A Modern (Family) Game of Wednesday Trivia!

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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 83 teams across nine venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We wasted little time in challenging our Wednesday teams, as the first bonus question of the night was also one of its most difficult.  After most of the field knew that a snowman (with the voice of Burl Ives) narrates the classic stop-motion animation television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, only eight teams also knew that this character was named Sam.  The first round continued with questions concerning the theatrical genre of film noir and the three U. S. states with five-syllable names: North Carolina, South Carolina, and Louisiana.  As a result of the first bonus question, Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’) and Wonder Boys (T. J. Stone’s) posted the only perfect scores of the opening stanza.

SECOND ROUND:

For Wednesday’s audio question, our teams were asked to identify three Christmas carols as performed by Mannheim Steamroller.  More than half the field picked up two bonus points by recognizing all three correct answers: Deck the Halls, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Joy to the World.  From there, we moved on to topics such as cheese, MLS teams, the winter solstice, and the White House wedding of Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower.  With a far easier set of bonus questions, Wednesday’s second round yielded 18 perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page featured celebrities born on Christmas Day and Christmas carol song lyrics.  Eight teams notched a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 15.4 points.  These were your highest scoring teams at Wednesday’s halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

We began Wednesday’s second half with relatively easy questions regarding the hard rock band System of a Down, gangster Al Capone, and Christmas characters.  By switching to a different type of religious question, we posed the most difficult wagering of the night:

  • In addition to commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, Hanukkah also honors which Hebrew warrior whose surname means ‘hammer’?

Less than one-fourth of the field responded correctly with Judah Maccabee.  Following that difficult query was an NBA question with an extremely tough two-point bonus, as only two teams could identify the three NBA coaches with at least 1,300 wins: Gregg Popovich, Don Nelson, and Lenny Wilkins.  Not surprisingly, none of our Wednesday teams earned a perfect third round score.

FOURTH ROUND:

The string of tough questions continued into the final round, as we asked the field to identify either one of the two largest varieties of rodents on Earth, apart from the South American capybara.  Less than half of our teams earned wagering points by giving us either the beaver or the porcupine as correct answers, with just two teams tacking on two bonus points with both correct answers.  Other final round topics included the classic police drama Hill Street Blues, the Dickensian term ragamuffin, the Shakespearean drama Macbeth, and words that include the letters ‘KIN’.  Once again, a perfect score eluded all of our teams in this round.  Heading into the final question, these teams topped the overall leaderboard:

FINAL QUESTION (9.6% success rate):

  • Decades after becoming a swimsuit model, who spent eight years as the highest-paid actress on American television?

The most popular incorrect answers on this final question included Heidi Klum and Pamela Anderson, while only eight teams earned points with the correct response of Sofia Vergara.  None of those eight teams completed a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Wednesday’s final leaderboard included these teams:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Nerd Immunity  (NO TRIVIA NEXT TWO WEEKS – FIRST CATEGORY ON JANUARY 12: Rugby Rulebook)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New Year’s Day Bowl Games)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Scott Looks Different  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Best of 2021)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: We Didn’t Start the Fire)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Irregardlessly Unrelevant  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wings – TV sitcom)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: A Very Culty Christmas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Funko Pop Dolls)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U. S. Civil War)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Formula One Racing)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: First Generation Pokemon)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Snake House  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mike Myers Films)

Clarksburg Tavern in Clarksburg, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: FDA Codes of Regulation)