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Pour House Trivia’s latest Wednesday game took place at 18 locations for 193 teams.

FIRST ROUND:

Two very tough bonus chances were spotlighted in the opening round. First up, we headed off to Europe:

  • What are the two most populous cities in Germany?

Getting Berlin was no problem for wagering points, but just 5.1% of the field also named Hamburg as second place on that list. The round ended with a late-80s news flashback:

  • In 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound off the coast of which U.S. state?
  • For a two-point bonus: As a result of this incident, which Captain was convicted of negligent discharge of oil?

Once again, most teams had no trouble earning their wager for naming Alaska as the scene of the crime, but Captain Joseph Hazelwood was identified by only 6.2% of teams. However, there were two teams which closed out this round still perfect: Bob Dole’s Grip (Idiom) and Fin Fan Club (Thick-N-Thin).

SECOND ROUND:

Even with the aforementioned tough bonus chances, the audio clue ended up carrying the lowest bonus rate of the evening. Teams were asked to name titles of three different songs, each with the word Summer in the title. Only four teams knew all three: The Boys of Summer by Don Henley, Indian Summer from Brooks & Dunn, and Cruel Summer by Taylor Swift. After questions on various units of measurement for light and Darryl Strawberry‘s MLB career, we reached the first half’s most difficult wagering opportunity:

  • In one of his earliest acting roles, which athletic performer portrayed the role of a Pendari martial artist who squares off against Seven of Nine on the series Star Trek: Voyager?

A little over a quarter of the field correctly named Dwayne Johnson. Only one team had a perfect score in this round: Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s).

HALFTIME:

The top half of Wednesday’s halftime sheet showcased famous world landmarks from above such as the Space Needle and Stonehenge. From there, they had to match a TV character nickname to the appropriate series. On average, teams recorded 15.7 points while 22 returned a perfect page. At the halftime break, these teams were in the lead:

THIRD ROUND:

Three Clues about the 1990s film Office Space began the second half, followed by this question:

  • According to the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill, what liquid found in most kitchens was used to patch up Jack’s crown?

The lesser-known second verse of the nursery rhyme describes the brown paper and vinegar used as a fix; a night-low 16% of teams were correct. At the end of the round, we revisited the landmark category:

  • Upon its completion in 1889, the Eiffel Tower became the tallest man-made structure in the world. Which two American structures which held that title immediately before or after the Eiffel Tower?

The Eiffel Tower replaced the Washington Monument as tallest man-made structure and held that title for a little over four decades until the Chrysler Building was completed. This was the most difficult bonus chance in the second half, with an 8.8% success rate. No perfect scores were recorded in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Sixteen teams were successful with a six-point guess of Walt Disney in Wednesday’s 6-4-2. The last round kicked off with this board game query:

  • As you pass Jail (the tenth space) on a standard Monopoly board, the next three street properties are colored magenta. Name those three properties.

Those properties are St. Charles PlaceStates Avenue, and Virginia Avenue; about 34% of teams named at least two, but 11% earned bonus credit for all three answers. We moved on to topics such as 1970s song lyrics, 144 being the lowest three-digit number in the Fibonacci sequence, and the run of U.S. Open men’s singles titles for Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A game-high 12 perfect team scores were earned here. Our top five after four rounds were pretty close together:

FINAL QUESTION (70.98% success rate):

  • By using the international calling code 31, you can reach which capital city nicknamed Venice of the North?

That calling code will get you in touch with Amsterdam of the Netherlands! The evening ended with one team going all the way to achieving the Perfect 21: Blind Squirrels (Memories). With that, these were the top scores:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

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

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Blind Squirrels  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Notable Squirrels)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Icelandic History)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Those Guys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Dogs)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Shirts and Skins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2011 Warped Tour Main Stage Bands (audio))

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Bob Dole’s Grip  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gibson Guitars)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s British Pop Music)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Two-Wheel Tricycle  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South Park)

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

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Trending Towards Fourth  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JULY 12: Nuclear Weapons)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: 

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

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Brawlers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baking)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tonya Harding Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Algebra)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marijuana)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Faking Bad  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Philadelphia Eagles)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Boldly Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pickleball Rules)

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

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Discovery Channel  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons)