A Record-Breaking Night of Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 111 teams across 15 venues, but the collective performance by the teams at Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington was one for the record books!

FIRST ROUND:

Remembering first names was the key to picking up bonus points in Wednesday’s first round.  We opened with a three-part question in the category of We Share a Last Name.  Most teams earned their wager with the correct answer of Bundy, but only 17% of the field added two bonus points by knowing the first name of Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy.  Next, a question concerning Fort Knox in Kentucky offered bonus points to the teams that could remember Henry as the first name of the former U.S. Secretary of State for whom the fort is named.  Finally, we closed with a look at this board game:

Six teams began their night with a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three cover songs performed by Taylor Swift.  We also looked at the current NBA standings, the use of the word “Aliens” in various film titles, and this fast food:

McDonalds Chicken McNuggets

In what was the most difficult bonus question of the first half, only eight teams snagged two bonus points by giving us all four of the “shapes” found within a package of Chicken McNuggets: ball, bell, boot, and bone.  Another difficult bonus question closed the first half, as only 11% of our teams identified Phil Murphy as the current governor of New Jersey.  As a result, two teams swept the second round with 36 points: Eskimos (Quinn’s) and The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s).

HALFTIME:

Pasta shapes and video game characters were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded perfect scores to 21% of our teams, as the overall average landed at 18.2 points.  Here is your Wednesday leaderboard at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Third round topics from Wednesday night included operatic titles, the MLB career of David Wright, and the holiday of Passover.  A discussion of world geography us the first of two rather difficult bonus questions.  Only 13% of our teams could successfully name the two countries that respectively control Easter Island and Christmas Island: Chile and Australia. We closed the third round with a look at this massive box office failure:

Cutthroat Island

Only nine teams earned bonus points here by knowing that Finnish filmmaker Renny Harlin directed this forgettable flick.  Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s) was the only team to pick up bonus points on both questions, thereby posting the only perfect score of Wednesday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

After the ineptitude of the New York Jets was featured the Wednesday’s 6-4-2 question, we continued with a Three Clues question about Bruce Springsteen.  Other final round topics included the celebrity couple of Jill Goodacre and Harry Connick, Jr., the Battle of Midway, and these beloved comic strip characters:

Calvin and Hobbes Trivia pour house pub trivia maryland

Three teams closed their night with a perfect final round score: The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s), Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s), and Nightmare Squad (Black Hoof).  Here is your overall leaderboard heading into Wednesday’s final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (73.7% success rate):

–> Surrounding the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC are 36 columns.  For your wager, what is represented by these columns?

Nearly three-quarters of our teams responded correctly with the 36 states of the Union.  Congratulations to the four teams that ran the table on the wagering questions and posted a Perfect 21 on Wednesday: Southpaw Fish (Valley Grill), The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s), My Black Hole Just Exploded (Quinn’s), and Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s).   Here is your final leaderboard from Wednesday night:

Several PHT records were set at Quinn’s on Wednesday night.  For the first time in PHT history, five teams recorded at least 170 points at the same venue, with four of those teams posting scores of 175 points or more.  Any one of those five teams would have been a winner at 13 other venues, so they certainly receive the “tough luck” prize tonight.  Simply an unbelievable performance call around!

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME ON FEB. 27 – First category: College Team Nicknames)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: “Battlestar Galactica” – 2000s series)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Momma Lu’s  (Next week’s first category: Cocktails)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Vice Presidents)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Pickled  (Next week’s first category: The Masters)

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

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia  (Next week’s first category: Foo Fighters – AUDIO)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Devan is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Original or Remake)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Eskimos  (Next week’s first category: 2019 Westminster Dog Show)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thunder Business  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Nightmare Squad  (Next week’s first category: Baltimore Orioles)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Special Ed  (Next week’s first category: Educational Jargon)

Hideaway Pizza Pub in St. Petersburg, FL:  (Next week’s first category:  )

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Amigos  (Next week’s first category: Cosmology)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Please Return My Pens  (Next week’s first category: Graphic Name Origins)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Touched By R. Kelly   (Next week’s first category: Abraham Lincoln)