Another Brick in the Wall at Wednesday Trivia!

The first Wednesday game of the 2018 Summer Fling welcomed 107 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s game wasted no time in challenging our teams, as the first bonus question of the night proved to be one of its most difficult.  Most teams earned wagering points on a question concerning the animated film “The Prince of Egypt”, but only five teams also knew that Val Kilmer provided the voice of Moses.  We continued with questions regarding poison ivy, landmarks named for U.S> Presidents, and the 20th anniversary of this Grammy-winning album:

Lauryn Hill Fugees

After surviving the first bonus question, three teams would go on to earn perfect opening round scores: Math is For Boys (Memories), Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg), and Retired Ninjas (Furnace Bar).

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question dealt with spoken word clips from three billionaires: Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos.  We followed up with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> While you’ll also hear it in a courtroom, which 11-letter word was once used in the game of chess to describe the suspension of a match with the intention of finishing at a later time?

Just under half of our teams responded correctly with adjournment.  The second round also covered questions on the first American pizzeria and the new streaming TV series featuring these two actors:

Cobrai Kai

We closed with a question regarding the 2018 FIFA World Cup, asking our teams name to either one of the teams participating in the first match of the tournament.  About half of our teams knew (or guessed) that the host country traditionally plays the first match, making Russia the more popular of the two correct answers.  But only 17% of the field knew that the Russians are playing Saudi Arabia today.  With that, only three teams posted 36 second round points: Tokyo Ra (Nido’s Ristorante), My Black Hole Just Exploded (Lost Dog Cafe), and Math is For Boys (Memories).

HALFTIME:

Invasive plant and animal species highlighted the top half of Wednesday’s halftime page.  Playing slightly tougher than normal, we saw an overall average of 15.9 points, with six teams posting perfect scores.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

We opened Wednesday’s second half with questions concerning Canadian geography and the 1990s TV series “Living Single” (starring Queen Latifah).  After a softball Three Clues question on the number ten, we closed with a one-two punch that floored most of our teams.  First up, American authors:

–> Which surname is shared by the respective authors of “Naked Lunch” and “Running with Scissors”?

Only 24% of the field earned points here with Burroughs (William and Augusten).  With most of the field hoping for a bounceback question, they did not find it in the final category of musical collaborations:

–> For his work on the song “Get Back”, which keyboardist became one of a select group of people to be officially credited on a Beatles recording?

Sporting one of the best rock hairstyles of all time, the answer was Billy Preston:

Billy Preston

Only 16% of our teams picked up points on this question, with several venues returning zero correct answers.  Not surprisingly, the third stanza did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

Wednesday’s final round began with our teams naming the Oscar-winning actresses who are currently appearing in this heist film:

Ocean's 8

Our film buffs had no trouble picking up bonus points by identifying all three correct answers of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway.  We continued with a look at Prince Henry the Navigator, the musical “Oklahoma!”, and this brand name playing surface:

AstroTurf

Six teams completed their night with a perfect fourth round.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (39.2% success rate):

–> According to a 2005 study, a total of 138 people died at which landmark during its 28-year existence?

About two-fifths of our teams responded correctly with the Berlin Wall.  Thanks to a fierce third round, none of our teams earned the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here is Wednesday’s final leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Southpaw Fish  (Next week’s first category: U2)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Olney the Lonely  (Next week’s first category: Antonio Carlos Jobim)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: Sam Sings Hugh Jackman Showtunes)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Pickled  (Next week’s first category: New York Yankees)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Ra   (Next week’s first category: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” – book)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Athletic Supporters  (Next week’s first category: Algebra)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death  (Next week’s first category: Presidential Trivia)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Anthony Bourdead  (Next week’s first category: “Mannequin” – film)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Amigos  (Next week’s first category: Astronomy)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  Tariffs Among Allies  (Next week’s first category: “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  (Next week’s first category: Saudi Arabia)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Mr. A-Hole  (Next week’s first category: Fighter Planes

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Retired Ninjas  (Next week’s first category: Celebrity Last Word / First Word)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  Menace 2 Sobriety  (Next week’s first category: “The Walking Dead”)