There Goes My (Weekend Trivia) Hero…
With a full slate of weekend games back on the schedule, we welcomed 53 teams across five venues.
Opening round topics from last weekend’s games included the Dallas Mavericks, the Oompa Loompas from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, the film “Clueless”, and the Barbie doll. The most difficult bonus question of the first round was asked on Friday, as only four out of 35 teams knew that Georgia’s ratification of the 13th Amendment officially ended the practice of legal slavery in the United States. Two weekend teams began their game by posting a perfect first round score of 36 points: Anything But Sports (Vanish) and Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza).
In our weekend audio questions, Friday’s teams listened to bluegrass cover versions of “Rock and Roll All Nite” by KISS, “Touch of Grey” by The Grateful Dead, and “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. Our Saturday were asked to identify the superhero theme music associated with Superman, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman. Neither topic posed much difficulty to our teams, as nearly half of the field picked up two bonus points. The second round also looked at the sportswear brand Adidas, the comedy film “Mr. Mom”, and Presidential surnames. Three teams earned a perfect second round score: Smarty Pants (Belles’), Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza), and D.C. Swampers (Pretzel & Pizza).
Topics from last weekend’s halftime pages included the most populous U.S. cities whose names begin with the letter ‘B’ and reality TV shows. Nine teams earned a perfect score of 20 points while the overall scoring average reached 18.1 points. These were your highest scoring weekend teams at the halftime break:
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 90
- Comfortably Dum (Belles’): 90
- D.C. Swampers (Pretzel & Pizza): 89
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish): 88
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 87 POINTS
Third round topics from last weekend included the biological process of mitosis, the state of Michigan, and the work of author Mary Shelley. The most difficult bonus question of the third round was asked to our Saturday teams, as only one team knew that Rollie Fingers won the 1981 American League Cy Young Award. Both perfect scores from the third round were recorded on Friday, as We Thought This Was Speed Dating and Momentary Lapse of Reason both posted 36 third round points at Vanish Brewery.
We closed our weekend games with topics such as Whole Foods Market, the 1980s hit song “Manic Monday”, Walden Pond, the state of Rhode Island, and the current NBA season. We gave our Friday teams Three Clues for the name Carmen, while our Saturday teams dealt with a Triple 50/50 question concerning holiday films. Smarty Pants (Belles’) notched the lone perfect sore in the final round last weekend. Your list of highest scoring teams after four rounds of play included these squads:
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 163
- That’s So Clavin (Pretzel & Pizza): 156
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 156
- Anything But Sports (Vanish): 155
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish): 155
- Ah Ha (Pretzel & Pizza): 155
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION A (33.3% success rate):
–> In addition to numerous theatrical plays and novels, which author‘s list of works includes the libretto to the 1836 opera “La Esmerelda”?
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION B (80.0% success rate):
–> Lending its name to a popular technology in the present day, which science fiction term meaning a “robot in human form” is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘man’?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (11.1% success rate):
–> Which artist holds the distinction of being the only person to appear as a musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” more than ten times, even though he has never appeared as a solo performer?
Due to a small snafu, not all of our Friday venues were asked the same final question last weekend. The respective answers to those two questions were Victor Hugo and android. Meanwhile, only two of our Saturday gave us the correct final answer of Dave Grohl. Congratulations to Killer Snails (P. B. Dye) and Staff Infection (P. B. Dye), who were the only teams to record a Perfect 21 last weekend by answering every wagering question correctly. Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- That’s So Clavin (Pretzel & Pizza): 168
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Vanish): 167
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 166
- Weasigators (Vanish): 163
- DJ2 (Springfield): 160
- Momentary Lapse of Reason (Vanish): 159
- Staff Infection (P. B. Dye): 159
- The More You Know (Springfield): 159
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield): 158
- Slightly Agitated (P. B. Dye): 158
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: DJ2 (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek”)
Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: Traditional Holiday Songs)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road (Next game on Dec. 20 – First category: Disney Theme Parks)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dum (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: That’s So Clavin EARLY START TIME (7:00p) NEXT WEEK!! (First category: Foo Fighters – AUDIO)