Wednesday Trivia Doesn’t Like Mondays!
A Wednesday evening with Pour House Trivia brought 121 teams out to across 14 area locations.
A very successful opening round tasked teams with answering questions on soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dolly Parton, Sylvester’s favorite side dish succotash, Three Clues on the word ninja, and the Biblical figure Samson. That latter question proved to be the hardest bonus chance of the first round, as 27% of the field knew his strength-sapping haircut took place in the Book of Judges. A dozen teams started their game with a perfect first round.
Wednesday’s audio question wasn’t TV, it was HBO; teams had to identify three shows from the premium cable network by their theme songs. A question on Tourette’s syndrome followed before we reached the toughest question of the first half:
- Forming the westernmost portion of mainland Europe, which peninsula is bordered to the northeast by the Pyrenees Mountains?
The Iberian Peninsula was correctly guessed by about two-thirds of the field, while only 10% of teams added a pair of bonus points by knowing the longest river in the region is the Tagus. We came to the end of the first half with queries on Rulon Gardner’s mega-upset of Aleksandr Karelin in Olympic wrestling and the primary setting of the film Top Gun. Perfect scores in the round were earned by the quartet of That’s What She Said (Moe’s), I Don’t Know (Moe’s), Sexual Chocolate (Memories), and Proteinacious D (Grape Escape).
The halftime page this time around featured Stephen King movie adaptations and a list of Broadway songs to match to their corresponding musicals. Teams averaged 17.3 points on the sheet, while 31 teams went the full 20-for-20. At intermission, these were the highest-scoring teams:
- That’s What She Said (Moe’s): 92
- I Don’t Know (Moe’s): 92
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 90
- Sherlock Homies (Craftworx): 89
- ELEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
We began the second half on the retro TV screen, with the hardest question of the third round:
- On which black-and-white family sitcom did Fred Gwynne portray the son-in-law of Al Lewis’s character?
Those actors were stars on the sitcom The Munsters, which earned just under half the field their wagering points; 27% correctly named Car 54, Where Are You? as Gwynne and Lewis’s previous TV sitcom for the bonus. We continued on with topics such as oysters Rockefeller, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera‘s 2003 concert tour, and the silver iodide used in cloud seeding. Another trio of perfect scores were achieved here, thanks to the efforts of Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom), Wonder Boys (T. J. Stone’s), and Sherlock Homies (Craftworx).
Five teams gained the maximum six points on a 6-4-2 about the film Bonnie & Clyde before we kicked things into gear with the fourth round. We celebrated MLB manager Dusty Baker‘s 2,000th career victory, as well as Zodiac signs Scorpio and Sagittarius. For the night’s most difficult wagering question, we got tied up in knots:
- Often used to shorten a rope or take up slack, what is the zoological name of the unstable knot whose variations include Man o’ War and Kamikaze?
Roughly one-fifth of the Wednesday field untangled themselves with a correct answer of sheepshank. One final question in the round was a tough bonus get: about 12% of teams knew that James Dashner is the author of the Maze Runner book series. Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’) was the lone team to secure a perfect score in the fourth round. Before the final question, these were the top-ranked squads:
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 162
- Scott Looks Different (Memories): 160
- That’s What She Said (Moe’s): 159
- Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom): 158
- Virtual Cigar (Hops N Shine): 158
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (Hops N Shine): 158
FINAL QUESTION (18.2% success rate):
- Introduced during the 1970s, which fictional character was born in the kitchen of Mamma Leoni’s Italian Restaurant?
Less than one-fifth of Wednesday’s teams were able to figure out that Garfield got his start in that kitchen. Two of those teams, Scott Looks Different (Memories) and Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom), pulled down the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all wagering questions correctly. The final leaderboard was headed up by these teams:
- Scott Looks Different (Memories): 169
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 168
- Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom): 167
- Sherlock Homies (Craftworx): 166
- Nerd Immunity (Falling Branch): 166
- That’s What She Said (Moe’s): 166
- Shirts and Skins (TGI Fridays): 163
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 162
- Wonder Boys (T. J. Stone’s): 159
- Inquizitors (TGI Fridays): 158
Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: That’s What She Said (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: SpongeBob Squarepants)
Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Smarter Than We Look (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Iceland)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Little Debbie Products)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Scott Looks Different (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Shinning (The Simpsons))
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Shirts and Skins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NCAA Division I Team Nicknames)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sega Genesis)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Game of Thrones)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Virtual Cigar (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Billy Joel Songs)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Panic at the Trivia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Doctor Who)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Nerd Immunity (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2000s Pop Music)
T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Wonder Boys (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Atlanta Braves)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Sherlock Homies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lady Gaga)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Happy Days)
Bar Louie in Gainesville, VA:
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: DC Swampers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 20th Century U.S. Politics)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: You’ve Got Mail)