A Million Dreams at Wednesday Trivia!

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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 110 teams across 13 venues.


Opening round topics from Wednesday’s game included the origin of the alcoholic term bootlegging, American rivers, the career of baseball player / preacher Billy Sunday, and the Gemini space program, the latter of which included the most difficult bonus question of the round.  Only 13% of the field could identify any one of the three men that flew in both the Mercury and Gemini programs: Gordon Cooper, Wally Schirra, or Gus Grissom.  Eight teams used these final two bonus points to complete a perfect first round.


Wednesday’s audio question was especially painful, as our teams listened to three songs whose titles include the word Hurts: Love Hurts by Nazareth, Hurts So Good by John (Cougar) Mellencamp, and Everybody Hurts by R. E. M.  Other second round topics included the television sitcom The Golden Girls, vampire author Anne Rice, Mad Cow Disease, and the film Meet Joe Black.  Once again, the final bonus question of the round was its most difficult, as only 16% of Wednesday’s field identified Claire Forlani as the lead actress in the film Meet Joe Black.  Four teams earned a perfect second round score: Stink Floyd (Belles’), Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’), Pterodactyl (Memories), and What the Fork (TGI Fridays).


For Wednesday’s halftime page, our teams dealt with pictures of celebrities who either passed away or were born in 1995, followed by a matching section on romantic animated couples.  These page favored multi-generational teams, as the overall average reached 14.3 points, with just five teams earning a perfect score.  These were your highest scoring teams at Wednesday’s halftime break:


Topics from Wednesday’s third round included musical instruments, the Italian culinary term al dente, the nation of Nigeria, human synapses, and the classic British sitcom Fawlty Towers starring John Cleese.  With the trio of bonus questions playing slightly easier than expected, seven Wednesday teams earned a perfect third round score.


After discussing the guinea pig in the 6-4-2 question, we began the final round with the most difficult bonus question of the night:

  • Released in 2013, which Academy Award-winning science fiction film featured only two cast members whose faces were shown on screen?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Who directed this film?

Though it also included several other voices (such as Ed Harris), the film Gravity only showed the faces of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.  About two-thirds of our teams earned their wager, but only seven teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that Mexican Alfonso Cuarón directed this film.  Other final round topics included Wellesley College, items mentioned in the lyrics of the Barenaked Ladies song One Week, Turkey Hill ice cream, and People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.  As a result of the first bonus question, Competitive Antagonists (Idiom) posted the only perfect score of Wednesday’s final round.  After four rounds of play, these were your highest scoring Wednesday teams:

FINAL QUESTION (9.1% success rate):

  • Which American businessman wrote several books during his lifetime, including “The Art of Money-Getting” and “Humbugs of the World”, the latter of which exposed many frauds of his day?

Only ten teams earned wagering points on this final question with the correct response of P. T. Barnum.  Congratulations to Stink Floyd (Belles’) and Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’), who each notched a Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Wednesday’s final leaderboard included these teams:


Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Nerd Immunity  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baked Goods)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: There’s a Crew in My Crevice


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: LeVar Burton)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Pterodactyl  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Krampus)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Peeping Tom Cruises  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bruce Springsteen)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Slang)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Competitive Antagonists  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cranial Nerves)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: The Legend of Taylor Heinicke  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dallas – original TV series)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Constantinople)

Meinelschmidt Distillery in Hagerstown, MD: Average Joes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Elderly Gentlemen)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Nightmare Squad  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shoes)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Zombie Nation  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Moto GP)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Urbana Nirvana  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Southern U. S. Geography)

Clarksburg Tavern in Clarksburg, MD: Triple S  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Suits)