One Small Step for Wednesday Trivia…

With much more favorable weather in the forecast, Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed a large crowd of 117 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Wednesday night included Disney castles, hyphenated phrases, and this upcoming international sporting event:

Tokyo Olympics

Twelve teams ran the table in the first round by posting a perfect score of 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

The film work of Susan Sarandon highlighted Wednesday’s audio question, as our teams were asked to identify clips from “Thelma & Louise”, “Dead Man Walking”, and “The Client”.  We followed up with a surprisingly difficult question on the topic of dog breeds:

–> Which dog breed takes its name from the historical region in north-west Poland and north-east Germany?

In what proved to be be the most difficult wagering question of the night, only 21% of our teams earned points by recognizing the geographic namesake of the fuzzy Pomeranian:

Pomeranian

This question became even more significant as more than half of the teams that answered incorrectly had chosen dog breeds as their second round bonus category.  We closed the first half with relatively easier questions concerning the pop group Bananarama, Shakespearean sonnets, and sitcom actor Ted Danson, but the canine question kept most of the perfect scores off the board.  Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) recorded the only perfect score of the second round.

HALFTIME:

On Wednesday’s halftime page, our teams were asked to identify pictures of fictitious captains before matching iconic albums to their respective artists.  The overall average reached 17.1 points, while 18% of the field posted a perfect score.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s second half began with our nightly Three Clues question.  Very few teams ventured a guess for a potential bonus after hearing these first two clues:

CLUE 1: This TV show was based on a 2011 novel written by Tom Perrotta.

CLUE 2: This show aired on HBO for three seasons from 2014 to 2017.

While a majority of the field eventually earned wagering points, only seven teams earned bonus points with the early response of “The Leftovers”:

Leftovers TV Trivia

After a look at the infamous “Hand of God” goal from the 1986 FIFA World Cup, we continued with the most difficult wagering question of the second half, as we asked our teams to name the U.S. state which is home to more of the Appalachian Trail (over 500 miles) than any other state.  Only 31% of our teams responded correctly with Virginia.  Three teams ran the table in the third round by posting 36 points: Booze Hounds (Whole Foods Market), Irish Beer Mafia (Barefoot Bernie’s), and What’s That Smell? (GearHouse).

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 question quizzed our teams about the tiny nation of Liechtenstein, we looked at three famous men named Alfred (or “Alf” as in the case of a certain Kansas politician).  Next up, a quick tour of this stately French landmark:

Versailles

The final round concluded with diverse topics such as sandwiches, Islamic holidays, and the recent Oscar nominations.  Three teams closed their game with a perfect final round: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), Sasquatch (Quinn’s), and Shakeweight (Valley Grill).  These were your highest scoring teams heading into Wednesday’s final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75.8% success rate):

–> Called a “giant leaf for mankind” by The Guardian, Chinese scientists recently announced that they had successfully germinated a cotton seed in which specific location?

More than three-quarters of the field responded correctly with The Moon.  Congratulations to the three teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all wagering questions correctly: The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s), Eskimos (Quinn’s), and Irish Beer Mafia (Barefoot Bernie’s).  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

Tonight marked the first PHT weeknight game in more than three years in which the top five overall scores were all posted at the same venue.  There must be some intense rivalries down at Quinn’s!

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  No Reservations  (NEXT GAME ON FEB. 27 – First category: College Team Nicknames)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: Actors who Portrayed Satan)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – William Powell or Dick Powell?)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm  (Next week’s first category: “ALF”)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Lauren’s Certified Tufted Titmouse  (Next week’s first category: Basketball Hall of Famers)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Quizlamic Extremists  (Next week’s first category: Las Vegas Casinos)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia  (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl 53)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Devan is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Hot or Cold?)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  The Dog Ate Our Team Name  (Next week’s first category: “Big Mouth”)

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

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: John Hughes Films)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  What’s That Smell?  (Next week’s first category: Three Clues / One Beer)

Hideaway Pizza Pub in St. Petersburg, FL:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME ON FEB. 13 – First category: “Gilligan’s Island”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Southern Comfort  (Next week’s first category: 1969 World Series)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Chunky Lover  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Honda or Toyota)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Touched By R. Kelly   (Next week’s first category: “Billy Madison” Quotes)