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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 106 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Teams hoping for a perfect opening round quickly saw their hopes dashed on the first bonus question of the game.  After most of the field earned wagering points on a question about Salt Lake City, we offered two bonus points to any team that could give us the city’s current population (rounded to the nearest 100,000).  Only nine teams picked up this bonus, with virtually every team estimating beyond the correct answer 200,000.  Next up, a question about this poisonous fish:

Puffer Fish

We continued with a Three Clues question about the letter K and closed on the topic of lacrosse.  Once again, a difficult bonus question was included here, as only 13% of the field knew that the University of Maryland holds the NCAA record for most combined national championships in men’s and women’s lacrosse.  In a rare occurrence, the first round did not yield any perfect scores.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured the film work of Oscar winner Kathy Bates, as we heard clips from “Misery”, “Titanic”, and “The Blind Side”.  Other second round topics included Australia’s Great Emu War, the stories of Rudyard Kipling, and the philosohpical concepts represented by this symbol:

Yin Yang

With a trio of easier bonus questions, we saw eight teams earn 36 points in the second round.

HALFTIME:

Celebrities bearing the initials ‘J. T.’ were featured on Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded ten perfect scores and an overall average of 15.3 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Third round topics from Wednesday night included U.S. Governors, the range of singing voices, and this science question which proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Similar to an isotope, which type of molecule has the same number of atoms and molecular formula as another molecule, but has a different atomic arrangement and thus a different chemical structure and properties?

Only 24% of the field responded correctly with isomer.  We closed the third round with the most difficult bonus question of the night, which was asked in the form of a Triple 50/50 question about alcoholic drinks.  In spite of its name, a Dirty Dr. Pepper is actually a non-alcoholic beverage, mixing the brand name soda with coconut syrup and lime juice:

Dirty Dr. Pepper

With just six teams picking up these final two bonus points, we did not see any perfect scores in the third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 question quizzed our teams on the actors who have portrayed John Lennon, we began the final stanza with a three-part question in the category of Also a Broadway Musical:

1)  This type of product is sold under brand names such as Redken Forceful 23 and Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine.

2)  A Canadian NBA franchise relocated to this U.S. city in the early 2000s.

3)  This is the title of the first track from Pearl Jam’s debut album.

The second clue threw some teams for a loop, thinking that “Chicago” or “Oklahoma City” was the correct answer.  Could there possibly be another Tony Award-winning musical named for a city with an NBA team?  Well…  yes:

Memphis Broadway

Unbeknownst to many teams, the Memphis Grizzlies were once based in Vancouver.  More than a dozen teams missed their nine-point wager on this question, while only eight teams picked up bonus points by also knowing the Pearl Jam song “Once”.  Later, we looked at the French city of Marseille, the career of Hank Aaron, and these comic strip characters:

Blondie Dagwood

Even with a relatively easy closing question concerning British actor Eddie Redmayne, we did not see any perfect final round scores.  These were your highest-scoring Wednesday teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (81.7% success rate):

–> The success of the first vaccine created by Dr. Jonas Salk was announced on April 12, 1955, a date which marked the tenth anniversary of whose death?

The history buffs were out in full force, as more than three-quarters of the field answered correctly with Franklin Roosevelt.  Congratulations to Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill) and Dave Martinez School of Management (The Tavern), who each recorded the Perfect 21 with correct answers on all wagering questions.

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap  (Next week’s first category: “The IT Crowd”)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  (Next week’s first category: Math History)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Pickled  (Next week’s first category: Memphis)

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

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower  (Next week’s first category: Films Based on Tom Clancy Works)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: 2018 Ryder Cup)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Original “Star Wars” Trilogy)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: Meteorology)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  We Just Got Here  (Next week’s first category: Manhattan Project)

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME ON SEPTEMBER 26 – First category: Processed Foods)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins  (Next week’s first category: “Green Eggs and Ham”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Blind Squirrels  (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast for Dinner  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Van Halen)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  My Black Hole Just Exploded  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Cubs or White Sox)