Pour House Trivia Weekend Recap!

Last weekend featured 31 teams across five venues of Pour House Trivia.  Which teams topped the high score list?


Over the weekend, our opening round questions touched on topics such as the city of Albuquerque, the British Open golf tournament, and the size of Noah’s Ark.  We also discovered that there are foreign versions of Snap, Crackle, and Pop (“Cric, Crac, and Croc” in French and “Knisper, Knasper, and Knusper” in German).  Sunday’s game opened with a question on the upcoming film “The Emoji Movie”.  Although most teams did not answer the bonus question correctly, they wer pleased to find out which revered actor would be playin g the role of the Poop Emjoi:

Patrick Stewart Poop Emoji

Certainly a career-defining moment…  Over three nights of trivia, only three teams swept the opening round with a perfect score: Smarty Pants (Belles’), Murph’s Masters (Belles’), and the Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Captain Benders).


We offered up some karaoke music for our Friday night audio question, while Saturday’s version dealt with hyphenated band names.  While our Saturday teams had no trouble recognizing the work of a-ha and the B-52s, no team was able to pin the third song of the night, which was the somewhat recent hit of “Left Hand Free” by Alt-J.

Sunday night gave us our most difficult wagering question of the first half for any of our three games:

–> The goddess Ishtar was a key mythological figure in the history of which Mesopotamian dynasty led by Hammurabi in the 18th century B.C.?

While Ishtar was worshiped by several civilizations (such as the Sumerians), only 25% of our Sunday teams knew that Hammurabi led the Babylonians in the 18th century.

On Saturday, we closed the second round by asking for the two letters of the alphabet that do NOT begin the names of any U.N. member states.  Though most of our teams took the full three minutes here, most were able to ascertain the correct responses of W and X.

No teams were able to sweep the second round with a perfect score.


This weekend’s halftime topics included minimalist movie posters and Olympic athletes.  Across the board, seven teams notched 20 points on the halftime page.  Here are the top scores from the weekend after the halftime page:


On Friday, the key question of the third round asked for the two U.S. Presidents that were born in states that border the Pacific Ocean.  Despite his association with California, Ronald Reagan was born in Illinois.  Only two teams earned bonus points here by knowing both Richard Nixon and Barack Obama.

Sunday’s third round included a question on this mythical “goat-sucker”:


Saturday’s third round concluded with a question on frequent NBC host Howie Mandel, with only four teams knowing that he got his start on NBC nearly 35 years ago, on the medical drama “St. Elsewhere”:

St. Elsewhere

Yes, that is Denzel Washington and Mark Harmon in the photo as well.  Once again, a few well-placed bonus questions meant that no team was able to sweep the third round with a perfect score.


Friday’s final round offered up the Name That Decade question, asking for the time frame of these events:

–> The Cornell University football team finishes its season undefeated, claiming its first national championship.

–> Construction begins on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

–> The RMS Lusitania is sunk by a German U-boat.

While most teams landed in the correct decade of the 1910s, no team was able to earn bonus points by knowing the exact year of 1915.

Sunday’s game concluded with the most difficult question of the entire weekend:

–> Which first name is shared by Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in the film “Scarface” and the fictional persona adopted by Cassandra Peterson?

Even after a crossword-style hint was given, only two teams arrived at the correct answer of Elvira.  Here is a shot of Cassandra without her costume:

Elvira Mistress of the Dark

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

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

–> First held on July 6, 1933, this was originally intended to be held as a one-time event, as a sideshow for the World’s Fair in Chicago.  Its purpose was to “cultivate a nationwide sense of optimism during the depths of the Depression”.  For your wager, name this event which recently held its 88th edition.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):

–> In the native tongue, which Renaissance work is known as “Il Cenacolo” or “L’Ultima Cena”?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (30.0% success rate):

–> Apart from New York and California, what is the only U.S. state which is home to least two teams in EACH of the four major professional sports leagues?

Your correct answers: the MLB All-Star Game, “The Last Supper”, and Florida.  Here are the top ten scores overall:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Seven Dwarfs  (NEXT GAME ON JULY 28 – First category: Roman Catholic Church)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Tony the Tiger or Tony Soprano?)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: “Planet of the Apes” – original film)

Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD:  Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Next week’s first category: “O Brother Where Art Thou?”)

Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Horror Films)