Rockin’ the Bear Necessities at Weekend Trivia!
Weekend trivia madness was had by 71 total teams, who turned up across eight area locations for the latest in Pour House Trivia.
Our weekend games kicked off with topics like the recently-released Top Gun: Maverick, former CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, and the study of our moon‘s physical features known as selenography. The hardest first-round question of the weekend came at the end of Friday’s round, which got a little animated:
- With an alliterative name inspired by a Mark Twain character, which Hanna Barbara character often broke the fourth wall to speak directly to the viewer?
Huckleberry Hound was correctly guessed by 60% of the field, while about 14% added bonus points for naming his favorite song, Oh My Darling Clementine. Eight teams rounded up a perfect score over the weekend here.
Friday’s audio question proved to be the hardest way to get bonus points in the first half; a trio of songs by zoologically-named musical acts Steppenwolf, Adam Ant, and Modest Mouse saw only three teams earn two extra points for naming all three. Saturday’s Broadway-themed audio clue ended up an easier get. The hardest wagering question of Friday’s game also appeared in this round:
- As one of the rarest feats in baseball history, which ten-letter word describes a triple play in which only one fielder handles the ball?
The unassisted triple play has only happened 15 times in MLB history, and roughly two-fifths of Friday’s teams named that word for their wager. Saturday’s trickiest second-half query came on a little game-night action:
- Under the standard rules of this two-player game, there are six possible colors which can be used within the secret code, leading to 1,296 possible patterns if duplicate colors are allowed. What board game is that?
About 56 percent of the field identified Mastermind as that game. Bonus points were earned by the 21% of teams that did a little math and figured out that there are only 360 possible combinations if duplicate colors are not allowed in the game. Elsewhere in round two, teams discussed the Life and Star Scout Badges, took a course in Arabic, took a side in the Left/Right Twix rivalry, and restocked their baking soda. After all that, only Contempt and Disrespect (Mason Social) survived the round with a perfect score.
Halftime sheets dealt with one-word film titles that end in s, as well as matching tourist spots to their corresponding country on Friday; for Saturday’s page, teams had to put first names to famous people surnamed Williams, then match ad slogans to the correct company. Weekend teams averaged a score of 15.7 points here, while nine teams achieved a perfect 20 points. At the halftime break, these squads were on top:
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel and Pizza): 87
- Beer Pressure (Doc Waters): 87
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 86
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 85
- Shark Fin Pizza (Flying Ace): 85
- Awesome Foursome (Doc Waters): 85
Our third round gauntlet started on Friday with questions on the origins of the Miss America pageant, TV spinoff Girl Meets World, and Three Clues about the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. Saturday began with its own Three Clues question about the first name Mimi, then the Igloo cooler company and the totally radical music video to Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night (TGIF). Each game ended with the toughest wagering question of the round; Friday’s was about the Steve Miller Band and its title-track hit The Joker, while Saturday’s came on an Olympic-sized query:
- Excluding any partners, doubles, or mixed events (such as tennis), what are the only two Summer Olympic sports in which men and women compete against each other?
For wagering points, teams only had to answer with one of the two right answers, equestrian and sailing; 43% did just that, but no team was able to name both events for bonus points. A pair of teams from Springfield Manor, Gong Gong and the Butt Demons and Shady Deductions, were able to earn perfect scores in Friday’s third round.
Friday’s 6-4-2 about March brought in seven correct six-point guesses, but nobody on Saturday was able to score the max after one clue about cotton. The fourth round opened on Friday with its hardest wagering question:
- The final and most one-sided battle of the War of 1812 actually took place in January 1815, when American combatants led by Andrew Jackson prevented the British from seizing which southern port city?
That city named the Battle of New Orleans, which gave 47% of teams their wager. However, a game-low three teams earned bonus points by naming the Treaty of Ghent which effectively ended the war. We went on to topics like the oh-so-fashionable popped collar, the novel Lord of the Flies, and Nereid, a moon of Neptune. Saturday questions ranged in content from igneous rock, to Japanese sashimi, to a three-parter on Pixar villains. Those teams faced their hardest wagering question of the game in this round:
- Also part of the name of a 1960s band, what two-word business term describes a firm whose primary purpose is to buy and sell other firms?
That would be a holding company, correctly named by 39% of the field. This was another round with only one perfect score and this time, the whole 36 was achieved by Demented and Sad but Social (Belles’). Pre-final question scores were led by these teams:
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel and Pizza): 157
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 153
- Beer Pressure (Doc Waters): 153
- Barking Bad (Pretzel and Pizza): 153
- Shark Fin Pizza (Flying Ace): 151
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25% success rate):
- Which animated film was the last film personally produced by Walt Disney before his death? Over twenty years after this animated film was released, a live-action adaptation was released; over twenty years after that adaptation, a second live-action adaptation of the same animated film was released.
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (65.2% success rate):
- Which territory of the United Kingdom borders the town of La Línea de la Concepción, located in the province of Cádiz?
The final Walt-produced film was The Jungle Book; that U.K. territory is Gibraltar, at the southern tip of Spain. A return to the Perfect 21 came this weekend! Both Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel and Pizza) and Lone Strangers (Mason Social) were able to answer all 21 wagering questions correctly. You’ll find them among the top teams on the final weekend leaderboard:
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel and Pizza): 169
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 165
- Barking Bad (Pretzel and Pizza): 165
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 161
- Brain Freeze (Pretzel and Pizza): 160
- Dorothies (Springfield Manor): 158
- Shady Deductions (Springfield Manor): 157
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 155
- Babysitters (Springfield Manor): 154
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 154
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Trigonometry)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s Album Covers)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Government Funded (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Olympic Equestrian)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Shark Fin Pizza (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nacho Libre)
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: South Street Crew (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pennsylvania Snack Foods)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: D.M. and Bevin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Radio Talk Show Hosts)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB Records)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cocktails)