Weekend Trivia Hits the Spot!
Eight locations and 71 total teams took part in a weekend game of Pour House Trivia.
The toughest question in any first round this past weekend was asked on Friday:
- When this Grammy-winning country singer was a child, he found his birth certificate while searching for Christmas presents in his mother’s closet. The document revealed a secret that his biological father was actually a Major League Baseball pitcher. What is the collective last name of this father/son duo?
About 45% of teams were able to identify the McGraw family, with father Tug and son Tim. Each day’s game also had a tricky bonus opportunity. Friday’s dealt with solo Daytime Emmy-nominated talk show hosts Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Hudson, and Kelly Clarkson. On Saturday, we asked about the numerous glaciers found in the state of Washington. Finally, a question about the Toyota RAV4 on Sunday offered bonus points if you could name what that acronym stands for: Recreational Active Vehicle. Thin Quizzy (Flying Ace) and Wrath of Kahan (Belles’) were the only perfect teams in this round.
For the weekend’s audio questions, we played foreign-language hit songs, clips from films with the word Father in the title, and a trio of 8-bit covers of famous hit singles. Otherwise, we covered topics such as the namesake of the Molotov cocktail, characters in The Old Man and the Sea who are major Joe DiMaggio fans, and the origins of Legionnaire’s Disease. This round had nine perfect teams, the most of any over the weekend.
At halftime, teams encountered tasks such as naming college mascots, identifying a set of Nobel Prize winners, and listing famous animated rabbits. On average, teams received 16.6 out of 20 points, but there were 10 total 20-pointers. One team was slightly ahead of the rest at the halftime break:
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 90
- Magnificent Seven (Flying Ace): 89
- Thin Quizzy (Flying Ace): 89
- Beer Pressure (Dragon): 89
- Sherlock Homies (Dragon): 89
Friday’s most difficult question was asked in this round:
- Which 1962 film told a fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, who became a noted ornithologist and author despite serving a lifetime prison sentence?
- Bonus: Who portrayed Mr. Stroud in this film?
Roughly two-fifths of the field knew the film Birdman of Alcatraz, while just over 10% named Burt Lancaster for bonus points. Other topics in this round included the concept of altruism, a literary quote from Ebenezer Scrooge, and the Czech Republic’s bordering nations. In this round, Offbeats (Pretzel and Pizza), Lone Strangers (Mason), and Billy Crystal Balls (Mason) were perfect.
For the weekend’s 6-4-2 questions, we gave clues about the surname McCarthy, the color blue, and the continent of Africa. Sunday included this wagering question in the final round:
- Rhea, Iapetus, and Dione are the second to fourth largest moons that orbit what planet?
A quarter of our teams were correct to name Saturn. In other fourth-round subjects, we had a showing of Broadway’s The Music Man, had a helping of French toast, and listened to some Pink. Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor) and G Money (Dragon) were perfect in this round. After four rounds of play, these were the top scores:
- Billy Crystal Balls (Mason): 162
- Slightly Agitated (Springfield Manor): 159
- Magnificent Seven (Flying Ace): 159
- Beer Pressure (Dragon): 159
- Vandelay Industries (South Mountain): 155
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (40.54% success rate):
- Which team has won three Super Bowls, with the first two wins separated by 50 years?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (27.78% success rate):
- Which animal not only provides the world’s most widely consumed meat, but also supplies the world with more byproducts than any other?
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.25% success rate):
- With 10 total wins on 15 nominations, which director holds the record for most Oscars won by multiple films at the same ceremony?
Friday’s NFL champs are the Kansas City Chiefs, the Saturday animal is the pig, and Steven Spielberg had seven Oscar wins for Schindler’s List to go along with three more for Jurassic Park in the same year. There were no Perfect 21 teams over the weekend. However, these teams finished with the highest scores:
- Magnificent Seven (Flying Ace): 171
- Beer Pressure (Dragon): 165
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 164
- Vandelay Industries (South Mountain): 164
- Better Late Than Pregnant (Flying Ace): 163
- Shipwrecked (South Mountain): 163
- Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor): 161
- Slightly Agitated (Garage): 161
- What the Cuss (Belles’): 160
- Highwaymen (Springfield Manor): 158
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Vandelay Industries (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Korean Films)
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Abbreviations)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Beer Pressure (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Trinidad and Tobago)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Magnificent Seven (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Rock)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Adobe Photoshop)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Airplane Facts)
The Garage in Frederick, MD: Slightly Agitated (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: August 10 in History)
** PLEASE NOTE: NEXT WEEK’S GAME (SEPTEMBER 24) WILL BEGIN AT 4:00PM!! **
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lost in the Sauce (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Drew Barrymore)