Weekend Trivia is Flying High!
The Pour House Trivia weekend featured six total locations and 74 squads ready to play! The most-attended venue was Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA, which played host to 22 teams.
The most difficult wagering chance of any first round offering this weekend came on a Friday three-parter in which teams had to name the airline by ad slogan; 70% of teams got at least two right, while almost a third of the field named all three (Delta, United, and Southwest) for bonus points. Saturday’s toughest wagering question found our teams in the drive-thru:
- You are in the drive-thru at which fast food restaurant if you’re trying to decide between a Double-R Bar Burger, a Roast Beef Sandwich, and a Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich?
Again, 70% of teams earned their wager, this time with a correct answer of Roy Rogers. Other topics in the round included scientist Isaac Newton, the Biblical Ten Commandments, and the phrase Blitz for Six trademarked by the NFL’s New England Patriots. There were seven perfect scores across the weekend’s first rounds.
Audio subjects over the weekend included cover songs and song titles beginning with the word what (What I Like About You by the Romantics, What I Got by Sublime, and Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean?). Friday’s teams had to wait for the end of the round to receive the first half’s toughest wagering question, which contained some capital wordplay:
- Which two letters serve as the first letter of exactly two U.S. state capital cities each?
Those letters are O (Oklahoma City and Olympia) and R (Raleigh and Richmond); only 20% of teams named either, while 5% got both for bonus credit. A Saturday Three Clues question about former president John Quincy Adams saw 44% of teams name him at any point, but 8.8% were able to do so early for two extra points. Otherwise, subjects in this round included 1988 film A Fish Called Wanda, TV show Shark Tank, and microscopic organism plankton. This round’s only perfect team was Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason).
Friday topics included Tony Award-winning celebs, terms with double-Es such as the meerkat and TV’s Glee, and some pro career timelines of famous athletes. The average team score was 15.2, but nine teams achieved perfection to earn all 20 points. At the halftime break, these were the highest-scoring teams:
- Murph’s Masters (Belles’): 89
- Lone Strangers (Mason): 89
- PB and J (Belles’): 87
- Mean Girls (Mason): 87
- No MSG (Flying Ace): 86
The most difficult wagering question all weekend reared its ugly head midway through Friday’s third round:
- Peace Corps volunteer Ann Moore invented which brand name item in the 1960s, after being inspired by how women in the African country of Togo carried their babies?
Even with a crossword-style hint coming later, just three teams were able to identify the Snugli; one team didn’t even need the hint to provide that answer for extra points. We got architectural to build this question on Saturday:
- In addition to designing the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama and the Museum of Chinese in America found in New York City, which female artist and architect is perhaps best known for designing a certain D.C. area landmark at the age of 21?
The hardest question of Saturday’s game was about this architect, Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; 26% of the field knew her name for points. Some other subjects in this round included Marcel Marceau, the famous French mime who spoke the only word in Mel Brooks’s Silent Movie, rapper T.I., and former athletic competition series American Gladiators. Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza) was high quality in this round, becoming the only team to reach a perfect third-round score.
6-4-2 questions about King John and Kazakhstan were found before the fourth round began. An art question became Friday’s toughest fourth-rounder:
- Purchased for more than $250 million in 2011, the 1890s painting entitled The Card Players set a record (at the time) as the most expensive painting ever sold. Its artist, a French Post-Impressionist, was also proficient at still life, including a number of works depicting bowls of fruit. What is this artist’s last name?
Paul Cezanne was correctly identified by 12% of our teams. We also discussed subjects such as South Carolina‘s secession from the Union in 1860, the ingredients in a mudslide cocktail (vodka, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream), the medical tourniquet, and the end of Stadia, Google‘s failed cloud gaming service. Yet another round with only one perfect team saw Lone Strangers (Mason) earn that honor. We reached the final question with these teams in the lead:
- Lone Strangers (Mason): 160
- Mean Girls (Mason): 158
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 157
- DC Swampers (Mason): 155
- Heavy Metal Parking Lot (Mason): 153
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (52.5% success rate):
- While it could potentially serve as a slogan for your Pour House Trivia team, IBM president Thomas Watson posted which word on walls throughout his company offices, then named the IBM newsletter after it?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (38.2% success rate):
- It was known as the Sacred Cow for Franklin Roosevelt. For Harry Truman, it was known as Independence, while Eisenhower called it the Columbine. Since Kennedy’s time as President, it has primarily been known by which other name?
Friday’s IBM word was Think, while Saturday’s Presidential object was what we now know as Air Force One. One team pulled out all the stops to earn a weekend Perfect 21: Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza) provided correct answers to all 21 wagering questions in Saturday’s game! Final standings crowned these teams as the cream of the weekend crop:
- DC Swampers (Mason): 167
- No MSG (Flying Ace): 163
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason): 160
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 159
- Slightly Agitated (Belles’): 156
- G Money (Dragon): 155
- Murph’s Masters (Belles’): 155
- Beer Pressure (Dragon): 151
- What the Cuss (Belles’): 150
- Gettysburgers (South Mountain): 150
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Gettysburgers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psychology 101)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: German Language)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: No MSG (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Washington Irving Works)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Slightly Agitated (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Top Gun: Maverick)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Discontinued Google Products)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: DC Swampers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (Bush 41 or Bush 43?))