Wednesday Trivia is Marvelous!

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Wednesday night’s Pour House Trivia event reached 230 teams across 20 venues. Leading the way in attendance was a 22-team event at Quinn’s on the Corner and Shipgarten, which hosted 20 more teams.

FIRST ROUND:

While the wagering queries in the first round were no problem, two bonus opportunities played very tough. We took to the sky for this question:

  • When gathered on the ground, which birds of the family Anatidae are known collectively as a gaggle?
  • Bonus: Derived from French, what word refers to a group of these birds when flying in a V-formation?

Most teams knew we were describing groups of geese, but only three teams added bonus points for knowing that bonus term was skein. We followed that up with an NBA venue question:

  • For 30 years, this Eastern Conference NBA team played in a home arena called the Spectrum. Today, another Eastern Conference team plays in a different home arena called the Spectrum Center. Name those teams.

The Philadelphia 76ers played in the former Philadelphia Spectrum, while the Charlotte Hornets currently play in the Spectrum Center; about 11.3% of the field named both teams for bonus points. The only team to escape the first round unscathed was Titanic was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine).

SECOND ROUND:

Three artists with fruit in their name comprised Wednesday’s audio question. At the end of the round, we discussed a certain reality show:

  • Charles is the last name of which host whose namesake show recently won its fifth Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: This show spent its first 8 seasons on which cable network?

Charles is the last name of RuPaul, host of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which slayed its first eight seasons on Logo. About 45% of teams earned their wager, while just 8.26% tacked on two bonus points. A game-high six perfect scores were recorded in this round. 

HALFTIME:

Famous people with MB initials were showcased atop the halftime page, while the bottom section asked teams to submit answers that are found in our solar system. This was a much more difficult task than teams might have figured; the average score was 12.6 points, while the only team to earn all 20 points was Comfortably Dumb (Sully’s). A pair of teams tied for first on the halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Three Clues about Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin kicked off the second half, while two questions later, we discussed an Egyptian mythological figure:

  • Sobek, an Egyptian god associated with fertility and military prowess, is often depicted with the head of which animal?

Sobek has a human body and a crocodile head, named successfully by 37% of the field. However, 16% didn’t even have to wait for the multiple-choice component to be revealed to earn bonus points. We headed to another U.S. state for the round’s last question:

  • What are the two most populous cities in South Dakota?

Just 10.4% of the field received bonus points for identifying both Sioux Falls and Rapid City. The only perfect score in this round was earned by Mixed Bag (Celtic House).

FOURTH ROUND:

Author J.D. Salinger was named for all six points by 39 teams on Wednesday’s 6-4-2. Early in the last round, we reached the night’s most difficult wagering query:

  • The recent Top-10 hits Redrum and Nee-nah were released by the hip hop artist bearing which numerical stage name? 

21 Savage was named by only 30% of the field. Another tough question ended the round, asking teams to name three former TV shows by these anagrams:

  • 1)  city life,  2) next day ethics,  3) slow elimination, what a bore

Bonus points were earned by 17.8% of our teams, each able to decipher all three answers: FelicitySex and the City, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Another round with only one perfect team saw Runaways (T.J. Stone’s) earn all 36 points. After four rounds, there was still a tie for first overall, while both Hagerstown venues carried high-scoring deadlocks:

FINAL QUESTION (63.04% success rate):

  • What is the full title of the only film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that features Washington, DC as the primary setting? 

That film is Captain America: the Winter Soldier! We weren’t able to buck the trend of no Perfect 21 teams this week, though. The game ended with these top scores:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South American Geography)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ghosts in Pop Culture)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ethnic Groups of Afghanistan)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: 22 Ounces to Freedom  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Periodic Table)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Emu or Emo?)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Team 4D  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U2 (audio))

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: First Borns  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cults)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Barn Gurlz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Woodworking)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Washington Trivia Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Navy)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Teenage Dirtbags  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Diseases to Avoid on Valentine’s Day)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Stand (1990s TV miniseries))

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Rat Funk  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rock Climbing Terminology)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Anakin’s Daycare Service  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The West Wing)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: K and J  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pugs)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Enough Already  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Poltergeist (original))

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: We Like to Come From Behind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cuts of Steak)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: 

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

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Middle of the Pack  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Gallows Gaggles  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boy Bands (audio))