A Cartoonish Finish to Wednesday Trivia!
Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 94 teams across 12 venues.
Our teams encountered few surprises in Wednesday’s opening round, as the the field breezed through topics such as Twitter, the film “Jumanji”, and Olympic legend Jesse Owens. Even a Three Clues question about the name Rochester doled out bonus points to a majority of the field. A dozen Wednesday teams opened their game with a perfect first round score.
Wednesday’s opening round featured three songs with the word “Rose” in the title. We listened to “Kiss From a Rose” from Seal, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” from Poison, and “Roses” from the Chainsmokers. We continued with questions regarding the Toyota Prius and the U.S. Interstate Highway System, the latter of which included the most difficult bonus question of the first half. Only 11% of the field knew that the official logo of the U.S. Interstate Highway System depicts five stars in a circle, which is appropriate since it is named for Dwight Eisenhower. After closing the round with a look at the current TV series “Electric Dreams”, we saw two teams earn a perfect second round score: Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s) and Mostly Dead (Belles’).
The top half of Wednesday’s halftime page asked our teams identify the names of fictional characters, but in this case, the number of letters in each character’s name matched the number of the question (from one to ten). The bottom half of the page featured a matching section about U.S. cities that border other states. While the overall average reached a relatively normal 16.6 points, Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’) and Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) were the only teams to earn a perfect score of 20 points. Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Mostly Dead (Belles’): 91
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 90
- Ask Before You Reach Around Me (Belles’): 89
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 88
- My Black Hole Just Exploded (Quinn’s): 88
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 88
- Bite My Shiny Metal Ass (Memories): 88
Wednesday’s second half opened with questions concerning the poppies which grew on the battlefields of World War I, the dessert Peach Melba, and MLB players with multiple seasons of at least 200 hits. With most teams performing fairly well, the fourth question ended that success it was the most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> Which hyphenated term for “old curiosities” or “miscellaneous items of little value” is thought to come from a French phrase meaning “at random”?
Only seven teams gave us the correct response of bric-a-brac. In addition to this stumper, each of the three bonus questions in the third round yielded a success rate of under 15%. As a result, none of our teams ran the table with a perfect third round score.
We began our final round with a question regarding the location of the Michelangelo statue “David”. While most teams knew that the statue was located in Florence, only eight teams picked up two bonus points by knowing the height of this statue (17 feet) within one foot either way. Next up, another extremely difficult wagering question:
–> The dialogue exchange “I knew you’d be watching”, “I thought we’d meet again only in death”, “This is our destiny”, “Kiss me”, and the phrase “D: It is written” superimposed on a black screen, makes up the entirety of the final scene of what 21st century Best Picture Oscar-winning film?
Only nine teams responded correctly with “Slumdog Millionaire”. The latter half of the final round eased up a bit on our teams, who were largely successful on topics such as the video game “Grand Theft Auto” and the TV series “SpongeBob SquarePants”. Two teams avoided the early speed bumps to sweep the final round: Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s) and Lauren’s Certified Tufted Titmouse (Nido’s). These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 162
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 156
- Mostly Dead (Belles’): 156
- Sexual Chocolate (Nido’s): 155
- My Black Hole Just Exploded (Quinn’s): 154
WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.8% success rate):
–> Which cartoon character is still going strong after his debut in the 1940 short “Knock, Knock”?
Just over one-third of our teams turned in the correct answer of Woody Woodpecker. None of our teams earned a Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly. Your final Wednesday leaderboard included these teams:
- Fan Club (Anchor): 160
- Weasigators (Anchor): 159
- Mostly Dead (Belles’): 156
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 155
- Nightmare Squad (Black Hoof): 154
- Cake or Death (Black Hoof): 153
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 153
- Sexual Chocolate (Nido’s): 155
- F Bryce (Black Hoof): 151
- Pickled (Belles’): 149
An honorable mention goes out to Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill), who posted an impressive 161 points while playing ‘over the limit’.
Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA: Noodle Pig (NEXT GAME ON AUG. 28 – First category: U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Matt Shearer Tokyo Drift (Next week’s first category: Hockey Hall of Famers)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Mostly Dead (Next week’s first category: “Fight Club”)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: ON HIATUS (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Vision Quest”)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Sexual Chocolate (Next week’s first category: Curse Words)
Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD: Slow Trivia Movement (Next week’s first category: “Archer”)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Bi-Curious George (Next week’s first category: “Bob’s Burgers”)
Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Dangerous Cats (Next week’s first category: “Airplane!”)
Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA: Nightmare Squad (Next week’s first category: Cross-Dressing in Film)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Cindy’s Angels (Next week’s first category: Philadelphia Eagles)
Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”)
Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD: Fan Club (Next week’s first category: “Lord of the Rings” Characters)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: ON HIATUS (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Sanitation System of Taipei)
Memories in Mount Airy, MD: Fun With Flags (Next week’s first category: “Breaking Bad”)
Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD: FKA (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Bone or Muscle?)