Wednesday Trivia Gets a Flat!

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Pour House Trivia welcomed 238 teams to its 22 locations on Wednesday, including a 23-teamer at Shipgarten.

FIRST ROUND:

The first round started with questions about former President Ronald Reagan and the Daffy Duck postage stamp released in 1999. The final question of the round took us back to the 1980s:

  • In the film WarGames, Matthew Broderick’s character prevents a nuclear calamity by commanding the out-of-control supercomputer to compete against itself in what children’s game?
  • Bonus: Which co-star from this film passed away last month? 

Most teams paid attention to our Hint of the Day (or knew WarGames) enough to figure out the computer played tic-tac-toe. However, only 14.7% of the field remembered Dabney Coleman‘s recent passing. A dozen teams ended this round with a perfect score.

SECOND ROUND:

For the audio question, teams heard three foreign language covers of popular songs. We moved from there to topics such as the paleo diet, ultraviolet rays, and the HBO Max drama series Winning Time, which focuses on the 1980s run of the Los Angeles Lakers (and Adrien Brody as coach Pat Riley). A game-high 17 teams were perfect in the second round.

HALFTIME:

At halftime, teams had to name gemstones, then match World Series-winning MLB managers to the team and year with which they won the title. While 17.2 points was the average score, 74 teams earned all 20 points. Two teams were still perfect at the halftime break:

  • Bonkers (Rockwell): 92
  • Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 92
  • Awesome Power, International Team of Mystery (Belles’): 91
  • EIGHT TEAMS TIED WITH 90 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

Early in the second half, we took an ancient path:

  • Built over 2,300 years ago, which road that is still in use today was once the primary way to travel from Rome to Brindisi, a major seaport for trade with Greece and the Middle East?

The Appian Way (or Via Appia) was named by 38% of the field. We got a little more recent in historical questions at the end of the round:

  • Among the six U.S. states that are home to Civil War-related National Military Parks, which the northernmost and southernmost?

About 21% of teams named both Pennsylvania (Gettysburg) and Mississippi (Vicksburg) for bonus points. In this round, eight teams each earned all 36 points.

FOURTH ROUND:

The nation of Saudi Arabia was named by 27 teams for all six points in Wednesday’s 6-4-2. The night’s game ended with its toughest round. Early on, we gave this TV question:

  • Hugh Dancy portrayed FBI profiler Will Graham in which former NBC series?

Roughly 30% of the field knew the show Hannibal. We followed that up with a look at the tip top of the financial list:

  • In the last 20 years, what are the only two companies to have held the top spot on the annual list of the Fortune 500?

Those companies are Walmart and Exxon Mobil; 15.5% of teams received their wager, while a game-low three teams identified both for a two-point bonus. The round concluded with Three Clues about an actress:

  • She has earned six career Oscar nominations without a win.
  • She was born in Italy while her father was serving in the U.S. Army.
  • Her feature film debut was the dark comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Amy Adams was only named by 12.1% of teams at any point for wagering credit, but four teams did so before the third clue. It may not be a surprise to read that no team earned a perfect score in the fourth round. With that, we reached the final question with these leading scores:

FINAL QUESTION (46.22% success rate):

  • With its highest point at just under 350 feet above sea level, which U.S. state is the flattest in the country?

The lowest-elevation highest point in a U.S. state is Britton Hill in Florida, which is only 345 feet above sea level. The only Perfect 21 team on Wednesday was Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape). We ended the night with these top-scoring teams:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Silver Branch Brewing in Silver Spring, MD: Silver Jack  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Awesome Power, International Team of Mystery  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jerry West)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Bitch, Please  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. State Flags)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pitch Perfect)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s-90s WWF Wrestlers)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: How Does an RMBK Reactor Explode?)

Hard Times Cafe in Springfield, VA: Slap Chop  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Comic Books)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Yay, Beer!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Black Sails)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Landscape Architecture)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Back in Business (1997 film))

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Irregardlessly Unrelevant  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Lord of the Rings Character or Pharmaceutical?)

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

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Hubs Take Dubs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: This is Spinal Tap)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Five Guys but Not Joe  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Father’s Day)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Participation Trophy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons & Dragons)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Purple Rain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Premier League)

TGI Fridays in Frederick, MD: Dink  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pickleball)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: We Cur Also  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Matthew McConaughey Films)

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

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

Parc de Ville in Fairfax, VA: Finer Things Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Boldly Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Invisible Comic Book Characters)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Game Shows)