Dreaming the Impossible Dream at Weekend Trivia!

Last weekend witnessed the biggest single-game crowd of 2019, as 26 teams crammed into Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont to take in Friday’s game of Pour House Trivia.  Overall, we welcomed 59 teams across five venues.


Opening round topics from last weekend included the Statue of Liberty, Baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, events of 1861, and the HBO football series “Hard Knocks”.  Our Saturday teams dealt with the most difficult bonus question of the first round, as only one of our 16 teams remembered that “I’m Still Here” was the title of the satirical documentary featuring Joaquin Phoenix.  Two of our Friday teams managed to post a perfect first round score: Sixcess (Springfield Manor Winery) and Weasigators (Springfield Manor Winery).


To begin the second round, Friday’s teams listened to foreign language versions of “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M., and “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga.  Similarly, Saturday’s game featured unique  cover versions of “Wind Beneath by Wings” by Bette Midler, “Wonderwall” by Oasis, and “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears.  Later, we snacked on bundt cakes, played some “Donkey Kong” and “Minecraft”, and discussed topics such as the disease lupus and the sketch comedy series “The Kids in the Hall”.  The only perfect score of the second round was turned in by Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’).


Halftime topics from last weekend included boxed food brands and technological brand logos.  Overall, the average halftime score reached 14.3 points, with Goobers (P.B. Dye) posting the only perfect score of 20 points.  Here is your halftime leaderboard from last weekend:


Friday’s teams opened their game with the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the weekend.  Not surprisingly, this question was asked in the unpopular category of hockey players:

–> Respectively nicknamed “Rocket” and “Pocket Rocket”, which two Hall of Fame brothers spent five seasons playing together for the Montreal Canadiens in the late 1950s, during which the team won the Stanley Cup all five years?

Only 27% of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Richard (pronounced “REE-SHARD”), but none of those teams could tack on two bonus points by also remembering that the younger of these two brothers was named Henri.  Our Saturday teams dealt with equally difficult bonus questions concerning the Pillars of Hercules and the University of Iowa.  None of our weekend teams recorded a perfect third round score.


Final round topics from last weekend included the rock band Panic! at the Disco, the classic cartoon character Felix the Cat, U.S. President John Tyler, and the Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha”.  Our teams performed very well on the final round wagering questions, but the bonus questions asked in the final round last weekend yielded an average success rate of just 11%, meaning that none of our teams posted a perfect final round score.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):

–> In 1953, the Pennsylvania towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk merged and adopted the name of a notable Native American in hopes of boosting tourism.  What is the current name of this town?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (11.1% success rate):

–> Over the last 30 years, only three companies have held the top spot on the Fortune 500.  Name any two of those companies.

Friday’s correct answer was Jim Thorpe, while our Saturday teams could have chosen from any two of Walmart, ExxonMobil, or General Motors.  None of our teams earned a Perfect 21 last weekend.  Here is your final overall leaderboard:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Mo’s Bunch   (Next week’s first category: African Countries)

Black Walnut at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  Goobers   (Next week’s first category: “Stranger Things”)

Frey’s Brewing in Mount Airy, MD:  Mouse Rat   (Next week’s first category: Dungeons & Dragons)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “G.I. Joe” – TV series)

Waynesboro Country Club in Waynesboro, PA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME AUG. 30 – First category: John Hughes Films)

868 Estate Vineyards in Hillsboro, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME AUG. 31 – First category: Military History)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack   (Next week’s first category: Little League World Series)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Quality Guesswork   (Next week’s first category: “Curse of Strahd”)