Weekend Trivia Was a Walk to Remember!
Pour House Trivia welcomed 98 teams over the weekend across seven locations, including a 25-teamer at Springfield Manor Winery.
Friday’s trickiest first-half wagering question came at the end of the opening round, on this award-winner:
- Although she only had one win in seven nominations in the 1990s, a certain actress set a record in the 2010s for most consecutive Primetime Emmy wins for the same role on the same TV show. Name the actress, the 2010s TV show, and the character she played on that show.
Teams only had to know two of those three answers to receive wagering points, which about a third of the field was able to do. However, just 8.9% recognized all three parts: the record streak for Julia Louis-Dreyfus as well as her role as Selina Meyer on Veep. On Saturday, teams took a little stumble on this trip to the bar:
- While many recipes also call for a lime and/or lime juice, a Cuba Libre is a highball drink that contains which two main ingredients?
A little less than half of the field knew a Cuba Libre is another word for a rum and coke. Otherwise, first-round topics included the armistice that officially ended the Korean War, the Motel 6 ad slogan, and the natural phenomenon known as bioluminescence. Opening round perfectos were recorded by Dr. Badger, DDS (Doc Waters), Better Lucky Than Smart (Flying Ace), and Doing Our Worst (Mason Social).
The audio clue on Friday dealt with marching band covers of popular songs, while Saturday’s groups heard a trio of songs from the year 2010 and get within one of that year for credit. A question on Friday about Alan Rickman’s first and last film roles brought a zero-perfect bonus success rate, as no teams knew he both started with Die Hard and ended with a voice role in Alice Through the Looking Glass. This bit of literary linguistics proved to be Friday’s hardest second-round wagering chance:
- When using the native tongue, which Leo Tolstoy novel is entitled Voyna i Mir?
About 55% of our teams on Friday correctly named War and Peace as that work. Saturday’s teams had this wagering question halfway through the round:
- Martha Jane Cannary was an American frontierswoman who toured with Wild West shows beginning in the late 19th century, where she was best known by what two-word nickname?
Calamity Jane was that famous moniker, successfully answered by 45% of the field. However, only 7.1% added bonus points for knowing she was portrayed by Robin Weigert on the 2000s TV show Deadwood. No teams were able to put together a perfect second round over the weekend.
Friday’s halftime sheet involved animated characters with names that start with F and answers that feature the words black and white. The halftime page on Saturday dealt with royally-named films and fast food chain ad slogans. Only three teams had a complete 20-point effort, but the average score was 15.2 points. We reached intermission with these top scores:
- Doing Our Worst (Mason Social): 87
- Ramalamadingdong (Springfield Manor): 86
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 86
- Dr. Badger, DDS (Doc Waters): 86
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 85 POINTS
On Friday, teams started their second half with Three Clues about cyanide, the origins of the word prologue, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks. After that, they faced the hardest wagering question of the night:
- Now known by a different name, what was the capital city of India until 1911, when the British moved the capital to New Delhi?
Teams could have given either the current name of Kolkata or the name it went by until 2001, Calcutta, for credit, but only 8.9% were able to do so. A question about Paul Shaffer’s time as the musical director of Saturday Night Live saw only two teams add bonus points for knowing his role in the 1980s mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. (Sadly, we couldn’t go to 11 teams on that one.) The toughest wagering question in Saturday’s third round was its first:
- Meaning great madness in Greek, which psycho-pathological condition is characterized by delusions of grandeur?
Although there was a second crossword-style clue later on to help, the term megalomania was named by only 38% of the field; 9.5% did so early for bonus credit. Other topics in this round included the KitchenAid appliance brand, the use of New Orleans as a film setting, and the origin of the Alpo dog food brand. As with round two, there were no perfect scores to be found here.
Weekend 6-4-2 questions saw a Friday success rate of 10% for John F. Kennedy and 21% for Saturday’s subject, North Carolina. The film Dumb and Dumber, Kawasaki motorcycles, and the narcissus plant comprised some of the early fourth-round topics on Friday, but the final question of the round was its most difficult. About 58% of our teams got wagering points on a three-part over/under sports question, while 21% got their bonus by going 3-for-3. Saturday had back-to-back toughies, starting with this:
- Grossing about $50 million and selling close to 1,000,000 tickets, which husband and wife embarked on the 2000 concert tour named Soul2Soul?
That was the tour for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, both named for credit by 45% of the field. We followed that with a Greek mythology question about Antigone and Jocasta where a game-low 28% of teams knew one of those names and only two knew both for bonus points. Doing Our Worst (Mason Social) put together the only perfect fourth-round effort of all our weekend teams. These were the highest scores before the final question:
- Doing Our Worst (Mason Social): 165
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 156
- What the Cuss (Belles’): 153
- Silent Thunder (Doc Waters): 147
- No Eye Deer (Doc Waters): 147
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (55.4% success rate):
- On the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the largest group of individuals represented by a single star is estimated to be 134 people. Technically, this star represents what group of fictional characters from a classic American film?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (69% success rate):
- In July of 1792, architect James Hoban was named the winner of a competition to design which U.S. landmark? Construction began almost immediately, and the original landmark stood for just over 20 years.
Both final questions had more than half of its teams get it right over the weekend, with respective answers of the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz and the White House which was set ablaze during the War of 1812. One team reached the Perfect 21 over the weekend: Doing Our Worst (Mason Social) was able to answer all 21 wagering questions correctly. The top end of the weekend leaderboard is as follows:
- Doing Our Worst (Mason Social): 169
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 165
- What the Cuss (Belles’): 159
- Silent Thunder (Doc Waters): 159
- No Eye Deer (Doc Waters): 159
- Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor): 158
- PB and J (Belles’): 158
- Backyardigans (Springfield Manor): 157
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 156 POINTS
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foods Named After People)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Recreational Drugs)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: No Eye Deer (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Saved by the Bell)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Squircle Jerks (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cyrillic Alphabet)
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Clean Up on Aisle Four (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wes Anderson Films)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fleabag)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Jar Jar Thinks (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The White House)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Doing Our Worst (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seventeen (K-Pop band) Songs)