We Saved the Last Question for You at Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 102 teams across 15 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We began Wednesday’s game with questions concerning the constellation Orion and the chemical formula of baking soda.  Our nightly Three Clues question saw more than half of our teams earn bonus points by knowing that the Journal-Constitution newspaper and Emory University are both based out of Atlanta.  With dozens of teams cruising towards a perfect first round score, the final bonus question crushed those hopes.  Though a majority of our teams earned wagering points by knowing that 1940s murder victim Elizabeth Short was given the nickname “Black Dahlia”, only TWO teams (Dad Bods from Anchor and Why Not Zoidberg? from Memories) also knew that Short was portrayed by Mia Kirshner in the 2006 film “The Black Dahlia”.  As a result, we did not see any perfect first round scores on Wednesday.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three theme songs from TV shows set in high schools.  This question began innocuously, as virtually every team recognized the theme song from “Saved By the Bell”.  But the final two answers were progressively more difficult, as the field struggled to identify the from “Glee” and “Degrassi”.  Only 18% of our teams tacked on two bonus points by successfully naming all three shows.  We continued the second round with a look at Frank Lloyd Wright, the Arctic Circle, and the 2019 NFL season, but this round also featured the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the night:

–> In addition to The Drifters, name any two of the three music groups (consisting of at least three people) that were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

The key to earning points here was knowing that a musical act must wait 25 years after the release of its first recording to be considered for the Hall, so the correct answers were groups that rose to prominence in 1963 (or just prior).  Only 22% of our teams earned wagering points by giving us any two of the three correct answers: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Supremes.  Of those three, The Supremes was by far the least known, as NONE of our teams earned bonus points with three correct answers.

HALFTIME:

We were feeling a little “blue” during halftime, as the top half featured items with “Blue” in their names, while the bottom half comprised a matching section regarding literary villains.  Seven teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.8 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s):  87
  • Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s):  87
  • Peeping Tom Cruises (GearHouse):  86
  • Things You Measure (Memories):  85
  • FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 84 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

Topics from Wednesday’s third round included Tiffany and Co., the sport of jai alai, and words that end with the letters “ANI”.  We were ready for a snack by the end of the third stanza, as we posed this question to the field:

–> Currently, the milk chocolate flavor of M&M’s is sold in six different colors of candy shell, three of which have always been a part of the candy since its creation in 1941.  Name any two of those three omnipresent colors.

The original colors of M&M candy shells were violet, brown, green, red, and yellow.  Violet is no longer included as one of the standard colors, and while red milk chocolate M&Ms exist today, that color was once pulled from shelves over the potential dangers of its red dye (during which it was replaced by orange).  Therefore, our three correct answers were brown, green, and yellow.  With just 19% of the field earning bonus points with all three correct answers, we saw just two perfect third round scores on Wednesday: Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s) and Fried Pickles (Grape Escape).

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 featured a discussion of the name David Copperfield (referring to both the literary character and the magician), we began the final round with a three-part question regarding celebrities bearing the surname Haley: singer Bill, actor Jackie Earle, and author Alex.  We continued with a look at German Shepherd (or Alsatian) dogs, the Khyber Pass in Asia, and the “red ring of death” from the Xbox 360.  In a departure from the norm, the final round featured the easiest bonus questions of the night, as a dozen teams racked up a perfect score of 36 points.  After four rounds of play, your overall leaderboard included these teams:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (64.3% success rate):

–> For the 2019 MLB season, the league leader in this statistic was Kirby Yates with 41.  For the 2018-19 NHL season, the league leader in this statistic was Connor Hellebuyck with 1,872.  What is the shared name of this statistic?

Nearly two-thirds of our teams gave us the correct response of save.  In a tremendous rarity, one of our newest teams scored the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Congratulations goes out to The Bar from Grape Escape.  Here is Wednesday’s final leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 29 – First category: James Bond Films)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Beau Khaki   (Next week’s first category: Italian Cinema)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: “Elf” Finish the Quote – AUDIO)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  The Pen is Mighty   (Next week’s first category: 2019 Frederick County High School Football)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: Matthew McConaughey)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: “BoJack Horseman” – current season)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thundercats   (Next week’s first category: “A Christmas Carol”)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  80 Percent Cool Club   (Next week’s first category: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – 1980s TV)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Archived   (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Jingle All the Way”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason   (Next week’s first category: “The Mandalorian”)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Think, McFly, Think   (Next week’s first category: “Die Hard”)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  The Bar   (Next week’s first category: 1980s TV Theme Songs)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Hakuna Matata   (Next week’s first category: “Tremors”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Things You Measure   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – English Premier League or Bundesliga?)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Gum   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – Good Charlotte or New Found Glory?)