You Can’t Escape Weekend Trivia!

alt text

Eight venues hosted Pour House Trivia over the weekend for a total of 85 teams.

FIRST ROUND:

No wagering questions threw a majority of our teams for a loop in any opening round this past weekend. However, a bonus chance on Saturday did its work on that day’s teams:

  • Home to about 6,200 people and one famous groundhog, which Pennsylvania town in Jefferson County is renowned for its annual Groundhog Day festivities?

While our teams knew of the town of Punxsutawney, none were able to spell it correctly for two bonus points. Other topics covered in the first round included Nixon veeps Spiro Agnew and Gerald FordThree Clues about E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and a trio of events from 2002. Nineteen perfect scores were recorded in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

The weekend’s slate of audio questions dealt with Dancing songs, covers of TV theme songs, and three Hit tracks. The most difficult wagering question in the first half over the weekend came midway through Friday’s second round, which gave Three Clues about a certain U.S. state capital:

  • This city was founded near Last Chance Gulch, a site where gold was discovered in 1864.
  • It is the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.
  • It is the capital of the fourth-largest U.S. state based on land area.

Only 38% of teams received their wager by naming Helena, Montana, while just two did so early for a two-point bonus. Second round topics also included the inception of the WNBA, the aquatic Narwhal, and the Tony-winning musical A Chorus Line. A pair of perfect scores were earned at Pretzel and Pizza Creations, by Ah Ha and Quality Guesswork.

HALFTIME:

Halftime round subjects included famous American homes, celebrities surnamed Jones, and minor league baseball teams by state. On average, teams scored 15.9 points while four teams on Sunday earned all 20 possible points. The top of the leaderboard went as follows at the halftime intermission:

THIRD ROUND:

Saturday’s third round featured the weekend’s toughest wagering question:

  • Young children whose real names are Jeremy and Jean are two major characters in which 1960 novel?

A quarter of the field correctly named To Kill a Mockingbird, while one team added bonus points for naming its setting of Maycomb, Alabama. Friday’s game also had a tricky literary question:

  • The narrator of which 1951 novel is a former student of the fictional Pencey Preparatory Academy?

Just under half of Friday’s teams knew that to be The Catcher in the Rye. Other questions in this round handled topics such as the Bee GeesJudy Garland‘s marriages, and the musical term arpeggio. The only team to earn all 36 points in this round was Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason).

FOURTH ROUND:

Clues about the NetherlandsKenya, and M*A*S*H were given over the weekend for the 6-4-2 portion of each game. The most difficult wagering question on Friday came in the evening’s last round:

  • As members of the subfamily Cricetinae, which animals are found in varieties such as Siberian, Chinese, Campbell’s dwarf, Syrian, and Golden?

Those are various types of the hamster, which was named by 29% of the field; one team did so before a crossword-style clue was given for two bonus points. In other fourth-round action, we drew up a question on pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, tracked the many wins of NFL head coach Bill Belichick, and traveled to the City of DreamsVienna. Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza) recorded the only perfect score in this round. We headed into the final question with these teams on top:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (72.73% success rate):

  • Founded in 2013, the Seattle-based company Puzzle Break is the first American company to specialize in which entertainment activity?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.33% success rate):

  • Which word originated in the Book of Leviticus, referring to an animal that was cast out into the desert on the Jewish Day of Atonement in order to symbolize the removal of sins?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (11.11% success rate):

  • Which retail company is the country’s second biggest purchaser of helium, trailing only the U.S. government?

Puzzle Break is an escape room company, the word from Leviticus is scapegoat, and Macy’s uses all that helium due to the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. A pair of Perfect 21 teams played over the weekend: Gen X-ers (Flying Ace) and Nerd Birds (Pretzel and Pizza). At the end of the weekend, these were the scoring leaders:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: Hot Singles in Your Area  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ben Folds)

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

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

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown, MD: Blue Banner Bombers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Musicals)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Gen X-ers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jason Bateman)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Murph’s Masters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Green Books)

The Garage in Frederick, MD: Doug’s Hugs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Frederick Breweries)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Globogym  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYThe Golden Girls)