An Impactful Night of Wednesday Trivia!

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Wednesday night featured 18 Pour House Trivia locales and 182 total teams out to prove their might!

FIRST ROUND:

After a question about the meter, we asked about a certain government agency celebrating a birthday on Wednesday:

  • Which government agency first led by Benjamin Franklin was founded exactly 248 years ago?

The U.S. Postal Service would’ve had a cake absolutely covered in candles on that evening; 53% of teams were correct. This round ended with back-to-back bonus chances that took most teams down. A three-parter on items which contain the letters MAD in order saw just 20% get all three parts, with the Madras cocktail being the item that was hardest to name. For the round’s last question, we researched a stage name’s origin:

  • Born with the last name of Horowitz, which actress from Stranger Things took her stage name from a rock singer of whom her father was a fan?  
  • For a two-point bonus: Identify any film for which she earned an Oscar nomination.

Winona Ryder took her name from musician Mitch Ryder, then she went on to receive Academy Award noms for both The Age of Innocence and Little Women; a game-low 8.7% of the field named either of those films for two extra points. This round’s only perfect score went to Demented and Sad but Social (Memories).

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio clue was short and sweet, providing three music clips about ice cream. The first half’s least-successful wagering query came next:

  • A football team in punt formation will often put its fastest player near the sideline to be the first downfield. Informally, this player is known by what violent six-letter term?

About 44% of the field provided the term gunner. Following that, we asked a question about the schoolgirl who gave the newly-discovered Pluto its celestial name. On that question, just 9.8% of teams earned bonus points for knowing Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. In this round, perfect scores were recorded by Power Vacuum (Belles’), Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’), and Annie (T.J. Stone’s).

HALFTIME:

Fictitious food brands from pop culture entities were shown on the top half of the halftime page, while the bottom part was another mystery theme. For the list of answers, teams received an extra point if they knew each was also the title of an Arnold Schwarzenegger film. The average score here was 16.4 points, with 15 teams earning all 20. We headed into the halftime break with these top-scoring squads:

THIRD ROUND:

We had fantastic delusions with the second half’s first question about megalomania, then moved on to this look back at a classic TV show:

  • On The Andy Griffith Show, which item does Andy make Barney Fife keep in his shirt pocket?

Barney keeps a bullet in his pocket, an item named by 31% of our teams. Two questions later, a notable film quotable was asked about:

  • In an Oscar-winning performance in a film from the 2010s, which actor says the line Not quite my tempo?

For Whiplash, that line was given by J.K. Simmons; he was named by 36% of the field. Stink Floyd (Belles’) and Satan’s School for Girls (Memories) had this round’s perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

Only two teams knew the Apollo Theater from a single clue for all six points, while 56% of the field took a zero on Wednesday’s 6-4-2. The start of the evening’s last round provided the toughest wagering question:

  • The death of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, overshadowed the deaths of which two foreign authors who died on the same day?

JFK died on the same day as Brave New World author Aldous Huxley and Narnia creator C.S. Lewis; just under a quarter of our teams named at least one of them for wagering points, while this question had a 9.3% bonus rate. Other topics in this round included New York Yankee Domingo German’s recent perfect game against the Oakland Athletics and Three Clues about Venezuela. A trio of perfect teams played the fourth: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’), Donner Party People (Quinn’s), and Suck Boys (Sully’s). Our top three teams after four rounds all represented the same venue:

FINAL QUESTION (73.08% success rate):

  • Many scientists believe that the asteroid that allegedly killed the dinosaurs struck a peninsula in what is now which Western Hemisphere country?

The prevailing belief is that the impact took place on what is now the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Wednesday’s sole Perfect 21 feat was achieved by Power Vacuum (Belles’). Our top scores were seemingly sorted by venue:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sharks)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Iberia)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Indiana Basketball Legends)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mambo #5 Girls)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foreign Desserts)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Bob Dole’s Grip  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Orioles)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: The Legend of Taylor Heinicke  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scandinavia)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ancient Roman Battles)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rent)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Andy Griffith Show)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Titanic String Quartet  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: The Golden Girls or Girls (HBO series)?)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Jonathan Swift Daycare  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baseball Hall of Fame Inaugural Class)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tanya Harding Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Duran Duran)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Houk and Wilson  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Left-Handers in History)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Bonkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Vocabulary)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Whiskey Business  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Waters Films)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s John Hughes Films)

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: