Don’t Be Crabby at Wednesday Trivia…

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We added two venues to the Wednesday night lineup this week!  Out in the northeastern Maryland town of Street, we hosted our first game at Falling Branch Brewery.  In addition, we returned from the COVID hiatus to once again welcome trivia teams to GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA.  Overall, 108 teams across 12 venues participated in Wednesday’s game.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Wednesday night included items with ‘BLACK’ or ‘WHITE’ in their names, the shared birthdays of Hulk Hogan and Chris Hemsworth, the sweepstakes of Publishers Clearing House, and cocktails with orange juice.  That final topic featured the most difficult bonus question of the round, as only 18% of the field knew that adding the Italian herbal liqueur Galiano to a screwdriver creates a Harvey Wallbanger.  Eight Wednesday teams began their night by posting 36 first round points.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify songs with questionable titles.  We listened to Why Can’t We Be Friends? by War, Who Can It Be Now? by Men at Work, and What My Age Again? by Blink-182.  Later, we discussed the lone Super Bowl victory by the New York Jets, the birthplaces of James Bond actors, and the connection between the chemistry term alkaline and the Baseball Hall of Famer Al Kaline.  Six teams earned a perfect second round score on Wednesday night.

HALFTIME:

For the top half of Wednesday’s halftime page, our teams were asked to identify types of hats, while the bottom half discussed films starring Eddie Murphy.   Despite a relatively normal average score of 16.2 points, none of our teams earned a perfect score of 20 points on this halftime page.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Topics from Wednesday’s third round included the Australian island of Tasmania, television cliffhangers, the music group 10,000 Maniacs, and Haagen-Dazs ice cream.  A pair of difficult bonus questions kept most of the perfect scores off the board.  First, only 16% of our teams knew that the capital of Tasmania is the city of Hobart.  Next, we saw a slightly lower success rate when we asked our teams to correctly spell the name brand name Haagen-Dazs (fake umlaut not included).  Stink Floyd (Belles’), Steely Dan (Not the Band) (Memories), and Jail Break (Hops N Shine) each earned a perfect score in Wednesday’s third stanza.

FOURTH ROUND:

After a look at the Disney animated film The Lady and the Tramp in the 6-4-2 question, we began Wednesday’s final round with the most difficult bonus question of the night:

  • Elected in 1844, who is the only U.S. President whose last name can be typed out on a standard keyboard using a cluster of adjacent keys?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: This President also served as governor of which U.S. state?

About half of our teams earned wagering points with the correct response of James Polk, but only ten teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that Polk once served as governor of Tennessee.  Next, we discussed the title Leaving Las Vegas (i.e. the Nicolas Cage film and the Sherly Crow song), ancient mythology, and basketball ambassador Dennis Rodman.  The final round also included what was easily the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • In addition to his long-running column in The Washington Post, which humorist penned the books Washington is Leaking and Whose Rose Garden is it Anyway?

Only eight teams gave us the correct answer of Art Buchwald.  Two of those eight teams used those wagering points to complete a perfect final round: Stink Floyd (Belles’) and Sox on Fox (Hops N Shine).  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (45.4% success rate):

  • The ancient physician Hippocrates coined the term ‘carcinoma’ after seeing a tumor that resembled the shape of which animal?

Nearly half of our teams responded correctly with crab.  Congratulations to Alcoholics Unanimous (Vanish), who posted the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 19th Century U.S. Presidents)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: FBB  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Great Frederick Fair)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: UNO Reverse Card  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: K-Pop – AUDIO)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Peeping Tom  Cruises  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parks and Recreation)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Song of the South)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dune)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Dumb. Dumber, Dumbest  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Sign Language)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Sox on Fox  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Heavy Metal Bassists)

Meinelschmidt Distillery in Hagerstown, MD: Beer Pressure  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Obstetrics)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Listen Linda  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars)

Clarksburg Tavern in Clarksburg, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME SEPTEMBER 8 / FIRST CATEGORY: New Zealand)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: No More Status Quo (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Craft Beer)