Put On Your Black Turtleneck for Wednesday Trivia!

The Wednesday night teams were out in full force as we welcomed our largest Hump Day crowd of the Summer Fling season: 121 teams across 12 venues.  The most competitive game of the week featured a whopping 22 stellar squads at Quinn’s in Arlington.

FIRST ROUND:

Hopes of easing into Wednesday night’s game were quickly dashed when the first bonus question of the night stumped nearly every team in the field.  While most of our teams earned wagering points on a question about “The Jungle Book”, only seven teams picked up the first two bonus points of the night by also knowing that the leader of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli is named Akela.  The rest of the opening round progressed smoothly, as we asked a three-part question about two-letter answers (Po, Go, and Io) before closing the opening stanza with a look at the relationship of racer Danica Patrick and NFL star Aaron Rodgers.  Four teams began their night with a perfect first round score: Scared Money Don’t Make Money (Nido’s), Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s), and Please Return My Pens (Memories).

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured the songs “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet, “Be My Lover” by La Bouche, and “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes.  That provided an easy start to the second round, though scoring points became progressively more difficult with follow-up questions concerning U.S. Senators and volcanoes.  With some teams hoping to bounce back, each of the last two questions of the first half proved to be diabolical.  First up, this question concerning contemporary authors:

–> The younger sister of an actress named Joan, which English novelist wrote 32 novels during her lifetime, including the Lucky Santangelo series and the 1983 work “Hollywood Wives”, which sold over 500 million copies?

Only 21% of the field picked up points with the correct answer of Jackie Collins.  Finally, we asked this question regarding entertainment headlines:

–> Name any two of three series with one-word titles that were nominated for the 2019 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Of course, “Veep” was a no-brainer, but our teams struggled to name either “Barry” or “Fleabag”.  Only 18% of the field earned wagering points, while eight of those teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing all three answers.  Three teams started to pull away from the field by posting 36 second round points: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s), and What Else Could It Be? (Memories).

HALFTIME:

Child actors and “colorful” geography were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded five perfect scores and an overall average of 14.7 points.  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard at the halftime break:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s):  91
  • Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s):  91
  • What Else Could It Be? (Memories):  89
  • SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 85 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

Most of our teams were successful with the early questions in Wednesday’s third round, as we looked at topics such as R2-D2 and national flags.  That success quickly came to a screeching halt thanks to the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Ending the War of Spanish Succession, which 1713 treaty was signed in (and named for) a Dutch city?

Not surprisingly, obscure 18th century European history is not a strong category for most teams.   Sure enough, only 14% of the field responded correctly with the Treaty of Utrecht.  We closed the third round with a question concerning David Bowie, but only 17% of our teams named “Fame” as his first #1 hit in he United States.  Swimming With the Sharts (Quinn’s) posted the only perfect score of Wednesday’s third stanza.

FOURTH ROUND:

Wednesday’s final round was bookended with two of the most difficult bonus questions of the season.  First, after most teams recognized Stade Ronald Garros as the site of the French Open tennis tournament, we asked this wicked follow-up:

–> The secondary stadium at this sports complex is named after which French sportswoman, who won 31 tournaments between 1914 and 1926 before dying from leukemia in 1938?

The die hard tennis fans were able to show off here, as only three teams tacked on these two bonus points with the correct answer of Suzanne Lenglen.  After moving on to questions concerning James Joyce, McDonald’s, and the (not very popular) NBC competition show “Songland”, we closed the final round with another incredibly difficult bonus, asked in the form of a Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: This country’s highest point is Mount Apo.

CLUE 2: One of the world’s best-selling rum brands, Tanduay is headquartered in this country.

Very few teams even had a hint of a guess at this point, but for the Asian geography buffs (or fans of Asian rum), four teams turned in the early correct answer of the Philippines.  Not surprisingly, none of our teams swept the final round with 36 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (97.3% success rate):

–> Passing away in 2011, which businessman said, “Your time is limited.  Don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma, living with the results of other people’s thinking”?

After dodging punches all night, our teams were not fooled in the least by this final question, as the overwhelming majority earned their wager with the correct answer of Steve Jobs.  Even with this remarkably easy final question, only three teams earned a Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s), Cake or Death (Black Hoof), and Nightmare Squad (Black Hoof).  Your final Wednesday leaderboard included these teams:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: 1990s Hip Hop)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight   (Next week’s first category: “The Office” – U.S. Version Season 1)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” or “Goosebumps”?)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Vision Quest”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: “Book of Mormon” – AUDIO)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: Washington Redskins)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Presidential Pets)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dangerous Cats   (Next week’s first category: “What We Do in the Shadows” – film)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Nightmare Squad   (Next week’s first category: Saturday Morning Cartoons)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Special Eds   (Next week’s first category: The Solar System)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Capitals   (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on August 7: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason   (Next week’s first category: Three Clues / One Guitarist)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Sanitation System of Taipei)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  What Else Could It Be?   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50 / 50 – Drive on the Left or Right?)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Gum   (Next week’s first category: Washington Redskins Legends)