Don’t Panic, It’s Wednesday Trivia!

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Nineteen venues played host to a total of 181 teams for Pour House Trivia on Wednesday evening.

FIRST ROUND:

We started the game with a look at the gold medals won by Canada and the United States in Olympic women’s ice hockey, as well as the fungus taxonomic kingdom. The last question of the round dealt with an author’s inspiration:

  • The author of Bridget Jones’s Diary gave the love interest which surname in honor of a character from Pride & Prejudice?
  • Bonus: Who wrote Bridget Jones’s Diary?

The majority of our teams were able to name the surname Darcy, but the bonus answer was the hardest to get on Wednesday; 12.1% knew Helen Fielding wrote Bridget Jones’s Diary. Eight teams were perfect in the opening round.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question played a trio of theme songs to series with adjectives in the title: Mission: ImpossibleThe West Wing, and The Good Place. Other topics in the round included Lake Michigan, characters from the animated film Inside Out, and the Duluth Trading Company‘s quirky TV ads. A game-high 17 perfect scores were recorded in this round.

HALFTIME:

Television hosts such as Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert comprised the top half of the halftime sheet, followed by a run of answers which all end in the letters ette. The average score was 18.9 points out of 20 and in fact, 128 teams (70% of the field) aced the page. At this point, these were the highest scores:

THIRD ROUND:

We gave Three Clues about a historical figure to begin the second half:

  • This former Olympic athlete died as a result of an automobile accident in December of 1945.
  • In Bill O’Reilly’s Killing book series, he was the first titular American who was NOT a U.S. President.
  • He was a World War II general whose career was depicted in a film which won the Best Picture Oscar.

Just 18% of teams named George Patton before the third clue for bonus credit. We gave our teams a little bit of game math later in the round:

  • How many spaces are there on a standard Scrabble board?

As a Scrabble board is 15×15, there are 225 spaces; that was the hardest wagering question of the night, with a 38% success rate. After a question about the J.J. Abrams series Alias, the round concluded with a quartet of teams having earned a perfect score: Stink Floyd (Belles’), Strawberries (Quinn’s), Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape), and Teachers and Tech (Celtic House).

FOURTH ROUND:

The nation of Madagascar was identified by 53 teams for all six points on the 6-4-2. The last round started with this recent sports headline:

  • One year after finishing in last place, which team recently won their first National Women’s Soccer League championship?

After a multiple-choice component, 42% of the field earned at least their wager by naming NJ/NY Gotham FC; 19% did so before the choices were revealed for bonus points. For the second half’s most difficult bonus chance, we traveled south:

  • While Brazil is first at a whopping 3.3 million square miles, which two countries are the 2nd and 3rd largest countries in South America by area?

Both Argentina and Peru were named by 13.2% of the field. This round’s perfect teams were Stink Floyd (Belles’) and Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape). As we approached the night’s final question, these teams were in the lead:

FINAL QUESTION (60.22% success rate):

  • Partially derived from the Greek word meaning all, which 11-letter word meaning tumultuous disorder was introduced in the book Paradise Lost?

Over 60% of teams withstood the final question’s pandemonium to earn their final wager! Four squads reached a Perfect 21 on Wednesday: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape), Sexual Chocolate (Memories), Two-Wheel Tricycle (Sully’s), and Mixed Nuts (T.J. Stone’s). These were the top scores on Wednesday:

For the second time this season and the 12th time in Pour House Trivia History, a team recorded a perfect score in an in-person PHT game! Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape) cruised through the game to earn every single one of the 182 possible points. Congrats!

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Smartinis  (NO GAME NEXT WEEKFIRST CATEGORY ON NOV. 29: 1940s Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Last Jedi)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NO GAME NEXT WEEKFIRST CATEGORY ON NOV. 29: African Capital Wordplay)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Strawberries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NFL Thanksgiving Games)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hannah’s Favorite Side Dish)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Inquizitors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Warhammer 40K)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Park Chan-Wook Films)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Red-Headed Celebrities)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Mixed Nuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Constitutional Law)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Blue Meanies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Three Stooges)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wire (season 4))

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: And They Were Roommates  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tim Burton Films)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Anakin’s Daycare Service  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON NOV. 29: Ketchup)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Pinky and the Brains  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON NOV. 29: Gustav Klimt)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON NOV. 29: Anatomy of the Human Brain)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: We Like to Come From Behind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 20th Century Christmas Songs)

Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: One Hit Oneders  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World War II Battles)

Foster’s Grille – Warrenton in Warrenton, VA: 

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Teachers and Tech  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Irish Whiskey)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Turkey (country))