A Wicked Wednesday of Pour House Trivia!

After the conclusion of each Pour House Trivia World Series, our writers often have a surplus of leftover questions that did not quite make the cut for the championship game.  Usually, those questions will sporadically find their way into the games immediately following the World Series.  It seems that was the case for Wednesday’s game, which may have been the most difficult regular season game in PHT history!  A total of 107 teams took in a night of trivia at one of 15 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We wasted no time in challenging our Wednesday teams, as the first bonus question of the night was answered correctly by just 12% of the field who knew that Bergen is the second-most populous city in Norway.  We immediately followed with a Triple 50/50 question asking if certain items were shorter or taller than former NBA star Gheorghe Muresan (who stands seven feet, seven and a half inches tall).  Once again, 12% of the field earned two bonus points by giving us three correct answers.  The rest of the first round progressed much more smoothly thanks to questions concerning the football film “Remember the Titans” and the TV show “Candid Camera”, the latter of which was once hosted by Mayim Bialik.  As the only team to answer both of the first two bonus questions correctly, Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) posted the only perfect score of Wednesday’s second round.

SECOND ROUND:

We went back about 25 years in Wednesday’s audio question, as we asked the field to identify alternative music groups of the 1990s.  Wednesday’s selections included “Shimmer” by Fuel, “1979” by Smashing Pumpkins, and “My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit.  Apparently, these groups must be easily confused with other bands, as more than a dozen teams lost their nine-point wager on this audio question.  Other second round topics included the invention of margarine, the work of young adult author Judy Blume, Terrier dogs, and the nickname “Jumpman”.  Six teams posted 36 points en route to a perfect second round.

HALFTIME:

The topics of U. S. currency and insect names graced Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded 13 perfect scores and an overall average of 16.9 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after one half of play:

THIRD ROUND:

While the overall average scores fell within the normal range during the first half, that would quickly change in the second half.  First, a three-part question regarding title film characters doled out bonus points to just ten teams who knew that Alexander Gould voiced the Pixar character of Nemo.  Next, we asked this cleverly worded question regarding the small screen:

–> Ironically, which actress appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 2010 with TV cast mates January Jones, Jon Hamm, and Christina Hendricks?

Remembering the adage that “a rolling stone gathers no moss” was key to answering this question, as we were looking for “Mad Men” actress Elisabeth Moss.  Only 21% of the field responded correctly, but that was much higher than the success rate on the next query:

–> Football fans may despise which 1880 book, the bestselling German language book of all-time?

Perhaps most of our players are too young to understand the football reference in this question, as only 13% of our teams responded correctly with “Heidi”.  As if that wasn’t difficult enough, only three of those teams (coincidentally, all of whom were playing at Dragon Hops) knew that the book was written by Johanna Spyri.  After a quick snack of a 3 Musketeers bar, we asked another diabolical question:

–> Debuting in 1954, what Broadway musical’s story deals with labor troubles in a factory, where workers’ demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded?

Though not quite as difficult as the “Heidi” question, only 16% of the field gave us the correct answer of “The Pajama Game”. Unfortunately, another bonus question stumped the entire field, as none of our teams could name either Richard Adler or Jerry Ross as the composers of this show.  With the three bonus questions asked during the third round yielded a success rate of just under 4%, we did not see any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 discussed the number of curse words spoken in the film “The Wolf of Wall Street”, we put our teams back to the grindstone with a pair of difficult questions.  First, only 17% of our teams could name either Wilma Rudolph or Babe Didrikson as the only women included in the inaugural class of the national Track and Field Hall of Fame, while only six teams earned two bonus points by giving us both correct answers   Next, we asked this toughie on the topic of pop music:

–> Featured in the 2019 film “Last Christmas”, the song “This Is How (We Want You to Get High)” is a posthumous release from which late Grammy winner?

The subtle “Last Christmas” hint must have slipped by most teams, as only 14% of the field gave us the correct answer of George Michael.  Teams that came away with points there were thankful that the questions eased up a bit to close the round, as we looked at the Caribbean nation of Grenada and McDonald’s Hamburger University.  None of our teams posted a perfect score in Wednesday’s final round.  Here is the overall leaderboard heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.8% success rate):

–> Both admitted to the Union in the same century, identify the two U.S. states whose capital cities contain at least 20% of their respective state’s population.

Less than one-fifth of the field responded correctly with Hawaii and Arizona.  Thanks to the third round, none of our teams posted a Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Booze Hounds   (NEXT GAME ON FEB. 26 – First category: Sylvester Stallone Films of the 1970s)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Fast Forward Not Available   (Next week’s first category: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: Words That Start with ‘D’)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality   (Next week’s first category: “The Good Place”)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  You Should Have Known Stuff  (Next week’s first category: British Royal Family Potpourri)

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

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Make Trivia Great Again   (Next week’s first category: Solar System)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Game Time Decision   (Next week’s first category: College Mascots)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Pennsylvania Culture)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  D.C. Swampers   (Next week’s first category: Impressionism)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason   (Next week’s first category: “Snowpiercer”)

** NEW PERMANENT START TIME OF 7:30p STARTING NEXT WEEK **

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia  (Next week’s first category: Elton John – AUDIO)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  Duck Dodgers   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Civil War)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Here For the Bartenders   (Next week’s first category: 1980s One-Hit Wonders)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Things You Measure   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Shorter or Taller Than Scott?)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  We Came, We Saw, We Drank   (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars”)