Snacking on Some Weekend Trivia!
While the PHT World Series of Season XXI took place Saturday afternoon, three nights of regular Pour House Trivia also happened over the weekend! A total of 78 teams battled it out across seven locales.
Our teams were very successful in the opening round on all three nights, with the most difficult question coming on Friday’s Three Clues offering about a certain word:
- A brand of soft drink sold by Coca-Cola from 2005 through 2011.
- An architectural form whose varieties include rib, fan, barrel, and groin.
- The name of a discipline in men’s and women’s Olympic artistic gymnastics.
Three ways to describe the word vault brought wagering points to 69% of the field, with just three teams picking up two bonus points for giving that answer before the final clue was read. In other first round topics, we discussed the Nike swoosh logo, the degrees and radians units of angular measurement, and various spinoffs of the reality competition series Top Chef. Six teams managed to run the table in this round.
Audio offerings came in the form of three songs with the word funk in the title, a trio of musical acts with names that start with F (namely Fastball, Falco, and Filter), and songs that reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on February 26th in years past. The toughest wagering question in any first half was given on Friday on this round-tripper:
- With the retirement of Albert Pujols after the 2022 season, which two-time American League MVP and 12-time All-Star is now the active MLB leader in home runs with 507?
Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was named by only 15% of the field. Sunday’s first half ended with this query about a TV franchise turned film reboot:
- A 2017 film featuring this superhero group is considered to be a reboot of the franchise, loosely adapting its TV pilot episode entitled Day of the Dumpster. What is the name of this group?
While a little over half of Sunday’s teams knew we were talking about the Power Rangers, none secured bonus points for knowing Elizabeth Banks portrayed that film’s Big Bad, Rita Repulsa. WTF (Flying Ace) scored all 36 points to earn the only second round perfect score.
Depending on the day, teams had halftime topics such as upcoming Oscar nominees, matching famous albums to the appropriate musical act, and MLB World Series classic moments by year. The average weekend team scored 16.6 points, but three squads managed to get all 20 points on their page. These teams led the overall pack after halftime:
- You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Pretzel and Pizza): 89
- WTF (Flying Ace): 88
- Misfits (Flying Ace): 86
- Beer Pressure (Dragon): 85
- Love Shack ’85 (Dragon): 85
Sunday’s third round contained the trickiest wagering question all weekend:
- Ranking at number five on the Mohs scale of hardness, this group of phosphate minerals has a name which is pronounced identically to a word that describes a strong desire or liking for something, especially when used in a food context. Name either word.
Respectively, those words are apatite and appetite. Only one team got their wager with a correct answer there. Another 0% bonus rate came on a question about the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days, in which no team knew the work’s lead character is Phileas Fogg. Saturday’s toughest second-half wagering query came out west:
- Which mountain range runs from southern British Columbia into northern California, and includes such notable landmarks as Mount Saint Helens, Mount Hood, and Crater Lake National Park? You can either name that range or its highest peak.
About 62% of teams knew either the Cascades or its tallest peak, Mount Rainier, while a third of the field submitted both correct answers for extra points. Other subjects in this round included San Francisco’s twisty Lombard Street, the Lipizzaner performing horse, and famed pro wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano. Perfect scores in this round were recorded by G Money (Dragon), Ah Ha (Pretzel and Pizza), and Offbeats (Pretzel and Pizza).
In these games, we gave 6-4-2 questions about Indianapolis, Vincent van Gogh, and John Brown. Topics covered in this round included Ben Affleck‘s turn as a drive-thru worker for Dunkin’ in a Super Bowl ad, Walmart brands, and the Biblical figure Rueben. Teams were also asked on Sunday to fix commonly-misquoted film quotes such as magic mirror on the wall from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However, Sunday also brought another tough wagering question found here:
- Walter Annenberg founded this magazine in September of 1944, though most of the women in its original demographic are now on Social Security or have since passed away. Name this magazine which was once a major sponsor of America’s Next Top Model.
Seventeen magazine was named by just one team. As with the first round, there were six perfect scores to be had here. After four rounds of regulation, these were the top scores:
- Alley Cats (Flying Ace): 159
- You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Pretzel and Pizza): 158
- Nerd Birds (Pretzel and Pizza): 157
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 157
- Biscuit Snatchers (Belles’): 156
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (82.05% success rate):
- Narrated by Orson Welles, the 1978 TV miniseries titled A Woman Called Moses was based on the life of which American?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (87.5% success rate):
- First uttered in 1836, which three-word phrase has been attributed to both Sam Houston and Sidney Sherman?
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (46.67% success rate):
- In 1965, General Mills introduced a group of six brand name snack foods, five of which were known as Daisies, Whistles, Buttons, Bows, and Pizza Spins. Which sixth item is the only product in this group still available today?
This weekend’s set of final questions played a lot easier than the weekend before, with almost 77% of all teams coming in successful with their final answer. A Woman Called Moses starred Cicely Tyson as Harriet Tubman, Houston and Sherman are each credited for the phrase Remember the Alamo, and that sixth snack food is Bugles! Even with that, though, Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza) was the only team to escape the weekend with Perfect 21 honors. After three nights of trivia action, the highest overall scores shook out like this:
- You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Pretzel and Pizza): 170
- Nerd Birds (Pretzel and Pizza): 169
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 169
- Biscuit Snatchers (Belles’): 168
- Magnificent Seven (Flying Ace): 166
- Misfits (Flying Ace): 164
- Offbeats (Pretzel and Pizza): 164
- WTF (Flying Ace): 163
- PB & J (Belles’): 162
An honorable mention goes out to Alley Cats from Flying Ace Farm. This squad posted the unofficial high score of the weekend at 171, but was playing ‘over the limit’ on Friday.
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Clean Up on Aisle Four (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Magic Mike XXL)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Beer Pressure (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Human Anatomy)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Magnificent Seven (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South Riding, VA)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Biscuit Snatchers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Philosophers)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: You Had Me at Chester Arthur (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quantum Mechanics)
The Garage in Frederick, MD: ATPs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blazing Saddles)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Richards)