration advertising campaign created in order to reduce littering?
The respective correct answers to these final questions were “Olive the Other Reindeer” and Don’t Mess with Texas. None of our weekend teams posted a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly. Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza): 156
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 155
- Barking Bad (Pretzel & Pizza): 155
- 2uvy or Not 2uvy (Springfield): 150
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield): 144
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 142
- Comfortably Dum (Belles’): 135
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 132
- D.C. Swampers (Pretzel & Pizza): 126
- Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’): 126
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: 2uvy or Not 2uvy (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 24 – First category: U. S. Presidents)
Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 27 – First category: Danny Aiello)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Disney Theme Parks)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Smarty Pants (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Elf” or “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”?)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (Next week’s first category: 2019 Game Awards)