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Pour House Trivia’s first Wednesday offering of 2023 went out to 18 venues and 189 teams, including 24 groups playing at Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD.
Wednesday’s game kicked off with questions about the Manhattan cocktail and the Kevin Costner film Dances with Wolves, the latter subject being the toughest wagering question of the round with an 84% correct-answer rate. However, one final question brought with it the hardest bonus chance in the first half:
The name of which U.S. city is found in the titles of three primetime dramas currently airing on NBC, all of which feature Dick Wolf as executive producer?
BONUS: Cancelled after one season, what was the fourth show in this franchise?
Most teams knew those shows are all set in the title city of Chicago (specifically Fire, P.D., and Med), but only 7.2% of the field identified the bygone show, Chicago Justice. Three of those teams, Underdogs (Quinn’s), Black Zexcellence (Sully’s), and Green Tea Shots (Sully’s), recorded perfect scores in this round.
The most difficult wagering opportunity in Wednesday’s first half came in the audio question, where teams were asked to identify three bands with female lead vocalists: The Cranberries, Garbage, and Paramore. 78% of teams named at least two of those groups, while 34% were able to provide all three for bonus points. Two questions later, we asked about The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and a round-low 26% of teams earned extra points for naming Frollo as the work’s main antagonist. Other second-round topics included the oncogene that can lead to cancer and Shaquille O’Neal’s NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. This round had the most perfect scores of any on Wednesday, as 11 teams each earned 36 points.
Wednesday’s halftime page asked teams to name brand names that start with K by their obscured logos, then match U.S. states to the appropriate tourism slogan. This was a highly successful halftime overall; the average score was 18.9 points out of 20, but 51% of teams snagged a perfect score! Some high-powered teams comprised the top of the standings at the halftime break:
- Power Vacuum (Belles’): 91
- Southpaws (Mark’s): 90
- Toasty (Grape Escape): 90
- Black Zexcellence (Sully’s): 90
- Green Tea Shots (Sully’s): 89
The first question in the third round eventually became multiple choice, but 15% of teams were able to answer this question correctly with an early guess:
The following is a list of four individuals to have won which award multiple times: Kate DiCamillo, E.L. Konigsburg, Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson?
Those people are authors of children’s literature who are multiple-time Newbery Medal winners. The hardest wagering question of the round came next:
- Suggestions given to men named Jack, Stan, Roy, Gus, and Lee presumably represent one-tenth of the advice given in the lyrics of what number one hit song from 1975?
Those men are named in the Paul Simon hit 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, named correctly by just over half of our teams. A three-parter on boxing films came next, followed by questions about carbon and the Asian nation of Burma, which received its independence from the U.K. 75 years ago. The latter question was the toughest way to earn bonus points all night: only eight teams knew that British Prime Minister Clement Attlee granted that nation its independence. The lone perfect score here went to Triple Doge (Quinn’s).
Only three teams were able to identify the first name Amy for six points in the 6-4-2, coming from a single clue about actress Amy Adams’s current 0-for-6 at the Oscars. The two most difficult wagering questions on Wednesday came in the night’s final round. First up, this weather question:
- Mistral, sirocco, libeccio, and levant are various names given to different types of what weather phenomenon, specifically those in the area around the Mediterranean Sea?
About 42% of teams knew those are all names of winds. Not to be outdone, we visited the YouTube archives for this question:
- During the late 2000s, the most-viewed video in YouTube history (at the time) was what six-minute presentation, created by motivational speaker Judson Laipply?
A game-low 38% of the field knew that viral video is called The Evolution of Dance. The round ended after Three Clues about the color red. In this round, Triple Doge (Quinn’s) and Getting Plowed with Jeremy Renner (Quinn’s) had the perfect scores. After four rounds, these teams were in the lead:
- Triple Doge (Quinn’s): 159
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 158
- Power Vacuum (Belles’): 158
- I Don’t Know (Hops N Shine): 157
- Scuby (Barstool): 156
FINAL QUESTION (62.1% success rate):
- Comprising 18 letters across multiple words, which independent nation has the longest English name that is spelled completely with alternating vowels and consonants?
Once again in the 60s with the success rate, this time among teams who correctly identified United Arab Emirates after that wordplay question. Sadly, we had no Perfect 21 teams in Wednesday’s game. However, these teams topped the final leaderboard:
- Triple Doge (Quinn’s): 169
- I Don’t Know (Hops N Shine): 169
- The House Never Wins (Mark’s): 164
- Black October (Grape Escape): 163
- Titanic Was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine): 162
- Finn Fan Club (Thick-N-Thin): 160
- Titanic String Quartet (Grape Escape): 160
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 159
- Artsy (Barstool): 159
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WQITH 157 POINTS
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Flight Level Awesome (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Penn State Football)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Scott Looks Different (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Coming to America)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Triple Doge (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: League of Legends Character or Moon?)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rock and Roll Math)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bernie Madoff)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Movie Theme Songs (audio))
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Xbox 360 Launch Games)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Two-Wheel Tricycle (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s MLB)
T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Knitting)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Pi (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Songs)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Artsy (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Teen Wolf (film))
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Godfather (book))
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Slime Time (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sharks)
Elysium Axe Bar in Purcellville, VA: Blinded by the Wine (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Soda)
Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Finn Fan Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Japanese Monster Films)
Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Whiskey Business (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stanley Kubrick Films)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: The House Never Wins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Great White Hype)