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A cool hundred teams, including 25 at Springfield Manor Winery, experienced a little Pour House Trivia this past weekend, doing so at one of eight locations.
Our weekend crew handled the first round pretty dang well. Friday’s teams had the hardest time getting bonus points on a three-part 50/50 question about Olympic track and field world records. On Saturday, the first half’s most difficult bonus question also came on an Olympic question about Greco-Roman wrestling and its 2000 American gold medalist Rulon Gardner, in which 80% of teams named either one of those for wagering points and just 23% got both for bonus points. Otherwise, weekend opening round subjects included fondue, ibuprofen, and the state of Oregon. Nine teams were able to score a perfect 36 points in the first round.
Both audio questions over the weekend proved to be the hardest in the first half. On Friday, teams heard songs from three artists thematically linked to The Wizard of Oz — Toto, Kansas, and Wiz Khalifa; 54% got either the mystery theme or all three musical acts, while almost one-fourth of our teams knew it all to get their bonus points. Saturday’s audio clue played three songs describing illegal acts (Breaking the Law by Judas Priest, Snoop Dogg‘s Murder Was the Case, and Criminal by Fiona Apple) and saw 61% of teams get at least two right answers, with a 26% bonus rate. Another tricky bonus question on Friday dealt with the Shakespeare work A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where only 12% of teams named Oberon as the King of the Fairies in that play. Other topics in this round included South Park character Butters, Winston Churchill’s Nobel Prize for Literature, and Three Clues about Jennifer Aniston. The only perfect score in this round went to Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social).
Friday’s halftime page contained TV show taglines and seven-letter literary works, while Saturday’s had pop culture hats and answers that started with P. On average, teams scored 15.4 points in the halftime round, while nine Saturday teams aced the page for all 20 points. At intermission, these teams were on top:
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 92
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 90
- Slightly Agitated (Belles’): 88
- DC Swampers (South Mountain): 87
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 87
Friday’s second half opened with a 1-2 punch of tricky questions. First, we asked for the famous bass player of three classic rock bands, and 43% of the field named at least two for wagering points. We followed up with an A+B=C question where a round-low 39% of our teams got the correct sum. Saturday’s third round featured the hardest bonus question all weekend, on this query:
- Opened in 1910, Comiskey Park was the longtime home of which American League baseball franchise?
While 80% of the field correctly named the Chicago White Sox, only two teams knew that team’s current stadium is called Guaranteed Rate Field. No teams were able to go perfect through the third round over the weekend.
Nine teams named the cigar for all six points on Friday’s 6-4-2, while three named the letter D for Saturday’s six-point boost. A question on Friday ended up being the hardest bonus chance all weekend; only 6.7% of the field knew that the Teapot Dome presidential scandal stemmed from the title location in Wyoming. After that, a Friday query turned out to be the toughest wagering question over the weekend:
- Which friend of Winnie-the-Pooh loves helping his friends, conquering his fears, and eating acorns? In the first Winnie-the-Pooh film made by Disney, this character was replaced by Gopher, much to the dismay of the franchise’s fans.
Piglet was correctly named by 36% of Friday’s teams. Saturday’s most difficult wagering question came at the end of the fourth round:
- Airing on CBS throughout the 1990s, which show featured Paul Zaloom portraying an eccentric scientist who performed comical experiments in response to viewer mail?
This was a possible multiple-choice question for the show Beakman’s World; only three teams knew it before the choices were revealed, but only half the field named the show even with those choices. Mouse Rat (Dragon) was the lone perfect-scoring team in this round. These were the high scores before the final question:
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 158
- DC Swampers (South Mountain): 156
- Sexual Chocolate (Belles’): 156
- Beer Pressure (Doc Waters): 154
- Sherlock Homies (Belles’): 154
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 154
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (44.6% success rate):
- According to the official explanation, which car brand’s logo represents a caliper, a precise and accurate measuring instrument, with the idea to highlight the exceptional quality of the brand’s vehicles?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (11.5% success rate):
- This eight-letter word had been used as a noun as far back as the 13th century, but its common usage today is as a verb. In 2009, it was named by the Oxford English Dictionary as its word of the year due to its use in a social-media context. What is that word?
Friday’s final answer was Acura, while Saturday’s word in question was unfriend. No teams got the Perfect 21, which means no squads were able to get all 21 wagering answers right. The weekend leaders are featured below:
- Beer Pressure (Doc Waters): 166
- DC Swampers (South Mountain): 164
- Mean Girls (Mason Social): 163
- Shamrocks (Doc Waters): 159
- Big Ten (Doc Waters): 157
- Mouse Rat (Dragon): 157
- Hobbled Hobbits (Dragon): 156
- Southpaw Fish (Belles’): 156
- Yesterday’s News (Doc Waters): 155
- Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor): 153
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 153
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Perversion or Diversion?)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Mouse Rat (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Food Wars)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Beer Pressure (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Conspiracy Theories)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Smartacus (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift Lyrics)
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: DC Swampers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Periodic Table)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Southpaw Fish (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MCU Phase One)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Cultured Heathens (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dolly Parton)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Mean Girls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mean Girls)