Wednesday Night Trivia Went for the Gold!

For the second week in a row, Wednesday night featured another opening night for Pour House Trivia, as our newest host Paige kicked off our tenure at Legume Kitchen and Bar in Fredericksburg!  Overall, we welcomed 123 teams across 15 venues:

ROUND 1:

Wednesday’s game began with a Three Clues question regarding the word freshman, before our teams were “booked” by a question on this embarrassing predicament:

Red Card

Later, we learned that there are numerous acceptable spellings for the word Sabbath, before closing with a discussion of the first human heart transplant, during which 14% of our teams earned bonus points by knowing that this landmark procedure was performed by South African doctor Christiaan Barnard.  Collectively, the three bonus questions in the opening round were rather difficult, as just six teams began their night with a perfect score.

ROUND 2:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three performers singing about games: John Lennon (“Mind Games”), Jewel, (“Foolish Games”), and The Weeknd (“Wicked Games”).  After a question about Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, we asked a question regarding the slight similarity of these two shows:

For those of you that have not yet seen Joel McHale‘s new Netflix show, it is LITERALLY the identical premise as his former show “The Soup”.  After sipping on the Shamrock Shake, we closed with a look at this literary adaptation:

American Psycho

Four teams teams notched 36 points in the second round: Areola Grande (Valley Grill), Stephen Hawking Fan Club (The Tavern), Hojo MoJo (Bennigan’s – Frederick), and Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg).

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime featured pictures of celebrities who have appeared on competitive reality shows, along with a matching section on the former names of foreign countries.  With 21% of our teams notching perfect scores, we saw an overall average of 17.3 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

Wednesday’s third round included the three most difficult wagering questions of the night, all of which were asked in succession.  On average, about one third of our teams responded correctly on topics such as Badlands National Park in South Dakota, the recent war film “12 Strong” (starring Chris Hemsworth), and this soon-to-be Hall of Famer:

Thome

Though it seems unlikely that someone could “quietly” hit more than 600 career home runs, slugger Jim Thome may have done just that throughout his career, as only 21% of our teams recognized his career statistics.  After this difficult stretch, only a handful of teams answered all five wagering questions correctly, with none of our teams notching a perfect third round score.

6-4-2 QUESTION:

We got Presidential for the 6-4-2 question on Wednesday:

–> Although it is no longer printed, the $100,000 bill featured a picture of which 20th century U.S. President?

Only 12% of our teams earned the full six points with this answer:

ROUND 4:

Wednesday’s final round opened with a question concerning this comedic character:

We also touched on the hit song “Summertime” from DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (or George Gershwin, depending on which version you’re listening to), the game “Magic: The Gathering”, and newly independent foreign countries such as South Sudan.  We saw just one team sweep the final round with a perfect score: Teachers (Bennigan’s – Frederick).  Here are your top Wednesday scores heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (44.8% success rate):

–> Which legendary locale is referenced in the following quote from Sir Walter Raleigh: “For riches, greatness, and the excellent seat, far exceeded any city in the world”?

Just under half of our teams responded correctly with the “lost city of gold”: El Dorado.  The third round took its toll on the field, as none of our teams were able to earn the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: Kevin Spacey Films)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: “M*A*S*H” – TV)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Fat Kid Dance Party  (Next week’s first category: Ken Burns and the Art of the Slow Pan)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Teachers  (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Famous Sandwiches)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Hill Valley Ornithologists  (Next week’s first category: “Ready Player One”)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death  (Next week’s first category: “The West Wing”)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Tequila Mockingbird  (Next week’s first category: Yoga Poses)

Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Angus  (Next week’s first category: Cartoon Songs)

Legume Kitchen and Bar in Fredericksburg, VA:  Transformers  (Next week’s first category: New York Giants)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: People Banned from “Saturday Night Live”)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  ** SIX WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: “The Last Jedi”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Sexual Chocolate  (Next week’s first category: Ballerina Terminology)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Irish Mafia  (Next week’s first category: Alexander Hamilton)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  My Black Hole Just Exploded  (Next week’s first category: Montreal Expos)