Labor Day Weekend Trivia Recap!

With a bit of a light schedule for Labor Day weekend, we’ve combined results from four nights of trivia (Friday through Monday).  All told, we saw 74 teams playing at nine different venues:


Across the board, our teams fared very well in the first round, but on three of the four nights, there was one bonus question which kept many of our teams from attaining a perfect score:

  • On Friday, we asked what ‘TMZ’ stood for in the name of the celebrity website / TV show.  Only two teams knew that it means Thirty Mile Zone.
  • On Sunday, only one team could come up with the name of the diminutive actor who played Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films: Verne Troyer.
  • On Monday, three teams out of 42 knew that the first Hard Rock Cafe was founded in London.

Across all four nights, only one team managed a perfect first-round score: Smarty Pants from Belles’ Sports Bar.


Our weekend audio questions dealt with folk music (specifically, “Turkey in the Straw“), film franchises, and these three musicians who share the same first name:


On Monday, we touched on this Quentin Tarantino film:

Kill Bill Uma Thurman

Surprisingly, almost half of our teams knew that despite being referred to primarily as “The Bride”, Uma Thurman’s character in “Kill Bill” was actually named Beatrix.  Friday gave us our most difficult wagering question for the second round, as we asked which sensory organ lies at the end of each arm of a starfish.  Believe it or not, it is the eye.  On Saturday, the Off Beats (Pretzel & Pizza Creations) notched a perfect second round score, but eight teams matched that feat on Monday night.


Among four nights of trivia, only one team managed to record a perfect 20 points on our halftime page: North Country from Belles’ Sports Bar.  The average score came in at 13.9 points.  Here are the weekend’s top overall scores at the halftime break:


Saturday’s third round included a question on this country whose name sounds more like a vague description:

Central Africa

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Not surprisingly, no team earned a bonus here by knowing the national capital of the Central African Republic: Bangui.  On Sunday, we learned that NBC is getting in on the trend of “True Crime” anthology series, airing a limited series later this year on the trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez.  Monday gave us our most difficult wagering question of the third round, as only 12% of our teams remembered this TV tidbit:

–> On “Friends”, one of these magnetic drawing toys is visible in Joey and Chandler’s apartment displaying various messages referencing plot points, current events, inside crew jokes, or just random drawings.  Name this toy invented in 1974 by Tyco.


Nope, it wasn’t an Etch-A-Sketch, but a Magna Doodle.  We did not see any perfect scores in the third round this weekend.


Saturday’s final round included a question on the restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings, which some our older players might remember by this nickname:

But why was it called that?  It turns out the original name of the restaurant was Buffalo Wild Wings and Weck, with the Weck referencing the Beef on Weck sandwich (popular in western New York).  Our final round featured a pair of art questions.  On Sunday, we learned that “The Scream” was stolen from the Munch museum in 2004, while Monday’s game taught us that Vincent Van Gogh’s brother was an art dealer, and yet Vincent sold only one painting during his lifetime: “The Red Vineyard at Arles”:

Red Vineyard Van Gogh

Only one team swept the final round with a perfect score of 36 points: Cavs in Five (Il Forno).  Here are your top weekend scores after the final round:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.3% success rate):

–> Producing over 25% of the world’s beer per year, this country produces the Snow brand, which is the best-selling beer brand in the world based on volume sold.  For your wager, name this country.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.0% success rate):

–> Only seven people have ever been named honorary U.S. citizens.  These two people, a man born in 1874 and a woman born in 1910, are the only two people to earn this honor during their lifetimes.  Who are these two people?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (28.6% success rate):

–> Who was the first U.S. President to be born in a state that was NOT one of the original 13 colonies?

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (61.7% success rate):

–> After living in Honduras for six months, American short story writer O. Henry coined which two-word political term that he originally used to describe the fictitious agrarian country of Anchuria?

Your answers?  Friday: China, Saturday: Winston Churchill and Mother Teresa, Sunday: Abraham Lincoln, Monday: Banana Republic.

We did not see any teams score the Perfect 21 this weekend by answering correctly on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores:


Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  One Flight Short of Awesome  (NEXT GAME ON SEPTEMBER 15 – First category: College Mascots)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  North Country  (Next week’s first category: Square Dancing)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Off Beats  (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)

Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Die Hard”)

Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD:  Duchess  (Next week’s first category: Clones)

DRP in Alexandria, VA:   NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Intellectual Property)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: International Mountains)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Pro Wrestling)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: We Share a First and Last Name)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: WWE)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”)

Adam & Eve Gastropub in Frederick, MD:  Weenie and the Butt  (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Cavs in Five  (Next week’s first category: Fruit)