A License to… Play Wednesday Trivia!
On the final Wednesday in March, Pour House Trivia welcomed 117 teams across 15 venues.
For the third time this week, we began our game with a rather difficult bonus question. After most teams earned wagering points on a question about the element Potassium, only 13% of the field earned the first bonus points of the night by also knowing that its chemical symbol K is derived from the Latin word Kalium. Next, we asked a three-part question concerning movies whose titles contain the word “Diaries”. Naturally, we began with this Disney film:
While most of our teams recognized the plot of “The Princess Diaries”, coming up with the other correct answers of “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “The Basketball Diaries” proved to be much more difficult. After closing the round with easier questions about NFL headlines and the nation of Canada, we saw seven teams earn 36 points in the opening stanza.
We turned it up a couple of octaves in Wednesday’s audio question by playing three songs featuring falsetto voices. Our teams had no problem recognizing Tiny Tim, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, and Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Other second round topics included the video game “Overwatch”, the Great London Fire of 1666, and this classic TV episode:
As the most difficult bonus question of the round, only six teams knew that the “Mr. Plow” episode of “The Simpsons” included a cameo appearance from Adam West. As a result, the only perfect second round was recorded by The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s).
America’s greatest athletes were depicted on Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded perfect scores to 17% of the field and an average score of 17.3 points. These were your highest scoring first half teams from Wednesday night:
- The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s): 91
- Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’): 90
- Momma Lu’s (The Tavern): 89
- Satan’s School For Girls (Memories): 89
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
In the third round, our nightly Three Clues question looked at the work of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, before moving on to the most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> A small community with a population of less than 1,000 people, the town of Stonewall in Gillespie County was the birthplace of which 20th century U.S. president?
Only 23% of the field earned wagering points here with the correct answer of Lyndon Johnson. Next, we asked our teams to name the only MLB player to hit at least 60 home runs in a season on three occasions. Just under half of our teams gave us this non-Hall of Famer:
The final question of the third round gave us the most difficult bonus question of the night, as only three teams knew that Eleanor Audley provided the original voice of Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty”. Not surprisingly, none of our Wednesday teams earned a perfect third round score.
Final round topics from Wednesday night included the classic rock band Dire Straits, the animated duo Wallace and Gromit, and this children’s book series:
Only nine teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that Leroy is the real first name of the character Encyclopedia Brown. I guess he grew up to be the baddest man in the whole damned town. Three teams closed their night with a perfect final round score: Flight Level Awesome (Belles’), The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s), and Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s). Here is your Wednesday leaderboard heading into the final question:
- The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s): 165
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 164
- Momma Lu’s (The Tavern): 160
- Amigos (Clover Theater): 160
- Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’): 159
- Satan’s School For Girls (Memories): 159
WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (41.3% success rate):
–> “Non sufficit orbis” was the family motto of 17th century comptroller and landowner Sir Thomas Bond. When translated to English, this phrase lends itself to the title of what late 1990s film?
Just over two-fifths of our teams connected their knowledge of Latin to the last name of Bond before arriving at the correct title of “The World is Not Enough”. Congratulations to the three teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering all wagering questions correctly: The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s), Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), and Devan is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (Furnace Bar and Grill). Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:
- The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s): 177
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 176
- Amigos (Clover Theater): 168
- Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’): 168
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 167
- Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s): 165
- Save the Clock Tower (Barefoot Bernie’s): 163
- Green Machine (Whole Foods Market): 163
- Second Place (Valley Grill): 162
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 161 POINTS
Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA: Green Machine (NEXT GAME ON APRIL 24 – First category: Netflix Original Series)
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Second Place (Next week’s first category: “Pride and Prejudice”)
The Tavern in Olney, MD: Momma Lu’s (Next week’s first category: Stephen King Novels)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Next week’s first category: Galapagos Islands)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Mostly Dead (Next week’s first category: Commercial Jingles)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Donner Party (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Hat Style or Shoe Style?)
Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: Save the Clock Tower (Next week’s first category: “Jurassic Park” – novel)
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD: Devan is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (Next week’s first category: James Bond Films)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Next week’s first category: “Miracle Workers” – TV series)
Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Dangerous Business (Next week’s first category: Social Media Trends)
Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA: Nightmare Squad (Next week’s first category: 1980s Technology)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell? (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter Books)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: Amigos (Next week’s first category: William Shatner)
Memories in Mount Airy, MD: Please Return My Pens (Next week’s first category: O. J. Simpson)
Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD: Touched By R. Kelly (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Adult Toy or Kids Toy?)