Light Up the Stage at Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 120 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

We wasted no time challenging our Wednesday teams this week, as we began the game by asking the field to name the Beijing square in which this photograph was taken:

Tank Man

The first bonus points of the night were offered to any team that could correctly spell this answer. Only ten teams gave us the correct spelling of TIANANMEN, as that second ‘N’ was left off most of the responses. After a Three Clues question about the surname Roberts, we took a quick trip to France for this next question:

–> In the French language, the abbreviation “MME” is short for what word?

Most of the field could narrow this answer down to two choices: Madame or Mademoiselle. But that’s as far as most teams got in their discussion, as only 38% of our teams responded correctly. It turns out that Mademoiselle is abbreviated “MLLE”, leaving Madame as the correct answer. Despite these speed bumps, six teams managed to score 36 points in the opening stanza.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured music from three groups who stylize their names with a ‘+’ sign: Florence + The Machine, Mike + The Mechanics, and Dan + Shay. It appears that country music is not a wheelhouse category for most of our teams, as only 13% of the field earned a two-point bonus. Later, we looked at this recent experiment in interactive television:

We closed the first half with a pair of wicked questions that separated the field rather quickly. First up, this geography question asked in the A + B = C format:

Part A = The number of hills that Rome was supposedly built upon.

Part B = Excluding the Federates States of Micronesia, the number of U.N. member countries whose names begin with the letter “F”.

Only 24% of our teams arrived at the correct answer of ten: Seven Hills of Rome plus the countries of Fiji, Finland, and France. While our teams were recovering from the brainbuster, we followed up with this NFL question:

–> At the NFL Honors ceremony held in February 2018, the Offensive Rookie of the Year and the Defensive Rookie of the Year both played for which NFC team?

Just under half of our teams named the New Orleans Saints as the correct answer, with only seven teams also earning bonus points by knowing that the aforementioned recipients were Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore. None of our teams earned a perfect second round score.

HALFTIME:

Sports logos and film quotes highlighted Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded an average score of 17.1 points, while eight teams recorded a perfect 20 points. Here are your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s second half began with a three-part question in which each of the answers ended with the letters “I-A-N” (median, Titian, ruffian). As expected, the third round also included the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Founded in 1989 to protest the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome, what movement has stated that its goals are to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, and to combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat?

Only 12% of our teams earned points here with the correct answer of Slow Food. We continued with a look at the airports of this Middle Eastern country with a commonly mispronounced name:

Qatar

After closing the round with a question about The Supremes, we saw six teams earn a prefect score of 36 points in the third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics included the poetry of Dylan Thomas, the film work of Anthony Hopkins, and these two celebrities who share the same first and last name:

After going out for a spin in the Toyota RAV4, three teams ran the table in the final round: Shoes For Feet (Furnace), Special Ed (GearHouse), and Southern Comfort (Clover Theater). These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (10.0% success rate):

–> Worth more than Diddy, Bono, Jay Z, Mariah Carey, and even Paul McCartney, the wealthiest songwriter of all-time is which billionaire whose Emmy win in 2018 made him one of 15 people to complete the EGOT?

Exactly one-in-ten teams responded correctly with Broadway superstar Andrew Lloyd Webber. With such a difficult final question, none of our Wednesday teams recorded the Perfect 21. Here is your final Hump Day leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NEXT GAME ON JAN. 30 – First category: Super Bowl Statistics

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: “Super Tecmo Bowl”)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Party ON Wayne  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Bacteria or Virus?)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: Canadian Football League Legends)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Momentary Lapse of Reason (Next week’s first category: The Renaissance)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Three Clues / One Dessert)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Irtish Beer Mafia  (Next week’s first category: Wine Varieties)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Shoes For Feet  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Gary Oldman or Gary Sinise?)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Franconia Hair Cemetery  (Next week’s first category: One-Hit Wonders – AUDIO)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dangerous Business  (Next week’s first category: Hilton Hotels)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Bet Smart  (Next week’s first category: Rush – band)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  What’s That Smell? (Next week’s first category: Phobias)

Hideaway Pizza Pub in St. Petersburg, FL: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “Gilligan’s Island”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Amigos  (Next week’s first category: San Francisco Landmarks)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Space Force Marching Band  (Next week’s first category: Metallica)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins   (Next week’s first category: Triple 33/33/33 – Their, There, or They’re)