It’s OK to Have a Meltdown at Trivia Night!

The first weekend of the month meant that both of our Friday venues were back in action, and each of those games featured fields of more than 15 teams!  With two jam-packed games, we saw a total of 47 teams enjoy a great night of trivia across all four of our weekend venues:


This weekend’s opening round topics included Baked Alaska and Spinal Tap (both the band and the medical procedure).  We also looked at fictional brand names from animated TV shows:

Simpsons Mr. Sparkle

The final question of Friday’s first round proved to be the most difficult wagering and bonus question of this weekend’s first halves.  We posed this question to our teams with a potential crossword-style hint.  As usual, we offered a two-point bonus to any team that answered correctly before that hint was given:

–> When pluralized, this word becomes the title of a 1990 neo-noir crime film starring John Cusack and Annette Bening.  It is commonly used as a slang term for a con man, swindler, or hustler.

Only two out of 32 Friday teams earned bonus points here, and about half of our teams eventually earned their wager even AFTER hearing the crossword-style hint.  It seems as though this film was not as memorable as we thought:


We saw five teams sweep the first round, all of whom were playing on Saturday.


Our weekend audio questions dealt with audio trademarks and song titles which begin with “Don’t”.  We played a little Last Word / First Word with “Fast Times at Ridgemont High Blood Pressure”.  Some of our Saturday teams earned bonus points by knowing the most recent linebacker to win the Super Bowl MVP Award was Broncos All-Pro Von Miller:

Von Miller Broncos NFL

Our Saturday teams closed the first half by attempting to name either one of the two dog breeds represented by the Darling family dog Nana in either the original novel “Peter Pan” or the Disney animated film version.  Just two of our 15 Saturday teams earned bonus points with the correct answers of Newfoundland (novel) and St. Bernard (film).  As a result, the only perfect second round of the weekend was recorded on Friday, as My Dudes (Vanish Brewery) notched 36 points in the second stanza.


Halftime topics from this weekend included (pictures of) awards and honors, TV cops, and athletic nicknames.  Seven teams earned perfect scores while we saw an overall average score of 17.1 points.  These were our top scores at the halftime break:


In the third round, our Friday teams were asked about this film, which has the longest title of any of the films currently nominated for the Best Picture Oscar:

Three Billboards

Meanwhile, Saturday’s third round topics include a Three Clues question on Lake Erie, the real name of the Pillsbury Dough Boy (It’s “Poppin’ Fresh” by the way), and the PGA Championship, sometimes known as “Glory’s Last Shot”:

In a bit of an abnormality, the third round actually yielded the highest number of perfect scores, as eight teams snagged 36 points in the third round this weekend.


Friday’s 6-4-2 was one of the more devastating questions we’ve seen in recent memory, as numerous teams responded incorrectly after both the six and four-point clues:

6:  On November 22, 1963, Walter Cronkite interrupted an episode of which daytime soap opera to announce the shooting of John F. Kennedy?

4:  It was one of the longest-running shows in American TV history, airing on CBS from 1956 to 2010.

Nearly three-quarters of our Friday teams earned zero points, missing the correct response of As the World Turns.


Friday’s final round began with a question concerning the first and last name shared by these two men:


That’s the Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett on the left and “Quantum Leap” character Sam Beckett on the right.  Saturday’s final round looked at the Gatling Gun, the Broadway musical “Damn Yankees”, and the classic video game “Double Dribble”:

Double Dribble

The most difficult wagering question of the entire weekend reared its head near the end of Friday’s final round:

–> Before landing on “Seinfeld”, Jason Alexander starred in commercials for this McDonald’s product introduced in the mid-1980s. The burger featured a unique form of Styrofoam packaging with two compartments, designed to “keep the hot side hot, and the cool side cool”.

Apparently, this is a long-forgotten memory, as only four teams answered correctly:



None of our weekend teams were able to earn a perfect score in the final round.  Here are your top scores heading into the final question:

FRIDAY / SUNDAY FINAL QUESTION (15.6% success rate):

–> The 32,000 residents of this British territory speak English, Spanish, and a language called Llanito, which is a combination of both.  Name that territory.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (0.0% success rate):

–> The first usage of this versatile term was in an ice cream trade journal in 1937, though its reference to the energy industry was not used until the 1960s.  What is this term?

We were certainly cruel to our weekend teams with these two final questions.  Five of our Friday teams gave us a correct response with Gibraltar, but we stumped all 15 of our Saturday teams with the correct answer of meltdown.  Though several teams were in the running for the Perfect 21 after four rounds, these final questions meant that none of our 47 weekend teams ran the table with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from last weekend:


Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Green Acres  (NEXT GAME ON FEB. 16 – First category: Ancient Roman History)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Hilltoppers  (Next week’s first category: Elvis Presley – AUDIO)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Beatles Lyric or Rolling Stones Lyric?)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Quality Guesswork  (Next week’s first category: “Andromeda” – TV series)

McAuley’s Pub in St. Petersburg, FL:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Snacks)