Another Record-Setting Night at Wednesday Night Trivia!
Our Wednesday teams were on point this week, as a record 14 TEAMS topped 165 points on the night! What a collective display of trivia prowess! In other big news, we also opened another new venue tonight, as we welcomed Attaboy Beer to the Pour House Trivia family. Let’s see how the 111 teams playing at our 16 Wednesday night venues fared:
Our first round provided few surprises, with most of our field earning bonus points on questions involving the U.S. Naval Academy and the many uses of the word Taboo. The most difficult wagering question of the round came in the subject of Track & Field:
–> South African Wayde van Niekerk currently holds the world record in this track event at 43.03 seconds. It is the longest Olympic track event in which the competitors are NOT allowed to change lanes.
It’s always good to toss a little math into your trivia night, and most of our teams were able to remember that the world record for the 100 meter dash is just under ten seconds, so a world record time of 43.03 seconds seemed to fit the 400 meter run:
We followed that question by asking about the upcoming live-action CGI re-make of “The Lion King”, but only 22% of our teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing that Jon Favreau has been tagged to direct this flick. As a result, seven teams swept the first round with a perfect score of 36 points.
Our audio question involved teams trying to recognize the voices of alliteratively named singers such as Sam Smith, Joan Jett, and Mandy Moore. About one-third of our teams recognized all three singers, earning them a two-point bonus. We continued with a question on George Clooney’s latest endeavor: the tequila brand Casamigos, which he and his business partner recently sold for a price of close to one billion dollars:
That’s good to hear, as Mr. Clooney has certainly been struggling financially over the past two decades. This question provided our teams with the most difficult bonus question of the first half, as only 15% of our teams named the British distillery Diageo as the company which shelled out the money for Clooney’s brand. Unfortunately, no team was able to sweep the second round with a perfect score.
Tonight’s halftime page dealt with internet brand logos and wild felines. Our teams performed well here, with 19% of the field notching a perfect score, and the overall average coming in 16.7 points. Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 90
- Back to the Future Reference (Barefoot Bernie’s): 88
- Brewsual Suspects (Barefoot Bernie’s): 88
- Deaf Squirrels (Memories): 88
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 88
Our second half began with a question on a recent (and rather unexpected) musical collaboration. Apparently, there is a hit song entitled “God, Your Mama, and Me”, which features both Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys:
Is that Nelly on the right? Moving on… the third round continued with relative ease, with a majority of the field earning points on topics such as the Cy Young Award, Robert Louis Stevenson novels, and the TV series “Bonanza”. Three teams answered all three bonus questions correctly for a perfect third round: Momma Lu’s (The Tavern), Blind Squirrels (Memories), and Pen Island (Barefoot Bernie’s).
Wednesday’s six-point clue was quite difficult, with only eight teams earning the full points with this question:
–> The name of which food is also a nickname of a recreational drug which uses heroin mixed with crushed over-the-counter drug tablets such as Tylenol?
Actually, I am somewhat relieved that only eight teams came up with the correct response of cheese. That seems like something you should NOT know.
The final round began with a three-part question on the capital cities of U.S. territories, with only 20% of our teams earning bonus points by knowing that San Juan, Pago Pago, and Charlotte Amalie are the respective capitals of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We continued with a Name That Year question, featuring these three events:
EVENT 1: The first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded.
EVENT 2: The National Hockey League is formed in Montreal.
EVENT 3: Future president John F. Kennedy is born.
Any trivia team with a hockey fan earned bonus points here, as the NHL celebrated its 100th anniversary this season, leading 31% of our teams to the correct response of 1917. Our most difficult bonus question involved naming BOTH of the posthumous feature film appearances for late actor Heath Ledger. While nearly every team easily came up with “The Dark Knight”, only 11% of our teams also remembered the quirky film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. Only Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) finished the final round with a perfect score of 36 points. Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 164
- Momma Lu’s (The Tavern): 159
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 158
- Back to the Future Reference (Barefoot Bernie’s): 157
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tokyo Drift (Valley Grill): 155
FINAL QUESTION (88.3% success rate):
–> Derived from Latin words meaning “at the same time”, which 12-letter word contains each of the five vowels at least once?
We mentioned at the top of the page that our Wednesday teams were on point, as a PHT-record nine teams recorded the Perfect 21 tonight: Tokyo Sex Robot, Go For the Wedge, Dusty Baker School of Management, Momma Lu’s, Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers, Pen Island, Satan’s School for Squirrels, Second Place, and Blind Squirrels. Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores:
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 169
- Back to the Future Reference (Barefoot Bernie’s): 169
- Go For the Wedge (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 168
- Pen Island (Barefoot Bernie’s): 168
- Goal Unit Baskets (Memories): 168
- Deaf Squirrels (Memories): 167
- Blind Squirrels (Memories): 166
- Roaming Gnomes (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 166
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tokyo Drift (Valley Grill): 166
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 165 POINTS
Attaboy Beer in Frederick, MD: Donner Party NEXT GAME – SEPTEMBER 6 (First category: Triple 50/50 – “The Godfather” Quote or Anthony Scaramucci Quote?)
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tokyo Drift (Next week’s first category: Abraham Lincoln)
The Tavern in Olney, MD: Momma Lu’s (Next week’s first category: 1980s Goth Bands – AUDIO)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Fourth Place (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Major League Ultimate Team or American Ultimate Disc League Team?)
Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD: Clucktards (Next week’s first category: “Mean Girls”)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Dalek Dance Party (Next week’s first category: “Hamilton” – AUDIO)
TopGolf in Alexandria, VA: Uncles With Benefits (Next week’s first category: Gravitational Singularities)
Greene Turtle in Leesburg, VA: Obscure References (Next week’s first category: Soda)
TopGolf in Tampa, FL: Fluffer Nutter Nation (Next week’s first category: Medical Maladies)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Next week’s first category: “Arrested Development”)
Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD: Dusty Baker School of Management (Next week’s first category: Ben Folds Five)
Memories in Mount Airy, MD: Goal Unit Baskets (Next week’s first category: Digits of Pi)
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD: We Need an Adult (Next week’s first category: Dwayne Johnson Films)
Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: Back to the Future Reference (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)
Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA: Bees? (Next week’s first category: Films of the 1940s)
Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD: Jerry Lewis Romperthon (Next week’s first category: 1980s One-Hit Wonders – AUDIO)