Wednesday Night Trivia Was in a Hot, Dense State!

About once a month, the highly competitive game at Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington provides us with another Pour House Trivia scoring record.  That scenario would take place once again this week, as we welcomed 112 teams across 14 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Wednesday night included films in which one actor portrays multiple characters, the political career of Bernie Sanders, the tie-in between Burger King and “Stranger Things”, and the most prolific winners of the FIFA Men’s World Cup.  With dozens of teams cruising towards a perfect first round score, only 12% of our teams could name all three of the countries that have won at least four World Cups: Brazil, Italy, and (West) Germany.  Seven teams ram the table in Wednesday’s first round.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three singers who share the same surname: Ricky Martin, Dean Martin, and Steve Martin.  We continued with questions regarding the Latin phrase quid pro quo, the Mai Tai cocktail, the geography of Belgium.  With a relatively easier trio of bonus questions, a whopping 18 teams picked up the maximum 36 points in the second round.

HALFTIME:

The top half of Wednesday’s halftime page asked our teams to differentiate between current and former logos of professional sports teams, while the bottom half comprised a matching section of music groups and their respective cities of origin.  Ten teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, as the overall average reached 16.5 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

We began Wednesday’s third round with our nightly Three Clues question, as about half of our teams earned a two-point bonus with the early correct answer of swift.  After a discussion of the phrase ‘Banana Republic’, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Of what prominent Barcelona structure did art critic Robert Hughes say, “One thing is sure: [it] is the first Catholic temple whose bacon was ever saved by Shinto tourism.  Not even [its architect] could have foreseen that”?

Only 31% of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Sagrada Familia, with about half of those teams also tacking on two bonus points by knowing that this massive (yet unfinished) basilica was designed by Antoni Gaudi.  After closing the third stanza with questions concerning box office flops and video game abbreviations, we saw four teams run the table in this round: Mostly Dead (Belles’), Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s), D.C. Swampers (Silo Falls), and Think, McFly, Think (28 South).

FOURTH ROUND:

After opening the final round with questions regarding frequent “Saturday Night Live” hosts and varieties of rice, we asked a Triple 50/50 question about the NFL.  For each of the following pairs of figures, we asked our teams to identify which number was greater:

  1. Tom Brady’s current jersey number or Drew Brees’s current jersey number?
  2. The number of penalty yards assessed for offensive holding or the number of penalty yards assessed for facemask?
  3. The number of Super Bowl appearances for the Bills or the number of Super Bowl appearances for the Raiders?

Though a majority of our teams earned their wager with two correct answers, bonus points were doled out to just 17% of the field, as the three correct answers were Brady (12 v. 9), facemask (15 v. 10), and Raiders (5 v. 4).  Our final round concluded with the a look at the Boer War and the Oscar-winning rap song “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp”, which was recorded by the Three 6 Mafia for the film “Hustle & Flow”.  Only three teams scored a perfect score in the final round, yet all three of those teams were playing at Quinn’s: Hipster Fashion Consultants, Scrotal Charisma, and Kitten Mittens.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):

–> In 1927, a Belgian scientist named Georges Lemaitre proposed his “hypothesis of the primeval atom”, which came to be known by this name.  In 2007, American audiences were introduced to something entirely different, although it had the same name.  What is this shared name?

Exactly half of the field responded correctly with the answer of The Big Bang Theory.  Six teams earned wagering points on every question, thereby earning the Perfect 21 on Wednesday.  Not surprisingly, four of those teams playing at Quinn’s.  The newest PHT record to be set at this venue is an unfortunate one, as Kitten Mittens becomes the first team in PHT history to score 180 points in a losing effort.  The equally powerful team of Scrotal Charisma snagged the slightest of victories thanks to the tiebreaker.  For Kitten Mittens, tonight’s game marked the fourth time that the team has posted a score of at least 180 points, which is the third-highest total in PHT history.   Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON OCT. 30 – First category: Ten Most Populous Nations)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Simple Minds   (Next week’s first category: 1970s Rush Songs)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees?)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality   (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: “The Addams Family”)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Scrotal Charisma   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “The Simpsons” or “Futurama”?)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Blind Squirrels   (Next week’s first category: Dallas Cowboys)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  His and Her Peas   (Next week’s first category: “King of the Hill”)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Archived   (Next week’s first category: Coen Brothers Films)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Menace 2 Sobriety   (Next week’s first category: “My Hero Academia”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Fred Rogers or Kenny Rogers?)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: “Pulp Fiction”)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Dops and Hops  (Next week’s first category: Gangsta Rap)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Why Not Zoidberg   (Next week’s first category: Famous Internet Cats)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Farmer’s Daughter Bakery   (Next week’s first category: “The Mickey Mouse Club”)