The Complete Case of Weekend Trivia!

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Pour House Trivia ran its regular weekend games at seven locations over the weekend for a total of 63 teams, while Springfield Manor Winery hosted a theme game!

FIRST ROUND:

The only tricky question in this round came on Saturday. In that game, the round’s last question was Olympic-level:

  • Most recently contested at the Ice Ribbon, which Winter Olympics sport has a medal event known as mass start, in which up to 24 competitors race simultaneously and results are determined by sprint points?
  • Bonus: Which European country led all nations with six gold medals in this sport in the 2022 Winter Olympics?

The sport of speed skating was named by 43% of the field, while 12.5% knew the Netherlands was tops in the sport in 2022. Other topics in this round included female U.S. Secretaries of State, Three Clues about the nation of Turkey, and the etymological origins of philanthropy. Eight teams started their game with a perfect round.

SECOND ROUND:

The lone audio question to carry a tricky bonus chance came on Friday, in which just one team knew all three musical acts from their songs about times of day: Wilson Pickett (In the Midnight Hour), Matchbox 20 (3 A.M.), and T-Pain (5 O’Clock). Friday’s game followed up with its toughest wagering query:

  • Which inventor followed in the footsteps of his father, a researcher of physiological phonetics who created a Visible Speech communication system for deaf students?

Taking his first name from his father, Alexander Graham Bell was named by 16% of teams. Saturday’s most difficult first-half question came in this round as well:

  • Airing on HBO throughout the 1990s, which comedy series featured Garry Shandling as a fictitious late-night host?
  • Bonus: Before moving on to his own HBO comedy series, who portrayed the title character’s agent on this show?

About 31% of teams knew that was The Larry Sanders Show, but only one tacked on bonus points for recognizing Mr. Show actor Bob Odenkirk for bonus points. The hardest question on Sunday also came in this round:

  • Although Space Oddity topped the British charts six years prior, it was not until 1975 that David Bowie scored which first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?

The only three teams that named Bowie’s Fame did so before the multiple-choice component for bonus points. In other round action, we looked up to pitcher Randy Johnson, traveled with Ponce de Leon, and stood in the wings of a theater stage. This round was the only with no perfect teams.

HALFTIME:

Actors portraying superheroes and villains, celebs with Biblical names, and romantic novel authors were some topics given out with the halftime sheets. On average, teams scored 15.1 points but seven went the full 20-for-20. These were the highest scores at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Friday’s second half started with Tatiana Maslany‘s lead role(s) in the series Orphan Black; a fifth of those teams named both for bonus points. The end of that game’s round hooped it up:

  • In 1990, which school became the first to score 100 points in the NCAA title game, whipping up on Duke by 30 points? The next season, it reached the Final Four with a perfect record, only to lose to the Blue Devils in the national semifinal.

About 36% of teams correctly named UNLV. Saturday’s round started with LeBron James recently becoming the second-oldest NBA player to record a triple-double; however, nobody earned bonus points for knowing Karl Malone still holds that age record. We climbed high for Saturday’s hardest third-rounder:

  • Which western branch of the Appalachians runs from north-central Pennsylvania through Maryland and West Virginia?

The Allegheny Mountains were named by 31% of the field. Sunday carried a few tough bonus chances on questions about military nicknames, Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl from her album One of the Boys, and John Grisham film adaptations. Just one team made it through this round with all 36 points intact: Squircle Jerks (Flying Ace).

FOURTH ROUND:

While four teams earned all six points for naming Delaware’s capital of Dover on Friday and seven did so by identifying Massachusetts on Saturday, no Sunday team could get Montreal early enough on the 6-4-2. We had a rare blank on an overall field on Saturday, in which teams had to name the year these three events took place:

  • Dr. Benjamin Spock completes The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, which would go on to sell over 50 million copies.
  • Weeks after winning the NFL Championship game in sub-zero degree weather, the Cleveland Rams relocate to Los Angeles.
  • Airing on the DuMont network, Faraway Hill premieres as the first network television soap opera in U.S. history.

No team got within four years of 1946 for wagering points. Other topics in this round included Three Clues about the cherry, the psychological IKEA effect, and some yummy fondue. This round’s perfect teams were Geralt of Trivia (South Mountain), Sexual Chocolate (Garage), Independent Panda (Garage), and Lesbian Barbie (Mason). At the final scoring break, these teams led the rest:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.33% success rate):

  • Used most prominently in government matters, which seven-letter word is derived from a French term referring to a bundle of papers with a label on the back?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75% success rate):

  • The Jed Foundation and the Trevor Project were charity partners of which musical production which ran on Broadway from 2016 to 2022?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (58.82% success rate):

  • Who was the first U.S. President to be elected to a second term in office that he did not complete?

The word in question on Friday was dossier, Saturday’s musical was Dear Evan Hansen, and Sunday’s final was about Abraham Lincoln. However, no team achieved a Perfect 21 at any weekend outing. A three-way tie stood atop the final overall leaderboard:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Geralt of Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lee Harvey Oswald)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: THEME GAME  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — RETURNING ON DEC. 1)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Solar System)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: DOA  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South American Literature)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Flautists)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: PB & J  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Hail Santa  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dragonball Z)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Album Cover Art)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Eaton by Lyons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Disney Films)