Hello Out There, It’s Weekend Trivia!

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Other than a theme game at Springfield Manor, 48 teams played the regular editions of Pour House Trivia across the weekend’s six locations.

FIRST ROUND:

While wagering questions in this round were no trouble, there were several bonus chances that proved to be tough. Friday’s Three Clues about the word cheddar had only 6.45% of teams name it early enough for a two-point bonus. Later on, a question about Annie Oakley saw no teams pull out the bonus answer, her birth (and death) state of Ohio. Other subjects in this round included the Louvre, a Taylor Swift‘s Eras Tour concert film, and the origins of the Tarzan character.  Three weekend teams posted a perfect first round score: PB and J (Belles’), Slightly Agitated (Belles’), and Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza).

SECOND ROUND:

On Friday, an audio question about Fergie‘s rather interesting rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game saw only 45% of teams earn their wager. Sunday’s second round featured this history question:

  • In the early 19th Century, the critics of which massive engineering project often used the unflattering nicknames of Clinton’s Big Ditch and Clinton’s Folly?

The Erie Canal was named by 41% of the field. In other second-round action, teams released the Kraken, got Three Clues about the word orbit, and watched some guest-star TV appearances from Bill NyeWrath of Kahan (Belles’) and Lesbian Barbie (Mason) were the only teams to earn all 36 points in this round.

HALFTIME:

Bosses from TV and film, celebrity smiles, and Christmas Day film releases topped the various halftime pages over the weekend. The average weekend score was 16.1 points, but nine teams accomplished a perfect 20-pointer. One team hit the 90-point mark by the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

A literary query was the toughest in Friday’s third round:

  • When the book Dirty Thirty debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list in November, it marked the seventeenth consecutive book in the Stephanie Plum series to do so for which author?

Just below a third of the field successfully named Janet Evanovich. Sunday’s second half began with this NASCAR three-parter:

  • 1)  The Clash at the Coliseum is a pre-season race now held in which U.S. city?
  • 2)  Which driver became the first to win five consecutive NASCAR Cup Series Drivers’ Championships?
  • 3)  From 2017 to 2019, which brand-name beverage replaced Sprint as the title sponsor of the top-level racing series?

One team earned their wager with all three right answers: Los AngelesJimmie Johnson, and Monster Energy. Some other questions in this round dealt with former FLOTUS Laura Bush, the inspiration for the 1993 film Cool Runnings, and San Francisco’s Lombard Street. This was the only round with no perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

We gave clues about Hanukkah, the letter P, and Adam Sandler across the 6-4-2 weekend periods. The least-successful question on Friday came late in the game:

  • Which board game that rewards creativity has produced spinoff versions such as Cadoo, Conga, Hullabaloo, and Scribblish?

Cranium was named by just over one quarter of Friday’s teams. Saturday’s toughest question started this round:

  • In which two months are the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon respectively held?

Either April (Boston) or November (NYC) were named by 20% of the field. Other topics in this round included the eggplant, parts of the human eye, and Three Clues about the number 12. This round’s perfect teams were Nick is a Traitor (Flying Ace) and Gen Xers (Flying Ace). These were the top scores after four rounds:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (3.23% success rate):

  • On The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Bullwinkle’s usual introduction to his segment Bullwinkle’s Corner included a phrase which is now the name of which cable TV network?

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

  • In a 2009 report, Trip Advisor ranked what site as the least hygienic tourist attraction in the world?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (16.67% success rate):

  • Of the 20 free states which fought on the Union side of the American Civil War, which extends the furthest south?

Friday’s quote included the phrase TV Land, Saturday’s gross site is the Blarney Stone, and Sunday’s Union state is CaliforniaWrath of Kahan (Belles’) and PB and J (Belles’) each ran the table on all 21 wagering questions to post a Perfect 21.  We closed the weekend with these highest-scoring teams:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Certified Fresh or Rotten?))

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: THEME GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S THEME GAME: Elf and The Grinch (Jim Carrey film))

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Beer Pressure  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON DEC. 15: 1990s One-Hit Wonders (audio))

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Gen Xers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dallas (TV series))

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD:  Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Handel’s Messiah)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Wrath of Kahan  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: A Charlie Brown Christmas)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Great British Baking Show)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Slightly Agitated  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Masters)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lesbian Barbie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Winston Churchill)