Cure Your Blurry Vision with Wednesday Night Trivia!

Wednesday night’s game of Pour House Trivia featured 95 teams across 13 venues, and most of those teams were cruising along quite nicely in the first half.  As we all know, things can (and did) change quickly, and the final question featured a few big surprises!  Let’s see how Wednesday panned out:

ROUND 1:

To put things mildly, the questions in the first round were a bit on the easier side.  Across the board, all of our teams fared very well with both the wagering and bonus questions.  Topics such as Food Science and Presidential Assassinations were no match for our stellar teams.  The only sticking point for some would be a Triple 50/50 question on TV Title Characters, asking whether the title characters of “Bones”, “Get Smart”, and “True Calling” were male or female.  About half of our teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing all three of these characters:

Bones Smart Tru

In a collective display of trivia dominance, a whopping 22 teams breezed through the first round with a perfect score.

ROUND 2:

Our audio question featured clips from these three Tom Hanks films:

Hanks Films

Later in the second round, we asked our teams to name the word which was actually coined by a trade association as a trademarked term, used to differentiate its members from “less qualified” real estate agents.  That term we were looking for was realtor, and we also doled out bonus points to the teams that knew that this comedic actress appears in commercials for that trade association:

Banks Realtor

We concluded the first half with our nightly Three Clues question, with tonight’s version dealing with an NFL Hall of Famer.  The first two clues were as follows:

CLUE 1: Despite playing just 78 career regular season NFL games, this man was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

CLUE 2: He is the most recent running back to be named Super Bowl MVP.

Only 24% of our teams earned a two-point bonus by answering correctly at this point, while the majority of the field waited for the third clue to confirm their answer of former Broncos star Terrell Davis:

While the second round was more difficult than the first, we still saw 16 teams earn a perfect score in the second stanza.  After two rounds of play, 12 teams entered the halftime round with a perfect game.

HALFTIME:

The thoughts of a perfect game came crashing down in a hurry, as Wednesday’s halftime page was one of the most difficult of the summer.  It looks like the subject of fictional equines is not a wheelhouse category for any of our players, as our teams posted an average score of 13.2 points.  Though several teams notched 19 points, no team managed to pull out a perfect halftime score tonight.  Tonight’s halftime round did produce a humorous moment at Memories in Mount Airy.  Our teams were given a picture of this character from the “My Little Pony” franchise:

Twilight Sparkle

While the answer sheet simply listed her name as Twilight, host Nick noted that one team answered instead with the name Sparkle, before noting that it should be acceptable since it is her surname.  Sure enough, a little research uncovered this nugget of information:

Pony

That is indeed a hard-earned point.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

Our third round included a three-part question on Hyphenated Brand Names, with teams given clues to come up with these three answers:

X-ActoK-Swiss

We followed with our toughest wagering question of the night, in the subject of Country Music Singers:

–> Since his 2005 debut, this country singer has landed 18 songs atop the Billboard Country Charts, with his 2011 hit “Dirt Road Anthem” reaching the top ten on the Hot 100 Chart.  In 2013, he played the first-ever concert at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium.  Name this singer currently married to former “American Idol” contestant Brittany Kerr.

All of those hints led to the correct answer of Jason Aldean:

Aldean

Still doesn’t ring a bell?  No worries… only 31% of our teams answered correctly.  There must have been a few country music fans in the field, as seven teams swept the third round with a perfect score.

6-4-2 QUESTION:

Only five teams earned the full six points on our 6-4-2 question tonight:

–> Which city of about 15 million residents is served by two major airports, respectively named after a female fighter pilot, and its home country’s founding president, who adopted that female pilot in 1925?

The two airports are Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport, both of which serve the city of Istanbul (not Constantinople).

ROUND 4:

I guess we saved all of the most difficult bonus questions for the final round, as each of the three bonus questions were answered correctly by fewer than 20% of the teams.  The round began with this query:

–> Which two Biblical figures from the first Book of Samuel lend their names to the title of a 2013 non-fiction book subtitled “Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants”?

While most teams were able to deduce that the title of that book was “David and Goliath”, only 11% of our teams knew that it was written by crazy-haired Canadian thinker Malcolm Gladwell:

Gladwell

The third question was asked in the crossword-style format, but as usual we offered a two-point bonus to any teams that did not need that extra hint:

–> Which one word is both the title of a song recorded by the band Fuel, and a type of cosmetic designed to make skin appear to radiate or glow, beyond what normal highlighter would do?

Once again, the bonus points were few and far between, as 14% of our teams earned those extra two points with the correct answer of shimmer.  Finally, we asked about this mockumentary comedy film and its (unwitting) cameo appearance:

Unlike the first three rounds, we did not see any perfect scores to close out the final stanza.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (23.4% success rate):

–>  Which five-letter medical acronym abbreviates a phrase which includes the words “in situ keratomileusis”?

The answer?  LASIK (or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis).  Congratulations to Poovey Farms (Bennigan’s – Frederick), as the only team to earn the Perfect 21 tonight by answering all wagering questions correctly.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tokyo Drift  (Next week’s first category: TV Preachers)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Totality Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Gordon Lightfoot)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Sex Robot  (Next week’s first category: Christian Bale)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Fill Stick  (Next week’s first category: “Zoolander”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME TONIGHT  (Next week’s first category: “Six Feet Under”)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Five Dollar Footlong  (Next week’s first category: Over-the-Counter Medications)

Greene Turtle in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME TONIGHT  (Next week’s first category: Soda)

TopGolf in Tampa, FL:  Madden Nation  (Next week’s first category: Autism)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: Sofia Coppola Films)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dusty Baker School of Management  (Next week’s first category: Jerry Lewis)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Hookers and Blackjack  (Next week’s first category: “Mystery Science Theater 3000”)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  We Need an Adult  (Next week’s first category: Jeff Goldblum Films)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Back to the Future Reference  (Next week’s first category: “Forest Gump”)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  We Are Groot  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Harry Potter or Star Wars?)

Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD:    (Next week’s first category:   )