A Slight Amount of Dark Sarcasm at Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 97 teams across 13 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We wasted no time in challenging our Wednesday teams this week, as the first bonus question of the night was also the most difficult of the first half.  After most teams earned wagering points by knowing that NASA’s Pathfinder spacecraft traveled to Mars, only four teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that Sojourner was the name of the rover employed during this mission.  We continued with a look at three winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the lesser-known works of Dr. Seuss, and the film “Thelma & Louise”.  The first bonus question was the only stumbling block for most teams, as the first round yielded three perfect scores: Pickled (Nido’s), ODV Crew (Dragon Hops), and Dave Martinez School of Management (Memories).

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three winners of the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album: Betty White,  Michael J. Fox, and Maya Angelou.  Other second round topics included Maxwell House coffee, Spanish songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the Houston Astros stars collectively known as the “Killer B’s”: Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, and Craig Biggio.  We closed the first half with another difficult bonus question, as only 11% of the field knew that David Livingstone was the first European to view the African landmark of Victoria Falls.  Four teams posted a perfect score of 36 points in Wednesday’s second round: Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’), Cake or Death (Black Hoof), Olney the Lonely (Silo Falls), and Fan Club (Silo Falls).

HALFTIME:

Cartoon characters and 11-letter surnames highlighted Wednesday’s halftime page.  Nine teams earned a perfect score of 20 points while the overall average landed at 16.9 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Dave Martinez School of Management (Memories):  91
  • Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’):  90
  • Cake or Death (Black Hoof):  90
  • Olney the Lonely (Silo Falls):  90
  • SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 89 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

We began Wednesday’s second half with a three-part question concerning athletes whose names contain the letter ‘Q’: Shaquille O’Neal, Saquon Barkley, and Ray Bourque.  Next, we discussed the most recent TV theme song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart: the 1992 hit “How Do You Talk To An Angel” from the Fox series “The Heights”.  We also looked at the work of painter Henri Matisse, modern board games, and the term ‘proletariat’.  Though none of the bonus questions were particularly diabolical, each yielded a success rate of under 20%, leading to just one perfect third round score: Dave Martinez School of Management (Memories).

FOURTH ROUND:

Team hoping to bounce back after a tough third round were instead met with an extremely difficult question to begin the final round:

–> Located on the Balkan Peninsula, Tumba Peak marks a point at which these three countries meet at a shared border.

Though our teams only needed to name any two of the three countries to earn wagering points, even that proved to be quite the daunting task.  While the nation of Greece was a popular correct answer, very few teams also included one of the other two correct answers of Bulgaria and (North) Macedonia.  Overall, only eight teams earned wagering points, with NONE of our teams able to convert the two-point bonus for having all three correct answers.  Things progressed more smoothly to close the game, as the field performed well with topics such as Nikita Khrushchev, Pink Floyd song lyrics, and silent films.  Thanks to the first bonus question, we did not see any perfect score in the final round.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (68.9% success rate):

–> If you add a letter to the name of a current Asian nation, you’ll get the name of an African city that used to be a capital city.  For your wager, name both locations.

Just over two-thirds of our teams responded correctly with Laos and Lagos (the former capital of Nigeria).  Despite a relatively easy final question, Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s) snagged the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday night, thanks to their intricate knowledge of the Balkan Peninsula.  Here is the final overall leaderboard from Wednesday’s game:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Booze Hounds   (NEXT GAME ON SEP. 25 – First category: UFC Champions in Multiple Weight Classes)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight   (Next week’s first category: French New Wave Cinema)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: Famous Kryptonians)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Vision Quest”)

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

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: Cult Films)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Beatles Lyrics)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thundercats   (Next week’s first category: The Letter ‘W’)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death   (Next week’s first category: Founding Mothers)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  What’s That Smell?   (Next week’s first category: Tom Cruise Films)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Olney the Lonely   (Next week’s first category: “Lost”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower   (Next week’s first category: World War I)

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

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Please Return My Pens   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50 / 50 – Confederate Battle Name or Union Battle Name?)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Formerly Known As   (Next week’s first category: Mel Brooks Films)