Tinkering with Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night featured the inaugural game of Pour House Trivia at our newest venue: Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD.  Overall, we welcomed 102 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

We began Wednesday’s game with a look at notable murder trials and the texting abbreviation ‘SMH’ (which stands for ‘shaking my head’), before moving on to our nightly Three Clues question, which dealt with a foreign country:

CLUE 1: Despite being landlocked, this country maintains a national navy of over 5,000 people.

CLUE 2: This country is named for a military hero who served as President of four different countries.

Because it sits along Lake Titicaca, the nation of Bolivia (named for Simon Bolivar) still maintains a national navy.  These two clues were enough for 17% of our teams to pick up two bonus points with the early correct answer.  We closed the first round with a question regarding this spoof:

With a trio of rather difficult bonus questions, only four teams posted perfect scores in the opening round: Thundercats (Dragon Hops Brewing), Shoes For Feet (Furnace Bar), Amigos (Clover Theater), and Simple Minds (Brookside Inn).

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s second round topics included the annual salary of Serena Williams, America’s national flower (the rose), and the non-fiction book which became this feature film:

Moneyball

Only five teams earned bonus points by knowing that author Michael Lewis penned the book “Moneyball”.  One of those teams was Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill), who notched the only perfect score of the second round.

HALFTIME:

‘Q’ named celebrities were featured on Wednesday’s half time page, yielding seven perfect scores and an overall average of 15.6 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s second half opened with questions concerning the 1970s musical film “Cabaret” and Rossini’s “William Tell” overture.  We then looked at NFL stadiums and this former U.S. Poet Laureate:

Frost Kennedy

Once again, we closed with an extremely difficult bonus question, as only three teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing the title of the poem read by Robert Frost at John Kennedy’s inauguration: “The Gift Outright”.  Not surprisingly, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

After a look at the letter ‘R’ in Wednesday’s 6-4-2 question, we began the final round by quizzing our teams on America’s coastline:

–> Among the 21 contiguous U.S. states that have open water coastlines, name either the state with the longest coastline at 1,350 miles or the state with the shortest coastline at 13 miles.

A majority of the field picked up points with one of the two correct answers, but only 16% of our teams knew both correct answers of New Hampshire and Florida.  Later, we looked at some of the lesser-known works of author Douglas Adams, the ancient innovations of the Phoenicians, and the rap supergroup Kids See Ghosts.  We closed the final round with a three-part question regarding advertising slogans.  Nine teams picked up the final two bonus points of the game by remembering this commercial:

My Black Hole Just Exploded (Quinn’s) earned the only perfect score of the final round.  Here is your Wednesday leaderboard after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (19.7% success rate):

–> Given the nickname “La Pucelle” in the text, which real-life figure is one of primary antagonists in the Shakespearean play “Henry VI, Part I”?

Even if they had not read the play, some teams found their way onto the right track by knowing that Henry VI lived during the Hundred Years War.  Our correct answer was indeed a notable female who was also an enemy of the British during that war.  As a result, only about one-fifth of the field responded correctly with Joan of Arc.  Thanks to a difficult third round, none of our teams recorded the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night.  Here are your highest-scoring Wednesday tames at the end of the night.

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Southpaw Fish  (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Olney the Lonely  (Next week’s first category: “Shameless”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: “The Nightmare Before Christmas”)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Teachers  (Next week’s first category: English Civil War)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Scared Money Don’t Make Money  (Next week’s first category: Bill O’ Reilly)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Spiritual Growth Hormone  (Next week’s first category: Book of Genesis)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  My Black Hole Just Exploded  (Next week’s first category: National Parks of Utah)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dangerous Business  (Next week’s first category: 1990s “Saturday Night Live”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Amigos  (Next week’s first category: “The Godfather”)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  Tom Jombo Grumbo  (Next week’s first category: Stoic Philosophers)

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME DATE TBD – First category: Diseases of the Eye)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Roaming Gnomes  (Next week’s first category: Jesuit Universities)

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

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Shoes For Feet  (Next week’s first category: Fast Food Burger Names)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Simple Minds  (Next week’s first category: Vegetables)