Write On, It’s Wednesday Trivia!

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Wednesday evening’s Pour House Trivia game was played by 218 teams across 21 locations.

FIRST ROUND:

Questions on the Rio Grande and the 25th anniversary of The Sopranos making its debut on HBO started things off. We also featured a Triple 50/50 in which teams had to figure out which celebrity sibling was older:

  • 1)  Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal
  • 2)  Beyonce and Solange Knowles
  • 3)  Owen and Luke Wilson

Maggie (46-43), Beyonce (42-37), and Owen (55-52) are the big siblings of their respective duo. When the round was over, 24 teams still carried perfect scores.

SECOND ROUND:

The audio question showcased three covers of Jimi Hendrix songs. Two questions later, we reached the night’s toughest wagering query:

  • The highest mountain in Canada shares its name with the real name of which comic book superhero?
  • Bonus: You can find this mountain in which territory? 

That superhero, Wolverine, shares his name with Mount Logan; only 16% of teams earned their wager, while 7.79% knew the mountain is found in Yukon. The round ended with a question about the families of Emily Bronte‘s Wuthering Heights. In this round, six teams recorded perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Gum brands (such as the recently-discontinued Fruit Stripe) and film directors’ countries of birth were the topics of the night at halftime. Nine teams earned a perfect 20 points here, while the average score was 15.4 points. A single team hit 90 points by the halftime intermission:

THIRD ROUND:

A three-parter about feature film debuts was given first in this round, but this question proved to be pretty tough:

  • The name of which dense pile fabric is derived from the Latin word villus, which is translated as shaggy hair?

Either velvet or velour would’ve worked as answers here, and just over a third of the field earned their wager with one of those guesses. We headed to the racetrack for the round’s last question:

  • Who are the only two drivers in NASCAR history to have won three or more consecutive season titles?

Jimmie Johnson (2006-10) and Cale Yarbrough (1976-78) were those drivers; 32% of teams earned wagering points, but a game-low five teams added bonus points with both names. This was the only round with no perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

The heart was described in the 6-4-2, where 32 teams received all six points. The last round of the night began with topics such as quality grades of tea and Three Clues about the lemur. This Netflix show was the subject of the second half’s toughest wagering question:

  • Airing on Netflix, which heartfelt comedy series tells the story of Sam, a teenager on the autism spectrum who has decided he is ready for romance?

Atypical was identified by 24% of teams. Finally, a query on literature in the Dungeons & Dragons game franchise had a bonus rate of 14.2% for teams able to name its current publisher, Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast. Only two teams earned all 36 points in this round: Late to Trivia (Casual Pint) and Shipwrecked (RAK). A two-way tie at the same venue led the pre-final question scoreboard:

FINAL QUESTION (31.19% success rate):

  • For her work that gives life to an essential aspect of American reality in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, who became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature? 

Those italicized words were given in the remarks when Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel in 1993. However, no team achieved a Perfect 21 on Wednesday. These were the leading teams at the end of the game:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Asian National Capitals)

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

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: 22 Ounces to Freedom  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hannah Poorly Describes a Disney Film)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Member Berries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Professional Darts)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dolly Parton)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Rememberalls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Frasier (original run))

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H (TV series))

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Corps of Discovery)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Downtown Crown Family Jewels  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Happy Bottom Riding Club)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Trivia Barbies and Kens  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Survivor (TV series))

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Pink Mambas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Godzilla)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tea)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Doug’s Hugs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Ravens Playoff Games)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: We Like to Come From Behind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Australian Mammals)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Late to Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Greek Mythology)

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Plutocrats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mime)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Middle of the Pack  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Curling)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Heavy Metal Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boston Red Sox)