Weekend Trivia is a Capital Idea!

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Led by a 20-team game at Springfield Manor Winery, Pour House Trivia was played by 95 teams across nine locations.


Wagering questions in the weekend’s first rounds were relatively successful, but each day had one tricky bonus chance. On Friday, the toughest bonus opportunity came on this question:

  • This German beer derives its name from the fact that the original brewery was located next to a former friary. Today it is known for its logo, which depicts a woman in traditional German garb offering pints to prospective drinkers. For your wager, name either the beer brand or the Midwestern U.S. city in which it is manufactured.

Only three teams named both St. Pauli Girl and the city of St. Louis for bonus points. Saturday’s tough bonus chance occurred in the night’s Three Clues, in which 18% of teams knew the Andes Mountains well enough to submit that answer before the final clue. Sunday’s Three Clues also came in the first round, where just a single team answered Buzz after just two clues. Other topics in this round included first Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Sean Penn’s first two wives (Madonna and Robin Wright), and Romanian perfect-10 gymnast Nadia Comaneci. This round’s perfect teams were Beer Pressure (Doc Waters), PB and J (Belles’), and Sexual Chocolate (Garage).


Audio questions over the weekend dealt with comedy films, musicians namedropped in song titles, and Gloria Estefan‘s theme song to the Netflix remake of One Day at a Time. Friday’s round ended with this question:

  • Passing away in 2017 at the age of 97, this graduate of the USC School of Law first gained fame as a 1980s TV personality. However, he became even more famous after he was heavily referenced in the film Rain Man. What is this man’s last name?

That man, Judge Joseph Wapner, was named by 49% of teams; 7.9% also knew his first name for bonus points. A geographic question proved tough on Sunday:

  • Which Great Lake is the world’s largest lake by surface area that is contained completely within a single country?

Exactly half of the field knew that lake is Lake Michigan. In other second-round action, teams handled Three Clues about Kobe Bryant, the former monarchy of Italy, and the cholera infection. Beer Pressure (Doc Waters) and Lone Strangers (Mason) each recorded a perfect score in this round.


Teams encountered halftime topics such as presidential children, films about mothers, and edited book covers. On average, teams scored 15.1 points in this part of the game; 12 weekend squads had a perfect 20-for-20 effort, though. At the halftime intermission, these were the leading teams:


On Friday, this was the toughest wagering query:

  • With a name meaning the red one in Arabic, which grand palace located in Grenada, Spain became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492?

Even with a crossword-style clue, just one-third of teams were able to name the Alhambra; 14% didn’t even need the additional hint and received bonus points. Sunday’s third round featured this literary question:

  • Most famous for a memoir documenting her life in Kenya, this Danish author’s farmhouse is now a museum found in a suburb of Nairobi named for her. You can either name that author or name that memoir.

Out of Africa author Karen Blixen (also known as Isak Dinesen) provided those correct answers; 37% of teams earned their wager, while 18% notched bonus points. This round also sported questions on the Quantum Leap TV revival, the online portmanteau webinar, and a three-parter about Cambodia. This round had perfect scores from Hot Singles in Your Area (South Mountain) and Independent Panda (Garage).


Weekend 6-4-2 topics were the chihuahua, the word edge, and former South African president Nelson Mandela. Sunday’s fourth round brought this Emmy question:

  • After breaking Lucille Ball’s record in 2013, which actress currently holds 19 career Primetime Emmy nominations for both lead and supporting roles in comedy series?

About 37% of the field named Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Friday’s round kicked off with a bit of mythology:

  • This god taught the arts of metalworking and construction to mankind, when he was not crafting weapons for the gods. You can either name this Greek god or name his Roman equivalent.

Roughly 44% of teams were able to figure out either of those names: Hephaestus in Greek mythology and his Roman equivalent, Vulcan. We moved on to other questions on subjects like the recent work of DJ Khaled, the confusing (and temporary) rebranding of Overstock.com, and the string quartet’s celloFive Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor) and Middle Aged (Flying Ace) had perfect scores in this round. After four rounds, these were the highest-scoring squads:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (61.9% success rate):

  • In 1956, 10-year-old Leonard Ross won a television quiz show. As a prize, he became the first guest to play the key sound at which American institution? 

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.25% success rate):

  • Recent estimates show that Charleston has overtaken Columbia as the most populous city in South Carolina. Because of that, there are only three states among the 13 original colonies whose capital is also their most populous city. Name all three states.

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (12.5% success rate):

  • The first stage version of this English fairy tale is thought to have been written by Charles Dibdin.  During its first performance in 1819, it was subtitled Harlequin and the Ogre. Name that fairy tale.

Leonard Ross was the first guest to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, the three states on Saturday are Georgia (Atlanta), Massachusetts (Boston), and Rhode Island (Providence), and Sunday’s fairy tale is Jack and the Beanstalk. A pair of weekend Perfect 21 efforts were made, one each for Your Mom (Springfield Manor) and Beer Pressure (Doc Waters). As it turns out, they also had the two best scores of the weekend:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Hot Singles in Your Area  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Your Mom  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Math)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Our Solar System)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Beer Pressure  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s One-Hit Wonders)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Saratoga  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYPre-Tudor English Monarchs)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: DC Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wizard of Oz)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Nerd Birds  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Books of the Bible)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYLudwig Wittgenstein)

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