The first Wednesday night game of Season XX welcomed exactly 100 teams across 13 venues.
Wednesday’s opening round provided few surprises for the field, as our stellar teams breezed through topics such as “Avengers: Endgame”, the Chunnel, and words that end in ‘ee’. Sixteen teams earned a perfect first round score of 36 points.
In Wednesday’s audio question, we celebrated the start of college football season by listening to marching band cover versions of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic, and “Feel It Still” Portugal. The Man. Other second round topics included “Star Trek”, NASCAR, and the Biblical figure of Job, the latter of which gave us the most difficult bonus question of the first half. Only five teams knew that Job fathered ten children, though I am sure earning those two points was simply based on a complete guess. Either way, the only perfect score of Wednesday’s second round was posted by Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s).
Sweet treats and Oscar nominations were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page. Six teams notched a perfect score of 20 points while the overall average landed at 14.7 points. Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s): 91
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 90
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 90
- Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’): 89
- Please Return My Pens (Memories): 88
Third round topics from Wednesday’s game included the Severn River, the game of backgammon, and Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent. A pair of wicked wagering questions kept the perfect scores off the board:
–> In the film “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, Will Ferrell’s character of Marshall Willenholly is named as a reference to what 1970s children’s TV show that was adapted into a 2009 film starring Ferrell?
–> First gaining prominence in the late 1950s, what tenor saxophonist released the albums “My Favorite Things”, “Giant Steps”, and “A Love Supreme”?
The respective correct answers OF “Land of the Lost” and John Coltrane each garnered a success rate of less than 20%. None of our teams ran the table in the third round.
After starting the final round with a question concerning Russian currency, we feasted on ambrosia and studied some impossible drawings from the mind of Dutch artist M.C. Escher. We also discussed three TV shows airing their final seasons this year: “Fuller House”, “Lucifer”, and “Modern Family”. Four teams closed their night with a perfect final round score: Mostly Dead (Belles’), Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s), D.C. Swampers (Silo Falls), and Van Buren Boys (Memories). These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:
- Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s): 165
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 165
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 163
- Van Buren Boys (Memories): 160
- Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’): 160
WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (60.0% success rate):
–> After his death in 1999, actor Del Close bequeathed his skull to Chicago’s Goodman Theatre specifically for use in productions of what play?
Exactly three-fifths of our teams remembered their theatrical props and gave us the correct answer of “Hamlet”. Congratulations to Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s), Van Buren Boys (Memories), and Einsteins of Beer (Memories), who each earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night. Inexplicably, for the second week in a row, a team at Quinn’s scored 177 points (five points shy of a perfect game), but lost on a tiebreaker to juggernaut squad Hipster Fashion Consultants. Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 177
- Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s): 177
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 173
- Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’): 172
- Van Buren Boys (Memories): 170
- Einsteins of Beer (Memories): 169
- Why Not Zoidberg? (Memories): 167
- Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill): 166
- Fan Club (Silo Falls): 165
- Please Return My Pens (Memories): 165
- Simple Minds (Valley Grill): 165
Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON SEP. 25 – First category: UFC Champions in Multiple Weight Classes)
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Next week’s first category: College Football Logos)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Flight Level Awesome (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Hey Dude” or “Salute Your Shorts”)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Pickled (Next week’s first category: Memphis, Tennessee)
Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD: Lost in Paradise (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – Greta Van Fleet or Led Zeppelin?)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Next week’s first category: French and Indian War)
Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Dangerous Cats (Next week’s first category: “Blazing Saddles”)
Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA: Hoofhousers (Next week’s first category: Zach Sings Country Music)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Why is This Wet? (Next week’s first category: Greek Gods)
Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD: Fan Club (Next week’s first category: “Get Smart”)
Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD: Momentary Lapse of Reason (Next week’s first category: Led Zeppelin)
28 South in Hagerstown, MD: Think, McFly, Think (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Star Trek” or “Stargate SG-1”?)
Dave & Buster’s in Springfield, VA: Phenom Butterfly (NEXT GAME ON SEP. 25 – First category: Video Games)
Memories in Mount Airy, MD: Van Buren Boys (Next week’s first category: Lynryd Skynyrd)
Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD: Darn You to Heck (Next week’s first category: Gemstones)