Running Wild at Weekend Trivia!

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The Ides of April featured a trio of weekend Pour House Trivia games, in which a total of 106 teams attended across nine locations. Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD and Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD each welcomed 20 teams to their game.


While the wagering questions across the weekend’s first rounds weren’t too rough on our teams, each day’s game featured a tough bonus chance. Friday’s game had this question:

  • The Profiles in Courage Award is presented annually by the Library Foundation of this 20th Century U.S. President. For your wager, name either that President or name the most recent U.S. President to win that award.

Just over a third of the field named both John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama for bonus points. The end of Saturday’s opening round brought a question about the word dirt, as in Stronger Than Dirt, the slogan of the Ajax cleanser; about 17% of teams named the latter brand for extra credit. However, the trickiest bonus try of all came on Sunday. On a question about The Gong Show created by Chuck Barris, nobody knew that Mike Myers hosted the 2010s reboot on ABC. Seven teams recorded perfect scores in this round.


The weekend’s audio topics were song titles that name body parts, Broadway covers, and songs with dances in the title. The final question in Friday’s second round asked about a certain game show:

  • Chuck Woolery spent more than ten years as the host of which dating game show which was revived by the Fox network in the late 2010s?

Woolery hosted Love Connection, named by 41% of teams. The most difficult query on Saturday came at the end of this round:

  • In December of 2014, which late-night comedy show aired its final episode, during which the host accidentally killed the Grim Reaper, became immortal, and flew away in Santa’s sleigh?

The Colbert Report wrapped up in 2014, and that question had a 17% success rate. Other second-round topics included Three Clues about President William Henry HarrisonIron Horse of baseball Lou Gehrig, and actress Julie Andrews. This round was the only one all weekend in which no perfect scores were recorded.


At halftime, teams handled topics such as pop culture franchises as LEGO, actors portraying teachers, and the political parties of various U.S. Presidents. On average, weekend teams scored 16.3 points on their puzzle page, but six teams did manage to pick up all 20 points. Going into the halftime break, these teams were on top:


The least-successful wagering question all weekend reared its ugly head toward the end of Sunday’s third round:

  • The title character of which 20th century novel is described as being in the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty…  But his heart was in a constant, turbulent riot.  The most grotesque and fantastic conceits haunted him in his bed at night?

That quote described the title character of The Great Gatsby, named by 12% of teams. A human anatomy question stumped many teams on Friday, though:

  • As one of the key components of the human body’s immune system, T cells mature in which gland of the endocrine system located in the center of the chest?

Just over a fifth of the field correctly identified the thymus for credit. In other topics, teams had Three Clues about Pulitzer-winning musician Kendrick Lamar, nautical leeward winds, and the spice turmeric. This round’s perfect efforts were given by Macon Bacon (Springfield Manor) and Sherlock Homies (Dragon).


In order, weekend 6-4-2 subjects were the Broadway musical Elf, the Tooth Fairy, and the mythological figure Orion. A couple of wagering questions played difficult for our teams. On Friday, we dove into a little meme culture:

  • Which TV series features the animated character that is most often featured in the Internet meme Shut Up and Take My Money?

That character, Philip Fry, is the lead from Futurama, named by almost half of the field. Saturday’s final round featured this musical query:

  • Featuring the name of a U.S. state in its name, which blues-rock band fronted by Brittany Howard won Grammy Awards in 2016 for the song Don’t Wanna Fight and the album Sound and Color?

The Alabama Shakes were identified by 41% of teams. Other topics here included Of Mice and Men‘s George and Lennie, Aisha Tyler’s roles on Archer and Criminal Minds, and a three-parter on U.S. state flags that do not feature the color blue. In this round, DC Swampers (South Mountain), Sexual Chocolate (Dragon), and Our Drinking Team Has a Trivia Problem (Doc Waters) each recorded a perfect score. We went into the final question with these teams ahead of the rest:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (45.21% success rate):

  • Which nine-letter word means wild man in the Native American language of Salish?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (17.65% success rate):

  • In 2007, the United States lifted its ban on which consumable product made from the plants of the genus Artemisia?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (56.25% success rate):

  • A 2004 review of which battle fought in 490 B.C. determined that it may not have taken place on the generally-accepted date of September 12, but rather during the warmer weather of early August, making its post-battle legend more credible?

The nine-letter word on Friday is sasquatch, Saturday’s unbanned product is absinthe, and Sunday’s final discussed the Battle of Marathon. Beer Pressure (Doc Waters) earned the lone Perfect 21 for the weekend, having provided correct answers to each wagering question on Friday. These were the highest-scoring teams of the weekend:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Will They or Won’t They  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Magical Beasts)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Daisy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Orioles)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pen Names)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Beer Pressure  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Last Word/First Word (1990s Music))

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Shark Fin Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (Ted Lasso))

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Cowbell Fever  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Freaks and Geeks)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Diamond Dogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Hockey League)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYAfrican Capitals Word Play)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Supernovas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYHurricanes)