Weekend Trivia Gets Dolled Up!

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The weekend set of Pour House Trivia events was played by a total of 54 teams across seven locations.


The only tough wagering question in any first round over the weekend came on Sunday:

  • The names of several African animals end with which set of three letters which means antelope in the language of Afrikaans? One of those animals is also the namesake for a brand of athletic apparel.

A third of the field submitted the correct three letters, bok. Friday’s first round featured this question:

  • Released in 2011, the Dreamworks animated film Puss in Boots is considered to be a spin-off film. Either name the film series from which Puss in Boots was spun off, or identify the subtitle of the Puss in Boots sequel film released in 2022.

Just 13.7% of teams received bonus points for naming the Shrek series and the latest Puss in Boots film, The Last Wish. Saturday’s tough bonus chance came on a question about the Jack Sparrow film character being based on rock star Keith Richards; 23% of teams knew Richards first made a Pirates of the Caribbean appearance in At World’s End. Eight teams earned all possible points in the opening round.


A trio of four-letter stage names needed to be identified in Saturday’s audio question; 15% knew the names CherPink, and Rain to get bonus points. Later in that game, we reached Saturday’s hardest wagering query:

  • Members of the Methodist denomination founded which Middletown, Connecticut university, subsequently naming the school after their religion’s founder?

Again, just 15% of the field knew that to be Wesleyan, named for John Wesley. Other topics in this round included NBA In-Season Tournament semifinalists which didn’t win the tournament, the first no-hitter in New York Mets history, and the various statues of David found in Florence, Italy. This round had no perfect scores.


Friday’s halftime asked teams to identify the actual national capital when given a city commonly thought to be that country’s capital (such as Canberra, Australia instead of Sydney and Ankara, Turkey instead of Istanbul). That made for the toughest halftime round of the weekend; other subjects over the weekend included celebrity impersonations and words with more vowels than consonants. The average score across the entire weekend was 14.3 points, but each night had a pair of perfect 20-point teams! At the halftime break, these were the highest scores:

  • Glorious Grogus (Flying Ace): 90
  • G Homies (Dragon): 87
  • Billy Crystal Balls (Mason): 87


Friday’s hardest question came in this round:

  • Winning her award for a musical, which 32-year-old woman is currently the person born most recently among all acting Academy Award winners?

Receiving the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for West Side StoryAriana DeBose is that award-winner; the only team to get that right was Future Single Dads (South Mountain). Some tough bonus chances in this round dealt with Garth Brooks‘s first #1 album No Fences, the Rudyard Kipling quote He travels the fastest who travels alone, and a three-parter about things with PK initials. Once again, a perfect score was out of reach for our teams in this round.


Six-point clues over the weekend’s 6-4-2s mentioned the previous free Wi-Fi champs, Panera Bread, the first U.S. auto race which was held in Chicago, and the word barefoot found in a Neil Simon play. We turned to a sci-fi film franchise to kick off Saturday’s last round:

  • Featuring the word Uprising in its title, a film released in 2018 is a sequel to which 2013 science fiction film starring Idris Elba?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: In Uprising, which Star Wars actor portrays the son of Elba’s character?

About 30% of teams correctly named the Pacific Rim franchise, while 15% added bonus points for remembering John Boyega was in the sequel. Some other questions in this round dealt with video game dragon Spyro, hockey legend Gordie Howe, and Three Clues about the mythological figure Poseidon. Billy Crystal Balls (Mason) was the only team to earn all 36 points in their fourth round. This was the top of the leaderboard before the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (48.28% success rate):

  • Which male fictional character has held more than 40 occupations since his introduction in 1961, appearing in versions such as Superstar, Earring Magic, and Sugar Daddy?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (38.46% success rate):

  • Also the nickname of a horror film character, what is the name of a pastime that is thought to have been first been used as a learning tool in the 18th century to help people learn about geography?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.67% success rate):

  • What mathematical device takes its name from a Greek word meaning sand tray?

Friday’s final listed various versions of the Ken doll, Saturday’s final played a game with the jigsaw puzzle, and we counted on Sunday’s teams to know the origins of the word abacus. Goats on Boats (Mason) received the only Perfect 21 honor over the weekend. At the end of the weekend, these were its top-scoring teams:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Future Single Dads  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (Did the Star Wars Character Lose a Hand?))

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Homies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Latin Phrases)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: SpongeBob Squarepants (first five seasons))

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: 

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

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Jar Jar Thinks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jingle All the Way)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Jingle Brains  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 7: Jon Sings Reggae)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Billy Crystal Balls  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 7: Yiddish Words)