Weekend Trivia Circles the Globe!
Nine venues hosted a total of 80 teams for the weekend’s set of Pour House Trivia games.
Friday’s round featured a question on the Treehouse of Horror series of episodes on The Simpsons; here, just over 10% of the field earned bonus points for getting within one of the 34 Treehouse episodes which have aired so far. The end of Saturday’s first round had this Asian geography query:
- Historically, the geographic term Indochina refers to the six mainland Asian nations located east of India and south of China. Thanks to a mnemonic device, you might remember that which country is only one of those six that is landlocked?
About 37% of our teams correctly named Laos which starts with L just as the word landlocked does; 25% tacked on bonus points for knowing its capital city of Vientiane. Other topics in this round included the back-to-back curse-breaking years for MLB’s Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox and Three Clues about the film Grease. This round’s perfect teams were K’s Killers (Doc Waters) and What the Cuss (Belles’).
Audio questions over the weekend played songs about Superman, TV theme songs, and a trio of songs all titled Crazy. A Biblical query was tricky for Saturday’s teams:
- Among the four canonical Gospels of the New Testament, which one is the longest based on the number of verses? Incidentally, its author is also considered to be the author of the Acts of the Apostles.
Luke was correctly named by 18% of the field, which was the lowest success rate for any wagering question all weekend. Some other second-round topics included the hockey power play and the Yukon River. Dangerous Night Crew (Springfield Manor), Sexual Chocolate (The Garage), and Virtual Cigar (Mason Social) were this round’s perfect teams.
Kitchen gadgets, airline logos, and films with colorful titles comprised the top section of the weekend’s halftime offerings. The average score was 16 points, while a perfect 20-for-20 was recorded by 10 teams. These were the highest-scoring teams at the halftime break:
- Innovations (Mason Social): 89
- WTF (Flying Ace): 88
- Independent Panda (The Garage): 88
- Sexual Chocolate (The Garage): 88
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 88
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 88
This question in Friday’s third round proved to be a toughie:
- A phrase that could also describe a potentially dangerous action, what is the three-word title of a 2002 memoir penned by Augusten Burroughs?
Just under 30% of Friday’s squads correctly identified the Burroughs memoir titled Running with Scissors. The least successful question on Sunday also took place in this round:
- Though their guilt has long been the subject of debate, which two Italian immigrant anarchists were found guilty of a murder committed during a 1920 armed robbery? Both of these men were later executed at Charlestown State Prison in Massachusetts.
Once again, 29% of teams were able to name the duo of Sacco and Vanzetti. We also handled subjects such as villains Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Norman Rockwell‘s works in the Saturday Evening Post, and the documentary Every Little Step which focuses on the history of the musical A Chorus Line. This round featured six perfect team scores.
Weekend 6-4-2 topics were Dartmouth, Elton John, and Forrest Gump. Friday’s trickiest wagering question came early in this round:
- Which American company once featured a Bachman-Turner Overdrive song in its commercials while using the ad slogan Taking Care of Business?
Roughly 21% of the field correctly identified Office Depot. In other fourth-round action, we discussed wide receiver Terrell Owens signing a football with a Sharpie after a touchdown, gave Three Clues about Sarajevo, and topped the charts with Nirvana’s songs Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come as You Are. This round had a weekend-high seven perfect scores. After four rounds, these were the leading teams:
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 168
- Innovations (Mason Social): 165
- Billy Crystal Balls (Mason Social): 163
- Independent Panda (The Garage): 162
- Sexual Chocolate (The Garage): 162
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (70.21% success rate):
- During the late 1960s, which television show was developed under the working title of Mine and Yours?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.25% success rate):
- Which line of latitude can be found at approximately 66 degrees, 33 minutes south?
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (58.82% success rate):
- Among the four U. S. states officially designated as commonwealths, which state wasn’t one of the original 13 colonies?
In order, the weekend’s final answers were The Brady Bunch, the Antarctic Circle, and Kentucky. Our Perfect 21 teams were Independent Panda (The Garage), Sexual Chocolate (The Garage), and Lone Strangers (Mason Social)! Final overall standings were led by these teams:
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 178
- Innovations (Mason Social): 176
- Independent Panda (The Garage): 174
- Sexual Chocolate (The Garage): 174
- What the Cuss (Belles’): 170
- Billy Crystal Balls (Mason Social): 169
- Norfolk and Chance (The Garage): 162
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 161
- Yo Joe Ho (Springfield Manor): 157
- WTF (Flying Ace): 157
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Educated Guessers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U2)
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Yo Joe Ho (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Government)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s Space Race)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Quizard of Oz (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wizard of Oz)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: WTF (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lincoln Lawyer)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Dumas or Hugo?)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Offbeats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Dresden Files (novels))
The Garage in Frederick, MD: Independent Panda (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON SEPT. 9: Silicon Valley)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Vikings)