A Page Out of Wednesday Trivia’s Diary!

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Nineteen venues welcomed 176 teams on Wednesday for the night’s game of Pour House Trivia.

FIRST ROUND:

It took until the end of Wednesday’s opening round to stump the field:

  • The PBS series American Masters aired a biography subtitled Submitted for Your Approval about which creator of The Twilight Zone?
  • Bonus: He co-wrote which 1968 film that spawned a film franchise?

Most teams knew Rod Serling was the man in question, but only 13% correctly named his work co-writing Planet of the Apes. Before that, we threw the Olympic decathlon’s shot putdiscus, and javelin and discussed the origin of the trailers that play at movie theaters. Eight teams had a perfect score in this round, the most of any that evening.

SECOND ROUND:

The audio question played three songs with an insect in the title before we took a trip to the Mojave Desert. We then cooled things down with the toughest wagering question of the first half:

  • Henri Richard won 11 Stanley Cups as a member of which NHL team?
  • Bonus: What was Richard’s common two-word nickname?

Richard played for the Montreal Canadiens, named by 46% of the field; just 7.9% earned their bonus with the nickname Pocket Rocket. This round had seven perfect teams.

HALFTIME:

Halftime tasks included naming items with silent first letters such as the wrist, pterodactyl, and gnome, then moving on to match the first and last names of fictional movie characters. Eight teams earned a perfect 20 on the page, while 14.2 was the average point tally. As with last week, one team stood tall with a perfect score at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

The third round featured back-to-back difficult wagering chances. First, we asked about a famous pseudonym:

  • English writer Mary Ann Evans wrote the novel Middlemarch under which masculine pen name?

Evans was much better known as George Eliot, an answer given by 32% of teams. We honored some baseball greats next:

  • Which two players were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2023?

The Baseball Writers Association inducted Scott Rolen through the traditional method, while the Veterans’ Committee elected Fred McGriff into the 2023 class. Exactly one-quarter of the field named at least one of those men, but 7.3% gave both answers for bonus credit. The round concluded with questions about the 90s film Practical Magic and Three Clues about the phone booth. Boldly Arrowski’s Day Off (Celtic House) pitched this round’s lone perfecto.

FOURTH ROUND:

About half the field took a zero on the 6-4-2 about the number four, but 11 teams earned the full six-point boost. An African geography question played the toughest in this round:

  • The Gambia is surrounded on three sides by which other African country?

About 30% of teams were successful with an answer of Senegal. This question was bookended by the two lowest bonus rates on Wednesday. A question about Fall Out Boy‘s update of Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire saw just 6.2% of teams know that Joel’s song was released on the album Storm Front. The round concluded with a three-parter in which each answer had the word Star in it; 6.8% received bonus credit with all three correct answers. Again, just one team pulled out a perfect round, this time being Stink Floyd (Belles’). These were the highest-scoring teams after four rounds:

  • Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape): 160
  • Donner Party People (Quinn’s): 160
  • What the Fork (Fridays): 153
  • FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 152 POINTS

FINAL QUESTION (15.34% success rate):

  • Who is the most recent actress to earn Oscar nominations in three consecutive years, culminating with a win for a film set during the Civil War?

Renee Zellweger is that actress, earning Oscar love for her work in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Chicago, and Cold Mountain. Wednesday’s Perfect 21 teams were Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape) and Donner Party People (Quinn’s). These teams topped the final overall standings:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hocus Pocus)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift’s Ex-Boyfriends)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Satan’s School for Girls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foreign Flags)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Notable November Events)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Brians)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Interstates)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Young Frankenstein)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Trugru.com  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Roger Federer)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christian Saints)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Scuby  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ghostbusters (original film))

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Warehouse 13)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Our Team Name Guy Isn’t Here  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Poker)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Pink Mambas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Golden Girls)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Electric Guitar)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Nincompoops  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Euclidian Geometry)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: We Like to Come from Behind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s TV Sitcoms)

Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: Look at Us Knowing Stuff  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Song Titles in Other Words)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Boldly Arrowski’s Day Off  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F.U. Biscuits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s TV Cartoons)