A Fair Win at Wednesday Trivia!
Wednesday’s game of Pour House trivia brought 131 teams and their thinking caps to 15 area venues.
We worked doubletime in the first round on Wednesday with a three-parter on phrases that start with the word double, followed by the toughest question of the round:
- Which R.E.M. song was given the alternate title of Furry Happy Monsters when the band performed the song on Sesame Street?
About 72% of the field knew that Furry Happy Monsters was a setting-appropriate version of Shiny Happy People. The toughest bonus get of the opening round actually came attached to the easiest question of the night; while a vast majority of players knew that Ronald Reagan was the attempted presidential assassination victim of John Hinckley Jr., only a quarter of teams remembered that shooting took place outside the Washington Hilton hotel. In all, 17 teams earned a perfect score in the first round.
The second round on Wednesday started with an audio question, featuring three songs that share their titles with Pixar films. More than 65% of teams scored their wager on it, while two-fifths of the field correctly named Brave by Sara Bareilles, Inside Out by Eve 6, and Gary Numan’s Cars to earn two bonus points. The most difficult question of the first half followed, with 53% of teams naming Arizona as the most populous of the Four Corners states. We wrapped up the round with questions on this weekend’s WrestleMania 38, the Gore-Tex fabric, and the Netflix show Grace and Frankie, the latter bringing the hardest bonus question of the night. Only 11 teams knew that Grace and Frankie will soon surpass Orange is the New Black for the most episodes of any Netflix original series. In part due to that final bonus question, no teams went perfect in the second round on Wednesday.
Halftime on Wednesday asked teams to identify ten films based on actors in them portraying lawyers, and went on to a second half all about portmanteaus (or ‘blended words’). Our Wednesday teams were on the ball here, with an average score of 16.4 and perfect 20s achieved by 19 teams. Coming into the halftime intermission, here were Wednesday’s top squads:
- Safety Third (GearHouse): 88
- Einsteins of Beer (Memories): 88
- Black Zexcellence (Sully’s): 88
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 88
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 87 POINTS
A Three Clues question about the word holiday kicked off the third round, and almost 40% of teams were able to start with an extra two points by naming the word after just two clues. From there, topics in the round included skin (part of the easily-pronounced integumentary system), George Orwell novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, and film director Alfred Hitchcock. The most difficult question of the second half ended the third round:
- Returning from elbow surgery this season, which Houston Astros pitcher has won the most career games among all active MLB pitchers?
The active leader in MLB pitching wins is Justin Verlander, something 57% of teams knew to earn their wager. Verlander may not have a perfect game under his belt, but 14 teams were perfect in this third round.
The fourth round followed a 6-4-2 question about the bazooka, where 12.9% of teams guessed right after the first clue to earn the full six points. A question about the animated superhero Darkwing Duck led off and was the toughest of the round, with a bonus chaser about sidekick Launchpad McQuack correctly answered by just 13 teams. After that, the fourth round dealt with the origins of the word messiah, Dua Lipa featured artists Elton John and Megan Thee Stallion, and the volcanic eruptions in Iceland that disrupted Europe’s air travel in 2010. Perfect fourth rounds were achieved by four teams: I Don’t Know (Moe’s), Trending Toward Fourth (T. J. Stone’s), Inquizitors (TGI Fridays), and Shirts and Skins (TGI Fridays). Before the final question, this was the leaderboard:
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 164
- What the Fork (TGI Fridays): 162
- Scott Looks Different (Memories): 161
- Black Zexcellence (Sully’s): 160
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 159
FINAL QUESTION (59.5% success rate):
- Which national capital city of three million residents is thought to have been named by a group of 16th century Spanish explorers, who likely named it after the Virgin of the Fair Winds?
For the third week in a row, Wednesday’s final question pulled in a right answer from 59% of teams. This time around, the correct answer was Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Perfect 21 was earned by seven teams on the night, for answering every wagering question correctly. Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:
- Scott Looks Different (Memories): 171
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 170
- Einsteins of Beer (Memories): 170
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 170
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 169
- Peeping Tom Cruises (GearHouse): 168
- Let’s Have Another Round (T. J. Stone’s): 167
- Overthinkers Anonymous (Sully’s): 165
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (Hops N Shine): 165
- I Don’t Know (Moe’s): 164
- Say No to Crack (Hops N Shine): 164
Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Moe’s Peyton Place)
Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Smuttynose (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H (TV Show))
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2022 March Madness)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Scott Looks Different (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Computer Programming Languages)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Reformation)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Shipwrecked (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilligan’s Island)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Flower Power (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2010s Disney Films)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Films Directed by John Hughes)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Overthinkers Anonymous (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bridgerton)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: I’m Useless (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Battery Technology)
T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Let’s Have Another Round (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Show))
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Go With Grace (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Slang)
Cellar Door in Frederick: Pink Whitney (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Illegal Drugs)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: One Man Band (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Atlanta Braves)