Weekend Trivia’s Tour of the Islands!

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The weekend’s series of Pour House Trivia games brought in 105 total teams across ten locations, including our newest: Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD! The most highly-attended games were at Doc Waters Cidery (23 teams) and Springfield Manor Winery (20 teams).

FIRST ROUND:

Each day’s opening round played smoothly for the majority of teams. On Friday, teams discussed states that border New Hampshire and the inception of CliffNotes in the late 1950s. Saturday’s round covered topics such as Ash Wednesday and state settings for a trio of animated TV series. Finally, teams on Sunday handled questions on 2022 billion-dollar movies and Microsoft’s Bing search engine. There were 14 perfect team scores in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

The most difficult wagering question on Friday came at the end of the second round:

  • A 17th century theory once postulated the existence of the substance phlogiston, which was thought to be released into the air during combustion. So, when Joseph Priestly discovered this actual element, he first dubbed it dephlogisticated air. What is that element?

Just over a quarter of the field correctly named oxygen, but 8.6% earned bonus points for doing so before an additional crossword clue was given. Other topics in this round included three songs with the word Beer in the title, Three Clues about classic film The Graduate, and the NFL and NHL franchises named Panthers and Jets. A perfect score was out of reach for all teams in the second round.

HALFTIME:

The weekend’s halftime pages contained tasks such as naming James Bond films from their movie posters, matching airlines to their country of origin, and song titles with women’s names. The average score was 13.4 points, while just one Saturday team aced their weekend page. At the halftime break, these were the top-scoring teams:

THIRD ROUND:

In the third round on Friday, things kicked off with this question:

  • Which comedy troupe chose a patriotic tune by John Philip Sousa as the theme song for its TV show?  Since the song was in the public domain, they would not have to pay any royalties.
  • Bonus: What is the title of that aforementioned Sousa tune?

About 27% of the field correctly named Monty Python, which used (as three teams knew for bonus credit) the Liberty Bell March. Otherwise, the third round came and went with no real toughies. Some subjects in this round included Three Clues about the Snake River, the 1956 independence of Morocco, and the artificial island of Flevopolder in the Netherlands. This round’s perfect scores were earned by Catoctin Clueless (Springfield Manor) and Lone Strangers (Mason).

FOURTH ROUND:

The weekend’s 6-4-2 topics were the MLB’s Houston Astros, the Pillsbury Doughboy, and Savannah, Georgia. On Saturday, this reality competition question was the hardest of the day:

  • Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, and Bret Michaels were the first three celebrity winners on which competitive reality program?
  • Bonus: Who was the last host of the American version of this show?

Roughly 30% of our teams recognized those winners of the Celebrity Apprentice, which was last hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger; just one team got the latter answer right for bonus points. In other fourth-round action, we discussed the political history of former VP Dick Cheney, traveled to the German state of Bavaria, and had Three Clues about the banana. This round had six perfect scores. These were the highest scores before the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (39.51% success rate):

  • Among the independent island nations of North America, which is the only country whose national capital is not located on its largest island by area?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (46.15% success rate):

  • In 1977, the Life Savers company bought full-page ads in several papers – including the New York Times – to rebut the rumor that which gum brand got its soft, chewy texture from spider eggs? It was bought by Nabisco in 1981, and has been owned by the Hershey Company since 2000.

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (27.27% success rate):

  • As the title character in a 1726 piece of literature, who studied medicine, since it would be useful on long voyages?

The Bahamas was the Friday answer, as Nassau is on the island of New Providence and not the country’s largest island of Andros. Saturday’s brand was Bubble Yum, while Sunday’s character was Lemuel Gulliver. We again had a single Perfect 21 team, as Alcoholics Unanimous (Dragon) provided correct answers to all 21 wagering questions on Friday! The team also took the top spot in the final weekend standings:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Educated Guessers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Orioles)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Movie Monsters)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New York Yankees)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Outciders  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Broadway Musicals)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Glorious Gorgus  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: the Shawshank Redemption)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Maryland County Seats)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Wrath of Kahan  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Ah Ha  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: CHiPs (TV series))

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Norfolk and Chance  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jon Sings Tom Petty)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Supernovas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)