As You (Don’t) Like It at Wednesday Trivia…

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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 85 teams across 12 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Wednesday’s game included the upcoming opening night of the NFL season, the written works of Thomas Jefferson, and the famed Café du Monde in New Orleans.  The most difficult bonus question of the night was asked in the form of a Three Clues question:

  • CLUE 1: This longest river in the nation of South Africa is named for this color.
  • CLUE 2: It was the original color of Oscar the Grouch.

Only ten teams were bold enough to forgo the final clue and turn in the correct response of orangeHere’s a look at the original version of Oscar the Grouch.  Six of the ten teams that snagged these two bonus points completed a perfect first round.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three musical acts that have made use of the flute in their songs.  We listened to Cross Eyed Mary by Jethro Tull, Down Under by Men at Work, and Coconut Oil by Lizzo.  We continued the second stanza with a look at recipes using SPAM, the mythological Gorgons, and Ukrainian-born actress Mila Kunis.  With fewer surprises, nine teams posted a score of 36 points en route to a perfect second round.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page featured a picture round depicting fictional captains and a matching section concerning female hip hoppers.  The overall average score landed at 16.1 points, with a dozen teams posting a perfect score of 20 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Though the wagering questions in Wednesday’s third round proved to be easier than normal, a pair of bonus questions kept the perfect scores off the board.  After discussing theologian Martin Luther and the borders of Arkansas, we tossed this Oscars question at the field:

  • Both born during the mid-1970s, identify either one of the only two women under the age of 50 with at least six acting Oscar nominations.

It appeared that the easier of the correct answers was British actress Kate Winslet, while the other correct response of Amy Adams eluded far more teams.  About half of the field earned wagering points with at least one correct answer, but only eight teams tacked on two bonus points by coming up with both names.  After a look at the comic strip Family Circus, we concluded the third stanza with a three-part question regarding fast food menu items.  The field had no problem identifying menu items from McDonald’s and Wendy’s, but virtually every team failed to give us White Castle as the source of the Crave Case (which includes 30 sliders), instead opting for the most common wrong answer of Taco Bell.  With only five teams picking up bonus points will all three correct answers, no perfect scores were recorded during Wednesday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Wednesday’s final round began with innocuous questions regarding the Kennedy Center Honors and free agency in pro sports.  We then asked a pair of diabolical questions in succession.  First, a surprising result transpired from this astronomy question:

  • Which planet is encircled by 27 known moons, most of which are named for Shakespearean characters?

We’re assuming the our teams immediately ruled out the four inner planets, so even with no prior knowledge of this topic, one would suspect that simple guessing would yield a success rate of about 25%.  Not even close…  Only seven teams gave us the correct response of Uranus.  Obviously, Saturn and Jupiter were common wrong answers, but each of those planets has more than twice as many moons.  Irish Beer Mafia (Fridays) was the lone team to snag two bonus points by also knowing the Titania is the largest moon of Uranus.  Working off a Shakespearean theme, the next question was nearly as treacherous:

  • Which Shakespearean comedy features the line ‘All the world’s a stage / And all the men and women merely players’?

We’re certain that many more teams could have identified the Rush song (Limelight) that references this quotation, as only nine teams scored points with the correct response of As You Like It.  Needless to say, we did not see any perfect scores in Wednesday’s final round.  Here is your overall leaderboard heading into Wednesday’s final question:

FINAL QUESTION (35.3% success rate):

  • Who was arrested for the murder of police officer J.D. Tippit, though he never stood trial for the crime?

About one-third of the field responded correctly with Lee Harvey Oswald.  Thanks to the brutal one-two punch in the final round, none of our Wednesday teams earned a Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard included these teams:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Nerd Immunity  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cocktails)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kevin Can F**k Himself)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Michael K. Williams)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Scott Looks Different  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 – C. S. Lewis or J. R. R. Tolkien?)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Spider Bites  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Medal of Honor Recipients)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Film Quotes – AUDIO)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Stink Fist  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lee Harvey Oswald)

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

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bourbon)

Meinelschmidt Distillery in Hagerstown, MD: Frisky Whiskey   (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebrity Gossip)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Whiskey and Sunshine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Let’s Have Another Round (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New England Patriots)