Weekend Trivia Repeats Itself!

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Six locations hosted a total of 55 teams over the weekend’s Pour House Trivia events.


The opening rounds gave us such subjects as a trio of people surnamed May, various species of penguin, and the back-to-back Golden Globes won by actor Jim Carrey in the late 1990s. For the latter question, no team on Sunday earned bonus points for knowing Carrey’s first leading film role came in the 1985 vampire movie Once Bitten. However, five teams earned a perfect score in their game’s first round.


Six-letter band names, spoken word sections of rock songs, and three titles with the word Name were the topics of the weekend’s audio categories. The first half’s toughest wagering question came late in Friday’s second round:

  • In terms of the number of bills printed, which denomination accounts for about 40% of all paper money currently in circulation in the United States?

Only 23% of the field knew that to be the $1 bill. A tricky bonus question ended Saturday’s first half:

  • Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro owed the longevity of his career to what type of pitch? Catcher and broadcaster Bob Uecker once said that the best way to catch this pitch was to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up.
  • Bonus: Niekro spent the majority of his MLB career with which team?

Most teams earned their wager for naming the knuckleball, but only 10.5% picked up two bonus points for knowing Niekro was an Atlanta Brave for most of his big league career. A game-high six perfect scores were earned in this round.


In the weekend’s halftime pages, teams had to identify items with zoological names, figure out sports from their equipment, and name some people who made the Forbes list of Most Powerful Women of 2023. While the average score was a quite successful 18.4 points, 12 teams went a perfect 20-for-20. At the halftime break, these were the highest-scoring teams:


Friday’s third round contained this difficult U.S. history question:

  • We’re not sure where the group held its meetings, but what two-word nickname was used as a derogatory term for a group of unofficial advisers kept by President Andrew Jackson?

The Kitchen Cabinet was identified by 23% of teams. On Saturday, another history question tripped up most teams:

  • Literally translated as restructuring, which Russian word gained popularity in the West just before the dissolution of the Soviet Union?

Even with a crossword-style clue, just 31% of the field knew the term perestroika. Finally, Sunday’s round ended with this trip overseas:

  • One can see the Buddhist culture of Luang Prabang, marvel at the ancient temples in the capital of Vientiane, or backpack in Vang Vieng in what southeast Asian nation?

Only one team figured out those clues described Laos. There were no perfect scores in this round.


Friday’s 6-4-2 about orange juice had two six-point correct answers, but no teams were able to name either actress Sigourney Weaver on Saturday or Romeo and Juliet on Sunday for the full six points. The weekend’s toughest wagering question in the four main rounds opened the last round on Saturday:

  • With albums in 1967 such as Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., which band is the only musical act in history to have four different #1 albums on the Billboard 200 in the same calendar year? This band was originally created for an NBC sitcom.

Only one team knew that record-setting band was The Monkees! Other topics in this round included college towns named AthensThree Clues about the name Marty, and Seth Green’s three Emmy Awards for the Adult Swim series Robot Chicken. Once again, this round featured no perfect teams. We reached the final question with these leading scores:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (43.33% success rate):

  • Though the record has been surpassed by a Bollywood actor, the Guinness Book of World Records once acknowledged that which American set a world record by playing the lead role in 142 feature films?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (36.84% success rate):

  • Using a less-than-scientific method, the website WhatCulture estimated that which 1993 film takes place over a span of 12,395 days, or just under 34 years?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (0% success rate):

  • Not including acting officials, seven women have served as the U.S. Secretary of which department, the most of any in the President’s Cabinet?

A couple of film final questions dealt with actor John Wayne and the film Groundhog Day, but no team was able to successfully name the Department of Labor on Sunday. The weekend’s games produced no Perfect 21 teams. These were the top weekend scores:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NHL Teams)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schoolhouse Rock (audio))

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Big Into Karate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Arena Rock (audio))

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classical Music)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Transformers: The Movie (1986))

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Ah Ha  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Team Nicknames)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Religions)