I’m Not Bad (at Wednesday Trivia), I’m Just Drawn That Way…

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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 87 teams across 12 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

For the second week in a row, the first bonus question of Wednesday’s game was also one of its most difficult.  After every team recognized a description of the children’s snack food Fruit By the Foot, only three teams picked up the first two bonus points of the game by also knowing it is sold under the Betty Crocker label.  The rest of the round progressed more smoothly, as our teams answered questions about the Welsh Corgi and the classic television sitcom Bewitched.  Thanks to the first bonus question, Goobers (Comus Inn) posted the only perfect score of Wednesday’s first round.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured songs from anatomical music groups, as we listened to Radar Love by Golden Earring, Let’s Get It Started by Black Eyed Peas, and Pepper by Butthole Surfers.  Other second round topics included the ‘mercy rule’ in youth sports, birthday boy Sacha Baron Cohen, and the John Steinbeck novel East of Eden.  With an easier trio of bonus questions, seven Wednesday teams ran the table by posting 36 second round points.

HALFTIME:

Feminine film titles and U.S. state borders were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page.  Three teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 17.1 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s third round was bookended with two rather difficult wagering questions.  First up, a quick visit to Broadway:

  • In the stage musical Cats, a subplot revolves around the disappearance of which patriarchic leader of the Jellicle Cats that shares his name with a book of the Old Testament?

Only 22% of Wednesday’s field responded correctly with Deuteronomy.  We continued with easier questions regarding the video game Donkey Kong, the Cleveland (soon to be ex-) Indians, and the paring knife.  The final question of the third round also stumped most of our teams:

  • Shortly after the release of her fifth studio album in 2019, who simultaneously occupied the top three positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Identify the title of that 2019 album.

Exactly one-fourth of the field knew that Ariana Grande had earned this distinction, becoming the first artist since The Beatles to do so.  Furthermore, only six teams tacked on the final two bonus points of the third round by also knowing that the aforementioned album was titled Thank U, Next.  As a result, Wednesday’s third stanza did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

Before diving into Wednesday’s final round, we posed this question to begin the nightly 6-4-2 question:

  • Which American literary character appeared in four novels, the last being an 1896 book in which he worked as an amateur detective?

Though we suspect that more teams would have guessed the correct response if pressed to do so, only three teams earned the full six points by responding immediately with Tom Sawyer.  We continued with final round topics such as the halogen elements, U. S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the nation of Bangladesh, Proctor & Gamble, and fictional television schools.  Virtual Cigar (Hops N Shine) recorded the only perfect score of Wednesday’s third round.  Here is your overall leaderboard heading into Wednesday’s final question:

  • Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 164
  • Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 154
  • Three Guys, One Team (Idiom): 151
  • Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom): 149
  • FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 148 POINTS

FINAL QUESTION (10.3% success rate):

  • Setting a record at the time, which 1980s film included more than 800 names in its closing credits, though Kathleen Turner was not one of them?

Only nine teams gave us the correct answer of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which (for some reason) did NOT officially credit Kathleen Turner for her voice role as Jessica Rabbit.   None of our Wednesday teams posted a Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final leaderboard from Wednesday night:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Nerd Immunity  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Herbs and Spices)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Mack Attack  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Paw Patrol)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Edward or Henry? (English Kings))

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Archived  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: X-Men)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Van Halen)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: The Legend of Taylor Heinicke  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Mandalorian)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Ivy Hill Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Saved By the Bell)

Meinelschmidt Distillery in Hagerstown, MD: Gilwell Park  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U. S. Presidents)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Down a Hand  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jim Henson)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Goobers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stranger Things)