Rolling Strikes at Weekend Trivia!

Last weekend’s games of Pour House Trivia welcomed 51 teams across five venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from last weekend included Abraham Lincoln, the nursery rhyme “Little Boy Blue”, and this island locale:

The most difficult bonus question of the first round was asked on Friday.  Only five out of 44 teams knew that Marion Cotillard is the only actress to appear in a “Batman” feature film after winning an Academy Award.  All four of the perfect first round scores were recorded on Saturday: Half Nelsons (Belles’), Smarty Pants (Belles’), Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza), and Quality Guesswork (Pretzel & Pizza).

SECOND ROUND:

While our Friday teams breezed through their audio question on TV sitcoms, we stumped most of our Saturday teams by asking them to identify these three songs with nationalities in their titles: “Spanish Flea” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel, and “Russian Roulette” by Rihanna.  Only three out of 16 Saturday teams earned their wager, with none of those tacking on a two-point bonus with three correct answers.  Later, we looked at the film “The Dark Crystal”, the heavy metal band Anthrax, and these two MLB sluggers:

None of our weekend teams swept the second round with a perfect score.

HALFTIME:

Movies found their way onto both halftime pages this weekend, with our Friday teams asked to identify actors and subjects in biographical film roles, and our Saturday teams looking at films with pianos.  Six teams notched a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average for both nights came in at 15.2 points.  Here is the weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:

  • Slugs Normal (Vanish):  89
  • Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’):  87
  • Mud Duck Hunt Club (P.B. Dye):  86
  • FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 85 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

Friday’s third round featured a difficult question on the topic of phobias, as we asked our teams to identify the respective definitions of agoraphobia, xenophobia, and gymnophobia.  Just over half of our teams earned wagering points, while only two teams added bonus points with the three correct answers of open spaces, foreigners (or strangers), and nudity.  Gymnophobia is from the same root word as gymnasium, since ancient athletes often trained and competed in the nude.  Meanwhile, our Saturday teams were given the most difficult wagering question of the weekend, as only one team (Ed and the Zits from Pretzel & Pizza) was able to correctly name Ganymede as the largest moon in our Solar System.  Other third round topics included Abbott and Costello, the comic strip “Prince Valiant”, and this painting:

The third round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

Our Saturday teams were cruising through the final round until most of the field hit a wall during a three-part literature question.  We asked our squads to name the respective novels from which these fiendish characters originated: Simon Legree, Uriah Heep, and Mrs. Danvers.  Only three teams earned wagering points with any two of the three correct answers of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, “David Copperfield”, and “Rebecca”.  The prior evening, most of our Friday teams hit a speed bump on this sports question:

–> An aficionado in which indoor sport might be referred to by the term kegler?

Only 21% of the Friday field answered correctly with this sport:

None of our teams ran the table in the final round by posting 36 points.  Here are last weekend’s top scoring teams heading into the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.0% success rate):

–> Ranking as the ninth-longest river in the world, which 2,900-mile waterway lends its name to that of two different independent nations?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (37.5% success rate):

–> A non-fiction book entitled “Six Days or Forever?” chronicled the events surrounding which 1925 event?

The correct answers to these final questions were the Congo River and the Scopes Trial.  None of our weekend teams earned the Perfect 21 last weekend.  These were your highest scoring teams from last weekend:

A honorable mention goes out to Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’), who posted an impressive 165 points while playing ‘over the limit’.

LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Meet the Press   (Next week’s first category: Hallmark Network Shows)

The Black Walnut at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Ricky Gervias TV shows)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Mixed Bag of Chinchillas   (NEXT GAME ON APRIL 19 – First category: Washington Capitals)

Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Geography)

868 Estate Vineyards in Hillsboro, VA:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME ON MAY 25 – First category: History of Wine)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack   (Next week’s first category: South Carolina Gamecocks)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: U.S. Civil War Generals)