Wednesday Trivia is in the Air Tonight!

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Pour House Trivia was played at 24 locations on Wednesday evening for a total of 250 teams.

FIRST ROUND:

A full-size replica of the house from Pixar’s Up was referenced at the start of the game, followed by Three Events from the 1840s and the 55th birthday of NFL rushing king Emmitt Smith. When the round was finished, 18 teams still had perfect scores.

SECOND ROUND:

The first half’s toughest bonus opportunity came during the audio question, which played a trio of tracks that each won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Just 9.2% of the field named all three songs: Theme from Shaft, (I’ve Had) the Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing and Man or Muppet from The Muppets. Later in the round, we asked about a famous 90s sitcom moment:

  • In the Seinfeld episode The Bubble Boy, a Trivial Pursuit error gives credit to what nonexistent group for an invasion of 8th-century Spain?

Due to a printing error, the Moops were given credit for that invasion; the nonexistent people were named by 39% of teams. The round ended after a question about the Atlantic’s Canary Islands, with only Nincompoops (Rockwell) having earned a perfect score.

HALFTIME:

Young things and NCAA college football bowl game locations were the topics of Wednesday’s halftime page. While the average team scored 15.2 points, only The Bar (Grape Escape) and Hypothetical 5K (Sully’s) went 20-for-20. These were the top five teams at the halftime intermission:

THIRD ROUND:

After a play of Call Me When You’re Sober by Evanescence, we got to the hardest wagering query of the third round:

  • In 1950, the New Mexico city of Hot Springs was renamed in honor of which radio program that was hosted by Ralph Edwards?

Truth or Consequences was identified by 41% of teams. Other topics included the classic film The Bridge Over the River Kwai and Little Orphan Annie‘s catchphrase Leapin’ Lizards!. This round had nine perfect teams.

FOURTH ROUND:

The 6-4-2 on Wednesday had 80 correct six-point guesses from a single clue about the carrot. The fourth round featured subjects such as the 2000s TV series Alias and Three Clues about the word secret. However, we ended things with the most difficult question of the night:

  • According to legend, which historic figure befriended Queen Elizabeth I in 1581 by laying his coat over a puddle of mud? This British subject was later beheaded.
  • Bonus: Which actor portrayed this man in the 2007 feature film Elizabeth: The Golden Age?

Exactly 30% of the field correctly named Sir Walter Raleigh, while 8.4% tacked on a pair of bonus points for knowing Clive Owen played him in that film. Only This Seat’s Taken (Hops N Shine) earned every possible point in the round. Before the final question, these were the leading scores:

FINAL QUESTION (36% success rate):

  • A brainstorming memo titled MTV Cops sparked the creation of which series whose theme song topped the Billboard Hot 100?

A memo reading just that phrase led to the inception of the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice! Unfortunately, nobody was able to earn the Wednesday Perfect 21. At the end of the night, these teams had the top scores:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Hold My Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Supreme Court Justices)

Silver Branch Brewing in Silver Spring, MD: Bye Bye, Lil Sebastian  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Finnish Sports)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Colin Farrell Films)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Ticketed Passengers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Non-Smart Mobile Phones)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Virginia Tech)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Last Word / First Word (Harry Potter))

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Toasty  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mexican Culture (not sports))

Hard Times Cafe in Springfield, VA: Spat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The 1970s)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hershey Bears)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Islands Within Lakes)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh Pirates)

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Smiths)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Nincompoops  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Orioles)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Slightly Agitated  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Miami Vice (season 1))

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Rocket Scientists  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rocket Science)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Red and the Degenerates  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Family Guy)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Rememberalls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)

TGI Fridays in Frederick, MD: Special K  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ratatouille)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: We Cur Also  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Execute Order 69  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Biz Markie)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Ukrainian Trivia Resistance  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Organic Chemistry)

Parc de Ville in Fairfax, VA: Globetrotters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Pilots)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Abstractions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Patrick Swayze Films)

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