Stop in the Name of Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 108 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

We opened Wednesday games’s with questions concerning collegiate abbreviations, Sarah Palin, and this cereal mascot:

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Wendell

The final question of the first round also gave us its most difficult two-point bonus.  After most teams recognized the credentials of football star Troy Aikman, only 14% of our teams could name BOTH of the colleges Aikman attended before joining the Dallas Cowboys.  He gained fame at UCLA, but only after transferring from the University of Oklahoma.  Eight teams earned a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three songs about rain, as we listened to The Temptations (“I Wish It Would Rain”), The Weather Girls (“It’s Raining Men”), and Bruno Mars (“It Will Rain”).  Next, we quizzed our teams about the TV spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead” and the work of Karl Marx, before moving on to the most difficult bonus question of the night.  After a relatively easy question regarding tequila, only THREE teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that the city of Tequila is found in the Mexican state of Jalisco.  We concluded the first half with a look at this comedy film:

Ricky Bobby Trivia

None of our teams recorded a perfect second round score.

HALFTIME:

Foreign stop signs and prime numbers were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded an average score of 14.6 points, while seven teams ran the table with 20 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

A rather difficult three-part question began Wednesday’s third round, as we asked our teams to give us the respective first names of three TV detectives.  Just under one-third of our teams earned wagering points with at least two correct answers.  The third round gauntlet continued with questions regarding the NBA Sixth man of the Year Award and the work of composer Philip Glass.  Next, we stumped most of the field with this query on the topic of recent space exploration:

–> On December 13, 2018, what company launched the VSS Unity on her maiden spaceflight, the first human spaceflight to be launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011?

Though SpaceX was a popular (incorrect response), we were looking for this company led by a British billionaire:

Virgin Galactic

After one of the most difficult rounds in recent memory, none of our teams swept the third round with a perfect score.  Furthermore, only five teams answered all five wagering questions correctly!

FOURTH ROUND:

Wednesday’s final round opened with a look at the Broadway msuical “All Shook Up”, which combines the work of Elvis Presley with that of Shakespeare.  Next, we discussed the Quakers, Australian cars, and this comedy film:

Groundhog Day

The bonus question included here kept the perfect scores of the board, as only six teams knew that the lead female character in the film “Groundhog Day” (as portrayed by Andie McDowell) was named Rita.  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (48.5% success rate):

–> “Let America know and ponder on this: there is something more frightening than Cain killing Abel, and that is Washington killing Spartacus.” These words were written by Victor Hugo refer to the execution of which 19th century figure?

Just under half of our teams responded correctly with abolitionist John Brown.  Congratulations to Cake or Death (Black Hoof), who recorded the only Perfect 21 of the night by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Wednesday’s game:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl Statistics)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Mildly Associated with Matt Shearer  (Next week’s first category: East Timor)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – NFL Alma Maters)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019)

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

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Donner Party  (Next week’s first category: Three Clues / One Pastry)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower  (Next week’s first category: Metallica – AUDIO)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast For Dinner  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Candy Bar Slogans)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  The Dog Ate Our Team Name  (Next week’s first category: Fyre Festival)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dangerous Business  (Next week’s first category: How Do You Top That in 2019?)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death  (Next week’s first category: John Hughes Films)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Special Ed  (Next week’s first category: Track and Field)

Hideaway Pizza Pub in St. Petersburg, FL:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Gilligan’s Island”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Creed or Nickelback?)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Why Not Zoidberg?  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Who Said It: Donald Trump or Zap Brannigan)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Touched By R. Kelly   (Next week’s first category: “Happy Gilmore” Quotes)