Are You “Hooked” on Wednesday Trivia?

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 119 teams across 15 venues.

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE END OF THIS BLOG POST TO SEE YOUR VENUE’S STATUS FOR NEXT WEEK!

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s opening round presented few challenges this week, as our stellar teams rolled through topics such as TV sitcom characters, classic rock bands with numerical names, Six Flags amusement parks, and the sportswear brand Under Armour.  Wednesday’s first round yielded the most perfect scores in any round this season, as 23 teams answered each of the first three bonus questions correctly.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify films featuring actress Jennifer Lawrence.  The field was largely successful in recognizing “Silver Linings Playbook”, “The Hunger Games”, and “American Hustle”.  Later, we discussed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, NFL coaches, tuberculosis, and the city of Houston.  Twelve teams earned a 36 points in Wednesday’s second round, with a majority of those teams heading into halftime with a perfect two-round score of 72 points.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page depicted celebrities who display the dental condition known as diastema (a sizable gap between one’s top front two teeth).  Two dozen teams posted a perfect halftime score of 20 points, while the overall average landed at a healthy 18.4 points.  Here is your Wednesday leaderboard at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s second half opened with a three-part question regarding zoological literary titles (e.g. “Night of the Iguana” by Tennessee Williams, “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron, and “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green).  With several teams still holding on to the dream of a perfect game, the next bonus question quickly ended those hopes.  After most teams earned wagering points by recognizing the lyrics of the Frank Sinatra song “My Way”, we asked this diabolical bonus question:

–> The title of which other Frank Sinatra song is etched on Sinatra’s tombstone?

We stumped the entire field of 119 teams, as the answer to this question is “The Best Is Yet to Come”.  Maintaining the musical theme, we continued with a question regarding the Jarabe Tapatío, otherwise known as the Mexican Hat Dance.  We closed the third stanza with another difficult bonus question, asking our teams to name any one of the six calendar years during which Queen Mary I (or “Bloody Mary”) reigned over England.  Only seven teams gave us an answer that fell within the correct range of 1553 through 1558.  Needless to say, Wednesday’s third round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

After making a quick trip to Syracuse in the 6-4-2 question, we discussed final round topics such as metric system prefixes, the recent debut of Jennifer Aniston’s Instagram account, and the urban legend that the CIA had once plotted to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro through the use of an exploding cigar.  The most difficult bonus question of the final round involved film characters, as only ten teams knew that Thornton Melon was the name of the character portrayed by Rodney Dangerfield in the 1980s comedy film “Back to School”.  We closed the final round with our nightly Three Clues question, which doled out bonus points to 20% of the field who knew that Burma (or Myanmar) is the only country to border both India and Thailand.  Here is your Wednesday leaderboard after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (15.9% success rate):

–> The original source material for which fictional character describes him as “Blackbeard’s bo’sun” and “The only man of whom [Long John Silver] was afraid”?

Captain Jack Sparrow was the most popular (wrong) answer, as about one-in-six teams responded correctly with Captain Hook.  With numerous teams cruising towards the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night, Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s) was the lone team to seal the deal with a correct answer on the final question, giving them the only (official) Perfect 21 for the second Wednesday night in a row.  Technically, Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters (Valley Grill) also answered every wagering question correctly, but there were playing ‘over the limit’ last night.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

TRIVIA GAMES WILL BE HELD AT THE FOLLOWING VENUES NEXT WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Clemson Football)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Southpaw Fish   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: Jack Black Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: Rodney Dangerfield Films – AUDIO)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  The Pen is Mighty   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: 1979 Baltimore Orioles)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  The More You Know   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: Triple 50/50: AFC or NFC?)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Scrotal Charisma   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: “Bob’s Burgers” Holiday Episodes)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Jersey Girl   (Next week’s first category: 1980s Pop Songs)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: “The West Wing” – Season 2)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Peeping Tom Cruises   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: Medicine)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  D.C. Swampers   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: “The Nutcracker”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Just Good Enough  (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: Iron Maiden)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Think, McFly, Think   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: “As Seen on TV” Products)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  Bailey’s Buddies   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: “Goodfellas”)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Bald Bols   (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Why Not Zoidberg?   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: Triple 50/50 – “Letterkenny” or “Trailer Park Boys”?)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Darn You to Heck   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 4 – First category: D-Day)