Our Weekend Winners Deserved a Claret Jug!

Once again, last weekend featured five games of pub trivia spread across all three nights, as we closed the first half of the Summer Fling season.  With 32 total teams in attendance, let’s see how the weekend games went down:


Both Friday and Saturday night featured a Three Clues question in the opening round, respectively dealing a U.S. state and a U.S. city.  Our Friday teams worked with these clues in an attempt to earn a two point bonus:

CLUE 1: This city is home to NHL arena known as the Scottrade Center.

CLUE 2: In 1904, it hosted the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the Summer Olympics.

Unfortunately, none of our Friday teams were able to earn a two-point bonus on this question.  A few went in early with the incorrect response of Chicago (which was originally awarded the 1904 Olympics), while the majority opted instead to hear the third and final clue.  After being given the hint that it was also the home of the original Anheuser-Busch brewery, our remaining teams had no problem coming up with this fine city:

St. Louis

Saturday’s version of the Three Clues question proved to be a bit easier, especially with a number of history buffs in the crowd:

CLUE 1: Calvin Coolidge and Chester Arthur were the only two Presidents to be born here.

CLUE 2: In 1791, it became the 14th state to be admitted to the Union.


(it’s Vermont…)

Our Saturday game also dealt with this morning cable show that once featured a former Miss America winner as its co-host:

Fox and Friends

Across all three nights of trivia, only Cotton Candy (Captain Benders) racked up a perfect score of 36 points in the first half.


Among our three audio questions last weekend, the most difficult (by far) was Saturday’s question dealing with musical groups that featured trumpets in their songs.  While every team had no issue recognizing The Beatles (“Penny Lane”), the other two musical acts were much more recent.  Only two teams earned points on this question by knowing either one of them: Capital Cities (“Safe and Sound”) and OMI (“Cheerleader”).  Friday’s second round asked about the author of the source material for this upcoming Amazon series:


The novel “The Last Tycoon” was an unfinished word penned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Our TV question on Sunday asked the comedienne whose production company parodied the MGM Lion by using a meowing kitten:

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No team was able to earn a perfect score of 36 points in the second round this weekend.


Congratulation to Shakeweight (Vanish Brewery), who was the only weekend team to earn 20 points on the halftime page!  Here are the weekend’s top overall scores after the first half:


Friday’s third round included a spelling bee on these misspelled brand names:


Meanwhile, Saturday offered up a rather difficult question in a very popular category of Restaurant Chains.

–> Recently named the Fast Casual Mexican Restaurant of the Year by a Harris Poll, which restaurant chain names most of its menu items by referencing comedic films and TV shows?

If you visit Moe's, you can order the Billy Barou (from “Caddyshack”), the Art Vandalay (from “Seinfeld”), the John Coctostan (from “Fletch”), or the Earmuffs (from “Old School”).  Our most difficult bonus question of the weekend was asked on Sunday.  While most teams knew that Apolo Anton Ohno is the most decorated Winter Olympics athlete in U.S. history, only one team (The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou from Captain Benders) earned a two-point bonus by remembering that he once hosted this game show:

Apolo Ohno

Once again, no perfect scores were turned in during the third round this weekend.


On Saturday, we opened the final stanza by asking about this recently married couple comprised of a reality TV star and professional hockey player:

Julianne Hough

The following night, Sunday’s final round opened with a question on this Aztec deity, and we even had two teams earn bonus points by spelling its name correctly:


Yes, it’s the always easy to spell Quetzalcoatl.  We closed Friday’s game by asking about this recent Emmy nominee:

Baldwin Trump

Here are the weekend’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (10.0% success rate):

–> Recently opening on Broadway, this musical features songs such as “It Must Be Believed to be Seen” and “Strike That!  Reverse It!”.  Its cast includes three young actors each making their Broadway debuts, as they alternate their portrayals of the title character.  What is this musical?

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

–> In 1939, Artem Mikoyan and Mikhaul Gurevich founded a namesake design bureau to make what type of vehicle?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.3% success rate):

–> Today it is closely associated with applause, but in ancient Rome what term denoted a victory celebration of lesser magnitude and importance than a triumph?

Respectively, the correct answers were “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Military Aircraft (specifically, the Soviet MiG fighter), and Ovation.  No team was able to score the Perfect 21 this weekend.  Here are the top ten scores overall from this weekend’s three nights of trivia:


Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Abraham Drinkin’  NEXT GAME – AUGUST 4 (First category: “Parks & Recreation”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Smarty Pants  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Ronald Reagan or Ronald McDonald?)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Four Play  (Next week’s first category: Broadway Musicals)

Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD:  Racks and Sacks  (Next week’s first category: Superhero Origins)

Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD:  Fat, Drunk, and Stupid  (Next week’s first category: “Platoon”)