Wasting Away Again at Wednesday Night Trivia…

Wednesday night featured one of the biggest opening nights in Pour House Trivia history, as host Katie welcomed 16 TEAMS to the inaugural game at Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington!  That obviously gave our overall numbers a big boost, as last night’s game featured 121 teams across 14 venues:

ROUND 1:

Wednesday’s opening round asked our teams to identify the two most populous U.S. cities whose names begin with the letter ‘P’ (Philadelphia and Phoenix), as well as the two planets of our Solar System which have no moons (Mercury and Venus).  Not surprisingly, the most difficult bonus question of the first round was asked as part of our nightly Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: In cents, this is the current price of a first-class U.S. postage stamp.

CLUE 2: This jersey number was worn by Hall of Famers David Robinson and Mike Singletary.

About one-third of our teams earned this bonus by forgoing the final clue and turning in the correct answer of 50.  The first round featured 17 perfect scores.

ROUND 2:

Wednesday’s audio question featured clips from the films of Hugh Jackman, specifically “Les Misérables”, “Van Helsing”, and “Swordfish”.  Next up was the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> Derived from a Greek word meaning ‘dreadful’, which term refers to the trio of mythological Greek sisters whose hair was composed of live venomous snakes?

While the monstrous Medusa was a member of this group, she was not the correct answer in this case.  Along with her sisters Stheno and Euryale, this trio comprised the Gorgons.  Only 27% of our teams earned points here.  We continued with a look at these two title characters portrayed by Melissa Joan Hart:

Clarissa and Sabrina

After a question on the recent World Golf Championships, we closed with a throwback to 30 years ago, when the Beach Boys topped the charts for the final time with the song “Kokomo”.  Only 19% of our teams tacked on two bonus points by remembering that the song appeared in the Tom Cruise film “Cocktail”.  Nine teams ran the table in the second round, with seven of those teams closing the first half with a perfect 72 points.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime depicted fictional butlers from film and TV, while the bottom half matched up music groups to the stage names of their members.  With 17% of our teams notching perfect scores, we saw an overall average of 16.6 points.  A record 13 teams scored 90 or more first half points!  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

As with so many games of Pour House Trivia, the third round is the true test of our teams, and last night was no exception.  After the second half began with a three-part question on NBA coaches, we gave our teams a one-two punch that knocked many of them to the canvas.  First up, this question on casinos:

–> At 546,000 square feet, the world’s largest casino contains over 4,200 slot and table games.  In what location on the western banks of the Pearl River would you find this casino?

Only 16% of our teams answered correctly, which pretty much outed those players as gambling degenerates.  You would have to travel halfway across the globe to find the world’s largest casino: the Venetian in Macau, China:

Venetian

The second half of this brutal stretch came in the form of the Last Word / First Word category, which is ALWAYS a favorite choice for the bonus category.  Once again, more than two-thirds of the field chose this as their third round bonus category, but many were soon regretting that decision:

–> Which three-word phrase would you have if Cardi B’s #1 hit song literally went viral, in the form of a deadly disease spread by tropical mosquitoes?

While not quite as difficult as the casino question, we still saw less than one-quarter of our teams answer correctly with Bodak Yellow Fever.  After closing the round with a question on actor Michael “Don’t Forget the B.” Jordan, we saw just one team earn a perfect third round score: Viennese Oyster from Belles’.

ROUND 4:

Wednesday’s final round opened with a question concerning this French furball:

Bichon Frise

A member of this breed took home Best in Show at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: it’s the Bichon Frise.  Later, we asked about Gloria Steinem’s controversial undercover stunt working as a Playboy Bunny, and closed the round with a question on this sketch comedy show which will soon end it run on the air:

Portlandia

After the rough third round, these questions softened a bit, as we saw nine teams sweep the final round with perfect scores.  Here are your top Wednesday scores heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (71.3% success rate):

–> February 16, 2018 became a record night of alcohol sales on Broadway, resulting in several theaters running out of Triple Sec during the opening of a jukebox musical featuring the songs of what musician?

Our teams were largely successful coming up with the correct answer of Jimmy Buffett.  Patrons took the title to heart when attending the premiere of his musical “Escape to Margaritaville”.  Three teams earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly: Quizlamic Extremists (Quinn’s), Sexual Chocolate (Memories), and Hamster Relish (Memories).  For Sexual Chocolate, they continue an incredibly impressive streak of four straight weeks without having missed a wagering question.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: Barry Manilow)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Best Picture Oscar Winner Word Play)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Viennese Oyster  (Next week’s first category: Zany Biblical Executions)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  HoJo MoJo  (Next week’s first category: “Back to the Future”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Jerry Lewis Romperthon  (Next week’s first category: St. Patrick’s Day)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Mom and Dad Save the World  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Romantic Comedy Films)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Dry Heat  (Next week’s first category: European Empires)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Margaritas)

Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Cubists  (Next week’s first category: Pixar Films)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: Films Featuring Members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers – AUDIO)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: “Black Panther”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Stephen Hawking Karaoke Machine  (Next week’s first category: 19th Century Physicists)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  I’d Eat That Off of a Flip Flop  (Next week’s first category: Films That Make People Cry)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  Dost Log  (Next week’s first category: HOST CHOICE)