Which Teams Escaped with a Victory on Wednesday Night?

Wednesday night’s game of Pour House Trivia featured 90 teams playing at 14 venues.  After a soft start to the game, a few wicked bonus questions set the winners apart from the rest of the field:

ROUND 1:

Wednesday’s opening round gave our teams a nice early boost of confidence, with about three-quarters of our teams answering all five wagering questions correctly.  A three-part question dealt with items containing the initials ‘C. T.’, which of course meant a reference to this best-selling sneaker:

Chuck Taylor

We closed the round with a question on Upcoming Films, with most of the field knowing that these two stars will be portraying tennis champions in a film debuting this weekend:

Battle of the Sexes

After one round of play, a whopping 21 teams stood tall with a perfect score of 36 points.

ROUND 2:

The tone changed rather quickly in the second round, as our audio question was quite a challenge for our loyal teams.  We asked for the full titles of three songs that shared the same first word, and the diversity of the tunes allowed just 20% of our teams to earn bonus points by knowing all three titles: “Dancing on My Own” (Robyn), “Dancing in the Moonlight” (King Harvest), and “Dancing with Myself”.  However, the most difficult two-point bonus of the round was asked in our Three Clues question, with Wednesday’s version dealing with a U.S. state capital:

CLUE 1: This city was founded near Last Chance Gulch, a site where gold was discovered in 1864.

CLUE 2: It is the seat of Lewis and Clark County.

Many of our teams were able to narrow their answer down to several possible choices, but only a few teams had the courage to go for the bonus here.  In fact, only TWO teams turned in the correct response after these two clues had been read: Roaming Gnomes (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) and The Giants (Barefoot Bernie’s).  Most of the field waited for this third and final clue:

CLUE 3: It is the capital of the fourth-largest U.S. state based on land area.

At this point, about half of our teams arrived at the correct answer of Helena, Montana.  We closed the round with a question about this “Simpsons” character, specifically the episode in which he is revealed to be an impostor:

Skinner

Once again, we included a rather difficult bonus question, as only the hard-core “Simpsons” fans (which apparently is 22% of our teams) remembered that this character’s real name is Armen Tamzarian.  Not surprisingly, we did not see any perfect scores during Wednesday’s second round.

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page had our teams keeping with the Joneses by naming celebrities with the surname of Jones.  We saw an average score of 16.9 points, with a dozen teams notching a perfect 20.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

We headed to the bookstore in the third round, asking for the 1951 novel in which the lead character is a former student at the prestigious Pencey Prep School.  Most of our teams earned points with “The Catcher in the Rye”, but we tacked on another difficult bonus question, asking for the 18th century writer whose poem is referenced by that title.  Only seven teams knew that the romantic poem “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye” was penned by Scotsman Robert Burns.  Later, we included a question on this film which does NOT star Amy Adams:

Ella Enchanted

The third round featured one perfect score, recorded by Moose and Squirrel from Belles’ Sports Bar.

ROUND 4:

Wednesday’s final round included this question concerning the work of this pop artist who was born in the United States, and not a tiny country tucked between Austria and Switzerland:

Wham Roy Lichtenstein

We continued with a question which looked at sports team abbreviations:

–> When displaying scores on its ticker, NFL.com uses a three-letter abbreviation for each team.  Among the teams with one-word location names, what is the only team with whose abbreviation contains a letter which is NOT found in the name of its location?

After some thorough discussion, just over half of our teams arrived at the correct response of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are normally abbreviated with JAX.  Our final round concluded by asking our teams to name either one of the two Gulfs which lie on either side of the Strait of Hormuz.  Only 14% of our teams earned two bonus points with these two correct answers:

Hormuz

Our final round did not include any perfect scores.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (68.0% success rate):

–> Founded in 2013, the Seattle-based company Puzzle Break is the first American company to specialize in which activity?

Just over two-thirds of our teams answered correctly here with Escape Rooms.  Congratulations to by Moose and Squirrel from Belles’ Sports Bar, as the only team to earn the Perfect 21 by answering all wagering questions correctly.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Second Place  (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Diaries”)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Momma Lu’s  (Next week’s first category: Sportscasters – AUDIO)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Moose and Squirrel  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Celine Dion or Shania Twain?)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  HoJo MoJo  (Next week’s first category: “Wicked”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: “Fawlty Towers”)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Five Dollar Cocaine  (Next week’s first category: “Saved By the Bell”)

TopGolf in Tampa, FL:  The A Team  (Next week’s first category: Legal Terms)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  We Guess So Hard  (Next week’s first category: Swimming Pool Chemistry)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Oneders  (Next week’s first category: “That Thing You Do”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Hookers and Blackjack  (Next week’s first category: Tom Brady)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Aaahh!!  Real Munsters  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Toys)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Lone Pine Mall Rats  (Next week’s first category: Cheese)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Wingin’ It  (Next week’s first category: Cher – AUDIO)

Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD:  Jerry Lewis Romperthon  (Next week’s first category: Breakfast Foods)