Weekend Trivia Has Pep in Its Step!

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A 30-teamer at Springfield Manor Winery on Friday started the weekend set of Pour House Trivia games strong, as 114 total teams played across nine locations!


No questions in any of the weekend’s first rounds proved to be terribly tough for our teams. Friday’s first round dealt with the Greek letter omega and singer Bruno Mars. On Saturday, we discussed Ivy League universities and the recent Super Bowl trips for the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams. For Sunday’s opening round, teams had questions about singer and occasional actor Tim McGraw as well as Gulf of Mexico states Alabama and Mississippi. This round had 23 perfect scores.


While some audio questions played horror movie theme songs and singles by bands with six-letter names, Saturday’s was tricky. In that game, only 16% of teams were able to name all three musical acts from instrumentals of their songs: Aerosmith‘s Walk This WaySnoop Dogg‘s Who Am I?, and Justin Bieber‘s Sorry. We followed that up with this capital idea:

  • Which South American country’s capital city shares its name with a Washington D.C. university?

A third of Saturday’s teams correctly named Guyana, whose capital is Georgetown. The hardest question on Friday came halfway through its second round:

  • Named for Spain’s fourth-largest city, which type of orange (also known as the marmalade orange) is used in the traditional recipe for orange marmalade? 

Roughly 22% of the field knew the Seville orange, while 8.6% earned bonus points for providing that answer before an additional crossword clue. Other subjects in this round included Charlie Brown‘s crush on the Little Red-Haired Girl, Thomas Nast’s popularization of the Republican elephant and Democratic donkey, and 90s animated series The Critic. In this round, seven teams earned all 36 points each.


Depending on the day, halftime pages showcased celebrities with MF initials, lead singers of musical groups, and answers which are also names of herbs and spices. On average, teams scored 14.7 points on their page while two teams aced it with all 20 points. One venue monopolized the top of the leaderboard at the halftime break:


A Friday question about Clint Eastwood‘s role as the Man with No Name in the Dollars Trilogy of western films had a tricky bonus chance, as just 20% of teams knew the trilogy was directed by Sergio Leone. The end of Saturday’s third round had this country music question:

  • Name either the solo artist who won the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year in 2021 and 2022, or the solo artist who won the CMA Award for Male Vocalist of the Year in both of those years.

About 41% of teams named either Luke Combs or Chris Stapleton as those award winners, while one team got bonus points for giving both names. A literary question at the conclusion of this round on Sunday proved to be the hardest of that game:

  • Which controversial British author penned the novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a book which became the subject of an obscenity trial against his publisher?
  • Bonus: His third published novel, name the 1913 work that is considered by many to be this author’s finest.

Author D.H. Lawrence was named by 28% of the field, while 9.5% also knew his novel Sons and Lovers. There were six perfectos in this round.


Over the weekend, 6-4-2 clues were given about the Arm and Hammer brand, the South American country of Brazil, and the European nation of Sweden. A literary author question also caught Friday teams off guard:

  • Affectionately known as Gabo in Latin America, he was the first native of his home country to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.  For your wager, name this author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.
  • Bonus: In what country was this author born?

Just under 30% of teams identified author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, while 13% knew he was born in Colombia. Right after that, we had a scientific question that wasn’t so simple:

  • One of the six simple machines is the inclined plane, which is often utilized as a ramp. Which  other simple machine is technically defined as a portable double inclined plane?

About a quarter of the field correctly named the wedge. Saturday’s toughest question turned out to be about NHL player Nathan Walker, who won a Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals and became the first Australian native in league history. On Sunday, we asked about the trio of American icons portrayed by Chadwick Boseman in biopics. Here, 14% received bonus points for naming all three: Jackie Robinson in 42James Brown in Get on Up, and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. This was the only round with no perfect team scores. However, we made it through four rounds with these teams on top:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (35.8% success rate):

  • Which nine-letter word is derived from two Greek words meaning at a distance and to write?

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

  • Before George H.W. Bush won the 1988 Presidential election, which 19th century politician had been the most recent sitting Vice President to be elected U.S. President?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (47.62% success rate):

  • Overseeing more than 900 locations in 35 states, which company was founded in Philadelphia in 1921 by the trio of Graham Jackson, Maurice Strauss, and Emanuel Rosenfeld?

Friday’s word was telegraph, that Veep-to-POTUS track was taken by Martin Van Buren, and the Sunday trio founded Pep Boys! No team over the weekend achieved a Perfect 21, however. These teams finished the weekend with the best scores:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Capital Wordplay)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Songs from Grease)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Greek Architecture)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Beer Pressure  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pi)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: WTF  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Animal House)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Capitals)

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

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Wednesday  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Mafia Hits)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Virtual Cigar  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cigars)