A Rocky (Mountain) Night of Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday’s game featured our biggest crowd since March, as we welcomed 121 teams across 16 venues:


Wednesday’s game opened with a three-part question on people named Ocean (Danny, Billy, and Frank), as well as this current ABC show:

Shark Tank

We closed the round by enjoying a trio of gin cocktails and discussing the former capitals of China.  With just 13% of the field able to name Nanking as the “Summer Capital” of China, we saw seven teams open their night with a sweep of the first round.


Wednesday’s audio question dealt with song titles whose titles contained the names of musical instruments, specifically “Bang on the Drum All Day” by Todd Rundgren, “Mr. Tambourine Man” by The Byrds, and “Trumpets” by Jason Derulo.  We examined our DNA and asked our teams to name this classic cartoon character:

Steamboat Willie

By a wide margin, the most difficult wagering question of the first half was this query on the subject of Military Matters:

–> Which U.S. military decoration has the figure of Minerva on the Army and Navy versions and the Statue of Liberty on its Air Force design?

Only 22% of the field earned their wager with the correct response of the Medal of Honor.  As a result, the only perfect score of the second round was turned in by I’d Eat That Off of a Flip Flop (Furnace Bar).


Wednesday’s halftime page featured pictures of TV shows that aired for just one season.  Obviously, remembering all of these short-lived series proved to be more more difficult than normal, as the overall average score reached only 14.2 points.  Though we saw several scores of 19 points, none of our teams were able to run the table during halftime.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:


Wednesday’s second half began with a testy question in the Three Clues format, with this version dealing with a particular mountain range:

CLUE 1: This mountain range lends its name to a family of languages that includes Estonian, Finnish, and Hungarian.

CLUE 2: Its highest peak is Mount Narodnaya, which is located in the Tyumen Oblast.

Very few teams even ventured a guess at this point, but seven of the teams who did answer early picked up bonus points with the correct answer of the Ural Mountains.  Later, we asked our teams to identify the only two egg-laying mammals:

Platypus and Echidna

After closing with questions on the new name of Swaziland and the novel version of “The Princess Bride”, we once again saw just one team earn a perfect score: Witiots (Nido’s).


Wednesday’s final round also began with another difficult bonus question.  Wile most teams knew that the teen comedy film “10 Things I Hate About You” was based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”, only eight teams knew that the film was (fittingly) set at Padua High School.  Later, we looked at the video game series Halo, U.S. government shutdowns, and this celebrity couple:

Scarlett Colin Jost

For the third time in a row, only one team earned a perfect score, with this honor going to It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s).  Here are your top Wednesday scores after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (21.4% success rate):

–> Ranking 21st and 22nd overall, these two states are the LEAST populous U.S. states with home teams in each of the four major professional sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL).  For your wager, name BOTH of these states.

Nearly 80% of our teams came up with one of the two correct answers, but landing both states proved to be a daunting task.  The more common correct answer was Minnesota (Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild), but only about one-fifth of our teams also came up with Colorado (Rockies, Broncos, Nuggets, Avalanche).  Only two teams recorded the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly, and they both came from the same venue, as Southern Comfort and Sarcastic Jerks in the Back each achieved this feat at Clover Theater.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:


Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: Marvel Cinematic Universe Directors)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: “Casablanca”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Third Round Nosedive  (Next week’s first category: Name That Roar – AUDIO)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Pickled  (Next week’s first category: Pickleball)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Irish Mafia  (Next week’s first category: Michael Jackson – AUDIO)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: “The Martian” – novel)

Topgolf in Alexandria, VA:  Gerbils with Benefits  (Next week’s first category: Teen Camping)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Five Sure  (Next week’s first category: “Band of Brothers”)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  It’s Mueller Time  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Angus  (Next week’s first category: “Brickleberry”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  ** SIX WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: “Saturday Night Live” Commercials)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  I Took Groot As an Elective  (Next week’s first category: TV Game Shows)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Fandemonium  (Next week’s first category: Short-Lived TV Shows)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Hamster Relish  (Next week’s first category: Rock Bands)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  I’d Eat That Off of a Flip Flop  ** SEVEN WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: British Royal Weddings)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  Maddie  (Next week’s first category: Wes Anderson Films)