Weekend Trivia is Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good…

As usual, our two busiest venues each brought in more than 15 teams on Friday night for a roller coaster ride of weekend trivia.  All told, our four weekend venues welcomed 46 teams:

FIRST HALF:

We don’t normally see a first round question dip below a 30% success rate, but this question on U.S. Presidents threw our Saturday teams for a loop:

–> After ten years in the U.S. Senate, which Democrat served less than three months as Vice President before suddenly ascending to the office of U.S. President.

The most popular wrong answer was Lyndon Johnson, who indeed served more than ten years in Senate, but he also had served nearly three years as V.P. before Kennedy’s assassination.  Instead, we were looking for this other Democrat:

Dewey Defeats Truman Election

Only three of our 13 Saturday teams knew that Harry Truman took over as V.P. only after Roosevelt’s fourth victorious election.  Meanwhile, our Friday teams opened their game by dealing with difficult bonus questions on the topics of minor league baseball and the albums of R.E.M.  Our weekend audio questions involved songs with “Cars” in the title and clips from Jim Carrey films (one of which coincidentally was “The Truman Show”).  Other second round topics included the new Netfix series Maniac”, the film “Rising Sun”, and the celebrity marriage of NBA star Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union.  Uncle Jack (Belles’) recorded the only perfect score this weekend, notching 36 points in Saturday’s first round.

HALFTIME:

Hotel chain logos and directional celebrity names highlighted this weekend’s halftime pages, which yielded a combined average score of 14.8 points along with five perfect scores.   These were your top weekend teams at the halftime break:

SECOND HALF:

Second half topics from last weekend included Spiro Agnew, the Murphy bed, and this NHL team which won a Stanley Cup less than one year after relocating from Quebec:

NHL Avalanche

A pair of final round questions gave our Friday teams a wicked one-two punch:

–> Derived from words meaning ‘many tongues’, which eight-letter term refers to someone who is extremely proficient in learning foreign languages?

–> Which clear yellowish fluid remains from blood plasma after clotting factors such as fibrinogen have been removed?

None of our Friday teams answered both of these questions correctly, while only 31% earned points on either of these questions, with the correct answers of polyglot and serum.  Meanwhile, our Saturday teams hit a speed bump on a question involving U.S. Civil War geography, as only two teams could name either one of the two U.S. states which are home to the northernmost and southernmost Civil War-related National Military Parks: Pennsylvania (Gettysburg) and Mississippi (Vicksburg).  None of our weekend teams recorded 36 points in either of the final two rounds.  Here is your overall weekend leaderboard after four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (6.1% success rate):

–> Since its premiere in the year 2000, which current TV show has been nominated eight times in the category of Outstanding Comedy Series, the most among all shows that have never won the award?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.3% success rate):

–> For your wager, which novel of the 1850s features a title character that does not make an appearance until Chapter 133?

Friday’s final question proved to be extremely difficult, as only two out of 33 teams answered correctly with “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.  Meanwhile, exactly one-third of Saturday teams gained points on their final question with the correct answer of “Moby-Dick”.  None of our teams earned the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here is your final overall weekend leaderboard:

THIS WEEKEND’S WINNERS:

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Meet the Press  (Next week’s first category: Frederick County Government)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Fan Club  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on October 19: 2018 MLB Playoffs)

Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Business Ethics)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: American Authors)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Cultured Heathens  (Next week’s first category: Agatha Christie)