One Giant Leap for Weekend Trivia!

With the help of an opening night game at The Black Walnut at P.B. Dye, along with a massive 24-team field at Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, our five weekend games welcomed a total of 61 teams:


Opening round topics from last weekend included world flags, the concept of rigor mortis, the broadcasting career of Tony Romo, and this classic sci-fi cartoon:


Our weekend audio questions dealt with celebrities mentioned in song lyrics and clips from live-action Disney films.  We also discussed the exploits of Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, wingtip shoes, and the tourist destination of Cape May, New Jersey.  On each of the two weekend nights, the most difficult bonus question of the first half closed the second round.  On Friday, only six teams knew that the best-selling studio album for the Rolling Stones was the 1978 release “Some Girls”, while only two of our Saturday teams knew that Tiffany Haddish voices a shape-shifting alien queen in the current animated film “The Lego Movie 2”.  Seven weekend teams swept the first round, while five teams matched that feat by notching 36 points in the second round.


The weekend halftime pages featured topics such as the playing surfaces of various sports, romantic albums, and the captains of famous ships.  Overall, our average reached 14.7 points, while three teams earned a perfect score: Low IQ (Whole Foods Market), Smarty Pants (Belles’ Sports Bar), and Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza Creations).  Here is your halftime leaderboard from last weekend:


As usual, we turned up the difficulty level in the second half, as we touched on topics such as the country of Iceland, the hippocampus, and the political couple of Bob and Elizabeth Dole.  The most difficult bonus question of the weekend was asked at the start of Friday’s third round, as only three out of 39 Friday teams knew that the TV series “Veronica Mars” was set in the fictional town of Neptune, California.  Meanwhile, each of the two most difficult wagering questions of the weekend were asked on Saturday.  First up, this question in the category of English Language Oddities:

–> Often heard at the United Nations, what is the only English word that uses the letters “G-N-T” consecutively?

Only five of our Saturday teams responded correctly with sovereignty.  Next, we opened Saturday’s final round with this college football throwback:

–> Thanks to the Run and Shoot offense, which quarterback set numerous NCAA records at the University of Houston while becoming the first African-American quarterback to be awarded the Heisman Trophy?

Though his NFL career never mounted to much, those distinctions refer to Andre Ware:

Andre Ware

With just four teams earning points here, both the third and fourth rounds did not yield any perfect scores last weekend.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (54.1% success rate):

–> “The surface is fine and powdery.  I can kick it up loosely with my toe.  It does adhere in fine layers, like powdered charcoal, to the sole and sides of my boots.”  For your wager, who spoke these words?

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

–> Which world capital was given its current name when the three cities of Oea, Leptis Magna, and Sabrata merged together in the third century A.D.?

Just over half of our Friday teams earned wagering points on the final question with the correct answer of Neil Armstrong.  Meanwhile, only five teams answered Saturday’s final question correctly by recognizing the “three cities” hint and turning in the response of Tripoli, Libya.  Congratultions to Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza Creations) and Low IQ (Whole Foods Market), who each recorded a Perfect 21 last weekend by answering all wagering questions correctly.  Here is your final overall leaderboard:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Lucky Shamrock  (Next week’s first category: Irish History)

The Black Walnut at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: 2019 Grammy Award Winners)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Trees)

Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  Low IQ  (NEXT GAME ON MARCH 8 – First category: Typography)

868 Estate Vineyards in Hillsboro, VA:  ON HIATUS  (NEXT GAME ON MAY 25 – First category: History of Wine)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Comfortably Dum  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Shirley Jones or Shirley Hemphill?)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50-50 AUDIO – Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly?)