Ten Long Years of Weekend Trivia!

In addition to four standard games of Pour House Trivia, last weekend also included our latest theme game, as we took a retrospective look at the last ten years of pop culture and news events.  Overall, we welcomed 52 teams across five games.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from our standard games included the film “Chicago”, the life of Harriet Tubman, local high school sports, and the Broadway adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  In our theme game, we asked the field to name any three of the four major professional sports teams that each won three league championships in the last ten years.  Conveniently, there was one correct answer in each of the NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB: Golden State Warriors, Chicago Blackhawks, New England Patriots, and San Francisco Giants.  Four teams earned a perfect first round score last weekend: Bill Cornhole (2010s Game), Full Bullpen (2010s Game), Biting Coyotes (2010s Game), and Southpaw Fish (Belles’).

SECOND ROUND:

In our respective audio questions, we listened to rock songs played by marching bands, trailers from films about weddings, and 2015 debuts in entertainment (“Can’t Feel My Face”, “Better Call Saul”, and “Inside Out”).  The most difficult wagering question of the second round was asked of our Saturday teams:

–> During his 13-year professional career, which quarterback lost more games than he won, appeared in only three post-season games, threw 47 more interceptions than touchdowns, but was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his third year of eligibility in 1985?

This question certainly had the feel of a PHT final question, so fittingly only five out of 18 Saturday teams responded correctly with Joe Namath.  Other second round topics included the nation of South Sudan, the painting “The Scream”, and the origin of the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?”.  The only perfect scores from the second round were posted by our Friday teams: Killer Snails (P. B. Dye), Slightly Agitated (P. B. Dye), Full Bullpen (2010s Game), and Big Chewy Nerds (2010s Game).

HALFTIME:

Halftime topics from last weekend included self-portraits, advertising slogans used by candy brands, the highest grossing films of the 2010s.  Three teams posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.7 points.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams at the halftime break:

  • Full Bullpen (2010s Game):  91
  • Killer Snails (P. B. Dye):  89
  • Smarty Pants (Belles’):  88
  • Southpaw Fish (Belles’):  88
  • Biting Coyotes (2010s Game):  87

THIRD ROUND:

Saturday’s second half began with an extremely difficult question concerning comic book films, as only three teams recognized the names of the characters from the upcoming Marvel film “The Eternals”.  Meanwhile, our Friday teams were completely stumped on a bonus question concerning the music of recently deceased rapper Juice WRLD.  We also discussed the novel “Dracula”, the informal holiday of Grandparent’s Day, and asked a Three Clues question regarding the city of Pittsburgh.  In the 2010s theme game, our teams looked at the Kepler space telescope, tennis star Naomi Osaka, and the chronology of  video game releases.  The only perfect score of the third round was posted by Full Bullpen (2010s Game).

FOURTH ROUND:

To begin their final round, our Saturday teams were asked a rather devious question in the category of 1990s songs:

–> Written by Linda Perry for her band 4 Non Blondes, which 1993 song opens with the lyrics, “Twenty-five years and my life is still, trying to get up that great big hill of hope, for a destination”?

It is an extremely common misconception that the title of this song is “What’s Going On?”, but the actual title is “What’s Up?” (a phrase which is NOT mentioned in the lyrics).  Not surprisingly, more than half of our Saturday teams lost their nine-point wager here, with several of those also losing their five-point category bonus as well.  Other final round topics included the U.S. Civil War, Mexican film directors, and the Denver Broncos.  Once again, the only perfect score of this round was posted by Full Bullpen (2010s Game).  After four rounds of play, these were your highest scoring weekend teams:

  • Full Bullpen (2010s Game):  169
  • Killer Snails (P. B. Dye):  161
  • Big Chewy Nerds (2010s Game):  158
  • That’s So Clavin (Pretzel & Pizza):  154
  • Smarty Pants (Belles’):  154

FRIDAY’S THEME GAME FINAL QUESTION (75.0% success rate):

–> If you change one letter among these two names, you’ll go from a country that won its only FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2010 to the stage name of a recording artist who won a reality TV competition in early 2019.

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (30.0% success rate):

–> At the close of business on December 31, 1955, which company co-founded by William C. Durant in 1908 became the first U.S. corporation to earn one billion dollars in a single year?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):

–> Among the 13 elements of the Periodic Table whose chemical symbols are represented by a single letter, which element’s symbol would have the highest corresponding point value in the game of Scrabble?

The 2010s theme game was looking for the correct answers of Spain and T-Pain, while our standard game answers included Genearl Motors and K (for Potassium).  Congratulations to Full Bullpen (2010s Game) and Killer Snails (P. B. Dye), who each earned a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final weekend leaderboard:

  • Full Bullpen (2010s Game):  171
  • Big Chewy Nerds (2010s Game):  170
  • Biting Coyotes (2010s Game):  163
  • Killer Snails (P. B. Dye):  162
  • Matt Shearer 40th Anniversary (2010s Game):  161
  • Weasigators (2010s Game):  159
  • D.C. Swampers (P. B. Dye):  158
  • Too Buys Throwing Shade (2010s Game):  158
  • Sharp and Ed (Dragon):  157
  • Pour One Out For Harambe (2010s Game):  156

LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 24 – First category: U. S. Presidents)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Outlander”)

Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  Killer Snails   (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Jan. 9: “20/20” – TV show)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD:  Sharp and Ed   (Next week’s first category: Pro Golfers)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – U.S. Presidents)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: 1988 Notre Dame Football)