Going Hall the Way with Weekend Trivia!

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Over the weekend, 67 teams played Pour House Trivia at any of our seven locations.

FIRST ROUND:

A trio of Joes were enough to stump some teams in Saturday’s first round:

  • 1)  In the Peanuts comics, this is Snoopy’s alter-ego who pretends to be a college student.
  • 2)  This character killed Batman’s parents.
  • 3)  This moniker was given to Samuel Wurzelbacher by John McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign.

About 43% of the field earned their wager with two correct answers, but 8.69% received bonus points for naming all three Joes: CoolChill, and the Plumber. Friday’s toughest bonus chance in this round also came on a three-parter, this one about famous firsts:

  • 1)  The first mammal to be created via cloning was known by this name.
  • 2)  This stand-up comedian hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live.
  • 3)  While playing for the Giants in 1951, he hit his first MLB home run against future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn.

Roughly 17% of teams knew the trio of Dolly, George Carlin, and Willie Mays. Other topics in this round included the Lyft rideshare service, Madame Tussaud‘s death mask of Marie Antoinette, and Ireland’s Blarney Stone. This round’s perfect teams were Seeking Trail Head (Garage) and Vandelay Industries (South Mountain).

SECOND ROUND:

The weekend’s audio questions were no trouble either; we played three songs with the word gold in the title, revisited some alien TV show theme songs, and blasted some instrumental versions of hits through the years. Friday’s second round featured this look back at some Super Bowl common opponents:

  • Which three teams have each squared off against the New England Patriots in two Super Bowls?

The New York Giants (Super Bowls 42/46), Philadelphia Eagles (39/52), and the Rams of St. Louis (36) and Los Angeles (53) are those teams; this question had a 48% success rate with a 20% bonus rate. A sports question also tripped up Saturday’s teams in this round. For this, we went down under for some tennis:

  • In the Open era, there have been only one man and one woman to win at least seven Australian Open singles tennis championships. Who are they?

Just 8.69% of the field named both Novak Djokovic (10 titles) and Serena Williams (7) for bonus credit. In other second-round action, teams received questions on Overboard stars Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, the Schnauzer dog breed, and the GEICO insurance company. In this round, Five Heads, One Brain (Flying Ace) and Independent Panda (Garage) were perfect.

HALFTIME:

Halftime rounds over the weekend included topics such as celebrities without their stage makeup, opening lyrics to famous songs, and actors in war films. On average, teams scored 16.3 points on their page, while the only three perfectos were earned on Friday. These were the highest scores at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

On Friday, this video game question kicked off the second half:

  • The name of this character from the Street Fighter video game franchise is a noun defined as cunning intelligence. For your wager, you can either name this character or name the actor who portrayed him in a 1994 feature film.

Exactly one-third of Friday’s teams got either Guile or the actor, Jean-Claude Van Dame, making it the toughest wagering question of the night. Saturday’s teams found this NBA question to be tricky:

  • Born in South Africa and raised in Canada, which two-time NBA MVP was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018?

This was actually the lowest success rate for any wagering question during a main round in a weekend game; 26% of the field named Steve Nash. We also gave Three Clues about the word orange on Friday and tonic on Saturday. No teams achieved third-round perfection.

FOURTH ROUND:

Two teams received six points on Friday’s 6-4-2 about actress Jodie Foster, while no six-pointers were handed out for the other topics, the University of Pennsylvania and Rihanna. Sunday’s game had this question about a part of New York City:

  • Though it once existed as an island, which tourist section of southern Brooklyn is now a peninsula?

Coney Island was identified by 40% of teams. Other tough topics in this round included Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and their works, the fictional Red Apple brand used by Quentin Tarantino and the real Red Stripe beer brand, and The Surreal Life which aired on VH-1 in 2003. Once again, we went through this round with no perfect scores. After four rounds, these were the leading teams:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (74.36% success rate):

  • In French, this type of building is known as a hôtel de ville. In Commonwealth countries, it is called a civic centre. Which term do Americans most often use to refer to this type of building?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (17.39% success rate):

  • One of the ten most populous nations on Earth, which country’s capital city derives its name from an Arabic word which refers to peace, as well as a Persian place name that means inhabited city?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (40% success rate):

  • On most lists of the world’s largest nations by area, this nation ranks 130th.  However, if you include its territories and possessions, it would be ranked 12th.  What is that country?

We discussed the city hall in Friday’s final question while Saturday’s query referred to the city of Islamabad in Pakistan and Sunday’s figures compared the ranking of Denmark if we were to include Greenland. We ended a weekend once again with no Perfect 21 teams. Undeterred, these teams ruled the weekend roost:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: OneRepublic (audio))

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Apocalypse Meow  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Futurama)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blue’s Clues)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blurry Creatures)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Loudermilk)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Isaac Darwins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The A-Team (TV series))

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Seeking Trail Head  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 8-Bit 1990s Rock (audio))