Weekend Trivia Gives It Away!

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July’s final weekend of Pour House Trivia was played by 58 teams at six locations.


The weekend’s set of opening round wagering questions were pretty successful across our venues, but a couple of bonus opportunities proved to be tricky. On Saturday, we ended the first round with this query:

  • Created by Bill Watterson, which comic strip follows the title characters: a young boy and his tiger companion?
  • For a two-point bonus: With foes such as Mom-Lady and Annoying Girl, what is the name of the superhero alter ego created by the aforementioned boy?

Most teams correctly named Calvin and Hobbes, but none added bonus points for knowing Calvin’s alter ego, Stupendous Man. Sunday’s last question in this round asked about the Rookie of the Year streaks of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the early 80s and again in the 1990s. However, only one team earned bonus points for naming Cody Bellinger as the team’s most recent Rookie of the Year recipient. Seven teams recorded perfect scores in this round.


Friday’s audio question asked teams to identify celebrity guest stars on The Simpsons, while Saturday’s played songs by zoologically-named bands and Sunday’s provided a trio of songs with the word Power in common. A trip out west became the hardest journey for Friday’s teams:

  • Which western U.S. state capital once served as the western terminus of the Pony Express?

Sacramento was correctly named by 40% of the field. On Saturday, this became the first half’s toughest wagering question:

  • Though it can refer to any number of compounds, which three-letter term is most often as an alternate name for sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide?

It’s absolutely true that those compounds are typically known as lye; 27% of teams got that answer. Other topics in this round included Christopher Marlowe‘s phrase the face that launched a thousand ships about Helen of Troy, 1970s animated show Schoolhouse Rock, and a trio of events from 1992. Unfortunately, there were no perfect scores to be found in this round.


During the weekend’s halftime rounds, teams had to match film subtitles to the appropriate franchise, name nine of the ten NFL teams with at least three Super Bowl victories, and give a series of answers which all contained the name of a marine animal. The average score was 16.4, but a pair of teams were able to get all 20 points. These were the highest-scoring teams at the halftime intermission:


Two questions on Saturday tied for the lowest success rate all weekend, with the first of the two opening the third round:

  • In this 1962 film, John Wayne portrays the brave Tom Doniphon, who repeatedly uses the word Pilgrim. Directed by John Ford, what is the six-word title of this film?
  • For a two-point bonus: Which Oscar winner portrayed Ransom Stoddard in this film?

About 22% of Saturday’s teams could name The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, while one team knew Jimmy Stewart as the bonus answer. Another tricky wagering chance came in Friday’s third round:

  • Which romantic title can refer to a sculpture by Auguste Rodin, a painting by Gustav Klimt, or an abstract work by Constantin Brancusi?

Those all go by The Kiss, a name submitted by 43% of our teams. Some other subjects in this round included Pizza Hut’s WingStreet chicken brand, Richard Burton’s unrealized quest to find the source of the Nile River, and Three Clues about the word house. Once again, a perfect score was out of reach for our teams.


The weekend’s 6-4-2 topics were Sylvester StalloneJackie Chan, and Utah. Saturday’s other low-percentage wagering question showed up early in this round:

  • Sporting the last name Longears, which avuncular rabbit was the main character in nearly 80 books dating back to 1910, as well as two different board games?

Uncle Wiggily was identified by roughly 22% of teams. Friday’s trickiest wagering chance was also found in the fourth round:

  • Which 10-letter compound word could refer to a subject at which your trivia team excels, or the enclosed area on a ship where the captain controls the vessel?

This question was in the wheelhouse for 30% of the field. In this round, we also gave Three Clues about late actor James Gandolfini on Friday, Three Clues about Massachusetts on Saturday, and did a little skateboarding on Sunday. This round marked the third in a row with no perfect teams. Our top four teams at halftime were in a slightly different configuration before the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (43.33% success rate):

  • Eight varieties of sauce are sold by which food company that uses the advertising slogan Let’s Give It All Away?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (94.44% success rate):

  • The fifth-longest river in the United States is named for which state, which in turn was named by early Spanish explorers for the colored silt that the river carried down from the mountains?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20% success rate):

  • In the standard North American version of Scrabble, there are five letters each worth four points. What is the only three-letter word you can legally play in the board game using only those letters?

Newman’s Own uses the aforementioned slogan, while Saturday took a trip on the Colorado River and Sunday’s question asked teams to say why for their wagering points. The weekend’s games resulted in no Perfect 21 teams. However, these teams stepped up to top the final overall leaderboard:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Educated Guessers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Little House on the Prairie)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reclusive Authors)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Yeah, That’s Right  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Musicals)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Magnificent Seven  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Cruise Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Soup of the Day  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barbie (film))

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Nerd Birds  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spanish-Speaking Countries)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classic Hip Hop (audio))

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hamilton Lyrics)