A Stinging Sensation at Wednesday Trivia…

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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 62 teams across nine venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s opening round presented few obstacles for our stellar teams, as they breezed through topics such as the television show Melrose Place (and its perpetual ‘guest star’ Heather Locklear), words that contain the letters ‘sue’, marinara sauce, and NFL team names.  Fifteen Wednesday teams stormed out of the game with a perfect first round score of 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured another round of karaoke music, as we asked our teams to identify instrumental versions of Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones, Creep by Radiohead, and Firework by Katy Perry.  Other second round topics included the recent cream cheese shortage, the historic gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, the human tongue, and the recent written works of Sir Paul McCartney.  The final bonus question of the first half was undoubtedly its most difficult, as only four teams knew that McCartney had portrayed a character named Uncle Jack during a cameo appearance in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.  Three of those four teams used these bonus points to close out a perfect second round: Nighthawk (Sully’s), Virtual Cigar (Hops N Shine), and Stink Floyd (Belles’).

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page featured college bowl games and films that feature scenes set on New Year’s Eve.  Falling on the more difficult side, the average score reached just 14.3 points, while a perfect halftime score eluded the entire field.  These were your highest scoring teams at Wednesday’s halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s third stanza included one of the most difficult trios of bonus questions we have ever asked in the same round.  Opening the second half with a question regarding the 1960s song The Unicorn, only three teams knew that this tune with written and originally recorded by American author Shel Silverstein.  Later, in a three-part question in which each correct response contained the word ‘North’, only four teams picked up bonus points by recognizing the lead performers on the current animated series The Great North.  Finally, we closed the third round with this sports query:

  • Who led the NBA in scoring average for the 1964-65 season despite being was traded halfway through the season?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Identify BOTH teams for which this man played during that season.

Though most of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of Wilt Chamberlain, only three teams tacked on the last two bonus points of the round by identifying both the San Francisco (now Golden State) Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers.  Not surprisingly, none of our Wednesday teams ran the table in the third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics from Wednesday night included the Large Hadron Collider located on the border of France and Switzerland, the PayDay candy bar, the novel Robinson Crusoe, and the Netflix series The Witcher starring Superman actor Henry Cavill.  Stink Floyd (Belles’) posted the only perfect score of Wednesday’s final round.  After four rounds of play, these teams topped the overall leaderboard:

FINAL QUESTION (26.7% success rate):

  • Excluding the Seattle Kraken, what is the only major professional North American sports team currently named for an invertebrate animal?

Just over one-fourth of the field responded correctly with the Charlotte Hornets.  Congratulations to Virtual Cigar (Hops N Shine), and Stink Floyd (Belles’), who each posted a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Wednesday’s final leaderboard included these teams:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rugby Rulebook)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Dennis Quaid or Randy Quaid?)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Best of 2021)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Grandview Cheetahs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Sopranos)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Shirts and Skins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Video Game Consoles)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: DDD  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Greek Mythology)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pirates)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Two Wheelz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Action Films)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Second Generation Pokemon)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Children Are a Poor Investment  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON JANUARY 12: Light Beer Brands)