Wednesday Trivia is in the Driver’s Seat!
We welcomed our newest venue to the Pour House Trivia family, as Wednesday night featured the opening night game at Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD! Overall, 18 area locations brought in a total of 143 teams on the night.
A three-parter where all of the answers rhymed with each other welcomed our players on Wednesday, followed by this historical question:
- After conquering Harold the Second at the Battle of Hastings, the Duke of Normandy was crowned King of England under which first name? You can either identify that first name or the exact year in which the Battle of Hastings was fought.
Either answer worked for wagering points, and a round-low 60% of the field knew either William or the year 1066; about 28% had both correct answers for bonus credit. A test drive of the Hyundai Elantra and a discussion of R. Lee Ermey’s mostly-improvised dialogue from the film Full Metal Jacket ended the round, in which a dozen teams recorded perfect scores.
Female singers with alliterative names hit the airwaves on Wednesday’s audio question, but only 21% of our teams earned two extra points for recognizing Joan Jett, Martina McBride, and Leona Lewis. The trickiest first-half wagering query showed up next:
- Also known as parotitis, which medical condition often affecting children is characterized by painful swelling of the salivary glands?
Just over half of Wednesday’s teams had the mumps to get their points. The last question of the round dealt with the Yoopers of Michigan‘s Upper Peninsula, but bonus points were hard to come by here. Only 18% of the field recognized Marquette as the U.P.’s most-populous city. Two of those teams, Sexual Chocolate (Memories) and Student Drivers (GearHouse), capped off perfect second rounds with that correct bonus guess.
This week’s Wednesday halftime page featured shoes worn by fictional characters like Sonic the Hedgehog and Marty McFly, then a set of answers that each end with double-Os. On average, teams had 17.2 points here on a page with 33 perfect team scores. The leaderboard at the halftime intermission was highlighted by several teams already at the 90-point mark:
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 91
- Scott Looks Different (Memories): 90
- Slippy Misses (Sully’s): 90
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Belles’): 90
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 89 POINTS
Tricky bonus questions were the overall theme for Wednesday’s second half of play. In the third round, we started with a question about Denzel Washington‘s Tony Award-winning role in Fences, but only one-fifth of the field knew that play was written by August Wilson. The most difficult wagering question in the game was also featured in this round:
- Constructed during the 18th century, which Italian landmark derives its name from the fact that it is located at the junction of three roads?
The Trevi Fountain was successfully named by 44% of teams. A question about the respective home countries of 2022 U.S. Open singles champs Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Świątek saw a round-low 16% of teams get both Spain and Poland for two extra points. A half-dozen teams had perfect scores in the round.
Former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge was Wednesday’s 6-4-2 subject, with a first clue mentioning that to this day, he is still the only Commander-in-Chief born on July 4. This evening’s final regulation round came with questions about the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, the album cover controversy over Nirvana’s Nevermind, and horror host Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. On the round’s last question, we gave Three Clues about a restaurant chain, including these first two:
- This restaurant chain is currently owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
- It recently introduced a burger named for soccer star Lionel Messi.
About 11% of the field stepped up with an early guess of the Hard Rock Cafe and were rewarded with two bonus points for being correct. This round’s trio of perfect teams was comprised of Stink Floyd (Belles’), Bruuuce (Hops N Shine), and Just For Fun (T.J. Stone’s). We reached the final question with these teams holding onto the top of the standings:
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (Hops N Shine): 162
- Just For Fun (T.J. Stone’s): 162
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 161
- Slippy Misses (Sully’s): 159
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 158
FINAL QUESTION (7.7% success rate):
- What is the most recent film to earn two Oscar nominations for Best Lead Actress?
Our final answer success rate drove off a cliff for this one, so it was only apropos that the correct answer was Thelma & Louise, which earned Oscar nods for Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon respectively. That question officially put a lid on any Perfect 21 hopes, as no team answered every wagering question correctly on Wednesday. These teams stood tall at the end of the night:
- Just For Fun (T.J. Stone’s): 159
- Mr. Congeniality (Grape Escape): 156
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 155
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (Hops N Shine): 154
- Vaguely European (Craftworx): 154
- Pterodactyl (Memories): 153
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Belles’): 153
- Stinkfist (Idiom): 149
- Jones Springs Hooligans (Barstool): 148
- Slippy Misses (Sully’s): 147
- Student Drivers (GearHouse): 147
Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Community)
Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Smarter Than We Look (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh Steelers)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Autumn)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Pterodactyl (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schitt’s Creek)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Student Drivers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Calculus)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Hell (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Princesses)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Stinkfist (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Indian Premier League Cricket)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Einsteins (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON OCT. 12: Harry Potter Books)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yoga Poses)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Slippy Misses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Eastern Hemisphere Peninsulas)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Hoof Hearted (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dr. Seuss)
T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Just For Fun (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Periodic Table)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Vaguely European (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: YouTube Celebrities)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Proposal (film))
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Mr. Congeniality (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team)
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: TBD (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Republican Presidential Candidates)
Elysium Axe Bar in Purcellville, VA: Axe and Tiddies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Richard Cheese Songs)
Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Sweet and Sour (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NASCAR)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dr. No)