Wednesday Trivia is Primed and Ready!
There were 19 locations open for Pour House Trivia business on Wednesday, and a total of 173 teams came along for the ride!
A Triple 50/50 about the colors red and green kicked things off, followed by a visit from Father Christmas and a crossword-style clue about the septum. The most difficult question of the first round concerned some classic police TV:
- As one of the first police procedural dramas in TV history, this show is closely associated with the catchphrase Just the facts, ma’am, even though the phrase was never actually uttered on the show. Name this series, which was adapted into a 1980s comedy film.
Dragnet was named correctly by 60% of teams, while 40% earned bonus points for naming either Tom Hanks or Dan Aykroyd as the stars of the 80s film adaptation. There were 23 perfect scores here, the most of any round on Wednesday.
Round two was definitely a challenge for the field in Wednesday’s game. It started with the audio question, which asked teams to name a trio of musical acts covering songs that were played at the original Woodstock festival: an Elton John cover of Pinball Wizard, Red Hot Chili Peppers covering Fire, and a rendition of Piece of My Heart by Faith Hill. Just over a quarter of our teams got their wager for naming at least two of those acts, but just 6.9% had all three for bonus points. Two questions later, we reached the toughest wagering try of the night:
- While Michael Keaton appeared in both Birdman and Spotlight, who is the most recent performer to receive top billing in two films that were back-to-back winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture?
Even though it was the Facebook hint of the day, only eight teams in all (4.6%) answered correctly with Russell Crowe, who was the top-billed actor in Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind; five of those eight teams named both of those films for extra points. We followed that up with this trip to the squared circle:
- Today is the 50th birthday of this female WWF personality of the 1990s. While her real name is Tammy Lynn Sytch, what one-word stage name did she most commonly use?
Sytch went by the name Sunny in her WWF days, and 9.6% of teams got points for that right answer. However, a perfect score eluded our teams in this round.
Wednesday’s halftime sheet covered topics like opening shots of Disney/Pixar films and the city of origin for numerous pro sports franchises (for instance, the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning in Brooklyn and the Carolina Hurricanes originating as the Hartford Whalers). This was a pretty successful page overall, with 48 perfect scores and an average tally of 17.2 points. These were the top scores at the halftime break:
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom): 89
- Triple Doge (Quinn’s): 87
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 86
- Black Zexcellence (Sully’s): 83
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 82 POINTS
The first question in the second half was brief, but became the hardest wagering question in the round:
- What is the only nation bordering both the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf?
About 53% of teams knew that country is Saudi Arabia. Other topics in this round included the zoological definitions of puggle, The Fir-Tree by Hans Christian Andersen, and the hit single Rich Flex by Drake and 21 Savage. That latter question had the lowest bonus success rate of the round, as just under a third of the field knew both of those rappers. Six teams recorded perfect third-round scores.
We talked about Seattle for the 6-4-2, and only four teams were able to name it early for the full six-point bump. Another back-to-back series sank a lot of our teams at the start of the fourth round. First up, this toughest wagering query of the second half:
- Examples of some species of which robotic creature toy brand include Owlicorns, Pengualas, and Bearakeets?
Just 6.3% of the field knew those are types of Hatchimals, while only one squad tacked on bonus points for naming Spin Master as the company that makes those toys. Directly after that, we had a language question:
- Which Swahili term is translated as First Fruits of the Harvest?
Timely enough, that word is Kwanzaa; 21% of teams had that right answer. From there, we discussed the long-winded Civil War film Gettysburg and its sequel Gods & Generals, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and Three Clues about NFL coach Bill Belichick. As with the second round, there were no perfect scores to be found here. Before one final question, these were the teams in the lead:
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom): 160
- Triple Doge (Quinn’s): 158
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 156
- Satan’s School for Girls (Memories): 153
- Black Zexcellence (Sully’s): 152
FINAL QUESTION (53.2% success rate):
- Bearing in mind that 0 and 1 are not prime numbers, what is the smallest three-digit prime number whose three digits are all prime numbers?
You’ll have to go up to 223 to find the first number that fits that criteria; ironically enough, each digit in the success rate on this question is itself a prime number! With a handful of difficult questions in Wednesday’s game, there were no Perfect 21 squads. Our top-scoring team overall had some distance in front of the rest of the field:
- Triple Doge (Quinn’s): 170
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom): 162
- Black Zexcellence (Sully’s): 162
- Power Vacuum (Belles’): 160
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 158
- Satan’s School for Girls (Memories): 156
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 151
- Kyle Likes Blondes (Celtic House): 151
- Quiz on My Face (Quinn’s): 151
- Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Barstool): 151
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 151
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: XTC)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Satan’s School for Girls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Cults)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Triple Doge (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Student Drivers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Franklin County, PA)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Saint Nicholas)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christmas Films)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s One-Hit Wonder Rock Bands)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cleopatra)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Black Zexcellence (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s College Basketball)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Silver Seals (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mark Knopfler Songs)
T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: State Nicknames)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Slump Busters (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON DEC. 21: Christmas TV Specials)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Richard Wagner Operas)
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Philadelphia Sports Championships)
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Sexy Napkins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fortnite Battle Pass)
Elysium Axe Bar in Purcellville, VA: Blinded by the Wine (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Home Alone (original film))
Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Cutthroat (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: ACC Men’s Basketball)
Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Kyle Likes Blondes (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Irish Beers)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alaska Airlines)