Islands in the Sea at Weekend Trivia!

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It was a solid weekend across the region, as 96 teams joined us for a night of Pour House Trivia across seven venues.


Over the weekend, we opened trivia with questions on the Riesling variety of wine, the left field and right field umpires added to high-profile MLB games, and the exclusively-straight-lined borders of ColoradoWyoming, and Utah. The toughest question in any of our first rounds came on Friday:

  • Which TV show, one of the longest-running sitcoms in American history, featured a widower named Steven Douglas as its lead character along with his trio of offspring?

That show, My Three Sons, was correctly named by 56.5% of the field, while 26% added two bonus points by knowing that Fred MacMurray played the father of the titular characters on the series. In all, four weekend teams — Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye), Slightly Agitated (P. B. Dye), Not Last Place (Pretzel & Pizza), and Legalized Gambling (Mason Social) — earned perfect scores in the first round.


Audio questions over the weekend included a trio of films that featured Will Ferrell, as well as songs from animated films over the years. We also dealt with subjects like TJX Companies brands TJ MaxxMarshall’s, and HomeGoods, the Gone With the Wind literary sequel Scarlett, and the hazelnut spread Nutella. A final question in the round stumped players, however, with teams asked to name anthrax as the first germ found to cause infectious disease. No teams were able to determine that before the additional clue for bonus points, although two-fifths of the field were able to do so with the extra clue to pick up their wager. Sexual Chocolate (P. B. Dye) and Slava Ukrani (Flying Ace) passed the second-round test on Friday with a perfect effort.


The weekend’s halftime pages offered up alliteratively-named animated characters, subway maps from around the United States, and working titles of famous films as some of the topics to figure out 713.  On average, teams scored 15.4 out of 20 possible points, while nine teams knew their stuff and went perfect at the half.  As of the halftime intermission, here were your weekend leaders:


The weekend’s third round featured Rihanna’s pair of number-one singles that featured Drake (What’s My Name? and Work), the magnetic levitation that aids MagLev high-speed trains, the Western Union (former) telegram service, and the Italian cookie biscotti. On Friday, the trickiest question of the night came here:

  • Respectively winning the honors in 1938 and 1993, who were the first two American women to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature?

A little less than one-quarter of the field were able to name either Pearl Buck or Toni Morrison as those recipients, while three teams were able to earn bonus points by naming both. Over the rest of the weekend, the toughest question of the third round regarded Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s Presidential Cabinet, which had both the first female Cabinet member in American history (Frances Perkins) and the longest-serving Secretary of State (Cordell Hull). No teams throughout the weekend were able to score a perfect third round.


Cats and the Taj Mahal were the weekend 6-4-2 topics, which brought us into the fourth round. Here, teams were asked questions on murdered English monarch and tragic Shakespeare title character Richard III, recently-retired tennis star Ashleigh Barty, the Fallout video game series, and delicious, delicious sangria. The most difficult question of any weekend fourth round came on a question about the ill-fated S.S. Andrea Doria, correctly answered by 20% of teams. A couple of bonus questions tripped up the field in the round, regarding the Ferrero confectionery company that now owns the Keebler brand, as well as a trio of famous people with the surname Bean (astronaut Alan, Wild West judge Roy, and frequent on-screen murder victim Sean). Because of that, no teams earned a perfect fourth round score. These were your highest scoring weekend teams going into the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (10.9% success rate):

  • In addition to numerous uninhabited islands, which independent nation of about 450,000 residents is comprised primarily of three islands, including Gozo and Comino?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (54.0% success rate):

  • Which 1985 album, known for its very successful title track, also includes songs such as “Total Control” by Tina Turner, “A Little More Love” by Kenny Rogers, and fundraising song “Tears Are Not Enough” by Canadian supergroup Northern Lights?

While just over 10% of the Friday field went to the Mediterranean to correctly name Malta, more than half of our Saturday teams got their wager by identifying We Are the World as the album in question. Nobody this past weekend was able to get the Perfect 21 by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly. Here is your final weekend leaderboard:


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

P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Country Name Origins)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Better Luck Next Time  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Slava Ukrani  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baseball History)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYClassic Rock)

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

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Heavy Metal Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boston Red Sox)