Wednesday Trivia & Co.!

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Pour House Trivia was played by 228 teams on Wednesday night at 23 locations.

FIRST ROUND:

The first regular question for our teams took us to the skies:

  • In Greek mythology, which winged horse was born from the blood of the slain Gorgon Medusa?
  • Bonus: This creature was once featured in the logo for which periodical founded in the 1920s?

While Pegasus was named by the majority of our teams, Readers Digest only got 14% of the field bonus points. We moved on to a trip on the Delaware River and the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s series finale. A game-high 13 perfect scores were recorded in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

The second round started with an audio question that played a trio of classical music covers of hit songs, namely Bohemian RhapsodyLet It Go, and Castle on the Hill. It didn’t take much more time to get to Wednesday’s most difficult wagering query:

  • In the field of chemistry, the Krebs cycle is also known as the CAC.  The first two letters of that abbreviation represent the name of which chemical compound?

Just under 18% of teams figured out that the Krebs cycle is also the citric acid cycle. The round concluded with a question about Academy Award winner Sofia Coppola, in which 21% of the field received bonus points for knowing she won her Oscar for writing the screenplay to Lost in Translation. Only two teams were perfect in this round: Nincompoops (Rockwell) and Heavy Metal Parking Lot (Mark’s).

HALFTIME:

A top-level mystery theme showcased performers who have shared screen time with Harrison Ford. For the bottom section, each answer also contained the name of an ACC athletic team. Eighteen teams turned in a perfect page, but the average squad recorded 14.9 points. The top six teams were separated by just two points at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Early in the second half, we reached back-to-back tricky questions. First, we blasted off again:

  • Which NASA space shuttle was named for the ship commanded by Henry Hudson during his final voyage to the Northwest Passage?

Discovery brought wagering points one more time to just over one-third of teams. The night’s Three Clues gave out the titular items about a TV show:

  • The title character bears a name that comes from the Ancient Greek word for stranger.
  • Bruce Campbell plays a supporting role as the King of Thieves.
  • Its lead actress was born in the city of Auckland in 1968.

About 37% of the field named Xena: Warrior Princess at any point among the clues. The round’s last question dealt with Chris Webber‘s illegal timeout faux pas for Michigan in the 1993 NCAA men’s basketball tournament finals; here, a fifth of our teams knew the Wolverines lost that game to North Carolina. This round’s perfect quartet was Late to the Party (Belles’), Kim Deal or No Deal (Quinn’s), Donner Party People (Quinn’s), and Tug and the Heart Strings (RAK).

FOURTH ROUND:

The phrase Holiday Inn was the topic of Wednesday’s 6-4-2, which saw 72 teams name it for all six points. The night’s last round featured topics such as Eswatini’s national neighbors South Africa and Mozambique, the julienne culinary technique, and the obsidian type of rock. For the round’s last question, we looked back at a famous alternative rock band:

  • The difficult childhood of frontman Art Alexakis was referenced in several songs recorded by which band with an alcoholic-sounding name?
  • Bonus: What is the one-word title of this band’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100?

About 30% of teams knew the band Everclear, while a game-low 9.64% of the field earned bonus points for the song Wonderful. Perfect scores were earned by six teams here. These were the top overall scores at this point in the game:

  • Billy Crystal Balls (Casual Pint): 162
  • Madhouse at the End of the Bar (Celtic House): 161
  • Tug and the Heart Strings (RAK): 161
  • Bottom of the Fifth (Memories): 160
  • FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 158 POINTS

FINAL QUESTION (36.4% success rate):

  • At the opening of a 1990s literary sequel, which title character tells readers Don’t never let nobody make a movie of your life’s story?

That phrase was spoken by Forrest Gump at the beginning of the novel Gump & Co. Wednesday’s only Perfect 21 team was Titanic Was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine). These teams ended the evening with the highest totals:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Bitch, Please

Note: This was the final game at Foster’s Grille in Vienna.  Thanks for playing and we’ll see you at another game soon!

Silver Branch Brewing in Silver Spring, MD: Three Angry Men  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Union Army (Civil War))

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek: The Next Generation)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Billy Crystal Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Penguins)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: Not Smart Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schitt’s Creek)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nice to Meat You)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Top 100 U.S. Golf Courses)

Hard Times Cafe in Springfield, VA: Lama  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rock Drummers)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kosher Laws)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Bottom of the Fifth  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Olympic Bronze Medalists)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Indianapolis 500)

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bill Walton)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Bonkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Styles)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Toys ‘R’ Us Kids  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (film))

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Diet Car Fire  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 33/33/33: Hops, Weed, or Crayon Color?)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Twizzlers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Neil Young)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Lindsay and the Boys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pride & Prejudice)

TGI Fridays in Frederick, MD: Deep Fried Pickle Rick  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Bill Paxton or Bill Pullman?)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: We Cur Also  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Calvin & Hobbes)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Execute Order 69  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Albuquerque (song))

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New York City)

Parc de Ville in Fairfax, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fighting Games)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Madhouse at the End of the Bar  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Crean)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Tango Down  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Dicks)