It Takes Two to Play Wednesday Night Trivia!

Tonight’s game included OPENING NIGHT at Gumbo Ya Ya in Germantown.  We hosted a fantastic game of both veteran teams and rookies at this great location at Cloppers Mill Village.  Overall, we welcomed 103 teams across 13 venues on this Wednesday night:


Wednesday’s game opened with questions on “The Cosby Show” and Greenland, before we asked a three-part “MAC Attack” question featuring these three answers:

After closing the round with a look at the Quarter Pounder with Cheese (or is that a Royale with Cheese?), we saw an impressive 21 teams begin their night with a perfect first round score.


Wednesday’s audio question featured songs named for household objects, specifically “Chandelier” (Sia), “Magic Carpet Ride” (Steppenwolf), and “Beds are Burning” (Midnight Oil).  After a question regarding the massive Battle of Verdun during World War I, we offered up a Three Clues question which featured threes sports-related facts about this city:

Oakland Raiders

After about half of our teams earned bonus points with an early correct answer of Oakland, we closed the first half with two rather difficult bonus questions.  On a question about the origins of the brand name Banana Republic, only 12% of our teams knew that it was actually American short story writer O. Henry that coined the term.  Next, on a question about the film “Pineapple Express”, only 17% of the field knew that the role of Officer Carol Brazier was portrayed by Rosie Perez:

Rosie Perez

After a slew of perfect scores to start the game, these last two bonus questions meant that the second round yielded just one perfect score: It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s).


Wednesday’s halftime page featured pictures of celebrities with alliterative names, as well as a matching section on directors of space films.  We saw an overall average score of 17.7 points, with 19% of our teams recording a perfect 20 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:


When the categories were announced for the third round, some teams became very excited when Asian Countries was the first category announced.  Unfortunately, the enthusiasm quickly waned when those teams discovered that we were asking a three-part question about this tiny island nation:

East Timor

As expected, these points would be hard-earned, as only 29% of our teams earned any points with at least two correct answers, while just nine teams snagged two bonus points by answering all three parts correctly.  The rest of the round progressed rather smoothly, as teams showed off their knowledge of Charlemagne and British abbreviations.  We closed the third stanza with a surprisingly difficult question on the topic of TV Actors:

–> What actor recently returned to once again play the character of Jack on the revival of NBC’s “Will & Grace”?

While most of our teams could certainly picture this actor’s face, only about one-third of the field remembered his name: Sean Hayes.  I suppose even fewer of you watched this short-lived sitcom:

Sean Hayes

Once again, this query included a difficult bonus question, as only nine teams also remembered that the character of Jack on “Will & Grace” carried the surname of MacFarland.  None of our teams were able to sweep the third round with a perfect score.


Only eight teams picked up the full six points on our 6-4-2 question:

–> According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which U.S. state has the highest life expectancy?

Yeah, I’d bet you’d be a healthier person if you lived someplace like this:


Though, the occasional ballistic missile threat might raise your blood pressure.


Wednesday’s final round included such diverse topics as NFL Quarterbacks, Nigerian authors, and Horror Film Franchises.  After most of our teams were riding high with four straight correct answers, we came across the fnal question of the night in the form of a Triple 50/50 question.  With teams just needing two correct answers out of three, random guessing will (theoretically) yield an overall correct answer rate of 50%, along with a bonus rate of 12.5%.  So, it’s always a bit intriguing when our teams don’t reach those numbers.  Such was the case on Tuesday, when we asked whether or not each of these musical acts had won a Grammy Award: the Baha Men, Katy Perry, and Guns ‘N’ Roses.  How quickly we forget this earworm from the year 2000:

Despite the fact that everyone claims to “hate” this song, it won several awards in 2001, including a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.  Meanwhile, Ms. Perry is 0-for-13 on Grammy nominations, and not only has Guns ‘N’ Roses never earned a Grammy Award, but the band has only earned three nominations in its lifetime.  All told, only 27% of our teams earned their wagers, with just seven teams earning a two-point bonus, making it the most difficult bonus of the night.  Not surprisingly, none of our teams swept the final round with a perfect score.  Here are Wednesday’s highest scores heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (74.8% success rate):

–> In 2012, this shade of orange was named as the Pantone Color of the Year.  Its two-word name consists of a fruit and a dance, both of which begin with the same set of four letters.  What is this color?

Just under three-quarters of our teams answered correctly with Tangerine Tango.  Congratulations to Irish Mafia (Applebee’s) and Aziz I’m Sorry (Quinn’s), who each earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:


Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Wes or Paul Thomas Anderson?)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Wil Wheaton)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: Lou Bega)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: “Black Mirror”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Master Blaster  (Next week’s first category: Walt Disney World)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  63 Venuses Fit in Uranus  (Next week’s first category: NFL Backup Quarterbacks)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Minnesota Vikings  (Next week’s first category: Pro Football Hall of Famers)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  It’s Mueller Time  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Back to the Future” Trilogy)

Gumbo Ya Ya  in Germantown, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  (Next week’s first category: West Virginia)

Primanti Brothers in Dickson City, PA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: Deceased Singer-Songwriters of the Late 1990s and Early 2000s)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Harry Potter”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Sexual Chocolate  (Next week’s first category: Stormy Daniels Films)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast for Dinner  (Next week’s first category: Wide Receiver Super Bowl MVPs)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Irish Mafia  (Next week’s first category: “The Wire”