I’m Wednesday Trivia! I’m Wednesday Trivia! I’m Wednesday Trivia!

With the full slate of Wednesday games returning to action after the holiday week, we welcomed 108 teams across 15 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s game opened with a wagering question regarding the menu items at Outback Steakhouse, followed by a bonus question in which only 17% of our teams knew that the Outback Bowl is played in Tampa.  After conquering Mount Everest, we asked a difficult question regarding the Spider-Man nemesis known as The Lizard, as less than one-third of our teams came away with points.  After closing the first round with a look at games whose names begin with the letter ‘D’, we saw six teams post a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three musical acts who won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist despite going on to less than inspiring careers.  Considering the theme, it was no surprise that the field struggled mightily recognizing these artists.  We listened to “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band, “Blame It On The Rain” by Milli Vanilli, and “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone” by Paula Cole.  Only 22% of the field earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, while six of those teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing all three acts.  Later, we discussed the city of Munich, brackish water, and the branches of the U. S. Armed Forces that use the Latin word “Semper” in their respective mottoes.  Wednesday’s second round did not yield any perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Animated bears and award-winning women were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page.  Eight teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.2 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Third round topics from Wednesday’s game included NFL commissioners, the Marquis de Sade, and the prior offices held by President Herbert Hoover.  The most difficult wagering question of the round delved into the Periodic Table:

–> Apart from Americium, name either one of the two chemical elements that are named for a geographic region of Earth that is larger than a single country.

About half of the field earned wagering points with one of the correct answers, though nearly all of those teams earning their points with Europium.  Only nine teams earned bonus points by also remembering that Scandium is named for Scandinavia.  We closed the third round with a question concerning the George Gershwin tune “Rhapsody in Blue”, which has been used in commercials for United Airlines for more than 30 years.  Thanks to the chemistry question, the only perfect score of Wednesday’s third round was posted by Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’).

FOURTH ROUND:

After visiting the sands of Iwo Jima during the 6-4-2 question, we enjoyed some Bordeaux wine to begin the final round.  We then asked our nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:

CLUE 1: This sitcom was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its 11 seasons on the air.

CLUE 2: One of its most memorable scenes was featured in an episode entitled “Thanksgiving Orphans”.

Only 14% of the field was bold enough to go in early with the correct answer of “Cheers”.  Most of those teams must have remembered that the episode featured the immortal food fight scene.  We continued by painting the Golden Gate Bridge with International Orange and discussing “Jesus is King”, the newest album from “musician” Kanye West.  Two teams swept the final round by posting 36 points: Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s) and Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s).  Heading into the final question, your overall Wednesday leaderboard included these teams:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (41.1% success rate):

–> Which 1960 film used the tagline: “They trained him to kill for their pleasure, but they trained him a little too well.”?

Just over two-fifths of our teams earned wagering points on this final question with the correct answer of “Spartacus”.  Five teams earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Beau Khaki (Valley Grill), Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s), Archived (GearHouse), Fan Club (Silo Falls), and Think, McFly, Think (Anchor).  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Wednesday’s game:

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: “Madagascar” – film)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” Quotes – AUDIO)  ** NOTE: This will NOT be a three-part question **

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Pickled   (Next week’s first category: Jack Nicklaus)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Five Heads, One Brain   (Next week’s first category: “Outlander”)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Scrotal Charisma   (Next week’s first category: The Primary Colors)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Hillbilly Geniuses   (Next week’s first category: “Elf” – film)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Nasty Women   (Next week’s first category: “Hamilton” Song Lyrics)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Archived   (Next week’s first category: MLB Uniform Numbers)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Fan Club   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 18 – First category: “Jingle All the Way”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons  (Next week’s first category: Christmas Carols)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Think, McFly, Think   (Next week’s first category: Blockbuster Video)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  Duck Dogers   (Next week’s first category: World War II)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Wrinkles   (Next week’s first category:  HOST CHOICE)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Why Not Zoidberg?   (Next week’s first category: “Die Hard”)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Darn You to Heck   (Next week’s first category: “Back to the Future”)