Wearing Our Blueshirts at Wednesday Trivia!

We’re halfway through Week 4 of the Summer Fling Season, as Wednesday’s game welcomed 111 trivia teams across 14 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

A pair of difficult bonus questions highlighted Wednesday’s first round.  First, we asked our teams to identify either one of two women who have spent the most weeks atop the WTA rankings.  Only 14% of the field earned the first two bonus points of the night by giving us both correct answers of Serena Williams and Steffi Graf.  Next, we asked our nightly Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: Previous names for this food item include “The Aristocrat” and “Blue Ribbon Burger”.

CLUE 2: A humorous indicator created by The Economist magazine compares the exchange rate of two countries’ currencies by using the price of this item.

Once again, 14% of our teams picked up two bonus points by skipping the last clue and turning in the early correct answer of the Big Mac.  After closing the first round with a question about the former FX television series “Feud”, we saw five teams open their game with a perfect score of 36 points: Battle Moms (Whole Foods Market), Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s), Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), Onomatopenis (Quinn’s), and Slow Trivia Movement (Furnace)

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three music groups singing about “Waiting”.  Most of the field had no trouble recognizing Green Day (“Waiting”), Foreigner (“Waiting For a Girl Like You”), and The Doors (“Waiting For the Sun”).  Other second round topics included Netscape Navigator and Ivan the Terrible, but the second round also included most difficult bonus question of the night.  After most of the field earned wagering points on a question regarding the animated film series “Ice Age”, only THREE teams added two bonus points by also knowing that the most recent installment in the series was subtitled “Collision Course”.  As a result, the second stanza did not yield any perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Our teams strapped on their headgear for halftime as they were asked to identify films in which the characters wore helmets, while the bottom half featured a matching section about phobias.  Five teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 14.7 points.  These were your highest scoring teams at Wednesday’s halftime break:

  • Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s):  90
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s):  88
  • Onomatopenis (Quinn’s):  88
  • SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 86 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s third round topics included the 1980s TV series “Moonlighting”, NBA award winners, and the works of author Sylvia Plath.  The third round also included the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> The federal statute declaring that products containing this food additive must declare that it “has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals” was repealed after it was determined that this cancer was not affecting humans.  For your wager, name this food additive also known as Benzoic Sulfimide.

While there are numerous artificial sweeteners on the market (aspartame, sucralose, isomalt, sorbital), only 17% of the field could differentiate the clues in this question and give the correct answer of saccharin.  The only perfect score of the third round was posted by Run DMV (Whole Foods Market).

FOURTH ROUND:

Even though we just started the summer, Wednesday’s final round was the perfect time to ask about St Valentine’s Day (well, not quite…).  Actually, we opened the final round with a question about the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929.  Only 13% of the field picked up two bonus points by knowing that Bugs Moran led the gang who was the target of this crime.  Moving on, we discussed the fictitious Acme company from Looney Tunes, the nation of Saudi Arabia, and the functions of the human pancreas.  After closing the round with a three-part question regarding inquisitive film quotes, only two teams swept the final round: Kitten Mittens (Quinn’sand Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s).  Here is Wednesday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (35.7% success rate):

–> The three NHL players with the most career pointed combined to play for 13 different teams.  For your wager, what is the ONLY team that all three of these men played for?

Just over one-third of our teams responded correctly with the New York Rangers, as Wayne Gretzky, Jaromir Jagr, and Mark Messier each played for the Blueshirts at some point in their respective careers.  Congratulations to the three teams that each recorded a Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Lost Tribe of Paddy’s (Whole Foods Market), No Reservations (Whole Foods Market), and Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s).  Here is your final Wednesday leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Lost Tribe of Paddy’s   (NEXT GAME ON JULY 31 – First category: 1990s Hip Hop)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Southpaw Fish   (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: Roy Rogers)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: “Vision Quest”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:   Mostly Dead   (Next week’s first category: Hair Color)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – New York Ranger or Not?)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Spinal Tap Drummers)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thundercats   (Next week’s first category: “Independence Day”)

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

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Special Eds   (Next week’s first category: National Hockey League)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Menace 2 Sobriety   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “The Road Warrior” or “Mad Max: Fury Road”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Lauren’s Certified Tufted Titmouse   (Next week’s first category: MLB All-Star Game)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Sanitation System of Taipei)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  What Else Could It Be?   (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter Spells)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Formerly Known As   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Signers of the Declaration of Independence)