Wednesday Trivia Gets a Rating!
Wednesday’s first round contained a set of questions our teams handled quite well. We read Three Clues about scientist Isaac Newton, passed the relish, quoted Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, and recalled Wild Bill Hickok‘s death holding those infamous aces and eights. There were 29 perfect scores in this round.
Three songs with lyrics about islands comprised this game’s audio question. The midpoint of the round brought the first half’s toughest wagering query:
- Not to be confused with a former North Carolina Senator, which psychic medium hosted his own TV show in the early 2000s? His last name does not contain an S.
- For a two-point bonus: What was the title of that TV show?
Just over a third of the field correctly identified John Edward, while 12% tacked on bonus points for the show in question, Crossing Over. The round concluded with questions on the Beat Generation and the first U.S. state quarter, which represented Delaware. This round featured eight perfect scores.
The top portion of the halftime page showcased ten celebrities (such as James van der Beek and Kim Kardashian) giving their ugly crying faces. For the bottom portion, teams were asked to match a unique fact to the corresponding U.S. state. While the average tally was 14.8 points, there were 36 perfect teams. At the halftime intermission, these were the highest scores:
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 92
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 90
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Idiom): 90
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 90
- SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 89 POINTS
The night’s least successful wagering chance came halfway through the third round:
- After a 1927 excavation in eastern China, anthropologist Davidson Black found and studied a single tooth. From that study, he developed the idea of which early type of human?
This question had lows with a 20% overall success rate and a 5.6% bonus rate, the latter representing the percentage of teams that named Peking Man before an additional crossword clue was read. Other questions in this round dealt with the Electronic Arts video game company, Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall’s prison term stemming from the Teapot Dome scandal, and Bond films Dr. No and No Time to Die. A game-low five perfect scores were recorded in this round.
The word Outback was submitted after just one clue by 94 teams for all six points in the 6-4-2. Another solid round for our teams capped off the regulation game, as they deftly handled topics such as the country band Alabama, the Arthur Golden novel Memoirs of a Geisha, and large countries in certain geographic regions. This round ended with 14 perfect teams. After four rounds, these teams were in the lead:
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 168
- Billy Crystal Balls (Quinn’s): 166
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 164
- Donner Party People (Quinn’s): 163
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 162
FINAL QUESTION (22.17% success rate):
- What was the first Pixar movie to be given a PG rating?
It took a few films, but Pixar’s first PG film came with The Incredibles. There were three Perfect 21 squads on Wednesday: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’), Power Vacuum (Belles’), and Billy Crystal Balls (Quinn’s). They also represented our top three overall teams:
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 180
- Billy Crystal Balls (Quinn’s): 178
- Power Vacuum (Belles’): 172
- Toilet Kings (Quinn’s): 171
- Toasty (Grape Escape): 170
- Tug and the Heartstrings (Idiom): 170
- Bonkers (Rockwell): 168
- Chickens of the Sea (Quinn’s): 168
- A New Hope (Rockwell): 167
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom): 167
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Current Broadway Musicals)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Among Us)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Billy Crystal Balls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: European Rivers)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scottish Tourist Attractions)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Magnets)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heartstrings (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pitfall! (video game))
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Hot Axe Throwing Boyfriend (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidents)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Gross (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Film History)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:
T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Mixed Nuts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bruce Springsteen)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Scuby (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pulp Fiction)
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Toasty (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Room (2003 film))
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Trivial Suspects (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Philadelphia (city))
Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Damn, Gina (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quarterback (Netflix))
Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Here for the Beer (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Useless College Courses)
Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Bonkers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)
Foster’s Grille in South Riding, VA: Dic Duc Fac Fer (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: When in Rome (Roman History))
Celtic House in Arlington, VA: B-Team (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Russian Literature)
Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Corn Hole in One (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Music)