World Series XVII Recap!

Sunday afternoon marked the 17th edition of the Pour House Trivia World Series, as 99 teams once again descended upon Hager Hall in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Over the last seven years, only five different teams have taken home the coveted trophy (and the $2,000 first place check).  Would we see a new champion crowned today?  Let’s see how it all went down:


We wasted no time challenging our teams on Sunday afternoon, as we opened the game with a stiff question about a stiff drink:

–> Heaven’s Door is a new line of liquor co-created by which member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Most of our teams were able to quickly figure out that this brand name was derived from the classic tune “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, but some of our players must not have realized that their favorite version of this song was actually a cover version.  Answers for Eric Clapton and Axl Rose poured in, but only about half of our teams earned points by remembering that the song was written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan.  The field recovered nicely after a Triple 50/50 question involving Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicholson.  Next up was a visual question regarding British authors:

–> The two British authors seen here passed away on the same day.  Unfortunately, both of their deaths were overshadowed by the sudden passing of a politician (also on that same day).  Name either one of these authors.

Aldous HuxleyC. S. Lewis

Coincidentally, both of these men passed away on the same day as John F. Kennedy.  Just over half of our teams earned wagering points by recognizing Narnia creator C.S. Lewis (right), but only 15% of the field snagged two bonus points by also recognizing “Brave New World” author Aldous Huxley.  We closed the opening round with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> Which adjective is used to describe a square grid filled with distinct positive integers in a range such that the sum of each row, column, and diagonal is equal?

Only 26% of the field responded correctly with a Magic square.  Seven teams avoided the speed bumps and began their World Series with a perfect first round score.


Sunday’s audio question featured the category of Name That Year, as we played clips from “Swingtown” by the Steve Miller band, the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, and “The Love Boat” theme song.  The common year among those three titles was 1977, which about a third of our teams knew exactly, earning themselves a two-point bonus.  We followed with a question on the mythological figures who are the namesakes for these two moons:


The moons of Mars are respectively named for Phobos and Deimos, the twin sons of the Greek god of war Ares (the counterpart of the Roman god Mars).  Later, we looked at geographic entities whose names begin with “NEW”, and this advertising mascot who became the star of a video game:

Cool Spot

Though many teams were on the right track to earn a two-point bonus, only 20% of the field scored those points by knowing that this mascot’s full name was Cool Spot.  After closing the first half with a question regarding the coaches from the TV series “The Voice”, we saw just three teams earn perfect second round scores: Five Dollar Massage, Arrondissements of Ouagadougou, and Dave Martinez School of Management.


Our picture round featured items whose names are derived from the letters in “STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS”, while the bottom half asked our teams to identify people with appropriate last names, such as Usain Bolt and Bernie Madoff, who “made off” with a few billion dollars before being caught.  The overall average reached 15.2 points, but only ONE TEAM managed to record a perfect score: Dire Wolves.  Here are your top teams at the World Series halftime break:

  • Dave Martinez School of Management:  89
  • Killer Snails:  87
  • Stink Floyd:  85
  • PC Principals:  85
  • Arrondissements of Ouagadougou:  85
  • Sexual Chocolate:  85


The second half began with a look at the Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Russo-Japanese War (and let to Teddy Roosevelt earning a Nobel Peace Prize).  We stopped for a quick snack of nori, before asking an intriguing three-part question in the subject of animal misnomers.  Most of our teams knew that the Tufted Titmouse is actually a bird and that the Horny Toad is a lizard, but only a handful of teams also knew that the Mountain Chicken is actually a frog:

Mountain Chicken

Why is it called a Mountain Chicken?  According to the residents of the Caribbean (where the nickname was derived), it simply tastes like chicken.  This proved to be the most difficult bonus question of the day, as Power Vacuum was the only team to give us all three correct animals to earn a two-point bonus.  Later, we looked at the work of painter Andrew Wyeth, and concluded with this baseball question:

–> Which Hall of Fame outfielder played for nine different MLB teams before retiring in 2003?

The baseball fans were all over this question, as about 40% of the field knew we were talking about Rickey Henderson.  But we included another diabolical bonus question, asking for the National League team with which Rickey finished his career.  Rickey played for the Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, Anaheim Angels, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, and Boston Red Sox, but only two teams knew that he finished his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Needless to say, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.


We took a trip back to the 1980s to begin Sunday’s final round, asking about the Zastava Koral autombile, a compact car better known to Americans as the Yugo:


Next up was a question on U.S. state capitals:

–> Name either one of the two consonants that begin the names of EXACTLY one U.S. state capital each.

