A Patriotic Helping of Wednesday Trivia!

Better late than never!  Your Wednesday blog post is (finally) here, as we welcomed 88 teams across 11 venues on this Independence Day Eve.

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s opening round discussed topics such as the early exploration of China, foreign beer brands, the New York neighborhood of Harlem, and the film “American Sniper”.  With few surprises in this first set of questions, eleven teams earned a perfect score of 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

After some smooth sailing to start Wednesday’s game, the difficulty level increased dramatically in the second stanza.  The audio question featured three different songs which shared the title “Perfect”, but only nine teams picked up two bonus points by correctly identifying all three musical acts: Pink, Ed Sheeran, and Weezer.  After a look at Curt Schilling’s famous ‘bloody sock’ from the 2004 ALCS, we appropriately followed up with a question about Schilling’s hometown of Anchorage, Alaska.  We closed the first half with its most difficult bonus question, asking our teams to name the three words which are abbreviated by the acronym TED (as in “TED Talks”).  A majority of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answers of ‘technology’ and ‘design’, but virtually every team incorrectly guessed ‘education’ instead of the correct answer of ‘entertainment’.  Only four teams picked up two bonus points on this question, but none of those teams was able to complete a sweep of the second round.

HALFTIME:

Notable women from U.S. history and patriotic songs were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page.  Five teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points while the overall average landed at 15.4 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s second half opened with a three-part question about words beginning with the letter ‘K’, before moving on to a query concerning late night TV host Trevor Noah.  The difficult bonus questions continued into Wednesday’s second half, as each of two bonus questions were answered correctly by just a handful of teams.  First up, we asked our teams to name the role portrayed by Ali Stroker in the recent revival of the Broadway musical “Oklahoma!”, making her the first actress who uses a wheelchair for mobility to earn a Tony Award.  Only three teams gave us the correct answer of Ado Annie.  Later, we asked our teams to name the most recent U.S. President to have died on July 4th, or the only U.S. President to have been born on July 4th.  Only five teams gave us both correct answers of James Monroe (died July 4, 1831) and Calvin Coolidge (born July 4, 1872).  Chappie’s Revenge (Black Hoof) posted the only perfect score of Wednesday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 question featured heartthrob singer Tom Jones, the diabolical bonus questions continued, as NONE of our teams correctly answered the first bonus question of the final round, which asked for the number of cards used in a Pai Gow Poker deck.  Surprise!  That game uses a joker, so the answer was 53.  Other final round topics included the Pyrenees mountains, the references to author Joseph Conrad in the film “Alien”, and the Hall of Fame career of NBA star Gary Payton.  The final round closed with a majority of teams picking up bonus points by knowing that the animated TV character Archer bears the first name of Sterling.  Thanks to the first bonus question, none of our teams ran the table in the fourth round.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (21.5% success rate):

–> Which company, the largest of its kind in the world by stock market value, is named after Herman, Hillel, and Henry Hassenfeld, the siblings who founded it?

Less than one quarter of our teams responded correctly with Hasbro (a truncation of the phrase ‘Hassenfeld brothers’).  With the final question falling on the more difficult side, none of our teams recorded a Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Your final overall Wednesday leaderboard included these top teams:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JULY 31 – First category: 1990s Hip Hop)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “The Flintstones” or “The Jetsons”?)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Roy Rogers)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Vision Quest”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:   Mostly Dead   (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast For Dinner   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – Pink)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Bi-Curious George   (Next week’s first category: “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite”)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Beer Winners   (Next week’s first category: Elvis Presley)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death   (Next week’s first category: “Stranger Things”)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  What’s That Smell?   (Next week’s first category: FIFA Women’s World Cup)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: “Vision Quest”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Sanitation System of Taipei)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  What Else Could It Be?   (Next week’s first category: Infectious Categories)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  We Came, We Saw, We Drank   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Parks and Recreation” Character or Not?)