An African Adventure at Wednesday Trivia!

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We welcomed the newest venue to the Pour House Trivia family on Wednesday night, as the Clarksburg Tavern hosted its opening night game with Morgan behind the microphone.  Overall, Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 79 teams across nine venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We opened Wednesday’s game by celebrating the French holiday of Bastille Day, before moving on to a three-part question about fictional characters whose names are also acronyms: ALF, WALL-E, and MODOK.  After digging into a tasty T-bone steak, we asked the most difficult question of the first round:

  • While Babe Ruth holds the all-time Yankees home run record, identify either one of the other two MLB Hall of Famers that rank second or third on this list.

Most of the field earned wagering points with one correct response, but only 24% of our teams earned two bonus points by giving us both correct answers of Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig.  Four teams earned a perfect first round score of 36 points: Scott Looks Different (Memories), Irish Beer Mafia (TGI Fridays), Frederick Trivia Team (Idiom), and Beau Khaki (Idiom).

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three ‘songs of the year’: December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) by The Four Seasons, 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins, and 1985 by Bowling for Soup (though it was originally recorded by SR-71).  Other second round topics included U.S. currency portraits, the return of the TV series Gossip Girl, and the crime drama film Heat.  Once again, we closed the round its most difficult question:

  • Identify either one of the two antonyms respectively represented by the letters ‘D’ and ‘V’ in the zoological concept known as the D-V axis.

About one-fourth of field earned wagering points with one of the correct answers of either dorsal or ventral, while just over half of those teams earned bonus points by giving us both correct responses.  After a slight uptick in difficulty, Irish Beer Mafia (TGI Fridays), posted the only perfect score of Wednesday’s second round.

HALFTIME:

Film quotes and celebrities with alliterative names were featured on Wednesday’s halftime page.  This page yielded just five perfect scores, while the overall average reached a relatively low 14.8 points.  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

As usual, Wednesday’s third round proved to be the most difficult of the night, with only a handful of teams answering all five wagering questions correctly.  Furthermore, we opened and closed the round with incredibly difficult bonus questions.  About half of the field earned wagering points on the first question of the round by knowing that songs such as What I Did for Love, I Can Do That, and I Hope I Get It were all featured in the stage musical A Chorus Line.  Only three teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that Marvin Hamlisch composed the score for this production.  Later, we asked a clever three-part question in which each answer was also the name of a NASA Space Shuttle.  In this case, the questions concerned the city of Columbia (South Carolina), the Bahamian resort of Atlantis, and the Discovery Channel.  After a look at the Renaissance painting The Blue Boy and Sotheby’s auction house, we closed the round with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • What is the shared surname of the only pair of brothers to have each earned Academy Award nominations for acting?

By far the most popular wrong answer was Affleck.  Casey Affleck has earned two Oscar nominations, including a win for Manchester By the Sea.  Ben has won two Oscars, but neither is for acting: he won a screenwriting Oscar for Good Will Hunting and a producing Oscar for Argo.  Unfortunately, he has never earned an Oscar nomination for his acting.  Instead, about 15% of the field responded correctly with Phoenix (River and Joaquin).  In addition, Salty Cucumbers (Hops N Shine) was the only team to earn two bonus points by knowing that River Phoenix earned his Oscar nomination for the film Running on Empty.  Not surprisingly, none of our 79 Wednesday teams ran the table to earn a perfect third round score.

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics from Wednesday night included the former animated series The Wild Thornberrys, the mathematical discipline of calculus, boxer Lennox Lewis, and U.S. Presidents of the 1850s.  After a relatively wicked third round, the field bounced back nicely in Wednesday’s final stanza, with six teams earning a perfect score of 36 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (31.6% success rate):

  • Located in the Eastern Hemisphere, what is the only river in the world to cross the Equator twice?

Nearly one-third of the field gave us the correct answer of the Congo River.  None of our teams earned a Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dune)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Steely Dan (Not the Band)  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Black Sabbath)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Peace Corps)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Best Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tennis)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2010s Trends)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Salty Cucumbers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baldwin Brothers Films)

Meinelschmidt Distillery in Hagerstown, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Naval History)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Pi  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stage Plays)

Clarksburg Tavern in Clarksburg, MD: Topper Power  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)