Hunting for Weekend Trivia!

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Over the weekend, 98 teams attended a game of Pour House Trivia at any of our nine locations, including a 24-team event at Springfield Manor Winery.


The end of Friday’s opening round featured this question:

  • Each with Elo ratings above 2,800, in what game do Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, and Garry Kasparov excel? For a two-point bonus: With an Elo rating of 2882, what Norwegian is the #1 ranked player of all-time in this game?

Those Elo ratings belong to fantastic chess players; however, just 17% of teams earned that two-point bonus for naming Magnus Carlsen. Other topics in this round included the post-Easter Egg Salad Week, a three-parter on hybrid dog mixes, and the judging panel of TV’s America’s Got Talent. Six teams reached perfection in this round.


Saturday Night Live monologues, song titles with the phrase On A in the middle (such as Blue Swede’s Hooked on a Feeling), and karaoke renditions of famous songs comprised the weekend’s audio clues. The trickiest first-half wagering query came on Friday with this tidbit about a famous toy:

  • The powder inside an Etch-a-Sketch toy is made from what element with atomic number 13?

Aluminum powder is contained within the Etch-a-Sketch, and just over 20% of teams were successful with that answer. Some other questions in this round dealt with tennis player Boris Becker, the various names for cotton candy, and Three Clues about former talk show host Arsenio Hall. The only perfect team in this round was Sexual Chocolate (Garage).


Halftime tasks over the weekend included naming various 6-letter B-words, identifying famous athletes, and figuring out whether a list of talk shows are filmed in New York or California. On average, teams scored 15.8 points on their halftime page, but six teams were able to score all 20 points. At the halftime break, these teams were in the lead:


Saturday’s third round concluded with a very tricky wagering question:

  • From 1997 to 1999, three feature films were released that featured both Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Name those films.

Only 14% of teams were able to name two of those three films (The Big LebowskiBoogie Nights, and Magnolia) for wagering points. Teams over the weekend also handled questions on the Hudson River artistic school, the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, and the Lost Boys of Sudan. Once again, Sexual Chocolate (Garage) was the only team to record a perfect score in this round.


Topics covered in the 6-4-2 questions over the weekend were the NFL’s New York JetsLink from The Legend of Zelda, and Broadway musical A Chorus Line. Sunday’s last fourth-round question asked about a certain Major League Baseball franchise:

  • After failing to reach the World Series in the first 49 years of its existence, which American League franchise reached the World Series in both 2010 and 2011? Unfortunately, the team lost both Series.

About 19% of the field were able to name the Texas Rangers, while half of that group earned bonus points for identifying either the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals as the teams that defeated the Rangers in those World Series matchups. In other fourth-round action, we asked about the White Cliffs of Dover, Microsoft’s Zune media player, and the fictional republic of Zubrowka seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel. This was the only round in which no teams were perfect. At this point, these teams were on top:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (38.10% success rate):

  • This ten-letter word is in the title of a song which contains the lyric Two riders were approaching and the wind began to howl. It is also in the title of the monthly magazine which is the world’s most widely-distributed printed magazine, at over 25 million in circulation. What is that ten-letter word?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (42.86% success rate):

  • Believe it or not, this word originates from the Bible, as it was the name of a great hunter.  However, due to Bugs Bunny’s sarcastic use of this word, it has come to be used to make fun of someone’s intelligence. Name this word.

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (38.10% success rate):

  • During the 1950s, which man earned five nominations for Best Actor, more than any man in a single decade?

Friday’s word in question was watchtower, while Saturday’s word was nimrod and Sunday’s actor was Marlon Brando. No teams were able to put together a Perfect 21 in any weekend match. These were the highest-scoring teams of the weekend:


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

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ramones (audio))

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Latin Phrases)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Beer Pressure  (NO GAME NEXT WEEKFIRST CATEGORY ON MAY 5: Muppet Cover Songs (audio))

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: What the Cuss  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s One-Hit Wonders)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Medieval Weaponry)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sigmund Freud)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYGoths (Germanic people))

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYYosemite National Park)