The Art of Wednesday Night Trivia Performance…

Another stellar opening night took place on Wednesday at GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA.  Our host Andrew welcomed a whopping 16 teams to our first game at this fantastic venue.  Across the board, Wednesday night’s game featured 127 teams at 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s game opened with a look at Grammy-winning singers Ed Sheeran and Adele, the declaration of independence in Brazil, and this majestic monument:

Lincoln

Though most of our teams recognized a description of the Lincoln Memorial, many of our players probably did not know that the 36 Doric columns which surround the structure represent the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death.  Only 11% of the field tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that architect Henry Bacon designed this memorial.  After closing with a three-part questions on people with fruity names (Liz Lemon, Fiona Apple, and Darryl Strawberry), we saw just nine teams earn 36 first round points, with five of those teams playing at Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three musical acts singing (or rapping) about McDonald’s.  In what proved to be one of the most difficult audio questions of the season, only 21% of our teams recognized the voices of any two of the three performers: Will Smith, Kid Rock, and Katy Perry.  Furthermore, just ONE TEAM earned bonus points with three correct answers: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater).  The rest of the round progressed quite smoothly, as our teams rolled through topics such as rhinoplasty, the film “La La Land”, and this comic strip created by Matt Groening:

Life in Hell

After gaining two points on the entire field at the start of the round, Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater) posted the only perfect score of the second stanza.

HALFTIME:

Video game characters were the featured topic on Wednesday’s halftime page.  Falling on the more difficult side, the average score for this page reached 14.3 points, with five teams notching a perfect 20 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s second half kicked off with a Three Clues question about the word Focus.  We hit the open road for the follow-up question:

–> In 1940, this eastern U.S. state introduced the first long-distance limited-access highway in the country.  Today, you can travel that entire road for around 60 dollars.

Anyone who has traveled on this highway knows that it is incredibly expensive:

Pennsylvania Turnpike

Despite the fact that most of our players live within close proximity of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, only 27% of the field responded correctly.  But this was NOT the most difficult wagering question of the third round.  We headed to the art studio for this query:

–> Instead of oil, painters most commonly mix which natural substance with powdered pigment in order to create tempera?

Just 19% of the field earned points with the correct answer of egg yolk.  After closing the third stanza with a look at NBA players Isiah Thomas and Isaiah Thomas (yes, those are two different people), only two teams ran the table with a perfect third round: Momentary Lapse of Reason (Bennigan’s) and Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s).

FOURTH ROUND:

A Triple 50/50 question opened Wednesday’s final round, as we asked our teams to determine whether each of these TV shows is currently producing original episodes: “Luke Cage”, “Dateline NBC”, and “Scandal”.  Other final round topics included the Pony Express, the layout of the strings on a guitar, and this mysterious science fiction film:

Solaris

Only seven teams earned the final two bonus points of the night by knowing that Steven Soderbergh directed the film “Solaris”.  As a result, the final round did not yield any perfect scores.  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (59.7% success rate):

–> To reflect its cars’ speed, sleekness, and power, the S.S. Cars Company agreed to change its name in 1945, with Chairman William Lyons adding, “the new name is distinctive and cannot be connected or confused with any similar foreign name.”  For your wager, what is the current name of this car company?

About three-in-five teams answered correctly with Jaguar (don’t forget to say it with three syllables to sound more British).  Congratulations to the four teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all wagering questions correctly: Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill),  Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’), Save the Clock Tower (Barefoot Bernie’s), and It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s).  Here is your final Wednesday leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap  (Next week’s first category: Impressionism)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: “ER”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Game Show Sound Effects)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: “Alien” – original film)

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

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Military History)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: The Beatles’ White Album)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dangerous Business  (Next week’s first category: Muscle Cars)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Hoofhousers  (Next week’s first category: Fitness)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Trivia Pals  (Next week’s first category: Female Spies of the American Revolution)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Bill Paxton or Bill Pullman)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  Good Riddance Jeff  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Nov. 21: British Cars)

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (First category on Nov. 28: Triple 50/50: Pre-Zuffa UFC or Pre-UFC Pride)

Fat Daddy’s in Fort Worth, TX:  Solo  (Next week’s first category: Amazon Prime Original Movies)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Sexual Chocolate  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Red Hulk or Green Hulk)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Shoes For Feet  (Next week’s first category: 21st Century War Films)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Just Gonna Send It  (Next week’s first category: Grateful Dead Songs)