Weekend Trivia Hits the Target!

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During World Series weekend, Pour House Trivia’s normal games were played by 101 teams across our nine venues. Leading the way: Springfield Manor Winery, which hosted 24 teams.


A question on Friday about a pair of famous people with the same last name proved to be the most difficult first round query over the weekend:

  • He was researching influenza when he discovered penicillin while, decades later, she won an Olympic gold medal in ladies singles figure skating. What is the last name those people shared?
  • Bonus: Identify both of their first names.

Those people were Alexander and Peggy Fleming; 46% of the field had the surname, but just 11.2% provided both first names for bonus points. Other topics in this round included the visit Pope Francis made in 2015 to the United States and Cuba, the mobile game Candy Crush Saga, and early South Park episode titles. Eight teams recorded perfect scores in this round.


Audio questions for the weekend were tricky on a couple of days. A trio of songs with titles shared with feature films were played on Friday; 35% of teams named at least two of Boyz in the Hood (NWA), Babe (Styx), and Vertigo (U2). Saturday’s audio clue gave oxymoronic song titles, but Sunday’s played titles that each start with the same word. On that one, just a single team earned bonus credit for all three titles: All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor), All About Soul (Billy Joel), and All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan). Friday’s second round featured this U.S. history query:

  • In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state to join the Union, as well as the first state NOT to have been one of the original British colonies. Before the close of the 18th Century, which two other states would join the Union?

Kentucky and Tennessee joined in 1792 and 1796, respectively; 21% of teams named at least one, but 8.4% had both right answers. A pair of NFL questions later in the weekend were also tough. On Saturday, 43% of the field knew the Kansas City Chiefs are enjoying the longest active postseason streak at eight seasons. However, a Sunday question about the Seattle Seahawks‘ only Super Bowl title had a success rate of 42%. A perfect score in this round eluded all of our teams.


Some subjects covered by weekend halftime rounds included beverage brand names, children’s literature characters, and famous music videos. The average tally was 14.8 points, while 11 teams racked up all 20 available points. One team crossed the 90-point threshold by the halftime break:


Saturday’s third round featured that evening’s two hardest questions. One was about the British slang term bird, while this MLB query came at the end of the round:

  • Since Major League Baseball’s first franchise expansion in 1961, which three expansion teams have appeared in at least four World Series?

About 18% of the field named two, while one team named all three of the Houston Astros (five appearances), New York Mets (five), and Kansas City Royals (four). This round also contained Sunday’s least-successful wagering question:

  • Named for a Dutch city, which type of jar is said to store static electricity?

Just two teams correctly named the Leyden jar. Some other questions in this round dealt with the Father of Genetics, Gregor Mendel, the Zimmermann Telegram between Germany and Mexico that led to the U.S. entering World War I, and Three Clues about the rainbow. This round’s only perfect team, fittingly enough, was Lone Strangers (Mason).


The only 6-4-2 topic to get correct six-point guesses was Friday’s about Iran; neither gunpowder nor the mockingbird received the same treatment. This final round contained Friday’s Three Clues about an actor:

  • This actor’s feature film debut was in the comedy Big Top Pee-Wee, where he portrayed Duke, the Dog-Faced Boy.
  • He is one of three Puerto Rican performers to have won an Academy Award.
  • He won his Oscar for the crime drama Traffic, and he also appeared in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Just under a fifth of our teams correctly named Benicio del Toro. Other topics in this round included the band Paramore, a tasty question about duck sauce, and the M*A*S*H novel which inspired a film adaption and, later, the TV series. The even-round curse struck again, as no perfect scores were achieved in the fourth. We cruised into the final question with these teams atop the standings:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (38.03% success rate):

  • To avoid asking rural folks to travel on a Sunday, which American event was set on a day after the harvest other than Sunday?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50% success rate):

  • After its founding in 1972, this company became a pioneer in its industry. Although it was founded in the United States, it took its name from a Japanese verb meaning to hit a target. What is the name of that company?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (7.14% success rate):

  • Which word referring to a powerful person is derived from the name of a dynasty that ruled India for more than 300 years?

Friday’s special event is Election Day, Saturday’s company is Atari, and Sunday’s word is mogul. Wrath of Kahan (Belles’) put in the work to become the weekend’s only Perfect 21 team, earning points on each of the 21 wagering questions! That team and these others were the top of the weekend clubs:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Rejects  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Circus Performers)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Yeah, That’s Right  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Paw Patrol)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Anchorman)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: No Eye Deer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reality TV)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Space Force  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NASA)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Wrath of Kahan  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Game of Thrones)

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

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Billionaire Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jon Sings Kenny Loggins)

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