Anchors Aweigh at Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night marked the opening of the newest Pour House Trivia venue, as we welcomed a healthy crowd of 12 teams at Anchor Bar in Frederick.  Overall, Wednesday’s field comprised exactly 100 teams across 13 trivia venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Wednesday night included the Tour de France, the “John Wick” film series, and companies whose names include the word city (Value City, Party City, Circuit City).  Each of the three bonus questions yielded a success rate of under 25%, which meant that only three teams opened their game with a perfect first round score: Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill), Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s), and Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s).

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three songs which include spoken word lyrics.  We listened to “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, and “Are You Lonesome Tonight” by Elvis Presley.  We continued with a look at the outlaw Billy the Kid, the origins of Buddhism, and Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.  Four teams earned a perfect second round score of 36 points: Shakeweight (Valley Grill), Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s), Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s), and Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s).

HALFTIME:

The top half of Wednesday’s halftime page depicted celebrities and characters with feline or canine names, while the bottom half featured answers bearing the initials ‘T.C.’.  With an overall scoring average of 17.2 points, four teams ran the table by posting 20 halftime points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Third round topics from Wednesday night included heteronyms, the Ottoman Empire, and the classic comedy film “Some Like it Hot”.  Many of our teams were cruising through the third stanza, when that momentum was crushed by this question on the topic of Olympic swimming:

–> Excluding the marathon swim, what is the combined length of the individual freestyle swimming events for male swimmers at the Olympics?

For male athletes, the five individual freestyle swimming events are 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and 1,500 meters.  Only four teams gave us the correct response of 2,250 meters (or 2.25 kilometers).  We closed the third round with a discussion of the longest-tenured female cast members currently appearing on “Saturday Night Live”.  Not surprisingly, none of our Wednesday teams earned a perfect third round score.

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics from Wednesday’s game included the national languages of Chad and Djibouti, as well as the Books of the Old Testament.  Two questions in the final round tied as the most difficult wagering question from Wednesday’s game:

–> Steak au poivre is a French preparation of steak such as filet mignon that is coated with what food item, as signified by the phrase ‘au poivre’?

–> Which 1982 hit song became the unofficial anthem of Gulf War soldiers during Operation Desert Storm thanks to Armed Forces Radio DJ Rick Yanku?

In each case, 23% of our teams answered correctly with pepper and “Rock the Casbah”.  Among all 13 venues, only eight perfect rounds were recorded across all four rounds, but Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) notched three of those, including the only perfect score of the final round.  Here is your Wednesday leaderboard after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (27.0% success rate):

–> Released in 2003 and adapted into a film three years later, what sequel book has sold over 80 million copies, making it the best-selling book of the 21st century?

Just over one-fourth of our teams responded correctly with “The Da Vinci Code”.  Thanks to the Olympics question, none of our teams posted a Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final Wednesday leaderboard:

Every week there seems to be another record set by one of the stellar teams at Quinn’s in Arlington.   Last night, Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) became the first team in PHT history to score 180 points in consecutive weeks.

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JUNE 26 – First category: French Language)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight   (Next week’s first category: UCLA Alumni Not Named Kareem)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Many Bothans   (Next week’s first category: “My Hero Academia”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:   Donner Party   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte?)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: Cardigan Sweaters)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Imaginary Numbers)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Where’s Bekah?   (Next week’s first category: 12th Century English Anarchy)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death   (Next week’s first category: The O. J. Simpson Trial)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  What’s That Smell?   (Next week’s first category: Cheese)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: “Gentleman Jack”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Ya Donkey   (Next week’s first category: “Jurassic Park” – film)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Sanitation System of Taipei)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Bite My Shiny Metal Ass   (Next week’s first category: Scott’s Music Playlist)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Touched By R. Kelly   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – Original or Cover Version?)