The One Wednesday Trivia Night to Rule Them All!

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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 109 teams across 11 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We began Wednesday’s game with a look at the Dollywood theme park in the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, followed by a three-part question concerning the notable duos of David and Goliath, Brooks and Dunn, and Simon and Schuster.  The first round also quizzed the field on UFC President Dana White and the cooking show Chopped, hosted by former Queer Eye For the Straight Guy expert Ted Allen.  Nine teams began their night with a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three songs that share their titles with films.  We listened to American Pie by Don McLean, Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin, and Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult.  We continued by discussing the WWE wrestler known as The Undertaker, the board game Othello (or Reversi), and the film The Social Network, the latter of which included the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  Only 14% of our Wednesday teams knew that David Fincher directed this film.  Stink Floyd (Belles’) used those two bonus points to post the only perfect second round score on Wednesday night.

HALFTIME:

Album covers and authors were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page.  We saw an abnormally wide variation in scores during the halftime round, evidenced by the fact that a dozen teams posted as perfect score of 20 points, yet the overall average reached just 14.6 points.  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Topics from Wednesday’s third round included the most populous national capital cities of North America, the Looney Tunes character of Marvin the Martian, and rapper Bad Bunny.  We then asked a three-part question concerning fictional teachers from television shows, before closing with a look at the novel Catch-22.  Three Wednesday teams posted a perfect third round score: Steely Dan (Not the Band) (Memories), Sean and Steve Power Hour (Memories), and H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (Hops N Shine).

FOURTH ROUND:

After discussing the color blue in the 6-4-2 question, we began Wednesday’s final round with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • Named by the NFL Network as the greatest player never to appear in a Super Bowl, who posted a season of 2,000 rushing yards in both the NCAA and the NFL?

Less than half of our teams responded correctly with former Detroit Lions star Barry Sanders.  About half of those teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that Barry won a Heisman Trophy for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.  From there, we moved on to topics such as the San Diego Comic-Con and the various uses of the word Calypso.  The final round also included the most difficult bonus question on the night:

  • The only instance of a U.S. President sharing his first name with his Vice President occurred during the 1820s.  For your wager, which first name was shared by these two men?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: What was the last name of the aforementioned Vice President?

Just over half of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of John (referring to John Quincy Adams), but only nine teams also gave us Calhoun as the correct response to the bonus question.  As a result, Two Wheel Tricycle (Sully’s) earned 36 points en route to the only perfect score of Wednesday’s final round.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (22.0% success rate):

  • What is the most recent film to win the Best Picture Oscar while also being the highest-grossing film worldwide for its year of release?

Though the film Titanic once fit this description, another film matched the feat six years later.  The correct response to this final question was Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.  Congratulations to Stink Floyd (Belles’), who posted the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Sharkfin Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pope John Paul II)

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

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: WWE Entry Music – AUDIO)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings – novels)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Frederick Trivia Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Ravens)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Daddy’s Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Improv 101)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mozambique)

Meinelschmidt Distillery in Hagerstown, MD: Slippery Rock, Slippery Roll  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Grateful Dead)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Yuma Criminals  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Football)

Clarksburg Tavern in Clarksburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT GAME SEP. 8 / FIRST CATEGORY: New Zealand)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Seasonal B Cups  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Philadelphia Eagles)