Wednesday Trivia is Full of Honor!

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Nineteen locations ran Wednesday evening’s game of Pour House Trivia. With 20 teams at Shipgarten, the total turnout was 209 teams.

FIRST ROUND:

The game started off with questions about the Gospels of the New Testament, Cape Chelyuskin (Russia‘s northernmost mainland point), and a three-parter of V words. The most difficult bonus chance of the first half took place at the end of the round:

  • Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, which family-style buffet chain has featured the Brass Bell Bakery, which rings every 15 minutes to signify fresh baked goods coming out of the oven?
  • For a two-point bonus: In the early 2000s, this chain sponsored a NASCAR race held just outside which U.S. state capital city?

Golden Corral was the chain in question, but just over 10% of the field added bonus points for naming Atlanta as well. Seven perfect scores were achieved in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

Clips from three film franchises (Harry PotterTransformers, and Anchorman) comprised Wednesday’s audio question. We got inventive a few questions later:

  • Thanks to the discovery of a melted chocolate bar in his pocket, Percy Spencer is credited with the invention of which household device?

Spencer’s serendipitous chocolate bar helped him with the invention of the microwave oven, named by 44% of our teams. A question at the end of the round about Jimmy Buffett led to an 18% bonus rate on his first Top 40 hit, Come Monday. A game-high 12 perfect scores were earned here.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime sheet was a toughie. First, teams had to name items with the word Blue in the name, then they moved on to match literary works to the century in which they were primarily set. No teams got all 20 points in this part of the game, which carried an average score of 13.4 points. These were the highest scores at the halftime break:

  • Alcoholics Unanimous (Belles’): 88
  • Vandelay Industries (Rough Edges): 86
  • Tug and the Heartstrings (Idiom): 86
  • Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 86
  • SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 85 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

The second half kicked off with Three Clues about a celebrity:

  • In the late 2000s, she was the star of an E! Network reality series subtitled It’s Complicated.
  • One of her earliest on-screen roles involved her character being ogled by George Costanza.
  • She starred in the films Wild Things and The World is Not Enough, and also spent four years married to Charlie Sheen.

If you were able to name Denise Richards before the final clue, you would’ve earned two bonus points along with the 8.6% of Wednesday’s teams which were also good with their early answer. Questions about the terrestrial planets and recently-retired NFL star JJ Watt followed. Finally, we put our running shoes on for this Oscar question:

  • In addition to his Best Picture nomination for Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise has received three acting Academy Award nominations. For which films was Cruise nominated?

Cruise received acting nominations for Born on the Fourth of JulyJerry Maguire, and Magnolia; a game-low 34% of teams earned their wager with at least two of the three answers, while 7.1% took the bonus with all three films. Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’) was the only perfect team in the third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

The Central African Republic was named by 28 teams for the full six points in the evening’s 6-4-2. While the last round’s wagering queries were no big deal to our teams, this round featured the game’s lowest bonus rate:

  • Though he was of Irish descent, Bernardo O’Higgins earned status as a Founding Father after he helped which nation gain its independence from Spain in the 1810s?

We had a crossword-style clue here about the work O’Higgins did to help Chile gain its independence, but 5.7% answered before that for two bonus points. Other topics in this round included the Quarter Quell of The Hunger Games, the nightshade food family, and London’s West End theater district. This round had six perfect teams. We reached the final question with these teams on top:

FINAL QUESTION (14.83% success rate):

  • Only eight people have ever been named honorary U.S. citizens. Which two, a man born in 1874 and a woman born in 1910, earned this honor during their lifetimes?

Respectively, those honors went to Winston Churchill and Mother Teresa. Wednesday’s lone Perfect 21 team was Comfortably Dumb (Axes and O’s)! At the end of the night, these were the highest-scoring teams:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gas Giants)

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

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Emily is Blunt  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Survivor)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Does it Float?)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Member Berries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Travis Performs a Bond Villain Monologue)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Periodic Table)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dr. Seuss)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Prime Ministers)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Barn Gurlz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Family Affair  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Discontinued Car Models)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Chris Went to Harvard  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Universities in the Boston Suburbs)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1950s MLB World Series)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Avatar: the Last Airbender (TV series))

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Mostly Millennials  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor’s Version)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tanya Harding Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reptiles)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parks and Recreation)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Bonkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U2)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Madhouse at the End of the Bar  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Single Potstill Whiskys)

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

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Dan Snyder Era)