Wednesday Trivia for the Block!
Another attendance record was set for a Wednesday night with Pour House Trivia! Including our newest regular venue, Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA hosted by Colton, twenty games were played on Wednesday for a total of 210 teams. Barstool Sportsbook and Celtic House each played host to 20 teams on the night.
Wednesday’s game kicked off with a round that featured topics such as Florida-bordering states Alabama and Georgia as well as a look back at the Y2K issue that was all the talk of the late 20th century. The final question of the round hit on a famous comedy film series:
- Starring Leslie Nielsen in the lead role, which comedy film series debuted with a 1988 film subtitled From the Files of Police Squad!?
Most teams knew of Nielsen’s The Naked Gun series to earn wagering points. However, just 12% managed to get bonus credit for naming the subtitle to either of the other films in the series: The Smell of Fear and The Final Insult. Seventeen teams put together perfect first rounds in this game.
We played a trio of songs with the word kids in the title to kick off the second round, and this managed to be the toughest way to earn bonus points on Wednesday. Only 7.1% of the field was able to identify all three musical acts in the question: Echosmith (Cool Kids), The Who (The Kids Are Alright), and The Offspring (The Kids Aren’t Alright). We moved on to discuss the middle little piggy’s roast beef in a famous nursery rhyme and the current Apple+ series Shrinking which features actor Harrison Ford. The most difficult wagering question of the first half came next:
- Available with either a blue or yellow wrapper to match his team colors, the Pacific Trading Company released a candy bar in 1989 named for which budding baseball star (and future Hall of Famer) who was just 19 years old at the time?
Roughly 57% of our teams knew that to be Ken Griffey Jr. to earn their points. The first half concluded with a trip to our Facebook hint of the day, Six Flags (and its sister water parks known as Hurricane Harbor). A perfect second-round score eluded our teams on this night.
Wednesday’s puzzle page started with company logo mascots such as the penguin for Linux and Morris from Nine Lives, then switched to lists of characters from various TV shows. On average, teams scored 16.6 points at halftime, with 13 teams going all the way to a perfect effort. At the halftime break, these teams were on top:
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 89
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 88
- Molotov Cocktail Afterparty (Celtic House): 88
- SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 87 POINTS
The third round was third-rounding on Wednesday, as the three toughest wagering questions were all found in this part of the game. We started innocently enough with the slang term (and Eminem song namesake) Stan before throwing our hats in the ring with this query:
- It was perhaps fitting that men named Sugar Ray Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson competed in a sport described by Pierce Egan as the BLANK BLANK in the nineteenth century. Which two words fill in those blanks?
Egan described the sport of boxing as the sweet science, an answer provided by 42% of teams. Two questions later, we had to pardon some French:
- The most notable resident of this southwestern region of France is most likely Eleanor, a 12th Century figure who was married to both King Louis VII of France and King Henry II of England (though not at the same time). What is the name of this region, often included in Eleanor’s name?
About 46% of the field correctly named Aquitaine. At the end of the round, we provided a three-part Over/Under question with the line set at 8:
- 1) The number of U.S. Presidents who were members of the Whig Party.
- 2) The number of Academy Awards won by La La Land.
- 3) The number of chemical elements whose names begin with the letter T.
There were four Whig Presidents, six La La Land Oscars, and 11 elements with T-names; 41% of our teams got at least two of the correct answer series of under, under, and over to earn points, making it the least-successful wagering question of the night. A quartet of perfect scores were earned in this round: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’), What the Fork (Fridays), Titanic Was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine), and Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s) each scored 36 points here.
The car company Subaru was the topic in Wednesday’s 6-4-2, with 36 teams naming it off the first clue for all six points. A question about early video game sequel Ms. Pac-Man started the last round, and it was here where teams were tripped up on the bonus chance. Only 8% of the field knew the game was developed and published in the U.S. by Midway. Questions about the pistachio and the proposed Upper Peninsula state of Superior followed. For the most difficult wagering query in this round, we changed the channel:
- Premiering in 2002, which MTV reality show featured a swing version of Crazy Train as its theme song?
The Osbournes was named by 53% of our teams. Artsy (Barstool) provided the only perfect team score in this round. Before the final question was read, these were the high scores:
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 163
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 160
- Pterodactyl (Grape Escape): 159
- Satan’s School for Girls (Memories): 158
- Power Vacuum (Belles’): 158
FINAL QUESTION (17.14% success rate):
- In 1955, brothers Richard and Henry changed the last letter of their last name from an H to a K in order to ensure that customers would not mispronounce the name of their new company. What was the name of that company?
A tricky but timely final question provided the origin story for the company name H&R Block. Two teams put together a Perfect 21 on Wednesday: Stink Floyd (Belles’) and Titanic Was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine). You’ll find both of those teams among the cream of the Wednesday crop:
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 173
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 172
- Satan’s School for Girls (Memories): 170
- Power Vacuum (Belles’): 170
- Titanic Was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine): 168
- I Don’t Know (Hops N Shine): 165
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 163
- Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s): 161
- Pterodactyl (Grape Escape): 159
- Carpet Stretchers (T.J. Stone’s): 158
- Artsy (Barstool): 158
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Arcane (TV series))
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Satan’s School for Girls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Microbes)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Platter (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: March Madness Upsets)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Peeping Tom Cruises (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NCIS)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Giraffes)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Three Sheets to the Wind (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Questionable Content (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Charmed (original series))
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Maritime Disasters)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Two-Wheel Tricycle (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Los Angeles Sports)
T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Big Ten Teams)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Open for Quizness (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shameless)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Artsy (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H (TV series))
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Pterodactyl (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Last of Us)
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: TCA (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Formula One Racing)
Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Win Some, Learn Some (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Candy Bars)
Kitzie’s Restaurant in Martinsburg, WV: I Don’t Wanna (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: USFL)
Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Big Lebowski)
Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Arrowski (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NASA)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Weekend Update)
Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Newbs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Broadway Showtunes)