Skiing is Believing at Weekend Trivia!

As we crossed into the final month of 2018, we welcomed 32 teams across three weekend venues:

FIRST HALF:

Opening round topics from last weekend included the zodiac sign Taurus, the film “Space Jam”, and the Danube River.  All of our weekend teams dealt with a wicked first round bonus question.  Only one of our Friday teams could name all three of the films for which Tom Hanks was nominated for an Oscar but did NOT win: “Big”, “Saving Private Ryan”, and “Cast Away”.  Meanwhile, most of our Saturday teams could not remember that Kim Campbell was the only woman to server as Prime Minister of Canada.  Our weekend audio questions dealt with TV sitcoms and music groups named for geographic locations.  We closed Friday’s first half with a look at this celebrity couple:

Mia Hamm Nomar

The only perfect score of the first half was posted by Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’), who posted 36 points in Saturday’s second round.

HALFTIME:

While both of our weekend halftime pages played rather difficultly, Friday’s matching section proved to be particularly diabolical, as it featured songs which contain the word “Doctor” in the title.  Our average score reached 12.7 points on Friday, while our Saturday teams performed slightly better with an average of 14.5 points.  Neither page yielded a perfect score.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams at the halftime break:

SECOND HALF:

The most difficult bonus question of the weekend kicked off Saturday’s second half, as only one of our 18 teams knew that “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” was originally conceived as a poem written by Johann von Goethe.  Meanwhile, our Friday teams struggled to pin the year of Marco Polo’s birth.  Even with a 30-year window either way, only one team tacked on those two bonus points by landing within the range of 1254.  Other second half topics included Claude Monet, the Stephen King novel “The Tommyknockers”, and these morning TV co-hosts:

Today Show Hoda Kathie Lee

None of our weekend teams recorded a perfect score in either of the final two rounds.  Here is your pre-final leaderboard from last weekend:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (40.0% success rate):

–> What is the world’s longest river that has no bridges across it?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (11.1% success rate):

–> Name any two of the four African countries which are home to ski resorts.

While two-in-five teams earned points on Friday’s final question with the correct answer of the Amazon River, only two of our 18 Saturday teams could replicate the feat, giving us any two of these four countries: Algeria, Morocco, Lesotho, and South Africa.  As a result, none of our weekend teams recorded the Perfect 21.  Here is your final weekend leaderboard:

LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Lucky Shamrocks  (Next week’s first category: Battle of Monocacy)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Latin Grammar)

Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 14 – First category: Roller Coasters)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: Attack of Pearl Harbor)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Cultured Heathens  (Next week’s first category: Queen – AUDIO)