I Dream of Weekend Trivia!
With our two busiest venues both in action last weekend, we welcomed a huge crowd of 66 teams across five weekend venues.
Things got off to a bit of a rough start for our Friday teams thanks to this first round geography question:
–> Respectively located in the southwest and northeast, name either the U.S. state capital with the highest population or the U.S. state capital with the lowest population.
Just under half of our Friday teams gave us either of the correct answers of Phoenix, Arizona or Montpelier, Vermont. Other opening round topics included the film “Zoolander”, the Ulysses S. Grant administration, and the numerous wives of actor Tom Cruise. Five teams began their night with a perfect first round score.
Friday’s audio question featured three songs from music groups that share their names with types of cars (REO Speedwagon, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Chevelle), while our Saturday teams dealt with theme songs from TV cop shows (“Hill Street Blues”, “Miami Vice”, and “NYPD Blue”). We continued with a look at Japanese cuisine, the film “Harry and the Hendersons”, and Biblical weights and measures. Our Friday teams dealt with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:
–> Which Hall of Fame Boston Red Sox player, whose .482 on base percentage is still the highest of all-time, passed away 17 years ago today on July 5, 2002?
Foreign born female celebrities, bathroom brands, and TV nicknames highlighted the weekend halftime pages. Both pages were a breeze for our weekend teams, as nearly half of our teams earned a perfect 20 points. The overall average of 18.7 was the highest halftime average of the Summer Fling season. Here is your weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:
- Weasigators (Springfield Manor): 89
- Tequila Mockingbird (Vanish): 88
- My Black Hole Just Exploded (Vanish): 87
- Psychos (Vanish): 87
- Happy Birthday Joe (Vanish): 87
Our Saturday teams began the second half with their most difficult wagering question:
–> Though neither film was from a film franchise, a Tom Cruise movie from 2005 and a Will Smith movie from 2008 each topped the domestic box office on the July 4th weekend during their respective years. For your wager, name either one of these two films.
Only four out of 16 Saturday teams earned wagering points with either “War of the Worlds” or “Hancock”. The third stanza also looked the topics of actor Kelsey Grammer, the song “I Shot the Sherriff”, and the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. many of our Friday teams were cruising through their third round when they hit this speed bump:
–> “It was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest”. For your wager, name the collection of late 19th century stories which included that quote as its opening line.
Only 17% of Friday’s field responded correctly with “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. The third round did not yield any perfect scores last weekend.
After many teams struggled out of the gate in the second half, the final round provided somewhat of a reprieve. We covered topics such as the board game “Guess Who?”, the music of Neil Young, and the Thomas Paine pamphlet “Common Sense”. After closing the round with a sip of sangria, we saw seven teams post a perfect final round score. Here is the weekend leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Weasigators (Springfield Manor): 163
- Psychos (Vanish): 161
- My Black Hole Just Exploded (Vanish): 159
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 159
- The More You Know (P.B. Dye): 159
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (74.0% success rate):
–> According to an origin story revealed during the show’s second season, the title character of which classic TV series was born in Baghdad in 64 B.C.?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):
–> Whose death prompted Frenchman Jacques Turgot to say “He seized the lightning from heaven and the scepter from the tyrants”?
Your correct answers from last weekend included “I Dream of Jeannie” and Benjamin Franklin. Congratulations to Smarty Pants (Belles’), who survived the difficult third round to post the only Perfect 21 last weekend. These were your highest scoring weekend teams:
- Psychos (Vanish): 165
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 164
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza): 164
- Weasigators (Springfield Manor): 163
- Tokyo Turgidity Level (Belles’): 163
- The More You Know (P.B. Dye): 162
- Pawsitive Vibes (P.B. Dye): 161
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 161
- Half Nelsons (Pretzel & Pizza): 161
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 159 POINTS
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Weasigators (Next week’s first category: 1980 Pop Culture)
Black Walnut at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD: The More You Know (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – Mel Brooks Films)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Psychos (NEXT GAME ON JULY 19 – First category: Architecture)
Waynesboro Country Club in Waynesboro, PA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “The Simpsons”)
868 Estate Vineyards in Hillsboro, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON JULY 27 – First category: “Lord of the Rings” Films)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Smarty Pants (Next week’s first category: “Psych”)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Cultured Heathens (Next week’s first category: First Generation Pokemon)