The Spacious Skies of Wednesday Night Trivia!

With most of our Wednesday venues taking next week off for the holiday, we saw a noticeable uptick in attendance tonight, as we welcomed 117 teams across 15 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s opening round began with a Triple 50/50 question concerning California and Florida, before continuing with the topics of religious history, and this spicy Mexican dish:

Enchilada

A whopping 38 teams rolled through the first round with perfect scores.

SECOND ROUND:

We heard clips from three-letter music groups in Wednesday’s audio question (Yes, a-ha, and Jet).  Later topics such as 1990s TV dramas and pasteurization were also no match for our teams, but we stumped most of the field with this final question of the round:

–> Chaired by Democratic Senator Sam Ervin, the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities is better known by which name?

Perhaps a visual aid would have helped:

Watergate

Only 22% of our teams scored points here with the Watergate Commission.  Five teams held on to their perfect scores heading into the halftime round.

HALFTIME:

TV series with possessive titles (such as “Blue’s Clues”) were the focus of Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded an overall average sore of 17.5 points, which included 11 perfect scores.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

After most of our teams posted higher than average scores in the first half, the regression to the mean began quickly in the third round, thanks to this question:

–> Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, and Eduardo Saverin are three of the co-founders of which company launched in 2004?

Maybe it had been a bit too long since our players saw the film “The Social Network”, as only 27% of the field answered correctly with Facebook.  Later, we asked a Three Clues question about Austin Jackson, the only player in MLB history to share his first and last name with U.S. state capitals.  We closed with a question regarding this supergroup:

Traveling Wilburys

While most teams recognized four of these gentleman (Dylan, Petty, Orbison, and Harrison), only nine teams earned the final two-point bonus of the third round by also knowing that former Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne was also a member of this group.  As a result, only one team swept the third round: ChunkyLover53@aol.com (Memories).

FOURTH ROUND:

Wednesday’s final round included topics such as Ancient Rome and the folklore behind British sailor Davy Jones.  Most of the field ran into a sudden roadblock in the category of World Capitals:

–> Located just east of the Adriatic Sea, Tirana is the national capital of what country?

Only 19% of our teams gave us the correct response of Albania:

Albania

After concluding the round with a three-part question on “Black” nicknames, we did not see any perfect scores in the final stanza.  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (61.9% success rate):

–> Later verses of which song include lyrics such as “A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness!” and “Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears!”?

Since next Wednesday is July 4th, we got a little patriotic with the correct answer of “America the Beautiful”.  Congratulations to Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s on the Corner), ChunkyLover53@aol.com (Memories), and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater), who each ran the table on wagering questions by recording the Perfect 21 tonight.  These were your highest overall scores from tonight’s game:

ALL VENUES ARE OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY EXCEPT FOR DELIRIUM CAFE

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Drunk Savants  (First category on July 11: John Hughes Films)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (First category on July 11: Best Picture Oscar Winner Hodge Podge)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (First category on July 11: Triple 50/50 – Niger or Nigeria?)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (First category on July 11: FIFA World Cup)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Jerry Lewis Romperthon  (First category on July 11: One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s – AUDIO)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: Athletic Supporters  (First category on July 11: Ears)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Five Sure  (Next week’s first category: Biochemical Engineering)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (First category on July 11: “American Ninja Warrior”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (First category on July 11: “Citizen Kane”)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  Myocyclonic Jerks  (First category on July 11: Human Brain)

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Dead Last  (NEXT GAME ON JULY 25 – First category: James Bond Films with Daniel Craig)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Sam  (First category on July 11: Shoelaces)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  ChunkyLover53@aol.com  (First category on July 11: Triple 50/50 – Murderer or Murder Victim?)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Retired Ninjas  (First category on July 11: “A Series of Unfortunate Events” – books)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  Bad Hombres  (First category on July 11: Paul Simon)