Wednesday Trivia Legs it Out!

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Wild Card week for Season XXIII’s playoffs rolled on for 219 teams at 19 Pour House Trivia locations on Wednesday.

FIRST ROUND:

A three-parter early in the round asked teams to name geographic seas by a list of islands:

  • 1)  Cyprus, Corsica, Sicily
  • 2)  Aruba, Barbados, St. Vincent
  • 3)  Anglesey, Isle of Man, Bardsey

About 22% of the field earned bonus points for getting all three seas, respectively the MediterraneanCaribbean, and Irish. Not to be outdone, another bonus question later in the round was even tougher:

  • Which title character created by Jane Austen strives to be an expert in matchmaking before eventually marrying George Knightley, a man 16 years her senior?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: What is her maiden name?

Many teams identified Emma from the wagering question, but only 18% gave her last name, Woodhouse. Seven teams earned perfect scores in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

For the night’s audio clue, teams heard theme songs from a trio of high school TV series. Two questions later, they received the most difficult wagering query of the first half:

  • Carol Channing starred as the title character of which musical during its original seven-year run on Broadway? When the feature film version was released in 1969, Barbra Streisand played the title role.
  • Bonus: Which musician’s version of the title song landed at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100?

Roughly 42% of the field knew Hello Dolly!, while 22% added two bonus points for also naming Louis Armstrong. The round ended with questions about parts of the human kidney and the Greek letter omega. A quartet of teams were perfect in the second round: H.R. Pufnstuf (Hops N Shine), Teddy and the Cruisers (Hops N Shine), Black October (Grape Escape), and Gifted, Not Talented (Rockwell).

HALFTIME:

Video game renditions of famous athletes were shown at the top of Wednesday’s halftime sheet, while the bottom section was filled with answers that contained the word Street. The average score was 15.7 points, but 42 teams figured out all 20 answers each. These were the highest-scoring teams after the halftime page:

THIRD ROUND:

Topics covered in the third round included the binary numeral system, the wine process of decanting, and numerous uses for the word pip. At the round’s end, we revisited a certain cartoon:

  • The title character of which former Cartoon Network series was an attractive young man who sported a pompadour hairstyle, sounded a little like Elvis, and was frequently seen courting women?
  • Bonus: Which live-action TV character used this same name as an alter ego?

Johnny Bravo was identified by the majority of our teams, but 23% also recalled Greg Brady‘s rockstar alter ego of the same name. This round had a game-high 18 perfect team scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

The Ben and Jerry‘s ice cream brand was named by 42 teams for all six points in the night’s 6-4-2. Wednesday’s last round kicked off with an Olympic query:

  • Both located in Europe, what are the two northernmost cities to have hosted the Summer Olympics?

Going way back into Olympic history, those cities are the 1912 host, Stockholm, and 1952’s host city, Helsinki. A game-low 26% of teams named at least one of that pair, but 6.39% knew both for bonus credit. A bit later, a question about Luke Combs’s Where the Wild Things Are saw the lowest bonus rate of the night; eight teams knew the album that song comes from, Gettin’ Old. A perfect score was out of reach for any team in this round. Before the game’s final question, these were the leading scores:

FINAL QUESTION (34.7% success rate):

  • What type of triangle takes its name from the Latin term for equal legs?

Aptly enough, just over one-third of the field correctly identified the isosceles triangle. The game’s Perfect 21 teams were Flight Level Awesome (Belles’), H.R. Pufnstuf (Hops N Shine), Titanic Was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine), and O Captain, My Captain Underpants (Celtic House). The final leaderboard was topped by these teams:

Wonderful Widows of Oz (Grape Escape) earns an honorable mention for playing over the limit of seven players in a 168-point effort.

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Hold My Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Economics)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Carl Weathers)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s WWF Managers)

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

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nine Lords-a-Leap-Yearing)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Butts)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA:

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Rememberalls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Leap Years)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Mack Attack  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Avenged Sevenfold Song Titles)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Brigadoon)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Play Freebird  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Capitals)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Hawks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Formula One)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Otis Redding (audio))

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Nincompoops  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Of Mice and Men)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: Mac  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beatles Lyrics)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Leisure Suit Perry  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Conan the Barbarian)

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

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: O Captain, My Captain Underpants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Captain Underpants)

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