A Boxful of Wednesday Trivia!

The first Wednesday in December welcomed 103 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

We began Wednesday’s game by asking questions concerning podcasts, the term ‘Armageddon’, and this New York City restaurant featured in both “Seinfeld” and the Suzanne Vega song “Tom’s Diner”:

Seinfeld

The first round also included the most difficult bonus question of the night.  After most of our teams earned wagering points on a question regarding “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, only three teams earned two bonus points by knowing that John Tenniel illustrated the original version of the story.  As a result, none of our teams recorded a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured music groups with chemical elements in their names.  Most of the field recognized the music of Iron Maiden (“Run to the Hills”) and Neon Trees (“Animal”), but only five teams earned bonus points by turning in the third correct answer of Silver Convention (“Fly, Robin, Fly”).  Later, we discussed the Canadian Football League, the Beefeaters who “guard” the Tower of London, and this classic comedic duo:

Laurel and Hardy Trivia Pour House Pub Trivia Maryland

Thanks to the first bonus question, only one team swept the second round: The More You Know (Furnace).

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page featured a matching section focused on non-fiction books penned by contemporary comedians.  Eleven teams notched a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average landed at 15.7 points.  These were your highest scoring teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

After opening the second half with a question concerning the controversial novel “The Satanic Verses”, we stumped most of our teams with some Periodic Table word play:

–> Found within Group 15 of the Periodic Table, which metalloid is the only chemical element whose English name begins with the letter ‘A’, but whose chemical symbol does not?

Only 34% of our teams responded correctly with Antimony (Sb).  We continued with a three-part question regarding notable “van” people (actor Jean-Claude van Damme, President Martin van Buren, and painter Anthony van Dyck) before concluding the round by discussing this video game:

Portal Video Game

Once again, a single bonus question was responsible for keeping the perfect scores off the board, as only six teams remembered that Chell is the name of the silent protagonist in the video game “Portal”.  With that, the third round round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

After a three-part question about world flags began Wednesday’s final round, we moved on to topics such as the classic Motown song “Respect”, the award-winning work of Richard Dreyfuss, and this colorful question:

–> Originally named after a historical European state, which Crayola color’s name was changed to “Midnight Blue” after complaints during the height of the Cold War?

Only 29% of our teams earned points with this correct response:

Prussian Blue

We closed the final round by asking our teams to name the three players (other than Kobe Bryant) to have won a league MVP award while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.  As one team told their host: “other than LeBron James, these were the only three Lakers players we could name”.  That proved to be an effective strategy, as the three answers were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and Shaquille O’Neal.  Two teams earned a perfect score of 36 final round points: Bet Smart (Black Hoof), All Glory to the Hypnotoad (Memories).  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (41.7% success rate):

–> Epimetheus, the twin brother of the Greek titan Prometheus, ignored his brother’s advice and married which woman?

About two-fifths of the field earned points on this final question with the correct response of Pandora.  Congratulations to All Glory to the Hypnotoad (Memories), who posted the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday night.  Here is your final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap  (Next week’s first category: Periodic Table)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Momma Lu’s  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: “E/R” or “ER”?)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons  (Next week’s first category: Non-Venomous Snakes)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Three Clues / One Gem)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower  (Next week’s first category: Psychiatric Disorders)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  It’s Mueller Time  (Next week’s first category: Krampus)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thundercats  (Next week’s first category: “Clash of the Titans”)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Katharine Hepburn or Audrey Hepburn?)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Fab Four  (Next week’s first category: Christmas TV Specials)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: “Men at Work” – film)

Fat Daddy’s in Fort Worth, TX:  Five Dummies  (Next week’s first category: Slapstick Comedy)

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 27 – First category: Super Bowl Statistics)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  All Glory to the Hypnotoad  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: “Futurama” Heads in a Jar)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Shoes For Feet  (Next week’s first category: Major League Soccer)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins  (Next week’s first category: Mel Brooks Films)