Weekend Trivia Spins Right Round!

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The weekend’s Pour House Trivia games were played by 59 teams across seven venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Topics in this round included the musical Cats, a quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and sections of the human heart. Friday’s first round featured this sitcom query:

  • Featuring Nikki Cox and Kevin Connelly as a pair of teenage siblings, the WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After was often compared to which live-action Fox series that debuted in 1987?
  • Bonus: Which stand-up comedian was credited only in a voice role on Unhappily Ever After?

Most teams knew the comparisons to Married… with Children, but only 11.7% added bonus points for naming Bobcat Goldthwait, who voiced the stuffed bunny known as Mr. Floppy. This round’s only perfect score was achieved by Billionaire’s Petting Zoo (Belles’).

SECOND ROUND:

The weekend’s audio questions covered themes such as songs with Pretty titles, Sigourney Weaver films, and musical acts singing about bloody things. A literary question in this round was tricky for Sunday’s teams:

  • Released in 1954, what British novel’s first three chapters are titled The Sound of the Shell, Fire on the Mountain, and Huts on the Beach?

Those three chapters begin Lord of the Flies, which was named by 22% of the field. Some other questions in this round took us to Argentina and Algeria, played some Diana Ross songs, and took part in a round of Mortal Kombat. Future Single Dads (South Mountain) and Murph’s Masters (Belles’) had this round’s perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Oscar-winning actresses, national parks around the world, and video game characters were some topics showcased at halftime this past weekend. The average team scored 17.4 points, but 15 teams earned all 20 points on their halftime sheet. Two teams were tied for first at the halftime intermission:

THIRD ROUND:

The toughest wagering question on Friday came midway through the third round:

  • Marking the first crossover episode on The Simpsons, the Season 6 episode A Star is Burns features Marge inviting a TV character to Springfield as a guest judge at the Springfield Film Festival. On which other TV series did this character originate?
  • Bonus: What is this character’s first and last name?

About 26% of teams knew that character was from The Critic, but 5.88% specifically knew his name is Jay Sherman. Saturday’s round began with three people who share the same last name:

  • 1)  Before graduating in 2011, this quarterback set numerous passing records at Texas Christian University.
  • 2)  Though he is better known for portraying a secret agent, this Welsh actor landed his big screen debut as King Philip II in The Lion in Winter.
  • 3)  In addition to his research on colorblindness, this scientist lent his name to a gas law used in both chemistry and physics.

The surname Dalton was figured out by 18% of the field, while one team provided all three first names (AndyTimothy, and John) for bonus credit. Finally, Sunday’s lowest wagering success rate also came in this round, here on a literary question:

  • Released in 2013, Sycamore Row was the second in a series of John Grisham works known as the Jake Brigance series. Which novel published 24 years earlier was the first in that series?
  • Bonus: What is the title of the 2020 novel that marked the third entry in the franchise?

Just one team correctly identified A Time to Kill as that novel, but they weren’t able to tack on a pair on bonus points for also naming 2020’s A Time for Mercy. With those tricky questions, this round had no perfect teams.

FOURTH ROUND:

Topics described over the weekend’s 6-4-2s were the character Alfalfa from The Little Rascals, the South American nation of Chile, and the lonely number one. On Friday, we spaced out a little with this query:

  • What two-word Latin phrase names the constellation that contains the star Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky?

Almost a third of the field provided that phrase, Canis Major. Other topics in this round included Three Clues about President James Monroe, the reboot of Muppet Babies, and explorer Walter Raleigh. Once again, a perfect score eluded our teams in this round. However, these teams led the way after four rounds of trivia:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (61.76% success rate):

  • Though its author is more closely associated with a city nearly 400 miles away, the 1827 poetry collection entitled Tamerlane and Other Poems was published anonymously, with credit being given To a Bostonian. This collection was what author’s first written work?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.75% success rate):

  • If you change one letter in this word, you go FROM a geometric term derived from the Latin for turning point TO a word described in fluid dynamics as a region in which the flow revolves around an axis line. Name both words.

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.33% success rate):

  • With over seven million visitors annually, what is the District of Columbia’s most-visited unit of the National Park Service?

In order, the weekend’s final answers were Edgar Allan Poe, the word pair vertex and vortex, and the Lincoln Memorial. We ended the weekend with no Perfect 21 teams. When all was said and done, these were the top scores:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Warhammer 40K)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Sherlock Homies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mount Everest)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Potent Potables)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Hockey League)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Demented and Sad but Social  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Nerd Birds  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jazz)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Independent Panda  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jon Sings the Beatles)