Visiting America’s Dairyland at Wednesday Trivia!

We finished off winter with a thrilling game encompassing 114 teams across 15 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s game stormed out of the gate with a slew of unexpectedly difficult first round questions.  The first bonus points of the game were awarded to just 11% of our teams who could name Mount Aconcagua as the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere.  Next, nearly half of our teams were stumped when asked to name the company that once used the slogan “Where a kid can be a kid”.  Though it bears a slight similarity to the slogan used by Toys ‘R’ Us, that advertising tagline was used by this brand:

Finally, we asked an astronomy question in the A + B = C format:

Part A = The number of planets in our solar system with no moons.

Part B = The number of planets in our solar system with a larger surface area than Earth.

Many of our teams were surprised to learn that there are only two planets in our Solar System (Mercury and Venus) that do not have any natural satellites.  As a result, only 27% of our teams earned wagering points here.  With just a small portion of our teams answering every wagering question correctly, the first round yielded just one perfect score: Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s).

SECOND ROUND:

With our Wednesday teams needing a bounceback round to regain their confidence, that’s exactly what they got in the second stanza.  Our nightly audio question featured three winning acts from the Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA, Celine Dion, and Katrina and the Waves.  We continued with a look at Cy Young Awrad winner Max Scherzer, fictional characters named  named “Pip” (from “South Park” and “Great Expectations”), and this harrowing documentary:

Nine teams earned a perfect score in Wednesday’s second round.

HALFTIME:

After the tough start to tonight’s game, we must have been feeling a bit generous at halftime, as tonight’s page offered teams 21 points instead of the usual 20.  Depicting musical acts who wear outlandish costumes on stage, the overall average reached 18.1 points, with ten teams recording a perfect score.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s third round opened with a Three Clues question regarding this Hall of Fame running back:

Later, we asked our teams to name any two of the first three states admitted to the Union immediately after the original 13 colonies.  Just under half of our teams earned wagering pints, with ten teams earning a two-point bonus with the three correct answers of Vermont, Tennessee, and Kentucky.  We continued with this question in everyone’s least favorite category of architecture:

–> Characterized by simple, block-like forms and raw concrete construction, which architectural movement of the 20th century is exemplified in buildings such as the Watergate Hotel and the J. Edger Hoover FBI Building?

This question was brutal… literally!  Only 13% of our teams responded correctly with brutalism.  The only perfect score of the third round was posted by Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s).

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 question dealt with the history of the National Hockey League, the final round looked at the song “Mack the Knife”, the Greek island of Thessaloniki, and this Steven Spielberg film:

Six teams finished off their night with a perfect final round score.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (47.9% success rate):

–> What is the only U.S. state capital to be named after a signer of the U.S. Constitution?

Just under half of our teams remembered that James Madison is nicknamed “The Father of the Constitution”, leading to Wisconsin’s capital city as the correct answer.  Congratulations to the two teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering all wagering questions correctly: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) and Onomato Penis (Quinn’s).  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: UFC Title Holders in Multiple Weight Classes)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters   (Next week’s first category: “That Thing You Do!”)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Moving Forward   (Next week’s first category: Chocolate)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – LeBron James or Michael Jordan?)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Mostly Dead   (Next week’s first category: Famous Comebacks)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Much More Deeper   (Next week’s first category: Yoga Poses)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Spiritual Growth Hormone    (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek”)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Devan is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things   (Next week’s first category: Bobby Darin – AUDIO)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: “Twin Peaks”)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dangerous Business   (Next week’s first category: Combustion Engines)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Nightmare Squad   (Next week’s first category: FIFA Women’s World Cup)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  11:30   (Next week’s first category:  )

Hideaway Pizza Pub in St. Petersburg, FL:  Huge Subpoenas   (Next week’s first category: Dinosaurs)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – A Fine Frenzy or Regina Spektor?)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Steve Holt   (Next week’s first category: True Crime)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Aunt Becky’s Scholarship Fund   (Next week’s first category: “Full House”)