“D-oh!” It’s Wednesday Night Trivia…

The first Wednesday in October welcomed 108 teams across 13 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

What a start to Wednesday’s game!  The first bonus question of the night could have been the most difficult question in Pour House Trivia history.  After most teams earned wagering points on a question concerning the TV character of Carol Brady, we offered two bonus points to any team that could give us the name of her first husband.  Obviously, this name was rarely mentioned on the air (if at all), since none of our 108 teams gave us the correct answer of Tom Martin.  To our recollection, we’ve asked six bonus questions over the years which have failed to garner a correct response among at least 100 teams.  Needless to say, our teams fared much better in the rest of the round, as they cruised through topics such as “Pokemon Go” and Pablo Picasso.  More than two dozen teams topped out at 34 points in the first round, but obviously there were no perfect scores.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three music groups that stylized their name with exclamation points.  We listened to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!, “The Power” by Snap!, and “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco.  Other second round topics included Mello Yello soda, the language of Swahili, and the Summer Olympics, the latter of which provided for another wicked bonus question.  Since horses could not travel to Melbourne for the 1956 Summer Olympics, we asked which capital city hosted the Equestrian events that year.  Only four teams gave us the correct answer of Stockholm, Sweden.  This bonus question kept the perfect scores off the board in the second round.

HALFTIME:

Yellow brand logos and fictional character aliases were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page.  As the easiest page of Season XX (thus far), we saw a whopping 39% of our teams post a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached an impressive 19.3 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Third round topics from Wednesday night included the nation of Turkey, the action film “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, the fictional character of Horatio Hornblower, and the the use of the opera title “Madame Butterfly” as an athletic nickname.  We closed the third stanza with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Heavily sampling the 1981 song “Genius of Love”, Mariah Carey was “in heaven” when this 1995 song became her ninth #1 hit.  For your wager, either identify that song which samples “Genius of Love” or identify the new wave band that originally recorded “Genius of Love”.

Only 23% of the field earned wagering points by submitting either correct answer, while just six teams tacked on two bonus points points by giving us both correct answers: “Fantasy” and the Tom Tom Club.  Two of those six teams posted a score of 36 points en route to a perfect third round: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) and Flight Level Awesome (Belles’).

FOURTH ROUND:

We opened Wednesday’s final round with a look at the “Bo Knows” commercials produced by Nike in the late 1980s, followed by a discussion of the components of Earth’s atmosphere and the music of former Eagles bandmate Joe Walsh.  The fourth round also included a three-part question on the clever topic of “Sounds Like a Two-Letter Answer”:

  1. Aristotle defined this deadly sin as “the pain caused by the good fortune of others”.
  2. Ron Howard played this son of Sheriff Andy on “the Andy Griffith Show”.
  3. This award honoring excellence in sports was first given out in 1993.

About half of our teams picked up two bonus points by giving us all three correct answers of envy, Opie, and Espy.  Eight teams used these bonus points to complete a perfect final round .  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (68.5% success rate):

–> You can make this brand name product at home by combining water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan, heating until warm, and then kneading until smooth. For your wager, identify this product first manufactured in the 1930s as wallpaper cleaner.

Just over two-thirds of the field earned wagering points on this final question with the correct answer of Play-Doh.  Congratulations to the four teams that posted a Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), Cake or Death (Black Hoof), Archived (GearHouse), and Sexual Chocolate (Memories).  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON OCT. 30 – First category: Ten Most Populous Nations)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Beau Khaki   (Next week’s first category: U. S. First Ladies)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” Cat or “Hocus Pocus” Cat?)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality   (Next week’s first category: “The Politician”)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: Autumn)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Minor Characters from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Hillbilly Gerniuses   (Next week’s first category: Washington Nationals)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death   (Next week’s first category: Minor Characters from “Friends”)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Archived   (Next week’s first category: MLB Playoffs)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Momma Lu’s   (Next week’s first category: Quentin Tarantino Films)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: Cannabis)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Think, McFly, Think   (Next week’s first category: Tesla Motors)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Sexual Chocolate   (Next week’s first category: )

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Farmer’s Daughter Bakery   (Next week’s first category: Sarah Tells Two Truths and a Lie)