Weekend Trivia’s Sequel Hook!
Along with our regional playoff games, Pour House Trivia’s weekend set was played at nine locations by 72 teams!
The most difficult weekend question in the opening round came on Saturday:
- When this female Disney title character returned to the big screen in 2018, it marked a record 54 years between an original film and its sequel. Who is this character?
A third of teams correctly named Mary Poppins, which returned with Emily Blunt in the sequel’s title role. Other topics in this round included longstanding Tonight Show hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, the meteorological wind chill, and the Hush Puppies brand of shoes. This round’s perfect scores were earned by Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor) and Billy Crystal Balls (Mason).
The weekend’s audio questions covered subjects such as instrumentals of hit songs, watery song titles, and TV theme songs. Sunday’s toughest question came at the end of this round:
- Just a few months after announcing his retirement from baseball, which legendary player was honored with an induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in December of 1939?
Lou Gehrig‘s Hall of Fame waiting period was waived after an abrupt retirement brought on by the disease that would go on to bear his name; 30% of teams named him, but none of them received bonus points for knowing he wore number 4 with the New York Yankees. In other second-round action, we covered topics such as the real-life inspiration for Tom Hanks’s Captain Phillips, various sporting infractions in cricket, and the bear claw pastry. This round featured no perfect scores.
During the weekend’s halftime pages, teams had to name items with the word white, identify NFL teams from poorly-drawn logos, and match musical acts to their songs with female-named titles. The average team scored 15.5 points, but nine aced their page with all 20 points. At the halftime intermission, these were the top teams:
- PB&J (Belles’): 85
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 84
- Five Heads, One Brain (Springfield Manor): 84
- Out-Ciders (Doc Waters): 84
- SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 82 POINTS
Friday’s second half started with this science question:
- Of class, family, genus, and order, which taxonomic classification has the most animals in it?
About 46% of the field knew that the class is the largest classification of that quartet. On Saturday, this organizational question played tough:
- After seeing a news report about two students sent to prison for raising glasses in a toast to freedom, lawyer Peter Benenson was inspired to create which human rights organization in 1961?
Benenson created Amnesty International, which was named by 16% of teams. Sunday’s hardest question in this round dealt with a religious group:
- Famous for their simple living, plain dress, and avoidance of modern technology, the strict religious sect known as the Amish was born from a schism within what other Anabaptist denomination?
The Amish were formed from a group of Mennonites; this question had a 46% success rate. Only two perfect scores were recorded in this round, each by Quizards of Oz (Doc Waters) and Turd Ferguson (Doc Waters).
Weekend 6-4-2 questions were about sulfur, Thailand, and Marie Antoinette. The hardest question on Friday showed up early in the fourth round:
- Some believe that the holiday that falls on which day stemmed from a Roman celebration of the coming of spring, including fertility rites?
Just 14% of the field correctly named Valentine’s Day. This question stumped the majority of Saturday’s squads:
- As referenced on Mad Men, the name of which Manhattan thoroughfare is often used as a nickname for the American advertising industry?
A little more than two-fifths of our teams identified Madison Avenue for their wager. Finally, Sunday’s final round featured this query:
- In the 1990s, which two country singers teamed up for songs such as In Another’s Eyes and Like We Never Had a Broken Heart? In 2005, they married each other.
Roughly 30% of the field earned wagering points for naming either Garth Brooks or Trisha Yearwood. As with the second round, there were no perfect teams here. After four rounds, these were the top overall teams:
- Turd Ferguson (Doc Waters): 151
- Priscilla’s Posse (South Mountain): 148
- Virtual Cigar (Mason): 147
- Out-Ciders (Doc Waters): 146
- PB&J (Belles’): 145
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (55.32% success rate):
- After earning her degree from the University of Hawaii, Ann Dunham became a noted anthropologist who specialized in rural development. However, she is certainly more famous for the achievements of her son. Who is that son?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (58.33% success rate):
- Though the production never came to fruition, a film titled Brazzaville was intended to be the sequel to which Oscar-winning film?
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (84.62% success rate):
- Located at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park, California, you’ll find the global headquarters of which company founded in 2004? This company currently employs about 71,000 people.
A trio of successful finals for our teams had respective answers of Barack Obama, Casablanca, and Meta. Unfortunately, there were no Perfect 21 teams over the weekend. The games concluded with these high-scoring teams:
- Virtual Cigar (Mason): 159
- Out-Ciders (Doc Waters): 158
- Turd Ferguson (Doc Waters): 157
- Quizards of Oz (Doc Waters): 155
- Drink and Guess (Doc Waters): 153
- PB&J (Belles’): 152
- Priscilla’s Posse (South Mountain): 152
- Educated Guessers (South Mountain): 151
- Billy Crystal Balls (Mason): 150
- Power Vacuum (South Mountain): 149
An honorable mention to Beer Pressure (Doc Waters), which racked up 162 points while playing over the limit with more than seven team members.
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Priscilla’s Posse (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sukkot)
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Pio’s Boys (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: North American Catholic Saints)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss? (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Astronomy)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Out-Ciders (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fantasy Novels)
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Brunswick Locals (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Hughes Films)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: PB&J (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Orioles)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hogwarts Legacy)
The Garage in Frederick, MD: ATP (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jon Sings Neil Diamond)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Virtual Cigar (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Saved by the Bell (original))