We’re Not in Wednesday Trivia Anymore!
Another Wednesday game of Pour House Trivia featured 168 teams playing at 16 locations!
The game began with a question on former NBC hit sitcom Cheers, followed by one on the Suave hair care brand and a three-parter where each answer was also a body part. The hardest question in the opening round, however, came on admission to the Ivy League:
- Which Ivy League university is located in an upstate New York town named for a Greek island?
While that Greek isle is Ithaca, the university we were looking for was Cornell. About 72 percent of teams got that right for wagering points, but an attached bonus on the founder’s first name of Ezra had a game-low 7% success rate. Nine teams managed a perfect first round.
The Wednesday audio question was a bit different, with three pairs of songs where the title of the first song matched the band of the second. Approximately 56% of the field knew at least two of those common names (Jet, Rush, and Madness), while a quarter of them got all three right for bonus points. We continued on with topics like the bazaar, Mississippi River MLB teams St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins, and the four consecutive British kings named George in the 18th and 19th centuries. The game’s most difficult wagering question ended the first half of play:
- Liam Neeson and Jim Carrey landed supporting roles in The Dead Pool, the fifth and final entry in the film series named for which character?
That film is the final in the Dirty Harry franchise, which brought wagering points to just under a third of the field. Eight of those teams used that answer to cap off a perfect round.
The halftime page was topped off by Oscar winners for Best Animated Film, while the bottom section asked teams to answer nine questions with each of the numbers one through nine. Teams found this easy as 1-2-3, since the average score was 18.3 and 38% of the field earned perfect scores. A lot of points could be found at the top of the intermission leaderboard:
- Final Frontier (Sully’s): 92
- Virtual Cigar (Hops N Shine): 91
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 90
- Where’s My Underwear? (TGI Fridays): 90
- Scott Looks Different (Memories): 90
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 90
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 90
We alternated between questions our teams found easy and, well, not so much in the third round. A question about Italian dessert tiramisu preceded a stop in math class:
- While the number pi is most often approximated as 3.14, it is also represented by which improper fraction?
About 46% of the field correctly identified the fraction 22/7 for their wager. After a three-parter about famous monks, we stepped back into the deep end of the stream:
- Which Netflix show earned Emmy nominations for both Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series?
The only Netflix show to achieve that feat was Orange is the New Black, which was named by 45% of teams. We wrapped things up with a trip to the Atlas Mountains bordering the Sahara Desert, where only 21% of our teams earned their bonus for naming Tunisia as the smallest country that is at least partially located in the Sahara. Even with the third-round minefield, a game-high 11 teams navigated it well enough to get out with a perfect score!
The only team to successfully name topaz as the subject of Wednesday’s 6-4-2 after just one clue was Quizzly Bears (Memories), which earned all six points for doing so! Round four opened with the toughest second-half wagering question:
- Bearing the parenthetical title of I Missed You, which 1990s song was the first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 from an artist who had not yet signed with a record label?
The Lisa Loeb song Stay (I Missed You) reached the top of the charts in 1994; this question also had the toughest second-half bonus chance, with 16% of the field knowing the song was part of the soundtrack to Ben Stiller-directed film Reality Bites. Other topics in the round included the so-called yearly home games for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, the Dutch Boy brand of house paint, and India‘s national flag which features the Wheel of Dharma. Perfect scores were recorded in this round by seven teams. The top of the standings were taken up by two venues as we reached the final question:
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 165
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 164
- Scott Looks Different (Memories): 164
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 162
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 160 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (26.8% success rate):
- Although the legislation did not pass, lawmakers in which state once proposed that the Cairn Terrier be adopted as the official state dog?
As the dog that played Toto in The Wizard of Oz was a Cairn Terrier, that state was Kansas. Wednesday’s lone Perfect 21 was reached by Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’), which earned the honor for answering all 21 wagering questions correctly. They’ll split bragging rights when it comes to the Wednesday high scores, though, followed by a few other close teams:
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 171
- Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters (Idiom): 171
- Pterodactyls (Belles’): 170
- Quizards (Craftworx): 168
- Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom): 167
- Mixed Nuts (T. J. Stone’s): 166
- Einsteins of Beer (Memories): 165
- Draw Four (Memories): 165
- Cell Phony Baloney (T. J. Stone’s): 163
- Final Frontier (Sully’s): 160
Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Vegetables)
Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Smuttynose (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barbie Cinematic Universe)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Joe Dirt)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Draw Four (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baseball Hall of Fame)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Colorful Film Titles)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Here For the Beer (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Guster)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Virtual Cigar (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Clint Eastwood Films)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Final Frontier (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Letterkenny)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Lemonheads (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JULY 13: Impressionist Painters)
T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Mixed Nuts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yucatan Peninsula)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Quizards (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Early 2000s Emo Music)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Twizzlers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Billiards)
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: All About That Bass (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sense8)
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Problem Solvers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Boy Bands)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Security Agency)