The Unbridled Spirit of Wednesday Night Trivia!

After an abbreviated schedule last week, we returned with a full slate of Wednesday night games, as we welcomed 95 teams across 15 venues:

ROUND 1:

Wednesday’s game wasted no time with the difficult questions, as the first bonus question of the night proved to be the toughest of the first half.  While most of our teams knew that the the current film “The Man Who Invented Christmas” recounts the life of Charles Dickens, only nine teams could name the actor who portrays Dickens in the film: Dan Stevens, whom you might (or might not) remember from “Beauty and the Beast”.  Later, we looked at foreign language songs, including one which accompanied this “forbidden dance”:

Lambada

We closed the opening round with a question on the creators of this sketch comedy series:

Mr. Show

The first round did not yield any perfect scores on Wednesday.

ROUND 2:

Wednesday’s audio question dealt with members of the U.S. Cabinet, specifically Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, and Mike Pence.  We continued with a look at slalom skiing and the best-selling Chevy vehicles.  We closed the first half by asking our teams to name the three most populous cities through which the Ohio River flows, with about one-quarter of our teams earning bonus points by knowing all three of these answers:

Ohio River

The bonus questions in the second round were considerably easier than the opening stanza, as ten teams notched a perfect score of 36 points.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page featured pictures of video game logos.  We saw an overall average of 16.1 points, with 11 teams recording a perfect score.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

Wednesday’s second half began with a question regarding the memorable handshake between these two foreign leaders:

That’s Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on the left shaking hands with PLO leader Yasser Arafat.  We continued with a surprisingly difficult question on the subject of Renaissance artists:

–> What is the more common name of the Renaissance master from Florence whose full name is Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi?

A simple rundown of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would have been helpful on this question, as only 29% of our teams answered correctly with Donatello.  We closed the third round with its most difficult bonus question, as we asked our teams to name any two of the three black quarterbacks who were selected first overall at the NFL Draft since 2005.  About half of our teams earned their wagers with current stars Cam Newton and Jameis Winston, but only nine teams earned two bonus points by remembering this long-forgotten draft bust:

JaMarcus Russell

With a career passer rating of 65.2, it’s easy to see why JaMarcus Russell had a very short NFL career.  Only two teams completed a perfect third round: Amigos (Clover Theater) and Sexual Chocolate (Memories).

6-4-2 QUESTION:

Wednesday’s six-point clue was rather difficult, with only eight teams earning the full six points:

–> Though its modern version is rather bland, which condiment was originally a spicy, pickled fish condiment introduced to Westerners from the Malay Peninsula in the early 1700s?

Most of our teams waited until the four-point clue, which referenced this scene:

ROUND 4:

The final round began with a look at the four parts of the human stomach.  Later, we asked the most difficult bonus question of the night.  After a question on (what is reported to be) the final studio album from Sean Combs (or Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy, and of course, Brother Love), only four teams could name the three-letter acronym which served as the title of his 2015 mixtape: MMM, which apparently stands for “Money Making Mitch”.  We closed the final round with a three-part question on this classic film:

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Thanks to the bonus question on the Sean Combs, only one team swept the final round with a perfect score of 36 points: Obama Getting Jury Duty… (Quinn’s on the Corner).  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (40.3% success rate):

–> Among the four U.S. states that designate themselves as commonwealths, which one was NOT one of the original 13 colonies?

About two-fifths of the field earned points on the final question with Kentucky (with the other three states being Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia).  Congratulations to Amigos (Clover Theater) and Sexual Chocolate (Memories), who were the only teams to earn the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all wagering questions correctly.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods in Vienna, VA:  Green Machine  (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 27 – First category: Famous Deviants of 2017)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: West Virginia Cities)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Audrey Hepburn Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Sex Robot  (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: “Young Frankenstein”)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Lone Pine Mall Rats  (Next week’s first category: Dungeons & Dragons)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Five Dollar Candy  (Next week’s first category: “Pulp Fiction”)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:    (Next week’s first category: )

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Prairie Home Predator  (Next week’s first category: “Love Actually”)

Primanti Brothers in Dickson City, PA:  Axolotls  (Next week’s first category: Elon Musk)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Amigos  (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Shadynasty  (Next week’s first category: “World of Warcraft” Lore)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Sexual Chocolate  (Next week’s first category: Capitals of Former Countries)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Aaahh!! Real Munsters  ** ELEVEN WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Christmas Music – AUDIO)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: Montreal Expos Hall of Famers)