Movin’ On Up to Weekend Trivia!
Last weekend’s games welcomed 53 teams across four venues.
Opening round topics from last weekend included the historical pamphlet “Common Sense”, the state of Maine, the comedy film sequel “National Lampoon’s European Vacation”, and words that contain all five vowels. The most difficult wagering and bonus questions were asked together at the close of Friday’s first round:
–> Which character from “The Simpsons” is the son of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski?
BONUS: What is this character’s actual first name?
Only seven of our 29 Friday teams responded correctly with Krusty the Klown, with just two of those seven teams tacking on two bonus points by knowing that Krusty’s actual first name is Herschel. As a result, the only perfect first round scores from last weekend were recorded on Saturday (and all at Pretzel & Pizza): Ah Ha, Irish Beer Mafia, D.C. Swampers, and Barking Bad.
Friday’s audio question featured three songs with “watery” titles, as we listened to “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid”, “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake, and “The Ocean” by Led Zeppelin. While naming the first two were relatively easy, only three Friday teams picked up two bonus points by knowing all three songs. Meanwhile, Saturday’s teams opened their second round by identifying the theme song from the TV series “Doogie Howser, M.D.” Other second round topics included Benedict Arnold, Stanley Cup champions, Princeton University, and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”. We closed Saturday’s first half with a wicked bonus question. Given a window of five books either way, only one out of 24 teams (D.C. Swampers from Pretzel & Pizza) correctly guessed the total number of books in the “Goosebumps” written series by R. L. Stine. Most team underestimated the total of 62 books. The second round did not yield any perfect scores last weekend.
Halftime topics from last weekend included fruits, celebrity spokespeople, and TV families. Collectively, about one-quarter of our teams recorded a perfect halftime score, with the overall average landing at 18.5 points. Here is your weekend leaderboard after one half of play:
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 88
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 88
- D.C. Swampers (Pretzel & Pizza): 88
- Barking Bad (Pretzel & Pizza): 88
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish): 87
- Ah Ha (Pretzel & Pizza): 87
In our third stanza, we looked at topics such as European geography, the film “Braveheart”, the video game “God of War”, and the 1980s rock band Scorpions. Our Saturday teams dealt with the most difficult wagering question of the weekend as part of their third round. For this stumper, we asked the field to identify what the following abbreviations stand for:
- The computer media form ‘GIF’
- The system to trace objects ‘RADAR’
- The auto racing organization ‘NHRA’
Only four of our Saturday teams earned wagering points with at least two of these correct answers: Graphics Interchange Format, Radio Detection and Ranging, and National Hot Rod Association. Sexual Chocolate (Belles’) earned the only bonus on this question by giving us all three correct answers. On Friday night, Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish Brewery) posted the only perfect third round score of the weekend.
Final round topics from last weekend included Broadway showtunes, tennis star Maria Sharapova, the novel “Moby-Dick”, and Nestle chocolate. In each of their respective final rounds, our teams were given a total stumper of a bonus question. None of our Friday teams knew that St. George’s is the capital of the Caribbean nation of Grenada, while out Saturday teams struck when asked to name the first film for which Naomi Watts earned an Oscar nomination (“21 Grams”). As a result, none of our teams ran the table by sweeping the final round last weekend. Here is your overall leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish): 158
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 156
- Brain Force (Vanish): 151
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 151
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza): 149
- My Mom Thinks I’m Smart (Belles’): 149
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.7% success rate):
–> What is the only U.S. state capital bearing the name of a U.S. Vice President?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):
–> With more than 4,400 patents issued by the U.S. Patent Office (on top of thousands of unsuccessful applicants), which small contraption is considered to be the most frequently invented device in U.S. history?
The respective correct answers to these final questions were Jefferson City and the mousetrap. None of our weekend teams posted a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly. Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish): 164
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 163
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 162
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza): 161
- My Mom Thinks I’m Smart (Belles’): 161
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 160
- Mixed Bag of Chinchillas (Vanish): 158
- Ah Ha (Pretzel & Pizza): 153
- Dickmania (Belles’): 151
- Nothing Good (Dragon): 150
An honorable mention goes out to Green Acres (Vanish), who posted 158 points on Friday while playing ‘over the limit’.
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 24 – First category: U. S. Presidents)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride” Quotes)
Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “20/20” – TV show)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Nothing Good (Next week’s first category: Historical Hurricanes)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate (Next week’s first category: National Capitals by Former Country Name)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”?)