A Colossus of a Trivia Night!

Wednesday night’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 108 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

One of the most difficult bonus questions of the night was asked early in the first half, as only eight teams could identify either one of the real first names of these two actors:

Sheen

Martin and Charlie were born with the real names of Ramon Estevez and Carlos Estevez.  We continued with questions concerning sausages, Christian saints, and the Olympic heptathlon.  Certainly more difficult than usual, the first round yielded just two perfect scores: Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s) and Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg).

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured feminine song titles: “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls, “Amanda” by Boston, and “Barbara Ann” by the Beach Boys.  Our teams performed well with topics such as the Emmy Awards and piranhas, but once again it was a single bonus question that prevented many teams from notching a perfect score.

–> In 1875, Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across what European stretch of water without a buoyancy aid?

2-POINT BONUS: Translated as “the sleeve”, what is the French name for this body of water?

Nearly all of our teams earned wagering points with the correct response of the English Channel, but only six teams earned bonus points by also knowing that the French call this body of water “La Manche”.  As a result, none of our teams swept the second round with a perfect score.

HALFTIME:

Fictional TV towns and four-letter sports team names were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page.  Overall, the average score reached 17.5 points, with 21% of our teams posting a perfect score.  Here is your Wednesday halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

We began the second half with a nostalgic look at this record-setting pitchman:

Next up, a three-part question regarding U.S. Presidents stumped many of our teams, as we asked them to identify who was serving as Commander-in-Chief during historic events such as the launch of Sputnik, the sinking of the Titanic, and Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo.  As the most difficult wagering question of the night, only 30% of our teams earned points here, with about half of those tacking on two bonus points.  We closed the third stanza with a look at the newest animated TV series from the mind of Matt Groening and the Britney Spears hit “Till the World Ends”.  The third round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

After a quick trip to Boston in the 6-4-2 question, we began the final round with a difficult question concerning playwright August Wilson and his “Pittsburgh Cycle” of plays, one of which was adapted into this Oscar-winning film:

Fences

Later, we looks at Three Clues for the word colossus, discussed the derivation of the name Belarus, and enjoyed both a Bloody Mary and a Bloody Caesar.  With a stellar finish, Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s) earned the only perfect score of the final round.  Here is Wednesday’s fourth round leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (59.8% success rate):

–> Among the six players to have their numbers honored by the Miami Heat, these two never played for the franchise.  One had his number 23 retired for his “contributions to basketball”, the other had his number 13 honored due to the “large impact [he] had on Miami during his Hall of Fame career”.  Name both of these players.

About three-fifths of the field earned points on the final question with the correct answers of Michael Jordan and Dan Marino.  Congratulations to Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s) and It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s), who were the only two teams to record the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by cashing in on every possible wager.  This is your final Wednesday leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: West Virginia Counties)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Olney the Lonely  (Next week’s first category: “Letterkenny”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Hugh Jackman or Not Hugh Jackman)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Trojan Pride  (Next week’s first category: Landmark Supreme Court Cases)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Irish Revolutionaries)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Athletic Supporters  (Next week’s first category: Football Hall of Famers)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Half Baked  (Next week’s first category: Roller Coasters)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: “Led Zeppelin IV”)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thundercats  (Next week’s first category: “WIllow”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Nerdy By Nature  (Next week’s first category: “Wonder” – book)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  Steamtown  (Next week’s first category: U.S. National Parks)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  ChunkyLover53@aol.com  (Next week’s first category: 1990s TV Sitcoms)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  The More You Know  (Next week’s first category: Tools)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  Not Quite Dead Yet  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)