Listen Up, Wednesday Trivia is Speaking!
Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia was hosted by 20 venues for a total of 193 teams.
The first main question concerned the cities of Belgrade and Casablanca, which both contain the word white in their English translations; Belgrade is white city while Casablanca translates to white house. At the end of the round, teams had trouble with this historical query:
- During a particular battle in New Jersey in June of 1778, what legendary nickname was supposedly given to Mary Hays, an American soldier’s wife who brought water to thirsty soldiers in the heat?
Mary Hays is better known as Molly Pitcher, a nickname given by 45% of the field. However, only 8.2% of teams added bonus points for correctly identifying the Battle of Monmouth as the aforementioned conflict. After that least-successful first-half bonus question, six teams ended the round with a perfect score.
Wednesday’s audio question dealt with song lyrics that mention the telephone, specifically from Tommy Tutone’s 867-5309/Jenny, Need You Now by Lady A, and Drake’s Hotline Bling. A question about baseball rules and the elephant won by Bart Simpson in a Season 5 radio contest followed before we got to the most difficult wagering question of the first half:
- Jane is the first name of which literary detective who lives in the English village of St. Mary Mead?
Jane is the first name of Miss Marple, which had a 40% success rate. A game-high eight perfect team scores were recorded in this round.
A super adorable top section of the halftime round contained puppies and asked teams to name the dog breed for each. After that, they had to name the color that fits with each entry of various lists. For the second night in a row, we had many perfect 20-point efforts (76% of the field, in fact) while the average score was 19.4 points. We cruised into the halftime break with these teams on top:
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom): 92
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Idiom): 92
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 91
- Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape): 91
- I Don’t Know (Hops N Shine): 90
- Quiz in My Pants (Thick-N-Thin): 90
The second half kicked off with a question about the wins and saves amassed by Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz, followed by a 90s film query:
- Named for a type of meat, which 1995 satire is the only scripted film to be directed by Michael Moore? It marked the final film appearance for comedian John Candy.
About 37% of teams correctly named Canadian Bacon. The next question, a three-parter about libraries, was this round’s toughest bonus chance; 22% of teams got all three answers right. We pivoted to the rock airwaves for the round’s last question:
- Featuring the lead single Lux Aeterna, which rock band recently released the album 72 Seasons?
Metallica was identified by 36% of the field. In this round, seven teams earned perfect scores.
Seven squads earned all six points on the 6-4-2 with early answers of Massachusetts. The final round on Wednesday was bookended by twin bonus questions. We started with a question about the origins of cartoon character Betty Boop in which 6.7% of teams knew she was created by animator Max Fleischer. That was the same success rate as the round’s last question, which asked teams about Sesame Street‘s first autistic character, named Julia. In between, we also offered this query:
- Defined as extremely or overzealously enthusiastic, what phrase is derived from the Chinese for work together?
The hardest wagering question of the night saw 34% of the field submit the correct answer, gung-ho. Only one team put together a perfect fourth round: Billy Crystal Balls (Quinn’s), which also led the field after four rounds of play:
- Billy Crystal Balls (Quinn’s): 166
- Quiz in My Pants (Thick-N-Thin): 164
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 163
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom): 162
- Power Vacuum (Belles’): 160
FINAL QUESTION (13.99% success rate):
- Inaugurated in the 19th Century, who is the only U.S. President to have previously served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?
James Polk served as Speaker of the House from 1835 to 1839, ending his term six years before becoming President. Once again, no team was able to secure a Perfect 21 game on Wednesday. At the end of the night, these were the highest scores:
- Billy Crystal Balls (Quinn’s): 169
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 165
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Idiom): 165
- Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape): 162
- Diamond Dogs (Idiom): 162
- Quiz in My Pants (Thick-N-Thin): 160
- Alcoholics Unanimous (Belles’): 159
- Scuby (Barstool): 158
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom): 158
- I Don’t Know (Hops N Shine): 158
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 21st Century NFL)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Pterodactyl (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Billy Crystal Balls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Eileens)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: How I Met Your Mother)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Muppet Show)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Madonna Songs)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Sign Language)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Clone High)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: John Denver (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Family Affair (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Australian Cities)
T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Trending Toward Fourth (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Metallica)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Three Fifes and a Drum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Monarchs)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Scuby (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns)
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Painters)
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Happy Birthday Archie (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stath Lets Flats)
Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Quiz in My Pants (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Letterkenny)
Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: RBFs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team)
Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Boldly Arrowski (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Live Aid)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Animal Group Names)
Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Three Stupid Dogs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Panama Canal)