Wednesday… We Have the Trivia!

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 89 teams across 13 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

After opening Wednesday’s game with questions concerning the sport of curling, the human collarbone, and the retail store IKEA, dozens of teams were cruising towards a perfect first round score.  The final question of the round put an end to those hopes for virtually every team.  Just over half of the field earned wagering points on a question concerning the new Maroon 5 hit “Memories”, but only TWO teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that this hit song is based on “Pachelbel’s Canon”.  One of those two teams would finish off a perfect first round, as Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters (Valley Grill) notched 36 points in Wednesday’s opening stanza.

SECOND ROUND:

The film work of Kristen Bell was the featured topic in Wednesday’s audio question, as our teams were asked to identify clips from the films “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, “CHiPs”, and “Burlesque”.  The key to scoring points here was being able to recognize the respective co-stars Russell Brand, Dax Shepard, and Cher.  Though only 19% of the field earned bonus points, a far more sinister bonus question awaited later in the round.  Other second round topics included Ferdinand Magellan, the TV series “Game of Thrones”, the nation of Ukraine, and the fast food chain Arby’s.  The final bonus question of the round kept the perfect scores off the board, as only four teams knew that Arby’s was founded by the Raffel Brothers.  None of our teams recorded a perfect second round.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page depicted films with intentionally misspelled titles (e.g. “Inglourious Basterds”, “The Pursuit of Happyness”, “Kalifornia”).  Falling on the more difficult side, the average score reached a paltry 13.7 points, with the high score topping out at 19 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

The difficult bonus questions continued into the second half, as only eight teams knew that Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry designed the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle (formerly known as the Experience Music Project).  Things lightened up a bit with questions regarding the rhubarb and the city of Vienna, but the third stanza closed with an equally difficult bonus question, as only eight teams knew that Goldeneye was the name of Ian Fleming’s Jamaican estate.  None of our teams swept the third round on Wednesday night.

FOURTH ROUND:

Before jumping into the final round, we asked a 6-4-2 question that was specifically designed to rope in wrong answers:

–> What was the surname of the man named Alan who became the fourth man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 12 mission?

Most of our players knew that Alan Shepard walked (and played golf) on the moon, but it turns out he was not the only Apollo astronaut named Alan.  In this case, we were looking for Alan Bean.  More than two-thirds the field turned in an incorrect answer after hearing this first clue.  The fourth round progressed much more smoothly, as our teams breezed through topics such as the athletic nicknames of the Southeastern Conference, the Chesapeake Bay, the element of chromium, and fictional music groups.  After seeing virtually no perfect scores all night, three teams managed to run the table with 36 final round points: Booze Hounds (Whole Foods), Flight Level Aewsome (Belles’), and Cake or Death (Black Hoof).  Here is Wednesday’s overall leaderboard after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (76.9% success rate):

–> Anagrams of each other, which two words are respectively defined as: a concert given by an individual musician and a piece of writing found in a newspaper?

Just over three-quarters of our teams gave us the correct answers of recital and article.  Congratulations to the three teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Booze Hounds (Whole Foods), D.C. Swampers (Silo Falls) and Cake or Death (Black Hoof).  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Booze Hounds   (NEXT GAME NOV. 27 – First category: Clemson Football)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  One Last Kiss   (Next week’s first category: NBA Coaches)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: “Plains, Trains and Automobiles”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality   (Next week’s first category: “The Great British Baking Show”)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Cake or Pie?)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “The Masked Singer”)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Ultimate Source Source   (Next week’s first category: Jungian Psychology)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death   (Next week’s first category: Which Country Owns That Island?)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Why is This Wet?   (Next week’s first category: Scary Films)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  D.C. Swampers   (Next week’s first category: “The Gong Show”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: Onomatopoeias)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Think, McFly, Think   (Next week’s first category: “Breaking Bad”)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Hakuna Matata   (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars” Prequel Trilogy)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Van Buren Boys   (Next week’s first category: “WKRP in Cincinnati”)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Farmer’s Daughter Bakery   (Next week’s first category: Adam Sandler Film Quotes)