Wednesday’s Two Billion Dollar Question…

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia featured 114 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

The field cruised through Wednesday’s first round topics, which included the work of Steven Spielberg, TV news anchors, and this religious gathering:

Seder

A whopping 22 teams began their night with a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three “wild” songs: “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones, “Walk on the Wild Side”by Lou Reed, and “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida.  We continued with a question regarding the British research vessel named for Sir David Attenborough, though I’m sure we would rather call it Boaty McBoatface.  Next up, a question about this national flag:

Vietnam

After we reminisced about the Yellow Pages, we finished with a question about the front runner for the 2018 NBA MVP Award who is nicknamed “The Beard”.  While most of our teams knew that the nickname applied to James Harden, only 13% of the field tacked on the final two-point bonus of the round by also knowing that he attended Arizona State.  As a result, just two teams earned 36 second round points: Hudsucker Proxies (The Tavern) and Pickleback for Nickleback (Quinn’s).

HALFTIME:

Actors from James Bond films and Shakespearean abbreviations highlighted Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded an overall average of 16.4 points and six perfect scores.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores heading into the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

We opened Wednesday’s second half with a Three Clues question regarding a certain MLB team:

CLUE 1: This franchise entered the American League as an expansion team with the original name of the Seattle Pilots.

CLUE 2: Its former home stadium was the primary filming location for the comedy “Major League”.

Very few teams ventured a guess at this point, but 17% of our teams were successful with the correct early answer of the Milwaukee Brewers.  Because the baseball scenes for “Major League” were shot in the fall, Cleveland Municipal Stadium had already been converted to a football configuration, forcing filmmakers to move to Milwaukee.  Most of the teams waited until the third clue to earn their wager:

CLUE 3: This is the only MLB team which features a stalk of barley in its official logo.

Later topics included the hydrangea flower, the classic TV sitcom “Soap”, and this alternative band:

Third Eye Blind

Six teams earned perfect scores in the third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Wednesday’s final round began with divisive question in the field of British monarchs:

–> Among the six wives of Henry VIII, name any two of the three women who gave birth to a child that became a monarch.

For some teams, simply naming three wives of Henry VIII proved to be daunting, but those who could were a bit lucky in that the three correct answers were essentially his three most famous wives: Catherine of Aragon (mother of Mary I), Anne Boleyn (mother of Elizabeth I), Jane Seymour (mother of Edward VI).  With some teams still recovering, we followed with our most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Defined as ‘aggressive and determined’, which adjective precedes the word ‘Cherry’ in the name of a new variety of Diet Coke introduced earlier this year?

I am always amused when we ask questions about recent marketing campaigns, because it usually proves what a waste of money these product “innovations” can be.  This could not have been more evident last night, as only 16% of our teams gave us this correct response:

Fiesty Cherry Coke

We concluded the final round with questions regarding King County in Washington and the uses of the word cameo.  The final round did not yield any perfect scores.  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.4% success rate):

–> With “Avengers: Infinity War” recently surpassing two billion dollars in box office revenue, which performer is the only person to appear in two different films that have each grossed more than two billion dollars worldwide?

Just under one-third of the field responded correctly with Zoe Saldana, who appeared in “Avatar” in addition to her most recent turn as Gamora.  Thanks to a rough final round, none of our teams recorded the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here is your final Wednesday leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: Asian NFL Stars)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  We No F’in Suck  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Alternative Music – AUDIO)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: Text from “Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book”)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Trojan Pride  (Next week’s first category: One Direction – AUDIO)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots   (Next week’s first category: Foreign Cuisine)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower  (Next week’s first category: Stephen King Film Adaptations)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death  (Next week’s first category: Olympic Host Cities)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Gangnam Style  (Next week’s first category: “Lethal Weapon 2”)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: Quantum Physics)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  Whiskey Dicks an One Chick  (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins  (Next week’s first category: Gene Wilder Films)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  ChunkeyLover53@aol.com  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Kelly Kapowski or Jessie Spano?)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast for Dinner  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Jeff Goldblum)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  Not Quite Dead Yet  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)