Spiraling at Wednesday Trivia!

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Twenty venues and a total of 183 teams played Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia.

FIRST ROUND:

The first round of the evening contained topics such as the MLS Cup final recently contested between the Columbus Crew and Los Angeles Football Club, the 20-year anniversary of Saddam Hussein being found in the spider hole, and the Devil’s Tower landmark featured in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. However, none of these subjects were enough to knock off a majority of our teams. As such, 15 teams had perfect scores at the end of the round.

SECOND ROUND:

For the audio question on Wednesday, teams heard theme songs from a trio of TV game shows: The Price is RightWho Wants to Be a Millionaire, and The Weakest Link. They went on to fly like a condor, shout Eureka, and listen to Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues. As with the opening round, there were no particularly tough questions here overall, and 11 teams earned a perfect score.

HALFTIME:

Celebrities born in a Year of the Rabbit such as Frank Sinatra and Kesha were featured atop the halftime page, while the bottom section asked teams to match animated characters to their surnames. Unlike the first two rounds, this was a rough go of things; the average score was only 11.4 points and no team achieved a 20-pointer. We entered the halftime break with these teams on top:

THIRD ROUND:

After an episode of The People’s Court, we finally reached a tricky wagering query:

  • Similar in structure to a large lymph node, which organ located in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen acts primarily as a blood filter, in addition to holding a reserve of blood in case of hemorrhagic shock?

Just under half of our teams were able to identify the spleen from that description. Next, we celebrated Taylor Swift’s 34th birthday with a three-parter in which every answer is also a title of one of her songs:

  • 1) This is the current age of West Side Story and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes actress Rachel Zegler.
  • 2) This Freeform TV series took place in the fictional towns of Skylin, Texas and Chatham, Washington.
  • 3) In mathematics this term is the average of a data set, found by adding all numbers together and then dividing the sum of the numbers by the number of numbers.

About 18% of the field got bonus credit for all three answers: 22Cruel Summer, and mean. Barn Gurlz (Sully’s) and Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s) had the only perfect scores in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

The cartoon duo of Beavis and Butt-Head were named by 30 teams on the six-point clue of Wednesday’s 6-4-2. The last round of the night started with a question about the Tudor architecture style that takes its name from an English ruling house; here, a night-low 15% of teams earned bonus points for knowing Henry VII was the first monarch of the Tudor house. We entered the ring for the night’s toughest wagering question:

  • What are the surnames of the only two pairs of brothers who both held the title of world heavyweight boxing champion at some point in their careers?

Just 45% of teams got wagering points for naming either Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko or Michael and Leon Spinks. This round’s perfect teams were Flight Level Awesome (Belles’) and Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’). This is how the top of the scoreboard looked before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (64.48% success rate):

  • What is the largest square number to appear in the Fibonacci sequence?

Almost two thirds of the field knew their Fibonacci sequence enough to recognize 144 as its largest square number! After this, we had just one Perfect 21 team: Donner Party People (Quinn’s). These teams were the top scorers on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Do Math, Not Meth  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psychology)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Andre Braugher)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Genovese Crime Family)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebs Born on Christmas)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christmas Innuendos)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Member Berries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South Park)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Satoshi Kon Films)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Surfing)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Las Marias  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Crossfit)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Three Stupid Dogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cereal Mascots)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Blue Meanies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alaska)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ohio State Buckeyes Football)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: We’re Slow, We’ll Get There  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Renaissance Swordplay)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Anakin’s Daycare Service  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Music)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Strain in the Cranium  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aliens (film))

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Hanks Films)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: Scott’s Tots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)

Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: Lauks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Original NFL Franchise Names)

Foster’s Grille – Warrenton in Warrenton, VA: 

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Red Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World War II)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Afghanistan)