Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia featured a masterful performance by one of our top teams, as they displayed peak form heading into the World Series. Overall, we welcomed 109 teams across 12 venues.
After starting our game with a question concerning retired jersey numbers, we asked our nightly Three Clues question, which included these two facts:
CLUE 1: The number of adults required to be present to form a minyan, a requirement of certain Jewish religious ceremonies.
CLUE 2: The number of primary avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu.
It took a great deal of confidence to attempt an early guess at this point in the question, as only four teams were bold enough to pick up two bonus points with the correct answer of ten. After a smelly question about the skunk, we closed with a question regarding comic strip characters created by Mort Walker: Beetle Bailey and the married couple Hi and Lois. Thanks to the Three Clues question, the only perfect score of the first round was posted by Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s).
Wednesday’s audio question featured three songs with ordinal numbers in the title. We listed to “First Date” by Blink-182, “6th Avenue Heartache” by The Wallflowers, and “Second Hand News” by Fleetwood Mac. Only 17% of the field earned bonus points by knowing all three songs. We continued with a look at the Oscar-winning film “The French Connection” and the chemical compound peat moss. The final question of the first half asked our teams to identify either one of the two most populous U.S. state capitals. While some players might say that this fact falls under “Bar Trivia 101”, less than half of our teams earned wagering points with either correct answer of Phoenix (1.68 million people) and Austin (970,000 people). Furthermore, only 11% of the field picked up bonus points with both correct answers. Two teams picked up bonus points on the first and last questions en route to a perfect second round: Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill) and Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’).
National flags and anatomical phrases were the topics featured on Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded eight perfect scores and an overall average of 14.0 points. Here is your halftime leaderboard from Wednesday night:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 90
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 90
- Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’): 90
- Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s): 87
- Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill): 87
A three-part science question kicked off Wednesday’s second half. While our teams were familiar with names such as Becquerel and Bunsen, the term blastula was certainly much more obscure. Only seven teams began the round by earning two bonus points. Later, we discussed the Cayman Islands, the VH-1 series “Love & Hip Hop”, and the Mandela Effect. The third round closed with a difficult sports question, as we asked our teams to name either of the words represented by the ‘A’ and the ‘E’ in the abbreviated name of the new wrestling organization AEW. Perhaps the intersection of pub trivia players and wrestling fans is very small, as only 14% of the field earned wagering points with either correct answer of All or Elite. With just a handful of teams answering all five wagering questions correctly, the only perfect score of the third round was posted by Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s).
After a trip to Hanoi in the 6-4-2 question, the brutally difficult bonus questions continued into the final round. After most of the field knew that Woodrow Wilson won the 1916 U.S. Presidential election, only five teams added two bonus points by also knowing that Wilson defeated Republican Charles Evans Hughes. Other final round topics included the origin of the brand name Bluetooth, notable last lines from films, and the Middle Eastern dish tahini. After closing the round with the wildly unpopular category of classical music, we saw three teams (all from Quinn’s) post perfect final round scores: Hipster Fashion Consultants, Bi-Curious George, and Kitten Mittens. Not surprisingly, those teams were among the leaders after four rounds of play:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 168
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 162
- What Else Could It Be? (Memories): 158
- Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s): 154
- What’s That Smell? (GearHouse): 153
WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (74.8% success rate):
–> A tribute band known as The Missing Links play the music of, and are modeled after, which musical act that released four #1 albums from 1966 to 1967?
After we had our teams dodging punches all night, the final question fell to the easier side of the scale, as nearly three-quarters of the field earned points with the correct answer of The Monkees. Congratulations to the three teams that earned a Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s), and What’s That Smell? (GearHouse). These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Wednesday’s game:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 180
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 172
- What Else Could It Be? (Memories): 160
- Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’): 159
- Menace 2 Sobriety (Silo Falls): 159
- Bite My Shiny Metal Ass (Memories): 159
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 153
- Zambookie (Anchor): 159
- Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters (Valley Grill): 157
- Really Rottens (Belles’): 157
Though they did not need to go ‘all in’ on the final question, Hipster Fashion Consultants picked up 12 points on the final question to reach the 180-point plateau for the seventh time in team history. This score is even more impressive considering that eight of the twelve bonus questions yielded success rates of under 20%, yet Hipster Fashion Consultants missed only one of these questions.
Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON AUG. 28 – First category: U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Captain Geech (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Next week’s first category: The Beatles)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: ON HIATUS (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Vision Quest”)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Donner Party (Next week’s first category: The Monkees)
Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD: Slow Trivia Movement (Next week’s first category: Beach Activities)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Next week’s first category: Charlie Kaufman)
Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Tiny Pete’s (Next week’s first category: World War II German Aircraft)
Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA: WCWM (Next week’s first category: Famous Texans)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell? (Next week’s first category: 2000s Boy Bands)
Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD: Menace 2 Sobriety (Next week’s first category: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD: Zambookie (Next week’s first category: Sandwiches)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: ON HIATUS (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Sanitation System of Taipei)
Memories in Mount Airy, MD: What Else Could It Be? (Next week’s first category: Religious Cults)
Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD: Darn You to Heck (Next week’s first category: Dwight Eisenhower)