A Landmark Night of Wednesday Trivia!

With just nine days remaining in Pour House Trivia Season XVI, many of our Wednesday venues still have house titles which are up for grabs!  Overall, we welcomed 96 teams across 12 venues on this Wednesday night:

ROUND 1:

Wednesday’s opening round included questions on U.S. Geography, the upcoming reality show “Celebrity Big Brother”, and this recently married couple:

Upton Verlander

Fifteen teams began their night with a perfect first round score of 36 points.

ROUND 2:

Wednesday’s audio question featured clips from the film work of Robert Downey, Jr.  While most of the field recognized his voice in the films “Sherlock Holmes” and “Tropic Thunder”, only 16% of our teams earned bonus points by also remembering that he donned an Australian accent to play a salacious tabloid journalist in the film “Natural Born Killers”:

Downey

Next up, we asked our teams to name the award-winning comic strip that ended its ten-year run with the line “Let’s go exploring”:

Calvin and Hobbes

We continued with questions on the lost city of Atlantis and the elements which comprise a molecule of benzene: carbon and hydrogen.  The first half concluded with our nightly Three Clues question, which included three references to the same surname.  The third clue mentioned this beloved “Sesame Street” character whose unexpected death lead to one of the show’s most memorable episodes:

Hooper Sesame Street

No, Bert and Ernie are still alive…  We were asking for Mr. Hooper.  After actor Will Lee passed away in 1982, the show’s writers made the notable decision to have his character pass away as well.  Most of the teams that earned bonus points on the Robert Downey Jr. question cruised the rest of the way, as the second round yielded nine perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page featured pictures of film posters with a matching section on album titles.  We saw an overall average score of 14.9 points, with just six teams recording a perfect 20 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

Wednesday’s second half began with a baseball question, asking our teams to name either one of these two sluggers that recently won 2017 Rookie of the Year awards:

Judge Bellinger

Exactly one-quarter of our teams earned bonus points with two correct answers: Aaron Judge of the Yankees and Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers.  As expected, the third round included the most difficult bonus question of the night.  After most teams earned wagering points by knowing that the video game subtitled “Knights of the Old Republic” is part of the “Star Wars” universe, only nine teams earned bonus points by also knowing that the Canadian company BioWare originally developed the game.  After a trip to the basilica, we closed the third stanza with a question regarding this set of paintings created by Norman Rockwell:

Norman Rockwell Four Freedoms

Thanks to the video games question, only one team notched a perfect third round score: the aptly named Five Nerds and a Baby (Bennigan’s – Frederick).

ROUND 4:

Our final round began with a trip to Flavortown, as we discussed the work of celebrity “chef” Guy Fieri.  Surprisingly, nearly half of our teams earned bonus points by knowing he was the original host of this former game show:

Guy Fieri

Other final round topics included Hudson Bay and the ill-fated Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia’s Romanov family.  We also asked our teams to name the animated Disney film which featured the Phil Collins songs “Two Worlds”, “Son of Man”, and “Strangers Like Me”, with most teams easily coming up with this correct response:

Disney Tarzan

We must have eased up a bit on the final round bonus questions, as a dozen teams notched 36 points to conclude their night.  Here are Wednesday’s highest scores heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (41.2% success rate):

–> Which landmark was originally painted in colors such as Astronaut White, Orbital Olive, Re-entry Red, and Galaxy Gold?

About two-fifths of our teams turned in the correct response of the Space Needle.  Congratulations to Teachers (Bennigan’s – Frederick), Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s), It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s), Three Fingers Worth (Furnace), and Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories), who each earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all wagering questions correctly.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Second Place  (Next week’s first category: Cycling)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Momma Lu’s  (Next week’s first category: Horror Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Show Me On the Doll  (Next week’s first category: Human Cameos in Muppet Films)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Teachers  (Next week’s first category: Irish Gaelic)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots ** 13 WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: “Pulp Fiction”)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Lone Pine Mall Rats  (Next week’s first category: “Natural Born Killers”)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: John Cusack Films)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Martin Luther King Jr.)

Primanti Brothers in Dickson City, PA:  Blinds Half Off  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: Phil Hartman Films – AUDIO)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 24 – First category: “Harry Potter”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine  (Next week’s first category: Weezer Albums)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Three Fingers Worth  (Next week’s first category: Grunge Music – NON-AUDIO)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: White Tail Deer Hunting)