Wednesday Trivia Brings Good Things to Life!

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia included the inaugural game at our newest venue: 28 South in downtown Hagerstown.  Meanwhile, we also welcomed a massive crowd of 21 teams at Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington.  Overall, 119 teams took in a game of trivia at one of 13 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We began Wednesday’s game with our nightly Three Clues question, which featured these two opening clues:

CLUE 1: In “Scrabble”, this word designates a turn in which a player earns a 50-point bonus by using all seven tiles at once.

CLUE 2: This is the name of Sailor Jack’s dog in Cracker Jack advertising.

Only 19% of the field picked up the first two bonus points of the night by turning in the early correct answer of ‘Bingo’.  An even more difficult bonus question followed, as only nine teams knew that the Danish capital of Copenhagen is located on the island of Zealand.  The first round concluded with a look at the TV sitcom “Frasier” and the recent departure from the Pittsburgh Steelers by superstars Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.  Only two teams earned a perfect first round score: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) and Fan Club (Silo Falls).

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles include “or” as a standalone word.  We listened to “It’s Now or Never” by Elvis Presley, “One Way or Another” by Blondie, and “Ready or Not” by The Fugees.  We continued by discussing the Roman Emperor Nero and the numerous works of art currently located in Chicago.  The second round also included a pair of difficult bonus questions.  First, only 12% of our teams knew that Eva Marie Saint was the lead actress from the Alfred Hitchcock film “North By Northwest”.  The final question of the half also saw 12% of the field tack on two bonus points by knowing the atomic number of mercury is 80.  Despite the difficulty of those questions, the second round yielded six perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Celebrity faces and words ending in ‘X’ were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page.  The average score reached a healthy 17.3 points, as 12 teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s second half began with a three-part question regarding female authors of mystery literature.  Most of our teams struggled to recall the names Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, and Carolyn Keene.  Other third round topics included the lesser known entries in the “Star Wars” franchise, landslide victories in U.S. Presidential elections, and the concept of Muzak (the technical name for ‘elevator music’.  A rather difficult bonus question concluded the round, as only seven teams knew that the former African colony of Bechuanaland (yes, that is pronounced like “bet you wanna”) is now the current nation of Botswana.  As a result, the only perfect score of Wednesday’s third stanza was posted by Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s).

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 question dealt with The Spice Girls, we began the final round with a question concerning the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes”.  The fourth round also included a three-part question about #1 hits from film soundtracks, but the round concluded with two incredibly difficult wagering questions:

–> Named after an Austrian skater, which figure skating jump is defined as “a toe-pick assisted jump with an entrance from a back outside edge and landing on the back outside edge of the opposite foot”?

–> For your wager, which 19th century German composer composed the “Bridal Chorus”, alternately known as “Here Comes the Bride”?

Each of these questions yielded a success rate under 20%, as we were looking for the Lutz and Richard Wagner.  Furthermore, the Wagner question included an diabolical difficult bonus question, as only three teams knew that the “Bridal Chorus” was written for the romantic opera “Lohengrin”.  Not surprisingly, none of our teams posted a perfect score in the final round.  these were your highest scoring teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (71.2% success rate):

–> Founded in 1892, which company had the bright idea to have their headquarters in Schenectady, New York, encompassing the easiest zip code to remember: 12345?

Nearly three-quarters of our teams had their own bright idea and came up with the correct response of General Electric.  Four teams earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night, but in an odd coincidence, three of them were playing at our newest venue.  Save the Clock Tower, Irish Beer Mafia, and This is How We Roll all failed to miss a wagering question at 28 South.  In addition, Thundercats (Dragon Hops) also earned points on all 21 wagering questions.  Here is the final overall leaderboard from Wednesday’s game:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Simple Minds   (Next week’s first category: 19th Century French Female Writers)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Gary Coleman or Gary Oldman?)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Vision Quest”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Scared Money Don’t Make Money   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – U.S. Army or U.S. Coast Guard?)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: Star Wars” Characters)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens   (Next week’s first category: Munich Oktoberfest)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thundercats   (Next week’s first category: The Tenth Doctor)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  F Bryce   (Next week’s first category: Wives of Henry VIII)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Peeping Tom Cruises   (Next week’s first category: “The Office”)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Vincent Price)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: Cleveland Indians)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower   (Next week’s first category: Quentin Tarantino Films)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Sanitation System of Taipei)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Please Return My Pens   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50 / 50 – Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla?)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Formerly Known As  (Next week’s first category: Triple 33 / 33 / 33 – Bone, Muscle, or Ligament?)