Weekend Trivia Feels Invincible!

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With several venues closed due to the snowstorm late in the week, four venues hosted a total of 29 teams over the Pour House Trivia weekend.


The weekend’s opening rounds contained two of its Three Clues questions: Friday’s was on the letter E, while scratch was the word on Saturday. Other topics included Tony Danza’s triple-digit episode runs in Who’s the Boss? and Taxi, bones in the ear, and Snapple brand slogans. This round’s only perfect scores were earned by Sherlock Homies (Dragon), Mouse Rat (Dragon), and Demented and Sad but Social (Belles’).


Audio questions doled out in the games covered themes such as Vitamin String Quartet covers of Oscar-winning songs, and two famous covers: Johnny Cash‘s cover of Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode, and 311‘s cover of The Cure‘s Lovesong for the 50 First Dates soundtrack. At the end of Friday’s round, we asked this NBA question:

  • Last month, which Eastern Conference team set the NBA record for most consecutive losses in a single season with 28?
  • Bonus: Which other Eastern Conference team did they defeat to break that streak?

A third of the field knew of the Detroit Pistons setting that dubious record, while one team also remembered the Pistons defeated the Toronto Raptors to break the streak. Saturday’s second round offered this animal lingo query:

  • What common shortening of a feminine first name is also a term for a female donkey?

The term jenny was given by 23% of teams. Sexual Chocolate (Garage) and Slightly Agitated (Belles’) each went 36-for-36 in this round.


Over the halftime pages, teams had to identify Broadway musicals, recognize celebrities with alliterative names, and match saints to their respective description. The average score was 15.1, but two teams on Friday turned in perfect pages. At the halftime break, these were the top scores:


The most difficult wagering question in any third round over the weekend came at the start of Saturday’s second half:

  • Winning in the last 10 years, which singer has taken home three Grammy Awards for Best Country Album, more than any other solo act?
  • Bonus: With one guess, name any of those three Best Country Album winners.

Chris Stapleton has the most Best Country Album Grammy Awards of any solo artist in history; 11.7% named him, but nobody identified any of TravellerFrom a Room (Volume 1), or Starting Over for bonus credit. Other topics in this round included the Sanskrit origins of the word pundit, the Seine River in Paris, and the 2013 novelty hit single The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) by Ylvis. There were no perfect scores to be found here.


Weekend 6-4-2s provided clues for ancient Egypt, the number seven, and the Asian nation of Mongolia. For the latter topic, one team knew the country from the six-pointer, while every other team zeroed out along the way! A three-parter at the end of Saturday’s final round described a trio of people who made it all the way to 100 years old:

  • 1) This actress had almost 70 roles under her belt when she finally earned her first Oscar nomination for playing Rose in Titanic.
  • 2) Before his death in 2003, he retired as the only member of Congress in history to reach the age of 100 while in office.
  • 3) This Russian immigrant received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Eisenhower for writing God Bless America.

Only one team earned their wager by naming two of this trio: Gloria StuartStrom Thurmond, and Irving Berlin. Some other questions in this round handled topics such as the reisling wine varietal, the people who depicted the subjects in Grant Wood’s American Gothic, and the iOS operating system. A quartet of perfect teams played through this round: Sherlock Homies (Dragon), Mouse Rat (Dragon), Sexual Chocolate (Garage), and Musicians (Garage). Before the final question, these teams were in the lead:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50% success rate):

  • What allotrope of carbon takes its name from a Greek word meaning proper or invincible?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (11.76% success rate):

  • Known by his stage name Trombone Shorty, musician Troy Andrews recorded the voices of multiple characters in a 2015 animated feature film which was part of which media franchise?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (16.67% success rate):

  • The man responsible for which March 30, 1981 event once described it as the greatest love offering in the history of the world?

Friday’s strongly-named allotrope is diamond, Trombone Shorty played the voices of the grown-ups in The Peanuts Movie, and John Hinckley used Sunday’s phrase to describe his attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, none of those answers capped off a Perfect 21 for any team. The final standings were topped by these teams:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Warhammer 40K)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Slightly Agitated  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Clue (film))

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Potent Potables)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Hockey League)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Interstellar)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Ah Ha  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reacher (TV))

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Independent Panda  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 8-Bit 1990s Rock Songs (audio))