It’s Up to You… Wednesday Night Trivia!

After a night off to observe Independence Day, we were back in action with 15 games of pub trivia and 101 teams hoping to land a few free beers.  Let’s run through Wednesday night’s game:


Our opening round began with a question on three famous people with the same last name.  Thanks to a certain 19th century assassin, virtually every team earned wagering points here with the correct answer of Booth.  But only 15% of our teams knew the first name of the founder of the Salvation Army (William), which earned them a precious two-point bonus.  We followed with an easy question about this Scottish chef, but once again included a rather difficult bonus question, with only 22% of our teams knowing the title of his newest show:

Chef Ramsay Trivia

We closed the first round with our nightly Three Clues, with tonight’s topic being a U.S. city.  This was the most difficult bonus of the round, as few teams ventured a guess after hearing these two clues:

CLUE 1: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright conceived an idea for a mile-high skyscraper to be built in this city.

CLUE 2: Walt Disney was born in this city.

Most teams played conservatively, waiting for the third clue and answering correctly with Chicago.  Only six teams across all venues managed to earn the early answer bonus.  With a slew of difficult bonus questions, no team finished the first round with a perfect score of 36 points.


After teams struggled with the bonus questions in the opening round, the second stanza was a different story.  The majority of our teams had no issue with this set of five questions, with plenty of teams picking up bonus points on what is normally a sore subject: the National Hockey League!  About one-third of our teams knew that the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  We closed the round with a question on these musical robots:

Daft Punk

By answering a bonus question on this group’s only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart (“Get Lucky”), 12 teams answered every question correctly, earning a perfect score of 36 points.


Halftime dealt with famous fictional Captains from film and television.  Our average score for this halftime round reached 14.9 points, with only six teams earning a perfect score of 20 points.  The sticking point tonight was this final picture:

Doctor Who Harkness

Those players who were well versed in the “Doctor Who” universe earned points here with the correct responses of Captain Jack Harkness and (the actor) John Barrowman.  A few teams recognized that they had no chance to come up with the correct answers, leading to some hilariously wrong answers such as Denzel Washington, Gordon Ramsay, and Captain Kangaroo: The College Years.  Meanwhile, host Ian at Bennigan’s in Frederick saw one team get extremely creative:

–> “Coming up with an alternate name for something is one thing.  Drawing bushy eyebrows and mustache on the “Doctor Who” actor and demanding I accept Groucho Marx as an answer is another.”  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the first half:


The third round gave us our most difficult wagering question of the night, with this cerebral NBA question:

–> What notable distinction is shared by Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Reggie Miller, and Pete Maravich, compared to Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, or Lebron James, who do NOT share this distinction?

Teams earned points if they knew that the first set of names were all players who NEVER won an NBA Championship.  The most interesting wrong answer of the night came from a team who thought the first six names had each scored the highly elusive “Triple-Triple”, which would mean 100 points, 100 rebounds, and 100 assists in the same game.  So…. nope.  Making a 180-degree turn from sports, we moved on to the category of Celebrity Couples, with teams earning bonus points by knowing this country music star AND his actress wife:

Paisley Williams

We closed the round with the most difficult bonus question of the night.  When asked which TWO Asian countries feature the lotus as the national flower, most teams knew India, but only four teams earned bonus points by also knowing Vietnam.  As a result, no team scored 36 points in the third round.


The six-point clue on our 6-4-2 question dealt with world history:

–> Even though the United Nations is headquartered in New York City, the U.N. Charter was signed in which other city in 1945?

This first clue did not garner many incorrect guesses, as nearly every team either answered correctly or waited until the subsequent clues.  But 22% of our teams did know that San Francisco was the city in question, and gained some ground with six points to begin the final round.


In a departure from the norm, the final round proved to be the easiest round of the night.  Even the most difficult wagering question was answered correctly by about half of our teams:

–> “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard for their own interest”.  Which Scottish economist wrote those words in 1776 to explain the concept of capitalism in “The Wealth of Nations”?

Our teams had to think back to Economics 101 to come up with the correct response of Adam Smith.  Fortunately for several teams, first names are not required to earn credit for a correct response.  Host Bill at Bennigan’s in Clarksburg noted that one team was EXTREMELY happy to hear the correct answer, and he came to find out that they had literally guessed Smith since it is such a common name.  For once, it worked…  A whopping 15 teams swept the final round by earning 36 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (63.7% success rate):

–> In 1857, two men developed what came to be known as the “Greensward Plan”, which was selected as the winning design for a contest to improve and expand upon what locale that is presently one of the most filmed locations in the world?

Central Park New York

The two men were Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who laid out the modern plans for New York City’s Central Park.  While Wednesday’s game featured a few difficult bonus questions, it also saw nine teams answer all wagering questions correctly to score the Perfect 21.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores:


Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: Leon Uris)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Olney the Lonely  (Next week’s first category: “The Big Bang Theory”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Sex Robot  (Next week’s first category: Infomercials – AUDIO)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Poovey Farms  (Next week’s first category: “American Gods”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Clucktards  (Next week’s first category: “Hamilton” – AUDIO)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Five Dollar Footlong  (Next week’s first category: Patent Law)

Greene Turtle in Leesburg, VA:  Obscure References  (Next week’s first category: Restaurant Chains)

TopGolf in Tampa, FL:  Deez Guys  (Next week’s first category: Dogfish Head Beer)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: Savage Steve Holland Films)

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

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  FOWL  (Next week’s first category: Squirrels)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  We Need an Adult  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Cable TV Show or Streaming TV Show)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Brewsual Suspects  (Next week’s first category: Dada Art)

–> Brewsual Suspects beats Back to the Future Reference on the tiebreaker!

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  We Are Groot  (Next week’s first category: Things Batman and Abe Lincoln Have in Common)

Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD:  The Bartenders  (Next week’s first category:    )