Leave it to Wednesday Trivia!
A fantastic crowd of 168 teams turned up on Wednesday evening to play Pour House Trivia at one of 16 locations. That included a 25-team game at Idiom Brewing as well as 22 teams at Barstool Sportsbook!
Our game kicked off with a question about the Oscar-winning Western film Unforgiven, followed by the hardest wagering query of the round, a Triple 50/50 regarding Olympic rules. A little more than two-thirds of the field earned their wager by getting at least two parts right, while a round-low 12% got bonus points with all three correct answers. A question on leading popcorn brands Orville Redenbacher and Pop Secret closed things out, with the only perfect scores in the round coming from Irish Beer Mafia (TGI Fridays) and Bailey’s Buddies (Grape Escape).
Wednesday’s audio clue wasn’t super easy; in fact, it brought about the hardest bonus opportunity of the first half. A slippery set of songs (Grease by Frankie Valli, Coconut Oil by Lizzo, and Butter by BTS) were showcased, and just over 10% of our teams knew all three of those musical acts to get two extra points. We had a capital time with the next question, the hardest of the first two rounds:
- Among the six state capitals whose full names begin with the letter S, which is the only capital whose second letter is not A?
About 43% of the field named Illinois capital Springfield for credit. We marched on to topics like AMC‘s Better Caul Saul, warm-blooded organisms, and late film critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Ebert. This was one of our two tough rounds for bonus questions, and the lone perfect score went to Glad to Be Here (Memories).
The halftime sheet on Wednesday covered onscreen works that begin with the word My and locations of famous Halls of Fame. Six teams got all 20 points on the page, while the average score was 15.8 points. At the halftime intermission, these were the high scores:
- Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom): 87
- The Legend of Taylor Heinicke (Axes and O’s): 87
- Irish Beer Mafia (TGI Fridays): 86
- Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s): 86
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 85 POINTS
Overall, this was the toughest round of the game and contained far and away its two toughest bonus chances. An early Civil War question proved to be a tricky get:
- Exactly 161 years ago today, the first major engagement west of the Mississippi of the U.S. Civil War, the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, resulted in a decisive victory for Confederate Troops. In what state did this battle take place?
The correct answer, Missouri, was given by 48% of the field. For the next question about rap trio Run-DMC, only four teams knew the title of their second album (and first that wasn’t self-titled), King of Rock, for bonus points. Later on, we reached Wednesday’s most difficult wagering question:
- An 18th-century play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan introduced which character, who frequently misspoke by using words which sounded like the actual words she intended to use? As a result, she became the namesake for this type of comedic mistake.
Teams could’ve earned their wager by naming either the character, Mrs. Malaprop, or that play, The Rivals; exactly one-fourth of the field got one of those answers, but just three teams knew both of them for bonus points, which was a low for the game. One of those teams was Artsy (Barstool), which earned those points to cap off the game’s only perfect third-round score.
Teams were read up on their streaming movies, as 88% of the field knew the Predator film series from a single clue about Hulu prequel film Prey to get all six points in the 6-4-2. Round four opened with its hardest wagering query:
- The earliest episodes of which TV drama featured lead character Alicia Florrick returning to work as a lawyer, after her husband is jailed in a corruption scandal?
The Good Wife was named by 58% of our teams, while a round-low 32% added bonus points for knowing its lead actress, Juliana Margulies. Other subjects of this round included the binary star, Three Clues about the EGOT showbiz acronym, and the first Abebe Bikila’s back-to-back Olympic marathon gold medals achieved while running barefoot. This was the most successful round for perfect scores, as 21 total teams got all 36 points. A three-venue tie for first highlighted the leaderboard before the final question:
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 160
- Irish Beer Mafia (TGI Fridays): 160
- Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s): 160
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 157
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 155 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (12.5% success rate):
- Which last name is shared by the co-founder of the Wall Street Journal, the founder of the company that introduced Saran Wrap, and an actor who passed away late last month?
All those people (Charles, Herbert Henry, and Tony) were surnamed Dow, which was correctly named by exactly one-eighth of our teams on Wednesday. As one of those teams, the only Perfect 21 in this game was scored by Vixen (Memories), which correctly answered every wagering question. These were the highest-scoring teams at the end of Wednesday’s game:
- Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s): 172
- Glad to Be Here (Memories): 167
- Pterodactyls (Memories): 167
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 165
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 165
- Vixen (Memories): 163
- Carpet Stretchers (T. J. Stone’s): 163
- Demented and Sad but Social (Belles’): 161
- Irish Beer Mafia (TGI Fridays): 160
- Pathetic Peripatetics (Mark’s): 158
Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: That’s What She Said (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Andy Griffith Show)
Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Yeats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hamilton)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Demented and Sad but Social (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Love Potions)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Glad to Be Here (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Breaking Bad)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grace and Frankie)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Las Vegas Casinos)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: We Love Nerds (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Arrested Development)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Quiz in My Pants (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jeopardy!)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Rookies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Major League Baseball)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Here for the Crabs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Football Hall of Famers)
T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Just for Fun (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: How I Met Your Mother)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Punky Bruises (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ballet)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Miss Congeniality)
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Bailey’s Buddies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Caddyshack)
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s The Simpsons Episodes)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alabama History)