Tested Tough at Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night featured the first of two opening night games this week, as we welcomed Grape Escape in Gaithersburg to the Pour House Trivia family.  Overall, Wednesday’s game included 123 teams across 15 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We opened Wednesday’s game with a three-part question regarding food terms that begin with the letters “SP”, before moving on to topics such as former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, tooth enamel (the hardest substance in the human body), and U.S. states with the highest populations of native French speakers.  Twelve teams ran the table in the opening stanza by recording a perfect score.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question quickly dashed the hopes of a perfect second round score for virtually every team.  We listened to three different songs that all share the title “Lollipop”, offering two bonus points to any team that could also name all three musical acts.  Only three teams gave us all three correct answers of Lil Wayne, The Chordettes, and Aqua.  After going back in time with a quick discussion of Pangaea, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> The highest scoring game in NBA history saw Kiki Vandeweghe score 51 of his team’s 184 points in a loss against Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons.  Which Western Conference team lost this record-setting game?

Only 19% of the field responded correctly with the Denver Nuggets.  The final questions of the first half dealt with the slightly easier topics of sea shanties and the acting career of Michelle Williams, but none of our teams posted 36 points in the second round.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify fictional advertising characters based solely on their eyes, while the bottom half comprised a matching section of TV producers and their respective shows.  Ten teams notched a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.2 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s second half began with a look at the Louisiana State Tigers football team and its current Heisman Trophy front-runner, quarterback Joe Burrow.  We also discussed deep vein thrombosis and the classic rap tune “Funky Cold Medina”.  The third round also included a rather difficult religion question, as we asked a three-part question concerning animal sacrifices referenced in the Bible.  Many of us must have forgotten what we were taught in Sunday school, as only 16% of our teams earned wagering points with at least two correct answers.  Only four teams snagged bonus points by having all three correct answers, with two of those teams completing a perfect round: Van Buren Boys (Memories) and Things You Measure (Memories).

FOURTH ROUND:

The final round began with an incredibly difficult question, as we asked our teams to give us the name of either the Mars lander or the Mars rover that landed on the Red Planet on July 4, 1997.  Though it was barely more than 20 years ago, only 9% of our teams could name either the Pathfinder lander or the Sojourner rover.  A mere three teams earned two bonus points with both correct answers.  After that speed bump, the rest of the final round must have felt like a breeze for most teams, as we dealt with topics such as the card game UNO, the first name Shannon, and the next installment in the “Jumanji” film franchise.  Thanks to he first question, none of our teams earned a perfect final round score.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (81.3% success rate):

–> Despite being headquartered in Oregon, which company specializing in outerwear and ski wear shares its name with an U.S. state capital more nearly 2,350 miles away?

With winter quickly approaching, maybe our players were were given a hint by the actual clothes they were wearing, as just over four-fifths of our teams responded correctly with Columbia.  Even with a rather easy final question, Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s) posted the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME NOV. 27 – First category: Clemson Football)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Southpaw Fish   (Next week’s first category: Tom Cruise Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Tuvalu or Togo?)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality   (Next week’s first category: Tuvalu)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: Karl Urban)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Dead Harry Potter Characters)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thundercats   (Next week’s first category: Humphrey Bogart)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Nightmare Squad   (Next week’s first category: Impeachments)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Peeping Tom Crusies   (Next week’s first category: Taylor Swift Songs)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  D.C. Swampers   (Next week’s first category: “Little Women”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons  (Next week’s first category: Disney+)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Jock-ish   (Next week’s first category: *NSYNC)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  Eureka   (Next week’s first category: TV Sitcoms)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Bald Bols   (Next week’s first category: 1980s Cartoons)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Things You Measure   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Alien” (original) or “Predator” (original))

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Farmer’s Daughter Bakery   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “M*A*S*H” (TV show) or “M*A*S*H” (film))