Weekend Trivia Runs Up a Tab!

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A half-dozen locations hosted Pour House Trivia’s weekend games for 42 total teams.


The opening round on Friday concluded with this literary question:

  • According to the first title in an early 21st century novel trilogy, the character of Lisbeth Salander has a tattoo depicting what creature?
  • Bonus: What is the name given to that trilogy of books?

Lisbeth is the titular Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is the first novel in the Millennium trilogy; 17% of teams got the latter answer for bonus credit. The first round of each day’s game also included Three Clues, respectively about Benjamin Franklin, the lion, and shuffleboard. There were no perfect scores in this round.


Songs by singers with seven-letter stage names comprised Friday’s audio question, and 14.2% of the field received bonus points for naming MadonnaShakira, and Ashanti. Song titles made up the other weekend audio clues; Saturday’s titles each had the word Love, while Sunday’s song trio named days of the week in each title. Later on Friday, we asked about college basketball:

  • What is the only school to win three NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball championships in the last ten years?
  • Bonus: Which ACC school is the only one to lose three women’s tournament finals in that same timeframe?

While UConn is a three-time women’s basketball champ in the last decade, 14.2% of teams knew Notre Dame lost in the tournament finals in three different years over that time. Other topics in this round included Hawaii‘s Mauna Kea and the FTD flower company. Once again, a perfect score was out of reach for our teams here.


Big 4 sports teams in the Mountain Time Zone, national nicknames, and Grammy-winning albums were among the subjects featured in the weekend’s halftime rounds. The average score was 17.5 points, but five teams achieved 20-point perfection. After halftime, these were the highest scores:


At the midpoint of Friday’s third round, we gave this three-parter about films directed by Peter Jackson:

  • 1)  Naomi Watts took on the role of damsel in distress Ann Darrow in this remake of an American classic.
  • 2)  Murder victim Susie Salmon watches over her family in this film based on a best-selling novel.
  • 3)  Both Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey made their big screen debuts in this psychological drama.

In order, those films are King KongThe Lovely Bones, and Heavenly Creatures. The success rate for wagering points was 40%, but 5.71% of the field knew all three answers for bonus credit. Sunday’s toughest wagering query came in this round as well:

  • Containing a description of heredity he called pangenesis, the 1868 work The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication was written by which man?

Charles Darwin was identified by 20% of teams. Some other third-round questions dealt with the Battle of the Brians between Olympic figure skaters Brian Boitano and Brian Orser, the Holy Grail unveiled in the opera Parsifal, and the former drachma currency used by Greece. Another round passed with no perfect teams.


The weekend’s 6-4-2 subjects were the hummingbird, the University of Alabama football team, and former president James Buchanan. Another Friday three-parter was featured in this round, this time with the letters OPT found in each answer:

  • 1)  Russian engineer Igor Sikorsky is credited with modernizing this aerial vehicle.
  • 2)  Butterflies and moths belong to this taxonomic order of insects.
  • 3)  This information technology company is a sister branch of United Healthcare.

The answers helicopter, Lepidoptera, and Optum were all given by 11.4% of teams. A U.S. geography question was tricky in Sunday’s last round:

  • More than 40% of the area covered by this U.S. state is in the form of inland lakes. As a result, what is the largest state based on total area, among those located entirely east of the Mississippi River?
  • Bonus: Which other U.S. state is the largest by land area among those located entirely east of the Mississippi River?

While 40% of teams knew Michigan is has the most total area among states east of the Mississippi, no teams named Georgia as the state in that group with the most land area. Other subjects in this round included the Kroger grocery chain, the African country of Nigeria, and Dwayne Johnson’s film debut in The Mummy Returns. The only team to put up a perfect round did so here; Squircle Jerks (Flying Ace) earned all 36 points on Friday! With four rounds completed, these were the leading teams:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.71% success rate):

  • Thought to have lived around 300 A.D., a Roman military commander named Lucius Artorius Castus is considered to be one of the people who provided the basis for which legendary figure?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50% success rate):

  • Although every member of the team is Swiss, the soccer team FC Guardia does not play its home matches in Switzerland, but rather in what other independent nation?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (100% success rate):

  • In the year 1803, the national debt of the U.S. dramatically jumped by more than 20% to an unprecedented $86.4 million. Most of that increase was due to what specific reason?

Friday’s man in question was an inspiration for the King Arthur legend, while Saturday’s soccer team represents the Vatican City as the papal Swiss Guard and Sunday’s debt-increasing feat was the Louisiana Purchase. No teams put together a Perfect 21 on any weekend game. The final leaderboard was led by these teams:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: One Second Audio Clips)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Mouse Rat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Gen X-ers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Long Winter (novel))

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1985 Chicago Bears Roster)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Sherlock Homies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cricket (sport))

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Distractable (podcast))

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Peter the Great)