A Poetic Finish to Wednesday Night Trivia!
Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 107 teams across 14 venues:
Wednesday’s game began with a question on this Broadway show based on the work of T.S. Eliot:
After a quick bite of Black Forest Cake, we asked about the crude TV sitcom “Unhappily Ever After”, which featured stand-up comedian Bobcat Goldthwait voicing the character of Mr. Floppy:
After a Triple 50/50 question on sports history, we saw 13 teams begin their night with a perfect first round score of 36 points.
Wednesday’s audio question featured three “Pretty” songs, such as “Pretty in Pink” by The Psychedelic Furs, “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)” by The Offspring, and “Sit Still Look Pretty” by Daya. With the latter being a much more recent release, only 15% of the field earned bonus points with three correct answers. We continued with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:
–> Derived from a Latin word meaning ‘mask’, which term refers to the juvenile life stage on an insect?
Only 23% of our teams responded correctly with larva. After a look at British queens and the “Rush Hour” film franchise, we closed with the most difficult bonus question of the night. We asked our teams to identify either one of the two most populous countries whose names begin and end with the letter ‘A’. Virtually every team included Australia as one of their two answers, but at about 25 million people, the Land Down Under was not one of the two answers. Only five teams gave us both correct answers of Argentina and Algeria, each of which has more than 40 million residents. As a result, the second round did not yield any perfect scores.
Cereal bowls and sports geography were the themes of Wednesday’s halftime page, which saw 17% of the field land perfect scores, while the overall average came in at 16.1 points. Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:
- Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill): 90
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 88
- Viennese Oyster (Belles’ Sports Bar): 87
- Ryanoscopy (Quinn’s): 87
- SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 86 POINTS
Wednesday’s third round opened with a question on the similarities between the classic sci-fi film “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” and the animated film “Monsters vs. Aliens”. We also included a question on the video game series “Civilization”:
After closing with a three-part question on palindromes (Civic, Radar, Xanax), we saw four teams earn perfect third round scores: I’d Eat That Off of a Flip Flop (Furnace Bar), Flight Level Awesome (Belles’ Sports Bar), 63 Earths Fit In Uranus (Barefoot Bernie’s), and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater).
We began Wednesday’s final round by asking our teams to identify the three Spanish language songs which have topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Our teams performed very well here, with about one-third of the field earning bonus points by naming all three correct answers: “La Bamba” by Richie Valens, “Macarena” by Los Del Rio, and “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. The final round also included our nightly Three Clues question, with this version focusing on a U.S. President:
CLUE 1: He won his first Presidential election in a landslide victory over Federalist Rufus King.
CLUE 2: His administration was highlighted by a period known as the ‘Era of Good Feelings’.
Very few teams even ventured a guess at this point, leading to just seven teams earning the early answer bonus with the correct response of James Monroe. We followed with the most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> What Latin phrase names the constellation that contains the star Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky?
It seems fitting that the “dog star” would be located in a constellation named for a dog, but only 11% of the field earned points here by knowing Canis Major. We closed the game with a look at the many records once held by this Hall of Fame quarterback:
Only two teams earned perfect final round scores: Pickleback for Nickleback (Quinn’s) and Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg). Here are your top Wednesday scores heading into the final question:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 162
- Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill): 158
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 157
- Fat Kid Dance Party (Belles’ Sports Bar): 157
- It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s): 156
FINAL QUESTION (46.3% success rate):
–> Though its author is more closely associated with a city nearly 400 miles away, the 1827 poetry collection entitled “Tamerlane and Other Poems” was published anonymously, with credit being given “To a Bostonian”. This collection was what author’s first written work?
Just under half of our teams responded correctly with Edgar Allan Poe. Congratulations to Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill), Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) and Stephen Hawking Karaoke Machine (Memories), who each recorded a Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly. These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:
- Fat Kid Dance Party (Belles’ Sports Bar): 167
- Stephen Hawking Karaoke Machine (Memories): 166
- 63 Earths Fit In Uranus (Barefoot Bernie’s): 166
- Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill): 166
- Hill Valley Ornithologists (Barefoot Bernie’s): 165
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 164
- It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s): 164
- Olney the Lonely (The Tavern): 163
- Hamster Relish (Memories): 163
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 162
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Next week’s first category: Linguistics)
The Tavern in Olney, MD: Olney the Lonely (Next week’s first category: Hillsborough Stadium Disaster)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Fat Kid Dance Party (Next week’s first category: Mom Haircuts)
Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD: HoJo MoJo (Next week’s first category: “Annie” – 1982 film)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Witiots (Next week’s first category: Herbs and Spices)
Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: 63 Earths Fit in Uranus (Next week’s first category: American Swimmers Other Than Michael Phelps)
Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA: LFW (Next week’s first category: Fleetwood Mac)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: It’s Mueller Time (Next week’s first category: Minor “Harry Potter” Characters)
Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV: Angus (Next week’s first category: “Jersey Shore”)
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: “Futurama”)
Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management ** NINE WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Quentin Tarantino Films)
Memories in Mount Airy, MD: Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Next week’s first category: Last Lines of Novels)
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD: I’d Eat That Off of a Flip Flop (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – 1980s Song or 1990s Song?)
Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA: My Black Hole Just Exploded (Next week’s first category: Machine Learning)