Mind the Gap, It’s Weekend Trivia!
Nine venues played host to 70 teams over the weekend for Pour House Trivia.
Teams got through their day’s opening round with no real trouble. Some topics given in this part of the game were fast food desserts, the creation of the Smithsonian Institute, Three Clues about the word taboo, and the origins of the term seeing eye dog. The final question in Saturday’s first round contained a tough bonus chance:
- Before the 2002 NFL season, which team moved its home venue from the Pontiac Silverdome to Ford Field?
- BONUS: For more than 30 years, this team played its home games in which outdoor stadium?
Most teams recognized the Detroit Lions as the team, but only 18% earned bonus points for knowing the Lions played at Tiger Stadium for over three decades. This round had ten perfect team scores.
Over the weekend, audio questions referenced musical groups with self-rhyming names such as Ace of Base, songs about blue things, and singers with alliterative names. The weekend’s hardest wagering question in the second round came early on Saturday:
- The word foodie is often used in media as a conversational synonym of this French term which originated in the late 18th century in the name of one of the first restaurant guides. Name this term which originally referred to a wine broker, but now colloquially names high-quality cooking.
About 37% of teams submitted the correct answer of gourmet. After that, Three Clues about a certain U.S. President were given:
- He was an Army veteran whose military success earned him the nickname Old Rough and Ready.
- He was the second U.S. president to die in office.
- Of all the first names of U.S. presidents, this man’s name is alphabetically last.
Just one team on Saturday named Zachary Taylor before the final clue for bonus points. Other topics in this round included the recently-completed TV series Barry, Roman Emperor Nero, and the latest release in the Legend of Zelda video game franchise, subtitled Tears of the Kingdom. This was the most successful round all weekend, as 11 teams earned perfect scores.
Halftime tasks during the weekend games included naming movie musicals, identifying world flags comprised of that country’s food, and filling in missing numbers found in song titles. Weekend halftime scores averaged 15.4 points, while only three teams earned all 20 points. One team enjoyed a perfect score at the halftime break:
- Priscilla’s Posse (South Mountain): 92
- Magnificent Seven (Flying Ace): 90
- Vandelay Industries (South Mountain): 89
- Sexual Chocolate (Garage): 89
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
One wagering question from each game proved to be the toughest for that respective day. Friday’s dealt with long-running TV shows:
- Which two American television shows that first aired in the 1940s are still currently in production today?
Exactly half of the field named either Meet the Press or the CBS Evening News, but no team was able to submit both correct answers for bonus credit. We reached back into Madonna’s lyric history for Saturday’s question:
- Though she name-drops four women who have won Oscars, who is the only Oscar-winning man to be name-dropped in Madonna’s hit song Vogue?
While Fred Astaire is named in the song and was the recipient of an honorary award, the only man to win an Oscar and be named in Vogue is Marlon Brando, named by 12% of Saturday’s teams. Sunday’s most difficult question dealt with awards, but of the sporting variety:
- Starting with Don Newcombe in 1956, which National League franchise has won the most Cy Young Awards in MLB history with 12, including three awards in the 2010s?
The Dodgers were correctly named by 55% of the field. The only team to go perfect in the third round was Killer Snails (Garage).
We gave clues about the Indian city of Mumbai, the 90s film Babe, and cheese for the weekend’s 6-4-2 questions. Saturday’s last round started with this question:
- A certain woman was ranked #1 on the Forbes List of the world’s most powerful women 14 out of 15 years from 2006 to 2020, only losing the top spot in 2010. Which two women topped the list in those years?
Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel was number one in 14 of those 15 years, which only former FLOTUS Michelle Obama breaking that streak; no team named both for bonus points, but 31% had one of those women named for wagering credit. Other topics here included the origins of the word quiche, Three Clues about the word salt, the atmosphere unit of pressure, and capital cities of U.S. territories. Once again, Killer Snails (Garage) had this round’s lone perfect score. That team also led the overall standings before the final question:
- Killer Snails (Garage): 162
- Priscilla’s Posse (South Mountain): 157
- Lone Strangers (Mason): 157
- Squircle Jerks (Flying Ace): 156
- WTF (Flying Ace): 156
- Sexual Chocolate (Garage): 156
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75% success rate):
- Which landmark connects Fort Point and Lime Point, encompassing about two miles of U.S. Route 101?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.75% success rate):
- Airing from 1998 to 2002, what TV title character had a first name that is also a noun meaning intense happiness?
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (38.89% success rate):
- Even though the version wasn’t performed by Bob Dylan himself, which word containing all five English vowels is found in the title of the first song written by Dylan to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart?
The respective final answers this past weekend were the Golden Gate Bridge, Felicity, and tambourine (as in the Byrds’ rendition of Mr. Tambourine Man in 1965). Killer Snails (Garage) capped off their perfect final two rounds with a correct answer in their game to lock in the only Perfect 21 game over the weekend! They enjoyed a share of the overall top score this weekend:
- Killer Snails (Garage): 169
- Priscilla’s Posse (South Mountain): 169
- Squircle Jerks (Flying Ace): 168
- WTF (Flying Ace): 168
- Slightly Agitated (Springfield Manor): 165
- Sexual Chocolate (Garage): 164
- What the Cuss (Belles’): 162
- Lone Strangers (Mason): 162
- Gen Xers (Flying Ace): 160
- What the Cuss (Flying Ace): 157
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Priscilla’s Posse (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: The Rookie or Castle?)
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Slightly Agitated (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Pinball Games)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Diabetes)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Quizicly Impaired (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The New Testament)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: WTF (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso (season 3))
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jury Duty)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mr. Robot)
The Garage in Frederick, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gene Wilder Films)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Community)