Rangers and Wizards and Princesses, Oh My: It’s Weekend Trivia!
In total, 54 teams shook off the St. Patrick’s Day hangover to attend Pour House Trivia across five venues.
Opening rounds over the weekend discussed topics such as Alexander Hamilton, the nursery rhyme One Two Buckle My Shoe, and some leftovers from Ireland: the cities Cork and Limerick as well as mashed potatoes, one of the ingredients of the Irish dish colcannon. The most difficult bonus question of the weekend’s opening rounds came on Friday, as only 18.9% of teams were able to peg Duke University’s first men’s basketball championship within two years of it happening in 1991. As a result, Franks and Beans (Flying Ace) was the only team able to begin its trivia night with a perfect first round.
The weekend’s audio questions dealt with geographically-named bands Chicago, Asia, and the Arctic Monkeys, as well as a timely trio of green things: Al Green, Green Day, and the Booker T & the M.G.’s classic hit Green Onions. The round also featured questions on the horror film Hostel, Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, and the chemical element radon. The most difficult bonus question of the weekend’s first half sets came on the heels of that latter topic, as only one team was able to come within five of radon’s atomic number of 86. Because of that, no teams put together a perfect second round over the weekend.
Last weekend’s halftime pages tasked our teams with identifying things like flowers, PEZ dispenser characters, and bodies of water by the countries they border 658.6. The overall average across the weekend’s field on the halftime page was 16.7, while 13 teams were able to notch a perfect 20 points. Here’s your weekend leaderboard as of the halftime break:
- Franks and Beans (Flying Ace): 88
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 88
- Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’): 88
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 87
- Beauty is in the Eye of Cuckholder (Belles’): 87
Teams kicked off the second half with questions on the origin of the band Soundgarden‘s name, the population explosion in California due to the gold rush, the back condition lumbago, and Three Clues all about former U.S. President Richard Nixon. The round brought a couple of 0-fers in bonus questions, though. On Friday, nobody was able to correctly identify all three Disney animated films by their setting (Agrabah for Aladdin, Atlantica for The Little Mermaid, and Montressor for Treasure Planet), while no other weekend squads were able to identify all three fruit juices in the beverage that birthed the POG game craze (passionfruit, orange, and guava). With that 1-2 punch, no weekend teams were able to go perfect through the third round.
After 6-4-2s on Connect Four and Omaha, we started the final round on some tricky topics such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy book series, the acronym SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, and the recently-ended children’s TV show Arthur. The fourth round also dashed hopes of any perfect rounds, with two other bonus questions fooled all teams. Those questions asked players about the fifth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series (Mostly Harmless) and the Arthur character who became the first female president of the United States in the show (Muffy). While the overall questions were pretty successfully answered, that pair of bonus busts meant that no teams got perfect rounds here. After four rounds of play, these were your highest scoring weekend teams:
- Beauty is in the Eye of Cuckholder (Belles’): 161
- Franks and Beans (Flying Ace): 157
- Yeah That’s Right (Springfield Manor): 153
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 153
- Cleanup on Aisle Four (Dragon): 152
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (13.5% success rate):
- Among Dungeons and Dragons primary character classes, which two are also current names of teams in the Big 4 U.S. men’s pro sports leagues?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (29.4% success rate):
- It is exceptionally rare for foreign dignitaries to be depicted on a U.S. postage stamp, but thanks to her original occupation, which woman born in Philadelphia adorned a stamp introduced in 1993?
The respective correct answers to these final questions were Rangers and Wizards, and (Princess) Grace Kelly. The only teams over the weekend to earn a Perfect 21 by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly was Better Lucky Than Smart (Flying Ace); congrats to them! Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- Cleanup on Aisle Four (Dragon): 164
- Beauty is in the Eye of Cuckholder (Belles’): 161
- Slightly Agitated (Belles’): 160
- Struggle Bus (Dragon): 154
- Franks and Beans (Flying Ace): 153
- A Dingo Got My Baby (Mason Social): 150
- Long Strangers (Mason Social): 148
- Crosby Fan Club (Mason Social): 146
- Wingardium Mimosa (Mason Social): 143
- Yeah That’s Right (Springfield Manor): 141
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 140
- Independent Panda (Springfield Manor): 139
Props also go out to Better Luck Next Time (Dragon), which put up a 171 while playing ‘over the limit’ with more than seven players.
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Yeah That’s Right (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Michael Scott Quotes)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s Soul Singers)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Cleanup on Aisle Four (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Veterinary Medicine)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Franks and Beans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB World Series)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Beauty is in the Eye of Cuckholder (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fictional Dogs)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Barking Bad (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Animal Parasites)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: A Dingo Got My Baby (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Texas History)