Here We Are Wednesday Trivia, Entertain Us!

The final Wednesday game of Season XX welcomed 127 teams across 14 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We visited the Palace of Versailles to begin Wednesday’s game, before moving on to the most difficult wagering question of the first half, asked as a three-part question regarding nicknames of former NFL running backs.  We asked our teams to identify any two of the three players that were respectively known as “Sweetness”, “Diesel”, and “RUN DMC”.  Less than half of our teams earned wagering points by giving us any two of the three correct answers: Walter Payton, John Riggins, and Darren McFadden.  After closing the first round with a look at Mount Everest and the film “Saving Private Ryan”, we saw ten teams earn a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three music groups whose names contain ordinal numbers.  Recognizing the sound of Third Eye Blind (“Never Let You Go” and Fifth Harmony (“Worth It”) was not a problem for our teams, but only 14% of the field tacked on two bonus points by also identifying The 5th Dimension (“Wedding Bell Blues”).  Other second round topics included Royal Farms convenient stores, native names of European cities, and the TV comedy “Flight of the Conchords”.  Four teams swept the second stanza by posting 36 points: Slow Trivia Movement (Furnace), Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s), Woodcock Johnson (Quinn’s), and Peeping Tom Cruises (GearHouse).

HALFTIME:

Portmanteau food brands and fictional sports teams were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded five perfect scores and an overall average of 15.8 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s third round began with a TV question, as we asked our teams to name any two of the three series whose respective final seasons were ranked at the top of the season-ending Nielsen ratings.  Given the hint that these occurrences took place in 1957, 1968, and 1998, a majority of the field gave us the correct responses of “I Love Lucy” and “Seinfeld” for the first and last of these shows, but only 11% of our teams earned bonus points by also identifying “The Andy Griffith Show”.  Later, we discussed economic terms, European explorers, and the 1980s film “The Big Chill”.  The third round also included the most difficult wagering questions of the night, asked in the category of Greek mythology:

–> In Greek legend, who received the gift of prophecy from Apollo, though he decreed her prophecies would not be believed after she refused him favors?

Only 18% of our teams responded correctly with Cassandra.  Thanks to this query and a difficult trio of bonus questions, none of our teams ran the table in Wednesday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

The final round began with the most difficult bonus question of the night.  After most of the field earned wagering points by knowing that Saturn recently overtook Jupiter as the planet in our Solar System with the most moons, we offered a two-point bonus to any team that could tell us (within five either way) the number of known moons that orbit Saturn.  Not surprisingly, virtually every team’s guess fell far below the acceptable range of 77 to 87, as a whopping 82 moons orbit Saturn.  Only five teams picked up bonus points here.  We moved on to the topics of Singapore, the Paul Simon song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”, and the later years of Michael Jordan’s NBA career.  Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) posted the only perfect score of Wednesday’s final round.  These were your highest scoring teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (64.8% success rate):

–> Turning 29 years old later this year, Spencer Elden appeared on the cover of what critically acclaimed 1991 album?

Nearly two-thirds of the field responded correctly with “Nevermind” by Nirvana.  Congratulations to Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) and Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s), who were the only two teams to notch a Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  These were your overall leaders on this final Wednesday of the season:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 29 – First category: James Bond Films)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Beau Khaki   (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: Discovery”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: The Beatles Eight-Bit Cover Versions – AUDIO)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Chad’s Favorite   (Next week’s first category: National Capitals of Oceania)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Traci’s Late   (Next week’s first category: The Struts – band)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Famous Williams)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Hillbilly Geniuses   (Next week’s first category: U.S. Army History)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Nightmare Squad   (Next week’s first category: Chocolate)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Why Is This Wet?   (Next week’s first category: NHL Teams)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Momma Lu’s   (Next week’s first category: “South Park”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason   (Next week’s first category: “Outlander”)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Jock-ish  (Next week’s first category: 2020 Pro Football Hall of Famers)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  The Bar   (Next week’s first category: TV Theme Songs)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Bald Bols   (Next week’s first category: Medicine)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Things You Measure   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Real “Jeopardy!” Category or “SNL Celebrity Jeopardy!” Category?)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Sewing Terms)