Weekend Trivia Earns Its Stripes!

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For St. Patrick’s weekend, 105 teams attended a Pour House Trivia game across ten locations, including the return from winter hiatus for Springfield Manor Winery and a 21-team game at Flying Ace Farm.


The most difficult wagering question on Friday came in the opening round:

  • Serving under two different U.S. Presidents, which official is both the youngest and the oldest person to serve as U.S. Secretary of Defense?

Working in that capacity for both Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld was identified by 41% of teams. Other topics in this round included miragesThree Clues about the company Nestle, and the Jet Ski. This was the only round in which no team recorded a perfect score.


Weekend audio questions handled topics such as words in common such as Secret and Candy, while Saturday’s audio subject was musical acts with colorful names. An Oscar question tripped up most teams on Sunday:

  • Respectively released in 2016, 1997, and 1950, which three films are tied for the most Oscar nominations with 14 apiece?

Only 12.5% of teams earned their wager while one team received bonus points for naming all three: La La LandTitanic, and All About Eve. In other second-round action, we threw a penalty flag for the horse-collar tackle, recapped the Cold War domino theory, and took a trip to Yemen. This round’s perfect squads were Choral Arts (South Mountain) and Avalanche (Flying Ace). 


For halftime over the weekend, we showcased celebs with MG initials, former child actors, and brand logos. The average score was 13.6 while five perfect halftime pages were submitted. These were the highest scores at the halftime break:


The second half on Friday started with this question about a musician in film:

  • Also featured on the film’s soundtrack, which singer made a cameo appearance in the original Back to the Future as an audition judge, telling Marty McFly’s band I’m afraid you’re just too darn loud.?
  • Bonus: Which insulting term was also the name of Marty McFly’s band?

Most teams remembered Huey Lewis in the film, but only 15% also recalled Marty’s band, The Pinheads. Other topics in third rounds over the weekend included Three Clues about Hi-C, some minestrone soup, and the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. A quartet of perfect teams played this round: Southpaw Fish (South Mountain), Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor), Wrath of Kahan (Belles’), and No Drama, Just Trauma (Pretzel and Pizza).


A trio of weekend 6-4-2s gave clues about the month of October, actress Scarlett Johansson, and the state of New Mexico. Saturday’s most difficult wagering question came on an A + B = C fourth-rounder:

  • Part A = The number is that is most likely to be rolled when rolling two dice.
  • Part B = The number of hole cards a player is dealt in a standard game of Omaha poker.

Only a sixth of the field correctly added up the two parts (7 and 4) to get 11. Some other questions in this round dealt with the Betsy Wetsy doll, animal blubber, and artist Salvador Dali. The only perfect score in this round was recorded by Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza). We reached the final question with these teams in the overall lead:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.78% success rate):

  • After failing to find work building the Erie Canal, this author took a job at age 19 as a cabin boy on a freight ship named St. Lawrence, sailing from New York City to Liverpool and back in 1839.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.33% success rate):

  • The son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright originated the idea for which product when he noticed his father’s usage of beams on the foundation to make the Tokyo Imperial Hotel earthquake-proof?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (37.5% success rate):

  • Located about 3,200 miles due south of Dublin, which country uses a national flag that is essentially a mirror image of the Irish flag?

Final answers were author Herman Melville, Lincoln logs, and the flag of Ivory Coast (or Cote d’Ivoire). C-17 Globemaster (Garage) earned the only Perfect 21 achievement in any weekend game! These teams had the top scores over the weekend:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Southpaw Fish  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Back to the Future (film series))

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Short Circuit (film series))

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Sherlock Homies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Roald Dahl)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: ON HIATUS UNTIL MARCH 29  (FIRST CATEGORY: March Madness)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: KSS  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psychological Disorders)

The Links at Challedon in Mount Airy, MD: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: European Geography)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Team Name Redacted  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Songs from Bob’s Burgers (audio))

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Poker Face (TV))

The Garage in Frederick, MD: C-17 Globemaster  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Roller Coasters)

Agave 137 in Frederick, MD: Late to the Party  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee)