The Weekend Trivia Doctor Is In!
This past weekend, Pour House Trivia hosted three nights of games for a total of 46 teams across seven venues.
While our opening round’s wagering questions over the weekend were pretty easy to figure out, there were some tough bonuses to earn along the way, especially in Saturday’s game. A question about Casper, Wyoming saw only one team earn bonus points for naming Laramie as the third-most populous city in that state. The round ended with this question:
- In the medical abbreviation AED, the D stands for which medical device, used to deliver a dose of electric current to the heart of a victim suffering from cardiac arrest?
Two extra points were available to any team that could spell defibrillator correctly, and only one team was able to do so! Other first round topics included the Taurus constellation, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, and Sicilian pizza. Eight teams recorded perfect scores in the first round.
Audio questions over the weekend dealt with TV sitcom clips, similarly-named songs and bands, and song titles which begin with the word If. Friday’s hardest wagering question in the first half came on this potent potable:
- The Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow is depicted on labels of which brand of vodka commonly known by a five-letter nickname?
About 77% of the field correctly named Stolichnaya (or Stoli) for points. Saturday’s toughest first half query came on this football question:
- Which four-letter term describes a football play in which the quarterback drops back to pass, but immediately hands the ball to a running back in attempt to fool the defense?
The draw play was named by 69% of teams. Otherwise, we covered subjects such as Coco Chanel, the Rosetta Stone, and nuclear fission. A weekend-high nine perfect scores were earned by teams in the second round.
Halftime topics included items with floral names, original illustrations from famous literary works, and matching Latin roots to their actual meanings. The average score across our halftime sheets was 16.3 points and four teams made a perfect 20-point effort. We hit halftime with one team rocking a perfect score:
- Beer Pressure (Dragon): 92
- That’s No Moon (Flying Ace): 90
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 90
- Dasher Party (South Mountain): 89
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 89
At the end of Friday’s third round, teams encountered the hardest wagering question of the night, a Triple 50/50 in which teams had to guess whether each of three pairs had the same or different numbers. About 45% of teams earned their wager for getting two of the three parts right, while 9% aced it for extra credit. The toughest wagering question in Saturday’s third round came here:
- In the 1970s, author Michael Shaara penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel The Killer Angels, which chronicled the four days of which military battle?
Roughly 46% of the field were correct to name the Battle of Gettysburg. Other topics in this round included the Bermuda Triangle’s points in Miami and San Juan, the Donkey Kong arcade classic, restauranteur and mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri, and artist Winslow Homer. The only team to get a perfect score in this round was Murph’s Masters (Belles’).
We covered the hippopotamus, Greek letter omega, and the pacifier across the weekend 6-4-2 questions before diving into the fourth round. The weekend’s most difficult wagering question came in the middle of Saturday’s final round:
- Among players with at least 4,000 plate appearances, which three players have the highest lifetime career batting averages in Major League Baseball history?
Teams only had to name one of the three to get wagering points, but just 30% came up with any of Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. No team was able to figure out all three players, however. Some other fourth-round subjects included Paul Simon’s album Graceland, suede leather, and the element sodium. No perfect scores were achieved in this round, although the top scores were solid heading into the final question:
- Beer Pressure (Dragon): 165
- That’s No Moon (Flying Ace): 162
- Dasher Party (South Mountain): 161
- Sam’s Club (South Mountain): 160
- Nacho Winners (Dragon): 159
- Slightly Agitated (South Mountain): 159
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (45.5% success rate):
- In most contexts, this six-letter word for a group of people is pronounced with a hard C. The exception is in a sports context, where a group of people with this name is pronounced with a soft C instead. What is that word?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (7.7% success rate):
- This fictional character named John originally appeared in a 1920 novel subtitled Being the History of His Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts Never Before Printed. Name this title character, who appeared in feature films from 1967, 1998, and 2020.
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (27.2% success rate):
- After reviewing excerpts from the television broadcast of a real-life sporting event, movie buffs have determined that which film takes place on June 5, 1985?
The word in question on Friday was Celtic, Saturday’s title character was Doctor Dolittle, and Sunday’s feature film was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. There were no Perfect 21 teams over the weekend. However, these teams stood tall at the end of our games:
- Beer Pressure (Dragon): 177
- Dasher Party (South Mountain): 173
- Sam’s Club (South Mountain): 172
- No MSG (Flying Ace): 169
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 167
- Lone Strangers (Mason): 166
- Clean Up on Aisle Four (South Mountain): 164
- That’s No Moon (Flying Ace): 154
- Spanish Inquisition (Dragon): 153
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 150
THERE WILL BE NO GAMES ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 OR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25!
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Dasher Party (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nobel Prize Winners)
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY UPON RETURN: Italian Geography)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Beer Pressure (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Paul Simon Songs)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: No MSG (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Chosen (TV series))
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Slightly Agitated (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 7: Ocean’s 12)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 7: Cryptocurrency Scams)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 1: Reproductive Anatomy)
Coast Tacobar in Hagerstown, MD: Wasted Potential (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 8: Maine)