Wednesday Trivia Fit For a (Nan)king!

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 134 teams across 15 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Our Wednesday teams breezed through their five opening round wagering questions, slaying topics such as the film “The Man in the Iron Mask”, the nation of Cambodia, drone bees, and the TV sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.  However, a pair of rather difficult bonus questions kept nearly all of the perfect scores off the board.  First, only 9% of our teams could match the acting trio of Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and Gerard Depardieu to their respective Musketeer characters in the film “The Man in the Iron Mask”, while just 12% of our teams knew that Andre Braugher portrays the character of Raymond Holt on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.  As a result, the only perfect score from Wednesday’s opening round was turned in by Hillbilly Geniuses (Dragon Hops).

SECOND ROUND:

Apparently, the only NBA action we’re going to have for the next few weeks may have been in the form of Wednesday’s audio question.  We asked our teams to identify three songs whose titles contain the names of NBA teams: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, “The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks, and “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine.  Other second round topics included mother-of-pearl, the Daytona 500, the comic book character Wolverine, and Alexander the Great, the latter of which featured the most difficult bonus question of the round.  Only 13% of the field knew that Alexander the Great (supposedly) sliced the legendary Gordian Knot.  Three teams earned 36 points en route to a perfect second round: Peele and Eat (Augie’s), Why Not Zoidberg? (Memories), and Pearls of Wisdom (Anchor).

HALFTIME:

Product placement in feature films was the featured topic on Wednesday’s halftime page.  Falling on the easier side, the average score on this page was 17.6 points.  Despite the relatively high scoring average, a perfect score was somewhat elusive, thanks to a picture (taken outside a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop) from the 2017 film “Power Rangers”.  Dozens of teams posted exactly 19 points, but only eight teams avoided that final speed bump by notching a perfect score.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Why Not Zoidberg? (Memories):  91
  • Things You Measure (Memories):  89
  • Peele and Eat (Augie’s):  89
  • SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 87 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

Topics from Wednesday’s third round included the Ten Plagues of Egypt, the late night TV talk show “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, the Miami Marlins, and the classic toy Wooly Willy.  A three-part question concerning #1 hit songs was by the far the most difficult question of the round:

–> Given the artist and the date, identify the song that reached #1 in both the U. S. and the U. K. simultaneously:

  1. Adele: November 14 to 21, 2015
  2. Coldplay: June 28, 2008
  3. Simon and Garfunkel: March 28 to April 4, 1970

About one-third of our teams gave us any two of these three respective correct answers: “Hello”, “Viva La Vida”, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, while only nine teams tacked on two bonus points by giving us all three correct responses.  Two of those nine teams swept the third round with 36 points: Think, McFly, Think (28 Southand Duck Dodgers (Grape Escape).

FOURTH ROUND:

After studying the oft-stolen work of Pablo Picasso in the 6-4-2 question, we opened Wednesday’s final round with questions concerning the Libyan capital of Tripoli and the source of Mandarin oranges.  The third question of the final round proved to be an enormously difficult bonus question.  In a three-part question regarding notable politicians, the final part of this question asked our teams to name the first French President born in the 20th century.  Common wrong answers included Jacques Chirac and Francois Mitterand, but NONE of our 133 teams gave us the correct answer of Georges Pompidou.  With teams still reeling, we immediately followed with the most difficult wagering quesiton of the night:

–> No stranger to science fiction films, which actor was chosen by Steven Spielberg chose to play the role of Elliot’s school principal in “E.T.”, even though the scene was ultimately cut from the film?

Only 16% of the field responded correctly with Harrison Ford.  You can check out the (very blurry) deleted scene here.  We closed the final round with a look at the constellation Orion, but thanks to Monsieur Pompidou, none of our teams recorded a perfect final round score.  After four rounds of play, Wednesday’s overall leaderboard included these teams:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):

–> Ceded to Britain in 1842 as a result of the Treaty of Nanking, which island was described by Lord Palmerston as “a barren rock with nary a house upon it”?

Exactly half of our Wednesday teams gave us the correct answer of Hong Kong.  None of our teams answered every wagering question correctly, as the Perfect 21 eluded the entire field.  Here is the final overall leaderboard from Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Green Machine   (NEXT GAME ON MARCH 25 – First category: Presidential Pardons of 2020)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  How Do Forks Work?   (Next week’s first category: The Periodic Table)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: “The Matrix”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Phil Mickelson)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast for Dinner  (MARVEL THEME GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on March 25: Michael Jordan)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (MARVEL THEME GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on March 25: The Beatles)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Ultimate Source Source   (Next week’s first category: Opera)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Dropouts   (Next week’s first category: Original Pokemon)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Titanic Swim Team   (Next week’s first category: U. S. First Ladies)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Olney the Lonely   (Next week’s first category: Grand Ole Opry)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Think, McFly, Think  (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  Duck Dodgers   (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Dudes   (Next week’s first category: Cellular Biology)

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus   (Next week’s first category: Ancient Rome)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Why Not Zoidberg?   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Duncan MacLeod or Connor MacLeod?)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Pearls of Wisdom   (Next week’s first category: Black Sabbath)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Usual Suspects   (Next week’s first category: 2019 Rap Songs – AUDIO)