How to Get Away With… Winning at Weekend Trivia!

With Daylight Saving Time on the horizon, last weekend’s games of Pour House Trivia welcomed 47 teams across five venues:


Opening round topics from last weekend included Earth Day, the original version of the film “King Kong”, and the sleuthing characters created Agatha Christie.  Our Friday teams were also asked about the Disney character who is the namesake behind this celebrity pet:

Rest in peace, Tinkerbell…  Three weekend teams began their game with a perfect first round score: Two of a Kind (Springfield Manor), Trivia Newton John (Whole Foods), and Rumble in the Bronx (Belles’).


Last weekend’s audio questions featured unique cover songs and five-letter music groups.  The most difficult wagering question of the first half was asked on Saturday night:

–> In what many call “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, name either one of the two teams battled it out in the 1958 NFL Championship game, which was also the first NFL playoff game to reach overtime.

Yes, the NFL did exist before the Super Bowl, but only three out of 22 Saturday teams could name either of the participants in this game: The New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts.  Meanwhile, our Friday teams struggled with the final bonus question of the half, which asked for the name of this advertising character”

As portrayed by Spike Lee, that Nike pitchman was Mars Blackmon.  The second round did not yield any perfect scores last weekend.


Halftime topics from last weekend included fictional companies from TV shows and items with “Fire” in their name.  The overall average score reached 16.2 points, but none of our weekend teams managed to notch a perfect 20 points.  Here the halftime leaderboard from last weekend:


Friday’s second half kicked off with a look at the recent contracts signed by these two All-Stars:

We also discussed European geography, The Ramones, and famous people born in 1844 (Friedrich Nietzsche, Mary Cassatt, and Karl Benz).  Two of a Kind (Springfield Manor) and Fan Club (P.B. Dye) recorded the only perfect scores of the third stanza.


In Saturday’s final round, our teams encountered a one-two punch that put nearly everybody to the canvas:

–> Also associated with sinister government actions, which term was coined in 1622 when a new branch of the Catholic Church was created to spread the concept of Catholicism around the globe?

Even with the inclusion of a crossword-style hint, only three Saturday teams responded correctly with ‘propaganda’.  We followed up with an equally difficult question about Dutch painter Willem de Kooning, which also saw just three correct answers.  Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza) was the only Saturday team to earn points on both questions.  Our Friday teams faced their share of speed bumps as well, as only five of out 25 teams knew that the last six seasons of “Survivor” have been recorded in Fiji.  None of our weekend teams recorded a perfect score in the final round.  Here is your weekend leaderboard after four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (84.0% success rate):

–> According to McDonald’s, what is the only country where its restaurants don’t sell beef hamburgers?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (13.6% success rate):

–> Who is the only African-American actress to have won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award, all in acting categories?

Needless to say, our Friday teams lucked out with a bit of a softball question to close the game, as about five-in-six teams responded correctly with India.  On the contrary, our Saturday teams struggled with their final question, as only three teams turned in the correct answer of Viola Davis, who won awards for both stage and screen adaptations of “Fences”.  None of our weekend teams recorded the Perfect 21 this weekend.  Here is your final leaderboard as we push the clocks ahead:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  The More You Know  (Next week’s first category: World Capitals)

The Black Walnut at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: AFI’s Top 100 Film Quotes)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Chemistry)

Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  Trivia Newton John   (NEXT GAME ON APRIL 12 – First category: Geography)

868 Estate Vineyards in Hillsboro, VA:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME ON MAY 25 – First category: History of Wine)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Rumble in the Bronx  (Next week’s first category: Libraries)

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