As the end of the Summer Fling season draws closer, Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 113 teams across 14 venues:
With very few surprises to open our game, many teams rolled through questions concerning the Designated Hitter, the state of Montana, and this current TV show which will soon introduce a ‘Juniors’ edition:
A whopping 24 teams began their night with a perfect first round score.
We broke out the string quartet for Wednesday’s audio clue, as we asked our teams to identify classical renditions of “Blackbird” by The Beatles, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, and “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson. Later, we discussed the film work of Colin Firth, the recipe for a souffle, and the failed Gunpowder Plot involving the infamous Guy Fawkes:
Five teams swept the second round, with each of those five teams heading into halftime with a prefect score of 72 points!
Car logos and NFL quarterbacks were the topics from Wednesday’s halftime page. With an overall average score of 18.2 points, we saw 13 teams notch a perfect score of 20 points. Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard at the break:
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 92
- ChunkyLover53@aol.com (Memories): 92
- It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s on the Corner): 91
- Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s on the Corner): 91
- My Black Hole Just Exploded (Lost Dog Cafe): 91
- Southern Comfort (Clover Theater): 91
Wednesday’s second half opened with this Three Clues question:
CLUE 1: A brand-name candy introduced in 1924 with seven flavors such as lemon, lime, coconut-pineapple, and butterscotch.
CLUE 2: A bullet with a soft nose that expands upon impact to cause a gaping wound.
CLUE 3: On the “Flintstones”, the Great Gazoo often used this phrase to refer to Fred and Barney.
Only nine teams picked up bonus points by remembering this candy brand:
Next, we stumped most of our teams with a question regarding composer George Handel (or as he was originally known, Georg Händel), before closing with a look at the current remake version of the 1970s film “Papillon”, the video game “BioShock”, and the Jack Kerouac novel “On the Road”. Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s on the Corner) and Witiots (Nido’s) were the only teams to run the table in the third stanza.
The final round began with a rather interesting question on the subject of classic rock:
–> Topping the charts in 1972, what song holds the distinction of being the longest song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with a running time of eight minutes and 37 seconds?
With just under half of our teams answering correctly, this question wasn’t excessively difficult, but dozens of incorrect answers were accompanied by nine-point wagers! Some teams were very confident with incorrect answers such as “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (which is actually TWICE as long at just over 17 minutes) and “Stairway to Heaven”. Despite its iconic status, “Stairway to Heaven” never reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart because Led Zeppelin’s manager refused to release the song as a single, which was a requirement at the time. It turns out the correct response was “American Pie” by Don McLean. Other final round topics included prime numbers, Benadryl, and this famous match race held at Pimlico in 1938:
While most teams knew that Seabiscuit won this match race, only 13% of the field earned bonus points by knowing that War Admiral (the offspring of Man O’ War) was defeated that day. As a result, only Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater) and ChunkyLover53@aol.com (Memories) posted perfect scores in the final round. These were your highest scoring teams after four rounds of play:
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 165
- It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s on the Corner): 165
- Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s on the Corner): 165
- Worst of All Time (Quinn’s on the Corner): 161
- Math is For Boys (Memories): 159
WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (34.7% success rate):
–> After a 20-year absence, which country’s delegation was finally allowed to be seated in the U.N. General Assembly in 1994?
We saw a wide array of various answers on this question, but just over one-third of the field earned points with the correct response of South Africa. Congratulations to Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater), It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s on the Corner), and Witiots (Nido’s) for earning the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night. A special recognition goes out to It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s on the Corner), who set an all-time PHT record for the highest score recorded by a team that did NOT win its game. After losing on the tiebreaker, the team had to settle for second place despite scoring 177 POINTS! Here is your final Wednesday leaderboard:
- It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s on the Corner): 177
- Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s on the Corner): 177
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 173
- Amigos (Clover Theater): 172
- Rick and Morty (Kildare’s Pub): 170
- Witiots (Nido’s): 170
- We No Fing Suck (The Tavern): 163
- Donner Party (Nido’s): 160
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 158 POINTS
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Shakeweight (Next week’s first category: Ohio)
The Tavern in Olney, MD: We No F’ing Suck (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Deadpool” or “Deadpool 2”)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Third Round Nosedive (Next week’s first category: Sasquatch)
Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD: Momentary Lapse of Reason (Next week’s first category: South American Capitals)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Witiots (Next week’s first category: Foreign Cuisine)
Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: Atheltic Supporters (Next week’s first category: Fantasy Football)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: Famous Quinns)
Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Thundercats (Next week’s first category: “Torchwood”)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Next week’s first category: Stoner Films)
Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA: Rick and Morty (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on September 26: The Music of “Total Request Live”)
Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (First category on September 26: Processed Foods)
Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: “Corner Gas: The Movie”)
Memories in Mount, Airy, MD: Math is For Boys (Next week’s first category: Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD: Retired Ninjas (Next week’s first category: Burt Reynolds Films)