A Beloved Night of Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 97 teams across 14 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Our Wednesday teams needed to be on their toes right out of the gate this week, as the first bonus question of the night was also its most difficult.  After most of the field earned wagering points on a question concerning the musical film “The Greatest Showman”, only TWO teams tacked on two bonus points by correctly identifying Philip Carlyle as the fictional businessman portrayed by Zac Efron.  Monstars (Black Hoof) and Leprechauns (28 South) each gained two points on the entire field with that answer.  Other first round topics included Canadian geography, the Tasmanian Devil, and world history.  Thanks to the first bonus question of the game, the first round did not yield any perfect scores.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question fell a bit on the easier side, as nearly one-third of our teams earned bonus points by identifying the three ‘colorful’ music groups of Blue Oyster Cult, The White Stripes, and Black Eyed Peas.  We continued the second stanza with a look at baseball star Chase Utley, the concept of amnesty, and Cheetos.  The first half closed with a question regarding the taxonomic family Hominidae.  In the final bonus question of the half, only 11% of the field snagged an extra two points by recalling that the bonobo is a member of this family.  Four teams ran the table by posting 36 points in the second round: It’s All Maya’s Fault (Belles’), Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s), Sexual Chocolate (Memories), and Van Buren Boys (Memories).

HALFTIME:

Phrases and titles bearing the words “LOVE” or “WAR” were featured on Wednesday’s halftime page.  The overall average reached 16.2 points, as only three teams posted a perfect score of 20 points: Harsh Reality (Nido’s), Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), and Van Buren Boys (Memories).  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard at the break:

THIRD ROUND:

In a surprising outcome, more than a dozen teams lost their nine-point wager to begin the third round, with several others losing out on their five-point category bonus (and in some cases, both).  The culprit was this question on the topic of literary vocabulary:

–> Defined as ‘exceedingly idealistic’, which eight-letter adjective is derived from the name of the title character in a 17th century work of literature?

Despite the phonetic similarity, the word ‘gullible’ has nothing to do with the character of Gulliver from “Gulliver’s Travels”.  Only 27% of the field dreamed the impossible dream with the correct answer of quixotic.  The rest of the third round progressed with fewer speed bumps, as the field was largely successful with questions regarding the song “Take the A Train”, the biographical film “Monster”, and ancient Roman history.  Eight Wednesday teams recorded a perfect third round score.

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 question looked at the many Grammy Awards won by singer Adele, we began a treacherous final round.  Though the five wagering questions we not particularly difficult, the three bonus questions were simply diabolical, as each of the three yielded a success rate of under 10%.  First, only eight teams successfully named Don Hewitt as the creator the TV news show “60 Minutes”.  Later, we began the nightly Three Clues question with these two facts:

CLUE 1: He opened a namesake Falafel City restaurant on a “Saturday Night Live” sketch from 2005.

CLUE 2: He was the first NFL quarterback to throw for 50 touchdowns in a single season.

Many teams eschewed the final clue and turned in the wrong answer of Peyton Manning.  Yes, the former Colts QB appeared in a memorable 2007 episode, but this correct answer in this case was Tom Brady.  Once again, only eight teams earned a two-point bonus.  But those two questions were actually easier than the final bonus question of the game, as only five teams correctly identified Podgorica as the capital of Montenegro.  Despite this wicked finish, Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) inexplicably answered all three of these bonus questions correctly as the only team to sweep the final round.  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (43.8% success rate):

–> Which author is the most recent recipient of both a Nobel Prize and a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction?

About half of the field gave us the correct answer of Toni Morrison.  Congratulations to Think, McFly, Think (28 South), who did not miss a single wagering question en route to the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday night.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Booze Hounds   (NEXT GAME ON OCT. 30 – First category: Ten Most Populous Nations)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Drunk Savants   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Vice Presidents)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: “American Horror Story”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality   (Next week’s first category: “Downton Abbey” – film)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Scrotal Charisma   (Next week’s first category: Lizzo)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Sugar Sugar   (Next week’s first category: TV Cowboys)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Nightmare Squad   (Next week’s first category: “Band of Brothers”)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Why is This Wet?   (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter Characters)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Menace 2 Sobriety   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons  (Next week’s first category: Fred Rogers)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Jock-ish   (Next week’s first category: MLB Wild Card)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Why Not Zoidberg?   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Mike Myers or Michael Myers?)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Darn You to Heck   (Next week’s first category: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”)