Well, It’s Wednesday Trivia… Again.

The first week of Season XXI continued into Wednesday with 118 teams taking in a quiz at one of 15 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We began Wednesday’s game with topics such as hybrid creatures from Greek mythology and political figures from 19th century America.  The final question of the first round was a three-part query regarding notable musicians who originated their careers in Athens, Georgia.  The majority of the field picked up wagering points with answers such as R.E.M. and the B-52’s.  Eleven teams posted a perfect first round score of 36 points

SECOND ROUND:

The films of Leonardo DiCaprio were featured in Wednesday’s audio question, as our teams were asked to identify clips from “Blood Diamond”,  “The Departed”, and “The Wolf of Wall Street”.  Later, we reminisced about the classic arcade game “Galaga” and enjoyed some crunchy falafel.  The second round also included the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> The absence of nuclei in red blood cells, a middle ear formed by three ossicles, and a lower jaw hinged directly to the skull are distinguishing characteristics of which class of animals?

Many of our teams struggled to remember their taxonomy, as only 19% of the field responded correctly with mammalia.  As a result, only two teams earned a perfect second round score: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) and Deez Nuts (GearHouse).

HALFTIME:

Notable sports moments and female film directors were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded a relatively low average score of 13.9 points.  Only two teams ran the table with 20 halftime points: Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s) and Perfect Phone Call (Quinn’s).  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

We opened Wednesday’s second half with a three-part question regarding lines from the obituaries of notable writers.  Only eight teams earned two bonus points by recognizing the details in the life of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.  We also looked at topics such as the MLB All-Star Game, actress Reese Witherspoon, and the so-called “Nuclear Football”.  We bookended the third stanza with another difficult bonus question, as 14% of the field could name the three companies that occupied the top three spots on the Fortune 500 last year (ExxonMobil, Walmart, Apple).  Why Is This Sticky? (GearHouse) and Irish Beer Mafia (28 South) posted the only perfect scores of Wednesday’s third round

FOURTH ROUND:

Wednesday’s 6-4-2 question discussed EGOT winner (and Sexiest Man Alive) John Legend, after which we delved into final round topics such as James Dean, geographic mnemonic devices, goats, and the Apgar test.  A diabolical bonus question closed Wednesday’s final round.  After a majority of the field earned wagering points on a question regarding the notable painting of King Henry VIII by Hans Holbein the Younger, we followed with this query:

–> Which Holbein painting features a distorted skull placed in the bottom center of the piece?

Only three teams earned these final two bonus points by giving us the correct answer of “The Ambassadors”.  Not surprisingly, none of our Wednesday teams swept the final round.  After four rounds of play, these were your overall leaders:

  • Words Scott Can’t Pronounce (Quinn’s):  160
  • Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s):  158
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s):  156
  • SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 155 POINTS

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (82.9% success rate):

–> The earliest mention of what annual tradition dates back to an 1840 diary entry, where a Pennsylvanian author commented about the weather forecasting folklore of his German neighbors on the midwinter feast day of Candlemas?

More than four-fifths of the field responded correctly with Groundhog Day.  Even with a relatively easier final question, The Bar (Grape Escape) posted the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: James Bond Films)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Beau Khaki   (Next week’s first category: Rian Johnson Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl Halftime Shows – AUDIO)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality   (Next week’s first category: “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  You Should Have Known Stuff  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Finish the Lyric – AUDIO)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Words Scott Can’t Pronounce   (Next week’s first category: “The Good Place” – Season 4)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Hillbilly Geniuses   (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Nightmare Squad   (Next week’s first category: “Dungeons & Dragons”)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Why Is This Sticky?   (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on February 5: Pennsylvania Culture)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: “Welcome to Marwen”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Crocheting or Knitting?)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Think, McFly, Think  (Next week’s first category: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  Bailey’s Buddies   (Next week’s first category: “The Godfather”)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Here For the Beer   (Next week’s first category: Name That Tune)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Things You Measure   (Next week’s first category: Naval History)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Tip Your Bartender   (Next week’s first category: Old Testament Law)