Wednesday Night Trivia from 1,800 Feet in the Sky!
With much better weather in the forecast, we were back with a full Wednesday night schedule as welcomed 119 teams across 15 venues:
Wednesday’s opening round included a three-part question on ad slogans, the Alanis Morissette song “Ironic”, and this current film:
It was an easy start for the field, as 14 teams ran the table with a perfect first round score.
TV theme songs as the focus of Wednesday’s audio question, as we quizzed our teams on the themes of three shows that featured alien characters: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “3rd Rock From the Sun”, and “Futurama”. After a college road trip to the state of Georgia, we asked about this Basketball Hall of Famer:
While most of our teams knew that NBA legend John Stockton holds the league’s career records for both assists and steals, only six teams earned two bonus points by also knowing that Jason Kidd is in second place on both of those lists. Later, we snacked on some Chunky Monkey ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s and took in a “Serial” podcast, but none of our teams were able to sweep the second round.
Wednesday’s halftime featured featured a matching section of U.S. state flags, which led to 13% of our teams earning perfect scores, with an overall average of 16.2 points. Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:
- It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s): 91
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 90
- Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories): 90
- We Don’t Even Go Here (Quinn’s): 89
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 89
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’ Sports Bar): 89
Wednesday’s third round began with our nightly Three Clues question, with this version dealing with a particular landmark:
CLUE 1: The mailing address of this landmark is 301 Front Street West.
CLUE 2: It features an attraction called the EdgeWalk, which is situated just above the 360 Restaurant.
These first two clues led to dozens of teams going after those two bonus points with an early response, but virtually all of those responses were incorrect. No, we weren’t talking about Seattle’s Space Needle, but rather the CN Tower in Toronto. Only three teams earned bonus points on this question, as this question changed the shape of the game at many of our venues. Next up, we asked our teams to use a little pen and paper to work on their knowledge of the Pythagorean theorem, and closed the round with a question on this current game show:
The first question wreaked havoc on the field, as once again we did not see any perfect scores.
Wednesday’s final round included questions on the Broadway musical “Sunday in the Park with George” and the Geneva Conventions. After a look at suburban stadiums, we stumped most of our teams with this question on The Billboard Charts:
–> The 2008 song “Touch My Body” was the most recent #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for which singer, whose 18 chart-toppers are the most among solo artists?
Only 31% of the field answered correctly here with Mariah Carey. Finally, we closed the round with a question on this film which earned plenty of accolades at the Golden Raspberry Awards:
The final round lightened a bit after the difficult third round, as six teams closed their night with a perfect score of 36 pints. Here are your top Wednesday scores heading into the final question:
- Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories): 160
- Fact Hunt (Quinn’s): 159
- We Don’t Even Go Here (Quinn’s): 158
- Blind Squirrels (Memories): 158
- It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s): 157
FINAL QUESTION (71.2% success rate):
–> Political activist Emma Goldman fell out of favor with mainstream anarchists after a Polish immigrant inspired by her teachings assassinated which U.S. President?
Just over two-thirds of our teams responded correctly with William McKinley, who was assassinated by Polish-American anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Even with a relatively easier final question, only three teams earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly: Blind Squirrels (Memories), Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories), and Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg). These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:
- Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories): 171
- Fact Hunt (Quinn’s): 171
- We Don’t Even Go Here (Quinn’s): 170
- Blind Squirrels (Memories): 170
- It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s): 169
- 63 Earths Fit in Uranus (Barefoot Bernie’s): 165
- Wild Dunes (Quinn’s): 163
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 160
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 160
- Pickleback for Nickelback (Quinn’s): 160
Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA: Shiggles (NEXT GAME ON APRIL 25 – First category: U.S. Bill of Rights)
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Shakeweight ** FOUR WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Pittsburgh, City of Champions)
The Tavern in Olney, MD: Momma Lu’s (Next week’s first category: “Reservoir Dogs”)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Flight Level Awesome (Next week’s first category: The Battle of Agincourt)
Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD: Trojan Pride (Next week’s first category: U.S. Constitutional Amendments)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Who the F is Alice? (Next week’s first category: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”)
Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: 63 Earths Fit in Uranus (Next week’s first category: 1990s Alternative Rock)
Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Five Sure (Next week’s first category: AOL)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Fact Hunt (Next week’s first category: Guitarists)
Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV: Cubists (Next week’s first category: Disney Princesses)
Legume Kitchen and Bar in Fredericksburg, VA: What the Fark? (Next week’s first category: Strong Historical Women)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Next week’s first category: Gary Coleman)
Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management ** SEVEN WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Toronto Blue Jays or Seattle Mariners)
Memories in Mount Airy, MD: Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Next week’s first category: Words Derived from Greek)
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD: I’d Eat That Off of a Flip Flop (Next week’s first category: 1990s One-Hit Wonders)
Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA: Bad Hombres (Next week’s first category: 1970s and 1980s Game Show Hosts)