Tip of the Cap to Wednesday Trivia!

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Pour House Trivia’s Wednesday evening match was played by 201 teams at 20 locations.

FIRST ROUND:

The first round on Monday failed to trip up a lot of our teams. We covered topics such as the record three stolen bases for a player in a single MLB inning, animated superhero Mighty Mouse, and the First Transcontinental Railroad’s completion in Utah. This round had 18 perfect teams.

SECOND ROUND:

Guitar solos ruled the night in the audio question, followed by a query about Budweiser‘s Select 55 light brand. For the night’s toughest wagering question, we went to the stage:

  • In which Tennessee Williams work does Blanche DuBois often ride the titular mode of transport to the Kowalski residence?
  • Bonus: What is the real first name of Tennessee Williams?

While most teams knew of A Streetcar Named Desire, most teams would probably want to shout when they heard Tennessee’s real first name is Thomas. Those bonus points were earned by just five teams! There were no perfect scores in this round.

HALFTIME:

Brand logos and engineering marvels were topics given in the halftime page. The average team put up 16.5 points, but 23 teams submitted a perfect page. At the halftime break, three teams were tied for first:

THIRD ROUND:

Every bonus chance in this round carried a low success rate, starting with Three Clues about a certain person:

  • CLUE 1: This celebrity was married twice, to Olga Khokhlova and Jacqueline Roque.
  • CLUE 2: His name is mentioned in the lyrics of the Counting Crows song Mr. Jones.
  • CLUE 3: He has been portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in a 90s film and in a 2010s TV series by Antonio Banderas.

As the toughest question of the round, only 16% of teams even earned wagering points for naming Pablo Picasso, while 4.97% did so before the final clue for bonus credit. Two questions later, we asked about a recently-successful directing duo:

  • The two men who won the Academy Award for Best Director last year (for their film released in 2022) share which first name? 
  • Bonus: With one guess, identify either one of their last names.

Just under a quarter of the field knew why that duo is known as Daniels, for Daniel Kwan and Scheinert; 8.95% of teams gave one of those surnames for bonus points. Finally, a question at the end of the round about the fictional Bridget Jones had a 7.96% bonus rate for those who knew Helen Fielding is the character’s creator. Once again, we went through this round with no perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

At Wednesday’s 6-4-2 about Iceland, 12 teams knew of its volcanic island of Surtsey which rose from the ocean in 1963. Early in Wednesday’s last round, we discussed diseases:

  • What infectious disease causes symptoms including the growth of little white abrasions called Koplik’s spots?

Only 8.45% of the field knew those spots are evident for those suffering from measles. Other topics in this round included Michael Jordan’s flu game against the Utah Jazz and multiple people named Al Green. Unfortunately, a perfect score was once again too far out for any team. However, these were the leading teams before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (66.17% success rate):

  • What type of hat derives its name from the Russian feminine form of the English name Theodore?

Almost two-thirds of our teams nailed the final question about the fedora. However, none were able to submit a Perfect 21 on Wednesday. These were the top teams at the end of the night:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jimmy Buffett Songs)

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

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Mad Max or The Road Warrior?)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: PB and J  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s NBA)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hannah Acts Out a 1980s Film)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Season for Nonviolence)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Orson Welles)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Equatorial Guinea Pigs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Prince Songs)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Pork Chop Express  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Presidential Gravesites)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1940s MLB World Series)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rochester, NY)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Rat Funk  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: YouTube)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Anakin’s Daycare Service  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Historic Winners)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Human Emotions)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Nincompoops  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Female Rappers)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: We Like to Come From Behind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Super Bowl Halftime Shows)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Lindsay and the Boys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Python (coding language))

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Moneyball (film))

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Whiskey Business  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Serie A)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Heavy Metal Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)