Pour House Trivia Season XVI Kicks Off!

And so another season of Pour House Trivia begins.  In just over four months, we’ll crown the Season XVI World Series Champion (and hand them $2,000 in cash).  But every journey begins with a single step, and 24 teams began that journey at four weekend venues:


Across the board, our teams fared very well in the first round, as we hit on topics such as Presidential Assassinations, the NFL Playoffs, and the recent hurricane-themed social media backlash towards this TV personality:


Sunday’s first round concluded with a question on the island groups known as the Orkneys and the Hebrides, with most of our teams knowing that they are both found just off the coast of Scotland:


Across both nights of trivia, we saw six teams sweep the first round with a perfect score.


Our weekend audio questions did not pose much of a challenge to our teams, as plenty of bonus points were doled out on the topics of Cover Songs and TV Sitcoms.  Saturday’s second round included this intriguing question on Comedy Films:

–> On the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 funniest movies of all-time, the top two entries featured cross-dressing as the major plot point.  Respectively, these films were released in 1959 and 1982.

The more recent film seemed to be the easier of the two answers to ascertain, as most teams remembered Dustin Hoffman’s turn as a cross-dressing soap opera actor in the film “Tootsie”:


In the process of earning a two-point bonus, only four teams also remembered the 1959 classic “Some Like It Hot”, which featured Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis alongside Marilyn Monroe:

Some Like it Hot

The Sunday teams seemed to be stuck with the more difficult second round, as only three teams knew that the element with atomic number 22 (which is used to make silver sparks in fireworks) is titanium.  Three Saturday teams swept the second round with a perfect score: Uncle Jack (Belles’), Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’), and the Off Beats (Pretzel & Pizza Creations).


Once again, our Saturday teams seemed to get the easier version of the halftime page, notching an average score of 18.2 points, while their Sunday counterparts recorded an average of 14.9 points.  The five perfect halftime scores were all turned in on Saturday.  Here are the weekend’s top overall scores at the halftime break:


Saturday’s most difficult wagering question of the second half was asked during our third round, as we went behind the bar for this query:

–> The French cocktail Kir is usually made by adding one ounce of this liqueur to a glass of white wine.  Name this beverage made from blackcurrants.

Only half of our Saturday teams answered correctly with creme de cassis.  Sunday’s third round featured a question on these fad items from the late 1990s:


We followed up that flashback with the most difficult wagering question of the entire weekend:

–> This current CBS series has earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality Competition Program in each of the 15 years of the award’s existence.  Its ten wins are by far the most in this category.

Despite being a ratings hit and a social phenomenon, the show “Survivor” was NOT the correct answer (much to the surprise of our Sunday field).  Only two teams knew that this show has cleaned up at the Emmy awards over the last 15 years:

Amazing Race

We did not see any perfect scores in the third round this weekend.


Saturday’s most difficult wagering question of the night was asked in the fourth round, as we asked about this (supposed) medicinal product which might have created the most annoying commercial in history:

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Wow, that’s awful…   I guess it had been several years since these advertisements had aired, as only three teams earned points here.  Sunday’s final round included a question in the category We Share a Last Name:

-> Though he is more closely associated with superhero flicks, this director first gained fame with the film “The Usual Suspects”.

-> After vastly improving the design of the sewing machine, he founded his namesake company in 1851.

-> This actor appeared in the “Beastmaster” fantasy films and in the original “V” television mini-series.

While most of our teams earned their wager with the correct response of Singer, only one team earned two bonus points by remembering all three first names (Bryan, Isaac, Marc).  Thanks to each of these questions, the final stanza did not see any notch a perfect score of 36 points.  Here are your top weekend scores after the final round:

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75.0% success rate):

–> Which Native American, a leader and warrior of the Sauk tribe, lends his name to a war, a feature film, and a professional American sports team?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (62.5% success rate):

–> Which web-based company offered its first deal in 2008 at the Motel Bar in Chicago?

Your answers…

Congratulations to Give Us Your Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations), as the only team to record the Perfect 21 this weekend by answering correctly on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores:


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Demented and Sad But Social  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Ionic or Doric Columns?)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:   Give Us Your Beer Money  (Next week’s first category: australian Rock Bands – AUDIO)

Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD:  Boh’s & Hoes  (Next week’s first category: “Tommy Boy”)

Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD:  Duchess  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Pete Wentz or Carson Wentz?)