The Dark Side of Wednesday Trivia!

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The midpoint of the first workweek of 2024 brought 231 teams out to Wednesday’s 21 Pour House Trivia games!

FIRST ROUND:

As with the previous Wednesday, teams had no real problems answering any of the first round’s questions. We paid heed to a yield road sign (possibly while listening to the Pearl Jam album of the same name), had a laugh with the Vitameatavegamin episode of I Love Lucy, and busted out a Crave Case of sliders from White Castle. In all, 20 perfect scores were achieved in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

We welcomed the new year with songs by three bands with New in their name, and 12.9% of the field received bonus points for naming New Order (Blue Monday), New Kids on the Block (You Got It (The Right Stuff)), and New Found Glory (My Friends Over You). Other topics in this round included the Biblical Sea of Galilee, the achievements of Erik the Red, and the recent 30th anniversary of the first UFC event, won by Royce Gracie. The only teams to earn all 36 points in this round were 22 Ounces to Freedom (Quinn’s) and Toasty (Grape Escape).

HALFTIME:

Famous people with JA initials such as Jason Alexander and Jane Austen were featured at the top of the halftime page, while the bottom part asked teams to identify the first alphabetical entry in each subject (such as Earth for the planets in the solar system and Aaron for Baseball Hall of Fame surnames). Sixteen perfect 20-point efforts were earned here, but the average tally was 15.7 points. One team found itself slightly ahead of the pack at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

We kicked off the second half with Three Clues about a certain poem:

  • This poem was written by William Ernest Henley in 1875.
  • Its ending couplet reads I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.
  • As one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite works, it later became the title of a film featuring Mandela as a character.

That trio set described the famous poem Invictus. From there, we moved on to subjects like the buffalo nickel, the Baby Boomer generation, and HBO’s Band of Brothers miniseries. This round had 17 perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

The full six points were earned by 43 teams on Wednesday’s 6-4-2 about actor Christian Bale. The last round of the evening began with this Billboard record-setter:

  • Don’t Forget About Us and Touch My Body are among which musician’s singles to top the Billboard Hot 100? This singer’s 19 chart toppers are a record for a solo artist.
  • Bonus: What was this singer’s first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100?

Mariah Carey has that record, but only 6.06% of the field knew her first number one was 1990’s Vision of Love. Other fourth-round questions dealt with the lengthy nerve cells in the human body, the dingo that stole an Australian baby in 1980, and the Olympic host cities in which a trio of athletes each first won a gold medal. This was the only round all night with zero perfect teams. These were the top-scoring squads before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (25.97% success rate):

  • On modern versions, the audio has been edited out, but the original recording of which album featured the doorman at Abbey Road Studios speaking the line The only thing that makes it look light is the sun?

Despite it being at Abbey Road Studios, this was not a Beatles album; instead, about a quarter of the field caught the quote and knew that doorman was describing the title location of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon! That answer capped off a Perfect 21 evening for eight teams. The final standings were led by these teams:

As an honorable mention, Einsteins of Beer (Memories) played over the limit of seven players and scored 165 points!

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jane Austen Novels)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fried Foods)

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

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Fictional Cats)

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

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Hell  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Talladega Nights)

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

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Kings of Madison  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Super Bowl Losing Quarterbacks)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Prescription Drugs)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Scuby  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cocomelon)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Downtown Crown Family Jewels  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Detachable Penis (song))

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Team Eric  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Archaeology)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Pink Mambas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quentin Tarantino Films)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Toys R Us Kids  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dillinger Escape Plan)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Nincompoops  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Richard Wagner)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: Scotsmen  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Whisky)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Greenhouse Asses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ocelot Brewing Company)

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Atari Jaguar)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Uncle Shaky  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Great Lakes)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Charlie’s Angels (original series))