Weekend Trivia is Speaking My Language!

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The final weekend of October featured seven Pour House Trivia venues and a total of 58 teams.


We tucked into the weekend games with questions about Sweeney Todd, Bullseye (the mascot of Target stores), and the Furby. The most difficult question in Friday’s opening round came at the end, with this flight of fancy:

  • Based on air miles, which two national capital cities are situated closest to Washington, D.C.?

About 53% of the field named either Ottawa (Canada) or Nassau (the Bahamas) for wagering credit, while 17% had both correct answers. The only perfect score in any opening round over the weekend went to Beer Pressure (Doc Waters).


Audio questions this past weekend featured songs with months in the title, other songs with NBA team names in the title, and songs recorded by men named Tom, Dick, and Harry. A Three Clues question midway through the second round proved to be the hardest of Friday’s game, and we started it with these two clues:

  • CLUE 1: After nitrogen and oxygen, this is the third-most abundant gas in Earth’s atmosphere, at just under one percent.
  • CLUE 2: It is a noble gas with atomic number 18.

Argon was successfully named with an early guess from a quarter of the teams, while another 1/4 of the field needed a third clue to get it right. Other topics in the second round included the boa fashion accessory, the White Russian cocktail, and Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe. This round had the most perfect team scores, this time going to Beer Pressure (Doc Waters), PB and J (Belles’), and Sherlock Homies (Belles’).


Halftime topics included mockups of The Last Supper with pop culture franchises, celebrities rocking Chicago Cubs gear at Wrigley Field, and Broadway musical logos. Eight teams recorded perfect scores on their halftime sheet, while the average score was 16.9 points. At the halftime break, these teams were on top:


A question at the end of the third round on Friday proved to be the hardest of the round:

  • From July 4, 1845 to September 6, 1847, author Henry David Thoreau made his home on the shore of which body of water?

Just under 70% of our teams had the right answer, Walden Pond, while just 12% added bonus points for naming its location, Concord, Massachusetts. We also discussed subjects such as Lady Gaga‘s various concert tours, the bygone Howard Johnson’s restaurant chain, and the Real Housewives television franchise. This round pitched a shutout, as no team secured all 36 points.


Weekend 6-4-2 questions asked teams to name Smokey Bear, John Travolta, and the film Big. In our various fourth rounds, we had questions about Bob Newhart, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and the origins of Chef Boyardee. There were a couple of tricky things we asked about, including this question:

  • Which monument encompassed by Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah is maintained by the Navajo Nation as a tourist attraction?

A third of the field named the Four Corners Monument for credit. We also had this NBA question that wasn’t exactly a slam dunk:

  • Both situated in U.S. state capitals, which two teams hold the longest current NBA Championship droughts? Each franchise won its most recent NBA title more than 60 years ago.

Only four teams on Friday named both the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks for bonus credit. Zero Clue (Springfield Manor) earned the only perfect fourth-round score. Before the final question, these teams were in the lead:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (5.1% success rate):

  • On the list of highest-grossing films worldwide in history (not adjusted for inflation), the highest-ranking film with a rating lower than 50% on Rotten Tomatoes is a 2018 release. While it made over $1.3 billion dollars at the box office, its critic score is just 47%. That film is part of which film franchise?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (55.5% success rate):

  • Which nine-letter adjective stems from the Latin word for juice? Some of its synonyms are tasty, delectable, and plump, but this word is also well known to botanists as a noun.

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (22.2% success rate):

  • Among the ten most widely spoken languages worldwide, what are the first and last languages when listed alphabetically? 

That low-rated film is part of the Jurassic World franchise (specifically Fallen Kingdom), while that adjective is succulent and those languages in question are Arabic and Spanish. A single Perfect 21 was earned in a weekend game, as PB and J (Belles’) stuck it out and recorded right answers on all 21 wagering questions. These teams ruled the roost over the weekend:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Zero Clue  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Now in Theaters)

P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS  (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Succession)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Beer Pressure  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Chickens)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Middle Aged  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYNovember 4 in History)

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: DC Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Civil War Field Fortifications)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: PB and J  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYRugby)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYClue (film))

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Russian Space Missions)

Coast Tacobar in Hagerstown, MD: All About the B’s  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter Actors in Other Roles)