One Man Versus 19 Teams? No Problem!

Our weekend games were highlighted by the crowd of TWENTY teams at Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, but even more impressive was the fact that the winning “team” there was comprised of just one person!  Overall, we welcomed 44 teams across four venues:


We began Saturday’s game with the most difficult question of the first half.  After all of our teams knew that Marie Curie was the first person to win multiple Nobel Prizes, only two teams earned bonus points by also knowing that American scientist Linus Pauling also won two Nobel Prizes, winning the 1954 Prize in Chemistry and the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize.  Meanwhile, our Friday teams were quizzed on African geography before being asked to name either one of the two TV shows on which this actress has portrayed a lead character:

America Ferrera

Half of our Friday teams earned bonus points by knowing that actress America Ferrera has appeared on both “Ugly Betty” and “Superstore”.  Only two of our weekend teams earned perfect first round scores: Brain Drain (Springfield Manor Winery) and Winers Too (McAuley’s Pub).


This weekend’s audio questions featured bands with Presidential names, as well as a memorable line from this 1988 debate:

Dan Quayle 1988

Only four of our Friday teams earned bonus points by knowing that Lloyd Bentsten delivered the line “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy” to Dan Quayle.  Other second round topics included magician David Copperfield, the prickly pear, and the theatrical works “Julius Caesar” and “Death of a Salesman”.  Six of our weekend teams recorded perfect scores in the second round.


Halftime topics from this weekend included pizza brands, world landmarks, and Oscar-nominated actors.  We saw an overall average score of 14.9 with six teams notching a perfect 20 points.  These were our top scores at the halftime break:


Friday’s third round included this stumper on the subject of European countries:

–> Apart from the United Kingdom and Ireland, name any two of the three independent European nations which are considered to be island countries.

Only one-quarter of our teams earned their wagers here, with just two teams earning bonus points with all three correct answers: Iceland, Malta, and Cyprus.  Meanwhile, Saturday’s third round stumper took us back to Sunday school:

–> Known as one of the four Evangelists, this Apostle was working as a tax collector for Herod when he met Jesus, so naturally he is considered to be the patron saint of accountants, bankers, and some might say, the IRS as well.

Only five of our Saturday teams picked up points here with Saint Matthew.  As a result, we did not see any perfect scores in the third round this weekend.


In this weekend’s final round, our Friday teams learned that androphobia and gynophobia are the respective fears of men and women, while our Saturday teams enjoyed a quick snack from this candy brand:

Laffy Taffy

With none of our Saturday teams able to pick up bonus points on the mohair question, we did not see any perfect final round scores.  Here are your weekend’s top scores after the fourth round:

FRIDAY / SUNDAY FINAL QUESTION (60.0% success rate):

–> Introduced in 1900, this fictional character was actually an eccentric inventor from Omaha, Nebraska, whose full name was Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambrose Diggs.  By which name is he best known?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (12.5% success rate):

–> In 1987, a football fan named Ralph Bruno decided to carve apart his family’s sofa.  This act was not a pointless couch mauling, since he created this item which can now be seen quite frequently on Sundays.  Name this item.

This weekend’s correct answers included The Wizard of Oz and this fashion piece:


Unfortunately, none of our weekend teams earned the Perfect 21 this weekend with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Congratulations to Mike Maccarone, who topped 19 opposing teams to take down the first place prize at Springfield Manor Winery as a solo player!  Here are your top overall scores from last weekend:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Friends Without Benefits  (Next week’s first category: “The Wizard of Oz”)

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

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack  ** SEVEN WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Tom Brady or Marsha Brady)

McAuley’s Pub in St. Petersburg, FL:  Five Easy Pieces  (Next week’s first category: 1970s Fads)