Weekend Trivia is Legendary!

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Four venues hosted a regular Pour House Trivia game over the Christmas weekend, while Dragon Distillery was the location of a special holiday-tinged theme game!


Friday’s opening round ended with this medical query:

  • In December of 1967, a South African surgeon carried out the first successful human-to-human transplant of which organ?
  • Bonus: Which doctor performed the aforementioned operation?

Most teams knew that was the first heart transplant, but nobody was able to snag bonus points for the doctor, Christiaan Barnard. Saturday’s round featured a question about the transcontinental Turkish city of Istanbul, in which 12.5% of teams added two extra points for identifying the Bosporus Strait that divides the city into its European and Asian sections. Other topics in this round included the early OXO computer program which played tic-tac-toe and the Shabbat day of rest in Judaism. No teams were able to earn a perfect score in this round.


Audio questions dealt with solo artists singing about Games (namely John Lennon‘s MindJewel‘s Foolish, and The Weeknd‘s Wicked) and clips from Christmas films. Friday’s hardest wagering question came in this round:

  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was a character created as a promotional idea for which famous department store?

Only 10.5% of the field knew Rudolph was a creation of the Montgomery Ward retail chain! We schooled Saturday’s teams with this question:

  • Opened in the early 4th century B.C., the ancient Greek institution known simply as The Academy was founded by ancient philosopher?


About 18% of that game’s squads correctly named Plato as the philosopher and founder of The Academy. Once again, there were zero perfectos this time around. 


Friday’s halftime featured celebrities on reality competition shows such as Blake Shelton and RuPaul, while Saturday’s showcased altered NFL helmets. The average score was 17.5 points, while 15 teams earned all 20 possible points! We reached the halftime intermission with these teams atop the leaderboard:


The second half of Friday’s game kicked off with a question which asked teams to order a quartet of famous people by their year of death:

  • George Harrison, John F. Kennedy Jr., Richard Nixon, Princess Diana

Wagering points went to teams who could at least get the earliest entry correct; 42% did so by naming Nixon, who passed away in 1994. However, 21% earned bonus points by getting the entire list in order: NixonDiana (1997), JFK Jr. (1999), Harrison (2001). Saturday’s toughest third rounder took us to the 50th state for a three-parter:

  • 1)  Which Hawaiian island has the highest population, at just over one million people?
  • 2)  Which island is composed of five volcanoes including Mauna Kea, the highest point of elevation in the state?
  • 3)  Though it’s nicknamed The Friendly Isle, which island was once used as a quarantine site for lepers?

In order, those answers are OahuHawai’i, and Moloka’i; the wagering success rate was 31% while the bonus rate was 12.5%. We also discussed topics like the mythological Arachne who was transformed into a spider and the Richard Gere/Diane Lane films Unfaithful and Nights in Rodanthe. This was the only round with a perfect team score; in fact, Freshly Baked Santas (South Mountain) was the only team all weekend to put together even one flawless round.


Nobody was able to name either former President Woodrow Wilson or the number 8 from six-point clues featured in the weekend’s 6-4-2 portion. A question on Friday about the Magic: the Gathering fantasy card game zeroed out our teams on the bonus, as none were able to name its creator, Richard Garfield. On Saturday, we asked this question:

  • In the late 18th century, German Duke Karl August played a key role in the popularity of which large dog breed originally used for hunting? Today, it is often included in the works of photographer William Wegman.

The Weimaraner was named by 31% of the field. Some other subjects in this round included Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean character, the names of the Three Wise Men (MelchiorCaspar, and Balthazar), and Three Clues about the phrase Merry Christmas. As hinted earlier, this round failed to produce any perfect scores. However, these teams led the way after four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (21.05% success rate):

  • Which legendary locale is referenced in the following quote from Sir Walter Raleigh? For the greatness, for the riches, and for the excellent seat, it far exceedeth any in the world.

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

  • The filmmaking of Andrei Tarkovsky, the paintings of Caravaggio, and the writing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez are all referenced in which song’s music video that won the 1991 MTV Video of the Year Award?

The final on Friday took us to El Dorado, while Saturday’s references were all found in the video to REM’s Losing My Religion. We apparently played Scrooge to our weekend teams, since none were able to earn a Perfect 21. These were the teams at the top of the final weekend scoreboard:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Freshly Baked Santas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gravity Falls)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Beer Pressure (THEME GAME)  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Latin Phrases)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Big Into Karate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Geography)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: 

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Apollo Missions)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Barking Bad  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fatboy Slim (audio))

The Garage in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT GAME JAN. 7 – FIRST CATEGORY: Jon Sings Reggae)