Weekend Trivia’s Can-Am Connection!
Pour House Trivia’s latest weekend of action brought in a total of 77 teams across nine locations.
Another weekend, another solid overall effort in the opening rounds that were featured! The most difficult wagering question here came at the end of Friday’s round:
- Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen are two of the three men who make up the S-K-G in the name of the movie studio DreamWorks SKG. For your wager, which famous movie director is the missing founder of that studio?
Steven Spielberg is the S in that acronym and was named by 72.5% of our teams, while a round-low 13.7% added two bonus points for knowing Spielberg also founded Amblin Entertainment. Other topics discussed here included the slightly-inaccurate nickname of Minnesota (technically the Land of 11,842 Lakes), the merger of Exxon and Mobil, and improv TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Perfect scores in this round were earned by seven weekend squads.
The audio question that kicked off Friday’s second round ended up being the toughest wagering chance all weekend. We played the closing notes of three famous songs and asked our teams to identify the musical group; only 13.7% were able to name at least two of the bands, while just one team got all three right for bonus points. Saturday’s audio clue was also the hardest question of that second round, with about 69% of the field able to name at least two of the three stand-up comedians in the clip. Teams this past weekend also heard questions about the astronomical term Near Earth Object (or NEO), the 20-strikeout games pitched by Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood (as well as bonus answer Max Scherzer), Vince McMahon‘s recent retirement from WWE, and Three Clues about former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower. The only perfect scores here went to Barzinga (Belles’), Nerd Birds (Pretzel and Pizza), and A-Team (Mason Social).
Friday’s halftime page, which contained films with numbers in the title and events that had to be matched up by decade, was a doozy. Saturday’s sheet was a lot easier, with subjects that included naming authors by their works’ film adaptation and parts of the body affected by various diseases. The overall average score for the halftime round over the weekend was 12.6 points and unfortunately, there were no perfect scores. A closely-packed group topped the standings at the intermission:
- Barzinga (Belles’): 88
- Nerd Birds (Pretzel and Pizza): 88
- Slightly Agitated (Belles’): 87
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 87
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 86
In the third round, teams on Friday started with a question about the tilde that uses the ~ symbol on your keyboard, then reached the hardest question in this quintet:
- The name of which musical genre was coined as a lyric in the Steppenwolf song Born to Be Wild?
That song was in fact the inspiration for the name of heavy metal, which was named by 27% of the field. A tricky Three Clues question saw only three teams know the fictional character Monte Cristo after two of the three clues. On Saturday, teams cruised through the round’s wagering queries before the last one tripped them up:
- After spending his entire 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers, which player was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012? He became the second member of his family to earn the honor.
Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, brother of other Hall of Famer (and bonus answer) Cheryl, was successfully answered by almost three-quarters of our teams. Meridian Misfits (Mason Social) got the only perfect score in the third round.
Six-point boosts were earned by seven teams on Friday who got the 6-4-2 answer of Dr. Ruth Westheimer from the first clue, while six teams did the same on Saturday with a clue about the toilet. The hardest wagering question of Friday’s fourth round came fairly early on:
- Which iconic mascot of the U.S. Forest Service was created by an eight-year old girl. Ads depicting this mascot often included the tagline give a hoot – don’t pollute!.
About 27 percent of the field named Woodsy Owl. Halfway through Saturday’s round, teams reached its toughest wagering chance on a three-parter about famous bands; 53% named at least two of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Pink Floyd, and Linkin Park from the name of each group’s debut album while 11% knew all three answers for the bonus. Other topics in the fourth included actor Danny DeVito‘s film roles, other names for absolute zero, and Pinhead from the Hellraiser horror film franchise. The lone perfect score here went to Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor). We reached the final question with this leaderboard:
- Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor): 160
- Meridian Misfits (Mason Social): 158
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 156
- Nerd Birds (Pretzel and Pizza): 155
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 154
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (47.1% success rate):
- While Chicago ranks second, what is the most populous city situated on the shore of one of the Great Lakes?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (73.1% success rate):
- Among the original 13 British colonies that became the United States of America, which is the only one named after an Englishman who was NOT a member of the nobility?
You had to go north of the border to Toronto for Friday’s final answer, while we stayed domestic with Pennsylvania — named for William Penn — on Saturday. Two teams from Belles’ earned the Perfect 21 honors, as Ten Swiss Cheese and Barzinga answered all 21 wagering questions correctly. At the end of the weekend, these teams reigned supreme:
- Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor): 172
- Nerd Birds (Pretzel and Pizza): 167
- Ten Swiss Cheese (Belles’): 166
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 166
- Demented and Sad but Social (Belles’): 165
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 165
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 164
- Edible Derangements (Pretzel and Pizza): 164
- Elderly Leather (Springfield Manor): 163
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 162 POINTS
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Backing Vocals)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barbershop Singers)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: True BS (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ireland)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: No MSG (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sid Haig)
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Villa People (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Folk Music)
Hidden Brook Winery in Leesburg, VA: C and M (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Proctology)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Epistles of Paul)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Nerd Birds (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Carpenters (audio))
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Richard Feynman)