Look It Up, It’s Weekend Trivia!

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Teams recovered from Thanksgiving antics with the weekend of Pour House Trivia! In all, 73 teams attended at any of our eight locations.


Each night carried a tricky bonus chance in the first round. Friday’s round featured a question about Hamilton, the most-nominated work in Tony Awards history; here, 18% of teams got within one of that musical’s 16 Tony noms for bonus credit. On Saturday, we gave Three Clues about a certain celebrity:

  • In 2006, this former backup dancer released an album entitled Playing with Fire.
  • He was featured in a commercial as part of Nationwide’s Life Comes at You Fast campaign, making fun of his rapid fall to obscurity.
  • He is most famous for being married to Britney Spears from 2004 to 2007.

A quarter of this game’s teams named Kevin Federline before the final clue. Finally, a query about the comic strip Beetle Bailey brought a 10% bonus rate for teams that named its creator, Mort Walker. There were six perfect teams in this round.


Friday’s audio question proved to be the night’s toughest bonus opportunity; we played three songs with titles shared with board games, but only 5.4% of the field named Ticket to Ride by the Beatles, Go by Pearl Jam, and Sorry by Justin Bieber. We combined geography with the Olympics for a question on Saturday:

  • Even though it is the fifth-largest country in Asia by area, which nation waited until 2022 to make its Winter Olympics debut? Its only Olympian was an alpine skier named Fayik Abdi.

Only one team was able to identify Saudi Arabia by those clues. Finally, we took a thrill ride to end Sunday’s first half:

  • At which eastern U.S. amusement park could you ride such roller coasters as Fahrenheit, Skyrush, and Laff Trakk? Each of those rides opened within the last 15 years.
  • Bonus: What is the name of this park’s oldest roller coaster, which opened in 1946?

Hersheypark was named by 55% of teams, while 20% knew its oldest coaster is the Comet. The only team to earn a perfect score in this round was Slightly Agitated (Garage).


Presidential birthplaces, missing words in album titles, and a mystery theme (which ended up being Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics) were some subjects featured over the weekend’s halftime pages. The average team scored 15 points exactly, while only one squad on Friday was able to put together a perfect 20-point effort. Top scores at the halftime break were recorded by these teams:

  • Slightly Agitated (Garage): 90
  • Billy Crystal Balls (Mason): 87
  • Holly Jolly Five (Mason): 86
  • Independent Panda (Garage): 86


What ended up being the toughest wagering question by far on Friday came late in the third round:

  • Prepared by St. Jerome in the late 4th century A.D., what version of the Bible became the Catholic Church’s official Latin version at the Council of Trent in the late 16th Century?

The Vulgate Bible was identified by 8.1% of the field. We looked back on a scientific discovery on Saturday:

  • While on vacation, this Scottish scientist left out some Petri dishes containing bacteria, only to find mold growing in the dishes upon his return. For your wager, name this scientist that would go on to earn the Nobel Prize for his discovery.

That happy accident was caused by Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin from that oopsie; 31% of teams named Fleming for their wager. Other topics in this round included the success of the Goosebumps book franchise, the Falklands War fought between the United Kingdom and Argentina, and the Code of Hammurabi. Ah Ha (Pretzel and Pizza) had this round’s only perfect score.


Three teams named the nickel coin for all six points on Friday’s 6-4-2, but subsequent topics (the University of Kentucky and the surname Lewis) had no successful guesses on the first clue over the rest of the weekend. Sunday’s least successful wagering question came on an A+B=C:

  • Part A = the number of pairs of ribs in a normal adult human skeleton.
  • Part B = the number of major lobes into which the human cerebral cortex is divided.

A quarter of the field successfully got the sum of 16, from 12 pairs of human ribs and the four major brain lobes. Some other fourth-round questions dealt with Mork & Mindy title actors Robin Williams and Pam Dawber, taglines from The Lego Movie, and the Johor Strait which separates Malaysia and Singapore. There were five perfect scores in this round. We headed into the final questions with these leading scores:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (8.11% success rate):

  • Known as the maracuyá in Spanish, which fruit-bearing plant derives its common English name from the fact that its flowers were used by missionaries to illustrate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.75% success rate):

  • Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award.  With 18 awards, what sport has produced the most winners of this award?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (30% success rate):

  • In 1843, brothers George and Charles purchased the rights to the book An American Dictionary of the English Language.  For your wager, what surname did these brothers share?

A couple of tough final questions asked about the passion fruit and the 18 baseball award recipients in SI, while Sunday’s final was about the Merriam brothers, who bought the rights to that dictionary from Noah Webster’s estate. This weekend featured no Perfect 21 teams. By the end of the weekend, these were the highest-scoring teams:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Special K  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Modern Family)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: NO GAME  (THEME GAME NEXT WEEK)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jimmy Buffett Duets (audio))

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Drinkers, Not Thinkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Appalachian Trail)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Goobers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Long Island Beaches)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Whiplash)

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

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Slightly Agitated  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celtic FC)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: TFTI  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pacific Island Nations)