Staying Warm with Wednesday Trivia…

After two nights off to celebrate Christmas, we welcomed 98 teams across ten games of Pour House Trivia:

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Wednesday night included Motown Records and the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the New World between Spain and Portugal. We asked a Three Clues question about the number 42 and looked at these Monopoly cards:

Seventeen teams opened their game with a perfect score of 36 points in the first round.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three music groups named for species of birds. While most of our teams easily recognized The Eagles and A Flock of Seagulls, only 13% of the field tacked on two bonus points by identifying the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures (featuring Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones). After a question concerning Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, we quizzed our teams on these two African countries:

In what was the most difficult bonus question of the first half, only eight teams knew that the African nations of Zambia and Zimbabwe are divided by the Zambia River. Even after concluding the second round with relatively easier questions regarding “Shrek” and “Happy Days”, none of our teams managed to sweep the round.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page featured U.S. mayors and TV shows with initials in the title. This page yielded ten perfect scores and an overall average of 17.1 points. Here are your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

We began Wednesday’s second half with a look at the holiday poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (also known as “The Night Before Christmas”), before enjoying a quick burlesque show and discussing these two people who share the same first and last name:

No, the man on the left is not named Scott Bakula. Rather, the person on the right is “Quantum Leap” character Sam Beckett. Only two teams ran the table to post a perfect third round score: Fan Club (The Tavern) and Amigos (Clover Theater).

FOURTH ROUND:

Wednesday’s final round began with a commercial break, as we looked at the commercials of Oscar winner J.K. Simmons:

Simmons Farmers

We lit up the Yule log and talked about the stars of the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers. In a bit of a rare occurrence, 13 teams earned a perfect score of 36 points in the final round. Here are Wednesday’s highest scoring teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (76.2% success rate):

–> Found in most bedrooms, which common household object derives its name from the French word meaning ‘white’?

Just over three-quarters of our teams responded correctly with blanket, which is derived from the French word ‘blanc’. Congratulations to the nine teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering all wagering questions correctly. Here is the overall leaderboard for our final Wednesday game of 2018:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Old Testament or New Testament?)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category:
Triple 50/50 – “Bewitched” or “I Dream of Jeannie”?)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm  (Next week’s first category: Cryptozoology)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Friends (Next week’s first category: Amtrak)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Three Clues / One Dog)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Bad Santa”)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: New Year’s Traditions)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thundercats  (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Bet Smart  (Next week’s first category: Lee Marvin)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Beyond the Pale  (Next week’s first category: Landlocked Nations)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Southern Comfort  (Next week’s first category: Name That “Charmed” Character – AUDIO)

Fat Daddy’s in Fort Worth, TX:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 9 – First category: New Year’s Resolutions)

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NEXT GAME ON JAN. 30 – First category: Super Bowl Statistics

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Space Force Marching Band  (Next week’s first category: Special Theory of Relativity)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast For Dinner  (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter Spells)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Rock)