Out of Many, Weekend Trivia!

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On the weekend of the 23rd Pour House Trivia World Series, 84 teams played a regular trivia game at any of our nine locations.

FIRST ROUND:

The only wagering question to play tough in the first round came on Sunday, in which we gave Three Clues about an animal:

  • This spider is sometimes called the violin spider or the fiddleback because of its markings.
  • It is a venomous spider native to the Midwestern and southern United States.
  • In spite of its name, it can actually range from cream-colored to darker shades, even blackish-grey.

The brown recluse spider was named by 16% of the field, while one team did so early enough to receive two bonus points! Friday’s round contained this animated query:

  • Serving as a prequel film, which 2013 animated film released by Pixar featured the Oozma Kappa college fraternity?
  • Bonus: Which Oscar-winning actress voiced Dean Abigail Hardscrabble in this film?

Most teams recalled the film Monsters University, but 12.2% also remembered Helen Mirren‘s voice role. Other topics in this round included three people surnamed Oliver and size regulations for American eggs. This round’s perfect scores went to Murph’s Masters (Belles’) and Sherlock Homies (Belles’).

SECOND ROUND:

Friday’s hardest wagering chance came on the audio question, which played a newer rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son by Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and John Fogerty of CCR; 28% of teams named at least two of the three answers, while 7% knew all three. Saturday’s audio was also a tricky one, as just under half of that night’s teams named at least two of the three artists with sports teams in the name: Thompson TwinsDamn Yankees, and They Might Be Giants. To complete the weekend audio set, only one team on Sunday named all three newscasters: Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, and Diane Sawyer.

In non-audio action throughout the second round, Saturday featured this U.S. geographical wordplay question:

  • Respectively located in New Mexico and Texas, what are the two most populous U.S. cities whose names contain the letter Q?

Only two teams named both Albuquerque and Mesquite. On Sunday, an African geography question about the three countries which border the territory of Western Sahara saw one team name the correct trio of Morocco, Algeria, and Mauritania. With all these answers to be answered, a perfect score was out of reach of the weekend field in any second round.

HALFTIME:

Subjects covered in the trio of weekend halftime sheets included celebrities in the infamous and unfortunate 27 Club, flowers ranked in the top 10 in U.S. sales, and companies with single-letter logos. The average team scored 14.6, but six teams submitted a perfect effort. One team led the field at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Saturday’s third round featured this mythological question:

  • As the counterpart of Ceres, who is the Greek goddess of agriculture and the harvest?

Roughly 46% of teams turned in the correct goddess, Demeter. We got into the history of a sports organization on Sunday:

  • In 1948, Bill France, Sr. founded which American sports organization? Since then, both his son and grandson have served as its CEO.

A quarter of the field knew the France family as the founders of NASCAR. Other topics in this round included Three Clues about the nickname Iceman on Friday and The Sopranos on Saturday, as well as the comedic term pratfall. A game-high ten perfect scores were recorded in this round, including nine on Friday!

FOURTH ROUND:

The weekend’s 6-4-2 topics were comic icon Dick Tracy, actress Meg Ryan, and the city of New Orleans. While no wagering question was truly difficult in this round, Friday’s ended with this bonus chance:

  • Which two actors have portrayed Bilbo Baggins in feature films directed by Peter Jackson?

Just under one-fifth of the field named both Ian Holm and Martin Freeman for bonus credit. On Saturday, it might as well have been hump day:

  • Which animal is found in varieties such as dromedary and bactrian, the latter of which is named for an ancient region of Asia?
  • Bonus: With one guess, name any one of the three modern-day Asian countries which encompass the region of Bactria.

Exactly 20% of teams earned two extra points on this camel question by naming either TajikistanUzbekistan, or Afghanistan. Some other questions in the round dealt with the video game Fortnite, the many (many) stolen works of Pablo Picasso, and the 90s alternative band Hole. In this round, perfect scores were recorded by Your Mom (South Mountain), Gen Xers (Flying Ace), and Sexual Chocolate (Garage). There was a two-way tie for first after four rounds of trivia:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (21.05% success rate):

  • The first use of this Latin phrase is attributed to the ancient Roman poet Vergil, who used it to describe a recipe for an herb-and-cheese spread similar to pesto.  Name this Latin phrase commonly associated with U.S. history.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.67% success rate):

  • At a state dinner held in 1972, Richard Nixon held a toast for which infant, correctly predicting that that he would eventually become a world leader?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25% success rate):

  • The NAACP was created in 1909, but the organization’s founders pegged a specific date during that year to hold their first meeting. It was no coincidence that the official founding date fell exactly 100 years after what historical event?

That Latin phrase is E pluribus unum, Nixon raised a glass to Justin Trudeau, and the NAACP was created exactly one century after Abraham Lincoln’s birth! A pair of Perfect 21 teams played over the weekend: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo (Flying Ace) and No Drama, Just Trauma (Pretzel and Pizza). They can also be found high up in the final weekend standings:

Honorable mention goes to Overworked and Underpaid (South Mountain), which scored 167 points while playing over the limit of seven players.

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Your Mom  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Saxophonists)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Scarlet Letter (novel))

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: ON HIATUS UNTIL MARCH 29  (FIRST CATEGORY: March Madness)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chemical Elements with Atomic Numbers Over 100)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Geocaching)

The Links at Challedon in Mount Airy, MD: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Obscure NFL Rules)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: PB and J (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Players Championship)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: No Drama, Just Trauma  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mel Brooks Films)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Dictators)

Agave 137 in Frederick, MD: BBQ-Anon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Civil War)