Weekend Trivia Would Like a Word!

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For the Easter holiday weekend, seven venues opened for Pour House Trivia and welcomed a total of 67 teams in for their games!


Friday carried a couple of tricky ways to earn points. First up, teams were asked to define a trio of acronyms and just 12% were able to get bonus points for all three correct answers: RBI for Runs Batted InPPV for Pay Per View, and OPEC for Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Two questions later, we discussed the Zodiac:

  • Which is the only sign of the Zodiac that is represented by an inanimate object?

The scales of Libra were identified by 78% of Friday’s teams. On Saturday, we finished this round with a query about a certain world leader:

  • Emmanuel Macron has been the President of which European country since 2017?

While most teams knew Macron is the president of France, only 8.5% identified Francois Hollande as the man Macron succeeded in that position. In other first-round action, we ate some Arby’s, had Three Clues about the manatee, and scaled the Empire State Building. This round’s perfect teams were Hot Singles in Your Area (South Mountain), Supernovas (Mason), and Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason).


Song lyrics that mention famous figures and bands with three-letter abbreviations comprised audio clues over the weekend. In fact, the latter group was Saturday’s toughest second-round wagering opportunity, as just 45% of teams got at least two of the trio (ELO for Don’t Bring Me DownEMF for Unbelievable, and LFO for Summer Girls). The most difficult wagering question of any first half came on Friday:

  • Though it is not the most common nickname, which southern U.S. city of almost 400,000 residents is also known as Crescent City?

About two-fifths of the field submitted the correct answer, New Orleans. Other topics in this round included Arnold Palmer and Byron Nelson‘s namesake PGA tournaments, the film Magic Mike, and the three capital cities of South AfricaSexual Chocolate (Belles’) and Supernovas (Mason) recorded perfect scores in this round.


Animated avians, fictional ship captains, and 21st century Oscar-winning films made up some of the halftime topics over the weekend. While the average score was 15.1 points out of 20, no teams achieved a perfect halftime effort. These were the high scores as we reached the halftime intermission:


The end of this round featured Saturday’s toughest wagering question, one about philosophers:

  • In addition to sleeping in a large ceramic jar, Greek philosopher Diogenes became famous for carrying a lamp in the daytime, claiming to be looking for which type of man?

Diogenes was looking for an honest man, an answer which brought wagering points to 22% of teams; however, only one team knew Diogenes was a founder of Cynicism. Friday’s game featured a stumper until some options were revealed:

  • Who is the only coach in NHL history to lead three different teams to Stanley Cup Championships, doing so as head coach of the Canadiens, Penguins, and Red Wings?

Only one team correctly named Scotty Bowman before a multiple-choice section of the question was revealed but even with a 1-in-4 chance, just 56% of teams earned points here. Some other topics covered in this part of the game were the Egyptian god Osiris, actress Jane Russell, and human tears expelled during lacrimation. This was the only round all weekend with no perfect team scores.


While no teams correctly named Cyprus for six points in Friday’s 6-4-2, seven teams did so with Saturday’s first clue about the sword. The most difficult question all weekend came at the beginning of Friday’s final round:

  • In 1986, the Emmy Awards introduced the category for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series, which encompassed both male and female roles. That year, all five nominees had appeared as guest stars on which sitcom?

Only two teams knew that sitcom was The Cosby Show, while one of those squads earned bonus points for naming Stevie Wonder was the musician and nominee who portrayed himself. Other topics covered here included racer Danica Patrick, music group The Band Perry, the stars on Brazil‘s flag, and Three Clues about the trombone. A game-high seven perfect scores were earned in this round. Before the last question of the game, these were the highest scores:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (28.12% success rate):

  • What distinctive-smelling chemical was named by the Romans, as they first discovered the compound near a temple which honored an Egyptian deity?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (62.86% success rate):

  • Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon as part of a 1957 competition, which landmark located nearly 10,000 miles from Denmark was completed ten years behind schedule at a cost of over 13 times more than the original budget?

Friday’s chemical in question was ammonia, named for the god Amun, while Saturday’s structure is the famed Sydney Opera House. Another weekend passed with no teams recording a Perfect 21 for earning points on each wagering question. However, these teams still stood tall at the conclusion of the weekend:


South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Will They or Won’t They  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chicago Cubs)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Hockey League)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Win Some, Learn Some  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Vice Presidents)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Micycle’s Bikeal Shop  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Heavy Metal Music)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Cococactus  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Painters)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yamaha History)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Special K  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYModernist Poetry)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYGolf Etiquette)