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Nine locations hosted Pour House Trivia’s weekend games for a total of 68 teams. One of those venues is the newest to the PHT family: a weekly game on Friday nights at The Links at Challedon in Mount Airy, MD!

FIRST ROUND:

No wagering question in any opening round proved to be truly difficult, but there were a couple of tough bonus opportunities. Saturday’s first round ended with this query:

  • Which missionary was the subject of the book subtitled Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta?
  • Bonus: Within three years either way, in which year was she awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

While Mother Teresa earned most teams their wagers, only one team got within three years of 1979, the year she was given that honor. However, a film question early in Sunday’s round laid a bonus goose egg:

  • The 2002 film Mr. Deeds is a remake of a Frank Capra-directed film titled Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Which two actors portrayed the title character in those movies?

Adam Sandler was an easy get for a majority of that day’s teams, but nobody knew that Gary Cooper was the original Mister Deeds! This round featured five perfect scores across the weekend’s events.

SECOND ROUND:

Friday’s audio question asked teams to find Magic in each song title. However, no team knew all three musical acts (PilotThe Cars, and Bruno Mars) for bonus points. Saturday’s trio of artists sang about church in some fashion, while another Word in Common on Sunday dealt with Thunder in songs by Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, and Imagine Dragons. We got Biblical early in Friday’s second round:

  • In which book of the Old Testament would you find the following quote: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away.?

About 28% of the field knew the Book of Job from that passage. Other games had tricky sports-related questions in this round, with Saturday’s dealing with young MLB MVPs:

  • All born in the 1990s, who are the three most recent MLB players to win a regular season MVP award before turning 24 years old?

Roughly two-fifths of our teams named at least two of that trio, but two teams earned bonus credit for naming all three: Mike Trout (22 years old in 2014), Bryce Harper (22 in 2015), and Cody Bellinger (23 in 2019). As for Sunday’s question, we hit the Basketball Hall of Fame:

  • Which two members of the 2023 Class of the Basketball Hall of Fame won at least three NBA Championships? One won four titles as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, while the other won three with the Miami Heat.

Either Tony Parker or Dwyane Wade were named by 15% of the field, but one team submitted both correct answers for bonus points. The only perfect team in this round was Independent Panda (Garage).

HALFTIME:

Some topics covered in the weekend halftime rounds were soft drink logos, biopics, and famous songs with brand name titles such as REM‘s Orange Crush and Janis Joplin‘s Mercedes Benz. While the average score was 14.5 out of 20, just one team on Friday and another on Saturday earned all 20 points on their page! We got to the halftime break with a three-way tie for first in the overall weekend standings:

THIRD ROUND:

The most difficult wagering question in Friday’s game came early in the third round:

  • Despite a 28-year age disparity, Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow portrayed a husband-and-wife duo in which 1998 thriller film?

An eighth of the field correctly remembered A Perfect Murder. An Emmy three-parter on Outstanding Supporting Actors in a Comedy Series played tough on Sunday:

  • 1)  Who won three consecutive Emmys in this category for portraying talent agent Ari Gold on HBO’s Entourage?
  • 2)  Who took home four consecutive awards in the 1980s for playing lawyer Dan Fielding?
  • 3)  All for his work on an NBC sitcom, whose 11 nominations in this category are an Emmy record?

About 15% of teams received their wager with at least two correct answers: Jeremy Piven portrayed Ari Gold, John Larroquette is Dan Fielding on Night Court, and David Hyde Pierce was nominated 11 times for portraying Niles Crane on Frasier. Other topics in this round included the New York Nets’ run of success in the late years of the ABAThree Clues about New Hampshire, and the Christian Science Monitor newspaper based in Boston. In this round, only Glorious Grogus (Flying Ace) emerged unscathed.

FOURTH ROUND:

The weekend’s 6-4-2 topics were the headtuberculosis, and the zoo. The opening question in Friday’s fourth round dealt with a certain man behind the camera:

  • Later creating many more TV shows and directing some of the highest grossing movies of all-time, who began his television career as a co-creator and executive producer on the WB show Felicity?
  • Bonus: He made his directorial film debut with a film in which franchise?

Before his fame creating Alias and Lost on TV, then directing entries in the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises, JJ Abrams co-created Felicity. He was named by 31% of teams, while 6.25% knew he started directing films with an entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise! In other fourth-round action, teams got Three Clues about singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, traveled with Juan Sebastian Elcano to finish Ferdinand Magellan‘s trip around the world, and had a toga party! Another round with only one perfect score saw Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza) earn all 36 points. The top of the leaderboard was a little more spread out this time around:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (40.62% success rate):

  • Which Oscar-winning actress made her feature film debut at age seven, with a small role alongside her father in the 1982 film Lookin’ to Get Out?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (65.22% success rate):

  • Author Sidney Sheldon was inspired to create which TV show after watching a 1964 comedy film entitled The Brass Bottle?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.08% success rate):

  • Among the teams in the four major professional North American sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL), which is the only team named for a real-life invertebrate?

Angelina Jolie had a role alongside Jon Voight in 1982, Sidney Sheldon created I Dream of Jeannie, and while a Kraken is similar to a squid, it is a mythical creature, making the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets the only Big 4 team named for an invertebrate! The weekend finished with no Perfect 21 teams. The final standings were led by these squads:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tremors)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: G Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Warner Brothers Cartoons)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Middle Aged  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Woodworking)

Whistle Stop Smokehouse in Monrovia, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baseball Cards)

The Links at Challedon in Mount Airy, MD: Vikings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Periodic Table)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Billionaire’s Petting Zoo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Equatorial Countries)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Garages)

Agave 137 in Frederick, MD: BBQ-Anon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Purple Dyes)