Wednesday Night Trivia Ended in a Fury (Road)!

Capped by a wild finish, Wednesday night’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 111 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Our Wednesday teams were in for an early surprise as we began the game with the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  After a relatively easy question concerning Nelson Mandela, we offered two bonus points to teams that could name the former South African President who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with “Madiba”, but only 11% of our teams responded correctly with F.W. DeKlerk.  Next, we discussed this Bradoway musical which served as a symbol of the late 1960s counterculture:

Hair

After closing the round with a look at the life of Ernest Hemingway and his novel “A Farewell to Arms”, only five teams began their night with a perfect score.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three musical acts with the same initials: Cutting Crew, Counting Crows, and Colbie Caillat.  Next up, just over half of our teams answered this question correctly in the category of TV sitcoms:

–> Which live-action Fox sitcom was developed in the 1980s with the working title of “Not the Cosbys”?

Married with Children

Later topics included the game “Connect Four”, French crepes, and the film “Black Mass”, in which Johnny Depp portrayed Boston gangster Whitey Bulger.  Overall, the questions were slightly easier in this round, as 12 teams ran the table to close out the first half.

HALFTIME:

The Care Bears were the focus of Wednesday’s halftime page, and our teams performed very well, raising the average score to 17.8 points, while 19% of the field notched a perfect 20 points.  This was your Wednesday halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

A quick trip to Cooperstown was in store for Wednesday’s second half, as we asked our teams to name either one of the two players wearing a New York Mets cap on their Hall of Fame plaque.  While most teams earned their wager with one correct answer, only 17% of the field knew both of these players:

Piazza Seaver

A pair of rather difficult questions followed, as (not surprisingly) many of our teams were unfamiliar with the Lord Tennyson poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, which recounted the heroics of the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War.  We also stumped most of our teams with a question on this children’s TV character who lives in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make Believe:

Daniel Tiger

Those players with young children cashed in with the correct answer of Daniel Tiger.  After closing the round with a creative three-part question in which the answers were also the titles of Alfred Hitchcock films (rope, topaz, vertigo), the only perfect score was turned in by the Witiots (Nido’s).

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics included Gloria Estefan, the “Iron Curtain”, and the palomino horse.  But it was this wicked chess question that kept the perfect scores off the board:

–> Identify either the minimum number of moves a player can make to achieve a checkmate or the term which denotes this situation.

Believe it or not, it is possible for a player to achieve a checkmate in just two moves (provided her opponent makes a huge blunder) in a situation known as the “Fool’s Mate”.  Only 18% of the field answered either one of these questions correctly, with just six teams earning bonus points with two correct answers.  As a result, the Killer Snails (The Tavern) posted the only perfect score of the final round.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (19.8% success rate):

–> Released in 2015, the fourth installment in which film franchise was not only the first film in the series to earn an Oscar nomination, but would go on to win six Oscars?

Considering the prevalence of film franchises in the last 20 years, there were a number of possibilities to choose from.  But about one in five teams responded correctly with “Mad Max”.  This final question led to some wild finishes, including a last-to-first victory at Barefoot Bernie’s, as the only team to answer the final question correctly leapt over six teams to take down a truly improbably win.  Congratulations to the Witiots (Nido’s), who earned the only Perfect 21 of the night with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here is your final Wednesday leaderbiard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Southpaw Fish  (Next week’s first category: “Hamilton” Lyrics)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: “Who is America?”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: ESPN 8 “The Ocho”)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Teachers  (Next week’s first category: Formula One Drivers)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Puppies or Kittens?)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  It’s Complicated  (Next week’s first category: “Transformers” – 1980s Animated Film)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Okayest Team  (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  It’s Mueller Time  (Next week’s first category: “Schitt’s Creek”)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Car Ramrod  (Next week’s first category: The Cosmos)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: The U.S. Supreme Court)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Sam  (Next week’s first category: “Toy Story”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Mr. A-Hole  (Next week’s first category: The Red Baron)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Retired Ninjas (Next week’s first category: Film Sagas)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  Bookhouse Boys  (Next week’s first category: 2010s Hip Hop)