What’s Your Sign, Weekend Trivia?
Pour House Trivia celebrated the first weekend of November with some uncharacteristically warm weather and three nights of games, over which seven venues hosted a total of 78 teams. We also featured a Friends theme game at Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD!
Overall, the wagering questions in this round were fairly easy. However, there were a couple of very tricky bonus opportunities. A question on Friday about the animated film Trolls saw only 7.1% of teams earn extra points for knowing the Troll doll franchise was first introduced in Denmark. Saturday’s first round ended with this medical question:
- Providing a cushion between the bones, tendons, and muscles which surround a joint, which small sac filled with synovial fluid can often become irritated or inflamed, leading to conditions such as a bunion or what is known as student’s elbow?
While 63% of our teams named the bursa sac after an additional crossword-style clue, no teams were able to do so beforehand for a bonus. Other topics in this round included current chart-topper Taylor Swift, the deja vu phenomenon, and Three Clues about former U.S. President John Adams. Gratuitous Beaver Shot (Springfield Manor) had the only first-round perfecto in a weekend game.
The second round’s audio questions asked teams to name brands by their audio trademark, songs with titles identical to romantic comedy films, and cartoon groups. Friday’s most difficult question in the first half came here:
- Who was appointed by Bill Clinton as the first female attorney general in U.S. history, and is still second on the list of longest-serving people in that position?
Roughly two-thirds of the field were able to name Janet Reno. A Three Clues question about the Astrodome saw 30% of teams name it before the final clue for bonus points in that game as well. It took until the end of the second round to see the hardest first-half question on Saturday:
- Among the 12 most populous U.S. cities in 2021, which two are also state capitals?
About 52% of teams were able to get either Phoenix, Arizona or Austin, Texas for wagering credit, while about a quarter of the field named both. Nine teams had perfect scores in the second round over the weekend.
Some tasks on the various weekend halftime pages included military film characters and their actors, solo musicians’ former musical groups, and minimalist film posters. The average team scored 14.3 points on their halftime sheet, and five squads got all 20 points. These were the highest-scoring teams at the halftime intermission:
- Blue Banner Bombers (Doc Waters): 90
- Little Brains, Big Egos (Springfield Manor): 88
- Squircle Jerks (Flying Ace): 88
- Neighborhood Watch (Springfield Manor): 86
- That’s So Clavin (Pretzel and Pizza): 86
The toughest wagering question all weekend showed up early in Friday’s second half of play:
- At the FIFA World Cup, a match which is tied after 120 minutes of play requires penalty kicks to determine a winner. What is the fewest combined number of penalty kicks that could be taken in order to determine a winner?
Each team is theoretically given a maximum of five attempts, which means a minimum of six kicks is possible if one team makes their first three and the other team misses their first three attempts. That correct answer was submitted by 41% of Friday’s squads. Other weekend topics included former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, the butterfly effect, and the NBC sitcom A.P. Bio. The only perfect team in this round was That’s So Clavin (Pretzel and Pizza).
For 6-4-2 questions, the topics were the kidneys, the gecko, and actress Sally Field. Saturday’s fourth round contained that night’s most difficult wagering question:
- Which Shakespearean character was walking in her sleep when she claimed All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand?
About 47% of the field knew that to be Lady Macbeth. Otherwise, we had questions about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Cheap Trick, Jessica Tandy‘s Oscar win for Driving Miss Daisy, and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We again had only one perfect team in this round, this time earned by No MSG (Belles’). With one final question to go, this was the top of the scoreboard:
- Blue Banner Bombers (Doc Waters): 158
- DC Swampers (South Mountain): 157
- Beer Pressure (Doc Waters): 157
- Independent Panda (Springfield Manor): 156
- Squircle Jerks (Flying Ace): 154
- Silent Thunder (Doc Waters): 154
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (46.4% success rate):
- Who is the only U.S. President to have received a Purple Heart?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (5.3% success rate):
- Which nine-letter word is derived from Greek origins which mean observer of the hour of birth?
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50% success rate):
- Which four-letter name refers to all of the following: a Little comic strip character created by Marjorie Buell, a website which allows authors to create self-published books, and the stage name of the performer who sang To Sir, with Love while appearing in the film of the same name?
That president was John F. Kennedy, the vocabulary word is horoscope, and that four-letter name is Lulu. We ended up with one Perfect 21 each on Friday and Saturday: Just Good Enough (Springfield Manor) and No MSG (Belles’) submitted correct answers for all 21 wagering questions in their respective game. The top weekend scores are shown below:
- Blue Banner Bombers (Doc Waters): 170
- Silent Thunder (Doc Waters): 166
- No MSG (Belles’): 164
- Lez Be Honest (Doc Waters): 163
- Gratuitous Beaver Shot (Springfield Manor): 163
- Just Good Enough (Springfield Manor): 162
- Lone Strangers (Mason Social): 160
- DC Swampers (South Mountain): 159
- Clean Up on Aisle Four (South Mountain): 158
- Tashi (Doc Waters): 156
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Gratuitous Beaver Shot (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Buffalo Bills)
P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Girls Night (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Succession)
Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Blue Banner Bombers (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Marvel Cinematic Universe)
NOTE: Doc Waters will begin an immediate hiatus until the Spring of 2023.
Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Drunk Matilda (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Native Plants of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic)
South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: DC Swampers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Geography)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: No MSG (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Medieval Weaponry)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: That’s So Clavin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Walt Disney World Rides)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Golden Age of Piracy)
Coast Tacobar in Hagerstown, MD: Blue Vikings (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bonsai Trees)