Wine Not? It’s Wednesday Trivia!

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It felt a little like summer on Wednesday! The in-person games took in 136 teams across 14 venues.


The first round on Wednesday featured topics like former U.S. president James Madison, Chinese food namesake General Tso, and the toughest question of the entire first half:

  • What is the geographic title of the Emmy-winning NBC drama series from the 1980s and 1990s that featured the fictitious legal team of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney, and Kuzak?

About 55% of the field was able to correctly identify the Steven Bochco legal drama L.A. Law from that question, which also brought the hardest bonus opportunity of the first half; just 13.9% of teams remembered actor Blair Underwood played (and will reprise the role of) the fictional Jonathan Rollins on the series.  After the first round, 13 teams stood tall with perfect scores.


Wednesday’s audio question was a stately affair, as teams were asked to identify musical groups with states in their name by the corresponding trio of songs.  The tracklist consisted of Carry on Wayward Son by KansasHold On by Alabama Shakes, and Cruise by Florida Georgia Line, and the vast majority of teams were able to earn wagering points by naming at least two of those groups.  We went on to questions about the Big Ten men’s college basketball conference (rolling nine-deep in this year’s March Madness), the obsolete nautical measurement league made popular in literary circles by Jules Verne, and a pair of Western films that notched Best Picture Academy Awards in the 1990s.  About two-thirds of the field could name either Dances With Wolves or Unforgiven as those aforementioned award-winners, while 27.9% did well to name both for bonus points.  Continuing the trend of first-half success, 11 teams notched perfectos in the second round.


As it was St. Patrick’s Eve, the top half of Wednesday’s halftime sheet quizzed our teams on celebrities with O’last names, while the bottom half was made up of answers taken from letters in the phrase ‘SAINT PATRICK’S DAY.’  The first-half luck ran out on this one, though, with an average score of 12.3 and no perfect 20s from any of our teams.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:


In the third round, we tossed around questions regarding two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, the Earth’s lithosphere on which we all stand, the cable network IFC, and a few books in the chick lit category for our teams to chew on.  The two most difficult bonus questions in the second half came in this round; only four teams were able to name I’m the Only One as Etheridge’s only Top 10 hit (somehow, Come to My Window only reached #25), while about 14% of the field knew that Helen Fielding was the author of Bridget Jones’ Diary.  Because of those two bumps in the road, there were no perfect scores in the third round.


After the 6-4-2 question dealt with first presidential-first-pitch thrower William Howard Taft, we kicked the fourth round into gear with questions about 2000 MLB All-Star Game *and* World Series MVP Derek Jeter, various Irish dog breeds, and Gail Borden, whose namesake company currently produces dairy products and used to produce Elmer’s Glue.  (I hope nobody confused the two.)  That question brought about the bonus toughie of the round, as a little over one-quarter of the teams were able to name Elsie the Cow as the Borden company mascot.  After questions on the Ya-Ya in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and the South American country Colombia, Sexual Chocolate (Memories) stood alone as the only team in the field to put together a perfect fourth round.  We went into the final question with these teams at the top of the leaderboard:

FINAL QUESTION (59.6% success rate):

  • Also associated with firearms, which term is the official name for a wine bottle measuring 1.5 liters?

Almost three-fifths of the field correctly named that wine bottle as the magnum.  Much-deserved props go out to Sexual Chocolate (Memories) and Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s), our pair of Perfect 21 teams that each answered every wagering question correctly.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:


Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: MIA (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pure Country (film))

Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: We Showed Up (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beer)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Bazinga (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Lindas)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Safety Third  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Criminal Minds)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lent)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Stinkfist (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: DC Comics)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: The Legend of Taylor Heinicke  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: FIFA World Cup Players)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Card Games)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Bad Rhino  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Mathematicians)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: FBB  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baking Terms)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Heavy Metal Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Led Zeppelin Albums)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Trivia Knights  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Vocabulary)

Cellar Door in Frederick: Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Last Word/First Word: 1980s Song Titles)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pi)