Wednesday Trivia: An Offer You Can’t Refuse!
On Wednesdays, we play Pour House Trivia! Sixteen venues hosted a total of 151 teams ready to test their knowledge.
A question about J-capitals Juneau, Jackson, and Jefferson City started us off and running, followed by us getting the hardest bonus query right out of the way: while 69% of our teams identified Frasier Crane for wagering points, only 7.2% knew that a reboot of his self-titled show is coming to Paramount Plus. A final question, a three-parter about famous Alans and Allens, had the lowest wagering success rate of the round. About 62% of the field got at least two of the three parts right, but 12% provided all three correct answers for bonus points. When the first round dust settled, Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s) and Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s) had the only perfect scores.
The toughest bonus opportunity in this round came on the audio question, which played a trio of songs by bands known by their three-letter initials. Roughly 56% of Wednesday’s teams had at least two of the bands named for wagering points, while 16% were familiar with the works of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO), Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), and Lyte Funkie Ones (LFO) for extra points. We marched on with questions about the Adam’s apple, the film Bridesmaids, and the initial promotion of the GI Joe toy line. However, things wrapped up with the first half’s most daunting wagering question:
- Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, which quarterback is the only player to win three consecutive Associated Press NFL MVP Awards? He took home the honor in 1995, 1996, and 1997.
Brett Favre was correctly named by 49% of the field, and 23% added two bonus points for knowing that he played his college ball at Southern Mississippi. A half-dozen perfect scores were recorded in the second round.
Famous film robots and the Latin names of chemical elements were the subjects at halftime on Wednesday. Only two perfect 20-pointers came out of it, but the average score was 14.2 points. A three-way tie carried the top of the halftime standings:
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 89
- Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s): 89
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 89
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Belles’): 87
- What the Fork (TGI Fridays): 87
The second half of play began with the Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog, but the next question proved to be the night’s most difficult:
- Winning in 2015, this musical, based on the memoir from Alison Bechdel, became the first musical written by a team of women to win the Tony Award for Best Musical. What is the two-word name of that musical?
Just under 10% of the field knew that musical was the highly-successful Fun Home. A three-part question on former U.S. Secretaries of State and a query about Madagascar, the largest island within the Indian Ocean, followed. However, we had another toughie to end the third:
- While the Chicago Bulls have a perfect 6-0 series record in the NBA Finals, which Western Conference team is close behind them at 5-1?
Not only did 31% get the San Antonio Spurs right for wagering points, 13% of the field correctly named George Gervin as that franchise’s first-ever inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there were no perfect scores in this round.
Arkansas was correctly guessed by almost a third of the field from a single clue for all six points in the 6-4-2. A world leader question early in the final round proved to be the hardest of the five:
- Sharing his last name with a brand of Hispanic food products, which world leader is currently in his second stint as President of Nicaragua, having also served five years in the late 1980s?
Daniel Ortega is that world leader, and was named by 32% of our teams. Other topics in this round included Lois Lane, Three Clues about the word Enterprise, and the kissing disease properly known as mononucleosis. This round also had six perfect team scores. Speaking of scores, these were the best as we reached the final question:
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 161
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 158
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 158
- Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s): 157
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 156 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (9.3% success rate):
- Though it may also have roots in Arabic, which five-letter word is most likely derived from a Sicilian word meaning swagger or bravado?
That word, mafia, had a single-digit percentage success rate which means a lot of final wagers slept with the fishes. There were no Perfect 21s for Wednesday’s game; no team correctly answered every wagering question in the game. These final scores ruled the roost overall on Wednesday:
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 170
- Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s): 164
- Toasty (Grape Escape): 159
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 155
- Southpaws (Mark’s): 154
- Let’s Have Another Round (T. J. Stone’s): 153
- That’s So Meta (Grape Escape): 152
- MIA (Moe’s): 151
- Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom): 149
- One Man Band (Barstool): 149
- What the Fork (TGI Fridays): 149
Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: MIA (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Comic Books)
Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Areola Grande (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jimmy Buffett Songs)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mafia Films)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Paradoxes)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Muppets on The Muppet Show)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: DC Comics)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Axe Board (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Perry Mason (original))
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Two-Wheel Tricycle (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: True Crime)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Lemonheads (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World War II)
T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Just for Fun (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Halo 2)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Colonoscopy Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Love Boat)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: One Man Band (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pro Wrestling)
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Toasty (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Periodic Table)
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Bob the Builder (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ornithology)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Karens)