Rocky Mountain High at Wednesday Trivia!

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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 88 teams across ten venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s game began with a look at the Disney animated film Pocahontas, a three-part question in which each answer contained the initials G.M., and the primetime soap opera Dallas.  In a break from the ordinary, one of the most difficult wagering questions of the night was asked during the first round:

  • Sharing its title with a recent song from Shawn Mendes, which young adult novel focuses on Auggie Pullman and his quest to go to a public school for the first time while having a facial difference?

Though this novel was adapted into a feature film starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, only about one-third of the field responded with the correct answer of Wonder.  As a result, just three teams posted a perfect first round score: Mack Attack (Vanish), Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters (Belles’), and Mare of Warwick (Hops N Shine).

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify the word ‘tears’ as the common word in the titles of all three featured songs.  We listened to Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton, Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande.  Other second round topics included the human gall bladder, Peyton Manning, Nutella hazelnut spread, and the life of Napoleon Bonaparte.  Ten Wednesday teams posted 36 points en route a perfect second round.

HALFTIME:

TV title duos and sports nicknames were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page.  Falling on the more difficult side, this page yielded four perfect scores and an overall average of 13.6 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Topics from Wednesday’s third round included the modern rock band My Chemical Romance, the life of pioneering American John Chapman (a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed), and the derivation of the geometric term hypotenuse.  Once again, a question about a somewhat recent film kept most of the perfect scores off the board:

  • Borrowing its title from an American phrase, which 2016 film starred Chris Pine and Ben Foster as two brothers who rob banks in order to save their family’s ranch?

About one-third of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of Hell or High Water, with about half of those teams tacking on the final two bonus points of the round by also knowing that Jeff Bridges portrayed a Texas Ranger in this drama film.  Stink Floyd (Belles’) and Mare of Warwick (Hops N Shine) showed off their movie trivia chops by earning the only perfect scores in Wednesday’s third stanza.

FOURTH ROUND:

After snacking on some Eggs Benedict in the 6-4-2 question, we began Wednesday’s final round by discussing the tumultuous marriage of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, followed by a question regarding the Olympic Hide and Seek sketch from Monty Python.  Next, we asked the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the night:

  • Appearing in between Deuteronomy and Judges, what is the first book of the Old Testament named for a person?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: What is the last book of the Old Testament to be named for a person?

Exactly one-fourth of the field earned wagering points with the first correct answer of Joshua, while seven teams added two bonus points with the second correct response of Malachi.  We closed Wednesday’s final round with questions regarding former Olympic skier Picabo Street and the Hewlett-Packard company.  Thanks to the Bible question, the final round did not yield any perfect scores.  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (71.6% success rate):

  • While most of the western U.S. states predominantly have straight lines as their borders, which TWO states had their border drawn through the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains?

Nearly three-quarters of the field gave us both correct answers of Idaho and Montana.  Despite the abnormally high success rate on the final question, none of our teams earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Mack Attack  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Commercial Airline Crashes)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Female Olympians)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Medieval English Kings)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Quiz on Me  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Renaissance Artists)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Axperts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Doctor Who)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Mare of Warwick  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marion Barry)

Meinelschmidt Distillery in Hagerstown, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Grateful Dead)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Yuma Criminals  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Football)

Clarksburg Tavern in Clarksburg, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME SEPTEMBER 8 – FIRST CATEGORY: New Zealand)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: You’re a Quizzard, Harry (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)