Weekend Trivia is on the Cutting Edge!

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This past weekend’s Pour House Trivia games were hosted at nine venues for a total of 104 teams, including 26 which played Friday night at Springfield Manor Winery.

FIRST ROUND:

Topics covered in the weekend’s initial rounds included the origins of the banana split, the various career basketball championships won by Magic Johnson, and the long borders Texas and Arizona share with Mexico. Sunday’s round concluded with this wagering question:

  • What scientist’s 1905 paper On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies contained an early version of his Special Theory of Relativity?

Most teams picked up wagering points by correctly naming Albert Einstein, but none were able to notch bonus credit for knowing he was born in the German city of Ulm. First-round perfect scores were recorded by 22 weekend squads.

SECOND ROUND:

The weekend’s audio clues covered such subjects as body parts in song titles, three songs with the word Little in the title, and chilly band names (like Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys). On Friday, teams encountered this question late in the round:

  • The easternmost point in which U.S. state is found in Dare County, named for the English child born there in 1587? This county is also the site of another historical event which took place 316 years later.

Even though her name is Virginia Dare, her namesake county is found in North Carolina; that answer carried a 29% success rate, lowest of any first-half question in a weekend game. Other topics here included the 1980s film Mystic Pizza, the mythological sea goddess Calypso, and former world leader Mao Zedong. The only team to achieve second-round perfection was Elderly Leather (Pretzel and Pizza).

HALFTIME:

Some halftime topics given to our weekend teams included losing U.S. presidential candidates, actresses who portrayed on-screen princesses, and college sports mascots. A tough run of halftime pages led to an average weekend score of only 13.2 points, while the only perfect pages were earned by three Sunday teams. These were the highest-scoring teams at the halftime break:

  • Gen X-ers (Flying Ace): 87
  • Independent Panda (Garage): 87
  • Lofty Twins (Mason): 86
  • Lone Strangers (Mason): 86
  • SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 85 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

Third-round action saw each day’s game carry a tough wagering question. Friday’s dealt with a certain famous road:

  • Nevada State Route 375 runs almost 100 miles, mostly through unoccupied desert terrain. This road would be unremarkable if it weren’t for the various rumors surrounding certain landmarks nearby. What is the nickname of this highway?

About 23% of teams correctly named the Extra-Terrestrial Highway. Early in Saturday’s third round, teams received a vocabulary question:

  • In modern usage, this adjective is often used as a synonym for depressing or grim, but it is used in a different context to describe the titular House in a novel penned by Charles Dickens. What is this adjective?

The hardest wagering question on Saturday saw 35% of teams identify that word, bleak. As for Sunday, we memorialized a set of brothers:

  • In 2001, the province of Samut Songkhram erected a statue dedicated to the brothers Chang and Eng Bunker. In what modern-day country would you find this statue?

Chang and Eng were famous Siamese twins, and that statue is found in modern-day Thailand; 62% of the field got that one right. Some other questions in the third round dealt with video game marsupial Crash Bandicoot, beauty queen-turned-singer and actress Vanessa Williams, and a three-parter on TV shows set in historical locales. There were six perfect team scores in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Teams received 6-4-2 clues over the weekend about the diary literary genre, the nation of Japan, and limestone. The most difficult wagering question all weekend came at the start of Friday’s last round:

  • Among Middle Eastern countries, which nation of about 35 million residents spends the most money on national defense? On most worldwide lists, it ranks fourth behind the U.S., China, and Russia.

Roughly 18% of teams submitted the right answer, Saudi Arabia. Other topics handled here included Three Clues about the chemical compound of butane, the prolific MLB All-Star Game history for pitchers Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera, and the gemstone amethyst. This round’s perfect teams were Independent Panda (Garage) and Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason). Before the final question, these were the leading squads:

  • Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason): 158
  • Lone Strangers (Mason): 158
  • Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 157
  • Billy Crystal Balls (Mason): 156
  • Independent Panda (Garage): 155

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (35.21% success rate):

  • Which Founding Father was the only person to sign all three documents which established the United States: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, and the U.S. Constitution?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (29.41% success rate):

  • Between 1793 and 1805, the French government introduced and used names such as Germinal, Floreal, Thermidor, and Brumaire. These were new names given to what group of items?  

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (56.25% success rate):

  • In 1792, Nicolas Pelletier became the first person to have an unfortunate encounter with which device?

A French-fried set of final questions respectively referenced Benjamin Franklin, names for months of the year, and the guillotine. Unfortunately, our teams were all cut off from a Perfect 21 game over the weekend. Things wrapped up with these teams on top:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Priscilla’s Posse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Longmire)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Catoctin Clueless  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Female Scientists)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Lez Be Honest  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grimm’s Fairy Tales)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: WTF  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYThe Year 1968)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Bible)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Offbeats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Norse Mythology)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Independent Panda  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYSuccession)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYFrench Revolution)