Weekend Trivia Fireworks!

The first weekend of July featured a return to our busiest weekend venue, as 17 TEAMS made their way to Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont on Friday night.  Overall, our five games of weekend trivia welcomed 38 teams, but who would reach the high score list?


Virtually all of our veteran teams cruised through the first round with relative ease, as 63% of our teams scored at least 30 points in the opening stanza.  The most intriguing question of the round was asked to our Friday crowd:

–> Which number divisible by five is the number of checkers that each player starts with in a game of backgammon, as well as the number of playable squares along each edge of a Scrabble board?

After much thought, about half of our teams came to the correct response of 15!  The first round wasn’t without its share of tough bonus questions.  Some of these included the name of Penn State’s football stadium, the year (within two either way) in which the Fantastic Four were introduced, and the actor who spoke Darth Vader’s dying words in “Return of the Jedi”.  Correct answers were sparse on these questions, with only one or two teams each arriving at Beaver Stadium, 1961, and Sebastian Shaw.  You know… this guy:

Across the three weekend games, only Comfortably Dum from Belles’ Sports Bar notched a perfect score in the first round.


Friday’s audio question dealt with unique cover songs, one of which was William Shatner’s interesting interpretation of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”:

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Once again, we stumped many of our teams with bonus questions dealing with the capital of Zimbabwe and the team with which Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews finished his MLB career.  Only two teams were able to come up withthe correct response of the Detroit Tigers:

Eddie Mathews

We finished the first half on Sunday with a question on this nursery rhyme trio, sailing away in a wooden shoe:

Nursery Rhyme Wynken Blynken Nod

Congratulations to Smarty Pants from Belles’ Sports Bar, as the only team to roll up a perfect score in the second round this weekend.


This weekend halftime topics included newsmakers from the year 1992, celebrities wearing Donald Trump’s hair, We’re Charging our Fireballs, and U.S. Airports.  Across the board, four teams notched 20 points on the halftime page: We’re Charging Our Fireballs (Pretzel & Pizza Creations), Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar), Smarty Pants (Belles’ Sports Bar), and The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Captain Benders).

.  Here are the top scores after the halftime page:


Overall, the third round was the most difficult round of the weekend, as most of our players discovered.  One of the most difficult wagering questions of the round was (perhaps) the most entertaining, as this query was posed to our Saturday teams:

–> It might not be surprising, but which R&B singer was the lead songwriter and producer of Aaliyah’s debut album entitled “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number”?

Who doesn’t like little innuendo with their trivia.  Yes, the answer was R. Kelly:

R. Kelly

Despite less than half of our teams coming up with this correct answer, three teams earned a bonus by knowing Kelly’s first name is Robert!  No team was able to sweep the third round with a perfect score.


Our 6-4-2 questions ran the gamut this weekend, with diverse topics such as Wonder Bread, the different uses of the word class, and the home nation of this woman, the first Grand Slam tennis champion from her country:

Jeļena Ostapenko

That is Jeļena Ostapenko, the first Latvian Grand Slam winner.  Congrats to Trivia Knight from Tilted Kilt, the only Sunday team to earn six points here.


Our final round featured questions on the B-52 (the cocktail shooter, not the band or the plane), and these short-lived snack sold by Anheuser-Busch:

Eagle Snacks

Seriously?  The slogan was “E Pluribus Yum Yum”?  Our most difficult wagering question across the board was asked during the final round of Saturday’s game, as only 25% of our teams answered this question correctly:

–> Born in 1989, actress Riley Keough has a respectable list of 13 films on her resume, but her work will always be overshadowed by that of her grandfather.  Name this singer that passed away in 1977.

Appearing in films such as “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Magic Mike”, Riley is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, and the granddaughter of the King himself:

Riley Keough

Both Fat, Drunk, and Stupid and Smarty Pants rolled through the final round with perfect scores.  Here are the weekend’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (57.1% success rate):

–> Created in 1948, the wings found on this item represent ‘the muse of art’, while the hoisted atom represents ‘the electron of science’.  What is this item?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (62.5% success rate):

–> The Renaissance painter Canaletto created hundreds of works depicting which city?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (30.0% success rate):

–> Though it is debatable as to whether the condition actually exists, the term Kinemortophobia is listed at UrbanDictionary.com as a fear of what?

Your correct answers: the Emmy Award, Venice, and Zombies.  Congratulations to Uncle Jack from Belles’, the only team to answer all wagering questions correctly and score the Perfect 21 this weekend.  Here are the top ten scores overall:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Nugget  (NEXT GAME ON JULY 14 – First category: “Friends”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Smarty Pants  (Next week’s first category: Shaun Cassidy)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Fat, Drunk, and Stupid  (Next week’s first category: Anglo-Zulu War)

Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD:  The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Next week’s first category: Painters)

Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD:  Racks and Sacks  (Next week’s first category: European Countries)