Twist and Shout at Weekend Trivia!
As the calendar turned to May and hopefully some nicer weather, 101 teams showed up to play Pour House Trivia at seven total weekend venues. That included a 24-team game at Springfield Manor on Friday!
Friday’s game kicked off with the most difficult bonus question of the first round on a query about the Night at the Museum film series. A little more than one-quarter of the field recognized that Museum screenwriter Thomas Lennon also created and starred in the Comedy Central show Reno 911! for two bonus points. The end of Friday’s round brought the toughest wagering question of the weekend first-rounders:
- Poison control centers still get calls today for ingestion of which plant that caused the demise of Socrates?
About 60% of Friday’s teams knew that fatal plant was hemlock. Other weekend topics included the state of Vermont, the European country Switzerland, and tiny crustaceans plankton. Fourteen teams got off to rousing starts with perfect scores in the round.
Audio questions over the weekend concerned thematically-linked song titles; Monopoly references on Friday and country names on Saturday. A majority of teams each night earned wagering points by naming at least two of their three songs, but getting all three song titles for bonus points was no small feat: only four teams did so on Friday, with nine Saturday squads getting their trio. There was also a bonus 0-fer on Friday, with no teams guessing that of all discovered dwarf planets in our Solar System, Eris is the farthest from our Sun. Saturday’s teams tackled questions on Shemp of the Three Stooges, Auburn University‘s previous names, and the TAG Heuer watch brand before getting into their hardest first-half wagering question:
- The famous Guantanamo Bay Naval Base is located in which body of water?
The base is located off the shores of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, which just under half the field answered for their wager. Due to some tricky bonus questions, no weekend teams had perfect scores in the second round.
Friday’s halftime sheet dealt with movie poster snippets and terms with F.M. initials, while Saturday’s page included women with first names featured in the Lou Bega one-hit wonder song Mambo No. 5. The average team score over the weekend was 17.1, and 14 teams in total picked up perfect scores. These were the highest scores at the halftime break:
- Cleanup on Aisle Four (Belles’): 89
- Make America Trivial Again (Flying Ace): 88
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 88
- Trivia Correspondents Dinner (Mason Social): 88
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 88
- Neighbors (Mason Social): 88
The hardest wagering question over the weekend took place in Saturday’s third round:
- Perhaps a song from “Mary Poppins” might help you remember what New Zealander Peter Lynn constructed in 2005. At 1,019 square meters, it was the world’s largest of its kind, and was designed to look like the flag of Kuwait. For your wager, what did Peter Lynn construct?
Perhaps the famous fictional nanny’s request to fly a kite resonated with Mr. Lynn, as he decided to construct an enormous one for the record books. Wagering points were earned by 22% of teams on that one. Other third-round topics in the weekend games included Toy Hall of Fame inductee the Easy Bake Oven, Shakespeare comedy The Taming of the Shrew, and Amblin Entertainment’s logo which features a scene from the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Perfect round three scores were earned by a pair of teams from Springfield Manor, Duck Fook and Teachable Moments.
Weekend 6-4-2s concerned Star Wars character C-3P0 and Sharpies before we dove into the fourth round. Here, Friday teams encountered a question on the iron and nickel theorized to be in Earth’s inner core before a pair of wagering questions swooped in to test their mettle:
- The philosophical concept of theodicy attempts to answer the question of why a just God allows evil and suffering to exist on Earth. The concept is often discussed in tandem with which book of the Old Testament, also considered to be the first of the Books of Wisdom?
That would be the Book of Job, correctly answered by approximately 36% of teams. Two questions later, another query had the same correct answer rate, good for the lowest of Friday’s wagering questions:
- Born with the last name Silverstein, this brash stand-up comedian first gained fame in the late 1980s but also had a two-season run playing a fictionalized version of himself on a self-titled Showtime TV series in the 2010s. For your wager, name this comedian with a three-word name.
The Diceman himself, Andrew Dice Clay, wasn’t easy to remember for some of Friday’s teams. Saturday’s field, however, had a pleasant time with topics like Star Trek‘s Lt. Uhura, a famous ad for the Coppertone suntan lotion brand, and former U.S. President Franklin Pierce. One team, Trivia Correspondents Dinner (Mason Social), picked up a perfect score in the fourth. Before the final, the top of the weekend scoreboard looked like this:
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 161
- Make America Trivial Again (Flying Ace): 158
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 158
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 156 POINTS
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (30.8% success rate):
- Originally released in 1958 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, this song found much greater fame with a cover version that paired with a dance craze. That version topped the Billboard Hot 100 on two separate chart runs 16 months apart, becoming the only non-remake to hit #1 on two different occasions until 2020. For your wager, name that song.
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (100% success rate):
- Named the fifth-greatest animated film of all time by the American Film Institute, this movie has been re-released at least nine times since its original debut. It was developed under the working title of The Concert Feature. For your wager, name that film.
Almost a third of Friday’s field correctly named Chubby Checker’s rendition of The Twist as that double-number-one track, while every single team on Saturday earned one more wager by knowing Disney’s Fantasia was the film in question. The only Perfect 21 over the weekend was achieved by Crosby’s Fan Club (Mason Social), which answered every wagering question correctly. At the end of the madness, these were the top scores of the weekend:
- No MSG (Flying Ace): 168
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 168
- Crosby’s Fan Club (Mason Social): 168
- PB & J (Belles’): 167
- Trivia Correspondents Dinner (Mason Social): 167
- Cleanup on Aisle Four (Belles’): 166
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 166
- Legalized Gambling (Mason Social): 165
- Southpaw Fish (Belles’): 162
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 162
- Boozeliers (Mason Social): 162
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Zero Clue (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ancient Geography)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Botany)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Back of the Envelope (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s Mexican Films)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Beer Pressure (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Songs from Animaniacs)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: No MSG (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Claws — TV Show)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: PB & J (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: BWI Airport)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Behind the Bastards)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Crosby’s Fan Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)