Weekend Trivia Never Gets Tired!

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Ten venues hosted Pour House Trivia over Mother’s Day weekend for a total of 94 teams.


Late in Friday’s opening round, we gave a three-parter in which teams had to name the 1980s film by a trio of its characters:

  • 1)  Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler
  • 2)  Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms, Ned Nederlander
  • 3)  Peter Mitchell, Michael Kellam, Jack Holden

About 31% of teams earned their wager, but 4.47% got a bonus for naming all three films: GhostbustersThree Amigos, and Three Men and a Baby. Other topics in this round included events in the Olympic triathlon, the NCAA-leading lifetime football wins for Michigan and Ohio State, and a three-parter about TV moms. This round’s perfect scores were recorded by Last Call (Dragon) and Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza).


Weekend audio questions started with TV sitcoms and alliteratively-named acts. However, Sunday’s question about artists covering Billy Joel songs saw just one team earn bonus points for identifying Barry White, Garth Brooks, and Beyonce. A couple of bonus chances on Saturday gave teams trouble, including this geography question:

  • What are the two largest islands of the world based on land area?

One team was an island here, as that’s all there was able to name both Greenland and New Guinea. Another question about Gladiator actor Oliver Reed‘s passing shortly before filming ended saw two teams name that man who portrayed Proximo in the film. Six teams earned perfect scores in the second round.


At halftime, teams encountered sports films, famous sisters and their surnames, and pro wrestlers who entered Hollywood such as John Cena and Roddy Piper. On average, weekend teams scored 14.7 on their page, but three went far enough to get all 20 points. We reached the halftime break with these top scores:


Friday’s toughest wagering query showed up early in the third round:

  • What was the two-word name of the defunct corporation which was created in 1943 as a joint venture between a Midwestern chemical company and a New York-based glassware company?

Dow Corning was identified by 28% of the field. Saturday’s Three Clues asked teams to name a song:

  • This is the title track to David Bowie’s third studio album.
  • This song has been covered by more than two dozen artists, including Lulu, Simple Minds, and John Mellencamp.
  • The highest-charting cover version of this song was recorded for an album entitled MTV Unplugged in New York.

Made quite famous by Nirvana’s Unplugged special, 12% of teams named that song: The Man Who Sold the World. On Sunday, we asked a literary question:

  • The Biblical line For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth was the inspiration for the title of the final work published by which author who passed away in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama in 2016?

Go Set a Watchman (and To Kill a Mockingbird) author Harper Lee was named by 36% of teams. This round had no perfect scores.


While 23 teams knew the word monitor from the six-point clue on Friday’s 6-4-2, none did so on Saturday for the nation of Rwanda and a pair on Sunday took six points for a correct early guess of the film Moulin Rouge!. A three-parter at the end of Sunday’s regulation questions had a particular naming pattern with its answers:

  • 1)  Described as tall and tan and young and lovely, Brazilian teenager Heloisa Pinheiro was the inspiration for this Grammy-winning tune.
  • 2)  Portrayed by Robert Vaughn, secret agent Napoleon Solo was the title character of this 1960s TV series.
  • 3)  Hugh Jackman starred in this jukebox musical based on the life of songwriter Peter Allen.

About 18% of the field earned their wager for naming at least two of those answers: The Girl from IpanemaThe Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Boy From Oz. Other topics in this round included Three Clues about the film The Elephant Man, the naming origins of MLB’s Kansas City Royals, and the Magic Hat brewing company from Vermont. Again, no teams in this round earned all 36 points. Two venues split the top five teams after four rounds:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (29.85% success rate):

  • Which member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame received an 1844 patent for his Improvement in India-Rubber Fabrics?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (37.5% success rate):

  • Which two planets have atmospheres made up almost entirely of carbon dioxide?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.18% success rate):

  • Who is the most recent performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for portraying a character whose name appears in the title of the film?

We began our weekend’s final questions with one on inventor Charles Goodyear. After that, we traveled to Venus and Mars, then celebrated Jessica Chastain‘s Oscar win for The Eyes of Tammy Faye. However, we closed our eyes to any Perfect 21 teams in this weekend’s games. The weekend’s final leaderboard was topped by these teams:

Two teams earned honorable mentions for playing with more than seven players and putting up a boatload of points: PB and J (Belles’) scored 169 points while Yeah That’s Right (South Mountain) had 166 points.


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: #1 from 1986 or 1987? (audio))

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dinosaurs)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: German Grammar)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Strong With the Force  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars)

The Links at Challedon in Mount Airy, MD: Four Pours and Seven Beers Ago  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hiking the Appalachian Trail)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: There’s a Bug in My Car  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nu Metal)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Caboose  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Caribbean Vacation Destinations)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barbie: Princess Charm School)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Helldivers 2)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Norfolk and Chance  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Antarctic Expeditions)

Agave 137 in Frederick, MD: Tequila Mockingbird  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Civil War)