From the Top of Mount Aconcagua…

Wednesday night featured 98 teams across 16 games of pub trivia.  Which teams survived the Third Round from Hell to reach the winner’s circle?  We’ll find out in a minute, but first we would like to wish a Happy Birthday to Anita of the Blind Squirrels!  She celebrated her 21st birthday in style at Memories, as her team came complete in full uniform.  She even brought cupcakes for everyone!

ROUND 1:

Our game began with a question on the middle names of U.S. Presidents, or more specifically, names that are ALSO the middle names of U.S. Presidents, such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Ford), Saddam Hussein (Obama), and the city of Quincy (Adams).  After questions on celebrity deaths and Hawaiian beer (those were two different questions – we don’t know of anyone who has died from drinking Hawaiian beer), we asked about the 1981 Major League Baseball season.  A unique occurrence caused the season standings to be split into two halves.  Most teams knew that this was due to a player’s strike, but only 16% of our teams scored bonus points by knowing which team earned its first playoff berth in franchise history as a result of this format:

Montreal Expos

With few surprises in the first set of five questions, a total of seven teams finished the first round with a perfect score of 36 points.

ROUND 2:

The second round started smoothly for most teams, as our audio question dealt with three “American” songs: “American Idiot” (Green Day), “American Woman” (Lenny Kravitz), and “American Boy” (Estelle featuring Kanye West).  We continued with common chemistry and a question about this TV sitcom scene:

Friends TV

Our fourth question dealt with the Bible, specifically the animal which completed the quote: “…of God, which taketh away the sins of the world”.  While most teams earned points with lamb, this question provided some teams with the chance to show off a little humor by turning in answers which had been (supposedly) crossed out.  Host Ian at Bennigan’s in Frederick noted that his personal favorites were Ostrich of God and Golden Retriever of God.  The round concluded with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> At an area of 52 square miles and a population of about 2,000 people, what island located in the Indian Ocean was first discovered by Europeans in late December of 1643?

Only 22% of our teams clued in on the “late December” portion of the question by correctly answering Christmas Island.  Maybe they were also fans of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons…  The bonus question was even more difficult, as only six teams knew that Christmas Island is a territory of Australia.  Because of the last question in the round, no team earned a perfect score of 36 points.

HALFTIME:

Halftime was strictly for the birds, as our teams had to recognize ten different species of birds.  The bottom half of the page dealt with the Academy Awards.  In our YES/NO format, we gave the names of ten performers, asking whether or not each person had won an Oscar for a non-acting role.  Overall, the average score was 15.7 points, as only two teams (Dusty Baker School of Management from Bennigan’s in Clarksburg) and The Fan Club from The Tavern) earned 20 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

We won’t mince words: the third round was rough.  That being said, it is normally the most difficult round during a night of Pour House Trivia, but there are usually one or two questions that most teams answer correctly.  That was not the case tonight, as none of the five questions were correctly answered by more than 60% of the field.  The round began in the category of Sports Headlines, as teams had to name this recent WNBA record-setter:

Diana Taurasi WNBA

This question featured some imaginative wrong answers, such as Martha Stewart and Michelle Jordan.  After a question on “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” , we asked about the psychological exam that uses these plates:

Rorschach

For the second night in a row, we discovered that our players are not big fans of energy drinks, as only 27% of our teams correctly answered a question about the beverage brand Full Throttle.  The final question of the round was the most difficult, as we asked teams to name either one of the two U.S. Vice Presidents who served respectively under John Quincy Adams and Martin Van Buren.  The hint we provided was that both men shared the same first name and middle initial.  Only 16% of our teams came up with either one of the two correct answers, and only five teams earned two bonus points by coming up with both John C. Breckinridge and John C. Calhoun, the latter of which is easily recognizable thanks to his striking resemblance to  certain Muppet:

Needless to say, no team scored 36 points in the third round.

6-4-2 QUESTION:

The six-point clue on our 6-4-2 question was simple and straightforward, yet rather difficult:

–> Accounting for 16.5% of the world’s landmass, what is the world’s third-largest continent in terms of land area?

Believe it or not, it’s North America, and only eight teams were confident enough to earn six points.  This question also enticed many wrong answers, as 32% of our teams earned zero points.

ROUND 4:

After the difficult third round, our teams earned a bit of a respite on a “DAM” good question, with more than half of our teams earning bonus points by correctly identifying Damascus, Johnny Damon, and Damocles.  Next up was our nightly Three Clues question, which dealt with this music legend:

Quincy Jones

Only 12% of our teams earned the early answer bonus by knowing that Quincy Jones is tied with Allison Krauss for the most Grammy Awards among living musicians.  After a question on South Korean universities, we concluded by asking about the 1997 comedy film that included this scene:

Kevin Kline In & Out

This was another toughie, as only 23% of our teams responded correctly with “In & Out”.  Once again, no team was able to sweep the final round by earning 36 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (31.6% success rate):

–> This chocolate candy brand took on its current name in the 1920s, when its creator discovered that men did not want to give candy to their wives with another man’s first name on the box.  So, the spelling was changed to which ‘geographic’ name?

Andes Mints

Yes, these chocolates were originally known as Andy’s Mints.  Unfortunately, no team (not even our defending World Series champions) scored the Perfect 21 tonight.  Here are the top ten scores overall:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Pen 15 Club  (NEXT GAME: July 26 – First category: Nuts)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: West Virginia University Athletics)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Moving Forward  (Next week’s first category: European Tourism)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: “Team America: World Police”)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:   Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: the band Yes)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Chucktards  (Next week’s first category: “Pretty Woman”)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Katie Loves Candy  (Next week’s first category: Martin Scorsese Films)

Greene Turtle in Leesburg, VA:  Obscure References  (Next week’s first category: Breakfast Foods)

TopGolf in Tampa, FL:  Doze Guys  (Next week’s first category: The Beatles)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dusty Baker School of Management  (Next week’s first category: the Disney Channel film “Descendants”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Satan’s School for Squirrels  (Next week’s first category: Knitting and Crocheting)

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

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Back to the Future Reference  (Next week’s first category: Quantum Physics)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  We Are Groot  (Next week’s first category: Abraham Lincoln’s pets)

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