On the Down Low for Wednesday Night Trivia!

Our games were rocking on Wednesday night, with seven venues sporting ten or more teams in some fierce competition!  Overall, we welcomed 111 teams across across 15 venues:

ROUND 1:

Wednesday’s game opened with a question on the origins of this song-and-dance routine:

YMCA

We snuck in a rather difficult bonus question, as only 22% of our teams knew that the “YMCA” dance was first performed on “American Bandstand”.  After questions on physics and world leaders, we asked about this feature film adaptation of a classic American novel:

Little Women

While most of our teams recognized the cast members of film “Little Women” (Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, and Claire Danes), only 14% of the field knew that one of the supporting roles was filled by this future Oscar winner:

Christian Bale

Coming up with both of these correct bonus answers was a rarity, as only two teams swept the first round with a perfect scores: Fourth Place (Belles’) and Obscure References (Delirium Cafe).

ROUND 2:

Wednesday’s audio question featured the theme song from the TV series “Gilmore Girls”, as performed by Carole King and her daughter.  Next up was a surprisingly difficult question on the subject of U.S. Landmarks:

–> What man’s face is on the far right when facing Mount Rushmore?

No matter how many times you’ve seen a picture of Mount Rushmore, it is always difficult to remember the exact positions of the faces.  But I don’t think anyone was expecting the question to be THIS difficult.  Remarkably, only 16% of our teams answered correctly.  Even blind guessing should have netted a 25% success rate!  This was by far the most difficult wagering question of the night.  Here it is again, folks…

Mount Rushmore

If you need mnemonic device to help remember this, just use the letters WJRL, which (as we all know) are the call letters of Rock 100.5 FM in Slocomb, Alabama.  See how it easy it is now?  Maybe not…  Anyway, we continued with questions on the various home arenas of the Detroit Pistons, enjoyed a creme de menthe cocktail, and looked up answers on our phones using Mozilla Firefox (but only during the breaks!).  But it was that second question that set the tone for the entire round, as only three teams managed perfect scores: Sad Fat Dragons (Barefoot Bernie’s), Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg), and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater).

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page was one of the easiest in recent memory, as we quizzed our teams on superhero logos and TV episode titles.  We saw an overall average of 17.6 points, with 31% of our teams recording a perfect score.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

We opened Wednesday’s second half with a little literature, as most of our teams knew the details surrounding the book “Don Quixote” (as well as its author Cervantes).  later, we hit the gridiron for this query:

–> Which wide receiver recently became the third player in league history to record a pass reception in 200 consecutive games, but the first to accomplish the feat with one team?

We enticed our teams with a crossword-style hint on this question, but 21% of the field did not the hint, earning a two-point bonus with this future Hall of Famer:

Larry Fitzgerald

After closing the round by asking about former National Security Advisors named Rice (Specifically, Condoleezza and Susan), we saw 11 teams notch perfect scores in the third round.

ROUND 4:

The final round began with a difficult three-part question on World Geography, as we asked our teams to name the general direction one would travel between three pairs of cities (e.g. from Manila to Bangkok).  Just under half of our teams earned their wagers, while only ten teams earned a two-point bonus with three correct answers.  The final round also included a question on this piece of Americana:

Good Humor Ice Cream

The final round also included the most difficult wagering question of the second half:

–> When this trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, its members joined the short list of musicians who were inducted before the age of 45.  The band’s most recent release is a compilation album subtitled “God’s Favorite Band”.

Anybody hovering around the age of 45 most likely rose to prominence in the middle of the 1990s.  Sadly, Hanson will never be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  This trio was certainly more deserving:

Green Day Trivia

Only 29% of our teams came away with points here.  After a relatively easy third round, the final round turned up the heat, not allowing any perfect scores.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (36.9% success rate):

–> Which 156-mile river is the only river in the world that flows below sea level for most of its length?

Just over one-third of our teams answered correctly with the Jordan River.  Congratulations to Teachers (Bennigan’s – Frederick), Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg), and Sexual Chocolate (Memories), earning the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all wagering questions correctly (the second week in a row for Sexual Chocolate).  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap  (Next week’s first category: Pittsburgh Penguins)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Broken Halos  (Next week’s first category: Maryland Geography)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Sex Robot  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Beatniks: East Coast or West Coast?)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Teachers  (Next week’s first category: Bodily Functions)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Lone Pine Mall Rats  (Next week’s first category: “Stranger Things 2”)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Book House Boyz  (Next week’s first category: California)

** TOP GOLF IN ALEXANDRIA IS NOW ON HIATUS UNTIL 2018 **

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Quiz in My Pants  (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock – AUDIO)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  It’s Mueller Time  (Next week’s first category: “The Big Lebowski”)

Primanti Brothers in Dickson City, PA:  Third Place  (Next week’s first category: Amy Adams)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: 1990s One-Hit Wonders – AUDIO)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Managment  (Next week’s first category: “Justice League” film)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Sexual Chocolate  (Next week’s first category: Infamous Murders)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Aaahh!! Real Munsters  ** 12 WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Christmas Films – AUDIO)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: From the Mind of Stephen King)