Weekend Trivia Gets a Clue!

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A lucky seven venues and 88 teams took part in Pour House Trivia over the weekend, with Sunday’s games officially signaling the start of Season XXII!


The hardest wagering question all weekend among the opening rounds came at the end of Saturday’s round, on this apropos Saturday Night Live query:

  • Who are the two current regular anchors of the Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live?

About 54% of the field came up with either Colin Jost or Michael Che, while two-fifths had both names for bonus credit. On Friday, a presidential question played the toughest:

  • During his second term in office, which U.S. President made news when he placed a confectionary dessert snack into the millennium time capsule?

With a 61% success rate, Bill Clinton placed a Twinkie into that time capsule. Other first round offerings included Mobile, Alabama, Three Clues about the word blue, the Nestle Crunch bar, and the pat-a-cake (or patty cake) nursery rhyme. Three perfect team scores were recorded in any first round over the weekend: G Money (Dragon), Wrath of Kahan (Belles’), and Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters (Belles’).


Audio categories over the weekend handled songs with the word money in the title, three pop culture clips from the year 2002, and a trio of famous song intros. The final question of Friday’s second round reigned as the most difficult in this part of the game:

  • On a classic cartoon series, Shoeshine Boy would switch to which heroic alter ego whenever his love interest was in trouble?

About 27% of teams knew Shoeshine Boy became Underdog, while 6.8% earned extra points for knowing his love interest was named Polly. In other second round action, we discussed the NHL’s Freeway Face-Off between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim DucksAlbert Einstein‘s 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, and the anime Dragon Ball Z. The only perfect team in this round was Special K (Pretzel and Pizza).


Halftime puzzle page topics included U.S. Presidential middle names, films adapted into comic books, and questions dealing with the number 15. Speaking of the latter, the average score was 15.1 points and only seven teams got all 20 points on their respective page. A five-way tie for first appeared at the halftime break:


On Friday, the second half began with this early March Madness question:

  • In both 2010 and 2011, the runner-up in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship was which Indianapolis school nicknamed the Bulldogs, currently playing in the Big East Conference?

Butler was named by 38% of the field, while 18% named either Duke or UConn as the schools that beat the Bulldogs in the tournament final those years. Otherwise, we discussed the ever-popular Facebook app, Reese Witherspoon‘s Oscar win for Walk the Line, and the rock band Incubus. This was the only round of the weekend in which no teams achieved perfection.


For the weekend 6-4-2s, we discussed Quentin Tarantino, the letter O, and the observance of Lent. Sunday’s final round ended with a stumper:

  • In the 18th Century, the capital of the United States was deemed to be any city where Congress convened, so eight cities can rightfully claim to be a former national capital of the U.S. Which two of those are currently U.S. state capitals?

Roughly 40% of our teams were able to name either Annapolis or Trenton, while 11% named both for bonus points. Friday’s round started with this video game question:

  • Featuring Calamity Ganon as its primary antagonist, the latest main title in which video game series was released to coincide with the debut of the Nintendo Switch?

The Legend of Zelda series was identified by 36% of the field, with exactly a quarter of the teams able to give us that game’s subtitle, Breath of the Wild. Some other topics in weekend fourth rounds included eccentric aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, Raymond Burr’s roles in Perry Mason and Ironside, and Jerry Seinfeld‘s return to the stand-up comedy scene in 1998. DC Swampers (South Mountain), Clean Up on Aisle Four (South Mountain), and Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason) each earned perfect scores in this round. We headed into the final question with these highest team scores:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (9.09% success rate):

  • At the time of Grandma Moses’ birth, this man was the President of the United States. When she passed away, John F. Kennedy was our President. Name this Democratic president.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (36.36% success rate):

  • Which landmark has the names of 72 scientists, engineers, and mathematicians inscribed upon it, each of whom was born prior to 1838?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (59.09% success rate):

  • In the standard American version of the board game Clue, these are the four rooms located at the four corners of the board. Name any two of these rooms.

The toughest final came on Friday, with James Buchanan as the president in question. Saturday’s landmark was the Eiffel Tower, while Sunday’s Clue rooms were the ConservatoryKitchenLounge, and Study. Two teams reached Perfect 21 status this past weekend, both at Mason Social: Lone Strangers and Mean Girls. They also make up two of the top three overall teams on the final weekend leaderboard:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: DC Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: This is Spinal Tap)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Beer Pressure  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cashews)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Shark Fin Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYJames Buchanan)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Isaac Darwins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Nerd Birds  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cobra Kai)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Cookie Hoarders  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYNew York Yankees)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY1980s Washington Redskins)