Weekend Trivia is All About the Ked-jamins, Baby!
We kicked off the long holiday weekend with seven local venues hosting a game of Pour House Trivia for a total of 76 teams.
Friday’s first round contained the weekend’s toughest first-half wagering question:
- Invented in the 1870s, which device named for an occupation allows people to travel very quickly to a ground level, without the use of stairs or an elevator?
That handy invention was the fireman’s pole, correctly named by 35% of the field. Other topics in this round over the weekend included the comedy film Zoolander, Three Clues about the word pixie, famed Weather Girls one-hit wonder It’s Raining Men, and the NCAA’s College World Series. Perfect scores in the round were reached by The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Belles’) and Legalized Gambling (Mason Social).
The audio clues over the weekend had to do with thematically-linked song titles; body parts on Friday and female song title characters on Saturday. Otherwise, we asked questions on the Japanese sea urchin delicacy, Three Clues about Charlotte, North Carolina, Soviet canine astronaut Laika‘s journey on Sputnik 2. The most difficult second-round wagering question came in Saturday’s game with a little bit about classic Hollywood:
- In this 1955 comedy, Marilyn Monroe’s character is never given an actual name, as she was simply known as The Girl. For your wager, give me the numerical title of this film which includes one of Marilyn’s most memorable film scenes.
About 45% of our teams were able to name The Seven Year Itch for wagering points, but only two teams tacked on a pair of bonus points for also knowing Billy Wilder directed the film. Shipwrecked (Springfield Manor) and Murph’s Masters (Belles’) put up perfect 36-point efforts in this round.
On Friday, teams were tasked with naming ten things with red in the name, then filling in the blank for ten films with dog title characters removed. Saturday’s page was a one-topic sheet: teams had to name ten real-life athletes and the films they were pictured in. The average score over the weekend was 14.6, but five teams went the distance and got all 20 points. We headed into the halftime break led by these teams:
- Legalized Gambling (Mason Social): 87
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Belles’): 85
- Slapsgiving (Pretzel and Pizza): 83
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 83
- Barking Bad (Pretzel and Pizza): 83
- Sharkfin Pizza (Flying Ace): 83
- Meridian Misfits (Mason Social): 83
In the third, teams handled topics such as Disney film Wreck-It Ralph, the UK’s Scotland Yard, the first names of famed explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and the infamous Trivial Pursuit typo of Moops from an episode of Seinfeld. Saturday’s third round also featured the night’s most difficult wagering question, a sports-themed Name That Year:
- What year featured Gordie Howe leading the NHL in scoring for the first time, the NFL Pro Bowl held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and a World Series with Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays?
Only 27 percent of the field got within five years of that year, 1951, for their wager. Just one team was able to hit the nail on the head with the exact year for bonus points. No weekend teams achieved perfect scores in the third round.
Friday’s 6-4-2 about Alaska saw nine teams name it after one clue for the maximum six points, but no teams were able to do the same on Saturday about the doctor profession. The fourth round on Friday started with questions on Neil Young and the Warthog military aircraft before a question about the five events in the modern pentathlon proved to be the night’s toughest wagering opportunity: only a third of teams were able to guess three of the disciplines (running, swimming, shooting, fencing, and equestrian). Saturday’s fourth round started with its hardest wagering query:
- The Heide Candy Company is best known for the production of which two brand-name gummy candies, both of which are a popular movie theatre snack and also have names that begin with the same set of three letters?
Roughly 31% of the field was able to name either Jujyfruits or Jujubes to get their wager. We went on to topics like singer Mariah Carey, the neighboring states of Arkansas, and movie dog breeds. Just like in the third round, no teams were able to get a perfect score in the fourth. Before the final question, these were the top scorers:
- Slightly Agitated (Springfield Manor): 150
- Ten Swiss Cheese (Dragon): 150
- Shipwrecked (Springfield Manor): 149
- Barking Bad (Pretzel and Pizza): 149
- Legalized Gambling (Mason Social): 147
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.4% success rate):
- For your wager, whose death prompted Frenchman Jacques Turgot to say He seized the lightning from heaven and the scepter from the tyrants?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (59.1% success rate):
- The initial choice for the name for this shoe brand was a word derived from the Latin word for foot. However, due to trademark issues, the company was forced to choose a new name with one letter different from their original choice. What is that brand, founded in 1916?
Turgot’s comments were about the late Benjamin Franklin, while that shoe brand is Keds. No weekend squads put together a Perfect 21 by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly. We wrapped up the weekend with these teams atop the leaderboard:
- Slightly Agitated (Springfield Manor): 162
- No MSG (Flying Ace): 159
- Sharkfin Pizza (Flying Ace): 158
- Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Springfield Manor): 157
- Barking Bad (Pretzel and Pizza): 157
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 156
- Shipwrecked (Springfield Manor): 155
- Cleanup on Aisle Four (South Mountain): 152
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Belles’): 152
- Mouse Rat (Dragon): 151
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Slightly Agitated (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Great Outdoors (film))
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Mouse Rat (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The X-Files)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Astrophysics)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: No MSG (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Get Smart (TV show))
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Cleanup on Aisle Four (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monster Hunter)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Barking Bad (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Meridian Misfits (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Marine Corps History)