Maybe I’m Amazed at Weekend Trivia!

Thanks to our two busiest venues, we welcomed a huge crowd of 57 teams across five venues last weekend.

FIRST ROUND:

We wasted no time in challenging our Friday teams, as the first bonus question of the weekend was also one of its most difficult.  Only three out of 41 Friday teams knew that the Pringles chip brand is currently owned and marketed by Kellogg.  Other first round topics included religious patriarch Joseph Smith, the TV drama “Boardwalk Empire”, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the short list of 1980s Western Conference champions in the NBA.  The only perfect first round score of the weekend was turned in by Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza).

SECOND ROUND:

Friday’s audio question featured the piano introductions to songs such as “Tiny Dancer”, “Clocks”, and “A Thousand Miles”, while the Saturday teams listened to Catherine Zeta-Jones sing “Cell Block Tango” from the film “Chicago”.  The most difficult first half wagering question was asked on Saturday, as only three out of 16 teams knew that McDonald’s is the largest toy distributor in the world.  On the previous night, our Friday teams struggled with a pair of bonus questions, as only a handful teams knew that Pete Rose played for the Montreal Expos or that Bryce Dallas Howard portrays Elton John’s mother in the recent film “Rocketman”.  Because none of our Friday teams earned bonus points on both of those questions, we did not see any perfect scores round scores last weekend.

HALFTIME:

Topics from last weekend’s halftime pages included sauce brands, Grammy-winning albums, and American mountains.  Across the board, seven teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 14.7 points.  Here is your halftime leaderboard from last weekend:

THIRD ROUND:

Our Friday teams struggled out of the second half gate, dealing with a difficult opening question about the Asian religion of Baha’i.  But that was nothing compared to the incredibly difficult questions posed to our Saturday teams in the third round.  First, we asked the field to name any two of the three series that have won four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama.  Only two teams earned wagering points with two correct answers, with neither of those earning points bonus points by giving us all three correct answers of “Hill Street Blues”, “The West Wing”, and “Mad Men”.  Later, we closed Saturday’s third stanza with this wicked query:

–> On September 7, 2019, USA Today published a list of the 30 Best College Towns in America. Which state, the 29th state admitted to the union, had two towns within the top ten on that list?

Not surprisingly, none of our Saturday teams gave us the correct answer of Iowa.  That question obviously kept any of our Saturday teams from sweeping the third round, though Weasigators (Vanish) and Degenerates from Upcountry (Springfield Manor) each posted a perfect third round score on Friday night.

FOURTH ROUND:

Saturday’s fourth round featured what may have been the most difficult trio of bonus questions we have ever posed in the same round.  Combined, the three bonus questions from Saturday’s final round yielded a success rate of just under 7%, as we dealt with topics such as Oliver Stone films, recent country music albums, and obscure board games.  Our Friday teams faced an easier set of questions in their fourth stanza, though most teams did not know that Laredo, Texas is the third-most populous U.S. city situated along the border with Mexico.  After a flawless second half, Weasigators (Vanish) posted the only perfect final round sore last weekend.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (37.9% success rate):

–> With 32 songs, who holds the record for writing the most number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):

–> Despite playing a key role in this period, which historical figure is named the most times in the Bradoway musical “Hamilton” without ever appearing on stage as a character?

The correct answers to these questions were Paul McCartney and John Adams.  Oddly, the only four teams to post the Perfect 21 last weekend were all playing at Vanish Brewery, as Tequila Mockingbird, Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish), Weasigators, and Mixed Bad of Chinchillas each answered all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is your final overall leaderboard:

LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  The More You Know   (Next week’s first category: International Space Station)

Black Walnut at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  Slightly Agitated  (Next week’s first category: Bill Murray)

Frey’s Brewing in Mount Airy, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Apollo Space Program)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Weasigators  (NEXT GAME ON OCT. 4 – First category: “Seinfeld”)

868 Estate Vineyards in Hillsboro, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: National Football League)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Deplorables   (Next week’s first category: St. Louis Blues Team History)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” – book)