The Atlas of Weekend Trivia!
This past weekend, 55 teams elected to spend an evening playing a game of Pour House Trivia at one of our seven locations.
Subjects covered in first-round action over the weekend included the former Rice Krispies mascot known as Pow, Three Clues about the diamond, and the Disney film Moana. The end of Friday’s opening round featured a three-parter where each answer ended with the letter x; on that one, a round-low 33% of teams earned bonus points for getting all three correct answers. The most difficult wagering question came on Saturday:
- Scientists believe that life on earth was originally cooked up in organic ooze often referred to as primeval or primordial what?
About 52% of teams knew about the primordial soup for credit. Thirteen teams had a perfect score in this round.
Song titles with love in the name, titles that share names with 1980s films, and musical groups with female lead singers were the orders of the weekend’s audio questions. Otherwise, teams tackled topics like the swimming, biking, and running sections of an Ironman Triathlon, the red and blue lines of an NHL rink, and Three Clues about checkers. By far, the toughest question of the entire weekend was found at the end of Saturday’s second round:
- In spite of Kermit’s fame, which character was the first true Muppet star, as he appeared as a recurring character on The Jimmy Dean Show? He is best known as the resident canine piano player on The Muppet Show.
Only 15% of the field correctly named Rowlf, but no teams were able to add bonus points for knowing Rowlf was featured in ads for the Purina pet food brand. Perfect scores in this round were achieved by No Drama Llama (Dragon) and Nacho Cheese Toes (Flying Ace).
Across our halftime pages, teams had to name famous redheads, the celebrity mothers of famous people, and colorfully-named items. On average, teams scored 16.6 points in the halftime round, while there were nine perfect 20-pointers. We reached the halftime break with these teams ahead of the pack:
- Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor): 90
- No MSG (Flying Ace): 89
- DC Swampers (South Mountain): 89
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 88
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 87 POINTS
The second half of weekend play started with questions about the Halo video game franchise, eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes, and the Formosa Strait which separates the island of Taiwan from mainland China. Friday’s third round featured a tricky question:
- The story of Aladdin originated in a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales, first compiled in writing during the Golden Age of Islam. In English, this collection is commonly known by a title which includes which number?
About 41% of teams knew that number, 1,001 (as in One Thousand and One Arabian Nights). Another pair of teams aced this round: Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor) and DC Swampers (South Mountain).
This weekend’s 6-4-2 subjects were Stonewall, Chicago, and peanut butter. The end of each fourth round contained a question that played rough with our teams. Friday’s last question in this round was the hardest of the night:
- Although it sounds like a patriotic TV show, which Steven Spielberg production which ended in 2011 was named instead for its suburban housewife, and her family’s coping with her dissociative identity disorder?
Wagering points were possible by naming either the show, The United States of Tara, or its star, Toni Collette; a quarter of Friday’s teams did so, while 11% had both answers for bonus points. Saturday’s teams had their own TV question:
- Created as an off-shoot of Nickelodeon’s Nick at Nite, which cable network primarily broadcasted classic reruns before adding its own scripted shows such as The Soul Man, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Younger?
TV Land was named by 47% of the field. Other topics in this round included the origins of rock band Aerosmith‘s name, Steve Martin’s song King Tut, and Biblical figure Methuselah. Unfortunately, no teams were able to earn a perfect score in the fourth round over the weekend. These teams had the high scores after four regulation rounds of trivia:
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 159
- No Drama Llama (Dragon): 157
- No MSG (Flying Ace): 156
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 156
- No MSG (Belles’): 155
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (5.6% success rate):
- Which two countries made their Winter Olympic debuts in Beijing in 2022, each sending one male alpine skier to the Games? One is a Caribbean nation of about 11.3 million people, while the other is a Middle Eastern country of roughly 38.4 million people.
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (36.8% success rate):
- Which city hosted the first playoff game in NBA history to be played outside of the United States?
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50% success rate):
- Which independent nation takes its name from the Latin word meaning southern?
Haiti and Saudi Arabia are those Winter Olympic newbies, while we went to Toronto for NBA playoff action and Australia for Sunday’s final answer. No teams recorded a Perfect 21 game this weekend, since none submitted correct answers for all 21 wagering questions. However, these teams finished atop the final leaderboard:
- No Drama Llama (Dragon): 169
- Murph’s Masters (Belles’): 165
- Apocalypse Meow (Flying Ace): 157
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 156
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 155
- No MSG (Belles’): 154
- Nerd Birds (Pretzel and Pizza): 151
- Slightly Agitated (Belles’): 150
- Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor): 150
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 148
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Enola Holmes (film series))
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: No Drama Llama (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (Game of Thrones Deaths))
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: No MSG (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beverly Hills, 90210)
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: DC Swampers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French History)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Murph’s Masters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilligan’s Island)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Nerd Birds (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (Pokemon Over/Under))
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Australian Mammals)
Coast Tacobar in Hagerstown, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bonsai Trees)