The Gift of Gab at Wednesday Night Trivia!

We closed the book on February with a busy Wednesday night, welcoming 109 teams across 14 venues:

ROUND 1:

Wednesday’s opening round included questions on hospital orderlies, fruity terms, and this European landmark:

Louvre Paris

We closed the first round with its most difficult bonus question:

–> Name either one of the two easternmost U.S. state capitals with a set of double letters in its name.

A few teams were drawn to Tallahassee, but despite being the only U.S. state capital with three sets of double letters in its name, this was not one of the two answers we were looking for here.  About one-third of our teams picked up bonus points with the two correct answers of Harrisburg and Annapolis.  After a relatively easy opening stanza, 17 teams were off and running with a perfect score.

ROUND 2:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three “love” songs: “Teenager in Love” (Dion and the Belmonts), “Love Stinks” (J. Geils Band), and “As Long As You Love Me” (Backstreet Boys).  Later, our Thee Clues question referenced this former spokesperson:

Orbit Gum

Things were progressing quite smoothly until our teams ran into this speed bump:

–> After World War I, Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II took refuge in which neighboring country, where his cousin Queen Wilhelmina protected him from war crimes prosecution?

Despite more than half of our teams responding with Austria, the correct response was actually the Netherlands, as Wilhelmina reigned over the Dutch for nearly 60 years!  With only 17% of our teams earning points here, we saw just six teams score 36 second round points.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime featured pictures of celebrity smiles and a matching section on sports venues by city.  We saw nine teams sweep the round with a perfect 20 points, while the overall average came in at 15.9 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

Wednesday’s third round topics included the Battle of Waterloo and this Olympic film:

Cool Runnings

The most difficult wagering question of the round dealt with world geography:

–> Among the seven nations which were once part of the former Yugoslavia, which country extends the furthest north, bordering Italy, Austria, and Hungary?

We were hoping to get a boost of correct answers on this question thanks to the First Lady, but only 27% of our teams answered correctly with Slovenia:

Yugoslavia

(map courtesy of www.geographicguide.com)

The only perfect score of Wednesday’s third round was turned in by Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg).

6-4-2 QUESTION:

Only eight teams earned the full six points with this query:

–> This consonant is the only letter that appears in the names of exactly THREE U.S. states.  All three of those states are located in the eastern half of the country.

A quick scan on consonants led those teams to the correct answer of P, which only appears in the names Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.

ROUND 4:

Wednesday’s final round began with its most difficult bonus question, as we asked our teams to name the two months during with the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon are respectively held.  Many teams were close, but only 14% of the field earned bonus points with two correct answers.  The Boston Marathon is held on Patriots’ Day in April, while the NYC Marathon is held in November.  After discussing the fluids of the human eye and the practice of henna tattooing, we closed the fourth round with a look at this video game controller:

PlayStation Video Game

Three teams earned perfect final round scores on Wednesday: Phil’s Tick (Bennigan’s – Frederick), Hill Valley Ornithologists (Barefoot Bernie’s), and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater).  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (65.7% success rate):

–> In a 2009 report, Trip Advisor ranked what site as the least hygienic tourist attraction in the world?

After two weeks of wicked Wednesday final questions, this one eased up a bit on the field, as nearly two-thirds of our teams answered correctly with the Blarney Stone.  As a result, seven teams notched the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by correctly answering every wagering question.  One of those seven teams was Sexual Chocolate (Memories), who has earned a Perfect 21 in each of the last three weeks.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Green Machine  (NEXT GAME ON MARCH 28 – First category: Things Jared Kushner Doesn’t Have Anymore)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: Grand Slam Tennis)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Momma Lu’s  (Next week’s first category: “The Shawshank Redemption”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Viennese Oyster  (Next week’s first category: Arthurian Knights)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: National Basketball Association)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – French Artist or French Cheese?)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Hill Valley Ornithologists  (Next week’s first category: Super Nintendo)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: African Capitals)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category:  “The Wire”)

Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Cubists  (Next week’s first category: Modern Children’s Literature)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: Documentary Filmmakers)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  (Next week’s first category: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Sexual Chocolate  (Next week’s first category: Extinct Languages)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  I’d Eat That Off of a Flip Flop  (Next week’s first category: Video Game Vllains other than Bowser)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: Season 1 of “The Office” – U.S. Version)