Wild and Wonderful Wednesday Trivia!

With our full schedule of Wednesday games back after the World Series, we welcomed 111 teams across 14 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Wednesday night included the film work of Will Smith, 1980s TV shows, and the Jewish holiday of Passover.  With dozens of teams cruising towards a perfect first round score, the final bonus question of the round crushed most of those hopes.  After a majority of the field earned wagering points on a question regarding the game “Magic: The Gathering”, only four teams identified Richard Garfield as the creator of this game.  As a result, Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s) posted the only perfect score in the opening stanza.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three songs whose lyrics include words which are spelled out.  We listened to “Method of Modern Love” by Hall and Oates, “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani, and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” by Tammy Wynette.  Other second round topics included the neutrality of Switzerland, the mythological river Styx, and the early MLB career of Manny Ramirez.  Once again, we saved a wicked bonus question for the end of the round, as only three teams knew that author David Lagercrantz revived the “Millennium” book series (i.e. the Lisbeth Salander novels) after the death of the original author Steig Larsson.  None of our Wednesday teams recorded a perfect second round score.

HALFTIME:

Olympic host cities and Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Award were the featured topics on Wednesday halftime page, which yielded 15 perfect scores and an overall average of 17.1 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Keeping with the award-winning theme, we began Wednesday’s second half with a three-part question concerning winners of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.  We also looked at the attempt by Tipper Gore to censor offensive music, the shortest tenures among hosts of “American Idol”, and Madeira wine.  The final bonus question of the third round kept the status quo from the first half, as only five teams knew that Christopher Isherwood wrote the novel “Goodbye to Berlin”, which indirectly served as the basis for the Broadway musical “Cabaret”.  Thanks to that question, none of our Wednesday teams swept the third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

After a quick trip to Milan (whose name you can apparently rhyme with ‘Japan’ if you are sexy enough) in the 6-4-2 question, we went on the “Road” to discuss the series of comedic adventure films starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour.  We continued with a discussion of the Baroque age, the “music” of Limp Bizkit, and the Taj Mahal.  The fourth round actually saw the most perfect scores on Wednesday night, as six teams ran the table with 36 final round points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (15.8% success rate):

–> Located east of the Mississippi River, which U.S. state has a population of about 1.8 million people despite the fact that its most populous city has less than 50,000 residents?

Most of our teams headed to New England with guesses such as Vermont and Maine, but neither of those states has more than one million residents.  About one-sixth of the field responded correctly with West Virginia.  Its capital of Charleston has steadily declined in population since the 1960s, dropping below 50,000 within the last decade.  Congratulations to the two teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) and Cake or Death (Black Hoof).  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME NOV. 27 – First category: Clemson Football)

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

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Marvel Comics or DC Comics?)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Donner Party   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Artist or Novelist?)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast For Dinner   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO: Queen)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Famers)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thundercats   (Next week’s first category: Marilyn Monroe)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death   (Next week’s first category: Fictitious “Seinfeld” Films)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Archived   (Next week’s first category: 2016 Chicago Cubs)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  D.C. Swampers   (Next week’s first category: The Kingston Trio)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons  (Next week’s first category: “Hamilton”)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Think, McFly, Think   (Next week’s first category: Rush – AUDIO)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Kame House   (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Why Not Zoidberg?   (Next week’s first category: The Battle of Midway)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Farmer’s Daughter Bakery   (Next week’s first category: Pennsylvania Football)