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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 111 teams across 16 venues:

ROUND 1:

Wednesday’s game opened with a question concerning the work of Thomas Edison, as he was the first person in history to film a live sporting event.  But only 12% of our teams picked up bonus points by knowing that the first sport to be filmed by Edison was boxing, specifically this 1894 bout:

After our teams breezed through such high-brow topics as the “Mona Lisa” and “Les Miserables”, the first round closed with a wicked bonus question:

–> Taking place in July 2011, STS-135 was the final mission of the NASA Space Shuttle program.  For your wager, either name the shuttle that was used during that mission or name the location from which this shuttle was launched.

While virtually every team knew that the last Space Shuttle mission was launched from Kennedy Space Center, only nine teams across the board knew that the Atlantis completed this mission.  As a result, only ONE team opened their night with a perfect score: Matt Shearer is Our Dad (Valley Grill).

ROUND 2:

Wednesday’s audio question dealt with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers making guest appearances on Sesame Street, specifically Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and Billy Joel.  We continued with another difficult bonus question, as only 11% of our teams knew that the Cetacea was scientific name of the infraorder to which whales and dolphins belong.  We closed the second round with this bit of history from the 2018 NFL Draft:

–> Brothers Tremaine and Terrell recently became the first set of brothers to be drafted in the first round of the same NFL draft.  For your wager, either give me this duo’s surname, or name the ACC school which they attended.

Those are the Edmunds brothers from Virginia Tech:

Edmunds

Just as in the first round, Wednesday’s second round yielded just one perfect score: Sexual Chocolate (Memories).

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page featured quasi-related pairs (such as Jack Nicklaus and Jill Stein as “Jack & Jill”), while the bottom half had our teams list the most populous Asian countries.  The overall average reached 14.7 points, with one team scoring a perfect 20 points: Viennese Oyster (Belles’).  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

The first category of Wednesday’s third round was an extremely popular option for bonus chips, but most of those teams were shaking their heads after this three-part question in which they needed to identify surnames with consecutive Z’s:

1)  On a current Netflix series, Lily Tomlin and Kate McKinnon voice characters that share this surname.

2)  After spending 12 seasons as a New York Yankees shortstop, he became the team’s play-by-play announcer.

3)  “Cake or Death” is the title of a skit from this English comedian’s album “Dress to Kill”.

Sorry, ZZ Top was not a correct answer here…  Instead, we were looking for Frizzle (from “The Magic School Bus”), Phil Rizzuto, and Eddie Izzard:

ZZ

With just under half of our teams earning points on that question, we completed this one-two punch by quizzing our team on literary opening lines.  Only 17% of the field recognized the first line of the Charles Dickens classic “David Copperfield.  We closed the third stanza with questions concerning the Seminole Wars and the “Rambo” film series.  Two teams managed to avoid the opening speed bumps to score 36 points in the third round: Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s) and Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg).

ROUND 4:

Wednesday’s final round covered topics such as the short coaching career of Larry Bird, the geography of New York state, and this ad slogan:

Oreo

After closing with a Triple 50/50 question on the topic of “Bacteria or Virus”?, we saw seven teams run the table with a perfect final round.  Here are your top Wednesday scores after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (75.9% success rate):

–> Through 2015, this celebrity was the fifth-most commonly thanked person in the history of Oscar acceptance speeches.  In 2018, he was NOT thanked by any of the winners.  Who is this celebrity?

Playing much easier than expected, more than three-quarters of our teams answered correctly with Harvey Weinstein.  Five teams recorded the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Matt Shearer is Our Dad  (Next week’s first category: “Infinite Jest” – novel)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Olney the Lonely  (Next week’s first category: “Troll Hunters”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Viennese Oyster  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Annual Plant or Perennial Plant?)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: “South Pacific” – film)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Dog or Cat?)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  63 Earths Fit in Uranus  (Next week’s first category: High School Basketball Rules)

Topgolf in Alexandria, VA:  Five Dollar Massage  (Next week’s first category: Beck)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Five Sure  (Next week’s first category: John Denver)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Board Games)

Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Winner Winner Chicken Dinner  (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Minnesota Twins)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  Null  (Next week’s first category: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  (Next week’s first category: Maryland Colleges and Universities)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine  (Next week’s first category: “2001: A Space Odyssey”)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  I’d Eat That Off of a Flip Flop  ** SIX WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  Bad Hombres  (Next week’s first category: Marsupials)