Weekend Trivia Says Goodbye to 2023!

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The final weekend of 2023 featured two Pour House Trivia games. A total of 64 teams attended across PHT’s six locations.

FIRST ROUND:

In Friday’s first round, we discussed the most populous cities in Louisiana before tracking winter sports moves:

  • In which winter sport would one make a Stem turn, a Parallel turn, or a Christie turn?

About 44% of teams knew those are skiing manuevers. Saturday’s topics included the bones of the human jaw and the final broadcast from newsman Walter Cronkite. Seven teams recorded a perfect score in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

Both nights featured successful audio questions, respectively covering the Bob’s Burgers theme song and song titles that feature methods of movement such as Running on Empty by Jackson Browne. The midpoint of Friday’s second round featured this question:

  • For which films did Martin Scorsese earn his first two Oscar nominations for Best Director?

Scorsese has nine Best Director nominations in total, but his first two were for 1980’s Raging Bull and 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ. While 41% of teams named one of those films, no team was able to get bonus points with both titles. The toughest bonus chance in Saturday’s first half came on this query:

  • While it can also describe a toy often found above a baby’s crib, which term refers to artistic sculptures that are usually suspended from a ceiling and move with the lightest current of air?
  • Bonus: Which American artist is thought to be the originator of these sculptures, which he called stabiles?

Most teams received their wager for getting the term mobile, but only 14% identified Alexander Calder for bonus credit. This round had no perfect team scores.

HALFTIME:

On Friday, we showcased movie monsters and matched muscles to their place in the human body. Saturday’s halftime round asked teams to identify items with the letters BON, then name companies from items they currently sell. The average team scored 17.2 points, but a full 20-point page was recorded by three squads. These were the top scores at this point in the game:

THIRD ROUND:

The most difficult wagering question on Friday came near the end of the third round:

  • Which female singer is credited with 18 number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, earning 12 as a member of a trio, and six during her career as a solo artist?

While Beyonce also reached fame first as a member of a trio before embarking on a highly successful solo career, Diana Ross reached those Billboard numbers; this question had a 23% success rate. The end of Saturday’s third round also featured a tough Oscar question:

  • Twice playing real people and once playing a fictional oil prospector, actor Daniel Day Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in which films?

About 52% of teams earned their wager with two right answers, but 19% knew all three: My Left FootThere Will Be Blood, and Lincoln. Each night’s Three Clues were found in this round; we read a trio of clues about the Liberty Bell and the South American nation of Colombia, respectively. This round’s perfect teams were Freshly Baked Santas (South Mountain) and Billionaire’s Petting Zoo (Belles’).

FOURTH ROUND:

While no team identified the color green from the six-point clue in Friday’s 6-4-2, two teams recognized the sledding activity for all six points on Saturday. A pair of tough bonus questions were asked in Friday’s fourth round, starting with a question about the literary Walter Mitty; 9.3% of teams knew his creator was author James Thurber. Two questions later, we took a trip through Europe:

  • Traveling due east from Edinburgh, Scotland, one would enter the North Sea.  What are the first two countries (other than the United Kingdom) through which you would pass along this route?

Again, 9.3% of the field earned two extra points for naming both Denmark and Sweden. Saturday’s final round began with another timeline question, asking teams to name which of these works was produced first:

  • Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Hamlet, Utopia

About 42% of teams knew Beowulf came first, with a manuscript created around 1000 AD. However, one team earned bonus points for putting all four works in the correct order, listing The Canterbury Tales (1387-1400), Utopia (1516), and Hamlet (about 1600) in that order. Once again, a perfect score eluded the field in the fourth round. Before the final question, these were the leading scores:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (34.88% success rate):

  • Robert Chesebrough patented which product in 1872? He derived its name from the German word meaning water and the Greek word meaning oil.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (14.29% success rate):

  • What film was advertised with a poster featuring the tagline A Different Set of Jaws, as a reference to Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster which opened earlier that year?

Chesebrough patented Vaseline, while Saturday’s tagline referred to the lips on the poster of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Unfortunately, we ended 2023 with no Perfect 21 teams in either weekend game. These teams were the final high scorers of the year:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Romeo’s Biggest Fans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dogs)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: 1989 or Red?)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Transcontinentals  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Polk)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Montgomery Plaid  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: A Team With No Name  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Opium Wars)

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

The Garage in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jon Sings Reggae)