Snakes Alive, It’s Weekend Trivia!

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A trio of weekend games brought in 92 teams among ten locations for Pour House Trivia.

FIRST ROUND:

The only wagering question to play tough in any opening round over the weekend came at the end of Saturday’s first round:

  • Released on Netflix in late September, this crime thriller film features Justin Timberlake and Alicia Silverstone in lead roles dealing with a crime in rural Maine. What is the zoological title of this film?
  • Bonus: Which co-writer of this film also plays its lead role?

About 28% of the field knew its title, Reptile, while one team secured bonus points for naming Benicio del Toro; both of those were the lowest success rates on Saturday. Other topics in this round included November Zodiac signs Scorpio and Sagittarius, the literary Hardy brothers, and the origins of the film term soundtrack. This round had 11 perfect scores.

SECOND ROUND:

The weekend’s set of audio questions referenced Good song titles, other titles containing clothing items, and alcohol brands in rap lyrics. Friday’s second round featured this Super Bowl question:

  • Though its wins were not in consecutive seasons, which team owns an NFL record by winning five straight Super Bowl appearances? This team won titles in Super Bowls 16, 19, 23, 24, and 29.
  • Bonus: Name both of the head coaches who earned these victories.

The San Francisco 49ers (19% success rate) won the first five Super Bowls they ever played in, led by Bill Walsh and George Seifert (12.2% bonus rate). On Sunday, we gave Three Clues about a fictional character:

  • This character’s first appearance was in 1996.
  • She has appeared in print adaptations with subtitles such as The Amulet of Power, The Lost Cult, and The Man of Bronze.
  • This video game character was originally portrayed on film by Angelina Jolie.

Lara Croft of Tomb Raider fame was named by 14.2% of teams early enough to receive bonus credit. We also had questions about the La Brea Tar Pits, the Pacific Ocean, and the Quasi-War fought between the U.S. and France. There were eight perfect team scores in this round.

HALFTIME:

Some topics in the weekend halftime pages included items with TS abbreviations (yes, including Taylor Swift), band photos, and celebrities with mythological names such as Ulysses S Grant and Paris Hilton. The average weekend team scored 15.3 points, while four perfect scores were recorded. We reached the halftime intermission with these teams ahead of the pack:

THIRD ROUND:

Friday’s third round contained two questions that tied for the lowest wagering success rate of the night at 14%. First, we had this query:

  • The two most widely-circulated publications in the U.S. are both distributed by the non-profit organization best known by which abbreviation?

The AARP‘s magazine and pamphlet are the two publications with the widest U.S. circulation. Later, this 21st century TV question asked about a couple of funny women:

  • What are the first names of the actress/comediennes who portrayed the two lead characters on the Comedy Central series Broad City? Their real names are the same as the characters they played.

Both Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer were named by 5.2% of the field for bonus credit. Some other questions in this round over the weekend dealt with a platform diving position and Philo Farnsworth’s invention of the television. The only perfect team in this round was Southpaw Fish (Belles’).

FOURTH ROUND:

The only 6-4-2 topic to receive correct six-point guesses was the letter M, which had nine such answers on Friday; Chuck Norris and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel had no right answers from the first clue on the other days. The midpoint of Sunday’s last round featured this Olympic history question:

  • Among the cities which have hosted the Winter Olympics, which three are currently national capitals? Oddly, one of these cities was not a national capital when it hosted the Games.

Those cities were Oslo (1952), Sarajevo (1984), and Beijing (2022); 21% of teams named two of those three, but nobody earned bonus points with all three answers. Other subjects in this round included 2023 Tony-nominated musicals New York, New York and Some Like It Hot, geographic permafrost, and the Radiohead album OK Computer. No teams received a perfect score here. Before the final question, these were the top scores:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (29.82% success rate):

  • Two works entitled Pickles to Pittsburgh and Planet of the Pies served as sequels to which children’s book?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.81% success rate):

  • A Puerto Rican man named Oscar Collazo was originally sentenced to life in prison but was released in 1979. He had been previously convicted for an assassination attempt on which U.S. President?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (21.43% success rate):

  • Despite its association with beauty, the logo for the Versace fashion house depicts which ugly creature?

The two works are sequels to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Collazo made an attempt on Harry Truman‘s life, and the Versace logo depicts the MedusaThe weekend concluded with no Perfect 21 teams, but with these teams with the highest scores:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Future Single Dads  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars Creatures)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Rat Pack)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Sherlock Homies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Incubus (audio))

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Bamboozled  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Egyptian Mythology)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Brunswick Locals  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Potomac River)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Fuzzy Face  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles (audio))

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Medieval Torture Devices)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Win Some, Learn Some  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Duke Men’s Basketball)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Castellammarese Mafia War)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Shawshank Redemption)