Weekend Trivia Was Spaced Out!
Did you survive the Thanksgiving madness? There were 48 teams who did over the weekend, playing Pour House Trivia at one of seven area venues!
Friday’s most difficult wagering question in the first round came late, on this music query:
- The rock song All the Small Things, which peaked at #6 in 2000, is the biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for which California-based trio with a number in its name?
Roughly four out of every five teams were correct to name Blink-182. A three-parter about the Super Bowl was the toughest bonus chance in the round, as only a third of the field got all three answers right. Other topics here over the weekend included Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, the 2010s planking fad, the AND1 company logo that references basketball, and Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of War of the Worlds. Perfect teams in the first round included Clean Up on Aisle Four (South Mountain), I Don’t Know (Mason Social), and Booze Clues (Mason Social).
Topics in the weekend’s audio clues included celebrity voiceovers in TV commercials, alliteratively-named musical acts, and famous people named in song lyrics. An aquatic ask in Friday’s second round was a toughie:
- Which marine animal native to the north Pacific Ocean is the heaviest member of the weasel family? For centuries, it was hunted for its thick fur, resulting in its current designation as an endangered species.
Only about 55% of teams named the sea otter for wagering points. The next question, about the Heavy Metal magazine’s identically-named film, pulled an 0-fer on the bonus question; no team knew that comedy filmmaker Ivan Reitman produced that film. The only perfect team in any second round over the weekend was Demented and Sad but Social (Belles’).
Over the weekend’s halftime rounds, teams handled subjects such as TV sitcoms, recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Happy things. The average score was 14.3 and no teams were able to pull off a perfect 20-point round. Even with that, these teams were ahead of the pack at halftime’s intermission:
- I Don’t Know (Mason Social): 90
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 87
- Booze Clues (Mason Social): 86
- Demented and Sad but Social (Belles’): 86
- Clean Up on Aisle Four (South Mountain): 85
Topics in the third round this past weekend included Three Clues about the name Luna, Three Clues about the word grass, the flea flicker trick play in football, and Seattle’s famed Pike Place. The aforementioned Luna question was the hardest bonus chance in the round, as only two teams had the right answer before the third clue was read. However, this three-parter about math terms beginning with the letter P turned out to be the hardest in the round:
- 1) If the area of a square is 25 square inches, this measurement is equal to 20 inches.
- 2) If a fraction’s numerator is less than its denominator, it is referred to by this term.
- 3) The last name of the Frenchman whose namesake ‘triangle’ displays the concept of binomial coefficients.
Only three teams had all three right answers — perimeter, proper, and Pascal — for bonus points, but two thirds of the field provided at least two of those answers for wagering points. I Don’t Know (Mason Social) again had a perfect score in this round, and was the only team to do so.
Weekend 6-4-2 topics were the Bahamas, George Clooney, and Cosmopolitan. The hardest question of Friday’s set came midway through the final round, on this question:
- The late rapper Tupac Shakur studied which early 16th century father of modern political science while in prison, becoming greatly influenced by his work? He even changed his own rap name from 2Pac to a version of this name.
About 48% of teams named Machiavelli to earn their wager. Another zero came on a bonus question in this round; we gave a trio of events that took place in 1914 and while 51% of the field got points for getting within three years, no team was exactly right for two extra points. Otherwise, we discussed things like the Chinese art of foot binding, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart‘s resume in Alfred Hitchcock films, and Toyota‘s time running the Scion auto brand. In this round, the only perfect team was Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social). Before the final question, these teams had the highest scores:
- I Don’t Know (Mason Social): 167
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 158
- Slightly Agitated (Belles’): 155
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social): 155
- Beer Pressure (Dragon): 150
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (59.3% success rate):
- What were the first and middle names of the only child of author A. A. Milne?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (30% success rate):
- The group of liberal arts colleges known as the Seven Sisters were once considered to be the female equivalent of the Ivy League. Collectively, these schools can be found in which three U.S. states?
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.1% success rate):
- On March 18, 2011, the MESSENGER space probe became the first spacecraft to enter the orbit of which planet?
Inspiring one of his characters, Milne’s child was named Christopher Robin. The Seven Sisters schools are found in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. And finally, the MESSENGER probe entered the orbit of Mercury. For the second weekend in a row, no team earned Perfect 21 honors in any game. The weekend came to a close with these highest-scoring teams:
- I Don’t Know (Mason Social): 171
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 161
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 159
- Beer Pressure (Dragon): 155
- Black Sheep (Dragon): 154
- Independent Panda (Dragon): 152
- Spray-On Tan (Dragon): 151
- Second Guessing (Dragon): 149
- Yes, I’m Sure (Dragon): 149
- Mercenaries (Dragon): 149
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Dennis’s Wee Shop (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Derry Girls)
NOTE: Next week’s game (Dec. 2) at South Mountain Creamery is the first week with a new start time of 6:00 PM!
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Enola Holmes (film series))
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Beer Pressure (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Presidential Pets)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Drunk Matilda (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Obscure World Capitals)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Slightly Agitated (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Final Fantasy X)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Morbius (film))
Coast Tacobar in Hagerstown, MD: Imperial Inquisition (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars)