I’d like to Thank Wednesday Night Trivia!

Wednesday night featured some rather difficult bonus questions, which led to some new faces atop the nightly leaderboard.  Overall, we welcomed 103 teams to one of our 14 games, so let’s see how it all went down on Wednesday:

ROUND 1:

Our first round began with a three-part question on the subject of Like a “BOSS”, and our teams performed very well by easily recognizing descriptions of these three items:

Boss HoggBoss BabyHugo Boss

After questions dealing with Boston Market’s advertising slogan and the bones of the human leg (specifically, the fibula and tibia), we concluded the opening stanza with this query from the world of sports:

–> Deriving its name from a portmanteau, this international multi-sport event features athletes with physical disabilities.  Most recently, this event was held in Rio de Janeiro in September of 2016.

Paralympics

The logo above represents the correct answer of the Paralympic Games.  The bonus question asked for the year (within five either way) in which the first Paralympic Games were officially held.  Only nine teams came within five years of the correct answer of 1960.  As a result, only two teams recorded a perfect first round score of 36 points: Oneders (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) and FOWL (Memories).

ROUND 2:

Our audio question featured unique cover songs, courtesy of the Vitamin String Quartet.  If you are unfamiliar with this ensemble, it has produced thousands of classical interpretations of rock, pop, and rap songs.  Tonight, we played three cover versions of songs originally recorded by recent Grammy winner The Weeknd.  While most of our teams earned their wager here, only 22% of the field earned a two-point bonus by recognizing all three songs (all of which have hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart): “Can’t Feel My Face”“The Hills”, and “Starboy”.  We continued with this question in the category of 20th Century History:

–> Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the rather unique exchange of executive power in which country?

Yes, it was August 9, 1974 when this photo was snapped shortly after Richard Nixon resigned as U.S. President:

Nixon

After questions on TV newsmen and ancient Roman landmarks, we concluded the round by asking which performer earned an Academy Award for her film debut as Effie White in “Dreamgirls”:

Dreamgirls

While most teams remembered that former “American Idol” contestant Jennifer Hudson took home the Oscar statuette for this role, the bonus question proved to be immensely difficult, as we asked our teams to name the Motown performer on which the character of Effie White was based.  Only three teams gave us the correct response of Florence Ballard (of The Supremes).  As a result, only one team swept the second round with a perfect score of 36 points: Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg).

HALFTIME:

Tonight’s halftime page included photos of films, with the hidden theme that each film included performers from the TV series “Game of Thrones”.  The theme was difficult to decipher, leading some teams to forgo the one possible point in order to provide our hosts with a good laugh.  As host Kyle at Applebee’s noted, one wrong answer was “my mother-in-law slept through ALL of them”.  With numerous movie sequels included, one team opted for the semi-serious response of “they all have colons in the titles”, and to make that work they offered up an answer of “300: Eight-Minute Abs”.  Jokes aside, this was one of our lowest-scoring halftime rounds of the summer, as the average score came in at only 12.3 points.  No team managed to pull out a perfect score, but Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) notched 19 to top the field tonight.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

Our second half began with our nightly Three Clues question, with tonight’s answer being a foreign country.  We offered two bonus points to any team that came up with a correct answer after these first two clues:

CLUE 1: Its current President is Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

CLUE 2: It is referred to “Dogil” in Korean and “Allemagne” in French.

Yet another difficult bonus question began this round, as only 15% of our teams were bold enough to go in early with the correct response.  Most of the field waited until the third and final clue to come up with the correct response of Germany.  The third round featured our most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Named for a character in the Bible, sweet pastries known as hamantaschen (or “Haman’s hats”), are served for this Jewish holiday also known as the Feast of Lots.  Name this holiday celebrated on March 11 and 12 of this year.

The dates of celebration were included in the question to steer teams away from Passover, which is celebrated across an entire week rather than just two days.  Nonetheless, only 21% of our teams knew that were talking about the holiday of Purim.  We concluded the third round with a question on this comedian:

Patton Oswalt

Keeping in line with the recurring theme of the night, this question included a remarkably difficult bonus, as we asked for the three-word title of Patton Oswalts most recent comedy special, which won him an Emmy Award last year.  Only three teams gave us the correct response of “Talking for Clapping”.  Just as in the second round, only one team swept the third round with a perfect score, but this time it was one of our west coast teams: Buscemi Boys (Clover Theater).

6-4-2:

The difficulty of Wednesday’s six-point clue fell within the ‘normal’ range, as 18% of our teams earned the full six points with a correct answer to this question:

–> As the fourth heaviest element in Group 1 of the Periodic Table, which element has three principal isotopes: 39, 40, and 41?

Our chemistry majors were able to shine here with the correct response of Potassium.

ROUND 4:

We took in a little hip hop music for the start of the final round, asking about the rapper who scored hits with “Ride Wit Me” and “E.I.”, both of which appeared on his debut album “Country Grammar”.  About two-thirds of the field knew that we were talking about at this rapper, who once offered up some great ideas on how to combat excessively heated rooms:

Nelly

Yet again, we included a bonus question that proved to be on the high end of the difficulty spectrum, as only four teams knew the title of Nelly’s most recent album, earning two bonus points with “M.O.”.  The most difficult wagering question of the final round dealt with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017, specifically this star who spent most of his career with the Miami Dolphins:

Jason Taylor

Only 22% of our teams remembered Jason Taylor’s illustrious career.  We concluded the game with yet another difficult bonus question in the topic of We Share a Last Name:

1)  The creator of the card game “Magic the Gathering”.

2)  The actor who appeared in “Silence” and “Hacksaw Ridge” in 2016.

3)  The only sitting member of the House of Representatives to be elected U.S. President.

The easiest of these three names was likely to have been the second clue, as it was former “Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield that earned critical acclaim as the star of the war drama “Hacksaw Ridge”:

Andrew Garfield

Only six teams earned bonus points by knowing all three first names: Richard, Andrew, and James.  As a result, no team notched a perfect score of 36 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (32.9% success rate):

–> Within the last 25 years, two British actors have each appeared in three films which won the Oscar for Best Picture.  Name either one of these two men.

Your answers?

Ralph Fiennes has appeared in “Schindler’s List” (pictured), “The English Patient”, and “The Hurt Locker”, while Colin Firth has appeared in “The English Patient”, “Shakespeare in Love”, and “The King’s Speech” (pictured).  With less than one-third of our teams answering correctly here, we saw just two teams earn the Perfect 21 tonight by answering all wagering questions correctly: Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) and Pen Island (Barefoot Bernie’s).  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tokyo Drift  (Next week’s first category: Quakers)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  If Your’re Not First, You’re Last  (Next week’s first category: 1980s TV Sitcoms)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Sex Robot  (Next week’s first category: Historical Figures From “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Fill Stick  (Next week’s first category: “Futurama”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: German Expressionists)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Five Dollar Footlong  (Next week’s first category: Grand Slam Tennis Champions)

Greene Turtle in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME TONIGHT  (Next week’s first category: Soda)

TopGolf in Tampa, FL:  Ramrod  (Next week’s first category: PGA Major Winners)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Buscemi Boys  (Next week’s first category: “Wizards of Waverly Place”)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dusty Baker School of Management  (Next week’s first category: Dusty Baker)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Deaf Squirrels  (Next week’s first category: “Saved By the Bell”)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast For Dinner  (Next week’s first category: Drinking Games)

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

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Wingin’s It  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Pop Music – AUDIO)

Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD:  Mr. Jackpots  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Ralph Fiennes or Joseph Fiennes)