A Monster (Truck) Night of Wednesday Trivia!

The first Wednesday of April welcomed 112 teams across 14 venues, one of which witnessed the best performance of the season!

ROUND 1:

Wednesday’s opening round included a question on FIFA World Cup Champions, a tasty snack of Sabra Hummus, and this Italian landmark:

Pisa

We closed the first round with a three-part question on animated animals.  With few surprises to begin the game, a whopping 32 teams rolled into Round 2 with a perfect score of 36 points.

ROUND 2:

The high wave of confidence came crashing down on the field with Wednesday’s audio question.   We asked our teams to identify three musical acts who each scored Top-40 hits by recording songs written by Bruce Springsteen.  Only 13% of our teams earned bonus points by recognizing Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (“Blinded By the Light”), 10,000 Maniacs (“Because the Night”), and Rage Against the Machine (“The Ghost of Tom Joad”).  Our teams did not have a chance to recover, as the second question of the round proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> Which two letters can be added to the name of the largest moon of Saturn to get the name of the largest moon of Uranus?

This question pulled a clean sweep at several venues, as the overall correct answer percentage dropped all the way to 24%:  The largest moon of Saturn is Titan, while the largest moon of Uranus is Titania.  Later, we looked at this dystopian film based on the work of Stephen King:

Running Man

We closed the second round with a question concerning the college town of Columbia (in both Missouri and South Carolina) and the U.S. Presidents that served between the Roosevelts.  The second round yielded six perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Prosthetic noses and fictional sidekicks were the themes of Wednesday’s halftime page, which saw 11% of the field land perfect scores with an overall average of 15.8 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

Wednesday’s third round included our nightly Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: The nickname of 1940s baseball player Lawrence Davis.

CLUE 2: This word refers to a group of rhinoceroses.

CLUE 3: The title of the film which earned Best Picture at the 78th Academy Awards.

Even after hearing all three clues, less than half of our teams responded correctly with Crash.  Later, we looked at Shakespearean quotes, during which only eight teams earned bonus points by knowing that the phrase “All the world’s a stage” first appeared in the comedy “As You Like It”.  We also looked at the work of Jon Hamm, and this national flag:

Union Jack

Thanks to the Shakespeare question, only three teams scored a perfect 36 points in the third stanza: Obscure References (Delirium Cafe), Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg), and Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s).  Each of those last two teams notched perfect scores in each of the first three rounds.

ROUND 4:

Wednesday’s final round as the most diverse of the night, hitting on topics such as celebrity fashion and lifestyle brands (Goop!), the political achievements of Sam Houston, and repeat Stanley Cup Champions.  We closed the night with the most difficult wagering question of the second half:

–> After spending several years as the lead singer of the pop band The Scene, which 25-year old female performer released solo studio albums entitled “Stars Dance” and “Revival”?

Only 19% of our teams came away with points with the correct answer of Selena Gomez:

Selena Gomez

With that difficult finish, only two teams earned perfect final round scores: It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s) and Lambda Lambda Lambda (Lost Dog Cafe).  After a masterful performance, defending PHT World Series Champion Dave Martinez School of Management lost its perfect game by missing the final bonus question of the fourth round.   Here are your top Wednesday scores heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (26.8% success rate):

–> In 1975, St. Louis construction worker Bob Chandler began work on what iconic vehicle that later appeared in the 1981 film “Take This Job and Shove It” and a namesake Nintendo game?

Just over one-quarter of our teams responded correctly with this monster truck:

Bigfoot

Congratulations to Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg), who was the only team to earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  This powerhouse team also became the first squad to top 180 points this season.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Stephen Colbert or John Oliver?)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Olney the Lonely  (Next week’s first category: “Hamilon”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Viennese Oyster  (Next week’s first category: The Masters)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Mostly Harmless  (Next week’s first category: K-Pop)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Donner Party  (Next week’s first category: Journalism Terms)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  63 Earths Fit in Uranus  (Next week’s first category: Rugby World Cup)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Five Sure  (Next week’s first category: Atari 2600 Games)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Pizzas)

Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Angus  (Next week’s first category: “M*A*S*H” – TV)

Legume Kitchen and Bar in Fredericksburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Strong Historical Women)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: “Dark Side of the Rainbow”)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  ** EIGHT WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: “Billions”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Hamster Relish  (Next week’s first category: “Friends” Cameo Characters)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  I’d Eat That Off of a Flip Flop  (Next week’s first category: Cowboy Junkies – AUDIO)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  Bad Hombres  (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)