The “Lost Weekend” of Trivia!

Even with all of the hoopla surrounding Playoff Saturday, we also held games on both Friday and Sunday night (yes, it was a busy weekend for us…).  We held games at both of our Friday venues for the first time in two months, and the crowds came out in droves, as each venue welcomed more than 15 teams!  Overall, these games featured 42 teams across three venues:


Our opening round featured few surprises, as our teams rolled through questions regarding the Hershey Company and Sherlock Holmes.  A few teams were tripped up by this question on the subject of Celebrity Name Origins:

–> This TV personality was originally named after a Biblical character in the Book of Ruth, but according to her biography, her family “didn’t know how to pronounce the name”, so they switched the ‘R’ and the ‘P’ and called her by that name instead.

There is indeed a Biblical figure named Orpah, not to be confused with this media mogul:

Oprah Winfrey Trivia

“You get points!   You get points!”  Well, not EVERYBODY got points here, but six of our weekend teams breezed through the opening round with perfect scores.


The second round included the most difficult bonus question of the weekend:

–> Entering this season’s playoffs as the AFC’s #6 seed, this northeastern team is appearing in the NFL playoffs for the first time in 19 years. For your wager, name this team.

2-POINT BONUS: Until this season, this team’s most recent playoff game resulted in a loss to which opponent?

Most of our teams responded correctly with this Great Lakes team:

Buffalo Bills

But only two teams also earned a bonus points by knowing that until this season, the most recent playoff appearance for the Buffalo Bills resulted in a loss to the Tennessee Titans, in a game known as the Music City Miracle:


We did not see any perfect scores in the second round.  After a relatively easy halftime page, these were our top scores at the break:


The second half began with a rather difficult question concerning U.S. Presidents.  Even with multiple choice included, only 17% of our teams knew that Benjamin Harrison served as Commander-in-Chief between the two non-consecutive terms of Grover Cleveland.  We followed with a question on this brand logo:

After a look at MLB Teams and Military Abbreviations, we closed with a wicked question (no pun intended) on Disney characters:

–> Identify each of the Disney films which respectively feature the following protagonists: 1) Scar,  2) Stromboli,  3) Chernabog.

Even the Disney experts were perplexed here.  By the time the damage was done, only five teams earned their wagers with just two correct answers, while just two teams earned bonus points.  Your answers?  “The Lion King”, “Pinocchio”, and “Fantasia”.  As a result, we did not see any perfect scores during the third round.


The final round began rather smoothly, with highly successful questions concering the former HBO series “Six Feet Under”, the rules of poker, and the recent headlines made by Natalie Portman.  The final sound success came to a screeching halt on this question:

–> Derived from Greek words meaning ‘bird’ and ‘wing’, which man-made aircraft originally conceived by Da Vinci moves by ‘flapping its wings’, emulating the motion of a bird?

Even with the inclusion of a crossword-style hint, only three teams arrived at the correct answer of ornithopter:


Once again, the final round did not yield any perfect scores.  Here are your leading teams heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (33.3% success rate):

–> Which solo artist recorded 14 songs which topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart during the 1990s, more than twice as many as any other musical act?

Exactly one-third of our teams gave us this correct answer:

Mariah Carey

None of our teams recorded the Perfect 21 this weekend.  Here are your top overall scores from Friday and Sunday’s game:


Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  My Dudes  (Next week’s first category: Roller Coasters)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Screaming Eagles  (Next week’s first category: Foreign Languages)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Fresh Off the Boat”)

McAuley’s Pub in St. Petersburg, FL:  Five Easy Pieces  (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)