Snow and Beer and Trivia! Oh My!

Despite less than optimal weather, each of our four weekend venues welcomed at least ten teams last weekend, leading to a total field size of 62 teams:


Though most of the field breezed through the opening round wagering questions, one bonus question on each night kept nearly all of the perfect scores off the board.  On Friday, only two of our 38 teams tacked on two bonus points by identifying “Above the Law” as the first starring role for future lawman Steven Seagal.  Likewise, only two of our Saturday teams earned bonus points by recognizing a description of this game show currently airing on VH-1:

Hip Hop Squares VH-1

Saturday’s audio question featured sportscasters who had announced multiple Super Bowls, while other second round topics included African geography, the work of comedian Dennis Miller, and supernatural films such as “The Shining” and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”.  The most difficult wagering question of the first half was asked at the close of Saturday’s second round:

–> Reaching its peak in the 1990s, which music group takes its name for a slang term referring to broken capillaries found in the faces of heavy alcoholic drinkers?

Only 23% of our Saturday squads gave us the correct answer of The Gin Blossoms.  Smarty Pants (Belles’) posted the only perfect score of the first round last weekend, while Not Going Gently (Belles’) was the only team to match that feat in the second stanza.


Naturally, a Super Bowl theme was featured on both halftime pages last weekend.  Our overall average reached 17.3 points, while two teams posted perfect scores: Mixed Bag of Chinchillas (Springfield Manor Winery) and Deplorables (Belles’).  Here is your weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:


Third round topics from last weekend included the advertising slogans used by Southwest Airlines, the opening lines of Shakespeare, and the albums of Michael Jackson.  Our Saturday teams closed their third round with a look at TV guest stars:

–> Name either one of the two actresses who respectively portrayed Rachel or Phoebe’s mother on the TV sitcom “Friends”

Exactly half of our teams gave us either one of the two correct answers of Teri Garr or Marlo Thomas:


The most difficult wagering question of the second half was asked during Saturday’s fourth round, as only four of our teams knew that Burger King had introduced a failed 1980s marketing campaign featuring a nerdy character named Herb.  None of our weekend teams earned perfect scores in either of the final two rounds.  Here is your pre-final leaderboard from last weekend:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):

–> Designed in the early 1950s, the UNIVAC was not a vacuum cleaner, but instead a forerunner of the modern computer.  The first UNIVAC ever built was used for a specific purpose after it was purchased in 1951 by which bureau of the federal government?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):

–> Respectively released in the 1930s and 1970s, which two films featured the top-ranking female characters on the American Film Institute’s list of the top movie villains of all time?

In an odd twist, both of our final questions last weekend featured the same percentage of correct answers.  Friday’s correct response was the U.S. Census Buerau, while our Saturday teams scored points with both “The Wizard of Oz” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.  None of our weekend teams posted a Perfect 21, as every team missed at least one wagering question.  Here is your final weekend leaderboard:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Lucky Shamrock  (Next week’s first category: Mel Brooks Films)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Green Acres  (NEXT GAME ON FEB. 15 – First category: Trees)

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

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

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: “The Good Place”)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin  (Next week’s first category: “One Tree Hill”)