Noclip Mode at Wednesday Trivia!
The Wednesday night trivia itch was scratched by 119 teams across sixteen venues with a hearty helping of Pour House Trivia!
After a question on the NCIS television franchise and a three-parter on geographic words that start with C, teams reached the toughest wagering question of the round:
- A few years ago, which General Mills breakfast cereal modified its ad slogan to now read Kid Tested, Parent Approved?
Just under 65% of the field correctly named Kix cereal for their points. We finished with a tricky bonus question; most teams knew that Che Guevara was the revolutionary who attempted to overthrow the Bolivian government, but only 11% knew his actual first name was Ernesto. Six teams earned a perfect score in the first round.
A timely audio question asked teams to name three songs with the word high in their title, but the rest of the round featured some bonus questions that brought teams back down to earth. This included the hardest wagering question of the night:
- Which three countries are home to the world’s largest populations of Muslim adherents?
Going off of total population and not percentage of the population meant that those three countries are Indonesia, Pakistan, and India. About two-fifths of our teams knew two of those countries to get their wager, but only seven teams named all three for the bonus! A sports question to end the round was also a hard bonus to earn, as only nine teams knew both Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey Jr. are the only MLB players in history to hit 600 career home runs, but never play in the World Series. Due in large part to those bonus chances, this was the only round of the night in which no teams were perfect.
We improved a little as a group for this week’s halftime page, which asked teams to name famous novels by their covers, then name phrases with the words up or down found somewhere within. The average score was 14.4, and perfect 20-point efforts were achieved by five teams. These were the top-scoring teams headed into the intermission:
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 90
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 88
- Stinkfist (Idiom): 86
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 84
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 83
Round three began with questions on the American Civil War and the Strawberry Fields that former Beatle John Lennon played in as a kid. The hardest bonus chance came next, as just 17% of teams knew that author Michael Lewis penned both Moneyball and The Blind Side, which both became feature films. We followed that up with the toughest wagering question of the second half:
- In terms of passenger traffic, two of the ten busiest airports on Earth are located in which Asian country?
Those airports, Guangzhou Baiyun International and Chengdu Shuangliu International, are both in China, and 55% of the field answered correctly for their wagering points. Even with those hurdles, Silver Seals (Falling Branch) racked up a perfect 36 points in the third round.
Eleven teams correctly named the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres after only one clue to get the max score on the 6-4-2 before round four. We started with the hardest question of the round:
- Often mentioned in tandem to refer to the entire metropolitan area, what are the two most populous cities located along the southern shore of Mississippi?
Over 71% of the field were able to name either Biloxi or Gulfport for their wager, with just under a quarter of teams getting the bonus by knowing both. Other fourth-round topics included succulent plants, the Netflix show Bridgerton, and the Oscar-winning Disney song Under the Sea. One more tough bonus opportunity ended things; 14% of teams knew the first name Julius from the first two clues of a Three Clues question. Still, two teams — Vixen (Memories) and Bewitched (Craftworx) — put together perfect fourth rounds! Before the finale, this was your leaderboard:
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 159
- Stinkfist (Idiom): 158
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 157
- What the Fork (TGI Fridays): 153
- I Don’t Know (Moe’s): 151
FINAL QUESTION (31.1% success rate):
- The French word meaning paper clip bears an identical spelling to the English name of which musical instrument?
The shape of the aforementioned office supply may have helped, as paper clip in French is trombone! Only one team achieved the Wednesday night Perfect 21: big shoutout to Trending Towards Fourth (T. J. Stone’s) for the awesome game. The final leaderboard was topped by these teams:
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 169
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 163
- Stinkfist (Idiom): 163
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 162
- Titanic Was An Inside Job (Hops N Shine): 161
- FBB (Falling Branch): 161
- Trending Towards Fourth (T. J. Stone’s): 161
- Championship Vinyl (Hops N Shine): 160
- Del Ray Crew (T. J. Stone’s): 160
- What the Fork (TGI Fridays): 158
- Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’): 156
Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Cartoons)
Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Smuttynose (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psych)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: X-Men)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Modern Roller Coasters)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H (TV series))
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Stinkfist (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dole Fruit Company)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Battle of Gettysburg)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was An Inside Job (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Children’s Literature)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Robert Downey Jr. Films)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: FBB (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Olympic Games)
T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Trending Towards Fourth (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sandra Bullock Films)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Les Quizerables (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Science)
Cellar Door in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Rabbits)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Films)
Bar Louie in Gainesville, VA: Texas Beach Bums (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s TV Sitcoms)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F.U. COVID (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Johnny Cash)