Weekend Trivia Knows How to Party!

alt textOur full weekend schedule returned as we welcomed 98 teams across eight weekend venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from last weekend included the Rubik’s Cube, Canadian rapper Drake, the medical malady heartburn, and the U.S. Coast Guard, the latter of which provided the most difficult bonus question of the first round.  Only four out of 77 Friday teams knew that Alexander Hamilton made an official request to the U.S. Congress that resulted in the creation of the U.S. Coast Guard.  After the Saturday and Sunday teams each faced a trio of daunting bonus questions, we did not see any perfect scores during the first round last weekend.

SECOND ROUND:

The weekend audio questions featured topics such as films based on the work of Stephen King (The Shawshank Redemption, The Running Man, and The Green Mile), colorful songs titles, and the Broadway musical A Little Night Music from Stephen Sondheim. We then discussed the television drama Grey’s Anatomy, the liquor brands used to create a Three Wise Men cocktail, and the Chevron oil company.    Once again, the most difficult bonus question of the second round was asked of our Friday teams:

  • Respectively located in Germany and Spain, identify either one of the two most populous cities within the European Union that are NOT national capital cities.

Though more than three-quarters of the Friday field earned wagering points, only three teams responded with both correct answers of Barcelona and Hamburg.  Once again, the second round did not yield any perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Topics from the weekend halftime pages included television shows whose titles include the word American, celebrities whose surnames are also occupations, and U.S. lakes and rivers.  Overall, the average halftime score reached 15.7 points, but none of our teams posted a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is last weekend’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

We began the second half with topics such as the city of Atlanta, the one-hit wonder Chumbawumba, and the urban legend that supposedly explained the failure of the Chevy Nova in Spanish speaking countries.  In what was becoming a pattern, our Friday teams once again endured an incredibly difficult bonus question.  After about two-thirds of the field knew that Beck sang the Spanish language line “Soy un perdedor” in the song Loser, only four teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that the tune was originally released on the album Mellow Gold.  No perfect scores were posted in the third round last weekend.

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics included Mount Rainier in Washington state, the Mario Golf franchise of video games, and the nation of Denmark.  In addition, our weekend teams faced difficult three-part questions on topics such as the Hollywood box office, sports record holders, and historical spelling.  Across the board, these three-part questions asked during the final round yielded bonus points to just 9% of the field.  As a result, none of our weekend teams recorded a perfect final round score.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (32.6% success rate):

  • The enrollment at this private university was devastated by the U.S. Civil War, as only seven students graduated in 1869.  In order to symbolize a sense of healing, this school adopted a specific set of two colors as its official school colors.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.0% success rate):

  • Which U.S. state derives its name from that of a fictional land from the 16th century Spanish novel The Adventures of Esplandian?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (27.3% success rate):

  • Despite playing a key role in this period, which historical figure is named the most times in the stage musical Hamilton without ever appearing on stage as a character?

The respective correct answers for these final questions were Georgetown University, the state of California, and U.S. President John Adams.  Congratulations to Beer Pressure (Doc Waters), who was the only team to record a Perfect 21 last weekend by answering all 21 wagering questions correctlyHere is your final weekend leaderboard:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Muscle Cars)

Vanish Brewery: in Leesburg, VA: Thoroughly Screwed  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Shawshank Redemption)

P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: D.C. Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Founding Fathers)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Demented and Sad But Social  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Chippendales or Chip and Dale?)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Sultans of Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Astronomy)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Smarty Pants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1984 Summer Olympics)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB All-Star Game)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Watery Tarts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python and the Holy Grail)