Take a Look, It’s in a Book, It’s Weekend Trivia!

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Twenty-five teams showed up to play Pour House Trivia at Springfield Manor Winery on Friday, making it the most-attended location over the weekend. Overall, 106 teams played across nine venues.


The most difficult question across the weekend’s opening rounds came on Saturday:

  • Though it is certainly located in a Great Lakes state, which city of about 640,000 residents does not actually border a Great Lake? Instead, it borders a 430-square-mile lake tucked between Lakes Huron and Erie, along the U.S.-Canadian border.

About 41% of teams correctly identified Detroit, but one team got a bonus for knowing the city is found adjacent to Lake St. Clair. Friday’s last question in the round also got a little tricky:

  • An overzealous 12-year-old baseball fan named Jeffrey Maier became infamous during the 1996 MLB playoffs for interfering with a fly ball that turned into a home run hit by which New York Yankee?

Derek Jeter was named by 56% of the field, while there was a 16% bonus rate for teams that knew the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves to win that year’s World Series. Other topics in this round included the First Lady‘s offices in the East Wing of the White House, bariatric surgery to reduce the stomach, and a three-parter on famous film dads. There were ten perfect scores in this round over the weekend.


On Friday, the audio question played two different songs titled All For You; 13% of teams received bonus credit for naming both Janet Jackson and Sister Hazel as the respective musical acts. Saturday’s audio clue also played shared song titles, while Sunday’s broadcast a trio of songs by guys named Steve (namely: Perry, Winwood, and Miller). The toughest second-round question came on Sunday, where we hit the road:

  • Which U.S. state’s turnpike intersects Interstate 95, Interstate 75, and Interstate 4?

Those highways all intersect the Florida Turnpike, correctly named by 41% of teams. On Friday, the first half wrapped up with this TV query:

  • After its final episode was broadcast in 2014, which former USA Network series returned for three TV movies with subtitles such as Lassie Come Home and This is Gus?

Psych was successfully identified by 44% of our teams. Saturday’s Three Clues about the bull saw only 11% of teams name it early, making it the lowest bonus rate of any first-half question for the weekend. We also discussed the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota and Wyoming, the impending retirement of game show host Pat Sajak, and the origins of the Cabbage Patch Kids. No teams were able to put together a perfect second-round score.


Featured subjects on the weekend halftime sheets included pictures of soups, iconic pop culture vehicles, and sports trophies. The average score was 16.7 points, but 16 teams went all the way to ace their game’s halftime page. After halftime, these were the highest-scoring squads:


Halfway through Friday’s third round, we gave Three Clues about a certain city:

  • The name of this city is found in the title of the play which won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
  • It is home to the Empire City Casino.
  • Though it is a suburb, this city is often referred to as the sixth borough of New York City.

This was the toughest way to earn wagering points all weekend, as only 19% of teams weren’t lost with Yonkers as their answers; only two teams did so early enough for bonus credit. Another tricky question took place with a familiar phrase on Saturday:

  • First used in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor to mean having a passionate nature, what term also names a Foreigner song that was later sampled by Tone Loc in his hit single Funky Cold Medina?

Whether you were able to check it and see if you were right afterward, 29% of teams were correct with the term hot blooded. Some other third-rounders dealt with writer Oscar Wilde, the ships used in the Boston Tea Party, and grunge music’s Big FourNirvanaPearl JamAlice in Chains, and Soundgarden. Two teams from Mason Social earned a perfect score in their round on Sunday: The Fellowship and Lone Strangers.


Colors and numbers ruled the 6-4-2s over the weekend: we gave sets of clues about 42yellow, and 29. Sunday’s most difficult wagering chance came with an animalistic Three Clues:

  • A type of this animal is mentioned in the first line of a song which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1971.
  • The creature also known as a mountain chicken is actually this type of animal.
  • It is one of the two title characters in a 2009 animated Disney film.

About 23% of teams were able to name the frog (with the bullfrog named in Three Dog Night’s Joy to the World), while one team did so before the final clue for bonus credit. We also had topics such as Steve Martin‘s novelty song King Tut, mathematician/philosopher Rene Descartes, and Kourtney Kardashian‘s recent pregnancy announcement at her husband Travis Barker’s Blink-182 concert. The even-round curse struck again, as this round joined the second with no perfect scores. We cruised into the final question with these top scores:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.94% success rate):

  • Upon this man’s graduation from Dartmouth in 1925, he entered Lincoln College at Oxford to earn a Ph.D. in English Literature. Despite what you may think, he never finished that degree, quitting to become an illustrator two years later. Who was this man?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (47.06% success rate):

  • The four largest islands of which country have names which respectively translate into English as Nine Provinces, Four Provinces, Northern Sea Circuit, and Main Province?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (52.94% success rate):

  • Which American author penned the 1849 work A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers?

The Friday man in question is famously known as Dr. Seuss, Saturday’s question gave the English translations for the largest islands of Japan, and that 1849 work was by Henry David Thoreau. Shark Fin Pizza (Flying Ace) put in the work on Friday, coming out of the game as the weekend’s only Perfect 21 team! Overall final standings ended up like this:

Honorable mention to Dunn That (Mason), which earned 165 points while playing over the limit with more than seven players.


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Educated Guessers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Led Zeppelin (audio))

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Drop Bears  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON JUNE 30: Cheese)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Periodic Table Dancers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Beer Pressure  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON JUNE 30: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Shark Fin Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Golden Raspberry Awards)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Manhattan Project  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Vanderpump Rules)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Offbeats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World War I Battles)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Norfolk and Chance  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYChurch Choir Music (audio))

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Space Jam  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYPizza)