Wednesday Trivia is a Page Right Out of History!
While the first round’s set of wagering questions wasn’t too rough on our teams, a couple of bonus chances weren’t so easy. We asked about the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ feat of being the most recent back-to-back National League pennant winners; here, only 22% of teams knew the Dodgers played the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox in the World Series in those seasons. The round concluded with a musical question:
- Jordan and Jonathan Knight are the only set of brothers in which boy band?
The Knights are two members of New Kids on the Block. The attached bonus question asked teams to name any of NKOTB’s #1 singles, and 21% provided one of those titles: I’ll Be Loving You (Forever), Hangin’ Tough, and Step by Step. Seven teams recorded a perfect score in this round.
The most difficult bonus opportunity in the first half came on Wednesday’s audio question, where teams had to identify a trio of TV journalists. About 16% were able to get all three from audio clips of Dan Rather, Anderson Cooper, and Geraldo Rivera. The wagering question with the lowest success rate came next:
- In Greek mythology, the name of which ill-fated King of Thebes means swollen-footed?
Just under two-fifths of the field knew Oedipus was that king. Other topics in this round included movie dog and band namesake Toto, cirrhosis of the liver, and losing vice presidential candidates Paul Ryan and Tim Kaine. Sexual Chocolate (Memories) and Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s) had this round’s only perfect scores.
A mystery theme highlighted the top section of Wednesday’s halftime page; each pictured celebrity was also a guest star on Parks and Recreation. After that, teams had to figure out the month for each list of major events and holidays. The only teams to rack up all 20 points at halftime were Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape) and Madhouse at the End of the Bar (Celtic House); the average team scored 13.6 points. At the halftime intermission, these were the highest scores:
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 87
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 87
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 86
- Mixed Nuts (T.J. Stone’s): 86
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom): 86
- Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape): 86
A three-parter in which each answer is also the name of an MLS team started second-half trivia action:
- 1) This airline’s largest hub and headquarters is in Chicago.
- 2) Whirlpool, Pinwheel, and Sombrero are types of this space term.
- 3) The dictionary defines this term as a wave crest breaking into foam.
The answers are the respective namesakes for the DC United, LA Galaxy, and Vancover Whitecaps; 16% of teams got all three for bonus credit. All the way at the end of the round, we looked back at a famous film quote:
- In which film from the 1990s would you have heard this quote: I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her?
- For a two-point bonus: What is the full name of the character who said that quote?
Roughly 45% of the field correctly identified Notting Hill as that film, while 14% knew that quote was given by the character named Anna Scott. In between those questions, we covered subjects such as current Billboard chart-topper Olivia Rodrigo, American flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, and the mathematical slide rule. This round’s perfect squads were Indict Me Daddy (Shipgarten) and Boldly Arrowski (Celtic House).
We gave a trio of clues about China for the evening’s 6-4-2, in which 11 teams named it for all six points. The opening question in this round asked teams to figure out what the A stands for in three scientific abbreviations:
- 1) From biochemistry: DNA
- 2) From computer science: ASCII
- 3) From epidemiology: ALS
Only 12% of our teams earned bonus points for all three answers. Those abbreviations, in order, are Deoxyribonucleic Acid, American Standard Code for Information Interchange, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. A few questions later, we turned on our cable boxes:
- Launched as a sister network to HGTV, which network aired The Vanilla Ice Project, a home improvement show on which the former rap star displayed his handyman skills?
Vanilla Ice’s namesake show aired on the DIY Network (now known as the Magnolia Network). The only team to get all 36 points in this round was Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’). They were also tied for the overall lead heading into the final question:
- Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape): 161
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 161
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 157
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom): 155
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 154
FINAL QUESTION (30.59% success rate):
- What was the first animated series to air on U.S. prime-time network television?
You have to go all the way back to September 30, 1960 at 8:30 pm Eastern and tune into ABC to catch the premiere episode of your answer, The Flintstones! The Perfect 21 teams on Wednesday were Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’) and Carpet Stretchers (T.J. Stone’s). Top scores for the evening looked like this:
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 167
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 166
- Carpet Stretchers (T.J. Stone’s): 164
- Mixed Nuts (T.J. Stone’s): 163
- Power Vacuum (Belles’): 163
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom): 162
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 162
- Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape): 161
- Bob Dole’s Grip (Idiom): 161
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 160 POINTS
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shrek)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gay Icons)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Volcanic Eruptions)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell? (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pennsylvania Cultural History)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Munsters)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jordan Peele Films)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (movie))
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Two-Wheel Tricycle (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: German Holidays)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:
T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Abbott Elementary)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parks and Recreation)
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Police Characters on The Wire)
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Four Guys (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Buddy Cop Films)
Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tanya Harding Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parks and Recreation)
Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: No One Cares What We’re Called (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beer)
Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: JTT the Tank Engine (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Indiana Jones)
Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Madhouse at the End of the Bar (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Mountain Ranges)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Les Miserables)
Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Messi in Miami (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Honorary U.S. Citizens)