Endor’s Game at Wednesday Trivia!
The Force was definitely with 129 teams on Star Wars Day, filling seventeen area locations for another rousing rendition of Pour House Trivia!
Wednesday’s set opened with a timely three-parter on Star Wars, the University of Georgia and its quintet of first-round NFL draft picks last week, and Platform 9 3/4 which famously takes characters to Hogwarts. The final question in the first round was the hardest in both wagering and bonus:
- Which former Saturday Night Live cast member currently portrays the character of Ted Lasso?
Ted Lasso is played by Jason Sudeikis, correctly named by 73% of the field, while just under a quarter of Wednesday’s squads knew Sudeikis had a turn on 30 Rock as a love interest of Liz Lemon. Eleven total teams had perfect first-round outputs.
The audio question this time around dealt with three songs that give their lyrics in the form of written correspondence: Paperback Writer by the Beatles, Stan by Eminem, and Meghan Trainor’s Dear Future Husband. After a question about Mary Mallon’s infamous bout with typhoid, we got to the most difficult bonus question of the night on a query about MyPillow founder Mike Lindell. Only 10 percent of teams correctly named Lindell’s social network called Frank. We wrapped up the first half with Halloween coming early, then a trip to the 26 cantons of Switzerland. A perfect second round escaped each one of our teams on the evening.
Halftime on Wednesday brought with it Star Wars actors in non-Star Wars films, followed by a list to fill out regarding the rooms in the original version of the board game Clue. Teams managed an average score of 15.3, with perfect 20s earned by a lucky seven groups. At intermission, this was the cream of the crop:
- Cultured Heathens (TGI Fridays): 88
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 88
- Supper Clubbers (Hops N Shine): 88
- What the Fork (TGI Fridays): 87
- Nerd Immunity (Falling Branch): 87
- Virtual Cigar (Hops N Shine): 87
As it was Hump Day, a three-parter on camels started the second half, followed by a question that many teams couldn’t quite get over the hump for:
- In addition to several acting roles, which 19-year old released the multi-platinum album Sour and was named the 2021 Entertainer of the Year by Time magazine?
Roughly 53% of teams earned their points by naming Olivia Rodrigo for her fantastic 2021 resume. Another tough bonus chance came next, where 11% of the field earned two extra points for knowing the Pritzker Prize is an architecture award without needed an additional multiple-choice clue. The round came to a close after questions on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Fibonacci prime numbers 13 and 89. Five teams were primed for the third round, with perfect scores to show for it.
Wednesday’s 6-4-2 on Argentina brought the maximum six-point boost to fifteen teams in the game. A little bonus hurdle started the fourth round. A little over half the field knew that the first two U.S. presidents to die in office were Whigs, only one-fifth identified both William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor as those ill-fated Commanders -in-Chief. We also discussed the Boston Celtics being the only team to sweep their competition out of the NBA playoff first round. As for the most difficult wagering question of the night, we spanned the Globe:
- What is the full name of the only Shakespearean comedy to include the name of an English city in its title?
That comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, earned 31% of teams their wagering points. One more question on the former Netflix series BoJack Horseman ended things in the fourth, with perfect scores being earned by five teams. These were the top scores heading into the final question:
- Triple Doge (T. J. Stone’s): 164
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 163
- I Don’t Know (T. J. Stone’s): 160
- Satan’s School for Girls (Memories): 159
- Supper Clubbers (Hops N Shine): 158
FINAL QUESTION (24.0% success rate):
- Though it appeared in both the script and the closing credits, which four-letter word was never spoken aloud in Return of the Jedi?
One more time to the Star Wars well for May the Fourth, this time about the cuddly but non-namedropped Ewok species correctly named by almost a quarter of the field. However, no teams managed a Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all wagering questions correctly. The final leaderboard, for your posterity:
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 175
- Triple Doge (T. J. Stone’s): 173
- Cultured Heathens (TGI Fridays): 167
- Virtual Cigar (Hops N Shine): 166
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 165
- Toasting the Classics (Mark’s): 164
- Archived! (GearHouse): 163
- Scott Looks Different (Memories): 163
- Vixen (Memories): 162
- Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom): 161
- I Don’t Know (Moe’s): 161
Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: That’s What She Said (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shrek — original film)
Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Warwick Davis Films)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Zendaya)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Masters Champions Since 1980)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Cultured Heathens (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: A League of Their Own)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Here for the Beer (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Virtual Cigar (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Wayne Films)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Drink Nova (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South Park)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Nerd Immunity (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Whiskey)
T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Triple Doge (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Asian History)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Insert French Word (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python)
Cellar Door in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Rabbits)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Artsy (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Janis Joplin)
Bar Louie in Gainesville, VA: Beers and Brains (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Arnold Schwarzenegger Action Films)
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: All About That Bass (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ink Master)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Geometry)