When You Wish Upon a Lamp? It’s Weekend Trivia!
This past weekend’s run of Pour House Trivia welcomed 77 teams to eight different locations.
The opening round of our weekend games brought topics such as HBO shows Sex and the City and The Sopranos, angel hair pasta, porcelain, and the Soviet Luna mission that studied Earth’s Moon. While the wagering question success rate was fairly high, some bonus questions proved difficult. On Friday, only two teams earned bonus points for knowing that the Hoover brand of appliances was briefly owned by Whirlpool. A question about Miley Cyrus on Saturday saw 30% of teams get two extra points for knowing that a controversial 2008 photograph of Cyrus was taken by Annie Leibovitz. Barking Bad (Pretzel and Pizza) and Crosby’s Fan Club (Mason) earned perfect scores in this round.
Audio questions over the weekend ranged from 1996 film trailers on Friday to a trio of songs with titles that begin with the phrase Take Me on Saturday. Friday’s second round asked questions on President Biden’s Moonshot initiative to cure cancer and the NBA draft lottery, the latter of which was the hardest bonus change of the round; just 15% of teams named Patrick Ewing as the first player drafted under the lottery system. The most difficult second-round question of the weekend came next:
- While nearly every instance of the awarding of the Medal of Honor was given for bravery in acts of war, an exception was made when which reserve member of the U.S. Army Air Corps was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1927?
That honor went to Charles Lindbergh for his solo flight across the Atlantic, a fact that earned 54% of teams their wagers. Saturday’s topics included the Saint Bernard dog breed, the film Casablanca, and Sutter’s Fort Historic Park found in Sacramento, California. A total of eight teams were able to put together a perfect second round this past weekend.
Friday’s halftime sheet involved MLB mascots and former U.S. Secretaries of State, while Saturday’s page tasked teams with identifying ten actors and the U.S. Presidents they played on screen. Our weekend squads averaged a score of 13.6 points during halftime, while four Friday teams notched a perfect 20 points. At the halftime intermission, this was the top of the scoreboard:
- Crosby’s Fan Club (Mason): 88
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Flying Ace): 87
- Murph’s Masters (Belles’): 87
- Barking Bad (Pretzel and Pizza): 87
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 85
By correct answer percentage, the toughest wagering question during the weekend games showed up early in the third round on Friday:
- The distance from Los Angeles, CA to Honolulu, HI is only about 50 miles different from the distance from Los Angeles to which other U.S. state capital?
Even with a multiple choice option, only 21% of the Friday field correctly named Boston as that state capital. As for Saturday, teams took an 0-fer on a bonus question about the AARP magazine formerly named Modern Maturity and later. Otherwise, we talked about former Disney channel character Lizzie McGuire, German neurologist and disease namesake Alois Alzheimer, and the late Phil Hartman‘s run on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. With a few toughies throughout, no weekend team scored a perfect 36 points in the third round.
Weekend 6-4-2s about the rabbit and the yo-yo led into each evening’s fourth round. Friday’s teams answered queries about elements uranium and lead, the Goya food company, and the legal term known as due process. Their hardest wagering question in the round concluded it, with a three-parter on Biblical wives earning wagering points for 35% of teams. On Saturday, we started with questions on the late singer Prince and Dr. Seuss book Oh, The Places You’ll Go! before their toughest question appeared:
- Which of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments is played on clay courts?
Out of the four Grand Slam tournaments played each year, only the French Open is played on clay. About 61% of teams got their wager on that, while 42% got a bonus for naming Rafael Nadal as the all-time clay-court singles king. Perfect fourth rounds were achieved by Demented and Sad but Social (Belles’) and Ah Ha (Pretzel and Pizza). As teams prepared for one final question, these were the point leaders:
- Crosby’s Fan Club (Mason): 157
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 156
- Villa People (South Mountain): 149
- Barking Bad (Pretzel and Pizza): 149
- Elmo’s Test Tickles (Belles’): 149
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (9.8% success rate):
- In the original source material, this supporting character is killed by the title character just four chapters in, but he later appears as a ghostly guide. In the more well-known animated adaptation, he’s given a name, Cliff Edwards provides his voice, and he lives throughout the entire story. What is the name of this character?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (3.8% success rate):
- The U.S. patent for what invention included a chemical formula consisting of water along with a mix of mineral oil, paraffin wax, and carbon tetrachloride?
In the original literary work Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket meets a swift and doomed fate only to reappear as a guide later on; the invention in Saturday’s question was the groovy lava lamp. No teams over the weekend were able to earn the Perfect 21 as no groups could answer every wagering question correctly. The weekend closed with these teams on top:
- Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza): 160
- Crosby’s Fan Club (Mason): 154
- Mad Facts: Query Road (Flying Ace): 150
- Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza): 150
- Villa People (South Mountain): 145
- Barking Bad (Pretzel and Pizza): 137
- Elmo’s Test Tickles (Belles’): 137
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason): 137
- Ah Ha (Pretzel and Pizza): 136
- Lone Strangers (Mason): 136
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South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Villa People (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pacific Northwest Geography)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Elmo’s Test Tickles (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Grateful Dead)
Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Cultured Heathens (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)
Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Crosby’s Fan Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Planets)