Just over half of our teams earned their wager by correctly providing one of two correct responses, with the more popular option for credit being Nashville, Tennessee.  The more obscure of the two answers was certainly Frankfort, Kentucky, which led to just 13% of our teams earning bonus points.  We closed with a Three Clues question on the word “Ye” and a look at the radioactive isotopes of potassium.  Four teams rolled into the final question with a perfect fourth round score: Dave Martinez School of Management, Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango, Tokyo Viennese Oyster, and Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap.  Here are the top World Series teams after four rounds of play:

  • Dave Martinez School of Management:  161
  • Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango:  156
  • PC Principals:  152
  • Killer Snails:  150
  • Stink Floyd:  149
  • Sexual Chocolate:  148


–> Which Oscar-nominated actor is the most recent person to win both an Academy Award for Best Director and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director?

The most popular wrong answer here was Ben Affleck, who surprisingly has never even been nominated for any of the three award categories mentioned in this question.  This question was one of the most difficult final questions we have ever asked, as only 11 teams gave us the correct response of Kevin Costner.  He earned his Oscar for directing “Dances With Wolves” and his Razzie for directing “The Postman”.  One of the 11 teams who turned in the correct response was Dave Martinez School of Management, who cashed in their third PHT World Series championship.  This team has competed with Pour House Trivia for five seasons, and has finished no worse than second place in the World Series.  Unbelievable!  Not surprisingly, our top two teams were the only ones to answer all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here are some pictures of the SMILEY FACES OF THE TOP 10 and your FINAL STANDINGS from World Series XVII:

Dave Martinez School of Management 169
Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango 165
PC Principals 164
Five Dollar Massage 154
Arrondisements of Ouagadougou 145
Brain Freeze 142
Sexual Chocolate 139
Killer Snails 138
I Don’t Know Who 137
Stink Floyd 137
Give Us Your Beer Money 132
Tokyo Viennese Oyster 132
How Did I Get Here? 130
Knights Who Say Ni 129
Fan Club 127
Hill Valley Ornithologists 127
Fat Kids are Hard to Kidnap 126
Breadsticks 125
Uranus Flytrap 124
Power Vacuum 123
Slapsgiving 122
High School Prom 122
Drink Apple Juice, The OJ Will Kill You 121
Uncle Jack 121
Pax 119
Witiots 117
Dire Wolves 116
Comfortably Dum 114
Mad Duck Hunt Club 114
Trojan Pride 114
His and Her Peas 113
No Fruit No Kareoke 113
Who Can Say Really 112
Matt Shearer is Our Band Teacher 112
Morgan Station 112
Whatever 112
Teachers 112
Dumb Corleone 111
Just Good Enough 111
Sanford and Son 110
Gryffindorks 110
Shakeweight 110
Shadynasty 109
Brother of Menelaus 109
Green Acres 108
Rhodes Scholars 107
Wiseacres 106
Your Mom 106
Literally Anything 106
My Black Hole Just Exploded 105
Harsh Reality 104
Southpaw Fish 103
Scared Money Don’t Make Money 103
I’d Eat That Off A Flip Flop 102
Jack of All Trades 102
Flight Level Awesome 100
Syn Storm 100
Charging Our Fireballs 98
Run Ham 98
Thrail Killers 97
No Brainers 96
Bookhouse Boys 95
Cletus 95
Split Personality 95
Demented and Sad But Social 94
Dishonor on Your Cow 94
It’s Mueller Time 94
1-2-3 Drink 92
Sloppy Seconds 92
Smarty Pants 91
Blood Legion 90
Half-Nelsons 90
Drunk Savants 88
Punslingers 88
Russia Rigged the Back Nine 87
Cultured Heathens 86
Death By Snoo Snoo 86
Jade Lee Fan Club 84
Trashed Pandas 83
Dan Quayle’s Dumpster Fire 83
Sack of Marbles 83
HP Puff ‘N’ Stuff 82
Mom and Dad Save the World 81
Vitrifiers 79
Couple at the Bar 75
Irish Mafia 74
Tuna Noodle Casserole 71
Indians 69
HoJo MoJo 67
Who R Those Guys 66
The Gang Wins the Superbowl 64
E = MC Hammer 62
My Harry Potter Has Hogwarts 62
Bushwhackers 58
K-Crew 55
Newcomers 51
Doctor Emo 48
Quality Guesswork 43
Who the F is Alice? 39