Wednesday Trivia Has Nine Lives!
Thirteen locations welcomed a total of 117 teams on Wednesday for another trip around the Pour House Trivia sun.
The game began with the first round’s toughest bonus chance, which came on a question about SNL alum and Emmy winner Maya Rudolph; 17% of the field knew her mother was the late Minnie Riperton, singer of 1970s hit single Lovin’ You. The hardest wagering query of the round came at the end on an evening trip to the ballpark:
- The Roberto Clemente Bridge provides pedestrian access to PNC Park, home to which MLB franchise since 2001?
Just over three quarters of Wednesday’s teams named the Pittsburgh Pirates as that team, while 46% added bonus points by knowing the Pirates played at Three Rivers Stadium before moving to PNC Park. Perfect scores were reached by seven teams here.
Wednesday’s audio clue contained sound effects featured in three certain songs; 57% of the field knew at least two of the song titles and 23% were able to name all three for bonus points. From there, we discussed German physicist and SI unit namesake Heinrich Hertz, original SEC chairman and Presidential daddy Joseph Kennedy, and the multiple definitions of the word crock. The round came to an end with the game’s most difficult wagering (and bonus) question:
- There are four U.S. states whose most populous city contains the name of the state in the city’s name. Other than New York, what are those states?
Those states are Indiana (Indianapolis), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), and Virginia (Virginia Beach). At least two of those states were given by 47% of teams, but only four squads earned the bonus by getting all three correct answers. Three of those teams capped off perfect second rounds with those points, so we have to give props to Stink Floyd (Belles’), Oh Wait (Hops N Shine), and Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s).
On Wednesday, teams had to name Big things and identify fonts by their name. Fourteen teams achieved a perfect 20-for-20 halftime sheet, which averaged 15.3 points overall. These teams ran ahead of the rest through the halftime break:
- Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s): 90
- Oh Wait (Hops N Shine): 90
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 89
- Welk Nerds (Falling Branch): 89
- Lemonheads (Falling Branch): 89
- Stinkfist (Idiom): 89
The third round was bookended by its hardest questions, both with success rates of 58 percent. We started with this character study:
- In addition to Victor Garber in the 1973 film Godspell, which person has been portrayed by notable actors such as Willem Dafoe and Christian Bale? He was most prominently portrayed by a particular actor in a high-grossing film from 2004.
Those actors portrayed Jesus Christ on the big screen; less than a quarter of the field added bonus points for naming Jim Caviezel as the aforementioned actor from 2004’s The Passion of the Christ. At the end of the round, we streamed this question:
- It was recently announced that which title superhero from Hell’s Kitchen in New York will return to TV in 2024 with a Disney+ series subtitled Born Again?
This time, 25% of the field earned their bonus by knowing Charlie Cox will be reprising his role as Daredevil on that series. In between those two questions, we had Three Clues on the word twitch, where a round-low 16% of teams got it right before the third clue. Three teams earned a perfect third round score: Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’), Pterodactyls (Belles’), and Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s).
Thirteen teams earned six points on Wednesday’s 6-4-2 about Shania Twain from a single clue about her upcoming Netflix documentary. After a question about the Black Forest Cake, we reached the second half’s hardest wagering question:
- According to the 2022 rankings from the U.S. News and World Report, which west coast school is the highest ranked non-Ivy League law school?
Barely more than half the field named Stanford to get their points. Immediately following that one came the toughest bonus opportunity of the second half. An easily-answered question about the Korean War‘s armistice saw just seven teams earn two extra points for knowing it was signed in Panmunjom. In this round, Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’), Silver Seals (Falling Branch), and Mixed Nuts (T. J. Stone’s) posted perfect scores. Before the final question, these groups were on top:
- Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s): 166
- Lemonheads (Falling Branch): 160
- Oh Wait (Hops N Shine): 160
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Belles’): 158
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 157
FINAL QUESTION (40.2% success rate):
- Which famous phrase is often completed with …but satisfaction brought it back?
That is the lesser-known second half to the popular idiom curiosity killed the cat. Six teams reached the vaunted Perfect 21 by correctly answering every wagering question in Wednesday’s game! The final standings were headed up by these teams:
- Lemonheads (Falling Branch): 172
- Oh Wait (Hops N Shine): 172
- Just For Fun (T. J. Stone’s): 171
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 169
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 166
- Code Red Shots (Sully’s): 166
- Shipwrecked (Idiom): 166
- Pterodactyls (Belles’): 165
- Stinkfist (Idiom): 165
- Enough Already (Idiom): 164
Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: Ask Alexa (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H)
Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The I.T. Crowd)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Talking Apes)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Tolkien Character or Pharmaceutical?)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Safety Third (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Onomatopoeias)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Shipwrecked (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1974-75 Washington Capitals)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Lindsay and the Boys (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: How I Met Your Mother)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Oh Wait (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Premier League)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Code Red Shots (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Lemonheads (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grateful Dead Songs)
T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Just for Fun (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Age of Empires II)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s TV Sitcoms)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Rattle and Roll (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Human Anatomy)
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: DC Swampers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Civil War)
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: No Moosies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidents)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Country Music)