Somebody Call an MD! It’s Wednesday Trivia!

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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 110 teams across 12 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We wasted no time challenging our Wednesday teams, as the first bonus question of the night was also one of its most difficult.  After most of the field earned wagering points by knowing that Florida recently overtook New York as the third most populous state in the country, only 15% of those teams also knew that Jacksonville is the most populous city in the Sunshine State.  In fact, Jacksonville has nearly twice as many people as the second most populous Florida city, Miami.  From there, we moved on to topics such as ancient Greece, The Flintstones, and Olympic track and field events.  Thanks to the first bonus question, only three teams earned a perfect first round score: And In Third Place (Axes and O’s), Archived! (GearHouse), and H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (Hops N Shine).

SECOND ROUND:

In Wednesday’s second round, we discussed the original Woodstock festival, the work of actor Leslie Nielsen, the mango, and the Honda Civic, which is by far the best-selling car model in history whose name is a palindrome.  We closed the first half with its most difficult bonus question, as only a dozen teams successfully identified any one of the three expansion packs from the board game Pandemic.  As a result, none of our Wednesday teams ran the table in the second round.

HALFTIME:

Our Wednesday teams were treated to a rare bonus on the halftime page, as the layout we used allowed the field to score a maximum of 21 points by identifying the flags of ‘C’ countries and the major professional North American sports teams named for birds.  As expected, twelve teams recorded a perfect score of 21 points, while the overall average reached 18.4 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s second half began with the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the night:

  • The NBA MVP Award won by Willis Reed in 1970 marks the only instance in which the award was given to a member of which franchise?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Willis Reed played college ball at which school located in Louisiana?

About two-fifths of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of the New York Knicks, but only six teams tacked on two bonus points with the other correct answer of Grambling State.  The field cruised through the rest of the third round, easily picking up points on topics such as the kayak, the Little Mermaid, Noxcema skin cream, and gin blossoms, both the medical condition (also known as rosacea) and the band.  H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (Hops N Shine) and Listen Linda (Sully’s) each earned a perfect score in Wednesday’s third stanza.

FOURTH ROUND:

For the 6-4-2 question, nearly half of our teams were able to unscramble the phrase FINE IN TORN JEANS to find the name Jennifer Aniston.  From there, the final round looked at the Netflix series Outer Banks, the Thai capital of Bangkok, the classical composition Ave Maria, and the nostalgic fad item the slap braceletH. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (Hops N Shine) completed a masterful performance by sweeping a round for the third time, while Flight Level Awesome (Belles’) also racked up 36 final round points.  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (27.3% success rate):

  • Among the U.S. states whose two-letter postal codes are also Roman numerals, the code of this state corresponds to the highest value.  Identify that state and the value of its postal code.

Most of our teams were literally part of the correct answer, but only about one-fourth of the field gave us both correct answers of Maryland and 1500 (MD).  Congratulations to Quiz In My Pants (Idiom), who posted the only 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: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. History)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: World Wide Web  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Premier League)

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

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Big Al and the Three Bears  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bruce Springsteen – AUDIO)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Cultured Heathens  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Band)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Back to the Future)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Quiz In My Pants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Home Moviesanimated TV show)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: And in Third Place  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Premier League)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Will Ferrell Films)

Meinelschmidt Distillery in Hagerstown, MD: Gilwell Park  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Two-Wheel Tricycle  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dating Apps)

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

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Pinball Quizzards (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cocktails)