Wednesday Trivia Puckers Up!

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Pour House Trivia kicked off the month of November with 170 teams across 17 locations.

FIRST ROUND:

The first round on Wednesday featured subjects such as the late Bob Barker‘s closing message at the end of each game show broadcast, the origins of the word microphone, and Three Clues about the state of Nebraska. None of those topics were enough to trip up a lot of our teams and, in fact, 13 of them finished this round with a perfect score.

SECOND ROUND:

The toughest bonus chance of the first half came on the audio question, which asked teams to name song titles that each featured initials. About 22% of teams knew all three titles: Back in the USSR (The Beatles), ET (Katy Perry), and abcdefu (GAYLE). We had some leftover Halloween candy later in the round:

  • Which Hershey’s candy bar with an ‘elemental name’ was made with caramelized crème, pretzels, and peanuts, but NO chocolate?

Exactly two-fifths of the field submitted the correct answer of Hershey’s Gold, making that the least-successful wagering question in the first half. The round wrapped up with a question about Gwyneth Paltrow and Judi Dench‘s Oscar-winning performances in Shakespeare in Love. This round had a half-dozen perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

At halftime, teams first had to identify people with last names that start with Co, such as Bradley Cooper and Sam Cooke. Then, they had to give a set of answers that ended with the same two letters, such as the Texaco gas station brand and the football star once known as Chad Ochocinco. Six teams aced the page, which ended with an average tally of 14.7 points. We reached the halftime break with these teams atop the leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Early in this round, we gave Wednesday’s most difficult wagering question:

  • Which former MSNBC personality has made cameo appearances on The West Wing, 30 Rock, and House of Cards?

Roughly 21% of teams correctly identified Chris Matthews. After questions about the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award and the Articles of Confederation, we had a query about a certain filmmaker:

  • This filmmaker has directed 15 feature films, only two of which have a critics rating higher than 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. Nonetheless, those 15 films have grossed more than seven billion dollars at the worldwide box office. For your wager, who is that director?
  • Bonus: Released last year, which film has the highest rating of those films according to Rotten Tomatoes?

While his movies haven’t been critically successful for the most part, Michael Bay‘s filmography has made a lot of money at the box office. However, just three teams earned bonus points for naming Ambulance, which has a 68% RT rating (for the record, Bay’s only other movie with a fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating is The Rock at 67%).  Power Vacuum (Belles’) posted the lone perfect score of the third stanza.

FOURTH ROUND:

Almost two-thirds of the field — 113 teams, to be exact — turned in the number 16 on the six-point clue of the 6-4-2 for knowing those are the number of Myers-Briggs personality types. The last round of the night began with a question about the Lincoln Memorial, in which 16% of the field got within five years of its dedication year of 1922 for bonus credit. Two questions later, we looked back at an NBA record:

  • Doing so in the early 1970s, which team holds the record for the longest winning streak in NBA history? 
  • Bonus: Within two either way, how many consecutive games did they win?

The Los Angeles Lakers racked up 33 consecutive victories, more than any team in league history; 38% of the field named that team while 14% got within two of the streak number for two extra points. This round’s perfect squads were Trending Towards Fourth (T.J. Stone’s), Blue Meanies (Barstool), and Play Free Bird (Shipgarten). Before the final question, these were the leading scores:

FINAL QUESTION (75.29% success rate):

  • Which 21st century film series won four consecutive MTV Movie Awards for Best Kiss?

Three-fourths of Wednesday’s field knew enough about the Twilight series to know it had that modest award streak. Wednesday’s Perfect 21 teams were Peanut Butter Jelly Time (Quinn’s) and Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Barstool). With that came the first leaderboard of November:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Civil War Generals)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ford Thunderbird)

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

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Peanut Butter Jelly Time  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Non-Euclidean Geometry)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Mental Dental   (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hannah Performs a Movie Musical Number)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Offbeats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gravity Falls)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Vancouver Canucks)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Korean War)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Rememberalls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: League of Legends)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Speakers of the House)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Andre Rieu Concerts)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Erin Performs a College Fight Song)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: The Ghost of Wade Boggs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cult Classic Films)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Anakin’s Daycare Service  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Basketball Coaches)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Thanksgiving Dishes)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Nincompoops  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pitch Perfect (original))

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: Goldfinga  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cartoon Network)

Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: That Guy Over There  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: One Piece)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Leaky Cauldron  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: A League of Their Own (film))

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