Here It Is… Your Trivia Night’s Moment of Zen:

Our five weekend games of trivia encompassed 39 teams across three nights.  Which teams topped the ‘Best of the Best’ lists this weekend?

PLEASE NOTE: As of 11:00am Monday, scores have yet to be reported from Captain Benders.  We will update the blog as soon as possible.


While most of our teams performed admirably on the first round of this weekend’s games, these two bonus questions were by far the most difficult.  On a question about the long-running TV series “Cops, only two teams earned bonus points by knowing that the reggae group Inner Circle sang its theme song “Bad Boys”:

Another first round question dealt with the 1989 incident in which the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound.  While every team knew that this incident occurred in Alaska, only two teams remembered who was at the helm of that fateful ship, the notorious Joseph Hazelwood:

Two teams started their weekend game with perfect first round scores: Momentary Lapse of Reason (Vanish Brewery) and Duchess (Tilted Kilt).


Among the three audio questions this weekend, Saturday’s proved to be the most difficult, as we asked our teams to identify three musical acts singing about rhythm.  Only one-third of our 18 Saturday teams earned their wagers, with just two of those teams earning bonus points by knowing all three musicians: (El) DeBarge (“Rhythm of the Night”), Snap! (“Rhythm is a Dancer”), and Katy Perry (“Chained to the Rhythm”).  Meanwhile, Sunday’s audio question was slightly easier for our teams, as they were asked to recognize the voices of these comediennes:


Friday’s second round included this intriguing film question:

–> There is a connection between the narrators of these two films, which are (excluding “Forrest Gump”) the only two Vietnam War films on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 films of all-time.

Respectively, Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen narrated these two films:

Across the weekend, we did not see any perfect second round scores.


Overall, the average halftime score was 17.1 points, with six teams recording a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are the top scores from the weekend after the halftime page:


Surprisingly, one of our most difficult wagering questions of the entire weekend came in the rather innocuous category of Nursery Rhymes:

–> According to the nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill”, what liquid found in most kitchens was used to patch up Jack’s crown?

While I’m sure everyone remembers the first verse, the second verse must not be as well-known:

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water,
Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.
Up Jack got and home did trot as fast as he could caper,
Went to bed to mend his head with vinegar and brown paper.

Sunday’s teams also encountered a difficult question in the category of Modern Rock Bands:

–> This indie rock band from Montreal won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year with their 2010 release “The Suburbs”.  Last week, their album “Everything Now” debuted atop the Billboard 200 Chart.

Only two of our Sunday teams earned points here with Arcade Fire:

Arcade Fire

Once again, we did not see any perfect scores in the third round this weekend.


We threw it back to our childhood to open the final round of Saturday’s game, as we tossed this query at our teams:

–> As you pass Jail, the tenth space on a standard Monopoly board, the next three street properties are colored maroon.

Only about half of our Saturday teams could name any two of these three spaces, with just two teams earning bonus points by knowing all three:

Friday’s game concluded with this question on 16-letter words:

–> What 16-letter term is defined as the attribution of human characteristics and behavior to something other than a human?

The elusive answer we were looking for was anthropomorphism.  Only two of our 12 Friday teams earned points to close out the final stanza, and once again we did not see any perfect fourth round scores.  Here are the weekend’s top scores after the fourth round:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.0% success rate):

–> In addition to being the first U.S. state with a nuclear reactor, which state also currently has the most nuclear reactors, and produces the most nuclear power in the country?

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

–> Which program which won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series every year from 2003 through 2012?

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

–> This car model was introduced in 1966.  Twenty years ago, it surpassed the Volkswagen Beetle as the best-selling car model of all-time.  What is the make and model of this vehicle, whose overall sales have surpassed 40 million cars?

Overall, we saw just seven teams turn in correct responses on our final questions.  Your correct answers were Illinois, “The Daily Show (with Jon Stewart)”, and the Toyota Corolla.  Unfortunately, no team was able to score the Perfect 21 this weekend.  Here are the top ten scores overall from last weekend:

PLEASE NOTE: As of noon Monday, scores have yet to be reported from Captain Benders.  We will update the blog as soon as possible.


Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Village Idiots  (NEXT GAME ON SEPTEMBER 1 – First category: African Geography)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Rat Pack or Brat Pack?)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Give Us Your Beer Money  (Next week’s first category: “World of Warcraft”)

Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD:    (Next week’s first category: )

Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD:  Duchess  (Next week’s first category: Blonde Bombshells)