Just When I Try to Get Our of Trivia, it Pulls Me Back In!
We closed out the month of April with four weekend games of Pour House Trivia. Three of those games included a tie for first place heading into the final question! How did they finish? Check out the recaps and find out:
WEEKEND STATS AND FACTS (21 teams across four venues):
–> Highest Overall Score: Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza) with 170
–> Highest Score after Round 4: Quality Guesswork with 158
–> Highest First Half Score: Smarty Pants (Belles’) with 89
–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagering questions and final): NONE
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):
–> On the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movie Heroes and Villains, only two performers appear on BOTH lists. Name either one of these performers.
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (62.5% success rate):
–> In the food industry, which variety of ice cream is sometimes referred to by the acronym VCS? (you’ll find the answers later in this blog)
We were back again at Belles’ Sports Bar for our Saturday night edition of Pour House Trivia, and I’m glad to see you all as always. We had our average showing of teams despite the nice weather so a double thank you is in order. We pitted the ultimate sci-fi franchises, Star Wars and Star Trek, against each other for our first question tonight, and any question where you can mention actor Clint Howard is a great trivia question. We did a little B&E, but no theft occurred, looked at the minor league for the NBA, and referenced the Twilight series while still holding down our lunch so that’s a win! We also talked of Tchaikovsky’s homage to the Russian defeat of Napoleon, and asked to spell his name correctly which was another win for most teams. Great job! By the way, for our B&E question, it was great to see this childhood duo as one of the answers.
For round two, we started off with a film clip audio question featuring avid President Trump supporter Meryl Streep and three of her most famous roles. The round also contained subjects such as Pfizer’s little blue pill that sells in the billions (yet no man admits to buying one), Bruno Mars’ mention of Jackson, Mississippi, and that vile veggie known as the rutabaga. We also went back to the late 1970’s and this cartoon superhero, voiced by the great one, Mel Blanc:
This game was a real close one, and the scores read in ascension with only five points difference between the first and fifth place teams, this included the puzzle page and all of round three. We found out the only two water soluble vitamins in humans were B and C, BET’s first lifetime achievement award was given to Whitney Houston, and macrame had its origins in Arabic culture. We also found out that the NYC neighborhoods of SoHo and Tribeca are really acronyms, and that this basketball Hall of Famer scored just over 30 points per game on average in all of his regular seasons play.
The final round proved to be the toughest, and contained the toughest question of the night identifying the D.H. Lawrence novel about adultery which was banned for quite some time here in the U.S. After that one, everything was pretty much smooth sailing with Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction”, the Nicholson/Freeman collaboration known as “The Bucket List”, and those pesky CAPTCHA security programs that are sometimes impossible to read correctly. We also had a thrash metal multiple choice featuring this band and their hit song alongside Public Enemy in 1994.
The final question determined it all tonight, as teams needed to identify Arnold Schwarzenegger or Al Pacino as the two actors to be listed on both the AFI’s Best Heroes AND Best Villains list. That question “took out” two teams that were tied for first before the question hit, which led to these final results:
First Place: Smarty Pants
Second Place: Demented and Sad but Social
Third Place: Outwhitters
Next week’s first category: “Xanadu”
We hosted a packed house for our Saturday game of Pour House Trivia here at Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown. Tonight’s game was especially fun to watch unfold. To give you an idea of how well the teams playing, there were six different teams who were, at one point, in first place. There were also two different teams tied for 1st after both the first and fourth rounds! Plus, six of our seven teams were within 24 points of the leaders, meaning that if both of those top teams went all in with a 12-point wager, any of the top six teams had a chance at winning tonight’s game!
Our final question dealt with the the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest movie heroes and villains, and it was answered correctly by exactly half of our teams. Needless to say, it caused quite a shift in the standings, especially at the top of the leaderboard. Thankfully I didn’t have to use a tiebreaker question to figure out who our top three teams were going to be. I was a little worried when EVERY team wagered the maximum 12 points for the final question!
When the dust settled, we had Gimpin’ Ain’t Easy move from fifth to third place, We Are Groot moved from fourth to second place, and making a late move into a tie for first place, Quality Guesswork takes home the win! It is their first win of the season, and it was certainly well-deserved.
For next week’s first category, our winners chose the video game “Quake One”, so study up, and come join us for a fun AND competitive game on Saturday at Pretzel & Pizza Creations!
~ Jon J
We had a pretty CRAZY game going for a little while at The Tilted Kilt on Sunday! Our teams all played rather well during the first half of the game. The Duchess jumped out to the lead thanks to the high score of 19 on the halftime puzzle page. But I realized that when I read out the scores at the break, I saw that there were three teams tied for second place! Those teams were each just six points behind the leaders, so it was anyone’s game at this point.
The second half of the game proved to be a bit tougher, as the scores began to separate. Bi-Curious George gained some ground on our leaders, as they were the only team to earn points on the name of a 1980s fantasy film starring Tom Cruise (“Legend”). They followed that up by being the only team to earn six points on our 6-4-2 question, as they knew who portrayed themselves in a cameo role in “Beverly Hills Cop 2” (Hugh Hefner).
When we reached the final question and the answers were turned in, this was how the top 3 looked… Making a final move from fourth place to third place was Fat Kids Are Hard To Kidnap! Holding onto second place was Bi-Curious George and The Disappearing Banana! They had the lead after the puzzle page and never looked back, our victors were The Duchess!
Our winners selected Alchemy for next week’s first category, so study up and join us at Tilted Kilt on Sunday!
~ Jon J