Eureka! It’s Weekend Trivia!

The first weekend of 2020 welcomed 45 trivia teams across four venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from last weekend included the music of Aretha Franklin, the fossilized resin amber, classic advertising slogans, herbivores, and fast food menu items.  Each of the first rounds featured a baseball question, as Friday’s teams were asked about the film “The Natural”, while Saturday’s teams answered a question regarding the Chicago “Black Sox” and the 1919 World Series.  Five teams earned a perfect first round score last weekend: Woodbine Warriors (Vanish), Weasigators (Vanish), Killer Snails (Dragon), Smarty Pants (Belles’), and Offbeats (Pretzel & Pizza).

SECOND ROUND:

In our weekend audio questions, the Friday field was asked to identify musical acts whose songs had been converted to eight-bit video game music, while our Saturday teams listened to instrumental versions of “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin, “Steal My Sunshine” by Len, and “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus.  Other second round topics included the Conch Republic of Key West, the former (and future) animated TV series “Animaniacs”, and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.  The most difficult bonus question of the first half was asked at the close of Saturday’s second round, as only one out of 19 teams (Barking Bad from Pretzel & Pizza) knew that Dom was the name of the mascot at Providence College.  As a result, the only perfect scores of the second round were posted on Friday at Vanish: Backstreet Boys, Mos Eisley, Woodbine Warriors, and Mohicans.

HALFTIME:

The weekend halftime pages featured topics such as technology brand logos, historic Americans portrayed in film, unique New Year’s Eve celebrations, and the current NFL playoffs.  Five teams earned a perfect score while the overall average reached 17.4 points.  Here is the weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

As usual, the third round featured a slew of nearly impossible questions.  First up, none of our 25 Friday teams knew that the statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen harbor was created by artist Edvard Eriksen. Our Saturday teams began their second half with a total stumper, as none of those squads knew that the “SpongeBob SquarePants” musical is currently being staged at the Palace Theatre on Broadway.  Next, only one Saturday team picked up two bonus points by going in early with the correct answer on this Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: This author once used the three-letter pen name Boz.

CLUE 2: His last completed novel was the 1865 work “Our Mutual Friend”.

Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza) snagged bonus points here by recognizing the more obscure facts concerning Charles Dickens.  On the next question, Offbeats (Pretzel & Pizza) was the only team to earn wagering points by knowing that the Statue of Zeus at Olympia was the shortest of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.  Needless to say, the third round did yield any perfect scores last weekend.

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics from last weekend included the AP Athletes of the Decade (LeBron and Serena), actress Anna Kendrick, the John Lennon song “Imagine”, and the work of ancient scientist Archimedes, the latter of which provided the moist difficult bonus question of the round.  Only three of our Saturday teams knew that a character named Archimedes appears in the animated Disney film “The Sword in the Stone”.  Two teams recorded a perfect final round score last weekend: Killer Snails (Dragon) and E = MC Hammer (Belles’).  These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:

  • Weasigators (Vanish):  161
  • Woodbine Warriors (Vanish):  160
  • Backstreet Boys (Vanish):  157
  • Gold Team (Dragon):  156
  • Killer Snails (Dragon):  154

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (28.0% success rate):

–> Taking his epitaph from the last line of a novel, whose resting place features the following quotation: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):

–> Also found in the name of a U.S. state capital west of the Mississippi River, what is the last name of Barbie’s boyfriend Ken?

The respective answers to these questions were F. Scott Fitzgerald and Carson.  None of our teams recorded a Perfect 21 last weekend, as each team missed at least one wagering question.  Here is your final overall leaderboard from the past two nights:

LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 24 – First category: U. S. Presidents)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Woodbine Warriors   (Next week’s first category: Adoption)

Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “20/20” – TV show)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD:  Gold Team   (Next week’s first category: 2019 MLB World Series)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Smarty Pants   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “The Breakfast Club” or “St. Elmo’s Fire”?)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: “Letterkenny”)