The Next Chapter of Wednesday Trivia!

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Pour House Trivia was played at 20 locations for a total of 193 teams on Wednesday.

FIRST ROUND:

We started things off with a tough bonus chance:

  • Shifting the focus to other types of the same disease, sports leagues have introduced more than just pink ribbons to promote a new campaign, promoting awareness to combat what disease?
  • Bonus: What is the alliterative name of this campaign when run by the NFL?

The vast majority of teams knew the pink ribbons and other efforts are promoting awareness to combat cancer, but only 11% added two points for naming the NFL’s Crucial Catch campaign. We moved on to topics like soda brands, the now-postponed Primetime Emmys, and the Four Corners U.S. states. Speaking of four, that’s how many perfect teams we had in this round: Cookie Hoarders (Idiom), Joe Buck’s Forehead (Idiom), Downtown Crown Family Jewels (Grape Escape), and Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s).

SECOND ROUND:

Song titles beginning with the words Here Comes comprised Wednesday’s audio clue. After questions on the sternum and the Tony Hawk series of video games, we reached this query:

  • Which country has been ruled by kings with nicknames (translated into English) as the Fat, the Lazy, and the Quarreler?

Those would be Charles the Fat, Clovis the Lazy, and Louis the Quarreler of France, a country named by a night-low 30% of the field. The night’s Three Clues question wrapped up the second round:

  • This word is found in the name of the European rock group who scored a hit with the 1982 song Twilight Zone.
  • This word is found in the title of the Philip Pullman novel known in Britain as Northern Lights.
  • In 1873, Adolph Coors set up shop in this Colorado city which still stands today as the sole brewing site of Coors Banquet beer.

About 16% of teams named the word Golden before the final clue for two bonus points; the first two clues respectively referenced the band Golden Earring and the novel The Golden Compass. There were five perfect teams in this round.

HALFTIME:

High school stage productions of Broadway musicals were featured in the top half of Wednesday’s halftime sheet, while the bottom asked teams to identify states by a initialed list of their three most populous cities. There were 29 perfect scores with the average tally being 17.4 points. One team found itself slightly ahead of a runner-up quartet at the halftime intermission:

THIRD ROUND:

We kicked off the second half with a look back at a run of Major League Baseball success:

  • During the 1970s, which National League team reached the World Series four times in a seven-year span? Since then, this team has reached the Fall Classic just once.
  • Bonus: Who managed this team to four NL pennants in the 1970s?

Those four NL championships were earned by the Cincinnati Reds; just over a quarter of the field knew Sparky Anderson managed those title teams. For the second half’s most difficult wagering question, we went under the sea:

  • Although the blue whale is the world’s largest baleen whale, which other animal is the world’s largest toothed whale? This large predator feeds on giant squids, octopuses, and rays.

The sperm whale was named by roughly 41% of teams. After a question on Madonna’s ex-spouses Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, the round concluded with six teams having earned all 36 points each.

FOURTH ROUND:

A rare zero was taken on 6-point guesses for the 6-4-2 about American historical icon and recent Ken Burns documentary subject Benjamin Franklin. Going along with that theme came this tricky bonus opportunity:

  • Which current U.S. Cabinet department was established in 1849 and was sometimes referred to as the Home Department?
  • Bonus: Who is the current secretary of this department?

The Home Department was an original alternate name for the Department of the Interior; just 15% of the field successfully named Deb Haaland as the current Secretary of the Interior. Other topics in this round included multi-talented star Roy Rogers, the very tall and fast roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain named for Wonder Woman, and the TGIF programming block ABC launched in 1989. This round’s only perfect score was recorded by Pool Crew (Celtic House). These teams had the top scores prior to the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (69.43% success rate):

  • At 150, which book of The Bible has the most chapters?

More than two-thirds of our teams earned final wagering points for naming Psalms. Carpet Stretchers (T.J. Stone’s) used that final answer to secure Wednesday’s lone Perfect 21! The final overall leaderboard featured these teams up top:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Richard the Lionheart)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Police Squad  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Mafia Hits)

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

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Fashionably Late  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hannah Sings Guns ‘n’ Roses)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Travis Sings a Song with a Female Name in the Title)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Football)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: The Legend of Taylor Heinicke  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Eagles)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Purple Sprouts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Dolly’s Girls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:

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

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Days of Thunder)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Toasty  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Back to the Future)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Trivial Suspects  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Conan the Barbarian)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tonya Harding Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disneyland)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Back to School)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Bonkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Foster’s Grille in South Riding, VA: Scotsmen  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Notable U.S. Fires)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Leaky Cauldron  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Moroccan History)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beverly Hills 90210 (original))

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python Films)